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Malaysian Style Pork Coconut Curry

March 19, 2018

If you are in the mood for a really, really yummy dish and don’t mind turning the oven on for a few hours- this recipe is for you… truly one of my favorites…I had a version of this at a yummy Singaporean restaurant in the city and I still dream of the yumminess….

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces with excess fat taken off
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves

Spice Paste

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 3 to 4 dried red chilies, seeds taken out and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste (Asian store)
  • 2 lemongrass (white part), chopped

Process all spice paste ingredients in a food processor until a paste is formed. Keep aside.

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 to 4 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Salt
  • Sugar

Heat a large, heavy saucepan with the peanut oil. In the meantime, dredge the pork pieces in the flour and then sprinkle them with a bit of salt. Brown the pieces in the hot oil, in batches for at least 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Set the pork aside and add the star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and curry leaves. Saute on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spice paste and sauté on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the pork pieces, coconut milk and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer and cook with the lid on for at least 3 to 4 hours. Add the potatoes half an hour before serving. Reduce the gravy according to taste and serve with coconut rice.

 

Portuguese Style Soup with Garlic Sausage and Kale

January 23, 2018

Great soup recipe I took from serious eats of course modified it to my taste… yummy!!

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 links chicken garlic sausage, casings removed, crumbled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled, quartered and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 5 cups homemade or store bought chicken stock
  • 6 cups baby kale, chopped
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the crumbled sausage and sauté for about 5 minutes or till the sausage is golden brown. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and the stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes a bit to thicken the soup. Add 1 teaspoons of salt. Cook for a about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the chopped kale and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with chives.

 

Indonesian/Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

January 21, 2018

This is an amazing noodle soup… filled with yummy flavor. I saw the recipe in the New York Times and liked it but I changed it as I was cooking and tasting.. I think my version is much better…

  • 1 pound chicken thighs with bone and skin
  • 2 stalks fresh lemon grass, bruised with the handle of a heavy knife and tied in a knot
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves, fresh or frozen (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1½ tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 3 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1½ teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint, Thai basil and cilantro leaves
  • 1 pound noodles of choice
  •  Quartered limes
  •  chili paste (such as sambal) for serving

 

Place chicken pieces in a medium pot with lemon grass, lime leaves (if using), salt and 2 quarts water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Skim off any foam and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer until chicken is tender, about 45 minutes, skimming as needed to make a clear broth. Remove chicken pieces from broth and set aside. Remove and discard lemon grass and lime leaves; reserve stock in pot. When chicken is cool enough to handle, discard skin and bones and shred and chop meat into bite-size pieces.

Meanwhile, combine peppercorns, coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a small food processor. Pulse until ground. Add halved shallots, garlic, turmeric and ginger and pulse to a thick paste. (Add a little water if needed.)

Heat peanut oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. When very hot, add spice paste and cook, stirring until paste is cooked and beginning to separate from the oil, about 5 minutes.

Add the stock to the cooked spices. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.

Transfer the broth in a blender and blend all the aromatics and spices. Transfer back to the pan and bring back to a boil. Add the coconut cream and check for seasonings. Turn off heat under soup and stir in lime juice and garnish with the herbs. Cook noodles according to package directions.

To serve, divide noodles in large soup bowls. Ladle chicken pieces and soup. Top with lime pieces, chili paste and some sautéed greens (I used mini bok choys)

 

Braised Short Ribs with Citrus Gremolata

December 12, 2017

 

I would highly recommend this dish for the holidays. I served it with polenta and it was an amazing dinner. Oh, and don’t forget a copious amount of red wine…

  • 4 pounds short ribs, excess fat removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

Place the short ribs in a large glass dish and sprinkle the salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Refrigerate overnight. Take out an hour before cooking.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups red wine
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil until smoking. Brown the ribs on both sides for 4 to 5 minutes each in two to three batches. Keep aside. Add the carrots, onions, celery and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and sauté for minute. Add the flour and sauté for another minute. Add the thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Add the chicken broth and red wine and bring to a boil. Add the ribs back into the liquid and transfer to the oven. Bake for 2 to 3 hours or till the meat is falling off the bone.
Take out of oven and take the ribs out onto a platter. Strain the braising liquid and squeeze all the moisture out of the solids. Discard the solids and return the liquid to the saucepan. Reduce to desired consistency- there should be about a cup and a half to two cups of liquid remaining. Check for seasonings and return the ribs back into the liquid. Top with gremolata and serve.

Citrus Gremolata

  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Zest of two clementines or half a navel orange

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and keep aside.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

November 12, 2017
  • 1 dried ancho chili pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 14 ounces fire roasted tomatoes with chili
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 medium zucchinis, washed, the seeds taken out and diced into ½ inch pieces
  • Salt

For Garnish

  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 avocado, chopped drizzled with lemon juice and sprinkled with salt
  • Crumbled queso fresco
  • Cilantro

Heat a small cast iron pan and break the chili into pieces and roast in the pan including the seeds on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep aside.

Heat a medium heavy pan with olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and ancho chili. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, tomatoes and stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the homini and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and transfer to a blender and in batches, blend the soup until smooth with some chunks. Return to the pan and add the beans. Bring to a boil and add salt to taste.

Serve soup topped with avocado, tortillas chips, queso and cilantro.

 

Green Curry Noodle Soup

October 29, 2017

My daughter announced a while ago that she would like to eat less meat- so, I informed her that we can absolutely do that but we will need to incorporate more veggies and beans  in the diet. I know of a lot of teenagers her age who have decided to give up meat and live on pasta every day – not in my house!! This is a yummy, flavorful dish where one does not miss the meat….it does have some shrimp paste- but that can be eliminated.

Green curry paste (substitute store bought paste)

  • ½ bunch Thai basil leaves
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, (or zest of one lime)
  • 1 (4- inch) piece lemongrass
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 (2- inch) piece peeled ginger
  • 1 small Serrano pepper
  • ½ teaspoon shrimp paste (or 5 to 6 dashes fish sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. If desired, strain the paste through a strainer to get rid of the stringy texture from the lemongrass. Take out and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 bunch brown beech mushrooms
  • 1 cup spicy dry tofu, sliced or extra firm tofu, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced fresh or canned bamboo shoots
  • 3 heaping tablespoons green curry paste
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, (or zest of one lime)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces ramen noodles

Heat a heavy saucepan with the peanut oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the green curry paste and kaffir lime leaves and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tofu and bamboo shoots and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil and adjust seasoning.

Cook the ramen noodles according to instructions and add to the soup and serve garnished with basil, cilantro leaves and sliced Serrano pepper.

Recipe modified from spoonforkbacon.com

 

Ground Turkey White Chili

May 22, 2017
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 pound dark meat ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 to 5 small tomatillos, husks removed and chopped
  • 1 4 ounces can of diced chilies
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 14 ounces can cannellini beans
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil. Add the ground turkey and brown the meat on high heat while stirring constantly- for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano and chili powder. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and tomatillos. Saute for another 5 to 7 minutes. Add the diced green chilies, salt and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and add the beans. Simmer on a medium heat with the lid partially on for 20 minutes, checking every 5 minutes to ensure enough stock is remaining. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Garnish with cilantro and serve with corn bread.