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Warm Duck Salad With Roasted Beetroot

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 in Meat, Veggies

This is one of our favourite ways to eat duck. Perfectly cooked duck breasts with some juicy sweet beetroot and some oranges and greens, tossed with an easy peasy orange vinaigrette. It’s super easy to put together and is very impressive laid out on a plate. Serves 4 for a light lunch or starter course. Ingredients 500g of duck breast meat (about 2 slabs) – skin left on 300g baby beets or beetroot zest of 1 orange 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon salt 3 cups of rocket or arugula greens 4 tablespoons of toasted almond flakes or pine nuts 1 can of mandarin orange segments (drained) Bunch of fresh mint or basil Shaved parmesan cheese or crumbled goat or feta cheese For the vinaigrette Juice of 1 orange (about 6 tablespoons) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 teaspoons...

Spanish Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 in Meat, Most Popular

My friend, Issachar is an amazing chef and runs Kaixo restaurant in Singapore. This is his recipe for Spanish meatballs. I was very skeptical about them because I thought meatballs were boring. But these were SO GOOD! Makes about 20 meatballs. Ingredients For the meatballs 1 large egg, whole 500g of ground beef 4 slices of sandwich bread, only the white part, diced Half an onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup olive oil For the tomato sauce 1 onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons of olive oil 600g tomatoes 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon of sugar pinch of Pimenton de la Vera (Dulce) or Spanish sweet paprika Salt and pepper to taste Method Start by making the tomato sauce. Finely chop 1 onion. Peel 600g...

Siew Mai

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 in Asian

I have to admit I was feeling quite out of my normal mind when I decided I was going to spend an afternoon doing this. But I had just had dinner at a friend’s house and she had served home-made siew mai and it had seemed easy enough. I’d thought it would be a special treat for the hubby.. so I made not one, but TWO types of siew mai. I made pork and shrimp ones, and glutinous rice ones. They are slightly laborious but aren’t difficult to make. And they are absolutely delicious. Feel free to add your favourite ingredients or omit stuff you don’t like. That’s the marvelous part about making your own dumplings. Makes about 20 dumplings of each type of filling. Ingredients 40 to 50 large wonton wrappers For the pork and shrimp filling 700g...

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Quiche

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in Seafood

I tasted a fabulous smoked salmon quiche in a French patisserie in Auckland recently and was inspired to make my own. After a ton of research and experimentation, this is my take on the Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Quiche. Its filling is light and flavourful, and the crust is delicate and melts in your mouth. Going that extra mile to make your own crust is really worth it. Serves 4 as a light meal. Ingredients For the pastry 1 & 1/3 cup plain flour 100g butter, cold 1 extra-large egg yolk 1 tablespoon water For the filling 200g smoked salmon slices 200g asparagus stems 80g shallots (about 3 large ones) 1 heaped teaspoon minced garlic 250ml double cream 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 3 extra-large eggs 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing Huatiao wine or any cooking wine...

Grilled Fish With Sun Dried Tomato Relish

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Seafood

This is a simple fish dish that I like to put together when I have a nice thick piece of white fish and some fresh herbs at home. It’s very easy, requires almost no clean up and looks really good on the plate. Serves 2 as a main course. Ingredients For the fish 400g firm white fish fillet (I used kingklip) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper For the relish 150g cucumber 120g sun-dried tomatoes in oil (oil drained) 5 leaves of mint or basil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds Method Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg Celsius. Lay a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and grease it lightly with olive oil. Lay...

Brussel Sprouts in Bacon and Garlic Sauce

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 in Veggies

I grew up hating to eat brussel sprouts. But we explored this vegetable when we lived in South Africa and I discovered that this is a fantastic way to cook it. My family and I love this dish and it’s a staple dish at home now. The leaves are kept vibrant and green, and the fragrant bacon and garlic makes even the most bitter little balls taste wonderful. The best part of all – it takes only 10 mins to put it together. Serves 2 as a side dish. Ingredients 250g whole brussel sprouts 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cups water 1 tablespoon salted butter 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon bacon bits salt and pepper to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon each) 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method Wash 250g of brussel sprouts. Remove any old hard out leaves. Bring 4...

Chinese Potstickers

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 in Asian

These Chinese dumplings are really easy to make because they are made with store bought dumpling wrappers. Don’t sweat over making the wrappers from scratch because the store bought ones are so good these days. They are absolutely delicious and very fun to make with friends and family. Feel free to vary the filling for different surprises on the table! Makes approximately 24 dumplings. Ingredients 200g ground pork (slightly fatty, not lean) 100g canned water chestnuts (or chopped spinach/cabbage) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon fine sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 teaspoons light soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1 tablespoon Shaoxing Huatiao wine 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped scallions (spring onions) 25 to 30 store bought dumpling wrappers (the round kind, not the square wanton or spring roll wrappers) Plain flour to dust 4 to...

Our Gal’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 in Desserts

Our gal loves baking and wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies. She has a chocolate chip cookie recipe that she’s used several times before and know it by heart. She says it was originally from some kiddy book that she can’t remember so I can’t give the due credit for it. These cookies were delicious. I ate 2 as soon as they came out of the oven! Makes approximately 40 cookies. Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1 cup caster sugar (or use 1/2 cup if you prefer cookies to be less sweet) 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup oatmeal 1 pinch of salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 115g butter (left in the open to soften) 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Method Leave butter in a warm place...

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