Fava – Greek “Bean” Purée

Stuff
  • 1 cup (250g) dry yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 tspn salt
  • Paprika for garnish (optional)
  • Red onion, rough chopped
  • Capers

Method

  • Place the split peas in a large saucepan with 2 1/2 cups of warm water. Set the burner to high heat and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Skim any foam that forms on the surface of the liquid, then add the red onion, spring onions, and garlic. Return the liquid to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the peas are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Once the peas are tender, turn off the heat and add the olive oil and salt. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture (or process in batches in a tabletop blender). Taste and add more salt as needed.
  • The fava will thicken as it cools.

Serve

  • Serve topped with a generous drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of paprika & rough chopped red onion. Caramelise onions (see separate recipe) makes a great topping

 

Bean, Pea, Almond & Feta Salad

Stuff

  • 150g snow peas or round beans
  • 150g fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 small or 1/2 red onion, fine sliced
  • 1/4 cup (approx 25g) almond flakes, lightly roasted
  • 1 1/2 cup loose packed basil leaves, rough chopped
  • 50g feta, crumbed
  • 1 1/2 Tblsn EVOO
  • 2 Tblsn red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tspn Salt
  • Couple of turns of fresh ground pepper
Method
  • Blanch the snow peas or beans and peas in boiling water for 30 seconds – drain and refresh in ice water. Drain well
  • Combine with all other stuff – serve immediately

“Stolen” from Delicious – June 2018

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad

Stuff
Meat and Marinade
  • 600 – 800chicken thigh fillets, skinless and boneless (or chicken breast or pork or beef or any seafood)
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 Tbspn lime juice
  • 2 Tbspn fish sauce
  • 1 Tbspn soy sauce
  • 2 Tbspn brown sugar
  • 1 Tbspn vegetable oil
  • stalk lemongrass, white part only, bruised then sliced (pieces large enough to remove later)
Nuoc Cham
  • 50 ml fish sauce
  • 2 Tbspn rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbspn sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tbspn lime juice
Noodle Bowl
  • 1/2 Tbspn oil
  • 200g dry vermicelli noodles
  • 2 carrots, julienned or grated
  • cucumber, julienned or grated
  • iceberg lettuce, finely sliced
  • 2 handfuls bean sprouts
  • 1 handful of mint leaves
  • 1 handful of cilantro leaves
  • Sliced red or green chilli (for garnish – optional)
  • Lime wedges (to serve – optional)
Method
  • Combine Meat and Marinade stuff – marinate for at least 2 hour / up to 24 hours.
  • Combine the Nuoc Cham stuff and mix well to dissolve the sugar. Adjust to your taste (spiciness, lime, sweetness) and set aside.
  • Soak the vermicelli noodles in hot water for 3 minutes (or according to packet instructions), then drain and rinse under cold water to stop the noodles from sticking together.
  • Heat 1/2 Tbspn oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade, shaking off large bits of lemongrass (small bits should fall off during cooking).
  • Place chicken in the pan and cook each side until dark golden brown and chicken is just cooked through – about 6 to 8 minutes in total. Remove from pan, shaking off any remaining bits of visible lemongrass and set aside to rest for 5 minutes. Then slice into thin pieces.

Serve

  • lightly toss the noodles, vegetables and herbs with 3/4 of the Nuoc Cham Sauce. Serve into Bowls & top with chicken pieces. Drizzle with the remaining Nuoc Cham Sauce.
  • Dress with sliced chilli & lime wedges.

Korean Sticky Chicken – With Spinach, Egg Plant & Cucumber Salads

Korean Sticky Chicken 

Stuff

  • 400 – 500g skinless & boneless chicken – I use thigh. Cut into large bite size pieces
  • 2 Tblsn Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 Tblsn vege oil
  • 2 Tblsn soy sauce
  • 1 Tblsn rice vinegar
  • 2 Tblsn honey
  • 1 Tblsn toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 spring onions – fine sliced

Method

  • Put the chicken pieces on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with 1/2 the pepper flakes. Cover with another piece of parchment paper, flip over and sprinkle the other side with the rest of the chilli flakes. Pound the chicken with a meat mallet until each piece is well coated.
  • Heat oil I n a large pan over medium high heat. Cook chicken on each side for two minutes or until chicken is almost cooked through. Set aside.
  • In the same pan over medium heat, add soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey – bring to a boil. Let the sauce bubble for 1-2 minutes, until it thickens slightly.
  • Return chicken to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes – stir to ensure chicken is well coated.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds –  stir to coat evenly

Stolen from Pickled Plum : www.pickledplum.com/recipe/korean-sticky-chicken-recipe

Spinach

Stuff

  • Couple of bunches of spinach
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
    2 tspn Korean red chili pepper paste
  • 2 tspn soy sauce
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1/2 tspn sugar
  • 1 tspn sesame oil
  • 1 tspn sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Trim off the roots from the spinach. Wash thoroughly until there is no sand in the water. Blanch the spinach in salted boiling water until wilted, 30 – 40 seconds.
  • Quickly remove the spinach from the pot and shock in cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and gently squeeze out excess water. Cut into 3-inch lengths.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix everything well by hand. It will take about 10 minutes for the flavor of the seasonings to seep into the spinach.

Egg Plant

Stuff

  • 3 medium size Asian eggplants (slender and firm), cut into even 1/4 round 10-15mm cubes
  • 1 to 3 green chili peppers, cut half and into 5-8mm slices
  • 2 Tblsn canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tbspn Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 Tbspn soy sauce
  • 1 Tbspn rice wine (or mirin)
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • 1 Tbspn sesame oil
  • 1/2 tspn sesame seeds
  • pinch pepper

Method

  • Heat a pan with the oil over medium high heat. Stir fry the eggplants quickly, about a minute or until the outside starts to soften.
  • Add chili and all the remaining ingredients.  Continue to stir-fry until the eggplants are well coated with the seasonings and the chili is slightly wilted.

Cucumber

Stuff

  • 1 cucumber, thinly slice (2 to 4mm thick)
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 Tblsn Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 2 Spring Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tspn garlic, minced
  • 1 tspn vinegar
  • 1/2 tspn sugar
  • 1 tspn sesame seeds
  • 1 tspn sesame oil

Method

  • Toss cucumber slices gently with salt and set aside for 15 -20 minutes.
  • Drain excess liquid. (Avoid squeezing them because they will bruise.) Mix well with all of the remaining ingredients

 

Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan Soup

Stuff

  • 1kg zucchini, washed and chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 150ml cream
  • 100g parmesan, fine grated
  • 1 cup basil, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Serve

  • Ciabatta – for toast
  • EVOO – for drizzle

Method

  • Heat olive oil in a large heavy-based pot over a medium heat – add zucchini and garlic and saute for about 15 to 20 minutes. Cook until zucchini is soft.
  • Add chicken stock – bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and liquidize until smooth – I use a wand.
  • Return the pureed soup to the pot, along with the herbs, cream and parmesan.
  • Bring soup back to the boil, season
  • Serve immediately with some toasted ciabatta and a drizzle of EVOO

Serves 4 pax

Stolen from – Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru

Greek Yogurt Dressing

Stuff

  • 2 Tblspn fresh lemon juice (approx one lemon)
  • 1 Tblspn white wine vinegar
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, fine grated
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 1/4 tspn freshly ground black pepper
  • Bunch of fresh dill, chopped fine

Method

  • Whisk all stuff together in a bowl

Serve

  • Ice berg lettuce wedges, dressing over, sprinkle with roasted pine nuts and roasted shallots

 

 

Caramelised Onions

Stuff

  • 2 Tblsn olive oil
  • 2 – 3 red or brown onions, sliced
  • 2 Tblsn brown sugar
  • 2 Tblsn balsamic vinegar

Method

  • Heat oil in a large frypan over low heat. Add the onions and a good pinch of salt and cook very slowly for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from catching. Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up – you don’t want the onions to burn.
  • When onions are softened and tinged golden, add sugar and balsamic – this will start the caramelisation process.
  • Cook onion over low heat for a further 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sticky and caramelised.

Serve

  • Use immediately, or store in the fridge, in a sterilised jar or plastic container, and use when required.