Thursday, 25 August 2016
I couldn't find salt fish anywhere, and Paul's fish is so great I thought I would amend the classic saltfish and ackee very slightly and use fresh cod. I poached it first, so that it would flake gently into the dish, as would be expected of real saltfish.
Also, instead of the classic callaloo, I wilted spinach with some onions. Callaloo, is available at the Mediterranean Pantry at the moment.
I have a lovely american waffle iron gadget, so waffles are easy and delicious - I don't use it often enough. If you don't have one, you could do light pancakes instead.
Most of the dish was sourced from Todmorden Market - The Mediterranean Pantry for spices, flour, ackee, The Crumbly Cheese for yogurt, Bracewell's butchers for the eggs, Paul for the fish and Garry for the veg. Soya milk and baking powder from my cupboard.
Cornmeal (or polenta)
Baking powder (1 tsp)
Cod fillets, skinned
1. Make the waffle batter. Mix together dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. Then whisk the two together.
2. Poach the fish in water.
3. Fry onion and red pepper for about 10 minutes with thyme and chili, then add the fish, then the ackee to heat through. Don't move it about too much as it could easily turn into mush.
4. Make waffles.
5. Fry another chopped onion in coconut oil, add spinach and a grating of nutmeg and a splash of water to wilt the spinach.
Jamaican patties with yam and green beans.
I made GF pastry for these, which was extra crumbly, so they didn't seal very well, but they were delicious - I also made two versions, a beef one and a vegetarian one from aduki beans.
Yam is interesting, it was sticky when peeled, which I wasn't expecting, and I think I over-cooked it as it was quite dry.
Caribbean curry powder
1. Make the pastry by rubbing in the butter with the seasoned flour and turmeric mixture, add a little water to for the dough, chill for at least 30 minutes.
2. Boil aduki beans for about 40 minutes.
3. Make the filling - in coconut oil sweat down grated onion, garlic, carrot and red pepper. Add the curry powder, thyme and chili.
4. In another pan fry the minced beef.
5. Drain the beans, split veg mixture in two - mix one into the beef, and one into the beans. Add breadcrumbs and cook for a further 10 minutes. (I only put breadcrumbs in the beef mixture - the beans remained gluten free).
6. Peel yam, chop into pieces, sprtiz with lemon juice, shake on a little caribbean seasoning and roast - probably for about 45 minutes.
7. Roll pastry into circles, fill and seal using the prongs of a fork. Bake for 30 minutes-ish.
8. Steam beans.
Both versions were declared delicious.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Fried chicken with rice and peas, and some plantain. Fried chicken was excellent, rice and peas were excellent - plantain - well it's good for you!
Chicken coating mix
1. Gently sautee chopped onion and quite a lot of crushed garlic.
2. Tip in the tin of peas - do not rinse them!
3. Add a good pinch of thyme, seasoning and a tin of coconut milk.
4. Bring to the boil, stir, add rice and water to 1 inch above the surface. Stir once.
5. Bring to the boil again, slam on lid, turn heat right down. The rice will be done when all the liquid has been absorbed.
6. Whisk eggs lightly, cover each chicken piece. Coat with seasoning mix.
7. Fry for a few minutes each side, in batches, keeping warm in between.
8. Fry plantain for a few minutes each side.
9. Serve with a simple salad.
A gentle start to Caribbean food week, you could, of course serve with hot sauce for more of a kick.
Cheese (I used 3 - cheddar, a goat's hard cheese and a french softer cheese)
1. Cut potatoes into chunks, roast in olive oil in a hot oven for about an hour.
2. Steam cauliflower.
3. Make sauce by boiling soya milk, seasoning, and mustard, then melt in the cheese. Slate cornflour in water, and add to thicken the sauce.
4. Chuck baby spinach into cauliflower in an oven dish, cover with sauce and bake for about 30 minutes.
5. Put olive oil on kangeroo steaks, and fry on each side for about 4 minutes - remove to rest.
6. Deglaze grill pan with red wine, to form a jus.
7. Serve, scoff ... yum
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Equally fabulous was the cabbage from Jean from The Crumbly Cheese - OK, you can't buy them from her - this was a delicious gift from her garden ... Jean - your cabbage was amazing!
Also, potatoes and carrots available from Garry outside.
Gravy made with apple and calvados jelly from The Mediterranean Pantry - it was a feast.
1. Peel and boil potatoes.
2. Prep and steam carrots and cabbage.
3. Fry gammon on a medium heat, until it starts to colour on both sides. Remove and keep warm.
4. Mash potato, add butter and seasoning.
5. Add white wine (or cider) to gammon pan to make gravy from the juices, add a spoon of apple jelly until it melts.
6. Fry eggs for the vegetarian.
7. Serve, scoff .... groan cos you're too full to leave the table!
Gluten free flour
1. Cut potatoes into wedges, toss in olive oil and roast for 40 ish minutes.
2. Whisk egg into flour, season and whisk in soya milk to reach a thick, double cream consistency. Leave to stand while the potatoes roast.
3. 20 minutes in chop onion, put in a pan with a drop of olive oil. Add chopped beans and a cup of wine or water and simmer.
4. After 10 minutes - put olive oil and coconut oil in a large frying pan, and heat until hot.
5. Dredge the fish in the batter, and fry for 3 minutes on each side. Drain on kitchen paper.
6. Serve, scoff.
Delicious - the batter is gluten free and lactose free, so we could all enjoy it - it's light, but crisps up well.
Friday, 19 August 2016
The high point of the day, though, was getting a distinction in a Diploma in Nutrition. Excellent news.
But, back to the recipe - it's near the end of the week for the veg box, and supplies are quite limited, so I scrabbled together what was left and made a tarte tatin, with garlic cavolo nero, anya potatoes - and left over steamed veg. It went down very well.
1. Chop onions, mushrooms and squash and gently fry in olive oil. After about 10 minutes add a little red wine and a little stock it it's looking dry.
2. Roll out pastry, brush with a little mustard.
3. Cover the vegetables with the pastry, tucking the edges into the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes and steam the veg.
5. Finally quickly fry the cavolo nero and finely chopped garlic in olive oil.
6. Serve, scoff.
Again, an entirely veggie dinner (vegan apart from the pastry), and the meat freaks did not complain, but had seconds.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Easy peasy ... made a tiny bit harder because of the current dietary requirements at Kitchen Fairies HQ ... 1 veggie ...easy red peppers stuffed with mushrooms and onions, then mozarella, tomatoes and basil. 1 meat eater, but cheese and tomato dodger. 1 meat eater and tomato dodger. 1 eats pretty much anything, but shouldn't eat cheese.
So, basically, we all had stuffed peppers, but there was some variety in the fillings.
Potato and green bean salad dressed with garlicky vinaigrette.
1. Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil, add mushrooms.
2. Prepare peppers by cutting in half and scooping out seeds and connective bits.
3. Boil potatoes, steam green beans.
4. remove veggie portion of onions mix and stuff into veggie's peppers.
5. Add steak mince, and a tiny pinch of cinnamon and chili flakes to onion and mushrooms, fry off.
6. Slice mozzarella and tomatoes, add to veggie's peppers, with a few leaves of fresh basil.
7. Stuff other peppers with appropriate collections of steak mince, mozarella, tomatoes ... Drizzle them all with olive oil, and put int the oven for 20 minutes or so.
8. Make dressing for potatoes, add crushed garlic to olive oil and balsamic - drain potatoes, add wo dressing, with beans when still warm.
9. Serve, scoff
Rice (basmati because that is what I had, should really have been jasmine or something)
Coconut oil (fries well at a high temperature)
Chinese rice wine
Oyster sauce (vegan)
Toasted sesame oil.
1. Prepare all the veg - peel etc and chop into even sized pieces. The list above is what I used because that's what we had - I would have added beansprouts, pak choi, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, lotus root if I had had any, but this was an English interpretation.
2. Cook rice by your preferred method - I use abrorption ie. cover rice in pan with 1 inch of water, bring to the boil, slam on lid, turn heat right down and leave ... but you could also bung it in the microwave.
3. In a wok/deep frying pan - melt the coconut oil, heat quite high, then add onions, garlic and ginger. Toss about a bit, then add the rest of the veg and the chili flakes, toss about a bit. Add wet seasonings and about half a cup of water, simmer for a few minutes.
4. Slake corflour in water, add to veg, stir in. Throw in cashew nuts, stir.
5. Serve, sprinkle with sesame seeds and drizzle lightly with sesame oil.
Patti pan squash
1. Make 2 casseroles, 1 meaty, 1 veggie - by sauteeing onion and gralic in olive oil, in 2 pans.
2. To the meat one add pork, chopped chorizo and cider.
3. To the veggie one add paprika, saffron, red pepper, pattipan squash and sherry. THen add chickpeas.
4. Chop mushrooms, fry with garlic and brandy.
5. Chop tomatoes, put anchovies on top.....
oh, yes start the baby potatoes first.