Posts Tagged ‘turmeric

26
Apr
19

tIME FOR PIE (and bread)

A can of peaches sits on the shelve, some pie crust dough is in the fridge, 2/3 left over from a holiday recipe. Can’t think of the last time I used a canned filling but a family member brought it home with other food from a community food bank. Once I put the peaches in the pie shell, it needed more  filling of some type. Several apples were sliced and added with a light grating of ginger and turmeric root. The sweetness of the canned peaches was enough without adding more sweetness. A simple lattice top completes the bake.

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here are the sliced apples atop the canned pie filling.

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the rolling and cutting of the lattice structure

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the lattice has been applied to the pie

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OVEN TIME !

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will go about 35 minutes, probably less

Not often I use a product with genetic engineering and fructose but I guess genetic engineers need something to do if they went to school for it.

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SHIELDS UP ! I had to deploy the pie shield as the outer shell casing became too dark.

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the bubbling pie emerges

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the oozing bubbling filling

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cool down cycle

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Not a bad tasting pie , the apples off set the canned peach taste accented with the ground ginger and turmeric. Goes well with coffee.

BUT WAIT !

Of course I had some dough fermenting, a bit interesting with this mix, some leftover cooked potatoes  were chopped and squished incorporated into the dough with the wire whisk on the mixer. The topping was a concoction of thyme zatar on one loaf and seed blend on the other. Mixed with a bit of water, butter and flour each of the coatings was brushed on each loaf before baking.

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The bread was very moist, all of the potato was incorporated into the dough. Some of the filling from the pie previously baked had dripped onto the oven floor …. I SHOULD HAVE USED TIN FOIL UNDER THE PIE. Any ways the bread was very good, my good weakness !

17
Aug
18

cooking with coconut milk (chicken)

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One of the ingredients I’ve been slowly  incorporating into recipes is coconut milk. From Thai grilled shrimp to this,  it uses some similar elements for a different take on chicken. As the story goes there are probably more ways to cook chicken than anything else.

First step, thawing out and thin slicing some boneless chicken breast, many in the freezer at this time.

Next using Thai spice paste, rub the chicken and stack the fillets, let stand for about an hour, I find that this is a quick acting spice paste so a meal can be prepared with a shorter lead time than an overnight marinate.

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ground hot pepper, allspice,cloves, cassia bark star anise,celery seed, fenugreek, ginger and turmeric in center.

Free hand a spice pallet, here cinnamon, fenugreek, allspice, peppercorns, ground hot smoked pepper, whole peppercorns and the like. One of my attempts at assembling a combination. Researching some recipes revels that the ingredients are often dictated by what was locally grown and available at the time even depending on the weather and harvest conditions and may be influenced by religion. I opened the spice closet.IMG_5837

 

toasting or sputtering the whole spices

Heat a small amount of oil and flash or sputter the spices quickly, add the sliced onions ,sliced lemongrass and a bit of water to prevent burning.

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quickly add the slice onion and lemongrass.

Cook the onion and spice mixture several minutes , add water along the way if necessary till translucent. remove to a plate.

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pan fry quickly the chicken breast till just done

Yes the breast are huge!  This was slicing from only one piece.  When all are browned, return to the pan.

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Add the coconut milk, grated turmeric and ginger and several tomatoes along with the previously cooked onions and lemon grass.

Mix slightly, cover and simmer till heated through. Taste and adjust spices. I was surprised ! The coconut milk evened out all the spices, taste was more than I expected even a bit of heat with the sweetness of the coconut milk.

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plated it up with rice and cool cucumbers.

The chicken was fork tender, not overcooked. A pleasant alternative to conventional chicken gravy,  a lighter sweeter taste.

 

11
Aug
18

chicken and mushroom dumplings

quickly made and frozen, good for soup or sauce.

  • diced sautéed mushroom
  • diced cooked chicken (preferable from chicken carcass)
  • salt and pepper
  • grated turmeric and ginger
  • shredded lettuce.
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beech and white mushrooms

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added cooked chicken meat from simmered chicken carcass a small grating of ginger, turmeric

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ready to go, water for sealing dumplings

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I find that some plastic wrap placed over the dumpling maker makes them easy to remove.

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trayed for the freezer, didn’t trim the excess wrap.

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the cooks sample, boiled, the wrappers are very thin and hold the content well. Deep fried, steamed or pan fried?

12
Mar
18

Chicken Curry

From Food 52 Meera Sodha’s Mum’s Chicken Curry

  • A spicy chicken dish , I scaled the recipe in half and used 2 chicken thighs , bone in with the skin.
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and 1/2 tablespoon oil (canola, olive etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 , 1 and 3/4 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1, 1 and 1/4 inch ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 fresh chilis, green
  • salt
  • 3 or 4  oz strained tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon yogurt, plain whole milk
  • 1 lb or so chicken, the thighs are had were large so two we close to 1 lb
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

No surprises here, this is  similar to a braised dish and no marination or browning of the chicken is required. As always if you measure and prep the ingredients, the recipe goes easy.

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I found these plastic sheets for cutting at the local Job lot, inexpensive and easy to clean plus the diced ingredients can be funnelled right into the pan. Cumin seeds are on the order list, none in stock so I used ground cumin for the saute step.

So in the butter and oil sputter the cumin seeds and cinnamon. Add all the onion and cook till very golden, low medium heat, 10 to 12 minutes. Pound up the chilis and ginger and garlic in a pestle to a course paste, very fragrant ! Add it to the onion mixture. cook for additional 2 minutes.

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Now add the paste just cook the following a few minutes layering the ingredients.

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Now go with the tomato paste , ground cumin, turmeric, salt to preference and whisk in the yoghurt, cook till heated through. IMG_4516 Add the chicken. IMG_4520

Lid the pan and slow simmer about 30 minutes or until the chicken pieces are done. Finish with the final addition of the ground nuts and garam masala. Flat breads or rice is a good side.

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Tomato is the dominate flavor with a spicy finish not too hot. The curry is rather thick and towards the end of the recipe before the chicken was added, I added additional water. Its may be due to the fact or store bought yogurt is thick with no liquid.

I would probably go with more ginger and garlic, but with these many individual flavors additions, it also depends on the quality and freshness of the spices and herbs utilized that could affect the ratio and your preferences.

11
Jul
15

Lamb shank with eggplant

Loosely followed from “Engryah”,  meat and eggplant, Cooks.com

Braised lamb shank with eggplant, a savory meal !

The shank was trimmed of silvery skin and fat.IMG_8295With a bit of olive oil, the trimmings were rendered when heated.

IMG_8296Brown up the shank, remove . The cracklings go to the cook !

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Start the veggies with chopped onion…

IMG_8297A family member brought home some turmeric, Maybe sorta like a spicy carrot flavor ? Very bright color and a lot of staining power ! Turning things orange, will I turn orange if I eat too much …? :-), don’t  forget to bring on the garlic too ! (peel and diced the turmeric root) and a bit of ginger root.

IMG_8299What else is on the counter?… toss in the dried hot  pepper flakes if ya got’em…. some of mine were smoked and I have  some sun dried dried tomatoes.

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IMG_8301Building flavors for the lamb, heat up some  veggie or chicken stock in another pan…

IMG_8302Add the shank back to the pan, add enough boiling stock to cover veggies and about 1/2 way up the shank.

 

 

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Were only halfway home ,now prep the eggplant. Peel to leave strips on the side. Salt , press, wait an hour, and rinse.

IMG_8306In a skillet , brown in olive oil,  mmmmm…. won’t be long now !

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IMG_8308If frying in batches, set aside on paper towel…

IMG_8309Depending on the size and amount of meat, slowly cook til tender about 45 minutes or better.

IMG_8310Layer the eggplant over the meat, place tomato slices (I didn’t have any) on top. Sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar.

Now for the final cooking , simmer for 20-30 minutes.

IMG_8311Plate over rice is suggested but I thought of bulgar or couscous , snuck in somewhere along the way and a side of flat bread for a killer wrap. !!

IMG_8312Always looking for new combinations of the traditional “meat and potato”, this is a winner ! Flavor galore !Any beverage suggestions? A deep dark red wine comes to mind.

03
Jul
15

Roasted eggplant with veggies

What’s the easier way to prepare eggplant, other than grilling it ? just bake it !

Veggies prepped , place on a parchment lined sheet pan… eggplant, sliced, green peppers, julienne carrot and turmeric, sweet onions, dried tomato, salt and pepper. Toss  the veggies with olive oil, and brush the sliced, prepped (salted, pressed and rinsed) eggplant with olive oil.

IMG_8316bake in a hot oven….

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Couscous would be good or Bulgar wheat, but raman noodles was quicker for now.IMG_8318




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