Entries tagged chicken stock

February 17th, 2014

Dhansak dhal

For the first time in my life, I now own a coffee grinder which can also grind spices. After coming across this recipe for Dhansak dhal I was really curious to try out making my own spice mixes. Dhansak is a traditional Parsi recipe – kind of a mix of Indian and Persian cuisine it seems […]

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May 6th, 2013

Quince & lamb meatballs

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A variation on a recipe from Jerusalem. I had planned to make quinces stuffed with lamb, but the quinces we had some codling moth damage, so I cut off the usable bits and made meatballs in quince sauce instead. The meatballs had a wonderful flavour from the allspice and ginger, and the quinces had a […]

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September 2nd, 2012

Overly elaborate chicken pie

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The most complicated pie I’ve ever made. I knew I wanted a chicken pie, and I kind-of made this up as I went along. It was fun to make, and tasted great. First up: the pastry. I made some quick puff pastry using roughly combined flour, water and butter — rolled and folded 4 times […]

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August 13th, 2012

Roast broccoli and fennel, chicken soup, brown rice

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Oh, the wonderful things you can make when you have good chicken soup handy in the freezer. Roast broccoli is my new favourite way to do broccoli: in a roasting tray, sprinkled with olive oil, salt and cumin, roasted in a very hot oven for 40 minutes or so. The stalks go creamy, the heads […]

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July 31st, 2012

Onion soup

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I seem to be turning this into some kind of “soup diary”. Maybe because its winter. Today: Onion soup! Lots of onions (I think I used about 8): brown slowly in a pot with butter and olive oil. Really slowly: it should take around 45 minutes, give or take. Stir a lot, scraping the sweet caramelised […]

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July 29th, 2012

Chicken and garlic noodle soup

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A cheat’s home-made faux Phõ. I made this soup by using my poached chicken stock recipe, and adding 4 whole heads (that’s heads, not cloves) of garlic to the pot. Once the stock was done, I fished the garlic out, squeezed out the poached garlic, and cooked up a very quick noodle soup with the […]

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July 2nd, 2012

Twice cooked crispy chicken and potatoes

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  This is an example of the kind of thing you can make with the poached chicken from my stock recipe. I took some par-boiled potatoes (boiled until just soft to the point of a knife) and fried them off with some garlic, salt and parsley in the chicken-fat that I’d rendered from the poached […]

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June 2nd, 2012

Endive, silverbeet and chorizo

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Yep, just that. The endive is quite bitter, but the chorizo and sherry vinegar are sweet which makes a nice combination.

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March 17th, 2012

Steak Frites

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I kind of overdid it with the jus, but it was pretty great anyway. This was my first attempt at cooking steak on our new(ish) griddle — so much better than in a regular pan… I’m getting pretty good at oven frites. The important thing is to use a really hot oven, and to par-boil […]

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July 24th, 2011

Pea, ham and mint soup

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With a few silly mistakes along the way. This is another simple and quick soup to make—fried onions, mint, ham and bay leaves in olive oil. Once the onion is translucent you add some frozen peas for a few minutes, then top it up with stock—ideally ham stock, but it works pretty well with chicken […]

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