raoin: (appetites vs. needs)
taken from Martha Stewart's "Everyday Food" Oct 2010,
http://www.marthastewart.com/331819/simple-vegetable-curry

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 cup long-grain white rice
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a 13.5-ounce can)
1 sweet potato (about 3/4 pound), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
fresh cilantro, for serving

DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add mustard seeds and half the onion and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, 3 minutes. Add rice and stir to combine. Add 1 1/2 cups water, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer; cook until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

2. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add remaining onion and cook, stirring often, until soft, 3 minutes. Add curry paste and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add sweet potato and cauliflower and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Stir chickpeas into curry and increase heat to high. Simmer rapidly until liquid reduces slightly, 2 minutes. Serve curry over rice with cilantro.

NOTES
*I used olive oil instead of vegtable oil
*In cooking the rice i used chicken stock instead of water (because i needed to use my stock)
*Ryam hates sweet potato so i used carrots instead
*I omitted the chickpeas because i was using leftover turkey, the chickpeas offer some nice protein though and i've had other Stewart curries using chickpeas that were awesome.
*So, in the place where it says "add chickpeas" i added the leftover turkey pieces.
*I bought my curry paste at the YDFM, and probably used twice as much as i needed.
*I bought my coconut milk from the YDFM and chose the brand with the highest percentage of coconut in it (81%).
*There's no sense in only using part of a can of coconut milk, i drank the remainder but i think you could just add in the whole 13.5oz can without harming anything.
*At first you're like, 'uggh mustard seeds look like little brown dots in my rice.' but then you'll be, 'yay, tasty mustard seeds make my rice awesome.'
*If you boil through the water in your pan while cooking rice, and your rice is still not done, add about a half cup more water to the pan, cover and resume cooking as normal.
*I omitted the cilantro because i did not have any. i'm sure it adds a wonderful top note to this dish, whatever.

anyway.
verdict from the adults: awesome, will eat again.
verdict from the baby: rice was good, but was not interested in the curry.
raoin: (Mämmi from Finland)
stolen from out of the July 2011 Better Homes and Gardens
submitted to the magazine by Tory Paterson of Ransomville, NY

INGREDIENTS
8 slices of chopped bacon
1lb of skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into bit sized pieces
1.5 cups chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1-2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 large yukon gold potatoes, chopped
2 cups fresh sweet corn kernels
1.5 cups whipping cream
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves

INSTRUCTIONS
1) in a 5-6 quart dutch-oven/cook pot, cook bacon until crisp. remove with a slotted spoon; set aside. reserve about 1TBS of dripping in the pan.
2)add chicken to the pan, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt, 1tsp black pepper. stir over medium-high heat until chicken is no longer pink; remove with slotted spoon. leave all remaining drippings and juices in the pan.
3)add sweet pepper and onion to the pan. cook and stir until tender. add jalapenos and garlic; cook and stir about 3 minutes.
4)stir in flour and actively stir for 1 minute.
5) add broth and potatoes. bring to boiling, then reduce heat and cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender. stir occasionally.
6)stir in chicken, bacon, corn, cream, cayenne, and bay leaves. simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes; stir occasionally.
7) discard bay leaves.
8) serve. top with jalapeno slices if desired.

makes approx. eight (8) servings.


NOTES
1)if you dont like bacon or cant eat bacon, you can leave this part out. instead, substitute approx. 2 TBS olive oil, butter, margarine, or cooking oil to use in step two.
2)cut the chicken pieces smaller than you think you'll want them. bite sized on a fork is different than bite sized in a spoon.
3)i used two jalapenos that first time out and i'm still regretting it. it's not that i'm a wimp who cant handle hot food, it's that between the black pepper, the cayenne pepper, and the jalapenos, this dish delivers the goods on the one-two punch of heat. and the leftovers are even spicier the next day. use one jalapeno and you'll end up perfect.
4)if you cant have corn (diveriticulitis, colitis, or other bowel/intestinal issues) you can leave it out completely, but i recommend that you employ some other vegetation to add color and flavor. cauliflower (the yellow kind, or otherwise) would work, put it in at the same time you put in the potatoes so it has a chance to soften.
5) my bay leaves are small and old. so i typically use two to three times as many as recommended.
6) i know at least one person who cant have garlic. it isnt critical to this recipe, but if you MUST leave it out, use approx. 1 TBS fresh minced ginger or galangal in it's place, or you could use 2 tsp powdered ginger, or 2 tsp powered galangal. something to provide that particular bulby-rooty spice note.
7) if you dont have whipping cream, half n' half will do. but instead of using 1.5 cups, use 1.25 cups.
8) i served mine with thick toasted slices of italian loaf. i think bread is a critical component, but i love bread. you could also serve this with cornbread, texas toast, or just toasted slices of wonderbread.
9)says approx. 8 servings. more like 10. serve small and you've got 12.
10) havent tested freezing it. not sure how that would come out. would be willing to try but the leftovers didnt last - too tasty to ignore.
raoin: (like a jedi)
i didnt have a lot of the ingredients being asked for for either of the recipes i was looking at
thus, something involving parts of both

YOU WILL NEED
two carrots - roughly shredded
two shallots - roughly diced
five cloves of garlic - crushed or slivered
roughly 12oz of rice noodles
1lb of chicken - trimmed and cut into one-inch cubes

1/2 cup of chicken broth or water
1/4th tsp brown sugar
1/4th tsp of finely ground pepper

1 large egg white
1/4th tsp salt
1TBS cornstarch

1&1/2 tsp curry powder

cooking oil of choice (i used peanut oil)

DIRECTIONS

TO VELVET CHICKEN
1) Mix the egg white, 1/4th tsp of salt, and the cornstarch together thoroughly. Then mix the cubed chicken into this marinade and seal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 30+minutes.

2) Once chicken has been marinated: in a large wok or sizeable skillet place enough frying oil to coat bottom of the pan to a depth of around 1/8th of an inch. heat until the oil is close to 275 degrees farenheit.

3) Test the heat by placing a piece of chicken in the wok - it should float.

4) Add the chicken cubes, and let cook until they just turn white, be sure to keep the pieces apart, otherwise they'll stick together. Quickly remove the chicken cubes from the wok as soon as they turn white, and pat them down with paper towels to remove excess oil.

5) set aside for later use.

NOODLES
1) Put a large pot of water on to boil. When it boils, place rice noodles in the boiling water, cover and take the pot off the heat. Let the noodles sit in the water for 8-10 minutes, then drain and let sit in a colander until needed.

STIR FRY
1) Take 1/2 cup chicken broth and mix with 1/4th tsp brown sugar and 1/4th tsp ground pepper. set aside.

2) In a very large wok or skillet, place 2 TBS of oil and put the heat on medium-high. Add the shallots and the garlic. Cook until fragrant.

3) Add in the shredded carrots. Sprinkle the curry powder over the carrot, shallot, garlic mixture. Stir gently for 2 to 3 minutes, making sure everything is well coated in curry.

4) add the noodles and the chicken. stir for around 5 minutes.

5) Add the chicken broth/brown sugar/pepper mixture and stir gently for another 5 minutes, adding extra chicken broth or water if you feel the mixture is too dry. let simmer, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes.

6) Tasty noodles are now ready to eat.



SOME AFTER-THOUGHTS
1) i used only carrots and shallots because that's all i had. adding in a 1/2cup peas or a chopped head of broccili would be tasty too. really any vegetable would make for a good addition.

2) velveting chicken is a messy job. and the chicken cooks REALLY quickly. wear an apron and clothes you dont care about. if i were doing this regularly, i would probably cook a double or triple batch of the chicken and save it to use later.

3) however, velveting chicken is totally worth it. the result is a very tasty, distinct flavor, with a juiciness that you wont get from pan frying, grilling, or baking.

4) The noodle portion of the group comes out less spicy, the chicken comes out very spicy. a pleasant curry kick all the way around. we'll see how it reheats.
raoin: (epicness)
Bayoubaisse
borrowed from: http://www.olsouthrecipes.com/cajun/baisse.html
Serves approx. 6-8


Sauce Ingredients:
* 1/2 medium onion, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, crushed
* 2 tbsp. olive oil
* 4 tbsp. butter
* 2 stalk celery (each roughly a foot long?), chopped
* 6 small carrots (each about hand-length), chopped
* 1 bunch green onions, chopped
* One 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with chili peppers
* One 16-oz. can whole tomatoes, chopped
* 1 tbsp. tomato paste
* 3-1/3 cup water
* 2 tsp. salt
* Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
* 2 tsp. each of oregano, basil and thyme
* 4 bay leaves
* 1 jalepeno, discard seeds, chopped fine
* 3 hot finger peppers, discard seeds, chopped fine
* Cooked rice (approx 2 cups (pre-cooking) is enough to feed six people.)


Sauce Directions:
1. In large pot, Saute onion and garlic in oil and butter over medium heat for five minutes; do not brown.
2. Add celery, carrot and green onions. Cook covered 5 minutes over low heat.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer partially covered 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
4. Discard bay leaves before adding seafood.


Seafood Ingredients:
* 1 lb. shellfish (crawfish, shrimp, oysters and/or crab)
* 1 lb. catfish or other firm white fish (check for bones, chop to size of shrimp)
* 2 tbsp. flour or potato starch (enough to coat seafood)
* 1 tsp. garlic, chopped
* 2 tbsp. olive oil
* 4 tbsp. butter
* 1 cup white wine
* Green onions, chopped
* Parsley


Seafood Directions:
1. Dust seafood with flour.
2. In a large frying pan, saute garlic in oil and butter over medium heat for 1 minute. Do not brown.
3. Add all seafood. Saute over medium-high heat until seafood is golden.
4. Add wine, stir, cook 1 minute or until mix seems to thicken.
5. Add the sauce which was previously prepared. Cover. Cook 3-4 minutes over low heat. This will thicken considerably.
6. Serve in large bowls with rice and sprinkled with green onions and parsley.



i added a lot more in the way of heat to my version (hence the added peppers).
causing the delightful dichotomy between OMG HOT! and OMG DELICIOUS!
Ours ended up being served with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. to cut the heat.
although it was VERY good without the cheese.
i only used catfish and shrimp. i'd love to take the time to try adding bunches of different seafoods.
the leftovers are sure to be divine.

this also makes the whole house smell awesome.
mouth-salivating awesome.
i'll be doing this again soon.
next time with cornbread... yes... i think i could be encouraged to like cornbread for the sake of this dish.
or perhaps big fluffy buttery heaven rolls.
Buchty? (not the Slovakian variety filled with cream cheese but the butter-dinner rolls)

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