Pressure Cooking – To fear or not to fear

Pressure cookers used to put the fear-of-God into me. Maybe Willem Prinsloo’s mother’s red, beetroot-smelling kitchen ceiling had something to do with it. Or maybe it was watching my tiny, corpulent grandmother dive for cover to avoid the cascade of piping hot barley soup exploding from a small hole in the pressure cooker lid. It…

Fresh Food Markets

We all travel for different reasons. I am not talking about visiting family or friends or meeting someone for a cup of tea or a drink. – CHECK out the beef tongue taco recipe  For my kind of travel, you need a mode of transport other than your feet – car, boat, bicycle, scooter or…

Tacos de Lengua (Beef tongue tacos)

Ingredients: One Whole cow or veal tongue , Cooked and Peeled, then diced As many as are needed Corn tortillas, Warmed Condiments 1 Medium red onion, split in half, then thinly sliced Mexican crema (or sour cream) 1 bunch Fresh coriander, Finely chopped Kernels of roasted corn on the cob Guacamole or Avocado Pear Fresh tomato…

Bite that tongue

The recipe Maybe you are one of the people who have fallen victim to the myth that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body. Sadly, it is not – not by any definition, nor by any actual measure of strength. But, that does not make the tongue any less impressive. The tongue consists…

Pickled tongue with chickpea and mustard sauce

Story – Bite That Tongue Ingredients: The tongue 1 Pickled ox tongue 2 Onions, Cut into quarters 2 Sticks Celery, Cut into 4 pieces each 1 Large Carrot, Peeled and cut into 4 equal pieces 1 Leek, Cleaned and cut into 4 pieces 2 Liters Chicken stock (or Water) The Sauce 100 Grams Butter 4…

Beef sosaties with fresh mint and coriander chutney

The story – Sosaties Revisited Ingredients: The Sosaties 500 grams Beef sirloin 500 milliliters Water 15 grams Salt 6 Juniper berries, Whole 2 Bay leaf, Whole 10 Coriander seeds, Whole 10 Black pepper corns, Whole The marinade 500 grams Greek yogurt 1 Green chilies, Chopped 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves, Chopped 2 tablespoons Garam masala…

Stir-fried beef with Black Bean Sauce

Read the story here – Aspergillus oryzae – Fermentation and Umami Ingredients: 600 grams Beef rump or siroin steak 30 milliliters Shao hsing (rice) wine, (or dry sherry) 1 teaspoon Salt 1 teaspoon Palm sugar, (or ordinary white sugar) 80 milliliters Vegetable oil 2 teaspoons Corn starch 1 tablespoon Water Black bean sauce 1 Red onion,…

Spicy Beef and Tofu with Sichuan Peppercorn

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO MAKE TOFU Ingredients 400 grams Medium-firm tofu 200 grams Ground beef 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns 1 teaspoon Ginger, Minced 1 teaspoon Garlic , Minced 3 tablespoons Chili and black bean sauce 1 teaspoon Sugar 2 teaspoons Light soy sauce 3 Spring onions, Finely sliced length wise 2 Fresh red chili,…

Cooking meat the right way

The recipe I thought I would use today’s column to very briefly discuss some of the key techniques used in the cooking of meat. Most of us love meat, but do not always cook it the correct way. Hopefully I can help you out a bit. Why do we cook meat? Harold McGee in “On…

Lamb shank pie

The Story – all about meat Ingredients: 6 Lamb shanks 500 milliliters Red wine 500 milliliters Chicken stock 1 Onion, Cut into quarters 2 large Carrots, Peeled and chopped into large chunks 3 stalks Celery, Cut into chunks 200 grams Unsmoked bacon, Cut into lardons 2 cloves Garlic, Peeled and left whole 3 Bay leaves 2…

Burmese pounded beef with herbs

Column Ingredients: 500 grams Beef silverside, cut into 2 cm cubes 1 teaspoon Sichuan pepper 200 milliliters Coconut milk 5  tablespoons Spring Onion, finely sliced 1 teaspoon Peanut oil Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish Fresh red chili, seeded and finely sliced for garnish 1 Makut lime leaf, finely sliced for garnish The Herb paste 1 tablespoon…

Lime-cured beef salad with pear and sprouts

The story Ingredients: 500 grams Beef Fillet 1 cup Lime Juice, Freshly squeezed 1 tablespoon Fish sauce 1 teaspoon White pepper 2 teaspoons Palm sugar 1 teaspoon Salt 3 cloves Garlic 2 tablespoons Peanut oil 1 handful Basil 1 handful Fresh coriander leaves 1/2 Red onion, Sliced finely 1 Pear , Sliced and cut into…

Tagine Kefta

Story – Mistaken Identity Ingredients: 1 kg Beef mince 8 Fresh tomatoes, Skins and seeds removed, and chopped 1 Red Onion, Thinly sliced 3 cloves Garlic, Finely chopped 1/2 Preserved lemon, Chopped 1 cup Black olives, Deseeded 2 tablespoons Bread crumbs 5 tablespoons Flat leaf parsely, Finely chopped 3 Egg 2 sticks Cinnamon 3 teaspoons…

Slow braised short ribs with vegetables

The story Ingredients: 1 kilogram Beef shortribs, Cut into portions 2 Onions, Sliced 4 Leeks, White parts only, cleaned and sliced 3 Carrots, Sliced 3 Cloves Garlic, Finely sliced 4 stalks Celery, sliced 2 tablespoons Tomato paste 750 milliliters Red wine 1 1/2 liters Beef stock 4 Fresh bay leaves 2 tablespoons Fresh thyme 1/2…