Backyard Karaoke

Who is your go-to person when life gets a little demanding? A brother? Or a sister maybe? And what do you when the going gets tough? Drink tea? Eat cake? Enjoy some bubbly? The table is covered with red plastic and filled with every type of empty vessel or container associated with the art of…

Top 9 Kitchen Tools and Crispy Guinea Fowl Wings with Garlic and Chilli Sauce

See recipe below: Crispy Guinea Fowl Wings with Garlic and Chilli Sauce I love tools, all sorts of tools.  As a result, I have lots of kitchen tools. Statistically, there is a strong, positive correlation between the love of tools and the actual number of tools purchased or collected. In my case, that strong, positive correlation also…

Bubbling away: Winter soup

By Christie Keulder For most people soup is winter food. As soon as the first chill arrives, everyone is scrambling for his or her soups spoons because here are few things as satisfying as a hearty bowl of warm soup on a cold night. Yet, a large number of people do not make soup anymore….

Chicken, Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients: 1 Whole chicken 2 liters Water 4 Leeks, white part only, Washed and sliced 6 Slices Bacon 6 Potatoes, Peeled and sliced 3 stalks Celery 11/2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme 1 Bay leaf Salt and pepper 1 cup Cream Directions: 1. Place the chicken and water in a pressure cooker and cook under low pressure…

In search of a golden bird

It is 9 o’clock Tuesday morning and I am about to open a beer.  Not be cause I want to, but because I have to. I really do not care that much for alcohol, but I do care about roast chicken. That is the truth. Over the past two weeks, I have managed to overcome…

Perfectly roasted chicken

Recipe By: Nathan Myhrvold (et.al.) Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking Ingredients: 1 Whole chicken, Skin intact To taste Salt To taste Pepper 1 can Beer Directions: 1. Starting at the neck or cavity, slowly and carefully work your fingers in underneath the skin of the chicken. Gently loosen the skin from the…

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

The story Ingredients: 3 Baby chicken, Whole 1 tablespoon Coursely ground black pepper 1 tablespoon Ground allspice ½ teaspoon Ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon Fresh thyme, chopped 4 Spring onions, chopped 2 Scotch bonnet chillies, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon Salt 2 tablespoons Dark soy sauce Juice of…

Vietnamese chicken salad with cabbage and fresh herbs

The story  Ingredients: Master stock 250 milliliters Light soy sauce 60 milliliters Dark soy sauce 2 tablespoons Salt 4 Cinnamon quills 6 Star anise 6 Green cardamom pods 5 liters Water The dressing 60 milliliters Fish sauce 60 milliliters Rice vinegar 2 tablespoons Sugar 2 Garlic cloves, Finely chopped 1 Red chilli, Finely chopped 2 tablespoons Lime juice 125 milliliters Water Fried onions 250 grams Small (cocktail) onions, Cut in half, then sliced thinly 1 tablespoon Flour 200 milliliters Oil Fried garlic 7 Garlic cloves,…

Pan-fried Chicken Breasts with Green Olives and Amarula Sauce

The story  Ingredients: 4 Chicken breasts, Large, skin removed 1 tablespoon Butter 1 tablespoon Olive oil Salt Pepper 1/2 cup Bread flour 1 teaspoon Paprika 1 teaspoon Garlic powder 1 teaspoon Dried thyme 60 milliliters Amarula Liquer 250 milliliters Chicken stock 60 milliliters Lemon juice 1/2 cup Green olives, Pitted and sliced 30 milliliters Brandy…

Cajun Chicken and Okra Salad with Garlic Yogurt Dressing

The story Ingredients: 3 Chicken breasts, Skin removed 9 Okra 4 pieces Bacon 12 Asparagus tips 1 Aubergine, Large 2 tablespoons Flour 1 Egg, beaten Oil, For deep-frying Cajun Spice Mix 1 3/4 teaspoons Paprika 1 3/4 teaspoons Salt 1 1/4 teaspoons Dry mustard 1 1/4 teaspoons Onion powder 3/4 teaspoon Garlic powder 3/4 teaspoon…

Chicken, Coconut and Ginger Soup (Tom Khaa Kai)

Column Ingredients: 750 milliliters Coconut milk 400 grams Chicken breasts, Skin removed and sliced 150 grams Button mushrooms 200 grams Baby tomatoes, Cut in half 3 Spring Onion, Sliced in 3 cm pieces 4 Baby corn, Cut into 2 cm pieces 3 Chillies, Seeds removed and sliced thinly 2 stalks Lemon grass, bruised 5 cm…

Chicken Al Emir of Catania

The story – Cooking and the Art of Seduction   Ingredients: 1 Whole chicken, Cut into pieces 1 Round loaf of crusty bread 2 cups Chicken stock 1/4 cup Olive oil 1/4 cup Almonds, toasted 1/4 cup Pistachio nuts 2 tablespoons Capers 2 tablespoons Fresh parsley 2 Eggs, slightly beaten 250 grams Artichoke harts, Cooked and…

Coq au Vin (Rooster Braised in Wine)

Story – A modest man Ingredients: Whole chicken, Cut into pieces 1/2 cup Smoked bacon, Diced 16 Small (cocktail) onions, Kept whole 3 tablespoons Flour 500 milliliters Red wine 200 milliliters Chicken stock 300 grams Button mushrooms 3 cloves Garlic, Finely chopped Black pepper 1 1/2 tablespoon Thyme 3 Bay leaves Salt 3 tablespoons Oilve…