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…

What’s in the Fridge?

The Recipe – Confit Duck Salad For most home cooks the refrigerator is the focus point of their kitchen. It is here where serious cooking begins and ends. Most of the fresh produce we buy is stored here and almost all of what is left over after we have eaten finds they way back here. I…

Confit Duck Salad

  Read this: What’s in the Fridge? Ingredients: 4 Duck legs (drumstick and tighs) 1 kg Salt 20 Black peppercorns 6 Sprigs Fresh thyme 4 Fresh bay leaves 6 Garlic cloves, Peeled and crushed 4 tablespoons Duck fat The Labneh 1 Liter Greek yogurt 1/2 teaspoon Salt The Salad 2 Confit duck legs 2 handsful Baby…

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,…

Vietnamese style curried tripe

Story: Camping And Curries Ingredients Curry powder 8 Curry leaves 2 Star Anise 3 Dried red chili 4 tablespoons Coriander seeds 2 tablespoons Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds 1/2 teaspoon Whole cloves 1 teaspoon Black peppercorns 1 tablespoon Ground turmeric 1 teaspoon Ground ginger 1 teaspoon Nutmeg (grated) 1/2 teaspoon…

Asian prawn salad

Ingredients: 450 grams Prawns, Shelled and deveined 2 Spring Onion 1/2 Cucumber 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander 1 Red chili, Seeds removed 3 tablespoons Peanut oil 2 tablespoons Lime Juice 1 teaspoon Fish sauce 1/2 teaspoon Palm sugar Directions: 1. Heat a wok or large frying pan till smoking hot. Add two tablespoons of peanut oil….

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…

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,…

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,…

Flirting with socialism and committing to happiness

The recipe Someone once said “if you are not a socialist by the time you are twenty five, you have no heart; and if you are still a socialist by the time you are thirty-five you have no brain”; or at least something to that effect. How times have changed. These days, very few people…

Chairman Mao’s Red-Braised Pork Belly

The story Ingredients: 500 grams Pork Belly, Whole, skin on 30 grams Ginger, Skin on, sliced 2 tablespoons Sugar 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil 1 tablespoon Rice wine or dry sherry 1 Star Anise 3 Dried red chili 1 piece Cassia bark or cinnamon stick, 5-6 cm 1/4 cup Light soy sauce 4 Spring Onion, Chopped…

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…

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…

Red Curry Duck with Lychees

Story – The last mile to Dead Vlei Ingredients:4 Duck breasts 2 cups Coconut cream 4 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 2 cups Coconut milk 8 Makut (Thai) Lime Leaves, Torn in large pieces 3 tablespoons Fish sauce 1 cup Canned Lychees, Drained 3 Red chillies, Sliced finely 1 cup Basil, fresh, shredded to taste…

Asian salad – Smashed and bruised

Let me help you though the salad bar Ingredients: 1 Cucumber, Deseeded 2 Spring Onion 50 grams Cashew Nuts, Unsalted and roasted 10 Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half 2 teaspoons Palm sugar 2 Whole cloves garic 60 grams Snake beans or green beans 1 Chili, dried 2 tablespoons Fish sauce 1 teaspoon Sesame oil 2…

Poached Yellowtail with an Asian Glaze

The story: How to cook Fish Ingredients: 600 g Fresh Yellowtail Fillets, Cut into 3 equal sized portions 3 cups Fish stock 1 Red Chili, Deseeded and finely sliced 2 Makut (Thai) Lime Leaves, Roughly shredded 1 tablespoon Galangal (Or Ginger), Roughly chopped 1/2 cup Palm sugar (or ordinary) 2 stalks Lemon grass, Crushed 2…

Yellow curry shrimp with Tamarind (Kaeng Leuang Goong)

Hitchhiking with Jim Reeves Ingredients: 800 grams Fresh prawns, Deveined and shelled 400 milliliters Coconut milk 1/4 cup Thai yellow curry paste 1 1/2 cups Water 1 tablespoon Fish sauce 2 teaspoons Palm sugar 2 teaspoons Tamarind pulp 1 Red Chili, Finely sliced into long strips Directions: Heat 1 cup of coconut milk in a…

Chicken poached in masterstock with noodles and scallions

Read the story.  Ingredients: 1 Whole chicken 500 milliliters Mirren 500 milliliters Rice wine or dry sherry 6 centimeters Ginger, peeled and thickly sliced 250 milliliters Light soy sauce 1 1/2 liters Water 80 grams Palm sugar Directions: Add all the liquid ingredients in a deep pot with the palm sugar and bring to the…

Cambodian Saraman (Beef with Ginger and Peanuts) Curry – Recipe

One of Cambodia’s most famous curries. Beef with lots of ginger and cardamom, some Indian spices and peanuts. One to try if you ever visit this beautiful country with its really, really sad history. But in Siem Riep, don’t order it from one of the tourist eateries in Bar Street. Rather find one of the…