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Making Sushi!

Wow…I love this lesson in Sushi Making and will definitely try it…Thanx to Dolly for making it look so easy and definitely one I will be trying with the grandkids…Thay will love it!

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That’s what the kids in camp yelled when they saw the big rice bowl. I am not a sushi chef  – or any kind of a chef! – but I was taught by one, a dear friend and author of Mesorah Sushi, Linda Gershater. Mesorah means Tradition, and Linda, Japanese by birth, grew up in the traditional Japanese cuisine. In this post, I will only share the basic techniques of making two kinds of sushi rolls.  As you are probably aware, there are numerous other kinds of sushi, as well as specific recipes, but even this post is promising to be a long one, and each kind of sushi deserves a separate post. Maybe some time in the future…

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Please forgive me if it sounds as if I am addressing children. I have taught sushi making in camp for years, I have made sushi with my own grandchildren and…

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Fruity Friday… The unusual Jack Fruit

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You probably all know by now that I love the unusual and unusual food recipes, given that I am ever so slightly quirky, whimsical and often laugh( when) I really shouldn’t…Oops.

Given to coming up with some unusual foods recipes, which even make me baulk at times, however, more often than not and I know the saying says ” We eat with our eyes” But you miss some damn good food and recipes by bypassing that bit… just close your eyes and go for it…

One unusual food recipe came about from a request from one of my readers who were looking at alternative food sources and asked me if I had a recipe…

Do I have a recipe???? Haha

I have for you what is called the Wonder Tree… The Jack Fruit which I have growing in my garden here and it is now being touted as a very viable alternative to meat…

Classed as the poor man’s fruit and left to rot in many places it is now being given high priority and getting much publicity…

I spent time in my kitchen recently cooking it… and I don’t mind admitting I was pleasantly surprised how cooking changed the texture drastically…

It is used as an alternative to pulled pork by many and it does indeed look and have the texture …Awesome… cooked before the fruit ripens gives it an entirely different taste and texture to the ripe fruit… It is indeed a wonder Fruit…

Thailand is a major producer of the jackfruit, they are often cut, prepared, and canned in a sugary syrup (or frozen in bags/boxes without syrup) and exported overseas, frequently to North America and Europe. Made into chips which are very moreish …They are also used in various dishes and curries around Asia…

Just be aware that when you find a jackfruit recipe for a savoury dish it means green or raw Jackfruit many recipes do not say this as they wrongly assume that you know this.

Why wonder tree?

This is because every part of the tree has its own use. The fruits are eaten, the leaves are fed to livestock, and the wood is greatly valued for the manufacture of wood products because of its termite and fungus proof properties and the roots used in natural medicine to treat fevers, asthma and diarrhoea.

 How to prepare the Jackfruit… If I am using green Jackfruit like the recipe below then I just take one from my tree, if I want the ripe arils I generally buy them ready prepared.

Those of you who have prepared your own Jackfruit do know that it has a latex sap…

I have heard and quite recently…my lips are sealed…lol, some horror stories when one doesn’t know how to prepare this amazing fruit.

What you need:

An old knife and cooking oil…lots of it…

Firstly, coat your gloved hands and a long, sharp knife with cooking oil. A spray cooking oil works well — to protect against that stubborn latex sap.

Cover the work surface with something disposable….lots of newspaper.

Cut the fruit in half lengthwise and then lengthwise again into quarters; the cut skin and core will release the sap. Re-grease the knife after each cut.

Cut out the solid white core and discard any fibrous filaments around the fruit pods.

If you do get ooze on your hands, don’t worry – just put some oil on your hands, and wash them in warm water, it will be gone in no time!

Easy when you know how…

I also just prefer to oil my hands as when I use gloves they are guaranteed to stick to the latex…I probably don’t oil them enough…But I prefer oiled hands…

I have seen a few recipes lately where raw/green jackfruit is not stated and also the fact that you need to use my steps to cut the jackfruit or you will have latex everywhere.

On the markets here you can buy it ready cooked so the first step is done and all you need to do is then add your aromatics and finish cooking much easier but as I have a tree I needed to learn how to do it with minimal mess.

In Asia, jackfruits ripen principally from March to June, April to September, or June to August, depending on the climatic region, with some off-season crops from September to December, you may also find a few fruits at other times of the year.

My tree in my garden has started to produce fruit and to stop the squirrels helping themselves I will be covering the fruits in plastic bags… But as you can see they are growing nicely and there are a lot of little babies as well.

The jackfruit’s flesh is very sweet and aromatic and tastes like a combination of banana, mango and papaya.

Because of certain similarities in appearance the oval shape and spiky exterior, some people mistake the jackfruit for Durian which is another exotic fruit; however, they are very different fruits.

The ripe jackfruit is eaten as a fruit but unripe jackfruit is prepared as a vegetable. Young jackfruit is used in stews or curries, boiled, roasted; or fried and eaten as a snack. The seeds can also be eaten as a snack after being boiled and then roasted.

Jackfruit is also becoming a popular alternative to meat for vegans, vegetarians and anyone wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle as when cooked the texture is similar to pulled pork.

Today I will be making a spicy jackfruit salad which in Thai is called Tam Khanun or Tam banun it is made by pounding boiled jackfruit with chilli paste and then stir-frying.

First step over and that was cutting the Jackfruit…I can guarantee if you use an oiled knife and grease your hands the latex doesn’t stick…You do have to keep re-greasing the knife though but any which attached itself came off easily with the cooking oil…

My jackfruit slices are now simmering gently on the stove…

Once they are tender and cooled down enough for me to remove the outer skin I will be doing so…

Ingredients for Tam Kanun:

  • 400 gm green, young Jackfruit
  • 100 gm minced pork (optional) if vegetarian or vegan.
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes cut in quarters.
  • 3- 6 tsp Chilli paste ( depending on your taste)

To serve:

  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 5 dried birds eye chillies fried
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic.
  • 1 tbsp coriander

Let’s Cook!

Once cooked drain the jackfruit well, pound in a pestle and mortar and set to one side. I had heard cooked this looks like pulled pork and it does…

Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the garlic until it is nicely browned add the chilli paste and stir-fry for a minute.

Add the minced pork ( if using) and stir-fry until it is cooked 3-4 minutes stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes and the jackfruit stir-fry to combine well add the kaffir lime leaves and remove from the heat.

Serve with sticky rice and the fried garlic, chillies, spring onions and coriander as garnish.

This is the first time I have made or eaten this dish… I was very pleasantly surprised if I hadn’t cooked it and it was put in front of me I would never have known it was Jackfruit…Truly ☺ What do you think??

Tam Kanun Spicy Jackfruit Salad… we all loved it and I would definitely make it again.

The ripe Jackfruit arils (pictured) below are eaten here with sticky rice just pushed into the centre.

They also make a lovely ice cream which if you swop the whipping cream for soy milk is suitable for vegans.

Jackfruit Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gm of the ripe arils (as above)
  • 10gm sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 120 gm coconut milk
  • 200 gm whipped cream.

Let’s Cook!

Chop the jackfruit and put in a pan with the sugar cook until the fruit turns to pulp about 30/40 mins depending on how ripe your fruit is. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Place the cooled mixture in the blender with the salt, vanilla extract and the coconut milk and blend until smooth… Chill overnight in the fridge.

Next day whip your cream and fold the jackfruit mix into the whipped cream and place in your ice cream maker following their instructions.

If you are not using an ice cream maker then put in the blender and pulse 3 times.

Put into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours.

Enjoy!

 

And don’t forget any questions or recipes you want me to find for you please ask…
Carol x

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Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…

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Doesn’t the time fly?? It is weekly roundup time again so grab your favourite drink a cuppa or a glass of wine and settle down and have a read…Spoiler Alert!... You will be hungry at the end of it so maybe have some healthy snacks or lunch or dinner ready to go…

Starting with a lovely Vietnamese Chicken recipe from Beyond The Norm it sounds delish and one I will definitely be making very soon.

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Fruity Friday follows and it was the turn of the beautiful Starfruit which has just come into season here and they are ripening very nicely on the tree… Time to make some more chutney methinks…most of my chutney I make from fruits which are in season now some last from season to season and others don’t it all depends on how much I make and you always have your favourites don’t you so some go a lot quicker.

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What is your favourite chutney and or jam???

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Next, it is my monthly guest post over at Esme’s new blog renamed Esme’s Salon and it was the letter E…The egg was mentioned a few times and my favourite Egg Drop Soup which is a very tasty soup made with Pork and fennel with egg strands…very nice…

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Now it is the turn of my travel posts a new feature on this blog and last week it was Travel Australia …The brilliant white sand dunes of Lancelin and the eerie natural limestone formations which are called The Pinnacles and of course there was the mention of food…just to keep your taste buds on their toes…

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Then the awesome Pinnacles at Cervantes in WA …There are of course lots of ghostly stories to be told… are they true ?? Will these formations disappear as quickly as they appeared?

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Next, we had one of my favourite desserts I am not a fan of cream-laden puddings but do love a piece of lime or lemon meringue pie…

Limelemon meringu Pie

It looks yellow just like a lemon meringue and if I had used green colouring but I don’t although next time I may use the Pandan leaf to give it the green colour the lime taste, however, was just perfect…Spot on!

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Then, of course, it was our favourite rib recipe… now, who doesn’t love eating ribs as one of my commenters put it… My messy eater can come out…You cannot eat ribs nicely, can you ??

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Obesity has been the theme of my Healthy Eating posts on the last few Tuesdays and it has or it did draw to a close last Tuesday… It was a post which when I started these comparisons that I didn’t foresee the conclusion…We all know I dislike greedy manufacturers and governments who don’t give a fig about our health and wellbeing and The Cook Islands is a very sad indication of this at its best and at it’s worst for the people of the Cook Islands…Timor Leste is like many countries who have suffered invasion and war and are still paying the price but I hope that they will turn themselves around and become healthy and not succumb and share the fate of the Cook Islands… Yep, she( Moi) is still not over this and still feels very strongly about it…No more tofu

I think I will go and stick pins in my jelly babies…

I did, however, issue a challenge and will be trying tofu for the first time…all will be revealed next week. Will it be a hit or a miss?

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Yesterday’s cookery column over at Sally’s showcased delicious duck and some lovely sauces and also some unusual salted duck eggs?

 

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Lastly and still on the subject of food is the awesome Beer Butt Chicken and you get to drink some …

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Have you enjoyed your read? If so let me know in comments I do love to hear from you it makes my day…

 

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Beer Butt Chicken…

 

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I have seen this recipe many times over the years but never tasted it until my son gave me a demo…It was lovely and moist and even the kids and they are good eaters demolished it like there was no tomorrow.

He tweaked the recipe as it would have been too hot for the little ones and served the sauce separate rather than basting the chicken at the end with it…But for all, you die-hard spicy food lovers go ahead…

  • A medium sized chicken
  • A large can of beer..he used Heineken.
  • I tbsp of chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp of garlic granules or powder( not salt) unless you want too.
  • I tbsp of sugar
  • I tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika powder.

Rub all this over the chicken it gets messy guys.

Open your preferred can of beer….drink half…

Then sit your chicken on the beer can and take a picture…lol

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We concurred and agreed that drinking half gave room in the can for the steam to rise, cook the chicken and keep it moist from the inside and also prevented a nasty explosion…mmmm

Put it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees and cook..timing depends on the size of your chook and ours took I hour 25 minutes.

5 minutes before the end of cooking take 100ml of your favourite spicy sauce and heat with 50gm butter until butter has melted pour over the chook and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

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As I said before because we were cooking for children as well and they do eat a certain amount of spice even the little one( 5 yrs) her favourite being Beef Salad( Yum Nua) and she eats it saying “ped” (hot) with tears running down her face but still eating because she likes it…typical Thai 🙂

We then heated the sauce, we used Siracha with the 50gms of butter and also added the meat juices and used it as a dipping sauce. It was nice but meant the chicken was not too spicy. Just nice…

I hope you enjoyed reading this and will come back again for more recipes.

Enjoy!

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Delicious #Duck and Sauces

Some lovely duck dishes and sauces for you…

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This week Carol is bringing us some delicious ways to prepare Duck… I adore crispy duck and pancakes and cold on a salad.. I know you will enjoy Carol’s expertise and also some alternative sauces to serve with this bird…

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Duck … Duck always conjures up pretty images and so many cartoon characters are ducks and we think of them as cute and funny…Well I do…

Growing up we didn’t eat very much duck my uncle sometimes used to bring one to my mum when he had been out on his nightly travels…I think it was called it poaching…But it was what many people did then and sometimes just to survive… I remember his pet ferrets scary, fierce little animals…

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Pork Ribs

This is by far the best recipe I have eaten so far for ribs. I nearly didn’t eat them as I am not a fan of chewing on a rib, however, the meat on these was so moist and soft it just fell off the bone. We cooked it as one whole piece rather than cut the ribs into portions.

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Ingredients:

  • A 2-kilo piece of Pork Rib.

For the marinade:

  • 160 ml Hoisin sauce
  • 4 tbsp BLACK Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice and the grated zest.
  • 4 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 10cm piece of fresh ginger julienned
  • 4 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4-star anise

Let’s Cook!

Mix all of the above ingredients together.
Then paint over the rack of ribs and put in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate and absorb all those lovely flavours.
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees.
Cover the dish with foil and cook the ribs for 2 ½ to 3 hrs, basting the meat occasionally.
When nice and tender remove from the oven and portion up and those lovely leftover juices from the pan we drizzled over the ribs and served them with a mixed salad, potato salad, and beetroot.

As always a finger bowl and serviettes are required as ribs make for quite a messy and enjoyable experience but very enjoyable and we would definitely make them again.
Enjoy!

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