Month: December 2014

Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey lemon chicken Honey lemon chicken with a side of steamed greens

This dish is so quick and simple you will never get it from the take out store again. You can cut each piece of chicken into nugget sized pieces if you prefer. I serve this dish with a big bowl of steamed greens. You could easily serve this dish with a side of rice. The benefit of using cornflour is this dish is gluten free!

Honey lemon chicken

Serves 4

2 chicken breasts

1Tb Dry Sherry

2Tb soy sauce

½ tsp salt

2 eggs

Oil for frying

¼ cup cornstartch

½ tsp baking powder

Sauce:

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup honey

2tb cornstartch

1 cup chicken stock

3tb lemon juice

1 tsp salt

1 lemon sliced

2tb vegetable oil

salt and pepper

Garnish: chopped shallots

Honey lemon chicken

Method:

  1. Slice chicken in half horizontally, so you will have 4 thin slices of chicken breast.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, sherry, soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix together, cover and refrigerate. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, 1/4 cup corn-starch and baking powder to form a batter.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Place vegetable oil in fry pan on a medium heat
  6. Dip chicken in the batter to coat.
  7. Place chicken into fry pan and fry until golden brown and turn over and repeat for the other side, do this for each piece of chicken breast.
  8. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, honey, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, lemon juice and 1 pinch salt, mix together until their are no lumps add stock and lemon slices. In the fry pan that you cooked the chicken pieces in place lemon sauce, on a medium heat bring the sauce to a gentle simmer.
  9. Pour sauce over chicken, sprinkle with shallots and serve.Honey lemon chicken
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Shakshuka Baked eggs with tomato, parsley and feta

These Middle Eastern inspired baked eggs are super easy to make, loaded with flavour. The best part is they taste as good as they smell!
I have chosen to make these in a combination steam oven, which keeps my eggs nice and moist while cooking.
If you are cooking these in a conventional oven, cook at 180c with a lid on/covered in foil until eggs reach the desired consistency.
These recipe is super flexible, you can modify the recipe to meet your taste buds desires!
Middle eastern inspired baked eggs
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot
2 cans crushed tomato

Salt and pepper
8 eggs

2 sprigs parsley

100grams fetta cheese

¼ tsp sumac

To serve:

8 slices sourdough
1tsp nigella seeds

butter, for toast

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

½ lemon

40 grams butter

1tb olive oil
Serves: 4

Delicious baked eggs
METHOD:
1.Preheat combination oven to, 180c quarter steam and heat.
2.Finely slice shallot and parsley, cut lemon into wedges and crumble fetta cheese.
3.Grease 4 250ml ramekins (the wider lower rimmed ramekins work fantastically with this dish) generously with butter.
4. In a small fry pan, add the shallot, garlic and 1tb oil add tomatoes, bring to a simmer on a medium heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper and sumac, divide evenly amongst the dishes.
5.Break 2 eggs into each dish, pin prick each yolk, top with crumbled fetta a sprinkle of parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper.
6.Place ramekins onto a tray and into combination oven for 11 minutes, egg whites should be cooked through, but depending on preference egg yolks can be served runny or hard. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a pinch of nigella seeds.
7. Turn combination oven to fan bake 200 ºC, place bread onto tray and gently warm through, for approximately 2 minutes.

Delicious baked eggs

TO SERVE

Serve with warm bread, a dollop of butter and lemon wedge

ALTERNATIVES

Baked eggs are delicious with a variety of flavours, try adding some chorizio or Spanish salami.

Tip: Eggs will not go rubbery in the steam oven.

Lemon coconut cake

Making a delicious cake requires just a pinch of patience. Creaming butter and sugar ensures that the sugar is distributed evenly in the butter it also allows air to be dispersed in the butter creating a light and even to rise cake, creaming is likely to take between 5-8minutes.   Adding lightly beaten egg eggs to the butter and sugar mixture and whipping for a minute on a low speed helps to incorporate air, creating a light and fluffy mixture.

Lemon Coconut cake with popping candy

INGREDIENTS
125grams butter, at room temperature.

1 cup caster sugar

2 eggs

1 cup SR flour

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2Cup milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 quantity of butter cream

1 lemon zested and juice squeezed out
Serves                  10

Time                     60 minutes

Difficulty            medium

Type of dish      dessert

PREPARATION
1. Heat a fan forced oven to 160C. Line a small cake tin with baking paper.

  1. Beat butter and sugar until the mixture turns an off white colour.
  2. Add the eggs, ½ the lemon rind and vanilla beat until well combined.
  3. Mix the coconut and flour in a small bowl, using a spatula fold the dry mixture alternatively with the milk.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the lined pan, use the spatula to smooth over the surface.
  5. Bake for 55-60minutes, the cake should be golden and a skewer should come out clean.

Lemon Coconut cake with popping candy

TO SERVE

Create 1 quantity of butter cream, add the lemon juice and lemon rind. Sprinkle with yellow popping candy or any other sort of small/crushed candy

See the best ever butter cream frosting

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or

Dust with icing sugar and sprinkle with yellow popping candy or any other sort of small/crushed candy.

Or serve with a thick yoghurt

Best ever butter cream frosting

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The silly season is nearly upon us, an activity which I love doing is letting the kids decorate their own cupcakes. To do that you need the best buttercream frosting.

Give this one a try, a great topper on any cupcake or cake.

Pop bowls of lollies out and let kids creativity go wild, if you are sticking to a colour them tailor the lollies and frosting to suit !

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125grams softened butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
1Tb thickened cream

Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until light and fluffy.
Add icing sugar mixture, cream, vanilla and flavourings (if desired), beating constantly until combined.

Flavouring ideas:
Strawberry: add 1tsp strawberry essence and a few drops of pink food colouring.

Lemon: add half a lemons zest a drop of yellow colouring and 2tsp of the lemon juice.

Chocolate: add 4TB cocoa powder

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Molecular Gastronomy

Tools

What is Molecular Gastronomy?

Molecular gastronomy is the science of cooking. It focuses on the reactions of ingredients and chemicals when cooking. It’s a fantastic combination of chemistry and cooking classes.

What can you do with Molecular Gastronomy?

Molecular Gastronomy is used by famous chefs, think Heston Blumenthal and home cooks alike.  Using tubes, syringes and precision measuring you can create:

  • noodles from any liquid e.g. curry sauce chocolate ganache or fruit puree
  • sand from food products with a fat content e.g. chorizo oil, peanut butter or Nutella
  • encasing a liquid into a solid shell, e.g. cocktail spheres
  • turning a liquid into a solid e.g. solid soup or smoothies

These are just a few of possibilities that you can create when mixing science and food with molecular gastronomy.

Cocktail sphere

What could you do at home?

Spherification, or the process of encasing a liquid in a solid sphere is an example of molecular gastronomy. To do this you need a high calcium content in your liquid and a sodium alginate bath. Do not fear if your liquid does not have a naturally high calcium content as you add  calcium lactate gluconate. The liquid becomes encased in a jelly-like outer. This works well for cocktails, giving you a fantastic pop in your mouth as it is consumed.

Tools 2

Measuring a cocktail sphere

Making the perfect sphere

Custom flavoured noodles, imagine making chocolate noodles, fruit noodles or green curry noodles! All you need is some simply noodle powder, a syringe and some small plastic tubing. It works by placing the simply noodle powder in a liquid above 85c, filling the syringe with the liquid inserting it into the tubing and placing it into an ice water bath, rinse the syringe out fill it with water and flush the noodle out of the tube with water.

Making noodles

Chilling in an ice water bath

using water to push out the noodles

OOOH noodles

Prawns with thai green curry noodles

Flavoured soil; imagine serving the chocolate noodles with peanut butter and Nutella soil or prawns on a chilli chorizo soil. Mixing half Maltodextrin and half your choice of fat stir to incorporate, push the mix through a sieve to create a sand.

Chorizio sand

Scallop with chorizio sand

Are you interested in doing some molecular gastronomy at home or for your next dinner party, watch this space for more molecular gastronomy cooking and some recipes!

For molecular gastronomy products contact Brian via Under Ground Gourmet www.undergroundgourmet.com.au