Month: January 2019

Rhubarb Buttermilk Muffins

Rhubarb Buttermilk Muffins

Last night I had a craving for muffins. I also had frozen rhubarb in the freezer left over from one of my organics bins in the summer. I also had a carton of buttermilk that needed using. So, freezer foraging, using stuff up and satisfying…

Tom Kha Gai in the Slow Cooker

Tom Kha Gai in the Slow Cooker

I had chicken legs to use up and I wanted to make two dishes so I used the chicken thighs to make Tom Kah Gai in the slow cooker. I borrowed most of the recipe from this great Slow Cooker Tom Kha Gai recipe from…

Mango Brown Rice

Mango Brown Rice

This started out as simply making brown rice but I had a couple of mangoes that needed using and I was using the rice to pair with meatballs that were on day three of leftovers (I hate to waste food). Regardless of how it started out, the end result was really very good.

Ingredients

  • 1 C brown rice
  • 12 C water
  • 1 tsp salt

I followed Saveur’s method for Perfect Brown Rice.

Just in case that link dies, here’s the method: rinse the rice in a fine mesh strainer under cold water for 30 seconds. Bring the 12 C water to boil, add the salt, add the rice, stir a couple times, and boil uncovered for 30 minutes. Drain the rice and return to the pot (off the heat). Cover with a tight fitting lid and allow to steam for 10 minutes.

While the rice is boiling prepare the remaining ingredients.

  • 1 large shallot, diced fine
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Healthy pinch of chili flakes
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Handful of fresh cilantro chopped (optional, if you hate it, leave it out)
  • 2 mangoes diced (I used ataulfo)

Method

  1. In a deep saute pan, saute the shallots on low for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the olive oil and bring back to heat.
  3. Add the garlic and let it saute until aromatic. Add the chili flakes.
  4. Chop the mango and toss with lime zest and juice.
  5. Toss the cooked brown rice with the shallots and garlic mix.
  6. Fold in the mango.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Boom, done, and it’s really very delicious. Serves 4-6 depending on what else you are having.

 

 

Seeded Rye Bread (Soda Bread)

Seeded Rye Bread (Soda Bread)

My mom Marja-Terrtu (Meri for you Anglos), made this delicious rye bread over the Christmas holidays. It goes exceptionally well with smoked salmon or whatever dip you can think of. Ingredients 1 1/2 C dark rye flour 3/4 C all purpose flour 1 tsp baking…

Blueberry Cardamom Scones

Blueberry Cardamom Scones

My Mummu used to make these amazing blueberry pies when I was little and because she was Finnish, she always added cardamom to the filling. It seemed to lift the flavour to a whole new level. This recipe is a combination of these¬†Cranberry Almond Scones…

Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise

The new family favourite Christmas alternative to turkey is Chicken Francaise. I used to make this years ago and discovered, much to my dismay, that I’d misplaced the recipe (serves me right for not putting it on the blog!). Anyway, I found this version of Chicken Francaise that looked similar from Aaron McCargo Jr. (thanks Aaron!) and adapted it a wee bit.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves pounded to 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 C flour, for dredging
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (at least 1 tsp)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 C white wine
  • 2 C chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 Tbsps capers (optional)

Method

  1. Using parchment paper or plastic wrap and a meat mallet (a rolling pin will do in a pinch), pound chicken breasts to to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut each breast in three (makes for more coating which my kids say is the best part).
  2. Mix flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a shallow dish (I used a pie plate). Reserve about 1 Tbsp for thickening the sauce.
  3. In a second shallow dish, beat the eggs.
  4. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp of butter in a large, high sided, saute pan over high heat.
  5. Dredge each chicken piece in flour and then the egg mixture, coating all sides.
  6. Place the coated chicken into the hot pan with enough room to cook (don’t jam them together). You’ll likely have to do this in a couple of batches depending on the size of your saute pan.
  7. Cook for 3 minutes, undisturbed. Flip and cook until the chicken has cooked through, another 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and repeat until all your chicken is cooked. I heated up the serving dish in the oven, turned the oven down to low, and added the pieces to the dish as I went.
  8. Once all your chicken is done, using the same pan turn the heat to medium, and add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, red pepper and the reserved seasoned flour. Cook until the garlic becomes aromatic, about 1 minute. Start whisking in the white wine and chicken stock and continue to cook for another minute. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to thicken the sauce. Stir in the capers and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  9. Remove the warm dish with the chicken from the oven and pour the sauce over top. Serve immediately.

I served this with coconut rice and a simple tossed green salad. It was…very good.

Serve 4.