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Pot roast. A nice beef roast with fresh garlic, beef broth, red wine, onions, roasted peppers, wortchestire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder. Top of roast was rubbed with steak spice. Into the oven covered at 325F for around 5 hours. Let rest for an hour covered after. Meat is cooked right through but still tender and juicy. Good use for a basic cut of beef. Serve with a nice salad and it’s a good summer meal.
Lamb Rogan Josh. Chop 2 onions, ginger, fresh cilantro, and a chili pepper. Cook down with peanut oil and a few bay leaves. Chop quality lamb into approx 1 inch pieces. Brown them and add a couple tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Add 2L of chicken stock, the curry paste from my previous post, a can of diced tomatoes to a pot and stir. Add the mixture from the frying pan and bring to a boil. Add a few handfuls of lentils. Simmer for a few hours and serve over rice with a dollop of plain yogurt and cilantro leaves. A very flavourful curry.
Rogan Josh paste. Toast cumin seeds, coriander seeds and black peppercorns. Grind them and then add smoked paprika, garam masala, turmeric, kosher salt, peanut oil, roasted red peppers, tomato paste, fresh chile and cilantro. Whiz it in the food processor into a paste. Set aside for curry later tonight.
Grilled chicken and ribeyes. Rub down the chicken and cook indirect medium for 2 hours. Rib eyes were rubbed down, seared hard and rested well. Did a basic focaccia bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for appetizer, side green salads and served with Mercer Canyons Cabernet Sauvignon. Great summer meal.
Spaghetti and meatballs. Mix ground beef,ground pork, English mustard, salt, pepper and oregano and form meatballs. Cook them at 400F in the oven until 165F internal temperature. For the sauce cook an onion and a handful of fresh basil, add granulated garlic, salt, pepper and 2 cans of diced tomatoes. Serve over spaghetti.
Blackened chicken tonight, using my new mortar and pestle, grind fresh black peppercorns, kosher salt, mustard powder, smoked paprika, honey mustard powder and some oregano. Coat the chicken well and grill on indirect 400F for around 2 hours. Goes well with corn on the cob, baked potatoes and summer sun!
Grilled chicken fajitas. Grill up some off the vine tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet onion, bell pepper and Anaheim pepper. Once it’s all nice and blackened, blitz it all in the food processor with a handful of fresh cilantro, olive oil, salt and pepper. Makes a really fresh and light salsa that keeps some of the awesome grilled flavours.
For the chicken breasts prepare a rub of smoked paprika, cumin, kosher salt, fresh black pepper and dried cilantro. Rub it liberally all over chicken breasts. Grill it on direct heat for a while and finish on indirect. Grill up some peppers for the fajitas at the same time. Serve it with shredded marble cheddar, black olives, hot peppers, sour cream and hot sauce as required. Wrap it all up in a tortilla. Makes a nice summer meal.
Don’t be intimidated to grill chicken. A couple hours on indirect heat, season with even the most basic store bought chicken seasoning and it will be crisp outside, and moist inside.
Beef stew night. Sweat down sweet onions and garlic, add red wine and the stewing beef and cook well. Add fresh mushrooms, chopped carrots, chopped turnip, beef stock and cook down. Then add some halved nugget potatoes and oregano, basil, parsley, mustard powder, salt and pepper. Let it all cook down and be careful not to add too much salt if you use premise beef broth. Mine tasted good but was too salty unfortunately.
Roast turkey dinner. Surround the bird with white onion, rosemary and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and western seasoning. 300F for around 5h. Low and slow. The jus makes a great base for gravy, the rosemary flavours come through well.
Pork tenderloin and mushroom sauce over rice. Sweat down fresh garlic and red onion, add sliced pork tenderloin and cool through. Add a good amount of white mushrooms, salt and pepper. After cooking down add mushroom soup and cook for 30 min or so. Serve over rice for a quick and easy meal.
German grilled potato salad for the World Cup party. Grill red onion for about 10 min, and grill red potatoes, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper for about 25min, turning every 5 min or so. For the dressing cook a pound of bacon, then save a little bacon fat and cook a cup of celery in it. Add a half tablespoon of sugar, half cup of apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and 3 tablespoons of mustard powder. Add the bacon back in and the onion and reduce. Once the potatoes are cooked cut them smaller, dress with the dressing, add a cup of diced dill pickles, and sprinkle with fresh parsley. A great accompaniment to bratwurst.
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Ginger teriyaki pork over rice noodles. Sweat down fresh garlic and red onion in a wok, then add sliced pork tenderloin with salt and pepper. Add white mushrooms, chives and bell pepper. Top with sesame teriyaki sauce and serve with rice noodles. A simple yet tasty meal.