CAPSICUMSAll capsicums begin green or purple. They mature on the plant to red, orange or yellow. Growing mature capsicums is a tricky business though because as the capsicum matures, so does it's seed. When the plant gets the message that the seeds are mature, it stops growing and producing flowers and consequently its production stops as well. In the early stages of the plant's life (the beginning of summer), we harvest the capsicums green or purple to allow the plant to grow bigger which in turn allows it to produce more fruit. In mid-summer, we begin to leave the fruits on the plant to allow them to ripen. At this stage, we will pick them as "turning' capsicums, which means the capsicum are beginning to show shades of red, orange or yellow. These will continue to turn completely sitting on the kitchen bench or put into a bag with a banana. This process may take 5-9 days. In the Autumn, the capsicum turn more quickly on the plant as the plant gets the message that winter is coming and really wants to make sure it has produced viable seed.
We will continue to update the photo with new varieties as the are ready for harvest. 'Corno di Toro' An Italian heirloom sweet capsicum that produces curved, tapering fruits, 15 - 25 cm long, with a great, fruity flavour. When ripe they turn a stunning red or yellow. 'Purple Beauty' Absolutely stunning purple bell pepper. Tender crisp texture, mild sweet flavor. Holds in the purple stage for some time before ripening to a radiant purple-red. 'Emerald Giant' The Bell Pepper 'Emerald Giant' is a large, thick-fleshed green bell pepper that sweetens and turns red on the vine. Roasted, stuffed and baked, or eaten fresh in salads, 'Emerald Giant's' large, thick fleshed peppers have more vitamin C than an orange.
CHILLIES Chilli ‘Hungarian Hot Wax’ ‘Hungarian Hot Wax’ is a hardy, highly productive banana chilli with smooth, waxy fruits tapering to a point. The fleshy fruit, 12 cm x 3.8 cm, turn from yellow, to orange, to red when ripe. It is definitely hot, similar in heat range to Jalapeno or Paprika; Scoville heat scale 2500 – 8000 units. Chili ‘Cayenne Long Thin’ Cayenne Long Thin’ is a productive chilli with 12 – 15 cm long, curved, wrinkled, fiery-hot fruit that start green and ripen to crimson. Height of chilli bush is 90 cm. This is one of the best chillies for seasoning pickles, salsa and drying as chilli powder. It is very hot, similar in heat range to Tabasco; Scoville heat scale 30,000 – 50,000 units. Chili ‘Pimiento de Padron’ From Spain and named after the town where they originated, Padrons are served sautéed in olive oil with a little sea salt, and eaten as tapas (appetizer) in Spain. Folk law has it that one pepper in 20 is hot. Very sweet and mild and excellent for frying. The more mature the chili is, the hotter it becomes rating 3000 on the Scoville heat scale.
The 'Pimiento de Padron' are rotated through the boxes with people receiving enough to have as a tapas dish and to make heating the oil worthwhile. We put the other chillies into the boxes by request. If you would like to receive them, please send an email and we will add you to the list.
Adapted from Ottolenghi's cookbook JerusalemServes 6-7
Ingredients 2 1/2 cups Greek yogurt 6 tbs olive oil, divided 4 cloves garlic 1/2 kilo shelled peas 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp white pepper 1/2 kilo pasta (shells or orecchiette hold the sauce well) Scant 1/2 cup pine nuts 2 tsp chilli flakes (use less if you are sensitive to heat) 1/8 tsp smoked paprika 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil leaves 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
Method 1. Combine yogurt, 2 tbs olive oil, garlic, 2/3 cup peas, salt, and white pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process to a smooth light green sauce. 2. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, then drain, reserving about 1 cup of cooking water. 3. While pasts cooks, heat remaining 4 tbs olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts, chilli flakes, and paprika and cook until pine nuts are golden brown. 4. Toss pasta with sauce, remaining peas, feta cheese, and basil. Divide into serving bowls and spoon the pine nuts and chilli oil over the top of each serving. Serve immediately.
This salad was made for us for dinner by my daughter and her grandmother and then made again the next day for lunch by my daughter by herself!! She liked it so much she wrote down the recipe and asked to use the last of the bean harvest to make it for Sunday lunch. Food made by other people does always taste great...delicious food made by a nine year old taste absolutely terrific!!!
Ingredients Green Beans Snow Peas or Sugar Snaps Pink Grapefruit, peeled and sectioned Spring onion, cut or a little bit of red onion, diced small Coriander, ripped coarsley Cashews, toasted Chilies, diced finely - optional Dressing Juice of a whole lime or two couple of spoonfuls of dark brown sugar couple of shakes of fish sauce
Method 1. Steam or blanch the green beans and the peas. Cool in ice water. 2. Add to the grapefruit, onions and coriander. 3. Toss with dressing. 4. Serve alone or on top of mixed greens.
For the past two weeks, the CSA boxes have been really full with up to 16 different vegetables, not including herbs and garlic! We cleaned out the last of the early summer cabbage and the first beetroot and carrot plantings, had a great broccoli crop, a bumper harvest of beans and a rocket planting that never seemed to end. We love loading these heavy boxes into the cooler and wonder what will be created in kitchens around the peninsula.
We have had a few emails regarding what's left in the vegetable drawer as members get ready for this weeks box. Here are some of the ways we have found to preserve the harvest - fermentation, condiments, freezing and jarring.
Last year, I wrote a post on Preserving, Fermenting and Freezing which may also lend some inspiration. It has a list of some of my favourite preserving books.
These suggestions range from very simple to requiring a bit more time and effort. It really helps to keep a supply of jars and new lids on hand throughout the summer. If you do not have to look and/or clean the jars, you greatly reduce your time. The relish for example takes 1hour and 15 minutes from start to finish. I also tend to stock our pantry with good quality vinegars and any special herbs now so that when I have the produce, I can get started right away.
Greens Beans I was passed on a traditional New England recipe for Dilly Beans. I usually make at least one batch as they are a fun addition to an entree platter or you can make a batch of these Spicy Dilly Beans to stir a Bloody Mary.
I love adding beans to minestrone soup. So when there is a bumper harvest, I quick freeze them by chopping them into 1 inch pieces, dropping them into boiling water for 2 minutes, quickly transferring them into very cold water and then letting them dry in a colander before bagging them into ziplocks and freezing them. These beans can be thawed and lightly steamed for a vegetable side or added in the last five minutes to a soup.
Beetroot Although in these parts, we can harvest beetroot year round, I love having jars of pickled beetroot and beetroot relish to add to summer and winter sandwiches and platters.
Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff has a fantastic spiced, pickled beetroot recipe. The vinegar is countered with a touch of honey and then cinnamon sticks, whole allspice berries and peppercorns offer that wonderful spiced scent that is a pickling memory I still hold from my childhood. These beets are a far cry from the sickly sweet ones that used to be served in the diners dotting US1 in my home state of Florida.
Beetroot Relish is a great addition to a sandwich and a cheese platter. There are two recipes with the link and they take less then 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete!
Cabbage I love sauerkrauts and kimichis and also believe in their health giving benefits. I highly recommend Sador Ellix Katz'sbooks about fermentation. Scythes Australia offer great fermentation pots and other useful tools.
I also like a quicker Pickled Red Cabbage recipe which includes a pickling spice mix that I really love.
Carrots We have carrots from the beginning of December until about the end of September when it is too cold to germinate more and the ones from winter have gone to seed. I have to admit that I have never frozen or jarred carrots to try and have them for those two months in the middle. But I do love Home-Made Vegetable Stock! Each week starting in mid summer, I make a big pot of stock. Vegetable, chicken, beef - I use whatever I have around and let it simmer for several hours. I freeze it in glass bottling jars. You can also find quart containers from a packaging supply store. It is wonderful to have fresh stock for a myriad of recipes...from gravy to stir-fries to soups.
We also juice extra carrots and make a delicious Carrot Mash.
Celery Again, as an essential ingredient in stock, I add any extra celery each week into my stock pot or we juice it.
Chillies If you love hot sauces or Sweet Chilli Sauce, make your own spicy condiments using pure ingredients! They are usually simpler then the ones you can buy, do not include the myriad of preservatives or corn derivatives and are much tastier. Liana Krissoff offers several hot sauce recipes including the mango and peach hot sauce pictured above.
You can also make Curry Pastes and then keep them for at least a month in the refrigerator in an air tight jar or freeze for longer!
Cucumbers Fermented Dill Pickles or Sweet Bread and Butter Pickles, I love them all. You can make the bread and butter pickles as refrigerator pickles in small batches and use them within 1 month, thus eliminating the need to seal the jars with a water bath. Both Sandor Katz and Liana Krissoff have wonderful recipes for pickles that range from quick dills to two week naturally fermented ones.
Radishes Again, another vegetable which pickles and ferments into a wonderful accompaniment. I will be trying a beetroot and radish ferment in the next few weeks using Sandor Katz's recommendations and a bit of imagination. I did find this recipe for Pickled Radish which sounded good to me.
RocketRocket Pesto freezes well and uses large amounts of rocket! Great way to get all of its wonderful health giving benefits.
Tomatoes Now that is a post on its own and, as we are not really to that stage yet, I will leave that for now.
Zucchini You can grate zucchini, drain it in a colander and freeze it in bags to add to quiches, slices or zucchini bread all through the winter. You can also slice it, blanch it and freeze it to use in pasta sauces or as a vegetable side. Here is a post on Farmgirl Fare which talks about how to freeze zucchini and summer squash and the many uses for it.
Herbs And what about any extra herbs you have each week. A simple thing to do is hang the whole bunch upside down in a cool and shaded spot of the kitchen. When the plant has completely dried, separate the herb from the stalk or stem, ensure that it is completely dried (or put onto a baking tray and leave on top of an oven that is cooling...NOT in the oven) and jar the herbs. These fresh herbs will be far fresher dried then anything you can buy.
You can also freeze Basil Pesto for simple dinners and yummy pizzas throughout the winter. Make it omitting the cheese and freeze in glass jars or ziplock bags.
What other ideas do you have?
Most all capsicums will turn yellow, orange or red when they are mature...even the purple ones. In the beginning of the capsicum harvest though, the capsicums will be green or purple. As the seeds in the capsicum mature, the fruit begins to turn red, orange or yellow, depending on variety.
A frequently asked question is when will we be harvesting red capsicums? If we leave the first capsicums on the bush to "mature", the plant thinks it has done its job and stops producing flowers. The extreme heat during the beginning of January also caused the plants to not set fruit. We would like to try and nurse our capsicum plants into producing more fruit so we are harvesting the green and purple to send the message to the plant that it has not yet produced mature seed, in hopes that it will put its energy into flowering again and setting fruit. We will then harvest these when the colour begins to "break", the colour starts to change. Instead of putting them in the fridge, if you leave them in your warm kitchen, most will continue to color up for a few days.
Capsicums are rich in goodness - one medium-sized capsicum will provide almost the entire daily adult requirement of vitamin C and also contains vitamins such a B1, B2 and D, plus numerous minerals.
Capsicum 'Corno di Toro' ('Bull's Horn' ) An Italian heirloom sweet capsicum that produces curved, tapering fruits, 15 - 25 cm long, with a great, fruity flavour. When ripe they turn a stunning red or yellow. Capsicum 'California Wonder' Plant produces high yields of huge 15 cm (6”) by 10 cm (4”) wide sweet bell peppers; the fruit is thick-walled with a crisp, mild flavour. Peppers turn from green to red when mature. It is nutritious, high in Vitamin C and ideal for stuffing, cooking and salads. Capsicum 'Emerald Giant' The Bell Pepper Emerald Giant, 'Capsicum annuum', is a large, thick-fleshed green bell pepper that sweetens and turns red on the vine. Roasted, stuffed and baked, or eaten fresh in salads, Emerald Giants large, thick fleshed peppers have more vitamin C than an orange. Capsicum 'Purple Beauty' Absolutely stunning purple bell pepper. Large 4-lobed, thick-walled fruits borne on sturdy compact plants. Tender crisp texture, mild sweet flavor. Holds in the purple stage for some time before ripening to a radiant purple-red. Capsicum 'Yolo Wonder' This variety is a sweet bell type. The fruit is green, when maturing it will change to red.
CHILLIS Chilli 'Hungarian Hot Wax' 'Hungarian Hot Wax' is a hardy, highly productive banana chilli with smooth, waxy fruits tapering to a point. The fleshy fruit, 12 cm x 3.8 cm, turn from yellow, to orange, to red when ripe. It is definitely hot, similar in heat range to Jalapeno or Paprika; Scoville heat scale 2500 - 8000 units. Chili 'Jalapeno' 'Jalapeno' chillies taper to a blunt end, are 7.5 cm long and 3 cm in diameter. The fruit are glossy deep green in colour, turning bright red when ripe. The plants are sturdy and productive over a long period and begin cropping early. Plants also grow well in containers. It is a good choice for salsa and dishes where a milder chilli is preferred. 5,000 Scoville. Chili 'Cayenne Long Thin' Cayenne Long Thin' is a productive chilli with 12 - 15 cm long, curved, wrinkled, fiery-hot fruit that start green and ripen to crimson. Height of chilli bush is 90 cm. This is one of the best chillies for seasoning pickles, salsa and drying as chilli powder. It is very hot, similar in heat range to Tabasco; Scoville heat scale 30,000 - 50,000 units. Chili 'Pimiento de Padron' From Spain and named after the town where they originated, Padrons are served sautéed in olive oil with a little sea salt, and eaten as tapas (appetizer) in Spain. Folk law has it that one pepper in 20 is hot. Very sweet and mild and excellent for frying. The more mature the chili is, the hotter it becomes rating 3000 on the Scoville heat scale. Chili 'Thai Hot' or 'Bird's Eye' Popular variety from South East Asia, producing 3-4cm long pungent fruit. Rate between 50,000–100,000 on the Scoville heat scale 50,000–100,000.
As more of the varieties are harvested, we will continue to update the photo so that you can identify what you are receiving.
Sometimes, even with seed from wonderful seed companies, strange new varieties of plants appear amidst that have grown 'true' to seed. We have had this happen this year with one 'Purple Beauty'. Instead of being bell shaped, it is horn shaped and has beautiful variegation. It is labeled in the photo as 'Purple Beauty' x ?
Paul and Lisa Dempsey are the faces behind Big Blue Backyard, a local, secluded, award winning, ocean beach hideaway for couples. Designed to blend into the natural environment, this unique retreat sits perfectly between the dunes abutting the National Park at wild and often deserted St Andrews Beach. Paul is a wonderfully diverse chef who draws his inspiration from the ingredients presented to him each week. The meals served to guests are unique, exquisite and seasonal with ingredients sourced locally. This recipe is a great example of that. Use it as a starting point to create something from what you have in your box.
Paul makes his pakoras on the fly so there really isn’t a recipe just a list of ingredients and a methodology of sorts.
Here are the quantities he used yesterday but that made at least 180. Par cooked pakora’s freeze beautifully so you can always have them on hand for last minute dinner ideas or unexpected guests.
Ingredients 1kg chick pea flour All the vegetables you want to use— Root vegetables – grate Peas – just podded Cabbage – shredded Peppers – julienned 5 brown onions sliced The roots of the coriander bunch blended with 10 whole green chillies 12 eggs, beaten
Method 1. Mix all the vegetables, beaten eggs and blended herbs together. 2. Depending on how much liquid comes out of the vegetables, one may have to add more chick pea flour to the mix to make the batter more viscous. 3. Gently heat canola/sunflower oil in large sauce pan or wok – medium to deep – oil should get to around 165degrees Celsius. Using a large serving spoon, spoon big dollop of mixture one by one into the oil – make sure the stay separate and then as they brown gently roll each pakora around in the oil to cook and brown on all sides. (if you want to freeze a few, just let them get to golden brown) With a slatted spoon remove each one from the oil letting excess oil drip back into the pot and then lay to rest on some kitchen paper. 4. Serve warm with a grated yogurt and cucumber mix. 5. If freezing some, allow to cool and then pack in zip lock bags and put in freezer.
This is a great seasonal salsa, perfect on its own with chips but also wonderful with fish and chicken! Even though mangoes are not a local fruit, they are so delicious and so abundant in December when the spring coriander is just ready to bolt, we enjoy their season. With chicken, we make chicken cutlets, bread them and lightly fry them in olive oil. I then put them into a baking dish, cover about 1/4 inch with white wine, and layer the mango salsa over the top. bake in a 180 for about 25 minutes (until the chicken is cooked through) and then turn up the heat to 230 for about five minutes to caramelize the salsa.
Ingredients 2 mangoes bunch of coriander juice of one lime 1 or 2 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 or 2 chillies salt Optional Green onions Chives
Method 1. Dice the chillies leaving the seeds if you like your salsa hot. Mash the garlic with a press. Put chillies and garlic into the salsa bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and salt. 2. Cut the cheeks off the mangoes. Remove skin and cut into 2 cm chunks. Cut the remainder of the mango flesh from the pit. Combine with the chillies. 3. Roughly chop coriander. Combine with other ingredients and taste to correct seasoning. You can add chives and or green onions depending on your personal preference.
Here is a Jamie Oliver recipe that we have enjoyed...perfect for the new zucchini. This is quite an unusual salad and terribly simple to make. It's great because it's a nice little side dish that will go with things like mozzarella, goat's cheese, cured meats, grilled or barbecued white fish like cod or haddock, even things like chicken or pork. Use courgettes [zucchinis] when at their best (nice and firm and not too big).
Ingredients 4 zucchini 1 chilli 1/2 clove garlic juice from one lemon handful of fresh mint leaves extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste
Method 1. Slice 4 zucchini lengthways as thin as you can (use a mandolin if you have one). Grill on a red-hot griddle pan, or on the barbecue, until lightly charred on each side. Scatter the slices over a large plate, making sure you don't sit them on top of each other otherwise they'll steam and go a bit limp, and there's nothing worse than limp zucchini, I can tell you. While they're still warmish, sprinkle them with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2. Deseed a red chilli and chop finely. Finely chop ½ a clove of garlic and sprinkle the chilli and garlic evenly from a height over the zucchinis. (Add to your own taste, but just remember that when the chilli and garlic mix with the olive oil and lemon juice the heat and flavours are lessened.) 3. Tear over a handful of fresh mint and drizzle with good extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. I've even been known to throw in some blanched broad beans or raw peas if I can get any. This salad is always a real treat.
This Vegetarian Thai red curry recipe is easy to follow and combines shallots, lemongrass, red chillies, galangal, cumin, coriander seeds, kaffir lime leaves, wheat gluten or tofu, yams or sweet potatoes, Japanese or Chinese eggplant, shiitake mushrooms, and Thai holy basil.Ingredients Paste 3 shallots OR 1 small red onion, diced 1 stalk lemongrass (see instructions below) 1-3 red chillies (depending on desired spiciness) 3 cloves garlic 1 thumb-size piece galangal, peeled and sliced (may be substituted with ginger) 1/4 tsp. white pepper (may be substituted with black pepper) 1 Tbsp. coriander seeds, roasted and ground with pestle & mortar (or a coffee-grinder) 3 Tbsp. regular (light) soy sauce or tamari 1 kaffir lime leaf 1/2 tsp. dark soy sauce 1 tsp. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. dried turmeric (or 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh turmeric, sliced)
Other 10-15 cherry tomatoes, or 3-4 regular tomatoes, sliced 3-4 kaffir lime leaves 1 small Japanese eggplant, sliced into bite-size pieces (do not peel, as there are vitamins in the skin) 1 sweet red pepper, or 1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
Optional 1 small sweet potato (or yam), peeled and cut into cubes 1/2 cup fresh Thai holy basil leaves OR sweet basil 1 package firm tofu cut into bite-size cubes 1 to 2 cans coconut milk (depending on how mild you like your curry, or how much sauce you prefer)
Method 1. To make the paste, place all paste ingredients in a food processor. 2. Add 1/2 can of the coconut milk and process into a paste. 3. Place paste, tofu, remaining 1/2 can coconut milk, and limes leaves in a casserole dish. 4. Stir well until paste is thoroughly mixed with the other ingredients. 5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Then remove from oven and add vegetables. Stir well. (Note: if you prefer more sauce, or if you find the curry tastes too spicy, add 1/2 can more coconut milk.) 6. After another 10 minutes, remove from oven. Check to make sure vegetables are cooked to your liking. 7. Do a taste test for salt and spice. If not salty enough, add up to 2 Tbsp. more soy sauce (or season with sea salt). If not spicy enough, add another red chilli, sliced finely, OR 1-2 tsp. Thai chilli sauce. If too salty, add up to 2 Tbsp. lime juice. If too spicy, add a little more coconut milk (yogurt will work too if you are non-vegan) and stir well. 8. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves (these can be roughly chopped if too large), and serve with plenty of Thai fragrant rice (white or brown) for a nutritionally complete and satisfying meal.
Source: Darlene Schmidt, Your Guide to Thai Food
Condiments are a great thing to make from scratch...especially if you can use organic ingredients! This is a very simple chilli sauce that looks great bottled! Ingredients 500g long fresh red chillies, stems trimmed 3 garlic cloves, peeled 750ml white vinegar 645g caster sugar
Method 1. Halve 100g of the chillies and place in the bowl of a food processor. Halve and de-seed the remaining chillies. Coarsely chop and place in the food processor. Add garlic and 250ml white vinegar. Process until finely chopped. 2. Place the chilli mixture, remaining vinegar and caster sugar in a large saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. 3. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 35-40 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Pour into sterilised airtight bottles and seal.
Recipe by Michelle Southan – Good Taste Magazine
Green Curry Paste 3 stalk fresh lemongrass, minced 250 grams green chilies, sliced (if you can't find Thai chilies, jalapeno will work) 1 shallot, sliced OR 1/4 cup diced red onion 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 cup of fresh galangal OR fresh ginger, sliced approx. 1 cup chopped fresh coriander/cilantro, leaves & stems 1/8 cup coriander seeds, roasted and ground 1 tbsp cumin seeds, roasted and ground 1/2 tsp whole white pepper, ground 2-3 tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp shrimp paste 1 tsp palm sugar or brown sugar 1 tbsp lime juice
Method 1. Place all 'Green Curry Paste' ingredients together in a food processor, blender, chopper, or pestle & mortar. Add up to 1/4 can of the coconut milk, enough to help blend ingredients (reserve the rest for later). Process (or pound) well to create an aromatic Thai green curry paste. If you don't have a food processor or chopper: try using a blender, or finely mince all ingredients by hand and stir together well. 2. Heat a wok or deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2-3 Tbsp. oil and swirl around, then add the green curry paste. Stir-fry briefly to release the fragrance (1 minute), then add the vegetables which take the longest to cook like carrots and cauliflower. Stir for 2 minutes coating with spices. 3. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Stir and reduce heat to medium or medium-low. Simmer 6-10 minutes (until the carrots start to tender). 4. Set aside 1/4 cup coconut milk, reserving it for use later (the thick cream is best). Add the rest of the coconut milk to the curry, plus the eggplant and beans (if using). Stir everything together, cover, and simmer another 7-8 minutes, or until eggplant is tender enough to pierce with a fork. 5. Add the bell pepper. Cover and simmer another 2-3 minutes, or until everything is well cooked. 6. Remove from heat and gently stir in the 1/4 cup reserved coconut milk. Taste-test, adding more fish sauce if not salty or flavorful enough. Add more lime juice if too salty or sweet for your taste. Add more sugar if not sweet enough. More chili can also be added. 7. Serve with a generous amount of fresh basil and or more coriander.
a Cajun recipe timely for Mardi Gras (February 21, 2012) Ingredients 6 cups prepared vegetable or chicken stock 4 ears corn (or more to taste) 1 large green, bell pepper [capsicum] 1/2 red pepper [capsicum] 3/4 large sweet onion 2 pc celery 1 carrot 3 pieces of bacon 1/2 small hot pepper (I use bird peppers) 1 lemon salt pepper 2 bay leaves 1/2 tsp oregano 2 tsp thyme 1 tsp chopped cilantro 2 tbs butter 2 tbs flour 2 tbs olive oil 1/2 c heavy cream 1/2 c bourbon
Method 1. Chop carrot, celery, sweet peppers, onion and bacon into 3/4cm dice. 2. "Sweat out" in heated olive oil in heavy bottomed soup kettle. Add bay leaves. 3. Add peppers, including finely chopped hot pepper. Stir until vegetable colors are bright. 4. Add stock and bring to boil, simmering until carrots are tender. 5. Add seasonings and corn that has been removed from cob (Once I used the naked cobs for flavor, but they left hard pieces in the soup, and I couldn't strain them out without losing the rest of the veggies) 6. Using a zester, add the zest of the lemon, and squeeze the juice into the soup (no seeds...they are bitter) 7. Add the bourbon Simmer for another 45 minutes or so. 8. Remove about 1c of the liquid and allow to cool a bit. In a small skillet, melt the butter and whisk in the flour, making a roux. Slowly heat until it "smells like hazelnuts." Whisk in the cooled broth from the soup. Slowly add to the soup until desired thickness is obtained 9. Slowly simmer until flour taste has gone. 10. Turn off heat and add cream. 11. Serve with freshly chopped cilantro.
Source - Susan Koster
This is wonderful on corn chips or toasted mountain bread. It also is a great accompaniment to marinated, grilled chicken or fish. Ingredients 2 ears fresh corn 3/4 of a large capsicum 1/4 tiny hot pepper (I use bird peppers) 1/3 bud fresh garlic 1/3 large, sweet onion 1/4 bunch coriander (cilantro) Pinch ground cumin juice of one lime 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp sea salt freshly ground black pepper
Method 1. Finely chop garlic, hot pepper, and cilantro 2. Chop onion and pepper 1/4 inch dice 3. Remove corn kernels from cob. With a sharp, French knife, cut the base of the cob flat so it won't tip or roll. With the cob standing up, carefully cut the kernels off the cob, from top to bottom, being careful not to get pieces of the hard cob. It doesn't matter if the kernels are connected, as they will separate while mixing. 4. Mix all, adding bits of seasonings to taste. 5. Let sit for 30 minutes so flavours "marry."
Source - Susan Koster
These are a wonderful starter. Many people say that the fun of eating Pimiento de Padron is that one out of five of the peppers is hot. The smaller ones tend to be sweeter. The larger, hotter. BE CAREFUL - The peppers can splatter in the oil. You can use a splatter guard. Method 1. Wash them and pat them dry with a clean towel. 2. Heat up about an inch of olive oil in a pan. Don't skimp on the oil or the peppers will splatter everywhere when you fry them. 3. When the oil is hot but not smoking, carefully put in the peppers. 4. Fry them quickly, turning them, until they're just charred, but not black. If the oil is hot, this should take a only a few minutes. 5. Remove with a slotted spoon. Serve them sprinkled with kosher or sea salt.
This is an immensely flavoured spice blend that can be used in a variety of dishes. Try it in Thai Vegetable Curry, toss some in with steamed vegetables, or add it to rice. Tightly sealed and refrigerated, this curry paste will keep for at least a week, and it may also be frozen for extended storage. Ingredients 1/4 cup chopped spring onions 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander, basil or Thai basil 2 tbsps minced garlic 2 tbsps grated ginger root 1 tbsp minced inner stalk of fresh lemongrass or freshly grated lemon or lime peel 1 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar 1 or 2 fresh red or green chillies, minced 3 tbsps fresh lemon or lime juice 1 tbsp dried ground coriander 1 tsp dried turmeric 1/2 tsp salt
Method 1. Combine all of the curry paste ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until quite smooth.
Thai Baked Tofu
Ingredients 1 cake firm tofu 1/4 to 1/3 cup Thai Curry Paste 2 to 4 tbsps soy sauce
Method 1. Press the tofu to drain any excess water for about 30 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 180C. Cover a baking dish with a light coating of oil, baking paper or foil. 3. Cut tofu cake into three slices a bit over 1 cm thick each. Stack the slices and then cut through all three layers on the two diagonals making an X. This will make 12 triangular pieces. 4. In the baking dish, gently toss them with the curry paste and soy sauce. 5. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring gently twice during the baking.
Source - Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites - The Moosewood Collection