Recipe & Food ideas from our kitchen...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thai style Pineapple Coconut & Chicken Curry...

Have been craving a warm salad dish my Mum has made a few times... It was made with Toasted Coconut, BBQ Chicken, Pineapple but can't for the life of me think of the other ingredients so whipped this up to help satisfy the cravings until I can quiz her...

Thai style Pineapple Coconut & Chicken Curry...

2 chicken breasts, diced
1 medium Red Onion, sliced thinly
250ml Coconut cream (I used 250ml of water & 8 dessert spoons of Coconut milk powder)
2tsp Red Thai curry paste
1 heaped tsp of minced Garlic
3 heaped tsp of minced Galangal
2 heaped tsp of minced Lemongrass stalk
1 Kaffir Lime leaf, sliced
1tsp Lime juice
1tsp Fish sauce

- Mix all ingredients in a bowl & leave for ½ an hour

Stir fry Paste...
2Tbsp of oil
1tsp Red Thai curry paste
1tsp of minced Garlic
3tsp of minced Galangal
2heaped tsp of minced Lemongrass stalk

- Mix & set aside

3/4 cup of segmented Pineapple (I used "Fresh" Frozen pieces)
Large handful of Beans, Chopped into thirds
1 ½ Celery stalks, cut into thin strips (julienned)
½ Red Capsicum, chopped
Handful of Thai or Sweet Basil, roughly chopped
Small handful of Snow Peas, chopped into thirds
- Heat oil in Wok
- Add Stir fry paste, Stir fry for 60 seconds
- Add Chicken & Onion without marinade, Stir fry until chicken is browned (4-5 min)
- Add Pineapple, Beans, Capsicum, Celery Stir fry for 60 seconds
- Add 1/2 to3/4 of the marinade to form a sauce & let cook for 3-4 minutes. (I use a lid to help steam the veggies a bit)
- Add Peas & Basil, toss through quickly then serve with rice or noodles...
Some toasted shredded Coconut to garnish would of just set the whole dish of... Next time maybe...

Hope you enjoy it is you try it....
Have a great one...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A few Recipe Clips...

Have been a tad slack with this Blog now that the girls & I have discovered You Tube... No excuse really...
We have made a few Cooking clips... Hope you like them...

Lemon & Dill Chook...

2 Chicken breasts, Diced
Marinade for Chook...

1/3 cup chopped Dill
Juice of 1 large or 2 small Lemons
Dessert spoon of Garlic
- Place all Ingredients into dish, mix well then let stand for 10-30 min  

1 Medium Purple Eggplant, chopped roughly
½ a Red Capsicum, chopped roughly
1 Med Zucchini, chopped roughly
1 large Kohlrabi, sliced into fingers.. (Green tops  would of been used as well but were a tad wilted from a night in the fridge.. )
2 Shallots, Whites chopped into 2cm sections & greens sliced thinly for garnish...
About 1 small head of Broccoli, divided into small trees
Handful of Bush Beans, cut into thirds

- Add Tbsp of oil to pan/wok, heat then fry off chook mixture in batches then set aside
- Add another Tbsp of oil & heat 
- Add Shallots, Eggplant, Capsicum, Zucchini, Kohlrabi & fry for a few minutes
- Add in Beans, Broccoli & Chicken with a bit of water to help the veggies steam if needed (I use the Grilling plate from the convection Microwave as a lid to help the steaming process)
- Garnish with Shallots Greens & extra fresh Dill..
Would be nice served with steamed rice me thinks....

Quick Chicken Coconut Curry... 

2Tbsp of oil
2 Poached Chicken breasts, chopped roughly (poached in Chicken stock powder & water)
2 dessert spoons of minced Garlic
1-2 dessert spoons of minced Turmeric (or 1Tbsp of dried )
Medium sized Red Capsicum, diced large
1 medium Onion, chopped
400g Tin diced Tomatoes, liquid reserved in a bowl for later
400ml tin of Lite Coconut cream
1 dessert spoon Curry powder (2 would of been better but the Spawn don’t like too much spice)
2 medium Sweet Potatoes, chopped roughly1 medium Onion, chopped in half then sliced thinly
3 Green Thai Eggplants
¾ cup of Sultanas
 Large handful of Bush Beans, chopped into ¼’s
1 cup frozen Peas

 -  Add oil to pot & heat 
- Add turmeric, Onions & Capsicum & fry for 2 min 
Add Chicken then stir while cooking for a minute or so
- Add diced Tomatoes, Coconut cream,  Curry powder & reserved Tomato juice if needed (depends on amounts of other ingredients used as to if extra liquid is needed)
- Add Sweet Potato & Eggplant.
- Add Extra liquid at this stage as well if needed... You could add water, Tomato juice or Liquid (stock) form poaching chicken
- Add Sultanas & more liquid if needed keeping in mind that the Sultanas will absorb liquid
- Simmer on low for 40 min while stirring/checking every 10-15 min or so...

Have made this or a version of it a few times now & hope you enjoy it as much as we do if you try it...
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Shall be posting a tad more often now that we are back into a routine...

Have a great one all...
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