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Laotian Grilled Chicken (Ping Gai)

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Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 10 people

Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, or more to taste
  • 1 large bunch fresh cilantro stems and leaves
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper
  • 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • ⅔ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (chile paste)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Grind peppercorns coarsely using a mortar and pestle, electric grinder, or spice mill.
  2. Chop cilantro finely and transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in the freshly ground pepper, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, oil, and cayenne. Add chicken thighs and toss by hand until completely coated. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 4 to 12 hours.
  3. Combine rice vinegar, lime juice, garlic, sambal, fish sauce, cilantro, and honey to make the dipping sauce. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Preheat grill for medium- to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Place chicken thighs on the grill, discarding any excess marinade. Cover and grill until thighs spring back to the touch, 5 to 6 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 155 degrees F (68 degrees C). Slice and serve with the dipping sauce.

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Maltese rabbit stew

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Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 10 people

Cooking Time : 45 mins

Ingredients

1 rabbit

2 onion sliced

6 garlic clove peeled

3 tomato chopped large peeled

2 tsp tomato paste

3 potato peeled quartered

6 carrot peeled sliced

1 cup peas

2 bay leaf

1 pinch mixed herbs

1 tsp olive oil

1 beef stock cube

1 1/4 cup red wine

1 cup plain flour

1 pinch salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Add salt and pepper to flour. Mix well.
  2. Roll rabbit portions in seasoned flour.
  3. Cook rabbit in olive oil until slightly brown.
  4. Add onions, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes to the pot. Pour some of the wine over the ingredients. Add tomato paste, stock cube and bay leaves.
  5. Add kidney, liver and peas. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 1½ hours. Add more wine if sauce begins to dry up.

 

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Jewish carrot tzimmes

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Difficulty Level : Easy
Serves: 10 people
Cooking Time : 45 mins

Ingredients

20 carrots peeled (about 3.2 Kg/7 lbs)
3/4 cup sugar (165 g/6 oz)
1 1/4 cups honey (540 g/20 oz)
3 lemons juiced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
100 grams butter or margarine (3 1/2 oz)

Instructions

1. Slice the carrots into 5 mm (1/4 inch) slices. Soak in water for a few hours or overnight if possible.
2. Drain the carrots, place in a large saucepan and barely cover with water. Bring to the boil, and cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the sugar, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, large pinch of salt and pepper and the butter. Cook, uncovered, for at least 1 – 2 hours (medium heat) until the carrots are glazed and soft, and the water is almost all gone. Once cool, refrigerate overnight or until cold.
4. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 200°C (400F). Put the carrots in an ovenproof dish, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes so they become glazed and golden.

 

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Cooking for your Loved Ones: Brazilian Fish Stew / Egyptian Taro Root Stew

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Brazilian fish stew

     

Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 4-6 people

Cooking Time : 30 mins

 

Ingredients

skinless cod fillets 400g, cut into bite-sized pieces

lime 1, zested and juiced

extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp

onion 1, finely chopped

red pepper 1, sliced

yellow pepper 1, sliced

garlic 2 cloves, crushed

smoked paprika 2 tsp

ground coriander 1 tsp

dried chilli flakes ½ tsp

chopped tomatoes 400g

tomato purée 1 tbsp

light coconut milk 400ml

vegetable stock 250ml

raw king prawns 300g

lime wedges to serve

crusty bread or cooked white rice to serve

flat-leaf parsley chopped, to serve

 

Instructions

  1. Put the fish in a bowl with half the lime zest and juice, and season lightly. Toss together, cover and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Drizzle the oil into a large, deep pan over a medium heat, then cook the onion and peppers for 5-6 minutes or until softened. Season.
  3. Add the garlic and spices, and cook for a further minute. Tip in the chopped tomatoes and tomato purée, and simmer over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, add the marinated fish and prawns, and simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes until just cooked through.
  5. Stir in the remaining lime juice and zest, seasoning to taste. Serve on its own with the lime wedges, or with crusty bread or cooked white rice, and some parsley scattered over.

 

Egyptian taro root stew

 

Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 4-6 people

Cooking Time : 30 mins

 

Ingredients

1 kg Taro roots

300 g cubed stew meat – lamb

8 cloves mashed garlic

3 tablespoons cilantro- chopped

1 tablespoon ghee

1 tablespoon salt

 

Instructions

  1. Peel the taro root, cut into cubes as desired, then clean by wiping with a clean peace of cloth
  2. In a saucepan, add the ghee & sauté the meat chunks until golden brown
  3. Next add garlic and cilantro and stir until aromatic then add the taro root & stir gently untill combined
  4. Cover with water and bring to a boil,  simmer on low heat for 30 mins or untill the taro root is soft when poked with a fork
  5. Serve taro root stew next to vermicelli rice

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