Saturday, 26 October 2013

Indo-Dutch Satay


1 lb lamb  (1000 g)
1/2 inch fresh ginger (about 1 cm), finely grated
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
6 tbsp ketjap manis (or soy sauce)
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (90 g)
1/4 cup candle nuts (30 g), ground finely in a food processor
1/2 cup coconut milk (120 ml)
1 stalk of lemongrass, bruised
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 tbsp sambal (or chile paste)


For the marinade: Cut the pork into bite sized squares and place in a freezer bag, along with half of both the ginger and garlic, 3 tablespoons of the ketjap manis and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Knot the bag, massage the marinade into the meat, and leave to marinade in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.

Fish Fillet with Spinach


6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 large beet, peeled and cut into 1-inch sized pieces
1 cup beet juice
1 cup cider vinegar
1 large shallot or small yellow onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
5 cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 star anise pod
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
A large jar with a lid (a ¾ liter jar fits the eggs perfectly- about 25 oz.)

Start by hard-boiling the eggs. Place the eggs in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with 2-inches of cold water. Bring just to a boil, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 12 minutes before submerging in a bowl of ice water. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan, then reduce to a simmer. Add the chopped beet, cover with the lid slightly ajar, and continue to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a fork easily pierces the beets. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

In a medium saucepan, combine the beet juice (if you're left with less than a cup of beet juice after simmering, simply add enough water so that it equals 1 cup), vinegar, shallot, garlic, sugar, and spices. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved and the onions are translucent. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Once the brine has cooled, place 3 eggs in the jar. Spoon in some of the onions and beets. Add the remaining eggs and spoon in the rest of the onions and beets. Pour in all of the brine. Tightly seal the jar and place in the refrigerator. Allow the eggs to pickle for 5 to 7 days to reach their optimal color. Keep refrigerated and use with 1 month.

Yield: 6 pickled eggs, 1 pickled beet

Avoid using a fork to remove the eggs from the brine. Piercing them could cause the brine to bleed into the yolks and ruin their beautiful presentation. Use your fingers or a spoon instead.