Ginger-Beet Orange Sodas

February 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

¼ cup tarragon leaves, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 medium beet, scrubbed
6 oranges, peeled IceSeltzer water

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the tarragon, ginger, sugar and water.  Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve all the sugar.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 8-10 minutes.  Take of the heat and set aside to cool completely.  Strain.  Juice the beet and the oranges in a juicer, you will need to have at least two cups of juice.  In a large pitcher filled with ice, place the ginger syrup, beet-orange juice and stir well, fill with seltzer to taste.

Oven Caramelized Citrus Sundaes with Vanilla and Sage

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lemon, halved and sliced
1 lime, halved and sliced
1 mandarin orange, halved and sliced
10 kumquats, halved
1 cup demerara sugar
Handful of fresh sage leaves
1 fresh vanilla bean, split
Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F.  In a large bowl combine all the citrus halved and sprinkle with ¼ cup of the sugar and toss together well.  Chop up the fresh sage (leaving a few sprigs whole) and toss those into the citrus bowl, along with the vanilla bean.  Arrange the segments on a baking sheet flat and sprinkle with the remaining amount of sugar. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.  Place the oven on broil and broil for a few more minutes until the citrus is charred slightly.  Spoon the mixture over vanilla ice cream!~

Radishes, Chervil Butter and Herbal Citrus Salts

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 stick butter (12 tablespoons) softened
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon fresh chervil leaves, chopped fine
16-20 French breakfast radishes, washed and trimmed
Citrus Salt (recipe follows)

Directions

Combine the butter, salt and chervil in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate to harden. Just prior to serving take the butter out and allow to come to room temperature. Place the butter in a bowl and the citrus salts and the radishes all around it. To eat, place a little butter on each radish and some citrus salts. Enjoy!

Citrus Shrimp Ceviche with Avocadoes & Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

This dish has great balance utilizing all types of citrus: limes, lemons and tangerines, and has slightly sweet herbaceous tones that blend well with the buttery-ness of the avocado. A lovely dish that is simple to prepare and exciting for your guests.

Ingredients

Ger-Nis Citrus Finishing Salts
1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar (substitute regular champagne vinegar)
¼ cup citrus juice (a mixture of tangerine, meyer lemon or regular lemon and orange)
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1½ teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1½ teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped fine
½ red onion, sliced super thin
A few greens, butter leaf lettuce, mesclun mix or micro greens
2 avocadoes, ripe but firm, peeled, pitted, halved and sliced
Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle (recipe follows)

Directions

Bring a medium sauce pan with water to a boil. Add about a tablespoon of the citrus salts to the water. Reduce the temperatre to a low rolling bowling. Add the shrimp and cook for 1½ minutes. In the meantime prepare an ice bath (a big bowl of ice water). Strain the shrimp and place them quickly in the ice bath, making sure to stop the cooking process. When the shrimp are fully cooled and cold, strain and set aside. Whisk together the vinegar, citrus and lime juice, zest, sugar and salt until well mixed. Add the pepper, herbs, red onion and mix well. Season mixture to taste. Gently mix in the shrimp and allow to marinate for about 20 minutes (the shrimp marinade is best served at room temperature or cool, not cold, so ideally refrigerate for about ten minutes and then take out for the last ten). To serve, arrange some greens of choice on a small plate and arrange some avocado slices over the plate. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the marinated shrimp over the avocado and greens. Drizzle some lemon thyme pesto over the salad and garnish with citrus herb finishing salt.

Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

Makes 1 cup pesto

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves (substitute basil if you cannot find lemon thyme)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Finishing Salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ger-Nis Citrus Herb Finishing Salt

April 4th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup salts

Ingredients

¾ cup maldon salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest*
1 tablespoon lime zest*
1 teaspoon orange zest*
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves, chopped superfine

*Use organic unwaxed citrus, make sure citrus and herbs are completely dry.

Directions

Preheat oven to 225°F. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture on a lined baking sheet allowing amble room, making sure to flatten completely the mixture against the pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, the zest and herbs should crumble easily when pressed together with your fingers. Allow to cool and then either process with your fingers by rubbing zest and herbs together with salt or pulse a few times in a spice grinder. Store in an airtight jar for up to two months. Do not refrigerate.

Red Cabbage Herbed Pot Stickers with Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 pot stickers

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped superfine
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped superfine
1 cup shredded red cabbage
¼ cup mung bean sprouts or sprouted mung beans
2 tablespoons fresh Thai basil, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
Pot sticker wrappers
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together except the sesame and coconut oil, pot sticker wrappers and dipping sauce. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Take a spoon full of the mixture and place in the center of each pot sticker wrapper. Close the wrappers by making gathers on one side and then pinching together both sides, sealing well with wet fingers to make a kind of glue (round pot stickers are easier than square ones!) Heat a large frying pan with the sesame and coconut oil on high and fry the dumplings for 1-2 minutes, flipping once to make a slightly seared brown coating on each side. After the dumplings are coated and seared, place a bit of water in the pan and steam with the lid off for about 1-2 minutes. Serve with Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce.

Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ tamari
¼ cup miso paste

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until emulsified and well mixed.

Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar or plain rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ tamari
¼ cup miso paste

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until emulsified and well mixed.

Citrus Herb Buttermilk Doughnut Holes with Citrus Brown Sugar Coating

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 30 – 40 doughnut holes

Ingredients

3 ¾  cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoon lemon juice
3 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh mint chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest


For the coating

1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ cup turbinado sugar

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and mix until a soft dough is formed. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, just a few minutes.  Roll out into a flat ½ thick piece and cut little sections and form into balls using the palms of your hands and rolling. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.  Heat oil in a large sauté pan filled up at least with 2 inches of oil to a medium high heat.  Once hot drop the doughnuts in a few at a time and allow to cook for about 5 minutes moving around and flipping.  The doughnuts should be golden brown.  Take off the heat and drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle with the sugar coating a few moments after transferring to the towels.

Take some of the doughnuts and fill with lemon curd by placing the curd in a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. Using the tip, poke a small hole the doughnuts  hole and squeeze a little curd in the center!

Lemon Curd

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
Pinch of salt

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a medium low heat, whisking slowly until mixture is thick. Allow to cool and refrigerate.



Winter Herbal Citrus Soda

December 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


Makes 1 Large Pitcher
Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup turbinado sugar or white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups citrus juice: tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges
Directions
Combine the herbs, zest, sugar and water in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 6 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool.  Blend the mixture and then strain out all the leaves.  It will be a vibrant green color.  In  a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and ice, fill with selzer water, stir and garnish with a few thyme leaves.
Makes 1 Large Pitcher
Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon thyme leaves
zest of 1 lime
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup turbinado sugar or white sugar
1 cup water
2 cups citrus juice: tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges
Directions
Combine the herbs, zest, sugar and water in a medium saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 6 minutes.  Take off heat and allow to cool.  Blend the mixture and then strain out all the leaves.  It will be a vibrant green color.  In  a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and ice, fill with selzer water, stir and garnish with a few thyme leaves.


Spicy Beef Madras Curry Stew

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Canola oil (to coat bottom of the pan)
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional for extra heat)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped large
5-6 fresh curry leaves (optional)
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1½ inch cubes
1.5 ounces Ger-Nis’ Madras Curry Mix (recipe follows)
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped fine
2 cups rich ginger & onion broth (recipe follows) or vegetable broth
Steamed basmati rice
Yogurt for garnish

Directions

In a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed soup pan, heat canola oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the garlic, ginger and red chili for a few minutes. Add the onions and curry leaves and continued to sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until the onions begin to get slightly translucent. Add the beef and sauté until all sides are browned. Sprinkle the curry mix over the top and season with the salt and pepper, stirring constantly as the mixture will begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. Add the lemon juice and the tomato paste and mix well, scraping any of the stuck bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes and continue to do the same. Turn heat to low or a simmer and add curry leaves and broth. Cook on a low simmer for about 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Serve over basmati rice, and garnished with a dollop of yogurt.

Madras Curry Mix

Makes about 1.5 ounces of mix

Ingredients

½ teaspoon coriander, ground
2 teaspoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds, ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, ground
1 teaspoon cloves, ground
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, ground
½ teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1 dried red chili, ground

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, making sure that the dried chili pepper is ground up well. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months, preferably in a dark and cool location.

*Toasting the whole spices first and then grinding gives a deeper richer flavor to the spice mix and dish!

Sweet Ginger-Onion Broth

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

Red onion skins and pieces
Shallot skins and pieces
2 tablespoons ginger pieces, skins ok
¼ cup honey
Carrot pieces
Parsnip pieces or root vegetable
4½ cups water
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large soup pan over. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20-40 minutes. Strain, cool and set aside.

Little Lemony Fried Anchovies or Bait fish with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound fresh anchovies or bait fish
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 thai chili, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
Oil for frying
Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce (recipe follows)
Lemon Wedges

Directions

First prepare the anchovies or baitfish by cutting or pulling off their heads with a slight twisting motion and thus removing the guts at the same time. The guts come out from the top by pulling on them with your fingers if they didn’t come out with the head twist pull. Rinse the anchovies after they are cleaned and pat them dry with paper towels. In a mixing bowl whisk together the lime zest, ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, chili, and lime juice. Mix together with the anchovies and let stand for about 10 minutes. Heat about 1-2 inches of oil in a large pan to about 145°F. In another flat shaped bowl combine the flour and the salt and mix. Dredge a few of the anchovies in the flour and shake off any excess. The anchovy should be just lightly coated with flour but evenly. Place in the oil and fry until crispy. About 3-4 minutes total. Testing to make sure they are cooked through and crispy. Serve with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce and lemon wedges.

Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

½ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons ginger rice vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon red chili paste
2 tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil
1 cup thai basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth sauce is made. Season to taste with salt and lime juice.

Chili Mint Mackerel Ceviche

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and granish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Citrus Chili Atlantic Mackerel Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped super fine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and garnish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Winter Herb & Citrus Yogurt Granita

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup honey
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh citrus juice (tangerine, lime, Meyer lemon, orange, or combinations are excellent)
¼ cup citrus zest
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour in a shallow metal pan and allow to freeze. Taking a fork and scraping the ice every 10 minutes until frozen, about 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a sprig of thyme.

Vibrant Leg Citrus Basil Scrub

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coarse brown sugar
½ cup dried citrus zest
½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
½ cup almond meal
¼ cup baking soda
½ cup almond oil

PREPARATION

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Massage mixture on legs and rinse.

Citrus Herb Salsa

November 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 grapefruits peeled, pitted and chopped
2 oranges peeled pitted and chopped
1 lemon peeled and pitted and chopped
¼ cup red onion sliced thin and halved
juice and zest of 1 lime
1 T chopped thyme
1 T chopped parsley
1 T chopped chives
1 T honey

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and let stand for 20 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature over grilled fish, chicken or meats.

Citrus Rub for Chicken, Fish, Seafood and Vegetables

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Juice and zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime
1 t zest of orange
1 T orange juice
1 T cracked, mixed peppercorns
2 T grey sea salt or Fleur De Sel
¼ c chopped parsley
¼ c chopped basil
1 pinch of chili flakes

PREPARATION

With mortar and pestle, pound the zest, cracked peppercorns, salt and herbs. Add citrus juice and continue to pound. Add citrus rub to fish or chicken before and/or after cooking. Sprinkle on steamed vegetables.

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