Ginger Ice Cream with Chai Spiced Oven Caramelized Blood Oranges and Pistachios

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

chai spiced citrus

Serves 5

Ingredients

For the ice cream

2 eggs
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped fine (chopped not grated)


For the topping

1 vanilla bean, split, scraped and cut into pieces
3 blood oranges, halved and sliced thin ( peels on)
2 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar
1 chai tea bag or 1 tablespoon fresh ground chai tea/spices
½  cup chopped pistachios
Pinch of salt

Directions

Whisk together the eggs and the sugar until a creamy whipped consistency occurs, add the heavy cream and continue to whisk until a smooth cream is formed.  Meanwhile bring the milk, fresh ginger and vanilla bean to a boil in a medium sauce pan, making sure not to burn the milk by stirring often.   When the milk is boiling  reduce heat to a medium low and continue to stir.  Add about a half of a cup of the hot milk to the cream and egg mixture and stir.  Slowly pour the cream and egg mixture into the hot milk, whisking slowly the entire time.  Continue to cook on a medium to low heat until he mixture thickens and a velvety custard like consistency forms, about 4 minutes.  Take the mixture off the heat and place in a stainless steel bowl and cool completely and chill.  When fully chilled process the ice cream in a n ice cream maker.

Pre heat oven to 400° F.  In a large bowl  combine all the ingredients and toss together until all the citrus is coated nicely.  Place the mixture on a large flat baking sheet, making sure the blood oranges are arranged flat.  Bake for about 7-8 minutes.  Turn the oven to broil and finish for about 2 minutes, making sure that the citrus brown and crisp or caramelize but not burn. Serve warm over the ginger ice cream.

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.

Ginger and Lemon Thyme Pesto Scones

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 scones

Ingredients

2 teaspoons sugar
2 â…“ cups of flour
â…“ teaspoon of baking soda
½ tablespoon of baking powder
¼ cup sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1-inch cubes
¾ cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons Ginger & Lemon Thyme Pesto*
Ginger Lemon Thyme Pesto Icing*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine strawberries and 2 teaspoons sugar, mix well and let berries macerate in sugar for 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Add the salt and sugar and combine. Scatter butter cubes into the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Using your hands or a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture just until butter pieces are the size of peas. Pour in the buttermilk and lemon zest and mix just until the dough just comes together. Add 2 tablespoons Ginger & Lemon Thyme Pesto and mix into dough. Flour a clean surface and place the dough onto it, shaping it into a long rectangle (about 5 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick).

Cut the dough into 6 even sized triangles and transfer them to your baking sheet. Bake the scones for 25 to 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

*Ginger Lemon Thyme Pesto– mix ¾  cup turbinado simple syrup with ½ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves ,¼ cup mint leaves, 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger and 2 tablespoons lemon zest and blend until as smooth pesto is made.

*Ginger Lemon Thyme Pesto Icing– mix ¼ -½ cup of powdered sugar with ½ cup of pesto and mix until smooth and creamy.  Drizzle over the scones.

Rhubarb Ginger Soda

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Ingredients

Ginger-Rhubarb Syrup
Basil Syrup
Rhubarb Bitters (optional)
Seltzer

Directions

Pour seltzer into glass and top with both syrups. Add a few dashes of bitters.

*Ginger-Rhubarb Syrup-To make the rhubarb syrup place ½ cup fresh rhubarb chopped, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Strain and cool.

*Basil Syrup- Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup basil leaves and stems and 1 tablespoon lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain.

Ginger-Thai Rhubarb Tequila Spritzer

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Ingredients

1 ½  ounces tequila
1 ounce Ginger Thai Basil Syrup*
1 ounce lime juice
Seltzer
Basil Sugar Lime Wheels*
Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb Bitters

Directions

Place the tequila, ginger basil syrup and lime juice in a tall Collins glass filled with ice and stir.  Fill the glass with seltzer and stir again.  Garnish with a basil sugared lime wheel and a few drops of bitters.

*Ginger Thai Basil  Syrup – Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons grated ginger, 1 cup Thai basil leaves and stems and 1 tablespoon lime zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain.

*Basil Sugar Lime Wheels – Combine  ½ cup turbinado sugar with 2 teaspoons lime zest and 2 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped fine) and mix well.  Moisten with a little lime juice.  In a little mixing bowl combine about 10-12 lime wheels and mix up with sugar mixture, making sure all wheels are completely covered in the sugar mixture.


Ginger Mint Iced Tea

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 large bunch of fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup fresh grated ginger
1 cup Honey Syrup*
Water

Directions

Combine all ingredients except water in a pitcher and stir well. Add ice and then fill with water.

*Honey Syrup – Whisk together 1 cup honey with ¼ cup hot water until emulsified. Cool.

Ginger & Lemon Thyme Rye Mini Pesto Elixir

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar simple syrup*
½ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
1 ounce New York Distilling Company Rye

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the sweet pesto to the top of 1 ounce of New York Distilling Company Rye. Gently swirl the elixir down.

The Reformed Presbyterian

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

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Ingredients


A few fresh mint leaves
1½ ounces bourbon
¼ ounce Gran Classico
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh ginger syrup (turbinado sugar)
1 cup sugar
2 ounces seltzer
Lime peel & fresh ginger sliver garnish

Directions

Muddle a few mint leaves in a shaker. Add all other ingredients except for garnish into shaker, fill with ice and shake gently. Pour into a tall collins-style glass and garnish with a lime peel, releasing oils over the top of the cocktail, and a sliver of fresh ginger.

Ginger Apple Tart Tatin

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8-10

Traditional Tart Tatin are made with apples and is essentially an upside down pie!

Ingredients

1½ cups flour
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon cardamom, ground
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, 1 stick cubed and ice cold the other room temperature
4-6 tablespoons ice cold water
5 medium tart apples (pink ladies, honey crips, jonagold or braeburns), peeled quartered lengthwise and cored
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ginger, freshly grated
½ cup sugar
Ginger Whipped Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar and cardamom and mix well. Using a pastry cutter cut the ice cold butter cubes into the flour mixture swiftly until a crumbled mixture is formed. (A food processor is an easy alternative) Place the mixture in the freezer for a few minutes to get it ice cold again before adding the water. Add the ice water to the crumble mixture and using your fingers quickly mix it in just until the dough start to hold together. It will resemble a big course ball stuck together. You don’t want it smooth and you don’t want it to fall apart. Form the dough into a disc shape and place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl toss the apples with the lemon zest, juice, brown sugar and ginger and mix until the apples are completely covered by the sugar and ginger. In a cast iron pan heat the butter on high until melted. Stir in the sugar and using a wooden spoon mix slowly until a caramelized syrup starts to form. (The sugar will begin to turn a deep amber color) Reduce the heat to low and add the apples in and continue to cook, mixing well until the apples are beginning to cook and the sugars begin to combine. Take off the heat and arrange apples in a creative pattern in the caramel covering the bottom of the pan.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the cold dough disc until it is about a half an inch larger than the cast iron pan. It should be about ½-¾ inch thick and again slightly larger than the pan. Make sure to work quickly and handle the dough as little as possible. Shake of any access flour and gently place the dough over the apples. Making sure to tuck the edges in along the inside of the pan. Cut a few tiny air holes in the top of the crust in order to allow heat to escape. Place in the oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and semi crispy. Take out of the oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the inside of the pan in order to loosen the grip of the dough on the pan.

Place a large flat serving dish on top of the pan and turn upside down, gently tapping if needed until the tatin releases. Serve warm with ginger whipped cream.

*Ginger Whipped Cream-whip 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger until whipped cream consistency!

The Adler Beet

February 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

As I embarked on my creation process for a cocktail concoction for Tamar Adler’s last class in her  wonderful series  based on her best selling book at Ger-Nis, An Everlasting Meal, I knew it had to be vibrant, down to earth, secretively refined and smart, just like she is.  I knew it needed to be local and seasonal and utilized things we typically have on hand as home cooks.  So for this special cocktail created just for Tamar, I thought about the heavenly pairing of beets and oranges, one of my favorite couples, and knew a drink that emulated all of Tamar’s qualities and philosophies could be achieved.  So here it is, I think we captured her essence, at least for now.

Ingredients

Shaved or cracked ice
10 fresh mint leaves, torn into itty bitty pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces fresh orange juice, cara cara preferably
2 ounces local gin  (Brooklyn Gin, New York Distilling Co.)
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce Ginger Beet Honey (recipe follows)
Orange Peel
Bittermans Ginger, Black Pepper All Spice Bitters (ore equivalent, peppery spicy exotic bitters)
Few dashes of gratitude

Directions

In a shaker filled with shaved ice, combine the mint and the sugar and shake vigorously muddling the mint into the sugar and ice.  Add the orange juice, gin and lemon juice and shake vigorously again.  Add the ginger beet honey into the shaker and stir.  Strain into a low ball glass that has had the rim rubbed with the orange peel and with one ice chunk inside.  Garnish with the orange peel and 3-4 drops of the bitters.  Then add a few dashes of gratitude towards all the good folks who made your ingredients and of course to the chef who made your drink.  Bottoms up.

Ginger Beet Honey

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

½ cup ginger pieces, sliced into thin slices (peels on)
2 beets, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup honey


Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the ginger, beets, zest, black pepper, water and sugar and bring to a boil.  Reduce the temperature to simmer and cook for approximately 10 minutes.  Take off heat and allow standing until totally cool.  Strain and discard the beet and ginger pieces.  In a mason jar, combine the honey and the beet syrup and shake until incporporated.

Fresh Lemon Grass Ginger Tea

February 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon grass bulb, sliced thin
1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced super thin
2 tablespoons lemon grass (grass)
1 green tea bag
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Directions

In a large French press, place all ingredients and cover with hot (just before boiling) water. Allow to steep for about 8 minutes. Drink warm or cool and serve over ice.

Ginger & Spice Apple Fitters with Cinnamon Black Pepper Glaze

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 small fritters

Ingredients

2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
2  teaspoons cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon all spice
½ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 eggs, beaten
¾ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 apples, peeled and chopped small
Cinnamon  Black Pepper Powdered Sugar Glaze (recipe follows)

Directions

In bowl combine all the dry ingredients  and mix well.  Add the wet ingredients and mix until a chunky batter is created.  Place the batter in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Heat a large pan of hot oil to a medium high heat.  Drop batter using a large spoon into fitter size dollops.  Frying only a  few at a time.  Allow to fry about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Take out of oil and place on paper towels.  Glaze & eat!

Cinnamon Black Pepper Powdered Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

1 cup powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
¼ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup milk

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Drizzle over doughnuts!



Ginger & Orange Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

February 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen doughnuts

*Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ¼ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil for frying

For the glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup milk, warm
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon orange zest

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the yeast, water  and milk and set aside.  The mixture should begin to foam, allow to sit and “activate” for about 7-10 minutes.  Add the sugar, orange zest, salt , eggs and butter and mix well.   Next add the flour stirring well as you add the flour in a little at a time until a sticky dough is formed.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for about 5 minutes or until super elastic.  Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a towel.  Set in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut  doughnuts using round cookie cutters and using the small cutter for the center hole. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let stand for 30 minutes. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan filled about 3 inches filled with oil to a medium heat.  Cook the doughnuts a few at a time until golden brown flipping ounce.  (about 3 minutes per side.)  Drain on paper towels.

To make the glaze, combine the milk rice syrup, zest, ginger , chocolate and vanilla in a sauce pan and heat on low stirring until all is melted and incorporated.  Take off the heat and add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Dip the doughnuts in chocolate and let sit in a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Broccoli with Ginger and Sesame

January 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
¾ cup vegetable stock
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1½ pound broccoli florets
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1½ tablespoons minced fresh ginger
Canola, or grapeseed oil for sautéing

Directions

Mix the vegetable stock, soy sauce, and dark sesame oil together in a small bowl and set aside.
Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with oil, heat over medium flame and add the broccoli florets. Stir to coat the florets with the oil and sauté for about a minute. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for half a minute more, until fragrant.
Add the vegetable stock mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and cover for 2-3 minutes; until broccoli is still firm, but can be pierced with a fork. Remove from heat. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon and set aside. Return pan to high heat and boil down the liquid until about 3 tablespoons remain. Turn off heat, return broccoli to the pan, add the toasted sesame seeds and toss all with the liquid. Serve immediately.

Le Pruneau Homme

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 ounces prune infused gin (recipe follows)
2 ounces hum liquor
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce cardamom ginger black pepper syrup (recipe follows)
Sparkling Wine
“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar (recipe follows)
Gin Infused Prunes

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place the gin, hum liquor, lemon juice, and syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into an old fashioned martini style glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a gin infused prune rubbed with Moroccan Spiced Brown Sugar on a toothpick.

Prune Infused Gin

Ingredients

1 liter of gin
12 prunes, halved

Directions

Place the prunes and the gin in a large mason or glass jar. Allow to infuse for about 3-4 days in a cool dark place. Remove the prunes and reserve for cocktail.

Cardamom Black Pepper Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
5 cardamom pods, crushed (whole pod)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let stand for 15 minutes, strain.

“Moroccan” Spiced Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Rad El Hanout (traditional recipe follows)
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup brown sugar

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Ras El Hanout (Traditional)

Makes approx 10 ounces

Ingredients

1 nutmeg ball, crushed
1 cinnamon stick, crushed
½ tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablepsoon white peppercorns
1 tablepsoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon rose bud petals, dried
1 tablespoon lavender buds, dried
½ teaspoon anise seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon allspice berries
6 green cardamom pods
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon saffron
1 tablespoon turmeric, ground
1 tablespoon mace, ground
1 teaspoon red chili peppers, crushed
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablepsoon ginger, ground
1 tablespoon dried galangal root pieces (optional)
1 tablespoon dried orris root pieces (optional)

Directions

In a ziplock bag or plastic, crush the nutmeg and cinnamon sticks with a mallet, hammering and pounding until small chunks are formed. Take all of the seeds and non powder items and grind in a spice grinder or coffee grinder, until pulverized. You may have to do this in batches if your grinder is small. Place the ground items in a medium mixing bowl. Take the remainig powdered items as well as the root pieces and mix into the ground items until totally mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark and dry place, will keep for about 4-5 months.

Ginger Zucchini Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

December 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

1½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 medium zucchinis, grated (peels left on)
¾ cup olive oil
¾ cup honey
2 eggs, beaten

For the frosting

1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Line muffin tin with liners or grease them well. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Flours, cinnamon, all spice, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients; ginger, orange zest, orange juice, zucchini, olive oil, honey, and eggs, and mix well until smooth and creamy. Slowly combine the dry into the wet, a little at a time until totally combined and smooth. Divide the mixture evenly amongst the muffin cups and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Take out of the oven and allow to cool a few minutes. Take the cupcakes out of the muffin tins and let cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

For the frosting

With a mixer or with a strong hand combine all the frosting ingredients and mix until totally smooth and creamy. Frost the cupcakes and dust with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.

Plum Pot Stickers with Ginger Butter

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 plums, deseeded and chopped fine
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 cup Japanese plum wine
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
12 dumpling wrappers, round
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated

Directions

In a small saute pan heat the plums butter and sugar on high heat and cook until the plums begin to caramelize. Add the freshly grated nutmeg, the almond extract and the flour and mix well until very thick. Take off heat and cool. Place 1 round dumpling wrapper on the palm of one hand, place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the center, and fold the round into a half-moon. Using the thumb and forefinger of the other hand pleat the seam closed, making from 5 to 7 pleats. Repeat to form more dumplings until all of the rounds are used. Cover the dumplings with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out, then repeat with the remaining mixture. Place in boiling vat of water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. In the meantime, heat the remaining butter, honey, walnuts and cinnamon and mix until smooth and warmed through. Once the pot stickers are cooked, take out of the water and drizzle with the ginger honey butter.

Ginger, Chicken & Shitake Sticky Buns

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Dough-Chinese Steamed Buns

Ingredients

1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup warm water
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

1. Mix together yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 cup warm water. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

2. Mix ini 1/2 cup warm water, flour, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and vegetable oil. Knead until dough surface is smooth and elastic. Roll over in a greased bowl, and let stand until triple in size, about 21/2 to 3 hours.

3. Punch down dough, and spread out on a floured board. Sprinlke baking powder evenly on surface, and knead for 5 minutes. Divide dough into 2 parts, and place the piece you are not working in a covered bowl. Divide each half into 12 parts. Shape each part into a ball with smooth surface up. Put each ball on a wax paper square. Let stand covered until double, about 30 minutes.

Ginger Shitake Chicken

Ingredients

1/2 pound cooked chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) shredded and chopped
1 cup Shitake mushrooms, chopped
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped fine
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped fine
1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 recipe Chinese Steamed Buns

Directions

1. In a medium sauce pan heat all mix chicken ingredients and bring to a boil until thick.

2. Prepare dough for Chinese Steamed Buns.

3. Shape dough into balls. Roll each out into a circle (like Won-Ton wrappers). Put 1 tablespoonful of prepared meat mixture in the center of each circle, and wrap dough around filling. Place seams down onto wax paper squares. Let stand until doubled, about 30 minutes.

4. Bring water to a boil in wok, and reduce heat to medium; the water should still be boiling. Place steam-plate on a small wire rack in the middle of the wok. .Transfer as many buns on wax paper as will comfortably fit onto steam-plate leaving 1 to 2 inches between the buns. At least 2 inches space should be left between steam-plate and the wok. Cover wok with lid. Steam buns over boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. REMOVE LID BEFORE you turn off heat, or else water will drip back onto bun surface and produce yellowish “blisters” on bun surfaces. Continue steaming batches of  buns until all are cooked.

Pan Fried Chinese Mustard Dumplings with Miso Ginger Glaze

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 20 dumplings

Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1/2 tablespoon garlic, chopped fine
1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
1 cup shredded baby bok choy or Chinese greens (blanched)
2 teaspoons hot Chinese mustard
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 package of Dumpling Skins (round not square)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a largebowl (except oils & wrappers) and mix well. Refrigerate about 30 minutes before using. Place 1 round dumpking wrapper on the palm of one hand, place 1 tablespoon of the filling on the center, and fold the round into a half-moon. Using the thumb and forefinger of the other hand pleat the seam closed, making from 5 to 7 pleats. Repeat to form more dumplings until all of the rounds are used. Cover the dumplings with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out, then repeat with the remaining mixture. In a cast-iron frying pan, heat the oil over high heat. When a wisp of white smoke appears, turn off the heat to medium and allow the dumplings to cook for 3 minutes. Pour 1/2 cup of the water into the pan and allow the dumplings to cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the water evaporates. Reduce the heat to low and allow the dumplings to cook for about 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the bottom and the skins are translucent on top. To ensure the dumplings cook evenly, move the pan back and forth on the burner to distribute the heat evenly and prevent sticking.

Miso Ginger Glaze

Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1/4 cup miso paste
1 tablespoon mirin
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients until a smooth paste is formed. Serve with HOT dumplings.

Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes, Nutmeg Star Anise Butter & Ginger Maple Syrup

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons freshly grated fresh ginger
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup canned or fresh pumpkin
1/4 cup yogurt
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

Sift together all dry goods in a medium bowl. Next, whisk together all wet ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Slowly add a little of the dry mix to the wet whisking as you go until all the dry mix is incorporated and the batter smooth. Add more milk for a thinner batter. Heat a well greased griddle or a skillet to medium high and cook pancakes until golden brown on both sides! Serve with nutmeg star anise butter and ginger maple syrup.

Nutmeg, Star Anise Butter: In a small sauce pan heat up butter and add one start anise and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg. Take off heat when butter is melted and pour into a small bowl. Let sit until butter sets up again. Discard star anise before serving.

Ginger Maple Syrup: In a small saucepan heat 1 cup maple syrup and add 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine. Let infuse on low for about 4 minutes. Take off heat and strain only if desired.

Ginger Apple Cinnamon Bins with Nutmeg Plum Glaze

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen rolls

Ingredients

For the dough:

5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup water, hot
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
Butter
Ginger-Apple Filling (recipe follows)
Nutmeg Plum Icing (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, and ground ginger. In another bowl combine the yeast and the hot water, mixing well. Let stand to get frothy a few minutes and then add the a little of the dry mixture, the yeast mixture and the milk and the eggs in a mixer and begin to mix, adding a little at a time of the dry mixture until it is done and a soft dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic about 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into two equal portions and roll each portion into a 12 x 8 inch rectagnle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread the ginger apple filling evenly over each rectangle. Beginning at one of the rectangles, roll it up tightly like a jelly roll, making sure to pinch the seams to seal. Cut each roll into 12 pieces and place rolls on a greased baking sheet (butter). Cover and let rise in a warm draft free location until double in size or about 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. After the rolls have doubled in size, place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until a stick inserted comes out clean. Place the Nutmeg Plum Glaze over the hot rolls and let cool.

Ginger-Apple Filling

Ingredients

2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons flour

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook on medium low until thick about 3 minutes. Set aside and cool.

Nutmeg Plum Glaze

Ingredients

1/4 cup plum syrup, warmed
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
A few tablespoons hot water as needed

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Add hot water until thick and smooth like a paste.

Ginger-Chicken Foil Packs with Baby Bok Choy

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts cut into thin strips
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup tamari
3-4 baby bok choy heads, leaves
4 shitake mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil leaves, chopped

Direction

Pre-heat oven to 350°F degrees. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients until well mixed. Place in 2-3 foil packs and bake for about 15 minutes.

Folding packets: Take a large sheet of parchment or aluminum foil and place goods in the middle, fold making sure none of the liquid can escape. Place on a baking sheet in case drips happen.

Ginger Lime Shrimp Satay with Chili Honey Sauce

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ pounds medium to large sized shrimp
Wooden skewers presoaked
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon spicy sambal
Chili Honey Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the ginger, garlic, lime juice and zest, salt and sambal together in a bowl until well combined. Place the shrimp in the marinade and marinade overnight or for at least an hour. Thread the shrimp on the skewer into a row of shrimps. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Chili Honey Sauce.

Chili Honey Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients

½ cup honey, warmed
¼ cup spicy sambal

Directions

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, servee warm over satay.

Pickled Ginger Red Onion Cucumbers

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne or red chili peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed (Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼-½ cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin

Directions

Whisk water, vinegar, sugar & salt together until sugar and salt are totally dissolved. Add cucumbers, red onions, ginger, and chilis and mix well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until desired pickled taste.

Ginger-Lime Basil Coolers

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes One Pitcher

Ingredients

2 chunks of fresh ginger the size of a small sized hand each
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 cup sugar
3-4 lime juiced
2 liters seltzer water
2 cups water

Directions

Wash and scrub ginger well, remove skin by scraping ginger with a spoon, not worrying too much about getting peel off. Chop ginger up into small chunks, lime chopping an onion roughly. In a medium sauce pan place ginger, basil leaves and 2 cups water and bring to a boil, let simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off burner and let rest until room temperature. Strain and discard ginger basil pulp. Add 1 cup of sugar and place back on burner, bring to a boil and then reduce temperature to simmer about 5 minutes. Cool mixture completely.

In a pitcher combine ginger basil syrup and lime juice and 1-2 liters seltzer water, until desired sweetness and taste. Chill & serve over ice.

Ginger Lemon Meringue Tarts

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 egg yolks (reseve whites for meringue)
13 cup cornstarch
1½ cups water
113 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
½ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 box gingersnap cookies (2 cups)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grind gingersnaps into crumbs. Add butter and press into tart molds. Place on a sheet pan for easy transport. Whisk egg yolks in medium size mixing bowl and set aside.

Over a double boiler, combine cornstarch, water, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine, stirring frequently. Allow mixture to thicken. Add hot mixture to egg yolks and stir until you have added at least half of the mixture. Return egg mixture to double boiler, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and gently stir in butter, lemon juice, and zest until well combined. Pour mixture over gingersnap crumbs and top with meringue while filling is still hot. Cover filling with meringue (can use a piping bag). Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

For meringue

Place egg whites and pinch of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

Ginger Pear Asian Martini Cocktail (The Gingy)

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

Using a sweeter fuller bodied gin similar to the Old Tom style is perfect for this cocktail highlighting spicy, black pepper and vanilla note. This cocktail is delicate and complex at the same time, like a true Gingy is.

Ingredients

2 ounces pear infused old tom gin
1 ounce Canton ginger liquor
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce of ginger spiced simple syrup
Dry sparkling wine
Asian Pear Slices for garnish
Cinnamon

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the gin canton liquor, lemon juice and simple syrup and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini style class and fill with sparkling wine. Garnish with a sliced pear float and a pinch of cinnamon.

**Pear infused gin: place 1 Asian pear sliced thin in a quart of gin and let stand in a cool dark place for 3 days.

**Ginger spiced syrup: place 13 cup honey, ½ cup light brown sugar, ½ cup water, 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, 2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns, and a sliced open vanilla bean. Stir, bring to a boil and let simmer on low for 8-10 minutes. Cool and strain.

Thai Clambake

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Canola oil
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped superfine
2 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped superfine
2 thai chilies, deseeded and chopped superfine (add more for more heat)
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, outer layers removed, inner core blanched, shocked and minced
½ cup smoked sausage
1 cup clam broth or seafood stock
2 cup sake
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons hoison sauce or fish sauce
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup fresh thai basil, chifonade
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 pound littleneck clams, cleaned and trimmed
1 pound mussels, cleaned and trimmed

Directions

In a large heavy bottom soup pan heat the oil to medium and add the garlic, ginger, lime leaves, chilies and lemon grass and let it sweat for a few minutes. Add the smoked sausage and cook a few more minutes and drain off any excess fat. Add the clam broth, sake, hoisin and coconut milk, bring to a boil and them allow to simmer. Add the clams and mussels and cook until they open about 5 minutes total. Discard and shells that did not open. Toss on the scallions, cilantro, thai basil and mint and stir. Serve over rice.

*Recipe property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Sauteed Baby and Thai Eggplants with Basil and Peppers

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

Sesame oil
Canola oil
1 red chili, deseeded and chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 red pepper, cut into 2 inch thin strips
1 orange pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
8 eggplant (small baby and thai style) halved
2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon tamari sauce
2 tablespoons mirin sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup fresh thai basil leaves
Green onions, sliced thin
Peanuts

Directions

In a large sauté pan or work heat oil until hot, add the chili garlic and ginger and sauté a few minutes. Next add the peppers and sauté a few more minutes. Add the baby eggplants and sauté about 5 minutes or more until soft and tender. Add the hoisin, tamari, mirin and lime juice and stir and cook another few minutes. Add the basil leaves, stir and take off heat. Serve over rice with green onions and chopped peanuts for garnish.

Ginger Honey Glaze

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture is loose and mixed and ginger is infused.

Rosemary and Plum Grilled Pork

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 boneless pork loin chops
Salt/pepper
3 plums (black preferred), deseeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 cloves roasted garlic
½ cup red wine
½ cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

Directions

Season the pork loin chops with salt and pepper and set aside. Heat a grill to hot or pre-heat the oven to 350°F. In the meantime, combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cook about 10 minutes or until semi thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill or bake the pork until desired doneness. Serve with warm not hot plum sauce over the top.

Khichdi

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredient

1 cup small split yellow dal, pre-soak for 30 minutes
1 cup of rice
2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of asafetida (Kayam) powder (found at specialty Indian store)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small piece of ginger, grated
2 green chilies, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 whole black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 red potato, small dice
1 medium onion, small dice
½ cup of green Indian peas or frozen green peas
4 cups of water
Salt to taste

Directions

Wash and soak the split yellow gram and rice together for 15 minutes. Drain till water is clear. Heat the water until it is boiling and keep aside. On medium heat, add ghee in a large heavy pot (cast iron will work) until the hot. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the asafetida, turmeric, ginger, peppercorns and cloves. Stir for a minute or till fragrant. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Add potatoes and onion with salt. Cook until onions become translucent. Add the split yellow gram and rice, mix well. Add peas at the very end. Add the hot water to this and bring to a boil. Cover and keep on low heat for 25 minutes or till the mixture is slightly mushy. Taste to make sure dal is cooked all the way.

Khichdi is traditionally cooked in a pressure cooker which is much faster. If you happen to have one, in the last step after adding all the ingredients, cover and bring to maximum pressure on high heat. Pressure cook on high heat for 4 whistles. Put off the flame and set aside till all the steam escapes.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Tarka Daal

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound chana dal (dried yellow split peas), rinsed until the water runs clear
2 pints water
4 tablespoons clarified butter
2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 to 4 whole green chilies, pricked with a knife
1 small (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
3 vine ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Kosher salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

Put the lentils and water into a pan, stir well and bring to the boil. Skim off any froth that forms on the surface of the water with a spoon. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer, stirring regularly, for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until the lentils are just tender, adding more water as necessary.

When the lentils have cooked through, remove the pan from the heat, and use a whisk to break down the lentils. Set the mixture aside to thicken and cool.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, and fry for 20 to 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the onion, chiles, and ginger, and fry for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Blend the garlic and tomatoes to a puree in a food processor. Add the puree to the pan, and stir well to combine. Add the turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and 3 1/2 ounces of water to the pan, and stir well to combine. Season the mixture with salt, to taste, and simmer over a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the oil from the sauce has risen to the surface of the sauce.

Add the cooked lentils to the sauce, and stir well, adding more water as necessary, to loosen the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, and season, to taste, with salt before serving. Stir in the chopped cilantro just before serving. If this dish is not sour enough for you, add a squeeze of lemon juice. If you are a garlic lover, you can add another 2 cloves of garlic.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Mattar Paneer

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 package of paneer (cubed)
2 tablespoons ghee
3-4 cardamom pods, whole
1 small stick of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 small onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon ginger, grated
3 green chilies, finely chopped
3-4 large tomatoes, pureed
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 tablespoons of kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves, found at specialty Indian shops)
1/4 cup water (or as needed)
1 ½ cups of frozen peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Directions

Heat oil and fry paneer cubes till they turn golden brown. Set aside. In a separate pot, heat ghee, cumin seeds, until they are aromatic, turn a slight brown color and sputter. Add chopped onions, ginger, chilies and garlic and cook until onions soften.Add tomato puree, salt, sugar, and cook till the tomatoes soften till fat separates. Then add garam masala, chili powder, turmeric powder coriander powder, cumin powder, and kasoori methi. Cook for another few minutes to release spice flavors. Add the water and stir it in, using your discretion depending on how dry the dish is. If you added too much water, just let it simmer away until much of it evaporates – you want your tomatoes soft anyway. Add the peas. Cook just until the peas are tender. Pour in the cream, mix, and add the paneer and let simmer on medium heat for the paneer to absorb the flavors.

*Recipes Property of Palak Patel

Sweet Spiced Red Bean Paste

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup adzuki beans, cooked very soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated

Directions

In a blender mix well while beans are warm and allow to cool.

Mango Banana Spring Rolls with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 rolls

Ingredients

1 cup sweet red bean paste (recipe follows)
6 small rice paper wrappers
1 semi ripe mango sliced long and thin
2 bananas, halved and sliced into 3 inch long strips about ½ and inch thick
Fresh Star Anise Strawberry Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. On the middle of the wrappers, place a long dollop of the bean paste mixture, a few mango strips and a few banana strips. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with strawberry sauce.

Sweet Spiced Red Bean Paste
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup adzuki beans, cooked very soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated

Directions

In a blender mix well while beans are warm and allow to cool.

Fresh Star-Anise Strawberry Sauce
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 star anise

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, water and the star anise and bring to a boil and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until thick and strawberries cooked down. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes and take of heat and let stand to cool before serving. (discard the star anise before serving.)

Citrus Miso Dipping Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar (plain rice vinegar okay)
Juice of one lime
¼ cup orange juice
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.

Herbed Pot Stickers with Citrus Miso Dipping Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 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 are okay as well
2 tablespoons thai basil, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoon sesame oil
Pot sticker wrappers
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Miso Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients except the sesame, coconut oil potstickers and dipping sauce in a large mixing bowl and let stand for about 20 minutes. Take a spoon full of the mixture in the center of the dumpling wrapper. Close by making gathers on one side and then pinch together both sides, sealing well with wet fingers making somewhat of a glue. Round pot stickers are easier than square ones! Heat a large fry pan with the sesame and coconut oil on high, fry the dumplings for a few minutes flipping once and making a bit of a seared brown coating. After they are coated place a bit of water in the pan on and steam (lid off) for about 1-2 minutes more. Serve with dipping sauce.

Citrus Miso Dipping Sauce
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 teaspoons ginger, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup yuzo rice vinegar (plain rice vinegar okay)
Juice of one lime
¼ cup orange juice
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.

Tarragon Ginger Sweet Cream

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Tarragon-Ginger-Peach Shortcake

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 medium fresh peaches, pitted and cut into wedges about ½ inch thick
½ cup turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons ginger
½ cup water
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Tarragon Biscuits (recipe follows)
Tarragon ginger Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Place the peaches, turbinado sugar ginger and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil for a few minutes and reduce and simmer for about 5 minutes or until peaches are semi soft and the liquid is thick. Let stand for at least 30 minutes, before using. Split the biscuits in half and place a spoonful of the peach mixture on the top of one half and a dollop of the cream, place the other half of the biscuit on top and a few peaches and cream as well.

Tarragon Biscuits
Makes 15 biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter, cold & cut into cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, sliced into thin strips

Directions

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and gently mix. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas. (Or pulse several times in a food processor.) Combine the cream, zest, orange juice and tarragon in a measuring cup. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the cream mixture into the well. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened and just combined; it should look shaggy and still feel a little dry. Gently knead by hand five or six times to create a loose ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat it into an 8-inch square, ¾ to 1 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment, cover with plastic and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 6-10 even shapes of your choice, circles, squares, triangles, etc. and spread them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet. Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

Tarragon Ginger Sweet Cream
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
½ cup heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

In a blender or with a hand held food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.

Sweet Chili Sauce

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Ginger & Fresh Plum Sake Truffles with Black Sesame Seeds

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 truffles

Ingredients

½ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon brown sugar
¼ cup fresh plums, chopped
2 tablespoons sake
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Black sesame seeds for dusting

Directions

In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the heavy cream, vanilla, ginger, brown sugar and fresh plums to a simmer, about 3 minutes, using a rubber spatula to scrape the side of the pan where the cream builds up. In a separate metal bowl, place the chocolate. When cream is warm, pour it over the chocolate, let sit for about 1 minute, and then stir until smooth and chocolate is melted and incorporated evenly. Place the metal bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spoon small amount into hands, and roll into a little ball. Do not handle the chocolate ganache too much as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place in refrigerator overnight.

Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger-Mint Honey Dressing

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approx ¾ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
Fresh seasonal summer fruit: melons, peaches, plums, wedge and chopped

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients together until blended well. Place the fruit in a large bowl or on a large platter and drizzle the dressing over it.

Bourbon BBQ Sauce

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 5 Cups

Ingredients

1 ½ cups molasses
2 cups white wine vinegar
1 ½ cups ketchup
½ tablespoon garlic paste (smashed garlic)
½ tablespoon ginger paste (smashed ginger)
2 tablespoons franks hot sauce
½ cup bourbon

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the bourbon, in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until a thick and properly desired consistency. In another small pan reduce the bourbon by half and add to the sauce at the end of cooking, stir allow to cool before using.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Blueberry Ginger Maple Syrup

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup blueberry puree
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In small saucepan over medium-low heat, add maple syrup and ginger and warm through.

Ginger Spice Butter

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Spicy Summer Fruit Muffins

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh summer fruit
Coarse sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in fruit and mix well. Combine together the flour and fruit mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean.

Ginger Carrot Wholegrain Pancakes

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-8 cakes

Ingredients

1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups 1% milk
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup carrot puree (cooked & blended carrots)
½ cup buckwheat flour
3 large eggs
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons lowfat plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Directions

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a medium sized bowl, combine all wet ingredients, making sure to break up eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry along with grated ginger and stir. (Place all ingredients in a large measuring cup for easy pour). Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour ¼ cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side. Serve with ginger maple syrup.

Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds of Nantucket Bay Scallops
2 teaspoons salt
Juice and zest of 3 limes
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass bulb, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 or 2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Chopped peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions

Place the scallops in a bowl and season with salt. In another mixing bowl mix the lime juice, coconut milk, hoisin and all the garlic, ginger lemon grass and sugar until well mixed. Add the thai chilis, bell pepper and mix well. Marinate refrigerated about 30-45 minutes. Take out or the refrigerator and add the fresh herbs, let stand for 10 minutes and serve garnished with peanuts!

Ger-Nis Jerk Cole Slaw

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

097

Serves 12

Ingredients

For the dressing

1 clove garlic, chopped fine
½ teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon habanero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ teaspoon lime zest
½ teaspoon orange zest
1 pinch allspice, ground
1 pinch nutmeg, freshly grated
1 pinch cinnamon, freshly grated
½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¾ cup mayonnaise

For the salad

3 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients for the dressing until smooth and set aside. Toss together cabbage, onions, carrots, peppers and cilantro until mixed. Mix in dressing and toss until evenly distributed. Season with salt to taste.

Kelp Noodles Pad Thai and Almond Sauce

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

Pad Thai mixture

1 carrot, julienne
1 red pepper, filled, julienne
½ red cabbage, thinly sliced or mandolin
¼ cup snow peas, cut thinly on diagonal
1 spring onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons tamari
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 small red chili, minced
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 cup mung bean sprouts
½ cup kelp noodles, soak in hot water 10 minutes
10 leaves of basil, chiffonade
1 small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
10 mint leaves, chiffonade

Sauce for kelp noodles

½ tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon of sesame oil

The almond ginger sauce

3 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon tamari
½ cm ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
A pinch of cayenne

Directions

Take Phad Thai ingredients except the kelp noodles, put in a medium size bowl and mix, set aside.
Mix all together in a bowl almond butter, tamari and sesame oil. Once mixed together put the drained kelp noodles in the bowl of sauce and massage thoroughly with hands. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Take part the almond sauce blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Take the pad thai mixture and the kelp noodles with it’s sauce and mix together, put a good amount on a plate drizzle almond sauce around and over pad thai.

Garnish with mint, chiffonade, cilantro leaves and finely chopped almonds.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Coconut Curry Sauce with Coconut Jicama Rice

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

For the Coconut-Curry Sauce

2 cups of coconut meat
1½ cups filtered water
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 thumb size knob of ginger, peeled and minced with micro plan
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 small chili peppers or other small red chilies, with seeds
1 tablespoons kaffir lime powder (take kaffir leaves, dehydrate over night, grind into a fine powder)
1 tablespoon of curry powder or paste
1 teaspoon sea salt
Black pepper

For Jicama Rice

4 cups jicama, peeled and chopped
2 cups coconut meat
½ cup pistaciho
¾ cups almonds (ideally they should be soaked, and dehydrated)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or a little more
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
½ cup ground turmeric
Large knob of ginger, peeled and mince with a micro plan
1 handful cilantro leaves, minced
3 jalapeños, seeded and minced
½ small yellow onion, peeled and minced
1 handful golden raisins
Sea salt
Black pepper

Directions

Place the jicama in a food processor and pulse until the pieces resemble grains of rice.
Place the jicama in a fine sieve and squeeze out the excess water.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Take the coconut meat place in the food processor and pulse until it resembles grains of rice.
Transfer to the mixing bowl with the jicama.
Take the pistachios and almonds, put in the food processor and pulse until ground into crumbs.
Add to the jicama and coconut bowl and mix together.
In a high speed blender, combine the olive oil, coriander, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger. Blend until thoroughly combined.
Pour the oil/spices over the jicama/coconut and the nuts.
Add all the remaining ingredients. With a large spoon mix well seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve in a small bowl with the coconut curry sauce on top.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Fresh Ginger Whole-Wheat Nutmeg Butter Cookies

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6-9 cookies

Ingredients

¼ cup butter, soft
¼ cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
Pinch of salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a small mixing bowl cream together butter, sugar, spices and vanilla until well mixed, add the egg and mix well. In a spate small bowl mix together flour and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet a little at a time mixing continuously. Form the mixture into a long log shape about 2 inch circle and wrap in saran wrap for up to 1 hour. Slice the logs thin and place on a baking sheet. Alternatively you can bake immediately without refrigerating the cookies with be softer. Place spoons full of the dough mixture on a baking sheet and press down using fingers to a flat cookie shape. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Place on rack to cool.

Massaman Beef Curry

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound beef, sliced or cubed (about 1 inch-chunk or sirloin is best)
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 can 14 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce of tamari
1 tablespoon canola oil or peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 cardamom pods, whole
1 cinnamon stick, whole
1 star of anise
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons massaman curry paste

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine beef, ginger, hoisin sauce and coconut milk and stir. Let stand to marinate at least 30 minutes. In a large sauté pan heat oil to a medium high heat, add the garlic, yellow onions, shallot, cinnamon stick, star of anise and the cardamom and saut&eactue; until onions are just beginning to be translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the sugar and continue to saut&eacte; on high heat another 3-4 minutes or until it begins to caramelize. Strain the meat from the marinade and add to the sauté mixture, and cook milk from the marinade. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until the meat is tender. Serve over rice.

Mussels with IPA & Thai Red Curry & Lime

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
1 small red onion, chopped fine
3 tomatoes, chopped medium
Juice of 2 limes
2-3 tablespoons red curry paste
½ cup IPA beer
½ stick butter
1 teaspoon maldon sea salt
3 pounds mussels, scrubbed and cleaned
Cilantro for garnish

Directions

In a large pot heat the oils to a medium high heat. Add the garlic, zest and ginger and red onion and cook a few minutes until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and lime juice and mix well. Next add the red curry paste and beer, mix well. Add the butter and melt fully. Slowly drop the mussel in the pan and stir. Cover and reduce heat to a low boil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until all mussels are opened (discard any opened mussels). Season with salt and garnish with cilantro. Serve with crusty bread over rice.

Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Curried Cauliflower Yogurt Chicken

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

The yogurt in this curry creates a mild and cool flavor, very herbaceous and not too spicy!

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 serrano chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (optional)
1 medium red onion, chopped coarsely
1 red bell pepper, chopped coarsely
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets
3 medium chicken breasts, sliced in strips
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup snap peas
2 tablespoon of Ger-Nis Mild Curry (recipe follows)
Juice of 4 limes & zest
¾ cup yogurt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine

Directions

Heat oils in a large skillet on medium high, add garlic, ginger and chili pepper. Sauté approximately 2 minutes, then add red onion and red bell pepper. Sauté until just tender, approximately 2 more minutes. Add chicken and sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly still on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower florets. Reduce heat to simmer and add tomatoes and curry seasoning as well as lime juice and zest, mix well and cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until tomatoes fall apart. Add the snap peas and mix in. Reduce heat again to simmer and add yogurt and mint and cilantro and mix until all yogurt is blended in. Take off heat & Serve over rice or with Indian Naan bread.

Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Carrot & Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 large carrots
1 cup ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Take the top parts of the carrots and slice them in rounds thin but not paper thin, at least 1 inch wide. Arrange 10 slices of carrots on a lined baking sheet. Place a small spoon full of the ice cream over the carrot slices on the baking sheet making sure it is a small enough amount it doesn’t hang over the carrot slice. Place another (equal size) slice of carrot over the top of the ice cream and gently press down forming a tiny ice cream sandwich. Freeze for about 1 hour. Store in a zip lock freezer bag.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Asian Pork Meatballs with Sesame Spinach

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 small Spinach onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
2 pounds ground pork
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 large egg, scrambled
¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
Sriracha (optional, to taste)
Hoisin (optional, to taste)
Canola oil
Sesame oil
2 pounds baby spinach
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

For the dipping sauce

2 parts soy sauce
1 part lime juice
Red pepper flakes

Directions

In a small sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil up to a medium heat. Add onions and sweat for about 1 minute. Add in garlic and ginger and sweat for another minute. Place onion mix into a bowl and cool. In a large mixing bowl, add pork, cilantro, egg, cooled onion mix, breadcrumbs, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sriracha or hoisin to taste. Mix together evenly. Shape into 20-24 balls and fry them in a pan (6-8 minutes) or bake them in a 400 degree oven (10-15 minutes). In a large sauté pan, heat 2 teaspoons of canola and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil on a medium/high heat. Sauté spinach in two batches. Plate spinach and sprinkle white sesame seeds on top and serve with meatballs.

For the dipping sauce

Mix all ingredients together and use for dipping.

Pork Fried Rice

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

Oil (sesame, canola or peanut)
1 pound pork loin, cut into small ½-inch cubes
Flour for dusting pork
Salt/pepper
2 carrots, chopped small (diced)
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped fine
4 scallions, sliced
4 cups rice, cooked and cold
Soy sauce
Sriracha or sambal (optional)
2 eggs, beaten

Directions

Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a large sauté pan or a wok to a high heat. Toss pork with seasoned flour (salt and pepper). Cook pork until no longer raw in the center, 1-2 minutes. Remove pork and add carrots. Cook for 1 minute. Then add in pepper, toss together and add in ginger, garlic, and scallions. Sauté for about 1 minute and add rice. Toss everything together and start to season with soy sauce (and Sriracha or Sambal for some heat). With a wooden spoon, form a well in the center of the rice and add the eggs. Let the eggs fry in the center for about 1 minute while mixing it with the spoon. Fold egg into rice and serve immediately.

Thai Poached Chili-Lemongrass-Ginger Mint Shrimp with Fresh Sweet Chili Sauce

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups water
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced thin
1 tablespoon lemon grass, sliced thin
3 sprigs of fresh mint
1 thai red chili, sliced
2 limes (1 sliced, 1 wedged)
1 pound medium sized shrimp
Sweet Chili Sauce

Directions

In a medium sauce pan add the water, lime, ginger, lemon grass, mint and red chili and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil and add shrimp. Poach shrimp for a few minutes until bright pink and semi firm. Place in an ice bath to flash cool. Serve with sweet chili sauce and lime wedges.

Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

May 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 english cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 red chili, chopped fine
½ cups fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Salt
Roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely

Directions

Toss together in a large mixing bowl the cucumbers, garlic, ginger, red onion, bell pepper, red chili and chopped mint. Squeeze lime juice on top and add the sugar and the vinegar. Mix together well and season to taste with salt. Garnish with roasted chopped peanuts.

Fresh Thai Beef Cabbage Salad

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound flank steak
Salt
1 fresh thai chili, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of three limes
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
½ cup daikon radish, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1 cup baby romaine lettuces
Black sesame seeds
Lime wedges

Directions

Season the flank steak with salt and the thai chili and let stand for about 10 minutes at room temperature. In a blender add the ginger, garlic, zest, lime juice, fresh herbs, sweet chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Blend until smooth. Add a few spoonfuls onto the meat (both sides). Preheat broiler. In a large mixing bowl toss together cabbage, carrots and daikon. Toss together with baby lettuces. On a flat baking sheet broil the flank steak (or cook on the grill) for about 5 minutes, or until desired doneness, making sure to slit halfway through. Let stand to cool a few minutes. In the meanwhile, toss together a little of the sauce with the cabbage until dressed with desired amount. Slice the beef thin and serve warm on top of cold salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges.

Herbal Spring Rolls

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. Place one wrapper down and arrange lettuce leaves on top, place a few of the carrots, bell peppers, scallions and mangoes atop and then add a few fresh herbs. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with peanuts and sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Sweet Chili Sauce

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Sweet Delicate Friday

May 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one drink
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Ingredients

Ice
1 ounce gin
1 ounce elder flower liquor
1 ounce tarragon ginger syrup (recipe follows)
Grapefruit juice (fresh)
Fresh ginger slice

Directions

Fill a medium glass or a wide mouth low glass with ice, pour in the gin and the elderflower liquor. Next add the ginger syrup and fill the glass with the grapefruit juice. Stir and garnish with the ginger slice.

Tarragon Ginger Syrup

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped

Directions

In a sauce pan combine all ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil and then allow the mixture to simmer until thick, making sure to stir. The entire process should take approximately 5-7 minutes. Strain out the ginger and tarragon and let syrup cool before using.

Fresh Ginger Infused Dark Rum

May 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ginger, sliced thin (does not need to be peeled)
1 quart dark rum

Directions

In jar place the fresh ginger slices. Add the dark rum and let infuse for about 4 days. Remove the ginger and store in a dark place for up to 3 months.

Brown Sugar Ginger Rum Kumquat Mojito

May 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 5 cocktails

Ingredients

1 cup kumquats, sliced medium
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Ice
1 ¾ cups ginger infused dark rum (recipe follows)
Seltzer water

Directions

In a small bowl mix together kumquats and brown sugar until the sugar is all over the kumquats. Set the kumquats aside for at least 2 hours. In 5 large beer glasses or tall Collins glasses, divide up the kumquats and place at the bottom of the glasses. Next tear up all the mint leaves and divide them up amongst the glasses as well. Muddle the mint and the sugared kumquats in each glass until the kumquats begin to break apart. We want most of the kumquats to remain intact and just slightly muddled. Fill the glasses with ice and place about 3 ounces of ginger infused dark rum in them. Fill the glasses with seltzer water and mix well, keeping the kumquats towards the bottom and allow the mint to float to the top.

Fresh Ginger Infused Dark Rum

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ginger, sliced thin (does not need to be peeled)
1 quart dark rum

Directions

In jar place the fresh ginger slices. Add the dark rum and let infuse for about 4 days. Remove the ginger and store in a dark place for up to 3 months.

Vanilla-Saffron Rice Pudding & Rhubarb Compote with Orange Zest Ginger Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cardamom pod (seeds only)
1 cup jasmine rice
½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
Vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Rhubarb Compote (Recipe Follows)
Orange Zest Ginger Butter (Recipe Follows)

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter on medium heat and sauté the saffron, ginger, zest and cardamom for a few minutes. Add rice and vanilla scraped from bean, and sauté for another few minutes. Add the sugar and milk and turn the heat down to simmer and keep it simmering uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes. Cook the rice pudding until it is of a thick porridge consistency. Serve the rice pudding with rhubarb compote and the orange zest-ginger butter.

Spicy Rhubarb Compote

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¾ cup rhubarb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup orange juice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmering boil and allow rhubarb to cook down until soft and syrupy, or about 10 minutes.

Orange Zest-Ginger Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Orange Zest-Ginger Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon light brown sugar

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Spicy Rhubarb Compote

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

¾ cup rhubarb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup orange juice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmering boil and allow rhubarb to cook down until soft and syrupy, or about 10 minutes.

Orange, Ginger, Mint Honey Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon dried orange peel (optional)
2 slices fresh orange slices
1 slice fresh or dried ginger
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place fresh mint leaves, ginger and orange peel and sliced oranges. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Strawberry Thyme Ginger & Lemon Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 french press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup dried strawberries (substitute 2 fresh strawberries, sliced)
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves
1 slice dried ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger
½ lemon sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place dried or fresh strawberries, thyme leaves, ginger and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Banana Ginger Rice or Oat Cereal

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

For babies 6-9 months

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of organic rolled oats or organic brown rice
1 teaspoon ginger water (½ teaspoon fresh ginger infused with 1 cup water)
Banana
1 cup filtered water

DIRECTIONS

In a blender, blend 1 cup of rolled oats or brown rice until a powder is formed. With a flour softer, sift the powder making sure a fine powder is left. Take ½ cup rolled oat powder or the brown rice powder and mix with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Place the teaspoon of ginger water and whisk on a medium heat until semi thick. Take off the heat and allow to cool. Mix some of the cereal with mashed banana and serve.

Detox Shots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one shot

Beet Basil Shot

½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice

Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme

¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves

Lemon Ginger Mint

¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint

Cucumber Parsley Mint

½ cucumber, ½ cup fresh parsley, ½ cup fresh mint

Tomato Oregano Parsley

½ tomato, ¼ cup fresh oregano, 1 cup fresh parsley

Baby Bok Choy Mint Millet with Cilantro Ginger Miso

April 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

½ cup millet, cooked
¼ cup adzuki beans, cooked
¼ cup red cabbage, shredded
6-8 shitake mushrooms, sliced
3-4 green onions, sliced
1 carrot, sliced thin or shredded
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Thai basil, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon miso paste
½ teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 small baby bok choy, steamed slightly and cut in half
Sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine millet, beans, mushrooms, green onions, carrots and fresh herbs, and toss together well. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together fresh ginger, garlic, miso, olive oil, and rice vinegar. Drizzle over millet mixture and gently toss. Serve with baby bok choy atop the millet mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Foaming Invigorating Ginger Basil Lime Bath

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup shaves plain soap
1 tablespoon almond oil

Directions

Prepare a piece of cheesecloth by cutting it into a 12 X 12 inch square and set aside. Crumble up all herbs, releasing the oils. Lay the cheese cloth out flat, and pile the ingredients into the center. Tie the pouch with the kitchen twine, and toss it into your bath!

Ginger-Beet Lemonade

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one Pitcher

Ingredients

2 cups ginger-beet syrup (ginger, beets, sugar)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
water

Directions

To make the ginger beet syrup place ½ cup freshly grated beets, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger in medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Strain and cool. In a large pitcher combine the syrup, the lemon juice and water. Stir well and serve over ice!

Ginger Blackberry Buttermilk Scones

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 scones

Ingredients

2 â…“ cups all purpose flour
â…“ teaspoon baking soda
½ tablespoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1-inch cubes
¾ cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
¾ cups dried ginger blackberries, chopped
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Coarse or raw turbinado sugar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and set aside.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Add the salt and sugar, and combine. Scatter butter cubes into the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl and using your hands or a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture just until butter pieces are the size of peas. Pour in the buttermilk, ginger and berries, and mix just until the dough just comes together. Flour a clean surface, and place the dough onto it, shaping it into a long rectangle (about 5 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick).

Brush the dough with melted butter, and generously sprinkle with the sugar. Cut the dough into 6 even sized triangles, and transfer them to your baking sheet. Bake the scones for 25 to 35 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

Dried Ginger Blackberries

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup dried fruit

Ingredients

1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 225° F. Mix ginger and honey in a small bowl. Brush liquid mixture over berries evenly, and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 4 to 5 hours or until dried through. Store in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

Blueberry Macadamia Nut Granola

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
½ cup honey
3 cups old fashioned oats
½ cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup macadamia nuts, toasted
1 cup cardamon nutmeg dried blueberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 325ËšF.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and honey. Heat until warm and butter has melted.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, coconut, spices and salt. Add butter and honey mixture and combine thoroughly. Mixture should be a wet consistency. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and place in oven for a total of 40 minutes, making sure to check every 10 minutes, stirring, so granola is toasted evenly. Once granola is golden brown, remove from oven and mix in toasted nuts and dried blueberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Jamaican Mango Pepper Sauce

April 5th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup sauce

Ingredients

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, stems and seeds removed and chopped
¼ cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon allspice berries, freshly ground
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, freshly ground
½ teaspoon cloves, freshly ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¼ cup orange juice
¼ tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, cook on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until soft. Allow to cool, place in blender and puree until smooth.

Ginger Carrot Muffins with Ginger-Spice Butter

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

For the ginger carrot muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
2 teaspoons fresh cinnamon, grated
½ teaspoon (a pinch) ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
â…“ cup honey
1 cup soy yogurt
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup carrots, shredded
½ cup raisins
Coarse sugar

For the ginger-spice butter

½ stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon fresh cinnamon, grated

Directions

For the ginger carrot muffins

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, salt and sugar, and set aside. In another large mixing bowl whisk together honey, soy yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla and fresh ginger until smooth. Add in carrots and mix well. Combine together the flour and carrot mixtures a little at a time until thick but still smooth. Fold in the raisins and mix gently.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle course sugar over the 12 muffins and pat in slightly with fingertips. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean. Serve with ginger-spice butter.

For the ginger-spice butter

In a small bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread on warm muffins.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 18-24 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dried strawberries, chopped fine
¾ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and freshly grated
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk
3 cups rolled oats

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a couple of baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, spices and strawberries. Set aside. Beat together the margarine, sugars, vanilla and fresh ginger until light and fluffy. Add the soy milk and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the flour to the liquid a little at a time until incorporated and it is a thick smooth batter. Add the oats slowly and mix well until incorporated as well. Drop spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets and flatten each ball slightly. Bake approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Take cookies off baking sheet carefully using a spatula and put them on a surface to cool. (The hot pan will continue to bake them.)

Carrot Ginger Soup with Cilantro Lime Pesto

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
4 cups carrots, chopped (peeled or unpeeled)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Black pepper
Cilantro-Lime Pesto, to garnish (recipe follows)

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic, onions and ginger for a few minutes or until the onions start to get translucent. Add the lime zest and cook, 1 minute. Add the carrots and vegetable broth or water, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Once soup has cooled, add lime juice, and season with salt. Puree soup with a hand blender or standing blender until smooth. If your soup is too thick, add more vegetable broth or water. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Finish soup with a drizzle of cilantro-lime pesto and garnish with a few toasted pumpkin seeds.

Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed oil (optional)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
Salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a blender mix all ingredients until smooth and desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Coconut Mango Sweet Tamales with Ginger Butter

March 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales

Ingredients

For the coconut mango mixture

1 ripe mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup shredded coconut
¼ cup sugar in the raw
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (seeds added to mixture)
â…“ cup coconut milk

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 ½ cups coconut mango mixture
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

For the ginger butter

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
½ stick butter

Directions

For the mango mixture

In a medium saucepan place all ingredients in a pan and bring to a low simmer, cook for about 10 minutes and cool.

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest with the mango coconut mixture and butter , mix well. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until full incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until full incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. For the banana leaf wrappers, pass the banana leaf over the gas stove until soft and pliable, about 1-2 minutes.

For the ginger butter

Mix the butter and ginger until smooth.

To assemble tamales

In the center of each banana leaf or corn husk, place about 3-4 tablespoons of masa harina and mango mixture. Fold over the banana leaf or corn husk like you are folding a present. Tying the wrapped package with either corn husk ties or banana leaf ties, or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips form making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on a medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

Serve with butter on the tamales.

Ginger Whipped Cream

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups heavy cream, chilled
A ½” piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, add cream, and whip until soft peaks form. Add ginger, sugar, and vanilla, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Serve with lime pie.

Persian Lime-Ginger Soda

February 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 cups lime juice, freshly squeezed
1½ cups sugar
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
Ice
Soda water

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add lime juice, sugar, and ginger, and warm until sugar is dissolved and syrup is infused with ginger. Strain, and cool.

To serve, fill a glass with ice, and add 3 to 4 ounces of lime-ginger syrup. Top with soda water. Stir, and serve.

Shrimp with Sweet Basil, Purple Eggplant and Peppers

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 purple eggplant, cubed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup water
1 small chili, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1½ tablespoons black soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1½ tablespoons water
¼ cup basil leaves, torn

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, combine mirin, soy sauce, and ginger. Add shrimp, and marinate 15 to 20 minutes.

In a large deep skillet or wok over high heat, add 1½ tablespoons oil. Add shrimp, and cook for 3 minutes or until shrimp has changed to light pink color. Remove shrimp, and set aside on plate. Clean out pan.

In the same pan, add remaining oil. Add eggplant and red peppers, and cook, 5 minutes. Add ½ cup water, and cover pan to steam vegetables slightly. Remove lid, and add chili and garlic. Stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Add fish sauce, black soy sauce, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Add cooked shrimp and basil and mix. Serve immediately.

Chicken and Cashews

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 pieces skinless boneless chicken thighs, sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green chili, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin (separate green and white parts)
¾ cup chicken broth
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
1½ teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup cashews, toasted

DIRECTIONS

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Cook the chicken until golden and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add bell pepper, chili, garlic, and scallion whites to wok or skillet and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar, then stir into wok or skillet. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cashews, scallion greens, and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate. Serve.

Brown Rice Fried Rice

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli florets, peppers), chopped small
¼ cup frozen peas, defrosted
¼ cup water
1 small green chili, chopped fine
3 scallions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
2 cups cooked short grain brown rice
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine

DIRECTIONS

In a large deep skillet or wok, over medium-high heat, add oil. Cook the vegetables, 5 minutes.
Add peas and water and cover to steam vegetables until tender, but still have a bite. Add chili, scallions, garlic and ginger and continue to cook, 1 minute. Add the cooked rice and combine. Create a space in the center of pan and add eggs. Cook, breaking up the eggs with a spoon until they are lightly browned. Increase heat slightly and cook until the rice is crispy, about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and mirin with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour the mixture over the rice.

Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper and serve, with extra soy sauce on the side.

Hoisin-Drenched Vegetable Medley

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1½ tablespoons canola or peanut oil
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin (reserve ¼ cup to garnish)
A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 small chili, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 cup snow peas
1 cup snap peas
2 tablespoons mirin
3½ tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

In a large deep skillet or wok over high heat, add oil. Add scallions, ginger, garlic and chili, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bell peppers, cook 2 minutes. Add snow peas, snap peas and mirin rice wine and continue cooking until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.
Add tamari, hoisin sauce, honey, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar and cook 1 minute. Take off heat and add ¼ cup reserved thinly sliced scallions. Serve warm.

Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound pork butt
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Tortillas, for serving

For garnish:

Mangoes
Pickled onions

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor place all ingredients except the pork butt, lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar.
Pulse until the mixture is ground into a course paste. Rub the mixture all over the pork butt, let stand for 10 minutes. In a large cast iron pan over high heat, add canola oil. Brown the pork butt so that all sides are well seared. Add the lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar; stir scraping the bottom of the pan to remove the cooked bits and pieces. Add the entire mixture to a heated crock pot and let cook for about 4 hours or until pork butt falls apart. Take the port butt out and pull apart with a fork and then place back in the crock pot and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve on tortillas with mangoes and pickled onions.

Ger-Nis Chai & Mango Bubble Teas

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS

¼ strong black tea
¼ cup cooked tapioca pearls
¼ fresh mango syrup or Chai syrup (recipes follow)
¼ cup coconut milk
Crushed ice

DIRECTIONS

Make black tea and allow to cool. Allow to cool in the refrigerator. In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add the tapioca pearls (make 2 cups for a batch to make 8-10 drinks). They will fall to the bottom of the pot. Allow to boil about 20 minutes. Take off heat and allow to rest covered for about 15 more minutes. Pearls should float when finished cooking. Place the pearls in a metal bowl and pour a little of either of the mango syrup or the chai syrup and mix, just enough that they don’t stick together. Place in the refrigerator and cool. To make the bubble tea, in a shaker filled with crushed ice, place ¼ cup syrup of your choice, 2 to 4 cups strong black tea, ¼ cup coconut milk and shake vigorously. Pour the mixture into a glass and add tapioca pearls and stir.

Fresh Mango Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

INGREDIENTS

2 fresh ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ cup water

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring all ingredient to a boil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Blend in a blender until smooth.

Chai Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

INGREDIENTS

1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 star of anise
2 cardamom pods, shell removed
4-5 whole allspice
2 cloves
1 tablespoon black pepper corns
13 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

With a mortar and pestle crush spices so they are just cracked. In a medium sauce pan bring all ingredients to a boil and reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Take off heat and cool. Strain.

Beef Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds London broil or flank steak sliced thin and cooked in the broth for about 1 minute.
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, beef bones and beef and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the bones. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the raw beef into the pot of boiling stock and cook for 1 minute. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and beef and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serve 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, chicken bones and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the chicken. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Tofu Vegetable Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, cut into large pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
¼ cup dried shitakes
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds of tofu, cut into bit sized squares, seasoned with tamari and fried
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, shallots, carrots, galangal, ginger, and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the dried shitakes, salt, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the fried tofu on top of the noodles and ladle broth over the noodles and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Caramel Almond Pear Tart

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 long rectangular tart

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For filling

1½ cups sugar
½ cup pear juice
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, halved, and sliced

DIRECTIONS

To make this dough, use sweet pie dough recipe, and add ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Transfer to a long rectangular tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine sugar and pear juice, and bring to a boil. Do not stir. Using a pastry brush, wipe any sugar from sides of pan, so sugar does not burn. Once sugar begins to melt, the caramel color will become a deep amber. Reduce heat to medium, slowly whisk in heavy cream, and mix until smooth. Remove from heat, and add butter, honey, and vanilla, and combine. Add chopped nuts, and combine.

Arrange sliced pears on tart shell, and spoon caramel nuts on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Pumpkin Tart with Maple Sage Crust and Cnadied Sage Leaves

February 3rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 tart, serves 6 to 8 people

INGREDIENTS

For pie dough

1 sweet pie dough recipe
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 tablespoon maple syrup

For filling

1½ cup pumpkin, cooked
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch cloves, ground
1 pinch salt
3 eggs, beaten
½ cup heavy cream
Maple Sugar Fried Sage Leaves, fore garnish (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Using sweet pie dough recipe, add chopped sage leaves and maple syrup to dough. Flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator, and let come to room temperature, about 5 to 10 minutes, so dough rolls out easily.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to a tart shell with removable bottom. Trim edges, and refrigerate for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is set, about 17 minutes. Remove foil and beans, and set aside. Maintain oven temperature.

In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients, and pour into cooled tart shell. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until set. Cool at room temperature. Garnish with maple dried sage leaves.

Maple Fried Sage Leaves

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
6-10 fresh sage leaves

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, add butter and maple syrup. Add sage leaves, and fry till crispy. Remove with slotted spoon, and set aside to drain any excess. Garnish tart with fried leaves.

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