Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For the brine

1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine; thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1  cup salt
2 gallons hot water (no more, possible less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8  cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully.  Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum.  Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist.  Heat two large deep  pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F.  Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside.  In another large bowl whisk together the flour, basking powder and herbs and spices.  Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”.  When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess.  Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan.  Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes.  The chicken should be a deep copper brown.  Place on the baking sheets lines with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Massaman Thai Curry Paste / Gaeng Massaman

June 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

5 small fresh red chilies
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
5 cardamom pods, toasted, husks removed and seeds scraped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cloves, toasted and crushed
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

Thai Red Curry Paste / Gaeng Phet

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup curry paste

Ingredients

5-10 small fresh red chilies (10=HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons white peppercorn, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1/2 cup lime juice

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

Thai Green Curry Paste / Gaeng Keow Wan

June 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 1 cup curry paste

Ingredients

5-10 small fresh green chilies (10=HOT)
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
3 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons black and white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped

1/2 cup lime juice
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

Ramptini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramps.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

INGREDIENTS

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 spring of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only-with a hint of green tops)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and place in the brine. Place the ramps and the brine in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Rampatini

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pickled ramp.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only-with a hint of green tops)

Directions

In large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and then place in the brine. Store in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Chai

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups milk
1 cup water
1½ tablespoons loose Darjeeling or Earl Grey tea
A 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick, brown in half
9 green cardamom pods, crushed slightly in a mortar and pestle to open
7 whole cloves
A 1½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
6 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar

DIRECTIONS

Combine the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let sleep 15 minutes. Then return to a boil, strain, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Sambhaar

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

3 dried chiles
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons mustard seeds
1 tablespoon white lentils (urad dal)
1 tablespoon yellow split peas (channa dal)
2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons ground peppercorns
40 curry leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place all of the spices in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Toast until the mustard seeds begin to pop and the skillet starts to smoke, stirring often, 3½ to 5 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder of coffee mill and grind until powder fine. Store in an airlight jar for up to 4 months.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 large yellow pepper, chopped
¾ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3 cups roma tomatoes, chopped
1½ cups white wine
Salt and pepper

Directions

Marinate tuna, scallops and shrimp with lemon juice for about 1 hour. Grind in a grinder or smash lemon zest, fennel seeds, cracked peppercorns, chili and course sea salt until a gritty spice mixture is created. Heat a thick-bottomed stew pan to high heat with a generous portion of olive oil. Rub tuna with spice mixture and brown tuna on all sides. Remove tuna and add garlic, onions and peppers to pan. Sauté until tender or about 3 minutes Add half of fresh herbs, shrimp and scallops. Sauté for just a few minutes. Add wine and stir while removing the bits that stuck to the pan. Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes. Stir well and add tuna and kalamata olives. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tuna as it cooks. Add remainder of the fresh herbs and take of heat and let stand for five minutes before serving. If needed, a bit of water can be added but only if the tomatoes have not given off enough liquid in the middle of the cooking process.

Best served over Israeli couscous.

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