Saturday, 28 April 2012

Double Boiled Pork

Been watching some old Gary Rhodes in China recently, and he did this when he was in Chendgu. I was gutted a few years ago as I went to China specifically for the Sichuan experience, but it was at the same time as the terrible Sichuan earthquake - so we couldn't get close.

I'm still addicted to 'proper' Sichuan - and that doesn't mean Sichuan Sizzling Beef from the local Chinese take away which is as far from the real thing as could be imagined.

The porks already been boiled - hence the name of the dish

It's the fried till crispy

Some Toban djan and black beans frying away

The leeks at the end really add something to this dish

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Chicken DoPiaza (2)

Starting to recycle recipes, which is not so great given the amount of cook books I own. Note to self : Must Try Harder" !

The whole point of this dish....

Onion 1....

Onion 2

I ended up adding some more raw onion about 20mins from the end - which softened and mellowed nicely

Made a nice Mushroom Bhaji also

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Thai Banquet

Had a few people round for Saturday dinner. The previous weekend we'd been to a Thai restaurant and had a great Tom Kha Kai - so that set the agenda.

I cooked from the always excellent Food of Thailand, but this was the first time I'd done a full on Thai dinner party. No issue - apart from the stunning amount of coconut milk I had to buy! Heart attack city....

As always - a fresh Red Curry Paste

The white pepper was bought from my new local Thai supermarket (at great relative expense) but it's lovely and pungent.

Frying the paste with some coconut milk (what else!)

I'd roasted a duck for the red Duck and Lychee curry

Pretty damn tasty

I also did some spare ribs - marinaded overnight in plum sauce - and they were superb..

And my favorite - was a crispy fish salad

Started with some grill cod

Which was then blitzed...

Before shallow frying and serving with a tart Thai salad and dressing...Lovely...