#Beancurd rolls with #Pork and #waterchestnut #yumcha #dimsum

I’ve always been fascinated but the concept of beancurd skin …you have to get it in speciality Asian stores but worth finding. It is actually made by lifting the skin that forms on the top of warmed soybean milk! It can be bought dried flat, which is what you need for this recipe, or in bunches.

These rolls are lightly fried, then steamed with a delicious simple sauce. Healthy and tasty…worth the effort hunting down the bean curd skin!

The filling can include Asian mushrooms and dried shrimps, or finely chopped prawns. You can also use chicken mince instead of pork.

Flat sheets of dried Beancurd skin for rolls

This recipe is excellent appetiser or side dish for dinner served with rice, steamed greens and chilli sauce. Great for leftovers and lunch.

Prep time: 40 minutes cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 300g pork mince
  • 8 slices canned waterchestnut diced finely
  • 4 stalks spring onions diced finely
  • About 10 dried shrimp soaked in water, then chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced ginger
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten (keep egg yolk)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 large sheets of beancurd skin cut into 8 long pieces about 10cm wide and 15-20 cm long
  • 2 tablespoons by vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Lightly beaten egg yolk to use for sealing rolls

Sauce:

  • 1.5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour and 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Garnish: finely sliced spring onions and chopped coriander

Method

1. Mix all stuffing ingredients in a bowl, except oils and egg yolk

2. Fill a large, flat baking dish halfway with warm water, immerse one sheet of bean curd skin in water then lay flat on a clean work surface.

3. Cut beancurd skin into 15cm x 20 cm rectangles.

4. Place a scoop of filling just below top of a rectangle and fold over beancurd skin horizontally, then fold in sides and roll into a spring rolls like shape, sealing edges with egg yolk. Repeat until you have about 10 beancurd rolls.

5. Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in non-stick pan and fry rolls over medium-high heat until golden brown, remove and place on paper towel to drain excess oil.

6. Cut beancurd rolls in half, place into a baking dish.

7. Put chicken stock, oyster, soy sauces, shaoxing wine, sugar, into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Mix cornflour with water and stir through sauce, then simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat, add sesame oil and mix through.

8. Set up steamer, pour sauce over rolls and steam for 15-20 minutes until pork mixture is fully cooked.

9. Scatter over with finely sliced spring onions and coriander and serve.

Red #Kidney Bean #Dhal

I substituted the black beans with a can of red kidney beans and added 1/2 a cup of red lentils about an hour into the cooking, adding extra water to stop it from sticking along the way.

The outcome was delicious and I’d recommend playing around with this recipe with beans and lentils of your choice. can’t go wrong really!!

Here’s the original recipe with black beans.

Black bean Dhal with ginger, chilli, onions and tomato

Secret Garden brunch at Daisy Green #daisygreen #london

Reliving memories of my recent trip to London as the city rolled towards the COVID-19 shutdown last month…it was a slightly surreal visit to one of my favourite cities but filled with nice memories that will stay with me,

I found this delightful cafe called Daisy Green in Portman Village, on the corner of Seymour st and New Quebec St, just behind Oxford st.

Turns out it’s part of a group called the Daisy Green collection described on their website as:

“The Daisy Green Collection brings relaxed and buzzing Australian food and coffee culture to London. Through individually designed cafes and restaurants, the Collection creates iconic spaces which quickly become local destinations and meeting points for surrounding residents and visitors.”

Downstairs at Daisy Green Portman Village

The Portman Village cafe has been designed by UK street artist, Shuby, into an Alice in Wonderland esq outdoor/indoor garden.

I managed to quench my craving for a real Australian coffee or two and enjoyed delicious avocado on toast, with a sprinkling of paprika, chives and a squeeze of lemon, and a side of real bacon!

I would have been one of the last customers prior to the shutdown, but I sincerely hope the cafe and Daisy Green collection come through the other side of the pandemic to flourish once more.

#Zuchinni and corn #fritters #spicy #lowcarb

These fritters turned out light and fluffy and are quite filling. I spiced them up with the addition of chilli powder and cummin, but you could skip that if you like.

I also threw in some finely chopped coriander and this could be replaced by parsley or skipped altogether.

Also if you want to make these really low carb then increase the amount of almond meal.

Great for an easy dinner for 2 – lovely with avocado salad – with lots leftover for breakfast the next day or to share with friends at the office as I did.

Ingredients:

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup almond meal

2 eggs beaten

3 spring onions, white part only, finely chopped

2 Zuchinni grated finely

1 can (400g) sweet corn kernels drained

1/2 cup grated cheddar

1 cup of milk

1/4 cup melted butter

Handful of parsley or coriander finely chopped

1/3 teaspoon chilli powder or paprika

1/2 teaspoon cummin powder

2 tablespoons sugar

Salt and pepper

Oil for pan frying

Method

1. Grate Zuchinni, drain corn kernels, finely chop coriander and spring onion

Mix flour, almond meal, sugar, salt, cummin and chilli powder in a large bowl

2. In a seperate bowl beat eggs, add Zuchinni, cheese, corn, coriander, spring onions and mix through, add milk and melted butter and mix through.

3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well combined.

4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan and add 1.1.5 tablespoons of mixture and spread a little. Cook over medium high heat until sealed and golden brown on bottom side, flip carefully to cook on other side and cooked through. Allow to cool, Darin on kitchen paper towel.

Serve with avocado salad or guacamole.

Individual #Fish and #prawn #pies with #puff pastry

These fish pies are great if you are on a low carb diet like we are at the moment. There are lots of different versions online including a weight watchers version but most of them have potatoes in them or potato mash as the topping.

My version combines the best of both worlds and I think it is as tasty as you can get without the potatoes but keeps the cream and milk to make a lovely roux and resulting sauce.

Preparation time: 30 minutes cooking time: 20 minute

Ingredients:

  • 400g monkfish or other firm white fish chopped into chunks
  • 6 green prawns peeled and chopped into 3 or 4 pieces each
  • 100g hot smoked salmon or trout or smoked haddock
  • 200ml of milk
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 50ml cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 stalks of dill with friends removed and finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of parsley, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of finely sliced leek
  • 15g butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 sheet of bought puff pastry
  • Beaten egg to brush pastry
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard400g blue eye cod or other firm white fish

Method:

Remove a sheet of puff pastry from the freezer to defrost.

Place the monkfish and prawns (not the hot smoked fish) in a small pot and cover with milk, add bay leaves and bring to a light rolling boil, then reduce heat and allow fish and prawns to poach in milk for 2 minutes. Remove fish and prawns from the milk with a slotted spoon and place into a seperate bowl.

Strain the milk through a sieve and reserve.

In a seperate non-stick pan, melt the butter and add leek and cook slowly until well softened.

Add the flour gradually and stir constantly to form a roux, and cook for a minute until flour is “cooked out”.

Add milk and wine to the roux gradually and whisk to form a smooth sauce.

Add mustard, salt and pepper to taste and mix through sauce.

Then add the cream and mix through.

Add fish, prawns and hot smoked salmon and allow the mixture to cool.

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius

Put cooled fish mixture, focus on getting as much of the fish and prawns rather than all the sauce, into 3 small ramekins and then cover the ramekins with round of puff pastry cut to slightly larger rounds than the tops of the ramekins. (You might end up with a bit extra sauce leftover) Decorate with some of the leftover pastry and make a small hole in the middle of each to allow steam to escape.

Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg and place in the oven on a foil lined baking tray for 15-20 minutes until pastry is golden and puffed.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with a green salad on the side.

A festive starter combination #peaches #proscuitto #scampi #goatscheese

Peaches grilled on bbq (allow to cool) then rolled with goats cheese and prosciutto, drizzled with balsamic and roasted in the oven.

New Zealand Scampi (or split large prawns) with a Coriander(dhania), chilli and lime dressing grilled on the bbq, with extra dressing sprinkled on afterwards.


Such a delicious starter combination.