söndag 24 juni 2018

Ghanaian Jollof Rice

Ghanaian Jollof Rice

The main ingredients of the dish are rice, tomatoes, and onions. The rest of the ingredients can vary greatly according to everyone’s taste. For example, vegetarians prefer to have the dish with mixed vegetables and without any meat products, while many other people prefer to have the dish with meat, chicken, turkey, or fish. For this recipe I have chosen to make it vegetarian with mixed vegetables and beans.

3 large tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic (you can add more according to your choice)
2 large onions
A bit of fresh ginger, (like 2 cm long)
2 cups (800 grams) of basmati rice (long grain rice)
1 chilie (optional, you can add more according to your choice)
1 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 spoons of vegetable oil
Salt and ground black pepper (according to taste)
7 dl of water or stock (you can also add one or two stock cubes for a better seasoning)
300 gr mixed vegetables of soybeans, red beans, corn and carrots

Rince the uncooked rice with cold water until the water is clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes. Sift the rice and pour in a pan with water. Cook for 10 minutes in boiling water. The rice should be half cooked. Sift the rice again and rince under cold water.

Cut the tomatoes into big cubes and blend then using a blender, cut the garlic cloves into halves and press them, and then slice the rest of the onions into medium pieces. Cut the ginger in small pieces. In a non-stick pot, add the vegetable oil and heat it for 1-2 minutes. Add the onions to the pot and fry them until they become soft. Add the garlic cloves and ginger and fry all together with the onions for one more minute while stirring continuously, and then add the blended tomatoes, the water, the stock cube, salt, black pepper, the chilies, the tomato paste, and stir them all together. You should pay attention to the seasoning, as the rice will be cooked later in this mix. Cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until the mix starts boiling. After boiling I mix the sauce with a mixer/blender to get a smooth sauce.

You could continue to cook the rice in the pot but I do the rest in the oven. So place the rice in a baking tray. Add the mixed vegetables and beans and stir. Then add the sauce and stir so all mixes. Cover the baking tray with foil and then bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes on 200 degrees Celsius.

Take it out and stir all the rice around to see how far the cooking process has come. If it is still a bit moist and not cooked cover again and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Take it out again and see if it is ready. The rice should be soft and dry and not sticky.

lördag 21 april 2018



Mohinga is considered one of the national dishes of Burma/Myanmar. It is actually eaten for breakfast. But for me it could be lunch or supper.

Serves 6-8
For the broth:
1,5 l water
5 tbsp chickpea flour 
2 tbsp rice flour 
1 cube vegetable or fish stock 
1 whole catfish or use other fish you can get
2 large onions, quartered 
A handful coriander
1 tbsp fish sauce (known in Burmese as ngan-bya-yay) 

For the spice:
4 cloves garlic, peeled 
3 cm knob of fresh root ginger, peeled 
2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed of woody bits 
1 small bunch of fresh coriander, stems only 
6 tbsp groundnut or other neutral oil 
1 tbsp mild chili powder
1 tbsp ground turmeric 
1 tsp hot paprika 
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 

To serve:
600g dried rice vermicelli noodles or homemade rice noodles
Cooked fish cut in pieces
Wedges of hard-boiled eggs 
1 small bunch of fresh coriander leaves, chopped 
Shallots or red onion
Lime wedges 
Fish sauce
Chili oil

Pour 1,5 l water in a pan, add a handful chopped coriander and bring to a boil. Put in the fish and let it zimmer until fish is boiled. Take out the fish and clean from skin and bones and cut fish meat in pieces. If you used filées cut the filées in bitesize pieces. Let the broth rest on the side while preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Toast the chickpea flour and rice flour by tossing in a dry frying-pan on a medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes till fragrant. Watch like a hawk and keep moving the pan, since it can catch and turn black in seconds. Leave to cool and then sieve the toasted flours.

Whisk the sieved flours with 500 ml water from the cooled down broth in a bowl or jug till smooth. Set this flour solution to one side.
Now prepare the spices. Add a little oil in a wok or frying pan. Add all the spices and fry a little to release the fragrance and taste. Add the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, corianderstems  and onions which are chopped finely. Fry for 3-4 minutes till fragrant.

Now add the fish to the spicemix. Add the spicemix and fish to the stockpot. Stir to combine and then add the flour solution you made earlier as well as the cube of stock. Stir while mixing in the flour solution to avoid lumps.

Bring to the boil, turn the heat down to medium and simmer vigorously for 30 minutes.

If you use dried noodles: put the noodles into a heatproof bowl, generously cover with just boiled water, untangle with a fork and then leave to soak for 15 minutes. Drain the noodles into a colander and rinse them thoroughly with cold running water.
Leave the colander in the sink to allow any residual water to keep draining. The Burmese don't like mushy or starchy noodles and this process gives the best result.

When you're ready to serve, stir the fish sauce into the stockpot of broth.

Now divide the noodles amongst pasta plates (should be about a handful in each), and ladle the hot soup on top (which will reheat the noodles).

Garnish each dish with sliced red onion, wedges of boiled eggs and coriander leaves and serve with lime wedges, fish sauce and chili and garlic oil on the side.

Homemade rice noodles

To make these rice noodles, you’ll need:

1¼ cups rice flour
2 tablespoons tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1¼ cups water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing

Add the rice flour, tapioca starch (or cornstarch), salt and water to a mixing bowl. Mix and dissolve everything together well. Add 1 teaspoon of oil, and strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into another bowl. Cover the liquid and let rest for 30 minutes.

While the mixture is resting, fill your steamer (make sure that your flat-bottomed pan fits comfortably inside first!) with water. If you don’t have a steamer, use a large, deep cooking vessel with a wide opening and a lid. Bring the water to a boil. (You might need to add more water throughout the cooking process. The goal is to have the pan float on top of the boiling water.)
Brush a light coating of oil on the bottom of the flat-bottom pan, put the pan on top of the boiling water, and add a 1/4 cup of the rice liquid to the pan. Tilt it a little so the rice liquid covers the bottom of the pan. I did use a plate instead of a pan.

Now, cover with the pot lid and cook on high heat for 5 minutes. If the flat bottom pan you use has a thicker bottom, e.g., Pyrex, increase the cooking time to 7 or 8 minutes. While it’s cooking, brush the second pan or plate lightly with oil.

After 5 minutes, remove the lid, take out the 1st pan, and set aside. Put the 2nd pan on top of the water in the steamer, add a ¼ cup of the rice mixture. Tilt it a little so the rice liquid evenly covers the bottom, cover, and let cook.

While it’s cooking, attend to the first pan. We’re going to lift the noodle sheet out and place it onto a cutting board. Brush the cutting board with a thin layer of oil to prevent sticking. Then, use a rubber spatula to loosen all sides of the sheet of noodle, and slowly lift it up and off the pan/plate. Lay it flat on your cutting board.

By now, your second pan is probably ready. Remember to brush the first layer with a thin layer of oil before layering the second sheet on top to prevent sticking.

Now brush the bottom of the 1st pan with some oil and get ready to make your 3rd batch. Repeat the above steps until all of the rice noodle batter is gone. Once all of the noodle sheets are made, I cut the noodle sheets into pieces. Feel free to cut them in whatever sizes and shapes you like. I then toss the noodles, loosening each layer to separate them. Now the rice noodles are ready to be used!

onsdag 4 april 2018

Clay pot baked Chicken with potatoes and vegetables

Clay pot baked Chicken with potatoes and vegetables


For the toppings:
3 chicken drumettes and 3 winglets
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1½ tablespoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
pinch of white pepper

For the vegetables:
Potatoes cut in halves
Carrots cut in sticks
Artichokes cut in halves
1 cup chicken stock
1 onion sliced
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 slice ginger, finely julienned
1 scallion, chopped
a handful of dried wood ears (about ¼ cup when rehydrated), soaked, or any other chinese mushroom

Marinate the chicken pieces in the topping for a while.

Cut the vegetables in halves and slice the onion and the mushrooms.

Soak the claypot in water for 30 minutes before you place all the vegetables in the pot. Sprinkle 2 tbs cornstarch over the vegetables. Place the marinated chicken over the vegetables and all the marinade over.

Place the clay pot in the oven with the lid on and cook at 190 celsius degrees for  2,5-3 hours.

When serving stir the vegetables and you will have a nice sauce around them from the marinade, chicken juice and cornstarch.