Saturday, July 29, 2017

Grilled Lamb with Caramelized Onion Cream

So the other day, we had an all girls night at home and Zz had to camp out at Iris. To make it up to him, the next day I made this Grilled Lamb with Caramelized Onion Cream. Plate made pretty with baby kale, arugula and cherry tomato salad, and edible flowers.



How I made it :

Lamb shoulders marinated with Athene Spices, Tunisian Harrissa and Garlic Salt. Grill using a grill pan, until done to your preference. Remove lamb from pan, set aside in a covered container so that all the juice will be absorbed back into the meat. Add caramelized onion to the pan, deglaze with milk. Stir until sauce thickens. Serve warm, over grilled lamb with fresh greens and cherry tomatoes.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Belitong in Kamheong Sauce

Belitong or cerithidea obtusa is a species of sea snail. A favorite Asian marine gastropod, it's also commonly known as "Siput Sedut" amongst the Malays.

Spice up your lunch or dinner with this quick and easy yet amazingly delicious spicy Belitong Kamheong recipe.



Belitong in Spicy Kamheong Sauce

Ingredients: 

·  1kg of belitong, cleaned and shell tip removed ·  100 grams of shallots ·  8 garlic cloves ·  1/2 cup of dried shrimps ·  1 large handful of dried red chilies, or 2 tbsp of chili paste ·  3 stalks of lemongrass, smashed ·  6 fresh red chili padi, smashed ·  3 stalks of curry leaves ·  2 tablespoons of fish curry powder ·  2 tablespoons of oyster sauce ·  Salt and sugar to taste ·  1 tbsp of tamarind paste, soaked in 1tbsp of water, remove seeds.

Steps to prepare: 

• Begin by placing the belitong in a pot, add 2 tbsp of salt and cover with water. Bring to a boil, continue boiling until cooked. Drain and set aside. •  Blend the shallots, garlic, dried shrimps and dried red chili/ chili paste with a small amount of water. • Using a large wok, heat up the oil and fry in the curry leaves for about 5 minutes. Add the smashed lemongrass, fry until golden. • Then add in the blended ingredients till the paste is slightly thick and fragrant. • Next add in curry powder and oyster sauce. Fry it till the oil separates from the paste and later add in the tamarind juice paste. Let it simmer for about 2-3 minutes. • Once that is done, add in the belitong, salt and sugar to taste. • Mix and stir the belitong until the belitong are completely coated with the kamheong sauce. • Serve with hot white rice. 

* The dried chili must be de-seeded, if you can't stand very spicy food, and soaked in water to soften, as well as the dried shrimps.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant with Chargrilled Peppers

Roasted Garlic and Eggplant with Chargrilled Peppers


Ingredients

  • 2 red bell pepper
  • 4 whole heads of garlic
  • 8 baby eggplant
  • 2 tsp 'Athene Spices' Garlic Salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1tbsp date/balsamic vinegar

Directions

1. Chargrill the peppers over open flame until the skin are totally black. Place in a bowl with a tablespoon of water, cover the bowl properly. Let the pepper cool for about 10 minutes, then peel off the blackened skin with your hand. Remove the seeds and inner pith, slice the pepper into long strips.

2. Place 'Athene Spices' Garlic Salt in a bowl, top with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Mix well.

3. Wash whole garlic head, pat dry. Cut of the top part of the garlic head.

4. Cut eggplants lengthwise, then make small slits on the flesh.

5. Arrange the garlic and eggplants in a baking dish, cut side up. Spoon the spices from the olive oil mix on top of the garlic heads and eggplants. Generously drizzle the oil all over.

6. Roast in a 180°C oven for 30 minutes.

7. Once the garlic heads are golden brown and fragrant, remove from the oven. Top with the sliced peppers, return to the oven for further 5 minutes.

8. Serve hot or warm as a side dish.

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