Caldo verde, portugués green soup

21 Mar


Caldo verde, literally “green soup,” is a traditional Portuguese and Brazilian dish made of potatoes and kale. It gets its distinctive green coloring from the kale, and is traditionally served with Portuguese sausage such as chouriço or linguiça, though other meats may be used instead. Caldo verde is commonly served at Portuguese and Brazilian celebrations. It is often considered Portugal’s national dish, and is served all over the country, from peasant households to luxury hotels.

Caldo verde originated in Minho, a northern Portuguese province from 1936 to 1976. Today, the region is divided into the districts Viana do Castelo and Braga. Though it was only an official province during the 20th century, Minho has a long history. Once called Entre Douro e Minho because it spanned the area between the Douro and Minho rivers, the region was under Celtic and Roman occupation and retains a great deal of Celtic culture and architecture. Caldo verde is not restricted to the Minho region but is a popular dish throughout Portuguese culture.

Ingredients 

* 1 onion, finely chopped

* 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

* 1 x 225g chorizo or chouriço (sausage), cut into chunks

* 3 tbsp olive oil

* 400g potatoes, preferably floury, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks

* 1.75 litres water or preferably Vegetable stock

* 300g spring greens or kale, finely shredded

* 1 tsp salt

* 6 turns black peppermill

* Large pinch chilli flakes

Tip

Roll up the kale leaves tightly like a cigar (cut out the thick stems first) before cutting into wafer-thin strips as they do in Portugal

Method 

 Fry the onion, garlic and chorizo or chouriço in the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat until the onions and garlic are soft and translucent, 5 to 8 minutes.
Add the potatoes and the stock and let this boil until the potatoes are cooked, about 10 minutes.​

Pulverize the potatoes in the broth with a potato masher.
Add the kale, bring back to the boil and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until the kale is cooked but still a vibrant green.
Season with salt and pepper and serve in warmed bowls with chilli flakes sprinkled on top.

Serve with hot crusty bread and enjoy

For more info contact; simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com

Mackerel and my mackerel masala 

15 Mar

The mackerel


Mackerel is actually a term which is used for different species of fish that belong to the Scombridae family, including Cero, Atlantic, King and Spanish mackerel. This deep water fish is also known as lacento or maccarello. Mackerel can be found in Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Ocean. Although, they are deep water fish but some of them like Spanish mackerel can be found in near the bays as well. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment. This oily fish can be found in different varieties such as Atlantic mackerel (Boston mackerel), Spanish mackerel, King mackerel (kingfish or cavalla), Cero mackerel (cerro or painted mackerel), Pacific mackerel (American, blue or chub mackerel), Pacific Jack mackerel (horse mackerel) and Wahoo (ono).

Mackerel is a slim fish with a cylindrical shape and it has a strong flavor. The slim torpedo-shaped fish is found in deep temperate and tropical waters. These fish are iridescent blue-green above with a silvery underbelly and twenty to thirty near vertical wavy black stripes running across their upper body. It has two widely separated dorsal fins and numerous finlets (small fins) on a dorsal and lateral side of the body. Tail is shaped like fork. The mackerel is known for their oil meat and slim shape. Many of the mackerel’s healthy benefits are derived from its oily meat which contains lots of omega-3 fats.

Mackerel is known as a very healthy fish and regular consumption is very good for overall health. It is famous for the heart health benefits it provides and also, known for making the blood clean and fresh. One should buy mackerel that is firm and bright, gills should be clean and the skin moist with shiny scales. Ideally, this fish should be eaten within couple of days because its skin disintegrates quickly. Mackerel is an important food fish that is consumed worldwide. As an oily fish, it is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. 
Ingredients

* 4 mackerel (ask your fishmonger to gut and wash them), heads removed.

* drizzle of rapeseed oil, vegetable oil or sunflower oil

* rice to serve (optional)

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For the masala paste

* 1 tsp cumin seeds

* ½ tsp coriander seeds

* ½ tsp fennel seeds

* 2 tsp garam masala

* 1 roasted red pepper, from a jar

* 2 garlic cloves

* thumb-sized piece of ginger peeled and roughly chopped

* 1 small onionhalved

* 1 tbsp tomato purée

* 2 tbsp desiccated coconut

For the green yogurt

* 250g pot natural yogurt

* small bunch coriander, plus a few leaves to serve

* 2 limes 1 zested, ½ juiced, 1 cut into wedges to serve

* 1 tsp sugar

* 2 spring onions

For the pickled onions

* 1 red onion, thinly sliced

* ½ lime juice

* ½ tsp sugar

Method

* First make the masala paste. Tip the seeds into a dry frying pan, toast for 1-2 mins until aromatic, then tip into the small bowl of a food processor. Add the remaining paste ingredients, season with salt and whizz until everything is finely chopped and well combined. Add a splash of water and combine well.

* Slash each mackerel a few times on each side. Rub the paste all over each fish, making sure you get into the slashes. Cover with cling film and chill for 1 hr, or overnight if you like.

* For the yogurt, combine the ingredients in the small bowl of your food processor, season well and chill until ready to serve. Put the ingredients for the pickled onions in a bowl. Massage the lime juice and sugar into the onion rings for 1-2 mins, then cover and set aside at room temperature to pickle for 30 mins, or overnight if you prefer.

* If serving with rice, make sure you have this on the go. Heat the grill to high. Put the mackerel on a baking tray lined with foil. Drizzle with a little oil and grill for 5-6 mins each side, or until the flesh is cooked through – it should easily slide away from the bones when pushed with a knife.

* To serve, arrange the fish on a platter. If the yogurt has thickened, loosen it with a drizzle of water – it should be like single cream. Drizzle it over the fish, then top with pickled onions, coriander leaves and lime wedges. Serve the rice on the side or however you want with extra green yogurt sauce


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Moroccan lamb Tagine

17 Apr

Moroccan lamb Tagineimage
This authentic tagine recipe will take you to slow-cooked perfection in six simple steps .
Braising an inexpensive cut like lamb neck in the Moroccan way transforms the meat into a thick, aromatic stew of meltingly tender meat and dried fruit, I like to serve mine with steaming herby bulgar and fresh flatbreads , just kick back with a glass of wine until it’s ready

Ingredientsimage

1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp ground black pepper
1½ tbsp paprika
1½ tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp turmeric
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 x neck of lamb, trimmed and cut into 5cm/2in chunks (about 1.1kg/2½lb meat in total)
2 large onions, grated
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp argan oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
570ml/1 pint tomato juice
2 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
115g/4oz dried apricots, cut in half
55g/2oz dates, cut in half
1 preserved lemon sliced
55g/2oz sultanas or raisins
85g/3oz flaked almonds
1 tsp saffron stamens, soaked in cold water
600ml/1 pint lamb stock
1 tbsp clear honey
2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Method
1. Place the cayenne, black pepper, paprika, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon into a small bowl and mix to combine. Place the lamb in a large bowl and toss together with half of the spice mix. Cover and leave overnight in the fridge.


2. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas2.


3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp of argan oil in a large casserole dish. Add the grated onion and the remaining spice mix and cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes so that the onions are soft but not coloured. Add the crushed garlic for the final 3 minutes. 


4. In a separate frying pan, heat the remaining oil and brown the cubes of lamb on all sides then add the browned meat to the casserole dish. De-glaze the frying pan with ¼ pint of tomato juice and add these juices to the pan.


5. Add the remaining tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, apricots, preserved lemon, dates, flaked almonds, saffron, lamb stock and honey to the casserole dish. Bring to the boil, cover with a fitted lid, place in the oven and cook for 2-2½ hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.


6. Place the lamb in a tagine or large serving dish and sprinkle over the chopped herbs. Serve with bulgar and hot flatbreadsimage
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The lentil and my lentil cottage pie

12 Mar

  

* Lentils are legumes and originated in central Asia

* They were found in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians in 2400BC

* lentils come in all shapes and colors – brown, yellow, red and black

* French lentils are known for a delicate taste and they hold their shape better after cooking

* The optical lens is named after the Latin word for lentil

* Lentils are wonderful nutritionally low in fat, high in protein, folate, phosphorus, fiber and iron

* Lentils are used around the world and are particularly popular in Middle Eastern countries, Greece, France and India.

* In the Middle East they are made with onions and garlic, in France often served with roasted meat and in India made into dal.

* Lentils are easy to cook and don’t need soaking like dried beans

* There is even a National Lentil Festival in Pullman Washington

* The Soluble fiber in lentils helps keep your cholesterol down and blood sugars under control
My lentil cottage pie

  

Ingredients 

 the lentil sauce

* 50g butter

* 2 onions chopped

* 4 carrots, diced

* 1 head of celery, chopped

* 4 garlic clove, finely chopped

* 200g pack chestnut mushroom, sliced

* 2 bay leaf

* 1 tbsp dried thyme

* 500g pack dried green lentils

* 100ml red wine (optional)

* 1.7l vegetable stock

* 3 tbsp tomato purée

For the topping

* 2kg floury potato such as King Edwards

* 85g butter

* 100ml milk

*50g cheddar, grated

Method

* To make the sauce, heat the butter in a pan, then gently fry the onions, carrots, celery and garlic for 15 mins until soft and golden. Turn up the heat, add the mushrooms, then cook for 4 mins more. Stir in the herbs, then add the lentils. Pour over the wine and stock – it’s important that you do not season with salt at this stage. Simmer for 40-50 mins until the lentils are very soft. Now season to taste, take off heat, then stir in the tomato purée 

* While the lentils are cooking, tip the potatoes into a pan of water, then boil for about 15 mins until tender. Drain well, mash with the butter and milk, then season with salt and pepper.

* To assemble the pies, divide the lentil mixture between all the dishes that you are using, then top with mash. Scatter over the cheese and freeze for up to two months (see tips, below) or if eating that day, heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5, then bake for 30 mins until the topping 

  For more info mail or call ; simon.bingham@simons-sauces.com 0031(0)642297107

Mullet with Sliced Potatoes and Black Olives

7 Mar

Mullet with Sliced Potatoes and Black Olivesimage

Mullet Facts
Mullet belongs to the group of ray-finned fish. There are 80 species of mullets that can be found in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters around the world. Most species of mullets inhabit coastal marine waters, but they can be occasionally seen in the estuaries, bays, inlets and rivers (even though fresh water is not essential part of their life cycle). Mullet prefers waters with muddy or sandy bottoms, on a depth of up to 400 feet that offer plenty of food. Mullets are part of human diet for thousands of years. Some species of mullets are endangered due to increased demand for their meat

Recipie

Ingredients:
Serves 4
* 3 medium potatoes, peeled
* 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 2 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 thyme sprig, leaves stripped
* sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 30 Aragón or Kalamata black olives, pitted
* 10 chive stalks, chopped
* 4 x 400g red mullet, filleted
* olive oil, for frying

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
2. Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible (use a mandolin if you have one), then mix with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the chopped garlic and thyme leaves. Season, then spread the mixture over a greased baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked.
3. Meanwhile, blitz the olives and half the chives with the remaining olive oil in a food processor to make a thick purée.
4. Season the fillets. Heat some oil in a frying pan until it is medium hot – the oil should be shimmering but not smoking – and fry the mullet for 2 minutes skin-side down, then turn over and fry for another minute. You want a crispy skin.
5. Divide the potatoes between four plates, pop two fillets on top of each mound and, using a teaspoon, drizzle the plate with the olive purée. Scatter the remaining chives over everything and eat immediatlyimage

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Roasted skrie (Norwegian cod) with fennel, red onion, black olives and balsamic tomatoe

9 Feb

Roasted skrie (Norwegian cod) with fennel, red onion, black olives and balsamic tomatoeimage

What is Skrei? image Skrei is seasonal Norwegian cod at its very best. It comes from the world’s largest cod stock that lives in the Barents Sea—the Northeast Arctic cod stock (Gadus morhua). When the cod reaches maturity (at around 5 years old) it spends the winter months migrating to the coast of Norway to spawn. The cod spends most of its life in the nutrient-rich Barents Sea, but when it migrates to the coast, the cod is actually returning to its birthplace. When the cod comes to the coast to spawn, we call it Skrei. Skrei is therefore a Norwegian cod in the prime of its life.
Skrei is a Norwegian delicacy. Every winter for thousands of years, the Skrei has returned to its birthplace to spawn. This great phenomenon takes place only in Norway.
My recipe uses this delicious fish in a Mediterranean style dish, fennel, tomatoes,olives and balsamic vinegar, a one pan dish that looks fabulous placed on the middle of your dining table for everyone to tuck in too.

INGREDIENTSimage
1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced, fennel fronds reserved
1 large red onion, sliced
1-2 small red chillies, thinly sliced (optional)
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon and zest
200g cherry tomatoes, halved
Handful sliced black olives 
3 tbsp balsamic vinegarimage4 thick skinless cod fillets
1 heaped tbsp capers, drained and rinsed

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Scatter the fennel, olives, onion and chilli in a roasting tin and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and the lemon juice. Roast for 10 minutes.


2. Scatter over the cherry tomatoes , lemon zest and roast for a further 5 minutes, then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Place the cod fillets on top, drizzle with the remaining oil, season and roast for 10-12minutes until the cod is just cooked through.


3. Garnish with capers and fennel fronds serve with hot crusty bread to mop up all the juices.image

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Five spice duck with a honey and soy glaze with sesame noodles 

11 Jan

Five spice duck with a honey and soy glaze with sesame noodles   
Ingredients 

For 2 people

* 2 small duck breasts
* 4 tsp five-spice powder

* salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

* 2 tbsp clear honey

* 6 tbsp soy sauce

For the noodles

* salt

* 4 spring onions

* 1 packet oriental-style egg noodles (2 squares of dried noodles)

* sesame seeds, to taste

* toasted sesame oil, to taste

To serve

* squeeze fresh lime juice
Preparation method

* Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

* With a sharp knife, score the fat of the duck into a cross-hatch

* Sprinkle the five-spice powder onto the skin of the duck breasts and rub it into the fat well. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

* Heat a heavy-based ovenproof frying pan. Don’t add oil. Place the duck breasts skin-side down in the hot pan. Season the other side with five-spice powder and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until most of the fat has run out into the pan and the skin has a golden colour (about three minutes).

* Turn the duck breasts over and cook the other side for a minute or so.

* Place the duck breasts in the oven for 3-5 minutes to finish.

* To make the sauce, warm the honey and soy sauce together in a small pan. Bring up to boiling point and let it bubble for a minute or two to reduce. Take off the heat and allow to cool. The sauce should have a syrup-like consistency.

* Remove the cooked duck breasts from the oven and leave to rest in a warm place.

* While the duck is resting, heat a medium pan of salted water for the noodles.

* Meanwhile, cut the white and green parts of the spring onions into slices on the diagonal.

* When the water is boiling, add the egg noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes or according to packet instructions.

* Drain the noodles and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle in the sesame seeds, drizzle with a few drops of sesame oil and sprinkle with cut spring onions, reserving some for the garnish. Stir together well.

* To serve, place the noodles onto a plate. Squeeze over a bit of lime juice. Slice the duck breasts into strips and place next to the noodles. Sprinkle over the remaining spring onion and drizzle over the honey and soy sauce.
 

 

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