BBQ Season Experiments 01

BBQ and Stir Fry

As BBQ season is in full swing we decided to begin experimenting with our spherically shaped grill. The first experiment was to make a stir fry. A while ago I bought a cast iron wok with a long wooden handle. I also have an olive wood spoon which is at least a hand-width longer than normal kitchen spoons—you need both! The long handled wog and the somewhat longer spoon because:

It’s hot, hot, hot!

And this is the point. Even on the large centre flame on top of our gas stove the heat is just not strong enough for a proper stir fry. So prepare the coals as you would normally do (in hindsight you only need half the amount) once you have the glowing embers, pour some oil in the wok and then place the wok directly into the embers. If you trust your fine motor skills by all means pour the oil into the wok once you placed it onto the flames.

I am super clumsy and accident prone so not an option for me. Health and safety people!

Anyhow, ones you can hear the oil sizzle throw in the meat (unless you are vegetarian obviously throw in the veggies). So the wok became so hot I had to occasionally take it off the fire and shake.

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I so felt like master chef! Check that wrist action!

Tip: everything cooks so quickly you do not need a lot of oil. The Alpha poured half a cup into the wok, I had to pour most of it onto the ground. Anyhow, once the meat is browned (but not yet fully cooked) throw in the veggies, proceed the stirring and/or wrist action shaking, for 2-3 minutes and then throw in the noodles/rice, repeat the wrist action and stirring again until the noodles feel hot to the touch and then add sauce, mix everything thoroughly. And serve.

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Thick Roast Pepper & Tomato Soup

Now that we are almost in November and the weather has suddenly turned grey and cold, it’s time for soul-soups.

Here is my version of roast pepper and tomato soup.

You need:

1 red pepper

1 medium sized onion

2 small carrots

4 small potatoes

3 inches leek (finely chopped)

3 inches celery (finely chopped)

2 cans of chopped tomatoes (if you have the luxury of 1kg of fresh tomatoes knock yourself out)

First chop pepper, onion, carrots and fry in olive oil until strongly browned.

Tip: you can roast/burn the pepper over gas or BBQ before chopping

Chop the potatoes into small pieces, put into pot with the browned veg and add the leek & celery.

Add enough hot water to cover all the veg and simmer for 6 min.

Now add the two cans of tomatoes and wait till everything bubbles. Use hand-blender and blend as finely as you wish.

My spices:

Salt (as you like)

Freshly ground rainbow peppers

Paprika (smoked if you like)

Cayenne pepper

Caraway seeds

(1/2 teaspoon each)

Gluten Free Potato Scones

Gluten Free Potato Scones

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Ingredients Gluten Free Potato Scones

1 portion of left over mashed potatoes

1/3 Quark Pot (ca 4 Tablespoons)

3 Tablespoons Raisins

2 Cups of Oatmeal

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all into thick dough

Form Scones

Fry them in pan until golden brown

 

Serve with maple sirup, cinnamon, apple sauce or creme cheese and salad

Veggie Burger

I food experimented today. Oh boy! The initial batch of planned 5 to 6 somehow snowballed providing more than 2kg of burgers. Well, I guess I am going to freeze them and have quick and healthy snacks to the ready.

Experiment report:

200gr butter beans (soaked over night and then boiled for 20 min)

I left the water in which I boiled the beans in the pot and added polenta (approximately 1,5 cups)

Oh yes and 3 pinches salt

So I let this all cool down for several hours and then used my blender to mash it all up

After this I added flour (this time bread flour but next time I will try wholemeal) so this is where the measurements get a bit wonky because I had to keep adding the stuff. I ended up using about 400 grams.

Next step:

1,2 carrots —crate’em baby

1,2 celery stick —cut in small pieces

1/2 leek —cut into small pieces ( I recommend cut along the leek in the middle, then quarter and then slice against the growth)

1/2 red onion

1 tablespoon Italien herbs

1 teaspoon marjoram

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds (ground)

and more salt

2 tablespoon paprika

So mix this all under the dough prepared from the beans, polenta and flour

Now the cooking part

So I put olive oil in my trusted heavy cast iron pan

heated it

then take out pieces from the dough and form burger shapes

put those into the hot oil

fry for 1 minute each side

Final Haul

I then laid the ‘pre-fried’ burgers onto pizza trays

Put those into the oven

and baked at 220ºC with hot air fan on for about 10-15 minutes

this way the burgers will not be as greasy as if you fried them until they are done

Now you can dug in!—Uhm, almost…

Serve with dips:

Yoghurt (mixed with salt, fresh herbs)

and/or my favourite

Mix equal parts Roasted Sesame Oil & Soy Sauce

Zingy Salad

 

I got this recipe from one of my Malaysian friends and need to pass it on. A perfect dish for summer heat:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 red chili (well depends on the level of preferred hotness)
  • some salt
  • some oil

Grate cucumber

Cut pineapple into pieces

dice chili & onions

squish some lemon juice into the mix

add oil chili salt

mix and enjoy

You could also add some fresh mint leave to add a bit of freshness

Tip: This salad improves by letting it sit for 2 hours in the fridge, occasional steering it.

Hangover Cake aka Migraine Cake

Make a Basic yeast dough for a small oven tray and enough crumble to cover it

cook 1/2 l pudding (or use custard)

500 gr plums

150 – 200 gr dark chocolate

roll the dough flat put on a tray

put the pudding on top

cut the plums put on top of this

put the crumble over it

bake on gas level 7 (ca 180ºC) for about half an hour

let cool down

meanwhile melt chocolate in a hot water bath and pour over the cake once it has cooled down

That definitely kicks you back to life