Sunday, September 4, 2011

Gluten & Dairy Free Kalamansi Lime Tartlets

I made this as a dessert to end my birthday lunch. Good thing I made extra, because I had them for dessert after dinner too! Makes six 1.5 inch scrumptious organic kalamansi tartlets with creamy tangy filling.

Tart Shell Ingredients:
1/2 C Gluten free all-purpose flour
2 T Coconut oil (or any good oil. Coconut is great in baking)
1/8 t baking powder
1/8 t sea salt
1/2 egg, beaten

Kalamansi Lime Custard Filling:
4 T Kalamansi lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 1/2 Egg
3 T Honey
1/8 t vanilla essence
Pinch salt

What to do:

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Drizzle over the coconut oil and kinda rub it into the flour mixture. You'll end up with a sort of fine breadcrumby mixture.
  2. Add the beaten 1/2 egg. It should be enough there to hold everything together, but not sticky. Might have to add more water to get the consistency right - pliable.
  3. Divide dough into six portions and roll each portion into a ball. Use your fingers to press out each ball into a flat disc and fit that into your tartlet mould. Bake blind at 180 deg C for 5 min.
  4. Use a fork to beat the egg and lime mixture (everything goes in) till well mixed. Pour into the tartlet shells. Bake at 150 deg for a further 20 min. 
  5. Cool and serve!

Garden Salad with vine ripened tomatoes and Kyuri cucumbers

This was a perfect starter to my birthday lunch entree (Honey Glazed Beef Short Ribs). I had crisp kyuri cukes and juicy tomatoes grown in pots on my apartment balcony, and some beautiful red sails lettuce and other organic lettuces. I sliced in a bit of purple cabbage and carrot, tossed in a tangy apple cider vinegar dressing and dug in!

Tender Honey Glazed Beef Short Ribs with Beetroot Puree and Broccoli

Yesterday I saw some amazing short ribs at Jusco and thought it would make the perfect birthday lunch paired with broccoli spears and a sweet beetroot puree. The broccoli and beetroot in the organic veg section looked super fresh and I knew they would add great flavors on the plate.

I marinated the ribs overnight with all-organic ingredients: 2 T honey, 1/2 t chilli powder, 1/2 t cracked black pepper, 2 T balsamic vinegar, sprinkling sea salt, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 T extra virgin olive oil.

This morning I laid the ribs on a glass pie dish, added 3 T water, covered with aluminium foil and oven-baked for 1.5 hr till nearly falling off the bone. Tender! I basted the ribs with the reduced sauce to keep them moist and juicy. 15 minutes before the ribs were done, I boiled the beetroot till fork tender, and blanched the broccoli spears till just cooked but not mushy. I pureed the beetroot and seasoned with a little salt and pepper.

To serve, I smeared the puree on the plate, laid the broccoli on top, plonked down a rib and spooned over some sauce. Delish!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Poached Chicken Wild Rocket Salad

Gosh, I've been wanting to blog about my favorite foods for quite a while now, unfortunately every time I make something I dig into it right away and end up with a happy tummy, but no photos of the dish! It's that instant gratification thing :). Today I delayed that gratification and here's my first food post!

This dish is healthy and delicious, with tender free-range poached chicken on a bed of organic wild rocket (arugula) and deer's tongue lettuce (or similar), and tossed in a sharp apple cider vinegar dressing that will awake your senses and leave you feeling sated but not overloaded.

Whole chicken (I used organic free-range young chicken)
Knob of ginger
Lettuce, torn into pieces
Carrot, shredded through mandolin
Purple cabbage, shredded

1 C Apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg's raw, unfiltered ACV)*
1/2 C Extra virgin olive oil (first cold pressed is best)*
1 T Raw honey (I use Y.S. Farms Raw Honey, it's so flavorful)*
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1/4 t sea salt*
Dash sesame oil
* I usually buy from Vitacost at Amazon as the prices are cheaper or comparable to what I'd find at stores. Vitacost offers free shipping for purchases above $50. And they sell Nunez de Prado olive oil, which is one of the best I've ever tasted).

Whatcha gonna do:

  1. Poaching the chicken. Bring about 4 C water to boil in a pot with the ginger (or enough water that when you put the chicken in, the water will cover the entire chicken). Smack the ginger once or twice with the flat blade of the cleaver to bruise. Drop the chicken in gently, turn the heat down to simmer, put the lid on and let go for 30 - 40 minutes depending on the size of the bird. When done, lift out the chick, let cool. Then pull out about 1 C of meat and tear into bite size pieces. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt for flavor.
  2. The Dressing. Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and let sit.
  3. Assembling the salad. Put all the salad ingredients into a mixing bowl. Give the dressing a good whisk with a fork and drizzle some over the salad. 2 - 3 T should do it. Toss it with a light hand, pile on a plate, and serve!
I'll be posting every two weeks, so stay tuned!