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What you need:

1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/4 cup spring onions, finely chopped
1 onion, quartered
2 1/2 cups vegetables (baby corn, capsicum, beans, carrot, cabbage), chopped into bite sized pieces
1 tsp light soya sauce
2 tsps vinegar
1/2 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsps tomato ketchup
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour (mixed in 1 cup water)
salt to taste
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds/til
1 1/2 tbsps sesame oil or peanut oil

What you do:

Par boil carrots, beans, baby corn in 3 cups of boiling water and pinch of salt for 3 mts. Turn off heat, strain and cool.

Heat a tbsp of sesame oil in a large wok, once the oil is piping hot, add half of the crushed garlic and ginger paste and stir fry for a few seconds.

Add the chopped spring onion whites and stir for half a mt. Add the par boiled as well as the rest of the other vegetables and stir fry on high for 4-5 mts, constantly tossing them. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove and keep aside.

In the same wok, add 2 tsps of oil, add remaining crushed garlic and stir for a few seconds. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and vinegar. Combine well.

Add the cornflour mixture and cook stirring continuously till the sauce turns thick and turn off heat.

At the time of serving, mix in the stir fried vegetables and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens.

Serve hot with noodles or fried rice.

 

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What you need:

FOR THE CURRY PASTE
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
2 tsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
1 tsp coarse salt
3 serrano chiles, sliced
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 stalks fresh lemon grass, trimmed and chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest (from 2 limes)

For the stew:

2 oz spinach

14oz /1 tin  unsweetened regular coconut milk
14oz /1 tin  unsweetened light coconut milk
1 medium courgette (zucchini) quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick (21/4 cups)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh basil

What you do:

Make the curry paste: Grind coriander, cumin, peppercorns, and salt with a mortar and pestle, or with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and grind until a paste forms. (The Curry paste can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Make the stew:

Puree 5 tbsp curry paste, the spinach, and 1 cup regular coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Reserve remaining curry paste for another use.

Bring remaining regular coconut milk and the light coconut milk to a boil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. Reduce heat, stir in curry-spinach mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add courgette, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until courgette is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add basil, and garnish with serrano chiles.

Serve with rice and lime wedges.

 

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What you need:

1 1/4 cup Water

1/4 cup Lemon juice

1 1/4 cup cashews, un-soaked

1/3 cup macadamia nuts, un-soaked

2 tsp onion powder

1 1/2 tsp rock Salt

6 spring onions, chopped

What you do:

 Place Water, lemon juice, cashews, macadamia nuts, onion powder and salt in a high-speed blender and process until creamy.

Add spring onions, and blend on a low setting to incorporate but not break down completely, ( around 10 seconds).

Cover and let sit in refrigerator to chill and fuse flavors for about two hours.

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What you need:

3  salmon fillets, skin removed
5 white fish fillets eg cod or haddock, skin removed
2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
4 spring onions, finely sliced
140g or ½ jar of Thai red curry paste
1 tsp turmeric
2 x 400ml tins light coconut milk
3/4 pt / 426ml fish stock
2 tsp golden caster sugar
2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
Handful of kaffir lime leaves
5oz /142g mangetout (or green beans or sugar snap peas)
5oz /142g peas
7oz /198g pak choi, halved and finely sliced
Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped, to garnish

What you do:
Cut each fish fillet into 4 pieces and place in the fridge, covered, until needed.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently fry the spring onions for a few minutes until soft. Add the Thai curry paste and turmeric and fry for a few seconds.

Add the coconut milk. Pour in the fish stock and add the caster sugar, lemongrass and lime leaves. Simmer gently for at least 5 minutes.

Add the mangetout (or green beans, or sugar snap peas) with the fish and peas, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Finally add the pak choi and cook for another minute.

Scatter coriander over the top.

Serve with the rice and lime wedges

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What you need:

12 English-cut short beef ribs (about 5 lbs 15¼ oz (2.7kg) )
1.8 pts /1 L  reduced-salt chicken stock
3 fl oz / 85 ml  soy sauce
2 oz / 55g  sugar
3 tbsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp Korean red chilli paste or sambal oelek, plus more for serving
2 tbsp dark (toasted) sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 bunch spring onions (white and green parts, separated), thinly sliced
For the noodles and garnishes:
280 to 10½ oz  /300g  medium-thick rice noodles (also called rice sticks or jantaboon)
1 carrot, finely grated
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1¾ oz  /50g  coriander leaves, torn
2 limes, cut into wedges

what you do:

Remove any silver skin from the surface of the short ribs, and then make two cuts across the grain, through the meat down to the bone. Put the ribs in a slow cooker.

Whisk together the stock, soy sauce, sugar, ginger, chili paste, sesame oil, garlic and spring onion whites. Pour over the ribs. Cover and cook on HIGH for six hours.

About 30 minutes before serving, put the rice noodles in a bowl with hot water to cover. Soak until tender and pliable, about 30 minutes.

Skim any fat that may have collected on top of the beef broth and discard.

Divide the noodles among six large shallow bowls and ladle the broth over top. Cut the meat from the ribs if desired and divide the meat evenly among the bowls.

Garnish with the carrots, cucumber, coriander, lime and the remaining green parts of the spring onion, plus more chilli paste to taste.

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What you need:

4 1 1/2- to 2-inch-thick bone in pork rib chops
2 tsp coarse kosher salt
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 bacon slices, coarsely chopped
Olive oil (optional)
4 cups thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only; about 3 large)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream

What you do:

Pat chops dry with paper towels. Mix 2 tsp coarse salt, thyme, rosemary, and 1 tsp pepper in small bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mixture on both sides of chops. Let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 hours or wrap and chill up to 1 day.

Heat a large frying pan or large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté until crisp and lightly browned. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to small bowl. Increase heat to medium-high. Add chops to the pan. Sear until brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to small baking sheet.

Pour off all but 3 tbsp drippings from skillet (or add olive oil to make 3 tablespoons). Add leeks and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add brandy, then broth and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Return bacon to skillet; add sage and stir to blend.

Nestle chops in leeks in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; simmer 3 minutes. Turn chops over. Cover; simmer until thermometer inserted into thickest part of chops registers 140°F to 145°F, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to platter. Tent loosely with foil to keep warm.

Spoon off any fat from cooking liquid in skillet. Boil until all liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Whisk in mustard, then crème fraîche; do not boil. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over chops.

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What you need:

1tsp vegetable oil
1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and chopped
300g risotto rice
1 garlic clove, crushed
200g mushrooms, sliced
900ml (1 ½ pints) hot vegetable stock
75g frozen peas, thawed
Ground black pepper

What you do:

Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan or saucepan and cook the spring onions over a medium-high heat for a few seconds. Add the rice and cook over a low heat for about 1 min, stirring all the time until the rice looks glossy but not brown.

Add the garlic and mushrooms, then pour in about half the hot stock and stir well. Cook over a medium heat for 20-25 mins, stirring often and gradually and adding the remaining stock a little at a time until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.

Check that the rice is tender. It should have a nice creamy texture. If it needs cooking for a bit longer, add a little more hot water.
Add the peas, stirring gently to mix them in. Check the seasoning, adding some pepper if needed.

Serve.

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What you need:

2 cups plain flour
1 cup boiling water
1/4 tsp salt
sesame oil
5 spring onions, sliced finely
oil for frying

What you do:

In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt and boiling water until it all comes together. Carefully use your hands to then knead the ball of dough until it’s smooth, about 5-10 minutes. If it’s still too hot, let it cool for a bit before starting to knead. Wrap with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 30 minutes; keep it in the fridge if you’re leaving it for longer.

Divide the rested dough ball into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a flat, thin round, dusting with flour if the dough is sticking. Brush the surface of the round with sesame oil and then sprinkle over a sixth of the chopped spring onion. Roll the round tightly like a swiss roll, with the oil and spring onions on the inside. Curl this now tubular dough piece into a tight snail shape, tucking the end underneath.

Now roll this snail shaped piece of dough out into a round about 5 inches in diameter. Pieces of spring onion will start falling out but don’t worry – just show them who’s boss and jam them back into the dough. Repeat with the rest of the dough pieces (I start to fry at the same time as rolling them out).

Heat a frying pan (mine is nonstick) over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of oil and fry each pancake on both sides until golden brown, draining on kitchen paper when cooked; repeat with all the pancakes.

Cut into wedges and serve.

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What you need:

6 large eggs
7 oz / 200g  ham sliced into small thin pieces
4 0z /100g fan mushrooms
2 spring onions
2 oz / 60g grated cheese
Milk
Pepper to taste

What you do:

Wipe the mushrooms clean and chop into small pieces, slice the spring onions.

Using a fork, beat the eggs together with a little milk and season with black pepper, add the grated cheese.

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and add the ham and mushrooms, cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms are tender.

Add the eggs and the spring onions.

Cook over a high heat, and using a spatula pull the edges of the omelette into the middle tilting the pan as you go so the liquid eggs run into the space. Do this for a few minutes until only a tiny bit of liquid is left in the centre. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes (the remaining runny bit of egg will finish off cooking)

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What you need:

2 sirloin  fillet steaks
300g fresh egg noodles
4 spring onions
Half red onion
Handful bean sprouts
Handful coriander
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce

Soup Ingredients:

1.5 litres chicken stock

3 tablespoons chili sauce

5 tablespoons  thai fish sauce

What you do:

Mix the chili sauce and the thai fish sauce in a bowl.
Heat the chicken stock in a pan and add the chilli  & thai fish sauce mix.
Finely chop the spring onions and the chilli into fine strips. Finely cut the red onion into semi-circles
Divide the noodles between two large soup bowls
Finely chop the spring onions and the chilli into fine strips. Finely cut the red onion into semi-circles
Boil a kettle and blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then drain and rinse with cold water
Divide the bean sprouts and chilli between the two bowls
Lightly coat the steaks in oil. Sear for 2 minutes on both sides. Baste with the teriyaki sauce. Then cover and rest for 2 minutes
Slice the steaks into thin strips and divide them between the two bowls and top with the chopped spring onions
Quickly ladle the soup over. Garnish with coriander

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