Green Lentils with Sweet Curry

Green French Lentils

4 servings

1 cup dry green lentils
3 cups of chicken stock
1 tsp sweet curry

Simmer lentils in a saucepan covered until all of the liquid is absorbed into the lentils. This should take between 15-20 minutes, about ½ way through add the curry.  Just before serving add salt to taste, in this recipe I used Himalayan pink salt.

Can be halved.

Cornbread Muffins for 2

Ingredients

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1/4 c. cornmeal
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-½ oz vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 Tablespoons. honey
1 egg, beaten or ¼ cup liquid whole eggs
5 oz whole milk

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 4 large Muffin Cups.
In a large mixing bowl, stir the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Pour in the vegetable oil, melted butter, honey, beaten eggs, and milk, and stir just until moistened.
Pour the batter into the greased baking muffin cups and bake in 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Watch the cornbread towards the end, you want it to be turning golden and starting to show some cracks.
Remove from oven, serve warm with butter or honey or simply plain. It’s amazing!

 

COCONUT TRES LECHES

Courtesy of Pastry Chef Christina Lee
Recette – New York City, N.Y., USA

Yield: 16 servings17501D1

Butter, soft 28 g
Coconut oil 85 g
Sugar 225 g
Eggs 5 each
Vanilla extract 1 TBS
Salt 1/2 tsp
Pastry flour 195 g
Baking powder 1 tsp
Coconut flakes 1/2 C
Condensed milk 14 Oz
Evaporated milk 12 Oz
Coconut milk 16 Oz
Basil seeds, bloomed in 1 C cold water 2 TBS
Jalapeño, brunoise 1 each
Pineapple sorbet as needed

Instructions:
1. Combine butter and coconut oil in a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together and then add sugar and cream until light and fluffy.
2. Turn mixer to a lower speed and add eggs, 1 at a time, until fully combined, then add vanilla and salt.
3. Sift together pastry flour and baking powder and set aside.
4. Add coconut flakes to egg mixture and fold in flour mixture just until combined.
5. Pipe batter into individual 2.5-ounce silicon molds coated in cooking spray and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven until centers spring back and cakes are light golden brown on top, about 16-minutes. Cool before unmolding cakes.
6. Whisk together condensed milk, evaporated milk and coconut milk and then divide milk sauce in half.
7. Combine half of milk sauce with bloomed basil seeds and jalapeños and set aside.
8. Soak cakes in remaining milk sauce for at least 20 minutes. Remove cakes from sauce and serve at room temperature or slightly warm with pineapple sorbet and basil seed-jalapeño sauce.

For the Sorbet:

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
1 pineapple, cored, trimmed, reserving 6 large wedges for garnish, puréed in a blender, and forced through a fine sieve (3 cups strained purée)
1 1/2 cups well-chilled milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
fresh mint sprigs for garnish if desired

Preparation

In a small saucepan combine the sugar and 1/2 cup water, bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer it for 5 minutes, or until it is reduced to 1/2 cup. Let the sugar syrup cool completely. In a bowl whisk together the pineapple purée, the sugar syrup, the milk, the lemon juice, and pinch of salt. Chill the mixture until it is cold and freeze it in an ice-cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve the sherbet in scoops on dessert plates with Coconut Tres Leches above

Sous vide Duck Breast

Ingredients

6 Duck breasts, separated and trimmed
2 oranges
2 Blood oranges
¼ cup triple sec or other orange liquor
Salt and pepper

  • peel the skin off of the oranges with as little pith as possible.
  • juice the oranges and reduce to about half and add the triple sec, cool.
  • score fat on duck breast, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place three breast halves in a vacuum bag, add ¼ of the orange skin reduced juice.
  • Vacuum seal
  • Sousvide at 130F for 2-hours
  • Remove breasts from the vacuum bag, reserving the cooking juice, and pat dry. Over medium heat place the breasts in a hot pan breast side down to render the fat and crisp the skin, flip the breast to color the other side. Let rest.
  • The juices can be used as a sauce, add some chicken stock and reduce, I like to add a little orange juice concentrate.  Slice and serve.

Udon with 36-hour Pork Belly

Courtesy of Stephane Lemagnen (zencancook.com)

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the sous vide pork belly

  • 2 pounds (0.9 kg) pork belly, skin on
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) star anise, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) cardamom, coarsely ground
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon, coarsely ground
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sake
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) mirin
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce

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Half Cooked Eggs with Ramen

 

Chef/Owner Ivan Orkin
Ivan Ramen – New York, N.Y., USA
Yield: 6 servings
Menu Price: $2.00; Food Cost/Serving: 50%
Sake 500 ml
Mirin 50 ml
Soy sauce 200 ml
Sugar 30 g
Garlic, coarsely chopped 40 g
Ginger, coarsely chopped 75 g
Eggs, large, room temperature 6 each
Water 1 ltr
Ramen soup (see note) 1680 ml
Scallions, finely sliced as needed
Instructions:
1. Simmer sake and mirin in a saucepan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add soy sauce, sugar, garlic and ginger and simmer and stir for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate (see note).
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Poke a small hole in bottom (larger end) of each egg with a pushpin. Gently slide eggs into boiling water and then start a timer, stirring for first 2 minutes. Remove eggs after a total of 6 minutes and 10 seconds and shock in an ice bath, stirring until there are no pockets of hot water.
3. In a large bowl, combine shoyu tare mixture with water. When eggs are cooled completely, about 15 minutes later, peel and soak them in shoyu tare liquid refrigerated for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
4. To serve, bring eggs to room temperature and then slice in half with a taut nylon fishing line, lay on hot ramen soup and serve immediately garnished with a pile of sliced scallions.
Notes:
To make ramen soup, combine 1 kilo whole chicken (giblets removed) with 2 liters cold water. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a steady simmer. Skim off foam or fat that rises to surface and every 20 minutes replace any water that has evaporated, keeping water level same. Simmer for 6 hours, then strain and discard chicken solids. Cool and reserve any chicken fat. For each bowl, combine 130 ml hot chicken soup, 130 ml hotdashi and 20 ml of reserved melted chicken fat. Adjust seasoning with Japanese sea salt or soy sauce and then add cooked ramen noodles when serving immediately. Soup can be refrigerated up to 1 week without ramen noodles.

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Peruvian Inspired Filet Mignon with a Japanese Twist

xadara-filet-mignon-2.jpg.pagespeed.ic.fELy7kBgutFilet mignon with Peruvian chili pepper sauces, Asian BBQ jerky, modernist smoked Gouda custard over onion cracker, onion gel and tea-smoked beech mushrooms. You’ll be applying various techniques: gelification with iota and kappa carrageenan, sous vide, dehydration and smoking with tea.
Peruvian Inspired Filet Mignon with a Japanese Twist.

Cooking Word of the Day

Black japonica rice

Rice is the staple food of over half the world’s population. Black Japonica is a combination of Asian black short-grain rice and medium-grain mahogany rice that were grown together in the same field. It is available in well-stocked food stores, gourmet shops, and through mail order. When cooked it provides a nutty mushroom flavor coupled with a subtle, sweet spiciness and juicy texture that goes well as a side dish, in rice salads, casseroles, as a stuffing for turkey or bell peppers, or in stir-fried foods. It also combines well with other rices. Its dark color turns the cooking water a purplish brown. Black Japonica rice is full in natural vitamins, minerals and fiber and is very healthy ingredient.

Cooking Black japonica rice

  • 1 cup black japonica rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Combine in rice-cooker; takes about 50 minutes to cook.
  2. Alternately place in pot, cover with tight sitting lid, bring to boil, simmer on low 50 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Butter may be omitted.

Cooking Word of the Day

Sauce vierge (French; in English: literally, “virgin sauce”) is a French sauce made from olive oil, lemon juice, chopped tomato and chopped basil.

Frequently, crushed coriander seed is added, and variations may include the addition of other herbs such as chervil, chives, parsley, etc. The ingredients are combined and allowed toinfuse or macerate (depending whether heat is applied or not) in the oil to create the sauce.

The sauce is usually served with shellfish, delicately flavoured white-fleshed fish such as cod, sole, etc.; it is sometimes served over pasta.

The sauce was popularised in the 1980s by Michel Guérard, a French chef, author, one of the founders of nouvelle cuisine, and the inventor of cuisine minceur, from Eugénie-les-Bains, Aquitaine, in south-western France; the sauce has since become a modern classic.

In its original form, the sauce was intended as a Mediterranean preparation and contained a lot of garlic. It was served either hot or cold after infusing the herbs in the oil.