Vegetarian Lunch in a Hurry..Soup, rice, salad and fruit

French friends came by and stayed for Lunch. Together we put this awesome lunch on the verandah table….consisting of soup, Turmeric rice, salad and fruit platters….

Vegetarian Lunch

  1. Vegetable Soup…made with pumpkin, onion, sweet potato, Chinese cabbage, tomato, with fresh herbs
  2. Turmeric Rice…cooked in rice cooker with teaspoon turmeric, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamons and Kniffer lime leaves.
  3. Mixed leaf Salad..using a lettuce and leaves and flowers from my garden…nasturtium, marigold, sweet yam, spring onions, basil, rosemary, parsley and mint, edged with sliced tomatoes
  4.  Fruit platters…apple, orange, banana, dragon fruit, custard apple,  passion fruit…
  5. French Crepes….
  6. Cheese cubes
  7. Lemon Juice and green tea..

Lunch at Russell Island

Lunch at Russell Island

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Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring Rolls with peanut sauce

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Ingredients
  • 24 thin spring roll rice paper wrappers (Vietnamese or Thai, not the Chinese ones used for egg rolls)
Choice of fillings:
  • Rice vermicelli noodles
  • Red peppers (capsicum)
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Purple cabbage
  • Fresh herbs (I recommend a couple mint and/or basil leaves per roll)
  • Thin strips of lightly-fried tofu or seitan
  • Bean sprouts
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Lettuce/Spinach
Peanut Sauce
  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter (or almond/cashew/sunflower butter)
  • ½ cup soy or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (agave would work too)
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • ½ tsp chili powder (or 1 tsp crushed red chili pepper)
  • ¼ cup unsalted peanuts, chopped (optional)

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Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the peanut sauce except the chopped peanuts, set aside.
  2. Prep all your veggies so that they are thinly sliced, and shorter than your wrappers by about 5-6 cm. (My wrappers are 16 cm wide, so I cut my veggies about 10 cm long.)
  3. If using rice noodles, decide how much of the noodles you will need based on the quantity of rolls you’re making and how many ingredients you plan on using. You can break the noodles off or use scissors to gently cut them away from the bigger piece. Fill a pot with just enough hot water to submerge your noodles. Regular hot tap water should be hot enough – it doesn’t need to be boiling. Let the noodles sit in the water until they are soft and edible, about 2 minutes. Remove the noddles, shaking them to remove excess water, and set aside.
  4. Wet a clean tea towel, ring it out and lay it flat on your counter top.
  5. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Transfer the water to a large bowl and let cool a couple minutes. drop a wrapper into the water, and let it soak for 30 seconds – any longer and it will begin to get too soft and/or tear. It should be transparent and pliable. Remove wrapper from the water and gently shake it to remove any excess water. Lay the wrapper flat on your tea towel.
  6. Place your mint and basil leaves near the top of the wrapper, as per diagram. Take some noodles and fold them back so that they fit within the top of the wrapper, as shown. Add 2-3 pieces of each vegetable on top, keeping everything tight and in a nice elongated pile. Tightly fold the top of the wrapper over the ingredients, and then fold-in each side. Continue rolling the wrapper onto itself to form the roll. Continue with remaining ingredients.
  7. Before serving, add the chopped peanuts on top of the peanut sauce that you plan on serving. If desired, cut rolls diagonally with a sharp knife before serving.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls…Cha Gio

 

  • http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/17882/cha+gio+vietnamese+spring+rolls
  • 50g cellophane (mung bean) noodles
  • 3 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 carrot, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 2 shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 x 170g can crab meat, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 20 round rice paper sheets
  • Vegetable oil, to deep-fry
  • Baby cos lettuce leaves, to serve
  • Fresh mint leaves, to serve

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Nuoc cham (dipping sauce)

  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce
  • 1 long fresh red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

 

  • To make the nuoc cham, place the fish sauce, chilli, garlic, water, lime juice, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl, and stir until the sugar dissolves.

  • Step 2

    Place the noodles and mushrooms in a medium heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Drain. Use your hands to squeeze out excess liquid from the mushrooms. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and discard. Thinly slice the mushrooms.

  • Step 3

    Use clean kitchen scissors to cut the noodles into short lengths. Combine the noodles, mince, carrot, shallot, garlic, crab meat, fish sauce, sugar and pepper in a large bowl.

  • Step 4

    Soak 1 rice paper sheet in a dish of warm water until soft and pliable (don’t soak the sheet for too long or it will tear). Transfer to a clean work surface. Place 1 heaped tablespoonful of the noodle mixture along the centre of the sheet. Fold in the sides and roll up tightly to enclose the filling. Place, seam-side down, on a baking tray and cover with a damp tea towel. Repeat with remaining rice paper sheets and noodle mixture.

  • Step 5

    Add enough oil to a large heavy-based saucepan to reach a depth of 10cm. Heat to 180°C over high heat (when the oil is ready a cube of bread will turn golden brown in 15 seconds). Add 5 spring rolls to the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Use tongs to transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat, in 3 more batches, with the remaining spring rolls, reheating the oil between batches.

  • Step 6

    Cut each spring roll in half crossways, if desired. Serve with the nuoc cham, lettuce and mint leaves.

 

 

Green Papaya Salad

Luke Nguyen shares a spicy salad recipe, with the bold Thai flavours of chilli, garlic, dried shrimp and fish sauce, pounded together using a mortar and pestle, with fresh snake beans, tomatoes and crunchy grated green papaya.

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/green-papaya-salad-0

  • 4–5 bird’s-eye chillies
  • 4 baby garlic cloves, skin on
  • 4 snake beans, cut into 3 cm lengths
  • 1 tomato, sliced (or 5 cherry tomatoes, halved)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp
  • 1 tbsp liquid palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 200 g shredded green papaya
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts

Using a large wooden mortar and pestle, pound the chilli. Add the garlic and pound. Add the snake beans and bruise slightly. Add the tomatoes and pound. Add the lime juice and dried shrimp. Continue pounding, gradually adding the palm sugar and fish sauce. Add the papaya. Continue gently pounding while mixing with a spoon for 1 minute.

Transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with crushed peanuts to serve.

Fried Rice…or Noodles….or Rice Sticks

Have the rice boiled the day before, and leave in fridge before use.

Slice onions finely and fry in oil with cloves, ginger and chopped garlic. Add sliced carrot, beans, corn and boiled peas..fry…

Add cooked rice and stir all together…season to taste.

Decorate with strips of omelet and handfuls of fresh herbs. I also sprinkle with chopped nuts and raisins and serve in bowls

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http://theasiangrandmotherscookbook.com/2011/10/07/fried-rice-recipe/

5 secrets anyone can pick up and you’ll soon be on your way to making fabulous fried rice.

  1. Use cold, leftover cooked rice. Left in the fridge overnight, the rice grains will firm up, making it easier to separate and decreasing the chances of your fried rice turning out mushy. If you can’t wait, air freshly-cooked rice to remove moisture and refrigerate the rice for a few hours before cooking.
  2. Use medium to long grain rice, not short grain sweet/sushi rice or glutinous rice. Medium grain jasmine rice is my choice for fluffy, sturdy grains that don’t clump or fall apart when fried. Short grain rice tends to be softer and to stick together.
  3. A blazing hot wok (a wok is ideal but a large pan, skillet, or Dutch oven will do) and an adequate amount of oil will ensure your ingredients don’t stick to the surface. That’s how restaurants achieve the smoky, “burnt” flavor in their stir-fried dishes. Your home stove probably doesn’t have the same BTU strength (unless you have a commercial Viking or Wolf range *JEALOUS*) but just remember to preheat your wok before adding ingredients.
  4. Use the biggest pan available in your kitchen and don’t crowd it with ingredients. Don’t try to cook for your spouse, son, twin daughters, and grandma and grandpa too. You’ll have rice and peas flying everywhere! Ideally, you should cook 1 to 2 servings at a time. My recipe below makes enough for 3 moderate appetites. When you have too many ingredients, the wok doesn’t get hot enough and your ingredients will get soggy causing the rice to clump together. If you prefer, cook each ingredient individually (raw vegetables or meat, egg) and remove to separate plates. Return all the ingredients to the pan at the end for the final mixing and seasoning.
  5. Don’t overdo the saucy seasonings like soy sauce or oyster sauce. I add just a few tablespoons of my chosen sauce for flavor and then add salt for saltiness and savor. Too much sauce will make your rice mushy.

Indonesian Fried Rice..Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng). Photo by Chef #1802609910
Boil rice in plenty of salted water until cooked.
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Rinse, drain and spread the rice to cool.
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Do this at least two hours ahead, or preferably, leave overnight in the fridge.
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Combine eggs with sesame oil and salt, and put aside (see below).
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Heat wok or large frying pan over heat until hot.
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Add oil, and wait until it is very hot and slightly smoking.
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Add the onions, ginger, shrimp paste, garlic, and pepper, and stir-fry for 2 minutes, squashing the shrimp paste as you go.
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Then add chicken and shrimp and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes.
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Add rice and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes.
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Now add the chilli bean sauce or sambal oelek, oyster sauce and ketjap manis/dark soy sauce and continue to stir-fry for 2 minutes.
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Finally, add egg mixture and continue to stir-fry for another minute.
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Alternatively make 2 thin omelettes from the egg mixture ahead of time and cut into strips.
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These can then be used as garnish on the finished dish.
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Turn onto large serving platter and garnish with the spring onion and fresh cilantro, and serve hot.Read more: <a href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/indonesian-fried-rice-nasi-goreng-61614?oc=linkback”>http://www.food.com/recipeNasi Goreng

http://southeastasianfood.about.com/od/riceandnoodledishe1/r/IndonFriedRice.htm

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 thinly sliced medium onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste or belachan
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsps oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Cucumber, tomato and cilantro for garnishing
  • Prawn crackers (optional)

Preparation:

 

  1. Cooked rice – Day old rice is ideal for fried rice as it is drier, which prevents it from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan or the wok. The rice cannot be cooked with too much water which makes it too gooey. It needs to be cooked al-dente, with a small degree of plus and minus in the texture for personal preferences.
  2. Chili paste – Use only pure chili powder. Add 1 tsp of water and mix together. Let it stand for about half an hour. li]Heat up 1 Tbsp of oil on low heat in a wok. Add the shrimp paste, and cook until it is brown and fragrant.
  3. Add another Tbsp of oil and add the garlic and onions. Fry until golden brown, and the fragrance of the garlic and onions are released.
  4. Add the chili paste followed by the rice. Fry on high heat.
  5. Fry until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Stir constantly so that none of the ingredients stick to the wok.
  6. Add the soy sauce and stir until the soy sauce is evenly distributed.
  7. Add 2 Tbsp of water if you feel the rice is too grainy and hard. The rice should be nice and fluffy.
  8. Separately, using a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, fry the eggs sunny side up.
  9. Serve the rice with a few slices of cucumbers and tomatoes. Garnish with some cilantro, and an egg for each serving.

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Stuffed Capsicum and Chillies served with fresh lettuce leaves

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Cut capsicum in half and remove seeds, split chillies and remove seeds

Fill with mince meat, minced turkey or minced kangaroo

Butter generously with minced garlic…season with salt, pepper and sprinkle with olive oil and lime juice.

Sprinkle with any herbs..or mixed herbs

Place in oven 180 degrees and bake 25 minutes.

Serve with a whole fresh minaret lettuce..place baked capsicum in lettuce leave, roll and eat.

 

Bibimbap..Korean food

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http://listverse.com/2011/04/23/top-10-korean-foods-you-have-to-try/

If you try only one recipe from this list – let it be bibimbap. In Korean, “bibim” means “mixed” and “bap” means rice. All of the ingredients except the meat (which is optional) are prepared in advance so you can add them at room temperature to the top of hot steamed rice. You then quickly fry and add the meat and a sunny-side up egg to the top. Bibimbap is usually served with a spicy sauce made from gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) which you can add to your liking – allowing you to control how hot it is. You then use your spoon (Korean food is always served with metal chopsticks and a spoon) to “bibim” it all until it is completely mixed together. The trick then is to see how much you can fit in your mouth in one go! Well, not really, but it tastes so good that that is invariably what happens at my house. This really is a taste sensation and it really is impossible not to fall in love at first bite.

 

As you can see below…there are many variations to this dish. Its a selection of fresh or cooked vegetable with a raw egg and crushed chili..optional. The Koreans serve it over noodles, but you can also use rice…They mix well before eating, but you can also eat it as you wish. Its delicious and so healthy..I always had this dish when I went to a restaurant for lunch….

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Bibimbap…Korean

Selection of fresh and lightly cooked vegetable served on rice with crushed chilli and a raw egg.
Blog… https://recipesforyou2013.wordpress.com

Recipe:
Arrange everything on a platter.

  1. Cook rice. You can use a rice cooker or a stainless pot.
  2. Next, you need to prepare a large platter to put all your ingredients on. Rinse your  bean sprouts 3 times and put them in a pot with a cup of water. Add 1 ts of salt and cook for 20 minutes. Drain water and mix it with 1 clove of minced garlic, sesame oil and a pinch of salt.
    Put it on the platter.
  3. Put your spinach in a pot of boiling water and stir it for a minute. Then rinse it in cold water a few times and squeeze it lightly. Mix it with a pinch of salt, 1 ts of soy sauce, 1 clove of minced garlic and sesame oil. Put it on the platter
  4. Cut 2 small size zucchinis into thin strips, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt, and then mix them together. A few minutes later, sauté them in a pan over high heat. When it’s cooked, it will look a little translucent. Put it on the platter.
  5. You can buy soaked and cooked “kosari” at a Korean grocery store. Prepare about 2 or 3 cups of kosari for this 4 servings of bibimbap. Cut it into pieces 5-7 cm long and sauté in a heated pan with 1 ts of vegetable oil. Stir and add 1 tbs of soy sauce, 1/2 tbs of sugar, and cook them for 1-2 minutes. Add sesame oil. Put it on the platter.
  6. Slice shitake mushrooms thinly and sauté with 1 ts of vegetable oil. Add 2 ts of soy sauce and 1 or 2 ts of sugar and stir it for 2 minutes. Add some sesame oil, and put it on the platter.
  7. On a heated pan, put some oil and 200 grams of ground beef and stir it. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tbs of soy sauce, 1/2  tbs of sugar, a little grounded black pepper, and sesame oil.
    Put it on the platter
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  8. Cut a carrot into strips, sauté it for 30 seconds and put it on the platter.
  9. prepare eggs with sunny side up.
  10. Put your rice In a big bowl, and attractively display all your vegetables and meat t. Place the sunny side up egg on the center.
  11. Serve it with sesame oil and hot pepper paste.
  12. Lastly, mix it up and eat!

http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/bibimbap

IMG_3452       Cooked at the Budget Cooking Class at Russell island held every Monday

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Kujolpan…Korean pancakes

Kujolpan

Kujolpan is a Korean court delicacy, which is prepared by putting nine kinds of colorful food in a wooden bowl divided into nine sections. (Small plates can be used instead of a bowl serving Kujolpan.)

You eat ingredients wrapping them in a peace of pancake and dipping it in sauce.

Kujolpan restaurants are found in different parts of Korea. Korean people serve it on happy occasions. Let’s try!

 http://www1.korea-np.co.jp/pk/064th_issue/98100702.htm

Recipe

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3 cups — wheat flour

2 — yolk of eggs

1/2 — salt

3 cups — water

Pumpkin curry….Kaddu Ki Subz

http://indianfood.about.com/od/vegetarianrecipes/r/kadoosubji.htm?nl=1

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms pumpkin.. seeds removed, cut into 1″ cubes (keep or remove skin as you prefer)
  • 2 large onions sliced thinly
  • 3 tbsps finely chopped garlic
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp raw mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Heat the oil in a flat pan and add the cumin and fenugreek seeds and fry till spluttering stops.
  • Add the dry red chillies and fry for half a minute.
  • Add the garlic and onions and fry till onion is soft.
  • Add the powdered spices and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin, sugar and season with salt. Mix well.
  • Cook till pumpkin is soft. Sprinkle with a little water only if needed.
  • Serve with hot Chapatis (Indian flatbread).