Ingredient Archives: Rice

Baked Fish

Baked Fish, Balearic style; Spanish Rice

  There are some meals that rely on exquisite and complex preparations. Others use long and slow cooking to develop intense and unctuous flavours, and still others work on the basis of blisteringly fresh ingredients barely touched by heat. This baked fish dish sits happily in a midway spot: it’s very easy to prepare, can […]

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Spicy Okra

Spicy Okra with Paneer

Of all the vegetables and produce available at the market, okra is high on the list of those I find troublesome. I have an aversion to that mucous-like slimy texture that seems synonymous with okra. Mountain Yam is another offender I steer well clear of. Fortunately I found this dish for spicy okra which uses […]

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yakitori chicken and simmered squash

Yakitori Chicken, Simmered Squash with Konbu

Almost the end of summer and time for another Japanese dinner I think. This is a lovely simple dinner: simple yakitori chicken with pencil thin leeks and some soothing squash simmered with konbu seaweed. It’s a great combination of sweet caramelised chicken, some sourness from marinating in pickled plums and a mellow slightly sweet flavour […]

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sweet pepper risotto

Sweet Pepper Risotto with Goat’s cheese; bonus Kale Salad

After having been away for a couple of weeks there is a distinct change from high summer to late summer in both weather and produce. As an Englishman I am very pleased the heat has tempered somewhat; as a cook I feel I can use the stove and oven a little more, and as someone […]

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Cambodian Ratatouille

Cambodian Ratatouille — A rich dish of Eggplant, Squash and Chicken

This dish, a Cambodian Ratatouille, is great for hot weather. It has the strength and depth of flavour that a curry might have, but is cooked in just twenty or thirty minutes. Paired with some jasmine rice and fiery hot birdseye chillies, you could do a lot worse on a hot day than this meal.

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Fresh Chickpeas with charred corn and red rice

Fresh Chickpeas, Charred Corn, Red Rice, Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette

At Lani’s farm stand this week I spotted some fresh chickpeas being put out. I’d never tried them before, but as chickpeas seem to be one of my favourite ingredients this week, I couldn’t resist. Along with the first crop of corn I decided to make this lovely little salad rich with flavours from south […]

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Miso Glazed Blowfish

Miso Glazed Blowfish, Hakurei Turnips, Bok Choy

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to kill you with this dish. For unlike Fugu, their extraordinarily poisonous cousins from the east, the blowfish found off the coast of Long Island is completely harmless. Not only that, they’re quick to prepare and very tasty. I decided to use some Asian flavours as a little nod to […]

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Swiss Chard chickpea and tamarind stew

Swiss Chard, Chickpea and Tamarind Stew

About a month ago I broke my Ottolenghi virginity by trying out a soup of his made with Swiss Chard, lentils and lemons. I had been a little apprehensive about trying it, concerned that the cinnamon in the soup would overpower anything else. But I gave it a shot and since then have been itching […]

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spring vegetable risotto

Spring Vegetable Risotto — Asparagus, Fiddleheads, Fava Greens, Lemon

After the tremendous bounty I picked up at the weekend I wanted to make something that would celebrate all this delicious produce. What’s great about these spring vegetables is that you barely have to cook them for the flavours to sing out. I decided to make a spring vegetable risotto of asparagus, fiddlehead ferns and […]

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