Curry Rice

This week I was craving for some curry, but not an overly spicy Chinese version my dad always makes. So I figured I could make a Japanese curry rice dish. Went to the local oriental market and picked up a box of mild Japanese curry roux.

Curry (カレー karē?) is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It is commonly served in three main forms: curry rice (カレーライス karē raisu?), karē udon (thick noodles) and karē-pan. Curry rice is most commonly referred to simply as ‘curry’ (カレー karē?).

A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. The basic vegetables are onions, carrots, and potatoes. For the meat, beef, pork, and chicken are the most popular. Katsu-karē is a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet with curry sauce.

Today I will be making a basic curry rice dish. It is inexpensive and very easy to make. The great thing about this dish is that the next day you reheat it, the curry taste even better.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 box = 100g (3.5oz.) Golden Curry Sauce Mix (Mild) or whichever brand/spiciness you prefer
  • 8oz. meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc.), chopped bite-sized
  • 2 medium onions, chopped bite-sized
  • 1 1/2 medium potatoes, chopped bite-sized
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped bite-sized
  • 3 1/2 cups water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 chicken broth) (*I used 1 can 14.5oz. chicken broth and the rest was water)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 servings of cooked rice

Step 1: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over med-hi heat.

Step 2: Add the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Stir to coat with the oil and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 3: Add in the meat and cook until it is no longer pink.

Step 4: Add the water and bring to a boil.

Step 5: Remove the foam that has formed on the surface.

Step 6: Reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 15 minutes.

Step 7: Turn off the heat.

Step 8: Break the curry roux into pieces and add to the pot.

Step 9: Mix well until curry roux is completely melted.

Step 10: Turn heat on med-low and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Step 11: Serve the curry on a hot bed of rice.

Optional: Here’s a video on how to make (curry rice)

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Turkey Artichoke Panini

While cruising around town I got pretty hungry and I stopped at Panera’s to try their turkey artichoke panini. I thought it was the greatest thing invented. Well that was until I tried another version at a local cafe. It blew my mind. The layers of simple, but flavorful ingredients really caught my attention. Though the downside was that the cafe closed before 3pm so I seemed to miss the time. I have been craving for an turkey artichoke panini for a good month now. So I will be making my version of it, without a panini press, although I did want to use my waffle iron, but it’s to small. Note: I bought all the ingredients at Sam’s Club.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 ciabatta roll
  • 2 Tbsp. spinach artichoke dip
  • 3-4 slices of tomatoes
  • 2 oz. deli sliced turkey

Step 1: Slice the ciabatta roll in half

Step 2: Spread the spinach artichoke dip onto the bottom half of the roll.

Step 3: Layer on the turkey and tomato slices.

Step 4: Close the sandwich.

Step 5: Heat up a pan over medium heat and place the sandwich into it.

Step 6: Take a heavy pan and press it down on the sandwich

Step 7: Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until browned

Step 8: Flip sandwich and repeat until browned and the cheese is melted.

Basic English Scones

While reading a post of tea rooms I was beginning to craved some scones. I wanted to try a different recipe that was easier than my last batch. This one has less ingredients and it takes less time to make it. I even found a helpful site for scones (5 Tips on Baking The Perfect Scones)

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder (or 1 tsp. cream of tartar and 1/2 tsp. baking soda)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, frozen
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (+ 2 Tbsp for glaze)

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

Step 3: Grate the butter into the flour mixture and mix.

Step 4: Add in the sugar and stir until combined.

Step 5: Gently mix in the milk until a soft dough forms (I had to add another 1/4 – 1/2 cup, the batter was to dry)

Step 6: Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Step 7: Roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness.

Step 8: Cut into 2-inch rounds and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Step 9: Brush tops with milk to glaze.

Step 10: Bake for 10 minutes. (Bottoms should be lightly golden brown)

Step 11: Cool on wire racks.

Fouace Nantaise

Coming across a brioche recipe that looked really pretty I wanted to make it sometime soon. It’s a french brioche made in Nantes, France. It’s suppose to be in the shape of a star, but seriously I first thought it was a flower. Oh well it’s still quite pretty to look at in any sense. The bread is light and soft on the inside and a hard crust. Perfect for some a bread pudding or topped with jam. I found the recipe for it at FOUACE NANTAISE – a taste of home. I am going to recreate this bread, but with a few changes to some ingredients. Since some of the ingredients I am unable to find in town.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided and more for kneading
  • 1 pkg. instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg, for egg wash, lightly beaten

Step 1: In a medium bowl, add 1 cup flour, yeast, and 1 Tbsp sugar.

Step 2: Pour in warm milk and stir briefly just to well all ingredients.

Step 3: Allow to proof for 30-40 minutes, or until doubled in size, puffy, and bubbly. (Next time I will just proof without the flour)

Step 4: While yeast is proofing, in a large bowl, add in the rest of the flour, salt, remaining sugar, butter, water, juice, and 4 eggs.

Step 5: Stir with a wooden spoon until all the dry ingredients are moistened and well blended.

Step 6: Add in the yeast mixture.

Step 7: Stir together until well blended. (I had to add 4-5 handfuls of flour to become solid enough to knead)

Step 8: Scrape the sticky dough onto a well-floured surface.

Step 9: Knead the dough, while adding additional flour, until dough is no longer sticky and is soft, smooth, and elastic.

Step 10: Carefully divide dough into 6 equal portions.

Step 11: Form into balls.

Step 12: Make a flow design with the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet (Don’t worry about gaps and try to keep it center)

Step 13: Cover lightly with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel.

Step 14: Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.

Step 15: Preheat oven to 350°F

Step 16: Brush the dough with the egg wash.

Step 17: Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a deep golden brown color. (Branches of the star will have started to pull away from center and if you tap the bottom it should sound hollow.)

Fettuccine Alfredo

I’ve been craving for pasta with a creamy sauce for the past couple of weeks. So I decided to make fettuccine alfredo. After going over different recipes I figured I should just go with the original recipe. It only requires 3 ingredients, but I want to add a little something else to it.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 8 oz. dried fettuccine pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 finely grated parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Step 1: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Step 2: Add fettuccine and cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 3: Drain pasta, reserving 3⁄4 cup pasta water

Step 4: In large saucepan, bring the reserved 3⁄4 cup pasta water, garlic, and the butter to a boil

Step 5: Add the pasta

Step 6: Sprinkle with the cheese while tossing with tongs over medium-low heat until the pasta is creamy and coated, about 2 minutes.

Step 7: Serve the fettuccine immediately on warmed plates.

Scottish Shortbread

So I was watching Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Christmas and saw him make a pretty simple shortbread recipe. I really wanted to make it, but a less expensive and wasteful version. It goes really well with tea or coffee in the winter afternoons. This version is a more rustic feel to it and is a bit crumbly, but really buttery.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour or cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Step 1: Take out an 8-in. tart pan with a removable bottom (Since I don’t have that I’ll be using an 8-in. cake pan)

Step 2: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, rice flour, salt and sugar together.

Step 3: Take the frozen butter and grate it over the flour mixture (you can add the vanilla extract at this time)

Step 4: With your fingertips, work the butter into the flour by lifting small handfuls and rubbing the butter and flour together. Do this until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. (do not form a dough)

Step 5: Evenly press the shortbread into the tart pan, smoothing the top as much as possible.

Step 6:Place shortbread in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Step 7: Preheat oven to 300°F with the rack in the center of the oven.

Step 8: Score the top of the shortbread, by slightly cutting the top of the shortbread creating 8 or 16 triangles. (will flake don’t worry about it)

Step 9: Press a thumbprint at the edge of each triangle.

Step 10: Prick the surface shortbread with a fork.

Step 11: Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until light golden/biscuit color.

Step 12: Allow to cool slightly in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes

Step 13: With a sharp knife cut all the way through the score marks on the shortbread (do this while shortbread is still quite warm)

Step 14: Allow shortbread to cool completely in pan on wire rack before removing from pan.

Notes:

  1. If you have overly warm hands you can place the flour into the refrigerator to reduce melting of the butter

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