Monday, 29 July 2013

Thai-style Crab Salad

An easy appetiser

Thai-style Crab Salad

2 medium-sized, dressed crabs in shell, remove the white crab meat and brown crab meat (350g)
100g mung bean noodles
grated zest of 1 lime
chopped fresh coriander
chopped fresh mint
1 mango, peeled and sliced into strips
1 lemongrass, trimmed and very finely sliced
¼ cucumber cut into thin batons
3 spring onion finely sliced
1 red chilli, finely sliced
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
15g salted peanuts

For the dressing:

1 tbsp thai sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp light brown sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
juice from 1 lime

Cook the noodles to the packets instructions then drain and leave to cool.
Meanwhile whisk together the dressing for the salad.
Finally dress the noodles, crab, mango, cucumber, spring onion, lemongrass, mint, coriander, lime zest and chilli then garnish with the peanuts and sesame seeds.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Beef Vindaloo

I concur
I'm in total agreement with you, Mr Stein
this is indeed, the best Vindaloo recipe ever!

Beef Vindaloo
Recipe from Rick Stein's India

750g boneless shin of beef, cut into 3cm-thick medallions . 

For the marinade 
5cm piece of cinnamon stick 
1 tsp black peppercorns 
1 tsp cloves 
1 tsp cumin seeds 
Seeds from12 green cardamoms 
1 small onion, roughly chopped 
40g/8 cloves garlic, peeled 25g/5cm ginger, roughly chopped 
2 tbsp Tamarind liquid 
1½tsp salt ½tsp sugar 
2 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder 
½tsp turmeric 
5 tbsp white wine vinegar 

2 tbsp (30g) ghee or vegetable oil 
1 small onion, chopped 
3 medium, ripe tomatoes, sliced 
3 fresh green chillies, halved lengthways, seeds removed 
100ml water 

For the marinade, grind the cinnamon, black peppercorns, cloves, cumin seeds and cardamom to a powder. 
Put the onion, garlic, ginger, tamarind, salt, sugar, chilli powder, turmeric and vinegar and all the ground spices into a mini food processor and blend together to a paste. 
Mix the beef and the paste together in a large bowl, coating the beef well. Cover the bowl and transfer to the fridge for 12 hours. 

To cook the vindaloo, heat the ghee in a large, sturdy pan or casserole over a medium heat. 
Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes until golden. 
Increase the heat to medium-high, add the beef and all its marinade paste and fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
Stir in the tomatoes, green chillies and water, cover with a lid and cook for around 2 hours until the meat is tender, checking every so often that it’s not sticking or becoming dry, in which case add a splash of water. 

Serve the beef vindaloo immediately. 

It's a mind-blowing curry, Ricky!

Monday, 22 July 2013

The Week That Was

Ever get that feeling that you're just too lazy to update your blog.
I was feeling just that for the last couple of weeks.
In fact, I'm still in that state of mind.

There's just far too many things to do,
too many things to achieve...
and the last thing you want to do
is spend  time sitting down and typing your thoughts.

Anyhowdeedoodee, these were some of the things that went on in our lives in the last week or so...

On the weather front, it's still blinking hot - could use with some rain as the water in the pond has receded by quite a bit.

First up,
remember that gunky, weed-infested wooden structure dubbed "the Duck Motel" in the middle of our equally weed-infested pond?

Well, the story so far, we managed to pull it out of the water - with the help of our super-nice neighbours and their wee tractor - so I could proceed to clean it up.

Enter Operation Pimp My Duck Motel

Managed to pull out most of the weeds and gave it a little scrub

Yes, it will be painted FIRE ENGINE RED!

Meanwhile, back in the garden....
I've started an Alpine plant area

Another upcycle project...
remember my polka dot wellies?
they're useless as wellies now as they're leaky
decided that they make pretty cool planter for my Campanulas instead

My one and only rose bush is looking good in this hot and dry weather
Should seriously consider a rose garden in the future plan

MrD was on his lawn duty - a full day's job!

Got this beautiful bouquet of cottage flowers from a friend's garden. 

The teak garden furniture needed oiling after years of being left out in the sun, rain and snow
MrD gladly "volunteered" for the job
- with the promise of Ayam Percik at the end of the day, of course!

Duck Motel is open for business
wait for its launching
back into the pond, that is...

Up A Garden Path

Delgatie Castle