Tonga Chili Lime Chicken: Spice Health Heroes – Natasha MacAller

 

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‘Images and recipes from Spice Health Heroes by Natasha MacAller (Murdoch Books). Photography by Manja Wachsmuth. RRP $49.99’

MUSTARD, GINGER, GARLIC, CARDAMOM

TONGA CHILI-LIME CHICKEN

 

‘Created at a Tongan vanilla plantation using ingredients available on the plantation, including passion fruit, freshly juiced limes, fresh ginger and vanilla, which I made into a mustard, this dish easily adapts for parties by substituting the thighs and drumsticks with the same amount of chicken wings.’  p.158-159

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SERVES 6

750g (1lb. 10oz.) chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, bone in, skin on

1 small handful coriander (cilantro) leaves, for garnishing

 

For the marinade:

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted

½ tsp cardamom seeds, toasted

240ml (1 cup) grapeseed or vegetable oil

60ml (¼ cup) lime juice

½ medium onion (100g/3½oz.), chopped

120ml (½ cup) passion fruit juice (or fresh pineapple juice), or 4 passion fruit, pulped and seeded

1 tbsp coconut or brown sugar

¼ tsp salt

120ml (½ cup) seasoned rice wine vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard, or Vanilla Honey Mustard (see page 164) large pinch nutmeg

30g (1oz./½ cup) fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped

2 fresh red chilies, thinly sliced

 

Cut any excess fat off the chicken pieces and discard, then transfer the chicken to a medium-sized bowl or casserole dish.

Using a mortar and pestle, grind the garlic, ginger and coriander and cardamom seeds to make a paste. Transfer this paste to a food processor (or use a stick blender), add all the remaining marinade ingredients except the chilies, and whizz until smooth. Stir in the sliced chilies then pour the marinade over the chicken to coat. Cover the dish, or put everything into a zip-sealing bag, and chill for 2–8 hours.

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4).

 

Drain the chicken from the marinade and set aside. Bake the chicken pieces for 25 minutes, or until juices run clear. Remove from the oven, transfer onto a serving plate, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

To serve, reduce the leftover marinade and drizzle it over the chicken, then scatter the coriander (cilantro) leaves, and the chilies from the reduced marinade over all and serve immediately.

Recipes and food prep by Natasha MacAller. Props by Lianne Whorwood @ The Propsdepartment. Food styling by Manja Wachsmuth

Recipes and food prep by Natasha MacAller. Props by Lianne Whorwood @ The Propsdepartment. Food styling by Manja Wachsmuth

Fried Yoghurt Flatbreads Filled with Cavalo Nero and Fontina: The Great Australian Bake Off Companion – BBC Worldwide

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Extracted from The Great Australian Bake Off Companion (Hachette Australia November 2016)

Fried Yoghurt Flatbreads Filled with Cavalo Nero and Fontina

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For the dough

350g self-raising flour

pinch of sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

350g natural Greek yoghurt

1 bunch flat-leaf parsley

 

For the filling

100g pine nuts

1 leek

2 garlic cloves

olive oil for frying

50g salted butter

1 bunch cavalo nero, finely chopped (if not available use kale)

200g fontina cheese, grated

100g Greek sheep’s milk fetta

pinch of sea salt

cracked pepper

olive oil and balsamic vinegar (to serve)

 

  1. For the dough, place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together. Bring together using your hands. Tip out the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead to bring together. Place in a floured bowl and cover.
  2. For the filling, place the pine nuts on a baking tray and roast in the oven until golden. Finely slice the leeks and garlic and sauté in a frying pan over medium–high heat with a splash of olive oil and the butter. Once the leeks have caramelised, add the chopped cavalo nero and roasted pine nuts to the pan. Leave the mixture to cool slightly. Finely grate in the fontina and crumble in the fetta. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  3. Flour your hands so the dough doesn’t stick. Take a tennis ball-sized piece of dough, approx. 100g each, and make a hole in the centre. Using your thumbs, stretch the hole and stuff 2–3 tablespoons filling inside. Pinch the dough to enclose the filling, then gently roll on a floured surface until flat.
  4. Using a non-stick frying pan, over medium–high heat, fry the flatbreads in a good splash of olive oil for approx. 90 seconds on each side or until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towel. Slice into wedges and serve with leftover filling in a small bowl and a mix of balsamic vinegar and oil in another (to taste).

 

 

 

Manjimup Famers Markets – Holiday in WA

Today we experienced the warmth and passion of the local producers and farmers selling their goods at the Majimup Farmers Markets. Such friendly stall holders; these are the people who grew or made the produce or collected the eggs…food with a genuine low food mile and so fresh!  For breakfast we had  toasted sour dough bread, free range eggs, freshly picked apples and pears (some new varieties to try) … for use in the week we have  freshly harvested potatoes,  fresh garlic grown within 8kms of the markets, LovingGift Organic dark chocolate and a jar of fermented vegetables…so much great produce, we couldn’t carry any more! During the week we are purchasing more apples and pears from the orchard to take home with us; fresh, crisp,delicious.

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