Tuesday, 18 July 2017

JERK CHICKEN RECIPE

The thought of a perfectly spiced, moist and tasty Jerk Chicken to accompany my left over Waakye, had me salivating as I kept walking faster to complete my 7.8km walk on Saturday. I kept my cheeky smile knowing I will head home to treat myself.  With each quick step I imagined my first bite into the Chicken, savouring of the flavours and deciding on whether to go for the legs, thighs, drumsticks or  wings'?. The decision was made when I saw the Chicken legs at my local butchers. I needed to get some soil from the Garden centre (to plant some herbs), however I drove past the centre consumed with excitement to start cooking.


 

I believe in the act of rewarding oneself, especially in the most trying of times. I've taken to walking as a form of exercise, escapism and to rejuvenate thyself.

 After each walk I find myself being more creative with recipes than ever coupled with a great sense of exhilaration. 

I had a great chat with my butcher and purchased a few Chicken legs and Wings and drove home happy with my purchases.
Looking into my spice larder, I started assembling my ingredients for the Jerk marinade. 
Anyway, enough of my dreamy imagination lets start cooking...



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Ingredients 
Marinade
30g of peeled fresh Ginger
1 Scotch Bonnet chilli
1 tablespoon of All spice berries
1 large clove of Garlic 
1 tablespoonful of black peppercorns
1 tablespoonful of dark brown Sugar
Half a teaspoon of ground Cinnamon 
Half a teaspoon of ground Nutmeg 
1 teaspoon of salt
35ml of dark Soy sauce
Juice and zest of 2 Limes
30g of fresh Thyme
70g of chopped Spring Onions 

6 Chicken legs


 




Best to use Free range or Organic Chicken.
Depending on how hot you want your Jerk sauce, you can double the chilli quantity. 
Personally, I preferred using just 1 (to enable the other flavours of herbs and spices to come through). Traditionally , Jerk Chicken is served with Rice and Peas (in effect Rice and Beans)which is similar to the Ghanaian 'Waakye'. Read more..

 

METHOD
Place the Chicken legs into a bowl with a lid and pour the marinade over it. Mix everything together, cove with the lid and leave it to marinade for a minimum of 24hrs or better still 48hrs.


READY TO COOK
Remove the Chicken from the fridge to come to room temperature, whilst you heat your oven grill to 180*c
Transfer the Chicken and marinade into a baking tray. Place the tray in the middle of the oven and grill for 30-40 minutes.

TIP
Baste the Chicken with its sauce every 10 minutes until cooked.

Once cooked, remove the Chicken from the oven and leave it to rest for 5-6 minutes.

 
Serve with rice and beans (Waakye), Green salad and some of the Jerk juice. 
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

LEMON CURD RECIPE

The smell of ginger, cinnamon, baked apple and lemon is permeating through my home at the moment. This could only mean one thing, 'baking' hot cross bread and Granny Apple pudding. 
I decided to make my own lemon curd, when I couldn't get one from my local grocer yesterday. I thought it might be a daunting task, but on the contrary, an easy and fulfilling thing to make. I promise you'll never buy one from the shops again after trying this recipe. 


Ingredients; 
Makes 250g of curd
Juices of 2 large lemons and peels
60g butter
100g of sugar
2 whole eggs and a yolk. 

Method; 
Place a saucepan with about 250ml of water on a medium heat. 
Using a glass oven proof bowl / Pyrex which sits comfortably on top of the saucepan, add the butter, sugar, lemon peel and juice. 


Stir till the butter melts 
Whisk your eggs in a bowl. 
Add the eggs to the butter mix and stir till well combined.
Leave the mixture to cook for 12-15 minutes, giving it the occasional stir. 
The mixture will thicken up at this stage. Turn the heat off and remove the bowl off the saucepan 
Stir occasionally till it cools down completely. This should take about 30 minutes. 

Steep a glass jar with it's lid into hot water (this is to sterilise the jar). 
Transfer the lemon curd into your sterilised jar and place into your refrigerator. 


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Saturday, 8 July 2017

SALMON FISH CAKE RECIPE




Ingredients
Serves 4

350g of Maris piper potatoes/ Yam cut into chunks 
200g of smoked salmon
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
1 finely diced de-seeded red chilli
60g of chopped coriander
100g of chopped Spring onions
Half a teaspoon of lime rind
1 beaten egg
100g breadcrumbs 
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil


Method


In a bowl mix the grated ginger, chopped coriander, lime rind, diced chillies, spring onions and season with salt and pepper.


Boil your potatoes or Yam in water for about 12-15 minutes or until tender (poke a fork into the potato/yam and if it runs smoothly without any resistance, then it's done).

Drain the potatoes/yam into a colander and leave it to steam dry


Blitz your smoked salmon roughly or better still roughly chop it, using a chopping board into small chunks. 
In a bowl use a fork to break the potatoes into large flakes. 

Combine the salmon, potatoes and herb mix together and shape into a ball and then press it down gently in the middle to a disc shape.



Place the salmon in a fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes. This allows the cake to hold it's shape and for the flavours to infuse. (You can also freeze the cakes (not for more than a month) and use it whenever you need to)



Take the salmon cakes out of the fridge at least 10 minutes before you fry them. 

Place the beaten egg and breadcrumbs in two separate bowls.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. 
Take each cake, dip it in the beaten egg, dip into the breadcrumbs and to the frying pan.

Fry the cakes for about 3 minutes on each side or till golden brown and serve with salad. 



Alternatively, pre-heat the oven to 180*c.
Heat the oil on a high heat
Brown the cakes for a minute on each side and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and serve with your favourite salad. Enjoy!


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Friday, 7 July 2017

SOFT YOGHURT BREAD



 
Ingredients 
620g of strong bread flour
300g of natural Yoghurt 
30ml of extra virgin Olive oil
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of Sugar
2 tablespoonful of dry yeast
130ml of warm water
Extra flour for dusting 


 
Method 
Add the salt to your mixer , then the flour, Sugar and dry yeast. Mix everything together and add the Yoghurt  and olive oil.


Using a Mixer
Attach the bread hook to the mixer and start mixing the dough.
Gently add the water and mix for 10-12 minutes .
Mix till you have a glossy and stretchy dough. 

By Hand
Transfer all the ingredients as per earlier instructions into a bowl. Using your clean washed hands , mix everything together till you form a soft dough. Flour a clean surface and knead the dough for about 20 minutes or until you have a stretchy, glossy and smooth dough. 

Proofing
Once you've achieved the perfect bread dough, transfer to a bowl and cover with an oiled cling film.
Place the bowl in a warm place to proof for an hour. 

Tip
For a quicker rise, place it near a warm Oven.

Once the bread dough has doubled in size, transfer it again to a clean floured surface. Knead the dough again, divide it into 2 equal parts and roll them into an oblong shape. 

Oil the bread tins and place the oblong shaped dough in each tin. Cover again with an oiled cling film (this prevents the bread dough from latching onto the cling film) and leave it to double up in size again. This should take about 45 minutes to an hour.

Pre heat your Oven, at least 10 minutes before your bread dough is ready to 180*c

Once the bread has doubled up in size, remove the cling film and place it in the middle of your Oven and bake for 25-30minutes or until you hear a hollow sound when tapped.

This soft Yoghurt bread works perfectly with extra virgin Olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with a Tomato , Avocado and Onion salad. 

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Enjoy 
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THE GHANAIAN ICE KENKEY RECIPE

'Ice Kenkey', is a popular gluten free and pro biotic smoothie or milk shake made with fermented, steamed Corn dumpling known as Kenkey in Ghana.

 

The process of making Kenkey includes fermenting the corn, milling it into a smooth paste, mixing it with water and cooked till you form a pliable dough. The cooked dough is then mixed with an uncooked dough , shaped into ball and wrapped into a corn husk. The ball is then steamed or boiled into what's known as Kenkey. Kenkey originates from the Ga tribe in Ghana, who are from the capital Accra.

 

Kenkey is a serious affair in Ghana, as it's enjoyed anytime of the day including breakfast,  with either a spicy Tomato salsa (Raw Pepper), Black chilli sauce (Shito) with proteins such as fried Fish, tinned Sardines, Omelette's, Avocado or and Prawns.

The left over Kenkey, which could be a day or two old (even a week long for best results), is then used for the Kenkey smoothie or milk shake. 



Traditionally, the water residue from which the Kenkey is boiled in, is reserved as the liquid for the mash Kenkey or 'Mash Kay'  (popularly named by all boarding school students). 
The Kenkey is then mashed (using clean hands) till you have a smooth consistency or blended into a smooth consistency using a blender. You can use water, milk or flavoured milk as the liquid for your Iced Kenkey. 

 


The Kenkey is then sweetened with Sugar ,  and enjoyed cold as 'Iced Kenkey'. 
Iced Kenkey has come a long way from a simple blend of fermented Kenkey , Water and Sugar to a modern interpretation of adding spices, fruits, using of milk and flavours. 
I made my own Kenkey a week ago (recipe coming soon) and fermented the leftover  Kenkey for a week in a dark warm place for this recipe. I included Yoghurt in this recipe and used lactose free milk but you can use any milk you prefer. I once used Tiger nut milk which was equally delicious. 

 

You can flavour the Ice Kenkey with either Vanilla paste or a pinch of Cardamom or omit them altogether. The inclusion of Cardamom helps with your digestive system , acts as an antioxidant and a diuretic for your kidneys . It's closely related to the benefits of Ginger and Turmeric. Cardamom is available in most supermarkets or Asian grocers ,whilst Kenkey is readily available in most African grocers across the U.K.
My personal and favourite place to get Kenkey here in the U.K. is from Rashbelle Ventures. I send an email and they deliver to my doorstep with a minimum spend. 

Let's start blending...

 

Ingredients 
1 ball of Kenkey
 280ml of chilled Water or 250ml of Milk and 2 tablespoonful of natural Yoghurt 
Quarter of a teaspoon of Cardamom powder (optional)
Half a teaspoon of Vanilla paste ((Optional)
1 tablespoonful of Sugar
30g of roasted Peanuts or Groundnuts

 


Method 
Take the Kenkey out of it's husks and place in a blender.
Add the Milk or Water and Sugar.
Blend into a smooth consistency and transfer into a bottle and refrigerate until chilled.
Serve with roasted Peanuts and enjoy!






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Thursday, 6 July 2017

GHANAIAN FRIED CHICKEN

Enjoy this classic Ghanaian dish with Jollof rice, on its own, with some chips and polished with a glass of un-oaked Chablis or a chilled glass of Palm wine. 

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Ingredients 
4 pieces of Chicken 
30g of fresh Ginger
3 cloves of Garlic
1 Habanero chilli or 10 Pettie Belle chillies
3 pods of Grains of Selim or Hwentia
1 large Onion
1 Chicken stock cube
450ml of Oil
1 levelled teaspoon of salt

 

Method 
Blend the Ginger, Onion, Chilli and  Stock together into a smooth paste
Marinade the Chicken in the Ginger blend for a minimum of an hour
Transfer the marinated Chicken and juice into a saucepan and steam on a low heat for 10 minutes 
Add the Grains of Selim and steam for another 10 minutes 
Add salt to taste and cook for another minute.
Remove the Chicken pieces from the stock into a strainer. This will dry the surface of the Chicken.  

Place a Wok or Saucepan on a medium and add the oil.
Heat the oil for 4 minutes.
Carefully add the Chicken pieces and increase the heat.
Fry the Chicken pieces till its browned. This shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. 
Once browned remove the Chicken from the oil into a strainer (to get rid of any excess oil).

Serve immediately with your Jollof rice or use it for a tomato stew to enjoy with Plantain, Kenkey, Banku, Yam etc.
You can also serve it with pan fried crunchy  Peppers and Onions mix. 

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

CHAR GRILLED MACKEREL IN WAAKYE LEAVVES

The idea of an impromptu barbecue on a Saturday afternoon, had me thinking of ways to create something different. A dash to my local fishmonger, to source fresh  Mackerel heeded a great result.   The idea of char grilling  the Mackerel filled me with both excitement and apprehension. I was apprehensive as I knew the probability of the Mackerel splitting , when cooked was high. Grilling any fish on a barbecue is always a 'tricky' situation.  A quick glance of the Waakye leaves in my fridge, made me grin silently as I knew I've found a solution. The Waakye leaf, has a distinct flavour that lends itself to any dish when served in it. I have a pet name for the leaves as my 'Natural Plate'. Enjoy the aromatic, smoky ,flavour of the 'whole' Mackerel and thank me later. Here  you have a recipe created  from problem solving.? 


Serves 4
Ingredients; 
4 large cleaned whole fresh Mackerel (you can keep the head on if you prefer)
3 tablespoons of finely chopped lemongrass 
16 individual spring onions, cleaned and halved lengthwise
250g washed Coriander 
4 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger
4 tablespoons of olive oil 
4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. 
Freshly milled black peppercorns 
4 Waakye leaves cleaned with soap and water. (purchase from most African shops). 
String to tie the fish.


Method;
Place each string in a vertical way and leaves in a horizontal way. 
Place each Mackerel in the middle of each cleaned Waakye leaf. 
Divide the lemongrass and ginger evenly and add to each Mackerel. 
Rub the ginger and lemongrass into each mackerel well. 
Divide the spring onions and coriander evenly, to each mackerel. 
In a bowl mix the oil and lime juice together. 
Add a teaspoon each of the marinade to the Mackerel 
Season with freshly milled black pepper corns. 
I have omitted salt from this dish as I used lime juice instead, however that a personal preference. 
Bring each end of the leaves together, overlapping each other and tie the string to hold the leaves and fish together. (See below).


The mackerel needs to char grill on a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Disperse some of the heated charcoal to help control the heat. 
Try grilling some tomatoes as well (optional) for a smoky raw pepper salsa.

Once cooked leave for 2 minutes and serve immediately.

Best served with with steamed vegetables, Yam or sweet potato chips or the African way with hot Kenkey or Akple with a smoky raw pepper salsa.
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