Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas Holiday Recipes 2016

Being with my family is beyond any other gift I could receive on Christmas.
We celebrated Christmas Day relaxing and enjoying all the food that I prepared.
Here are some quick and easy recipe ideas to celebrate the holidays with family and guests at home. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Jerk Prawns with Pineapple Salsa, Wagyu Beef for Grilling, Pineapple Basmati Rice Salad,
Fresh Oyster with Japanese Dressing

Pineapple Basmati Rice Salad

1 cup Basmati rice, washed and cooked
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1 can pineapple, chopped
250g cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 spring onion, sliced
1/2 cup coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup cashews
4 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar

- Cook the rice according to packet instructions. Set aside to cool.
- Combine cabbage, pineapple, tomatoes, spring onion, herbs and nuts in a large bowl. 
- Mix lime juice, fish sauce and sugar in a bowl. Adjust according to taste.
- Add the vegetable mixture into the rice and toss to combine. Pour dressing over.

Recipe adapted from Coles Magazine.

Fresh Oysters with Japanese Dressing

2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp brown vinegar
2 bird's eye chilli, seeded and chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
Shichimi togarashi (Japanese red spice mixture), for sprinkling (optional)

- Whisk mirin, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and vinegar in a bowl. Divide and pour over fresh oysters.
- Top oysters with chilli and spring onion. Sprinkle with shichimi powder.

Jerk Prawns with Pineapple Salsa

500g green prawns, peeled (keep tail and head)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to season

Pineapple Salsa:
1 can 400g pineapple, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 bird's eye chilli, seeded and chopped
1 large Lebanese cucumber, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped

- Whisk together sugar, spices, lime juice and oil in a large bowl. Season well. Add the prawns and toss to combine. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- For the salsa, combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Thread prawns onto soaked bamboo skewers. Heat barbecue grill. Cook prawns for 5 mins or until charred. Serve with pineapple salsa.

Recipe adapted from Coles Magazine.

Chocolate Trifle with Apple Crumble Ice Cream Bombe

400g chocolate sponge roll, cut into 1cm thick slices 
1/4 cup rum
500ml + 1L vanilla ice cream, softened
1 red apple, chopped
2 ginger nut cookie, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon  
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups thick cream
1/2 tsp salt flakes
100ml strawberry syrup
handful of fresh cherries

- Grease and line a large (2.5L) bowl with plastic wrap. 
- Arrange the sponge rolls in the bowl and brush with rum. Place in freezer for 15 mins.
- In the meantime, place 500ml vanilla ice cream, apple, cookie and cinnamon in a bowl, stir to combine. Spoon into prepared sponge roll bowl and place in freezer for at least 30 mins or until firm.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 cup sugar in a skillet over medium heat stirring continuously until sugar has melted and turns dark amber. Add cream (careful, it will splatter) continue cooking and stirring until caramel has dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sea salt. Let it cool to room temperature. 
- Combine caramel to 1L vanilla ice cream. Spoon over the frozen ice cream shell and place in freezer for 30 mins or until firm. 
- Arrange remaining sponge roll over the ice cream. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer overnight. 
- Turn trifle onto serving plate and remove the plastic. Drizzle with syrup and top with cherries.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Omicho Market, Kanazawa

Whenever we visit a new city we always find time to explore its local markets. It's always an incredible sight and makes me excited to think what I might discover next. Market experiences are unbeatable for there is so much to explore, learn, see and eat. Imagine all quality produce under one roof. It's going to be hard to choose where to focus your attention to.  

If you are a seafood lover, you are definitely heading in the right direction. Kanazawa is located near the coast of the Sea of Japan hence its seafood is one of the best in Japan and what better place to try fresh seafood in Kanazawa than Omicho Market? It has been Kanazawa's largest fresh food market since the middle of the 18th century. If you want choice, quality and freshness this is the best place to be! You won't be disappointed.
Walked past some ornamental cabbages and kales on our way to the market.

Mackerel spit roasting 
Atka Mackerel with "irozuke"

Spit-roasted Scallops

Loach or eel dipped and broiled in soy-based sauce.

Broiled Eels "kabayaki"

Lotus root and edible chrysanthemum flower

Wasabi- Japanese horseradish

 Sumo Mandarins

Salmon Roe

Ready-to-eat fried shrimp snacks.

Manjugai clam or “longevity clam” is served raw or boiled with a bit of soy sauce.

Scallops drizzled in some special sauce.

Tamago shop

A taste of Winter Snow Crab or in this case Koubako Crab, the female crab with heaps of eggs. 
Winter is the best season to enjoy it.

Focus on those beautiful eggs and the meat is so tender.

Snails with Radish.

Delicious fresh uni. I'm in heaven!

Sweet prawn with blue colored eggs. This unique type of prawn can only be found in Kanazawa. 
The taste of this raw prawn is unbeatable!

Yaki-saba or Grilled Mackerel