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Simple Pepper Beef Stirfry

Hello hello! This recipe is exactly what it is, kinda like chinese black pepper steak but for the people who have random items in their pantry [and who doesn’t have pepper. I LOVE PEPPER]

As you know I love stirfry, its just so easy, especially on nights like tonight when I was rushing around trying to have dinner before a meeting. I was so speedy that I managed to cook, eat, have dessert AND do all the dishes within an hour [and ten minutes] BE IMPRESSED.

So here we go.

Ingredients
1 small piece of beef steak [the stir fry kind I guess? schnitzel could do also, but there is not a lot i know about meat to make that kind of judgement.]
half an onion
1 tsp crushed ginger paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
pepper to taste [depends on how much you like pepper. i put PLENTY in]
salt
soy sauce

Method
Slice the onion thinly, slice the beef into strips or chunks. [ignore the things in that picture that don’t belong…like the coffee. all mine. muahahaha]

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Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil first [as you probably noticed, i start all my dishes like this.. and I am not even kidding, its how the dish tastes so good. Onion and garlic and ginger as a base make things ridiculously deeeeelish!!]

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Turn down the heat [had a discussion about this with the flatmates the other day, i tend to start off cooking things on high and then lower the heat before they burn. Not quite sure why, but it works for me!]
Add the beef strips and brown [if they are thinner than what i had then you may need to cook them for a little longer]

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Add the cumin, coriander, chilli powder, salt and pepper to taste. Add a tiny amount of water if it is too dry. Stir fry for about 5 minutes.

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Add the soy sauce [and maybe more pepper] and continue frying until the beef is cooked through [or how you like it]

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Serve on rice or noodles [and more pepper in my case] and enjoy!

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Note: If i had any red capsicum, or any capsicum for that matter, i would totally add that in there. Feel free to add any vegetables you like into the stirfry, or on the side. I didnt actually bother with veggies today. Bad omnivore, Nurul!]

Nurul.

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Tomato and Red Capsicum Risotto

Hey guys,

This is one of my favourite recipes, something I make SO often. If you’re not a fan of tomatoes and or capsicum, this risotto can have anything added to it, including meat (if you MUST ruin a perfectly good recipe with meat).

I often make this recipe using mushrooms instead of tomatoes and capsicum. The only difference in that scenario is to fry the mushrooms before starting the risotto then leave them aside and re-add them later in the process. But anything can be added at the right stage (which I’ll specify in the recipe).

I made this with a friend this time and he said “this risotto is delicious” (he told me to quote him!), but also, I made the mushroom version for him once and even though he doesn’t like mushrooms, he still loved it so it’s proof that if you make something well, if you add heaps of flavour to food, it can be yummy even if someone doesn’t like an ingredient in the recipe.

This recipe is originally from Jamie Oliver, it’s his Basic Risotto with a few added twists from me. I know you may be thinking “OMG, if Jamie Oliver is making this recipe, how the heck will I be able to cope with it?!”, But just read the recipe and try it, risotto may be something you eat at nice restaurants but it’s actually REALLY easy to make.

 

Ingredients:
2-4 cups of vegetable stock (start with 2, if the rice isn’t cooked with that much, add more.)
Olive oil
Half an onion, diced (I always use half an onion but you are welcome to use a whole onion if you like onion)
2-5 cloves of garlic, crushed (Like Nurul, I love garlic, as a vegetarian it is THE most important ingredient you will ever use)
1 cup of Arborio rice (Any rice can be used but Arborio rice is specifically used for risotto so works better. Can be found in your local supermarket in the rice section).
2 glasses (or half a bottle) of white wine (I enjoy using Sav Blanc wine, usually a cheap one, at that but the professional chefs always say “don’t cook with any wine you wouldn’t drink yourself”, of course, I love drinking cheap wine so quite happy to use it in recipes!)
One red capsicum, diced
One can of tomatoes
A sprinkle of dried mixed herbs
Salt
Chilli (Something you know I use in every recipe, can be left out but great for flavour)
Parmesan cheese (optional)

 

Method:

Heat the stock in a pot on low heat. Meanwhile in a frying pan or pot heat the olive oil, add the onions and garlic and fry very slowly for about 15 minutes without colouring.

When the vegetables have softened, add the rice and turn up the heat.

The rice will now begin to lightly fry, so keep stirring it. After a minute it will look slightly translucent. Add the wine and keep stirring — it will smell fantastic. Any harsh alcohol flavours will evaporate and leave the rice with a tasty essence.

Once the wine has cooked into the rice, add your first ladle of hot stock and a good pinch of salt, the chilli and the herbs. Turn down the heat to a simmer so the rice doesn’t cook too quickly on the outside. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring and almost massaging the creamy starch out of the rice, allowing each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, make sure the last ladleful of stock is absorbed before adding the next in every step). This will take around 15 minutes.

After the wine has incorporated and you have added your first ladleful of stock and it has also incorporated into the rice, this is the step where you should add anything you need to add, whether that be fried mushrooms, capsicums, meat or whatever. However, don’t add the tomatoes just yet. Don’t forget to check the seasoning carefully.

Add another ladleful of stock. Wait for it to incorporate. Taste the rice to see if it’s soft yet. It shouldn’t be completely soft so add the can of tomatoes. Keep adding ladlefuls of stock until the rice is soft. If you run out of stock before the rice is cooked, add some boiling water.

Once the rice is oozy and soft and 98% of the liquid is absorbed, your risotto is ready to be served. Do not, I repeat DO NOT serve if the rice is swimming in liquid, the liquid must be mostly absorbed.

This is how your final plate of risotto should look, it should be able to stand by itself without oozing all over the plate but a bit of ooze is all part of it. Here you can add some parmesan and enjoy!

I hope you find this recipe as easy as I do. If you have any questions though, please contact me through the blog and I’ll be happy to help. I want everyone to enjoy this recipe as much as I do and not be scared of it.

 

Tory.

Hello, With a Side of Hainanese Chicken Rice!

HELLO! My name is Nurul. As you can probably tell, I am the other half of the epic duo that is The Young and Hungry. Ironically, Tory and I met in a Food Tech [or Home Economics for you Americans] class in our first year of high school, and bonded over our passion for writing as well as our love for food.

Fast forward eight years, I find myself studying Forensic Science and Maori Studies [strange combo, i know…] at The University of Otago and therefore spend most of my year in a completely different island to my compadre. We do, however, enjoy some fantastic Wellington coffee when I am holidaying in my hometown for summer…or whenever i find the money to fly home.

Speaking of money, if you are also a student, you will be pleased to find that most of my recipes are relatively low-budget, because I’d much rather spend my government allowance on clothing that I will only ever wear once, and makeup that I don’t need.

ALSO…DO NOT FEAR fellow meat eaters, I love me some meat and so I will be providing that aspect for you guys in my recipes… though vegetarian food is often DEEEELISH too! I also enjoy baking, but don’t have much of a sweet tooth [how lucky for my friends and flatmates!].

Right, enough with the ranting, lets get down to business [“to defeat the Huns”? any Mulan fans out there?]

This recipe was my favourite meal as a child… my mum made this every year on my birthday, and she is the best cook I know. She doesn’t go by recipes [mad skillz.] so i hunted for one that was similar. I got this from The Food Network site: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/saras-secrets/hainanese-chicken-rice-recipe/index.html and just changed it up so it suited what I had in my pantry.
So here we go!!!!!

Ingredients:
1 (2-pound) chicken [i used 5 chicken thigh pieces instead]
1 scallion, cut into 1-inch pieces [i used a regular onion instead]
4 slices fresh, peeled ginger [or a couple of teaspoons of bottled ginger paste, depending on what you like. Bottled paste is good for the student budget, and you could also get the combination ginger-garlic paste. YUM.]
3-5 cups of water
6 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
6 to 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped [i prefer to crush mine rather than chop them but whatever suits you]
4 cups long-grain uncooked rice [To be honest, I don’t think the type of rice matters.. I used Basmati]
1 teaspoon fine salt

Method:
Slice the onion into thin pieces, and crush the garlic. Remove the fat from the chicken if you need to, and set aside.
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In a medium sized pot, fry the onion, garlic and ginger until the onions are slightly softened and everything is well mixed.
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Add the chicken pieces and cook for about five minutes [it doesn’t matter if the chicken is not cooked through completely because we will be boiling it anyway].
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Fill the pot with water, until the chicken is just covered. Make sure the contents are well mixed, cover, and boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, add salt and pepper to taste [i forgot this the second time i made this and it ended up really bland], and continue to boil gently until the chicken is cooked. [the chicken is cooked when it is completely white on the inside – cut it open and check if you are not sure.]
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Take the chicken out of the pot and set aside. Wash the rice and transfer it in a rice cooker pot [or regular pot, depending on how you usually cook your rice]. Pour in the chicken stock mixture [as much as you need to cook the rice, in replacement of the water that you would usually use] Make sure you add all the onion, garlic and ginger bits as well.
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Cook the rice as your normally would, then replace the chicken so it reheats with the heat of the rice.
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Serve with your favourite chilli sauce. [as shown below, mine is a mixture of hot chilli sauce, sweet soy sauce, and a wee bit of the stock whisked into it] I also like to pour some of the stock soup that we made onto the rice when i’m ready to eat. This dish goes well with fresh cucumber and tomatoes sliced up on the side, but i didnt have any to take pictures of…oops.

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Hope you enjoy it!

Nurul.