Tomato, bread and basil soup

Ingredients

6 cloves garlic
1 small dried red chili pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 lb red ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
3 tbsp shredded basil leaves
1 tbsp shredded mint leaves
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper
4 cups hot veggie stock
1 lb day old bread, whole wheat, torn into pieces
freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Crush peeled garlic and dried chili in mortar and pestle. Heat olive oil in lg soup pot over low heat. Add crushed chili and garlic and soften over low heat for 4-4 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil and mint and cook over med low for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook 1 more minute. Add the stock and bring to boil. Add all bread at once and stir well over med heat till all bread is moistened. Cover and remove from heat, let stand for 1 hour
before serving taste and season as needed, serve in bowls drizzled with a little olive oil and garnish with freshly grated parmesan.

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Salt baked – stuffed chicken

Ingredients

3 lb fryer
6 lb rock salt
parchment paper
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 whole star anise
2 tbsp sherry
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped

How to prepare

Wash chicken & pat dry. Swab cavity with sherry; stuff with ginger, garlic & green onions; seal with clip or string. Rub outside of chicken with dark soy sauce; allow to stand until soy sauce is absorbed
wrap chicken in 3 layers of parchment paper, tie with string, coat outer layer with peanut oil
in wok or lg pot, heat rock salt, stirring periodically, until it begins to brown. Place wrapped chicken in rock salt, spooning some salt around sides & over top. Cook for about 10 minutes. Turn over chicken, cover with rock salt (but always have at least 2″ layer of salt under chicken) & cook for another 10 minutes. This cooking time will give a moist, slightly underdone chicken. Increase baking time to 15 minutes on each side, for well done
remove chicken from salt; strip off paper; allow to stand for 15 minutes to cool & congeal juices. Cut in half, then into bite-size pieces. Serve with soy dip. Yield: 4 servings

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Barbecue meatloaf aussie style

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef – lean
1 lb sausage stuffing
1 cup breadcrumbs – fine
2 onions – medium, chopped fine
1 tbsp curry powder
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp parsley – chopped

1 egg – beaten
1 cup clove – crushed
1/2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce
1 onion – chopped very fine
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup dry red wine or beef stock
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce –
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2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp instant coffee
1/4 cup brown sugar – packed
1 oz margarine
2 tsp lemon juice

How to prepare

Loaf: combine meats , breadcrumbs, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, curry and egg in lg bowl. Mix well. Mix milk and water and add to meat mixture a little at a time until smooth but firm. Shape into loaf and put into greased baking pan. Bake 30 minutes at 375f.

Sauce: saut

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Psari spetsiotiko

Ingredients

2 lb fish, cleaned whole or steaks
1 salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 lemon’s juice
4 tomatoes; peeled and chopped
1/4 cup white wine, (or more)
4 garlic cloves; sliced

1/2 tsp sugar
1 salt & freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh parsley; chopped
1 bread crumbs
1 tomato juice (if necessary)

How to prepare

Wash and dry the fish, then sprinkle with salt and lemon juice, particularly inside the neck area if using fish with heads on. Arrange on a baking-serving dish and set aside while you prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, wine, garlic, and sugar and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. (the amount of garlic may be reduced, but it is the most important ingredient.) Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fish with a light coating of bread crumbs and then with the chopped parsley, then spoon the hot sauce over the fish. Repeat this procedure until all the sauce has been used, ending with a topping of bread crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the fish, basting twice with the sauce. (a golden crust will form on the fish, characteristic of this famous style.) During the baking period, add some wine or tomato juice if necessary; some sauce should remain around the fish. Serve hot.

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Stir fry curry chicken with cashew

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tbsp red curry paste.
1 tbsp chili paste in bean oil
1 lb chicken breast, sliced bite size.
2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts.

2 stems green onions, sliced into small bits.

How to prepare

Heat wok briefly. Add oil, coat sides of wok, then add garlic curry paste, and chili paste and cook until garlic starts to brown add chicken and raise heat, and cook until chicken is done. Add the fish sauce and onion, and stir to blend. Remove from heat, and add cashews.

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Vietnamese warm beef salad

Ingredients

Dressing 888
1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into paper-thin strips
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt & ground black pepper
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil freshly beef 888
1 lb beef sirloin or other tender cut (eye of round, filet of beef)
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp nuoc mam (vietnamese fish
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
freshly ground black pepper
1 head chicory (frisee)
1/2 head of soft lettuce, such as boston, red leaf or oak leaf
1 small bunch of watercress
2 tbsp vegetable oil

How to prepare

Make the dressing: combine the onion, garlic, sugar, salt, vinegar, olive oil and black pepper to taste in a large salad bowl; mix well. Set aside. Prepare the beef: cut the beef against the grain into thin 1 by 2″ strips. In a bowl, combine the beef, half of the minced garlic (reserve remaining half for frying), fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and ground black pepper to taste. Let stand for 30 minutes. Clean the lettuces and watercress. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Add the greens to the dressing, but do not toss. Preheat a large skillet over high heat and add the vegetable oil. Fry the remaining minced garlic until fragrant and golden. Add the beef and saut quickly, shaking the pan, over high heat to sear, about 1 minute (the beef should be medium-rare). Pour the seared meat over the greens and toss gently. Divide the warm salad among 4 individual plates. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and serve with french bread, if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

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Thai shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup chopped onions
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root
1-2 fresh or dried chili peppers, seeded and chopped

2 tbsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 cup coconut milk
1 stalk lemon grass, or grated rind of one lemon
1 tsp brown sugar, or palm sugar
2-4 tbsp tamarind juice, or lemon juice

How to prepare

1. Shell shrimp, devein if necessary .
2. In a wok or skillet, heat oil and saut

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Borani – cold spinach and yogurt salad

Ingredients

1 package frozen spinach
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated onion
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp fresh mint, minced

How to prepare

1) thaw spinach, squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
2) combine remaining ingredients with spinach until well incorporated.
3) refrigerate for a half hour and serve.

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Green bean & roasted peppers salad

Ingredients

2 red roasted bell peppers
1 lb green beans, halved
8 tbsp olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
6 cups torn mixed greens such as radicchio, belgian endive, bibb lettuce or arugula
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

How to prepare

Peel, seed and then thinly slice bell peppers. Cook green beans in large pot of boiling water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Refresh under cold water. Drain beans well. Preheat oven to 350

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Indonesian soy sauce

Ingredients

1/3 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp light molasses
1 tsp finely minced, peeled fresh ginger
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Place brown sugar and 1/3 cup water in small saucepan and cook, stirring over low heat 1 minute to dissolve sugar. Increase heat to medium and cook at slow boil until mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and stir in soy sauce, molasses, ginger, coriander and white pepper. Simmer about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Sauce may be stored tightly covered in refrigerator up to 2 months.

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