A Venison Chilli Con Carne

Venison chilli con carne

Ingredients:

  • 500g diced venison
  • 200g pancetta cubes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tin of black eyed beans
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 Romano red pepper
  • 1 courgette (zucchini)
  • 1 scotch bonnet chilli
  • 1/2 bottle red wine
  • 3 ripe fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tblsp tomato purée
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 5-10 whole peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 pint beef stock
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander

Method:
Fry the pancetta for 5 mins and remove from the pan.
Fry the chopped onion, garlic, carrot and celery till soft along with 1/2 the bunch of fresh coriander.
Add the venison and pancetta.
When venison is browned add the chilli, ground coriander, allspice and paprika.
Add the red wine and bring to a brisk simmer.
Add the chopped courgette, red pepper, fresh and tinned tomatoes, and tomato paste.
Add the cinnamon, bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme.
Add the beef stock and black eyes beans and simmer on low for 3 – 4 hours.
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

Venison chilli con carne

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A Chicken and Chorizo Bake

Chicken and chorizo bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken jointed, or equivalent chicken pieces
  • 1 tblsp plain flour
  • 1 chorizo sausage
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 small parsnip
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5-8 whole pepper corns
  • 1 tsp herb do Provence 
  • 1/2 tblsps tomato purée
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Method:

Dust the chicken in flour and fry in olive oil in the casserole dish until golden brown.
Remove the chicken and set aside.
Fry the chopped onion, carrot, celery and garlic until soft.
Add the chorizo.
Add the ground coriander and paprika and fry for a couple of mins.
Add the white wine and bring to a simmer.
Add the chopped yellow pepper and parsnip, along with the cinnamon, peppercorns and herbs du Provence.
Add the tomato purée and chicken stock.
Add the chicken back to the pan.
Cook in a low/medium oven for 90 mins to 2 hours.
Serve with mash potato.

Chicken and chorizo bake

Rabbit Chana Masala Curry

IMG_0152Ingredients:

  • 1 rabbit, skinned, jointed, fried and meat taken off the bone.
  • 1 tin of chick peas
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 thumb size price of ginger
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 2 tsps ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder (amchor)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 tblsps natural yoghurt
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • Salt

Method:
Fry the mustard seeds and cardamon for a few mins until mustard seeds are popping
Fry the onion.
Make a paste from the ginger, garlic and fresh coriander and add to the frying onion
Add the rest of the powdered spices and salt and fry for a few mins
Add the yoghurt, tomatoes and tomato purée
Add the rabbit and chick peas and simmer for 30-45 mins
Served here with corn tortillas garnished with more fresh coriander

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Sea Bream stuffed with a Charmoula (a North African influenced herb & spice paste) baked on a bed of vegetables and oranges.

Sea Bream stuffed with Charmoula baked on a bed of vegetables and orange

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 whole sea bream (or other whole fish such as sea bass or mackerel) gutted and scaled
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 orange
  • 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • Pomegranate mollasses
  • Salt and pepper
    For the Charmoula:
  • 1 handful of each of the following fresh herbs:
  • coriander
  • parsley
  • mint
  • chives
  • dill
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tblsp of olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 orange

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190° c conventional (or 170° fan).
Make 3-4 slices in the side of each fish.
Slice and parboil the potatoes for 6-7 mins.
Slice the other vegetables and 1/2 the orange and arrange in a baking dish with the potatoes, the cinnamon, bay leaves and a good glug of olive oil.
Place all the ingredients for the charmoula into a blender and blend into a smooth paste.
Stuff the fish with charmoula and rub the rest liberally into the slices on their sides.
Place the fish on the vegetables and drizzle the molasses and more olive oil across the top.
Season with salt and pepper and add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
Cover with foil and bake for 45-55 mins or until fish is cooked.

Chicken Curry with Beetroot and Tamarind

Chicken Curry with Tamarind and Beetroot

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions (approx 200g)
  • 8 cloves garlic (approx 30g)
  • Thumb size piece of ginger (approx 30g)
  • 5 Chicken drumsticks (approx 500g)
  • Cubed fresh Beetroot (approx 250g)
  • 4 cardamon pods
  • 3 one inch pieces cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 3 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 3 red Kashmiri chillies or 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 400 ml chicken stock
  • Fresh coriander to garnish

Method:
Fry the whole spices (cardamon, cinnamon and fenugreek) for a couple of minutes in hot oil until they release their aromas.
Add the onion, ginger and garlic and fry until soft (low-medium heat).
Add the rest of the spices and chillies and fry for about a minute (being careful they don’t stick).
Add the chicken and fry in the spices for a few minutes.
Add the chicken stock and the beetroot and tamarind, and simmer partially covered on low for minimum 45 mins until sauce has reached desired consistency .
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.

Chicken Curry with Beetroot and Tamarind

Gourmet Gorman on location with special guest John Themis: Greek Kleftico

Gourmet Gorman goes on location to the kitchen of Greek chef/musician extraordinaire John Themis

You Can’t Fake The Hake: A Sri Lankan Style Fish Curry…

Sri Lankan style Hake curry

Hake has to be my favourite fish of all. I think this has something to do with having been on tour so much in Spain, and eating various Catalan Hake dishes outdoors with the heat of the sun offset by an enormous flower pot size jug of ice cold beer, while mopping up the savoury fish juices with the garlicky tomato bread that they serve in that part of the world.
The fish, to me, always has the perfect balance between subtlety of  flavour and firmness of texture, which places it just outside the “delicate white fish” category in my estimation.

So when I saw some nice, firm, fresh looking hake steaks in my local supermarket (a rare event, let me assure you) I snapped it up. As I’d already decided on cooking some sort of Sri Lankan curry that evening, the Hake fitted perfectly into my plans.

Here’s the lowdown:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 Hake steaks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 inch pce of ginger
  • 1 stick of lemon grass
  • 2 greeen chillies
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tblsp fish sauce
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 3 -4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 fresh lemon

Method:

Assemble the onion, ginger, garlic, chilli, lemon grass, mustard seeds and spices. Chop as required:

Assemble the ingredients

Heat some oil in a wok. When hot, toss in the mustard seeds. They should spit and splutter.

Toss in the mustard seeds

Next add the curry leaves and lemon grass (which has been bashed and cut in 2 to help release the juices)

Add the curry leaves and lemon grass

Next, add the onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies and stir fry vigorously for a couple of minutes.

Add the onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies

When the onions etc are softened, throw in the powdered spices, fry for 30 secs approx, then add the fish sauce:

Add the spices and fish sauce

When the fish sauce has sizzled for a few seconds, add the coconut milk and bring to a gently simmer:

Add the coconut milk

At this stage it would be good to put the rice on:

Put the rice on

Also at this stage, chop the fresh coriander, tomatoes and ready the lemon. Have your fish prepared as well:

Chop tomatoes, coriander, lemon

Fish at the ready

Place the fish gently into the sauce:

Place the fish into the sauce

Simmer gently for about 10-15 mins until fish is cooked:

Simmer until fish is cooked

At this point add the garnish: Tomatoes, fresh coriander and squeeze in the lemon:

Add the garnish

Now the curry should be ready to serve, with the fish cooked, but still firm:

Fish should be cooked but still firm

Serve with the previously prepared steamed rice:

Serve