Pain de Campagne (French Country Bread) 7

Pain de Campagne (French Country Bread)
This is my favourite bread recipe at the moment – a French country style loaf using a sourdough starter. I’ve been making a loaf every Saturday morning for months now. The original version of this recipe is from Treuille and Ferrigno (1998), which is a book I’d thoroughly recommend for those just starting to make ...

Chicken with Rice and Pomegranate

Chicken with Rice and Pomegranate
This is a dish from central Asia which Galit translated from Hebrew and I served up to friends. Rather good I think and has become a staple dish for Rosh Hashanah. The rice and chicken provide the substance and the pomegranate provides the zing. Serves 4-6. Chicken with Rice and Pomegranate Steven Thomas A hearty ...

Fatoush – Vege, Herb and Bread Salad

Fatoush is an Arab salad which includes stale or toasted pita bread. It is a Syrian and Lebanese speciality. Adding the bread just before serving means it is still crisp when put on the table, although originally the idea was for the bread to soak up the dressing so it was mixed in sooner. Fatoush ...

Peanut Sauce (Satay Sauce)

I love peanut sauce and use it on meat (Satay), on salads (Gado Gado), and even in sandwiches. I’ve been making it for years, but never quite got the effect I found in authentic Thai, Malaysian or Indonesian restaurants. So I studied several of my south-east Asian cook books and came up with this amalgam ...

Chicken, Garlic, and Mushroom Pie

This is basically Coq au Vin as a pie (although I leave out the bacon). Easy, looks great, and tasty. Takes about one hour to prepare and cook and serves 6-8.   Chicken, Garlic, and Mushroom Pie Coq au Vin as a pie. Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients for sauce3 tablespoons olive oil400 grams button mushrooms8-10 baby ...

Gaeng Panang Gai: Thai Chicken and Peanut Curry

Panang curry is probably my favourite Thai curry. This recipe is with chicken but beef is good too. We tend to add vegetables to all our stove stop dishes – it isn’t authentic, but it is easy. Serve with steamed rice.  Gaeng Panang Gai: Thai Chicken and Peanut Curry Steven Thomas Print Recipe Ingredients  8 dried ...

Chicken Kapitan Curry

Malaysian restaurants are common in Australia and New Zealand and I got a bit of a taste for Kapitan Curry otherwise known as Chicken Kapitan Curry. Kapitan Curry is a Nonya / Straights Chinese dish. This is a dry curry lacks the gravy of the Malaysian Chicken Curry.   Chicken Kapitan Curry Print Recipe Ingredients  Ingredients ...

Lahuhua – Yemenite Pancakes or Sponge Bread 5

Lahuhua - Yemenite Pancakes or Sponge Bread
Lachuchua is a spongy pancake that looks remarkably like an English crumpet, but is a bit more soft and flexible. Traditionally served with soups and stews … and Yemenites like their food hot. This recipe caught my eye when looking at the bread recipes in Ganon and Maiberg (1990). Then when we had a bunch ...

Yemenite Pita

Yemenite Pita
This recipe started as an adventure and ended in a taste sensation. To get this recipe we had to get up at 4.30 am to make it to Sarah Ratzabi’s place by 6.00. Sarah is a Yemenite woman living on a religious moshav north of Tel Aviv. Every Friday morning she and her friends (Nama ...

Couscous

Couscous is basically a North African pasta. I spent a day watching Marie make couscous the traditional way. None of this quick cooking stuff. 3 minute couscous doesn’t cut it for Marie. She made the couscous from scratch. As a side effect of making the couscous you also end up with a soup. The couscous ...