Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quick Chicken Pilaf

  • 2 chicken breast fillets, poached and shredded
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 1 brown onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs finely grated ginger
  • 10 small red dried chillis , soaked and chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 4 - 6 cups cooked rice, cooled
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • Natural yoghurt, to serve
  1. Add onion to a large pan and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens and begins to brown. Add garlic, ginger, chilli, cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, fennel seeds and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.

  2. Add rice, peas, chicken and almonds; gently toss until just combined.

  3. Spoon the pilaf among serving plates. Serve immediately with yoghurt and extra almonds, if desired.


Mixture of all the herbs, spices and chilli before adding to onion....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Canberra Multicultural Festival, 2012

I won't lie. I did it for the food.

 An interesting sculpture, possibly a depiction of myself if I continue to attend every Multicultural Festival this year?

Egyptian falafel. Tasty yet slightly dry, the yoghurt dipping sauce saved it.

Totes was surprised that the falafel was green inside.

Clockwise from left: Ethiopian vege combo, red lentil and beef wat served with 'pancake'. The pancake tasted quite 'vinegary' to me, something which I'm not acquired to.

Totes loving it!

 Macedonian kebapi. Perfection on a stick - moist, delectable and lean. I could have eaten many more of these little babies!

Czech one two! Potato pancake

 Vietnamese prawn skewers with ginger, lime and lemongrass.....

 Delicious much?

 We managed to take time out of our hectic eating schedule to practice our Facebook poses.

Pot stickers - dumplings containing minced pork and chives; steamed then pan fried, served with a special dumpling sauce (a sweet vinegar/soy based sauce) 

Zucchini pancake - simply zucchini, plain flour and shallots...pan fried goodness.

The pot stickers were easily the number one hit of the day, generously oozing juicy goodness with each bite.

......and now to the hit the gym.....

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scotty's Homemade Chicken Burgers

Yet another scrumptious, homemade recipe from my friend's very culinary husband. Extremely yummy, filling AND healthy!

The actual burger contained chicken mince, ginger, carrot and capsicum, among other Asian-style ingredients.....