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Spicy Pork Bulgogi (Dwaejibulgogi)

Korean Recipe

Pork Bulgogi, photo by PH Morton

Spicy Pork Bulgogi (Dwaejibulgogi)

Whenever we go to a Korean restaurant, we always order this pork bulgogi, because it is much love by all the family.  It suits everybody’s taste.

It is actually easy to make your own bulgogi at home especially that pre-made sauces are widely available in mainstream supermarkets.

But if you really want to make authentic bulgogi then here is a pretty straight forward recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Pork Belly or pork shoulder or pork loin

For the Marinade:

  • 1 large ripe pear, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk of spring onion
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp of toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp Gochujang (hot pepper paste), can be bought at any oriental shop and most large supermarkets.

Preparation:

  1. Using a food processor blitz the pear, onion, garlic, ginger, and spring onion until they have turned into a smooth paste.
  2. Pour the paste into a large bowl, then add stir in the soy sauce, sugar (& golden syrup if using), black pepper, toasted sesame oil, and Gochujang.
  3. Add the pork and mix it well.
  4. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge for at least half an hour or overnight.
  5. The pork can then be grilled, barbecued or pan-fried.
  6. Serve with steamed rice or with wrap them in lettuce leaves in bite size with some kimchi and hoisin sauce.
  7. Super delicious!!!!!

 

 

 

Pistachio Nuts

Pistachio Nuts

PISTOCHIOS By JMorton

Pistochio is divine, especially salted roasted ones.  Delicious.

Apparently this cracking good eat is a relative of the cashew.

They are very moreish, once you’ve eaten one, you just keep eating until there’s none left in the packet or bowl, like what I had just done.

Sake Clams Recipe

Japanese Recipe

 

Sake Clams Recipe

Sake Clam, photo by Jonathan Wamil

It is the new year. Happy 2019 to everyone.  Hope this year finds you all well and happy.

After the rich food partaken over the Christmas period and then the New Year, I am pretty sure that our palate now craves something simpler and plainer.

We have just the thing for you.

It is clams cooked in sake.  It is delicious, quick to cook and even better, the preparation is easy to do as well.

Ingredients:
  • 600g Clams
  • 1/2 cup Sake
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 stalks of spring onions, finely chopped
Method of Preparation:
  1. Prepare the clams by letting them soak in salty water for at least a couple of hours to ensure that all the sand and grits have been expelled.
  2. Now in a large saucepan or a casserole, heat the sake with the salt over high heat.
  3. When it starts to boil, add the drained clams. and cover the pan and let it cook for 3 minutes.  During this time, stir the clams at least a couple of times so that they are basted in the sake.
  4. When the clam shells start to open, turn off the heat and add the spring onions.  Again cover the pan for another couple of minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with some salad of steam rice.

Yummy

 

 

Stir-up Sunday

A Christmas Pudding, sometimes cream or custard etc are added as a topping.

 

Stir-up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent.  The custom comes from when families & relatives gathered together and stir the ingredients of a traditional British Christmas pudding before the first Sunday in Advent as observed by Anglican churches.

There is a Collect (prayer)

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’  

Also, It allows time for the pudding to mature properly for the month before the Christmas Day meal. By tradition, each member of a family or participant is encouraged to make a wish as they stir.

The pudding mixture is stirred from East to West in honour and remembrance of the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus with their gifts.

In some households, silver coins are added to the pudding mix. It is believed that finding a coin brings good luck.

I remember as a child in the 1960s, my mother would traditionally put & stir ‘silver’ sixpence coins known colloquially as a tanner into the mixture. Later when the UK went decimal ‘other’ silver coins were added.

It is believed that like Christmas trees and Christmas decorations, Christmas puddings were introduced to the UK in the 1800s, by Prince Albert, who was the husband and consort to Queen Victoria.

There can be some variations of ingredients, traditional puddings mainly contain dried fruits, raisins etc. The mixture and cake are held together by egg and suet &  sometimes moistened by treacle or molasses. It is flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and or other spices. Measured alcohol is added, mainly brandy but dark beers or stout can be used.

Before the pudding is served during the Christmas meal, some households set light to the pudding as the alcohol content allows it to burn briefly as part of the serving tradition.

The pudding is usually aged for a month or more,[or even a year until the following Christmas Day; the high alcohol content of the pudding prevents it from spoiling during this time.

 

 

 

Chicken Karaage (Japanese Chicken popcorn Recipe)

Japanese Recipe

Chciken Karaage, photo by JMorton

I saw a bit of GMA’s Mars on youtube and like the recipe of the Japanese version of a fried chicken. Thanks to Benjamin Alves, the guest celebrity cook, for making it looks so easy to make and yet so yummy. All the women in the show were all saying how good it was.

Chicken Karaage (Japanese Chicken popcorn Recipe)

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pieces of boneless, with skin on chicken thighs; each thigh, depending on the size, should be cut into two or three pieces.
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 cup cornstarch/cornflour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • slices of lemon to garnish

Method of preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, season the chicken thighs with the salt and pepper. Set this aside.
  2. Make the marinade using a different container. Mix thoroughly the ginger, garlic and brown sugar with the soy sauce and sake.
  3. Pour this mixture onto the chicken thighs. Mix well to soak all the crevices of the chicken thighs.
  4. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. After an hour or so, heat the oil in large frying pan or wok for deep frying.
  6. Before frying, each of the chicken pieces, roll each one into the cornflour and then let it sizzle in the hot oil until done.
  7. Serve with your favourite sauce.

Itadakimasu

Ripen Fruits with a Banana

Ripening tomatoes with banana, photo by PH Morton

Food Tips

Ripen Fruits with a Banana

 

Now that summer has rolled into autumn, it is now time to gather in the fruits and vegetables still in the garden before the onset of cold weather and frost.

 

 

From his experience of keeping an allotment for more than 50 years, Mick, our neighbour, and good friend has lots of tips for gardening and how to store the yield produce.

He said to ripen green tomatoes, store them with a banana in a closed container. We use spare space in a kitchen drawer.

Peter applied this tip with a few green tomatoes last night and when he checked them this morning and found that they had started to ripen. (See above photo)

Remember!

Do not refrigerate an unripe banana.  The temperature of the fridge will halt the natural ripening process of a banana and would now remain green and unripe even when taken out of the fridge.