Archive for the ‘Cardamom’ Category

Kedgeree (Kate Young)

September 29, 2017

Ingredients
500ml water
1 onion – roughly chopped
1 small carrot – roughly chopped
1 stalk celery – roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
5 black peppercorns
300g smoked haddock (undyed)
2tbsp butter
3 small brown onions

2 cloves garlic
1tsp turmeric
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp ground coriander
1tsp fennel seeds
3 crushed cardamom pods
180ml double cream
250g basmati rice
Parsley
5 eggs
Mango chutney

1 Put the chopped vegetables, peppercorns and the bay leaf in the wide-bottomed pan with the haddock. Cover with the water and bring to the boil on the stove. As soon as it comes to the boil, turn the heat off and set it aside it to cool – the fish will finish cooking as it does so.

Pour the rice into the medium saucepan. Rinse and drain the rice three times in cold water. Add fresh water to the pan until it sits one knuckle higher than the top of the rice. Cover, bring it to the boil, then turn down to a low simmer and cook until the water is at the level of the rice. This should take around 8-10 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the lid on tightly, covering the pan with a tea towel if it isn’t a snug fit. Leave to steam in the pan for fifteen minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.

3 Chop the onions into fine slices and mince the garlic. Heat the butter until foaming in the frying pan and add the onions and garlic. Fry until soft and translucent. Add the spices and fry for another two minutes. Add 300ml of the fish cooking water and reduce the liquid by half. Finally, add the cream and reduce until thick.

4 Meanwhile, put the eggs in cold water and boil them to your taste – for this recipe, I like them cooked for five minutes after the water comes to the boil. Run them under cold water and peel them.

Tip the rice into the sauce and stir through so that each grain is coated. Flake the fish in and stir this through too. Serve immediately with mango chutney, parsley and a peeled, sliced egg on each plate.

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Fig and Cranberry Hot Cross Buns with Maple Bacon Butter

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Apricot and Cardamom Bread and Butter Pudding (Rachel Allen)

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Roasted Root Vegetables With Jewelled Rice

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Chocolate Cardamom And Hazelnut Loaf (Great British Bake Off Book)

November 15, 2016

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Kedgeree of Arbroath Smokies (Rick Stein)

November 14, 2015

Many years ago I appeared in a series for Yorkshire Television called Farmhouse Kitchen with Grace Mulligan. I got on very well with her and she taught me a lot about cooking on the box. She also introduced me to Arbroath smokies, which was just as valuable. A true Scottish delicacy, these are small haddock or sometimes whiting that are brined and then heavily smoked on the bone which keeps the fillet moist and sweet.

Serves 4
butter 25g
onion 1 small, chopped
green cardamom pods 2, split open
turmeric powder ¼ tsp
cinnamon stick 2½cm piece
bay leaf 1, very finely shredded
basmati rice 350g
chicken stock or vegetable nage 600ml
eggs 2
Arbroath smokies 450g
flat-leaf parsley 2 tbsp, chopped, plus a few sprigs to garnish
salt and freshly ground pepper

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, until soft but not browned. Add the cardamom pods, turmeric, cinnamon stick and shredded bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the rice and stir it around for about 1 minute, until all the grains are thoroughly coated in the spicy butter.

Add the stock and ½ tsp of salt and bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a close-fitting lid, lower the heat and leave it to cook very gently for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, hard-boil the eggs for 8 minutes, then drain. When just cool enough to handle, peel them and cut into small pieces. Flake the Arbroath smokies into small chunky pieces, discarding the skin and bones.

Uncover the rice and gently fork in the fish and chopped eggs. Re-cover and return to the heat for 5 minutes or until the fish has heated through. Then gently stir in the chopped parsley and season with a little more salt and black pepper to taste. Serve garnished with sprigs of parsley.

From Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey by Rick Stein

Chocolate Cardamom Tart (Fiona Cairns)

November 28, 2013

Chocolate Cardamom Tart (Fiona Cairns)