Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jordan - Chicken Mansaf

Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian dish usually made with lamb and jameed (dried yoghurt). This is a different version with chicken and regular yoghurt instead.


* chicken
* yoghurt
* 1 tbls of flour
* chopped almonds
* pine nuts
* salt and pepper
* parsley
* rice

Put the chicken in a pan with some salt and cover with boiling water. Cook until the chicken is done. Take out the chicken and cut into large chunks. Save half a cup of the water.

Cook the rice and drain. Place it in a dish with the chicken heaped in the middle.

Mix the flour, chicken water and yoghurt in a pan and stir until thickened slightly. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken and rice.

Garnish with the almonds, pine nuts and chopped parsley.

I think this dish is presented really nicely and looks good because all the base ingredients are white. It tasted quite plain to me though and I would've enjoyed it more if it included some spices.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Laos - Larb

Larb was created by the Lao people and is basically a meat salad. Almost made entirely of meat in fact. How fantastic!


* olive oil
* minced turkey
* 3 shallots
* 1 stalk of lemongrass
* 1 lime
* 3 tbls of soy sauce
* 1 tbls hot sauce
* 2 kaffir lime leaves
* chopped mint and coriander
* crushed peanuts

Heat some oil in a pan and add the minced turkey. Cook until browned.

Add the chopped shallots and lemongrass. Continue to cook until they're soft.

Remove from the heat. When the meat has cooled a bit add all the other ingredients except the peanuts.

Mix and put in a bowl.

Top with the crushed peanuts and eat. Larb is usually served lukewarm or cold.

I really enjoyed this dish. The lime made it taste light and fresh. Peanuts on top added a nice crunchiness to it. It was quick and easy to make. Perfect for summer.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Zealand - Pavlova

I first heard about pavlova being their national dish from watching Flight of the Conchords and thought it was a joke...turns out it is actually their national dish. My kids are excited about me making this as we've only ever had shop bought meringues before!


* 4 egg whites
* 1 cup of sugar
* 2 tbls of cornflour
* 1 tsp of lemon juice
* whipping cream
* strawberries

Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk vigorously until they're forming soft peaks.

Add the sugar

Sift the cornflour into the bowl too and also add the lemon juice

Whisk again until the mixture is glossy and stiff. Then spread out onto a lined baking sheet and bake for an hour on Gas Mark 1

Whip the cream

Cut up the strawberries

When the meringue has finished baking leave it in the oven to cool with the oven off and the door open. Then top with cream and strawberries.

It was fantastic! I was really pleased with how the meringue turned out, it had a hard shell but was soft and chewy on the inside. The kids enjoyed it too. Success all round!
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