Recipe For Candied ClemenGolds

I can remember having a meal with my grandmother at some very posh restaurant in New York. I was 18 and working there, and my grandmother was visiting from Florida. She took me for lunch and in the middle of winter I ordered a salad that had clementines on it. I had never come across this fruit before as we didn’t get clementines in South Africa. To this day I can remember the taste of the clementines, and the fact that the tip was automatically added to the bill! In 2010 Woolworths (our equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Marks and Spencer) launched a new fruit, ClemenGolds. This is a South African grown easy peeler, very juicy fruit, similar to a clementine or mandarin. Last season all I did was eat them, but this year I am using them in my kitchen.

Candied ClemenGolds Recipe For Candied ClemenGolds

Candied ClemenGolds

Candied ClemenGolds

Ingredients:

  • 5mls salt
  • 250mls boiling water
  • 2 ClemenGolds, thinly sliced
  • 250mls sugar
  • 60mls water

Method:

  • dissolve the salt in the boiling water and allow to cool
  • add the ClemenGolds, cover and leave overnight
  • drain and rinse the slices and then pat dry
  • bring the water and the sugar to the boil
  • reduce the heat, add the ClemenGolds and simmer for 25 minutes
  • remove and allow to cool thoroughly on baking paper before using them

Cooks Notes:

you can do this with any citrus fruit and reserve the sugar syrup for use in baking

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 Recipe For Candied ClemenGolds

Candied Clemengolds Lemons Limes Recipe For Candied ClemenGolds

Candied Clemengolds, Lemons & Limes

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Celery

Celery has grown in the wild since the times of the ancient Egyptians. The deep green leaves of wild celery may reach 80cm and the flowering stem bears compound umbles of white-tinged, green flowers. The entire plant, including the tiny brown seeds is very aromatic. Chinese celery is strongly flavoured with thin stalks that can be dark green to white in colour.

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photograph sourced from Wikipedia

Celery prefers a well drained soil enriched with rotted compost and a sunny but protected position. Grow wild celery from seed in spring, space plants to about 40cm apart. You need to keep the soil moist with regular watering. Harvest leaves from midsummer to autumn (fall) as required. Pick ripe seeds and then dry before freezing them for several days to kill any insect eggs, these can then be stored in an airtight container.

Celery’s tiny edible seeds are aromatic and slightly bitter, tasting of celery. The whole seeds retain their flavour well. Crush as needed and use to complement fish and seafood dishes, pickles and relishes, soups, stews, egg dishes, salad dressings, breads and savoury biscuits.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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Gnocchi With Exotic Mushrooms

So, you want to go mushroom hunting! Well, the best advice I can give you is don’t unless you know 100% what you are doing! I was recently invited to attend a day of mushrooms at Delheim Wine Estate and I learnt a lot! I learnt that not all pretty mushrooms are edible. I learnt that some ugly mushrooms are. I have been cooking exotic mushrooms for many years, and frankly, I think it is easier, and safer to buy them than forage for them.

photograph courtesy of nouvelle mushrooms Gnocchi With Exotic Mushrooms

photograph courtesy of nouvelle mushrooms

But, if you are determined here are some words of advice as given to us by Dr. Adrian Smit:

  • take a magnifying glass with you
  • take a box for the mushrooms
  • you will need a pocket knife
  • make sure you get all the stages of growth of the mushrooms
  • buy a good book
  • join a foraging group
  • you can safely handle all mushrooms without risk
  • most of all, only eat the mushroom if you know 100% it is not poisonous 

For more information, please contact the Mushroom Academy.

Our day started off with a cup of much needed coffee before we were given a talk about all sorts of mushrooms, and where you can find them and what makes them edible, or not. Now, I am not going to share that with you as I do not want to be responsible for anyone following my advice about foraging.

nora with boletus mushrooms found at delheim Gnocchi With Exotic Mushrooms

nora with boletus mushrooms found at delheim

We then headed into the forest to forage and headed back for a talk on mushrooms by Schalk de Beer. During the talk we were served a plate of exotic mushrooms en croute. Our talk was followed by lunch and I chose the baby spinach salad with seared king oyster mushrooms to start and the risotto with dried boletus mushrooms as my main course. I tasted all of the wines on offer and I can highly rate the Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2010. I was not too impressed by the shitake mushroom cookies and will be developing a biscuit recipe for Delheim at Nora’s request this week.

nouvelle mushroom week at delheim Gnocchi With Exotic Mushrooms

nouvelle mushroom week at delheim

We left with a gift bag of Nouvelle’s exotic mushrooms, and Delheim’s merlot, both of which have been enjoyed. A big thank you to Erica for extending the invitation.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Exotic Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Gnocchi With Exotic Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Exotic Mushrooms and Blue Cheese

For the gnocchi recipe, see here

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Exotic Mushrooms and Blue Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 15g butter
  • 200g exotic mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • while your water is coming to the boil for your gnocchi heat the butter in a frying pan
  • sauté the mushrooms until soft
  • add the blue cheese and the cream and allow the cheese to melt
  • at the same time start cooking your gnocchi
  • season and add the gnocchi and a bit of the water to loosen the sauce
  • I garnished my dish with a few raw mushrooms
http://tandysinclair.com/sweet-potato-gnocchi-with-exotic-mushrooms-and-blue-cheese/
 Gnocchi With Exotic Mushrooms

Click on the links for conversions and notes.

I am submitting this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by ME! 

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Bayede at Eikendal, Somerset West

Bayede, which means “Hail to the King” is situated on the Eikendal wine estate on the R44 between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. The wine estate is a tranquil place, with a trout fishing pond, outdoor eating, and a wine tasting room. Expect excellent service and a warm welcome from the well trained and presentable staff. As it was raining, we chose the indoor eating area, which is well appointed, with tables spread out enough so that you are not rubbing shoulders with your neighbour. Most notable is the linen on the table and the fine glass and silverware. The menu is varied and well priced and all meals have a wine pairing recommended by the chef. The wine list is from the estate and the prices are reasonable.

contact them on 021 855 5033

Bayede Bayede at Eikendal, Somerset West

Bayede

JUNE 2011

Dave and I went for lunch and before we had decided on our menu choice, our waiter gave us bread with olive oil for dipping. We were told about the daily specials, and I was pleased to note that the waiters actually get to eat what they serve which means that they can give you an informed opinion. We chose to share two platters – a country platter (R72) and a cheese board (R62) and had a bottle of Eikendal Pinotage to accompany our meal (R88). My only gripe here is that I do not like wooden boards as serving platters – in fact, I do not even use a wooden board at home for chopping. The country platter could have done with a little bit of mustard but each and every component of the meal was tasty and well presented.

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Something Savoury Challenge – Presto Pasta Nights

Savoury is tops for me, as long as the sun is shining – or at least trying to. I am quite happy to snack on savoury dishes all day long – from breakfast until dinner. It is for this reason I have so many more savoury dishes to try than sweet ones. This week, I am combining my Weekly Food Challenge with Presto Pasta Nights. Please go and take a look and take part.

PREVIOUS CHALLENGE ROUND UP

Chica Andaluza is a first timer has delighted my taste buds with a pear, lime and ginger preserve. Take a look here for her ensalada cateta! Cindy has cooked up a stir fry using ClemenGolds. Browniegirl Colleen has made the most amazing tarte tatin. She also used ClemenGolds!  A Dash Of Domestic is another first timer and she has an intriguing bread recipe using chocolate and zucchini.

WINNER

Everydaycook was the first to randomly select the winner – well done Colleen, your apron is on its way to you! As an aside, everyone who was asked to randomly choose 1 or 2 chose 2!

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In My Kitchen – July 2011

Thank you Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for this great idea! Before I can start blogging about what is new in my kitchen each month, I am going to introduce you to the tiny space that is called my kitchen!

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© my kitchen July 2011

I have made a small collection of my photo’s as my kitchen is small. In the top left is the butchers block I designed which has a cutting board and a gas burner. The bottom is used to store the gas and my blender and chopping boards. Next to that is my stove and oven. The oven and warmer drawers are used as cupboard space. The drawers next to that are FULL of all my kitchen utensils, spices … The third photo shows my entire work space which includes my Kitchen Aid!

First in the middle is my appliance collection – kettle, toaster, coffee maker and an LG light oven. Next to that is my double door fridge/freezer. I have another fridge/freezer for the jars and jars of stuff I make as well as to keep the crayfish and fish plus the ice cream! Next to that you will see where my extra’s are stored!

The first photo at the bottom is my sink and dishwasher. I have a washing machine/tumble dryer tucked away in the dining room! The last two photo’s show all my storage containers as I am a bit of a neat freak.

Of course, last but not least here is my recipe book collection:

my kitchen 006 In My Kitchen   July 2011

© my kitchen July 2011

Next month I hope to showcase what is new and exciting in my kitchen! Happy cooking everyone icon smile In My Kitchen   July 2011

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Friday's Food Quiz Number 59

My friend Pink has posted the quiz early this week, which means I can get it done before the end of Friday!

1. What is the difference between chowder and soup?

Soups can either be thin broths or thick soups, and a chowder is a thick soup

2. What are the basic ingredients of fruit curd?

I use eggs, butter and the juice of the fruit

3. What is the difference between fruit preserves and fruit conserves?

a preserve can be any formed of preserved fruit i.e. jams, marmalade, chutneys etc. A conserve is jam 

4. What are Jerusalem artichokes?

root vegetable

5. The Marula fruit is native to which country?

South Africa

6. What is hyssop?

it is a herb and happens to be one of the many ingredients in absinthe

7. What is Cape pondweed better known as?

It must be a waterblommetjie – and if I am right I now know the English term!

8. What does gratinéed means in culinary terms?

topped with cheese and bread crumbs

9. What is dombolo better known as?

I have never heard of this!

10. Why is raita served with curries?

I serve it to cool my mouth when I make my curry too hot for my palate

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Presto Pasta Nights 222

Before the Food Bloggers Indaba I had never heard of Presto Pasta Nights but Jeanne of Cook Sister! told us we had to get out there, and so I chose PPN as my first foray into the world wide blogging community. This works particularly well for me as I do a Tandy Tuesday pasta every week. This week, Ruth of Once Upon A Feast has entrusted me to host Presto Pasta Nights and I am super excited to see what dishes make it to the round up on the 15th of July. I am combining this with my Something Savoury Challenge and hope that my regular weekly food challenge participants take part. Obviously, this week, the challenge is to cook something using PASTA. 

ppn 222 Presto Pasta Nights 222

PPN 222

If you take part in Presto Pasta Nights, please link back to PPN as well as my blog. Send an email of your link to:

lavenderandlimeblog (at) gmail (dot) com and cc Ruth Daniels rsdaniels (at) gmail (dot) com

you can still take part even if you don’t have a blog my emailing me the recipe you want to share.

the cut off time is Thursday July 14 at midnight whereever you live!

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Poached Crayfish Recipe

Poached Crayfish served with coppa, candied clemengolds and a tarragon mayonnaise

Well, if I had a restaurant this is how the starter would appear on my menu. Don’t get me wrong, I am not hankering to be a restaurant owner at all. After 8 years of the industry as a profession, I do not long for the hours. I have done my fair share of 18 hour shifts. I have opened at 8am and closed at 6am. I have dealt with rude and ignorant customers, staff complications and even owners who are clueless about the industry. I have worked in the kitchen, the bar, as a waitress, a cashier, and as a manager. I spent time in a relationship with a restaurant owner and it can be hell. Customers who don’t leave, or customers who don’t tip! Customers who treat the waitresses like shyte and others who think it is their right to complain.

But, if I won the BIG lotto I would open a delicatessen. It would be based on the ones I have seen in Europe and it would offer all sorts of delights. Home made mayonnaise, fresh herbs, fine cured products, delicacies and home baked and home cooked meals. I would have to have a sausage counter, and a cheese counter and a bakery …. See, this is why I need to win the lotto. This is the type of take home dish I would include, beautifully poached crayfish, freshly made mayonnaise and the soft, delicate taste of coppa. I would offer all sorts of citrus fruits lightly candied, and the fresh fruits sitting alongside them.

Poached Crayfish Poached Crayfish Recipe

Poached Crayfish

Poached Crayfish

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of coppa, for serving
  • 1 stalk of tarragon picked, to be added to 10mls of the mayonnaise
  • for the poached crayfish:
  • the peel of one clemengold – save the segments
  • 2 tarragon stalks
  • 15mls coriander seeds
  • 500mls vegetable stock
  • 2 crayfish tails, cleaned
  • for the candied clemengolds:
  • 25mls sugar
  • 60mls water
  • 5mls coriander seeds
  • 1 clemengold, peeled, segmented and pith discarded
  • for the tarragon mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.25mls salt
  • 1.25mls freshly ground black pepper
  • 5mls Dijon mustard
  • 15mls tarragon vinegar
  • 300mls canola oil

Method:

    for the poached crayfish:
  • place the peel, coriander seeds, tarragon and stock into a pan
  • bring to a boil
  • tie the two crayfish tails together to ensure the keep their shape or place a skewer through them to hold their shape
  • reduce the heat and poach for 4 minutes
  • remove and set aside
  • for the candied clemengolds:
  • add the sugar and the water to a small pan
  • when the sugar has dissolved add the coriander and the clemengold segments
  • allow to simmer for 25 minutes
  • remove and leave to cool on parchment paper
  • for the tarragon mayonnaise
    for stick blender:
  • place all of the ingredients into the blending container
  • blend slowly making sure the mayonnaise forms at the bottom of the container before lifting the mixer
  • for rotary beaters:
  • beat the egg, salt and pepper until the egg is frothy
  • slowly add the oil until it begins to thicken
  • then add the vinegar
  • continue to add the oil slowly until it reaches the right consistency
  • once you have made the mayonnaise take 2 tablespoons and mix in the tarragon

Cooks Notes:

you can use any oil you like for the mayonnaise, I just prefer to use Canola for the taste. Grapeseed or olive oil or a combination is also good. You may have seen the recipe for the stick blender elsewhere on the blogs. I developed this recipe over 20 years ago and had never seen it before. This was published in Lavender and Lime in 2010.

http://tandysinclair.com/poached-crayfish-recipe/
 Poached Crayfish Recipe

I have chosen ClemenGolds for this recipe so that I could enter it into the Woolworths competition.

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Paella Recipe

I am sitting here with the wind blowing and the sky overcast, feeling a little bit sad. My Boxer had been sick for two weeks and as I typed this, they did not know what was wrong with her. In July of 2002 I went to choose a puppy at the breeder’s house. They had originally lived kitty corner to us and this was their second litter – both times only 3 of the 4 pups had survived and out of the three, Maxine would not leave me alone. She sat on my lap and kissed and kissed me. In March 2004 she jumped at a glass window to ‘save’ me and she was the one who ended up being saved. She had cut her front paw badly, and her back paw severely and had we not been home, she would have bled out. Serendipity played a hand that day and the vet was still open. They saved her life and her limb and to this day I owe a lot of thanks to Bruce, Brenda and Megan. At the end of May she became ill and she was listless and not happy. We knew that soon, if they did not discover what was wrong with her we would have to put her to sleep. On the Sunday, after we had enjoyed this beautiful paella dish, she climbed onto my lap and slept like a puppy. Something she had not done since she was 10 weeks old! Maxine’s decline was blessedly quick. She had a heart tumour and the vets made sure we knew what was wrong with her before we put her down. Paella was the dish I prepared for Eat For The Earth – something decadent that would encourage my guests to donate well – and well they did. Thank you Chantelle, Ewan and Taylor for your generosity and company.

Paella Paella Recipe

Paella

Paella

Ingredients:

  • 15mls olive oil
  • 400g chicken fillets
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 250mls paella rice
  • 250mls water
  • few strands of saffron
  • 250mls white wine
  • 300g mixed seafood – I used mussels, calamari and prawns
  • 85g tinned smoked oysters
  • 400g tinned cherry tomatoes
  • 250mls frozen peas
  • 500g prawns, head on and cleaned
  • 15g butter
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 20 olives, depipped
  • 50g chorizo, sliced

Method:

  • heat the oil in a paella pan (or any suitable large bottomed pan with a lid)
  • season and brown the chicken
  • remove from the pan and set aside
  • lightly fry the mushrooms, yellow and orange pepper and the garlic
  • remove from the pan and set aside
  • add the paella rice, the water and the saffron to the pan
  • while you wait for the water to boil, slice the chicken into bite sized pieces
  • when the water has all but boiled away add the wine, the chicken, the cooked vegetables, the seafood, oysters and tomatoes
  • adjust the seasoning and cover and cook over a low heat for one hour
  • add the peas and continue cooking over a medium heat while you cook the prawns in the butter
  • season the prawns and check the paella seasoning
  • garnish the paella with the prawns, red pepper, olives and chorizo
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