August 2014

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Weekend Cooking: Cajun Chicken Jambalaya

So Kak’mbang’s away for Raya break, and I needed a break from eating fast food, Maggi kari and the like (as yummy and oh-so-unhealthy these foods may be).  I wanted to just throw something together that is simple and doesn’t require too many plates and pots to clean up afterwards.  After some searching around I decided on Emeril’s Cajun Jambalaya, which required ingredients I already had on hand.  I doubled the recipe to feed the three of us and hopefully have some leftovers.

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Project: RayaFest 2014 – Tarragon Chicken Salad

As part of the menu for the pot roast dinner I organized recently, I wanted to throw in some sort of veggie/fruit dish, to balance out the meat and starch of the main course.  So I decided to try out this chicken salad recipe by Emeril Lagasse.  It turned out pretty nicely; the tarragon flavor was quite pronounced but not too overpowering.  A great combination of flavors and textures, and makes a good alternative to the Waldorf salad I use to make.

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Project: RayaFest 2014 – Pot Roast

Date: Sunday, August 3 , 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m

Number of guests: 10 pax
Location: Bandar Utama

Over the weekend, this still being the month of Syawal and all, Rudy and I decided to assemble the Round Knights of the Table for a round of food, drink, and merriment.  For a group of 10, I decided to make something based on Emeril’s pot roast, with a bunch of other stuff on the menu as follows:

Pot Roast | Tarragon Chicken SaladFrench Onion Soup | Bayou Chicken Pasta | Crusty bread (courtesy of Yaz) | Peanut butter cup and vanilla bean ice cream (courtesy of WYLT) | Lots and lots of A&W Root Beer and Zappel (courtesy of Steph & Huang)

Previously I’ve made the pot roast using beef chuck, and it turned out really, really well.  This time around I only could find top round instead, and while the meat was still flavourful and fork tender, it was a bit grainy and too lean for my tastes.  Trust me on this; find that beef chuck.  It makes a huge difference in terms of texture and juiciness.

Regardless, give this a try – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make.

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Project: RayaFest 2014 – Bayou Chicken Pasta

Over the weekend I had a group of 10 come over for pot roast, and I was worried we wouldn’t have enough starch as a “filler” dish, so at the very last minute I decided to throw in another pasta dish to the menu.  I decided on this simple but incredibly delicious pasta by Emeril Lagasse, which I’ve made for office potlucks and Hari Raya dos with a very high chance of  “yum!” ratings by guests.  Do check it out!

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Project: RayaFest 2014 – French Onion Soup

So I finally had the time to browse through the book, “Bill’s Basics” by Bill Granger (thanks Cornelius!), and boy, so many recipes I can’t wait to try out!  Most of the recipes looked fairly simple, and I finally landed on this delicious looking French Onion Soup recipe.

I made this for a group over the weekend, so I doubled the recipe below.  Because of the large amount of onions it took a bit longer to caramelize, about 1 1/2 hours.  I was also kinda worried about not being able to make “good” French Onion Soup because of the lack of white wine and brandy, but I think all in all it was quite good, and my guests enjoyed it.  Do give it a try!

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