Preserved black soy beans are sold in Asian grocery stores. If you can't find them, substitute black bean sauce, which is available at supermarkets (and if you use black bean sauce, omit the ginger and garlic).Read More
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Penelope Cruz always brings a fiery Spanish flavour to her roles, and this includes her turn in Nine. Using anchovies as flavouring is an integral part of Spanish cooking. The smaller the bread toasts, the more you can make.Read More
Whole chicken breasts are ideal for grilling, as the skin doesn't burn and the chicken cooks on the bones. I usually cut the bones away with a small sharp knife when I take them off the grill. Don't worry about the amount of ancho chili powder - it is not as hot as regular chili powder. If you can't find ancho chili powder, replace with two-thirds the quantity of regular chili powder. Serve with sweet potatoes and green peas.
Ripe pears take less time to roast. If your pears are really hard, bake them for 10 minutes in an empty baking dish before adding the rest of the ingredients. I prefer Anjou pears for this dish, as they take on the flavours of the spices best, but Bartlett pears would be a good substitute. The salty finish adds flavour and cuts sweetness.
If you do not have a mill that grinds spices coarsely, place them in a plastic bag and smash them with the bottom of a heavy pot. If plums are no longer available, soak 6 prunes, cut them up, omit the sugar and substitute for the plums.Read More
This recipe was inspired by lunch at Red Fish Grill in New Orleans. The fish of choice in Louisiana is oily, rich-flavoured redfish, which isn't available here. But red snapper makes an excellent substitute. If you prefer to cook indoors, bake at 450 F for the same amount of time.Read More
This easy and attractive dish serves four as part of a Chinese menu or two alone with noodles or rice. Clams or shrimp make excellent substitutes for the mussels. If you can't find fermented dry black beans, you can substitute an equal amount of Asian black bean sauce, though the dry beans have a better flavour. This makes a lot of mussels; you can serve them without the noodles if you prefer.Read More
This award-winning dish is from Daniel Beale of Johnson and Wales University in Denver. Use chicken supremes – they are the boneless chicken breasts with the little wing attached available at some butcher shops. Make the caraway sauce and the tomato marmalade ahead of time, put potatoes on to boil and then cook the chicken. Everything will be ready at the same time.Read More
To prepare an oyster platter, get them shucked at the fishmonger the day of the party, put them on ice and serve them on a cold tray. Garnish with lemons and grated horseradish or mignonette sauce. This traditional French sauce for oysters gives them a piquant flavour.Read More
Snapper, striped bass or any flavourful not too thick fish with its skin works well. Brown butter has a nutty flavour that enhances fish. Be careful to adjust the heat so that the butter doesn’t burnRead More