So more tasty lunches
It’s Asparagus season and we can’t get enough of it.
Prepared a very simple starter "Ultimate Finger Food".
Asparagus and Prawn Platter
I went back to yet another old favourite recipe book,
The Silver Palate Good Times Cook Book, Remember that?
I wanted to make mayonnaise to dip the asparagus in.
How does Basil-Parmesan Mayonnaise sound.
Well it is as good as it sounds.
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons grainy Dijon-style mustard
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Extra virgin olive oil 1 cup good vegetable oil (I use rice Bran oil)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In the food processor whiz the egg yolks, Parmesan, basil, mustard and lemon juice
For 30 seconds
With the machine running pour the olive oil and vegetable oil in a thin steady stream through the feed tube to make a thick mayonnaise.
Season with S & P to taste.
Prepare the asparagus and lightly simmer in salted water along with some prawns
Lay on plate with a little dish of the mayonnaise.
Of course I had a lot of Mayo left so for lunch the next day I went fish shopping.
Monkfish is an economical buy. I have only cooked it once and I don’t know what I did with it but I didn’t like it.
TV Chefs are always raving about it so I tried again.
This time I seasoned it and sautéed it in some olive oil
Cook first side 2 minutes
Add a knob of butter
Flip over and into a 200C oven for about 8 minutes
Halfway lift it out and baste it.
Yes it was nice...a good alternative for the more expensive fish.
Squeeze a little lemon juice.
Let sit and cool
I decided to make wraps.
So on the middle of the wrap
A big smear of the mayo
Some sliced cucumber and some Cos lettuce
Break up the fish and spread on top.
Roll up and consume.
The Best Roast Chicken
The grandchildren were around for lunch so I roasted a chicken…back to the old way.
First buy a good corn fed free range or organic chicken the difference in taste is amazing.
The French Roast
Roasted on a bed of carrots and onions,
Season interior, with salt, freshly ground black pepper, chopped garlic, fresh thyme and oil.
Also stuff in a couple of chunks of lemon.
Pour over a cup of hot chicken stock, I used stock powder.
Then I drizzled it with more olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper
Didn't add salt at this stage as the stock cube is salty.
Into 200C oven
After 15 minutes
Take it out and baste with stock
Another 15 minutes, basted again
Check on the liquid if it is getting too dry... add more water or as in my case a slug of wine.
Another couple of bastings
This keeps the chicken uber moist and juicy.
It should take about an hour to cook.
Test the leg joint with a skewer and if the juices run clear you are ready.
So the chicken is cooked and cooled.
Some chips cooked in the oven for the request from the small children
“Chip Butties please Grandma.” A big favourite.
When I found the Silver Palette mayo recipe it was used to make a salad.
Got some ideas and then whipped up this salad for the grownups.
1/2 cooked chicken stripped from the bones
4-5 strips of prosciutto sliced
50 gms Gruyere cut into julienne strips
2 spring onions chopped
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
3 tablespoons Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise
Whole Lettuce leaves
Another excellent lunch.
And what an excellent stock from the juices and bones.
Great depth of colour and taste... looking forward to using it.