Mango Harvest

After a disappointing crop last year, our beautiful mango tree has rewarded us with a bountiful crop this year. As you can see some of our babies were enormous!

The last few weeks has been non-stop mango … mango shakes, mango salads, Thai green mango salad with crispy salmon, green mango chutney, dried mango, mango and ice-cream, and just good old-fashioned straight up cut mango.   We also have a freezer full, cut, and vacuumed sealed ready to enjoy for the next few months. Bliss :-)

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Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

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Inspired by the night markets in Kuala Lumpur, my recipe is adapted from the popular cookbook writer, Jill Dupleix. In KL, these wings are famous and a number of the night market stalls in Jalan Alor have the chicken wings roasting on big rotating skewers over hot coals. They smell fantastic as they are cooking and their marinade recipe is a closely guarded family secret.

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The night markets are a great spot for dinner if you happen to be in KL – rows of stalls, set up like an open-air restaurant. We had some great food here and everything we ate was clean and fresh. Lots of locals (which is a good sign) as well as tourists. Oodles of noodles and seafood.

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I love sticky chicken wings or drumsticks, and although this recipe includes lots of ingredients, it is easy to make and has a wonderful flavour. Even just a mix of soy with sugar or honey can be delicious, but go the extra effort, it is worth it.

I’ve simplified Jill’s recipe and used all gluten-free ingredients. The cooking time will depend on your oven and the size of the chicken pieces. Obviously, wings will take less (around 30-40mins).

It is important to baste and turn the chicken regularly to intensify flavour and also, so that marinade doesn’t burn. Serve with an Asian style coleslaw or a simple cucumber salad. Some plain steamed rice and greens is also a nice accompaniment. The drumsticks also taste great the next day.

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INGREDIENTS

1 kg chicken drumsticks (about 8) or wings
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
½ dried chilli flakes
1 tblspn brown sugar
1 tblspn fish sauce
1 tblspn kecap manis (I used Chang’s gluten free)
¼ cup soy sauce (I used gluten free)
3 cloves garlic, finely grated
1 tblspn finely grated ginger

Method

1. Mix all ingredients together and marinate chicken for a few hours in the refrigerator.

2. Remove chicken from fridge 20 mins before cooking.

3. Preheat oven at 200C.

4. Place the chicken on an oven tray lined with baking paper (reserve the marinade) and bake for 45-60mins (exact time will depend on your oven).

5. Meanwhile, place the marinade into a small saucepan with ½ cup of water and boil for a few minutes until it thickens slightly. Strain to remove all the solid ingredients and set aside the liquid for basting the chicken.

6. After 20mins of cooking time, commence basting the chicken with the remaining marinade and frequently turn the pieces every 5-10mins until the chicken is cooked well – nicely caramelised and sticky.

Serving size will depend on how many drumsticks you want to eat :-)

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My Daily Bean – Recipease, London

In London for a few days. We were staying in Notting Hill, where it turns out the Jamie Oliver juggernaut continues -with a new venture that has opened near Notting Hill Gate tube station.

Part cafe/cooking school there also a retail section offering pre-made meals, takeaway and larder.

Recipease brings Jamie’s philosophies about cooking to life. There are cooking classes for kids and adults.

There is delicious pre-made meals you can take away and cook at home. There is tip notch breads and condiments made on site and a whole host of Jamie branded products.

The coffee was excellent :-) We shared a non gluten-free bacon and egg roll – which was ok, but nothing outstanding. Maybe we chose wrong. The next visit we had spicy Guacamole on toast (which was delish) along with creamy mushrooms on toast, which was lovely. Both of these serves were huge and offered good value.

Unfortunately gluten-free options were very limited – ie nothing.

The atmosphere though was great, and we enjoyed our experience. I wouldn’t suggest you traipse across the city just to come here but if you are fan of Jamie Oliver (and frankly who isn’t) and desperate for a great coffee then I recommend.

Coffee – 5 out of 5
Atmosphere – 5:5
Gluten free – nope
Wifi – yes
Newspapers – no there’s cookbooks!

Jamie Oliver’s Recipease
Notting Hill Gate (just near the tube)
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipease/

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My Daily Bean – Cafe Charlot, Paris

Gotta be one of the best deals in Paris for breakfast. Formula meal 11€ ($17 AUD) includes boiled egg, toast soliders to dunk in the molten yolk, a croissant, toast with jam and a choice of coffee or thick hot chocolate + fresh orange juice. Besides the breakfast there is free wifi, fantastic friendly staff and best of all – an authentic Parisienne atmosphere. Five stars.

Ps I’ve given up on cappuccino and having espresso with a dash of milk and sugar.

Also given up on trying to find gluten-free options!!

Coffee: 4:5
Atmosphere 5:5
Wifi: yes
Newspapers: yes (French)

Cafe Charlot
38 Rue de Bretagne
3 arrondissement, Paris

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In My Kitchen – November

This month, my kitchen is in Paris. It has been a fantastic experience exploring all the culinary delights of this food obsessed nation, whilst staying in our rental apartment in Le Marais.

Apologies that I am writing this from iPhone therefore can’t quite work out the usual text then photo format for this post!

In my kitchen … are some beautiful tomatoes full of flavour. I don’t understand why we can’t have tomatoes like this in Australia. It is so unfair.

In my kitchen … some totally divine local Parisienne strawberries. It is not an exaggeration to say I have never tasted strawberries like it.

In my kitchen … Is some French sea salt. Looking forward to bringing a kilo of this home with me.

In my kitchen …is a tin of Mariage Feres tea – very expensive even in France, apparently this is tea without equal. The best you can get.

In my kitchen … Is some Comte cheese slices to have with baguette or the most incredible (non gluten-free) sourdough from our local bakeries. Poilane and Du Pain des et Idees (both famous in Paris) are close by.

In my kitchen is some butter that I got from the local fromagerie. Why can’t we get butter like this at home?

In my kitchen … I have the obligatory French minerale water and vin rouge. When dining out the wine is actually more expensive than the Perrier!

Lastly in my kitchen … I have from Greek total yogurt. If you follow my blog, you will know I am obsessed with this stuff – so had to buy a few tubs when I saw it in my local deli – even if I am in France !!!!

So that’s it for this month. Head over to Fig and Lime Cordial to check out what is happening in other blogger kitchens this month. Au revoir!

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Aux Merveilleux – Heavenly Morsels

Exploring the streets of Paris, we came across these delectable little morsels.

Meringue topped with cream and rolled in chocolate flakes – or nuts depending on the flavour.

Will be one of the things I dream about when I leave this city. Divine.

Link here:

http://www.auxmerveilleux.com

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Crazy water

Just saw the most amazing array of magnificent bottles of mineral water on the shelves of Le Grande Epicerie de Paris in St Germain.

My initial reaction was wow – partly due to the impressively beautiful packaging.

Unless you live in a location that has unsafe or undrinkable water is there really a need to pay for it? By the time it has been packaged and transported is it really any better than the stuff that is free out of a tap?

Looking a little closer I saw a bottle of rare glacier water selling at 12€ ($17 AUD) and it made me think that the world has in fact gone crazy!!

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