A traditional Laotian side dish.
Total time: 20 minutes
- 3 medium ripe papayas
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 small red chilis, deseeded and minced
- 3 tablespoons shrimp paste (see previous post on this blog)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- Peel papayas. Cut in half. Scoop out seeds and discard. Shred papaya and set aside.
- Mash garlic and chilis together using a meat tenderizer or mortar and pestle.
- Drain the excess juice from shredded papaya. Then add the mashed garlic and chilis, shrimp paste, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, and cherry tomatoes. Mix thoroughly.
- Mama: 4/5
- Papa: 4/5, would have liked more tomatoes and more chilis!
- Girlie: 5/5, this is delicious!
- TW: 4/5
- McM: 3/5, very sweet initially with a spicy aftertaste, a little too spicy for my preference but a tasty side dish with an exotic flavour!
Original recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/lao-papaya-salad-447215
Dessert sauce served with berries and biscotti.
Total time: 15 minutes
- 1kg strawberries, sliced
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 tablespoon marsala wine
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 5 prepackaged biscotti
- Toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar in a bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Combine 1 egg, 4 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons sugar, wine, vanilla, and salt in a large heatproof bowl.
- Set the bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. See photo below.
- Whisk vigorously over medium heat until thick and creamy (8-10 minutes).
- Immediately pour over berries and serve with biscotti.
- Mama: 4/5, creamy texture similar to meringue
- Papa: 4/5, this dessert would go well with coffee!
- TW: 2.5/5, tastes like marshmallows and I don’t like marshmallows
- McM: 4/5, refreshing dessert!
Original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/zabaglione-with-berries-recipe.html
Kryddad Raudkal med Blaberjum
Spiced cabbage with blueberries, a sweet-tart Icelandic side dish. Picture above (right) with baked fish (left) and brauoterta (bottom).
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup black currant jam
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 large head red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 tart green apple (Granny Smith), cored, peeled, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- On medium-high heat, melt butter in a large saucepan.
- Cook onion until soft (5–7 minutes).
- Add blueberries, jam, vinegar, cinnamon, ginger, cabbage, apple, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender (60 minutes).
- McM: 4.5/5, very delicious with a range of tangy and sweet flavours that compliment baked fish nicely!
Original recipe: http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes/icelandic-spiced-cabbage-with-blueberries