Proper Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken Marinating
This is the best Jerk Chicken I’ve ever had. Period. I found it on another site a while ago, modified it a little and here we are. I love jerk chicken, it’s one of my favourite things ever, especilly with Jah Tubby’s system pumping through the pavement at the same time.

Ingredients

  • 1 fat shallot
  • 2 seconds of oil – sunflower
  • a punch of salt
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2.5 punches of brown sugar – demerara
  • thumb of ginger
  • Totally squeezed lime
  • a punch of thyme (no stalks)
  • a punch of all spice
  • Scotch bonnets – I used 1 then added another half – be brave and add more!
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 seconds of soy sauce

It’s such a simple recipe that I’m not going to say too much.

It seems like a lot of salt, if you feel like it’s too much, you’ve probably got it just right. As for the Scotch Bonnets – they are ESSENTIAL. Do not substitute a different kind of chilli, Bonnets have the heat (oh my god they do), but they don’t over power the flavours from everything else. You could call it the secret ingrediant.

The shallots you could replace with any kind of salad or sweet onion really.

If you’re new to MCC a punch is about a table spoon, a pinch a teaspoon and a second of pouring is about a tablespoon. You’ll get used to it. 😉

Ok, here we go. Chuck everything into a blender and whizz unitl a paste. The end. Da daaa

I like it a little bit chunky, you might like it smooth, just keep whizzing.

You can use as a sauce or a marinade. For the marinade, cover the chicken with the sauce, cover with cling film and leave for a few hours. Barbecueing is best, but 35-45 minutes in the oven and then 10 minutes under a hot grill will give you crispy skin and still taste amazing.

We had four bits of chicken each and frankly it wasn’t enough. With the 1 and 1/2 bonnets it was hot but not too hot for my kids.

Enjoy.

Ris Alamande aka Almond Rice Pudding

Why do they always pick on the chubby one for puddings? I mean, if I don’t already have enough to contend with; what with the weather and various “other things”. Anyway, we all have our cross to bear and mine is clearly a little wobbly around the edges. Onwards, dear reader, for today we shall remember christmas. A Danish one to be precise. The Danes celebrate christmas on the 24th December and call it Jul (Yule) which I believe translates as “wheel”, which is rather apt. They also all eat the same thing. None of the ambiguities of the english version. There will be a Roast duck, Flaeske steg (roast pork), red cabbage and caramelised potatoes. After that, they have Ris Alamande and before, during and after there will be much drinking and merriment.

For some extra girth, you will need

  • 85g pudding rice
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) water
  • 500ml (1 pint) milk
  • 1 teasponn of vanilla essence
  • 2 to 3 punches of sugar
  • 50g almonds (whole and blanched)
  • 300ml (just over 1/2 a pint) whipping cream
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Chocolate Orange Brioche Pudding

Hooray! It’s time for pudding again. But, alas, my lovely wifelet has encouraged me to a diet without pudding. Oh woe is me. So I can fulfill only the pleasure of making the pudding. Redeye, on the other hand, has to bear none of these restrictions and, along with his family of piglets, demolished the above named pud in quick time. A pud, I might add, that was so huge, it would have fed a large portion of Canada. Mind you, through the grunts of satisfaction, I believe the critique was in the positve.

Also, whilst this may look a touch involved, it is infact fairly simple. Take your time, do each bit in the order that it is written and keep the recipe to hand. The hardest bit is the custard but all you need to remember, is to pour slowly and keep stirring.

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here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 Large orange zest
  • 50g sultanas
  • Grand Marnier/Brandy/Whisky (just one…)
  • 200g Brioche
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • 50g Maya Gold orange spiced chocolate (or just good quality dark chocolate)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 50g sugar

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Steak and Kidney Pie

First up this year we have a surprise. Anyone who’s been perusing this blog over the last few months will realise that most of us at the MCC are pure novices in the art of cooking, which is why the “steak and Kidney Pie” is special. It’s the first recipe where we the disciples have taken the recipe into our own hands and discovered the correct “moves”.

I decided that all I wanted was a pie. Me and Gee had a game pie from a farmers market and frankly it was rank, but we both couldn’t help but fantasize over pies. So the mission the next day was to research steak and kidney pies on this interweb thingy. I found hundreds of recipes, read about thirty and realised that there were a few quantities and ingredients that are pretty consistent and a few extras here and there that seem worthy of additional investigation.

Steak and Kideny Pie

So I ended up with the following ingredients.

  • 1.5 lbs of Beef cut into large cubes
  • 1/2 lb of kidney, cleaned, cut into small chunks, with all tubing cut out
  • 20-30 Button mushrooms cut in half
  • Puff Pastry, you could make your own, but the packet stuff is pretty good
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
  • Worcester sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Punch of flour
  • Couple of knobs of butter
  • Beef stock, I bought mine from Sainsbury’s
  • 1 egg

Doesn’t look enough once you write it down… 🙂

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How to make a Carbonara?

So, I was sitting in my kitchen “again” wondering aimlessly how my beloved wonder woman can do so many things at once and still produce a great meal that tastes great and just seems to appear from nowhere. Then a few weeks later at the MCC, Sensi declared that we’d be doing a quick one as it’d been a busy weekend. So this “quick one” turned out to be Carbonara, a slightly beefed up one for the MCC, but Carbonara nevertheless. And ay up by gum it were smashing. As it goes we went to see Borat afterwards so that should probably be – I liked, it was nice, Shenkui.

Anyway the ingredients for the MCC Carbonara are as follows

  • 2 medium sized onions, diced
  • 24 bits of streaky bacon, cut into strips
  • About 13 medium sized button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 bags(1000g) of multi grain tagliatelle
  • 500 ml of Creme Fraiche
  • Parmesan, about the size of four fingers, grated!!!
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 Eggs
  • Olive oil

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Masochistic MAYONNAISE – at last

For a while now, I’ve been meaning to post up Sensi’s Mayo. We’ve actually made it twice, and I’ve even attempted it at home a few times to varying degrees of success. It’s one of those things that is so simple yet so hard to master (a bit like chess) that I’ve been putting off writing it up until I had it sussed. That is until now…

Find below the ultimate Mayo recipe as written by the girlfriends dad, he’s mentioned it to me before and I’ve even tasted it a fair few times, but the other day, Nick, finally reckons that he’s mastered it and offered up the recipe, it turns out we make masochistic Mayo, see what you think…

MAYONNAISE

Mayonnaise has nothing to do with Mayonne in France, but comes from a corruption of Mahon capital of Minorca.

As is usual, the food is produced from what the local house-wife has had to hand over the years. It has been internationalised, and corrupted, ever since.

Traditionally whisked by hand, this version uses the modern kitchen convenience of a food processor. Those who have time to spare and are of a masochistic bent may like to follow the ‘correct’ method given after the the ‘cheats’ version .

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Maximus Fruiticous Cous

Cous cous, rocks. This one was a bit of an experiment on Sensi’s part. We made it with the Pokey Pork and veggies a few weeks ago and although we all concluded that it could be improved it was pretty flippin’ good to start with. There’s just summat about adding fruit to cous cous that is so right.

Ingredients

  • About 20  grapes, sliced into small chunks
  • a good bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • a punch of toasted pin nuts
  • olive oil
  • good pinch of salt
  • 1 “c” cup of cous cous

Add the cous cous, the grapes, half the parsley, the pine nuts and salt to a bowl. Add 2 seconds of olive oil (ensure bottle has a slow pour nozzle). Mix this together and cover with boiled water from a kettle. Then cover the bowl with cling film and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes. If unsure the water will have gone and the cous cous will have absorbed the lot…

Like I said in the beginning, this was an experiment, I think you could make this fruitier (I would though), maybe with apricots or similar.

Pokey Pork

As part of our pseudo North African MCC yesterday, we cooked up a tasty loin of pork. I’m not sure if the majority of our North African readers are ever likely to eat pork, but the rest was quite authentic… 🙂 We made our own harissa which was amazing and formed the main flavour of this quick recipe.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tea spoons of harissa – we made ours, but Sensi says tinned harissa is pretty good too.

Grab a reasonable sized bowl and throw in 4 good sized pork loin slabs. Pour over 3 seconds of olive oil, add a proper grind of pepper and a punch of salt. Add in the 2 tea spoons of harissa and mix it all up making sure all of the pork is fully covered.

Leave the mix to stand for a bit and then get your grill onto full heat, we’re going to grill it “carefully”, so put the grill pan on the bottom of the grill. When the pork starts to brown turn it over. This took us about 15 minutes altogether.

When done serve up with some cous cous and some tasty veg.

Spicy Pumpkin “Boo” Soup

The nights are drawing in, the clocks have changed and it’s darned cold. I sit here shivering, wearing a big coat and rather fetching fingerless mits. I look hugely attractive, I can tell you, hunched over my liitle keyboard, gleaning heat from the whirring mechanics of my machine. No better time for a thick, seasonal, spicey soup. And it is spicey. Trick or treat?

Ingrediants

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pumpkin (half the size of a football)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 big leeks
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 thumb of ginger
  • A punch of curry powder (madras, or whichever you fancy)
  • A pint of chicken stock
  • 2 dollops of sour cream
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Fabulotastic Falafel and A Yoghurty Minty Dressing

Are we becoming less manly at the MCC? There seems to be alot of food without meat in it and we all know that meat is manly. maybe there is something Sensi is not telling us. A deep dark secret that is trying to force itself to the top of the cooking agenda. perhaps he is collating a menu of vegetarian specialties so we can have our own stall at glastonbury festival next year. Well, ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die, as into the kitchen of Pat, rode the three blokes.

Ingredients

  • 250g (or a couple of D-Cups) of Dried Chickpeas (soaked overnight)
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 dollops of tahini
  • A punch of ground coriander
  • A punch of ground cumin
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh corriander
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
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