4 Recipes That Work Everytime
by Divya Burman, a chef and food blogger. bl She dishes on the four recipes that always make her parties a success.
1 RED PEPPER AND FETA CHEESE DIP
How To: Take 180 gm of red capsicum and roast till the colour changes, then scrape out the black burnt parts, remove seeds and squeeze out water. Put 200 gm of feta cheese, the capsicum, half tbsp of chilli powder, 1 tbsp of garlic paste, 6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a blender, and blend to a smooth paste. Sprinkle with paprika and refrigerate. Serve with crusty bread or cucumber sticks.
SUPER SALMON PÂTÉ
How To: Blend 250 gm of smoked salmon, 100 gm of unsalted butter, 2tbsp of lemon juice, 1tbsp of wholegrain mustard, 2 tbsp of fresh cream, 1/ 4th tbsp of Tabasco or Capsico, and 1 tbsp of drained capers. Check for salt; if too salty add more cream and refrigerate. Serve with crusty bread or cucumber/ carrot sticks.
3 MINCED THAI CHICKEN WITH BASIL LEAVES AND CHILLI
How To: In a pestle and mortar, mash 7- 8 garlic beans and 4- 5 de- seeded green and red chillies. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok, add the chilli- garlic paste, and stir- fry one minute on high. Now add half kg minced chicken and cook till white. Add 5 tbsp of oyster sauce, 3tbsp of fish sauce, and 1 tbsp of castor sugar. Stir fry and taste for salt. Now add 4 cups of washed basil leaves and stir- fry for another minute. You could serve the preparation in small cabbage cups.
4 GREEN ASPARAGUS TOSSED IN OLIVE OIL, LEMON AND SESAME SEEDS
How To: Boil a pot of water and put in half a kg of washed asparagus for six- and- a- half minutes. Then, drain and wash them in chilled water. This helps retain the green colour and stops the asparagus from cooking further. Now heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and add 1.5 tbsp of finely chopped garlic and sauté. Add the asparagus, and stir- fry till warm. Next, add 1tbsp of butter and salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Stir- fry, then add 1tbsp lemon juice and turn the gas off. Serve garnished with toasted sesame seeds.