Home cheese cave
Welcome to a new column featuring fast simple meals – made from scratch – with everyday ingredients as well as some pantry items that could become essentials.
Chicken with coconut dressing
Kaffir lime leaves and palm sugar are widely available in Asian grocery stores. Lemon leaves can be substituted although they do not have the same flavour. Light-brown sugar whizzed to caster sugar in a food processor can replace palm sugar. Adapted from
by John Torode (Firefly, 2010). Serves six. 1⁄ 3 1⁄
4 ‘‘CHEESE IS ALIVE’’ trumpets the packet of Formaticum cheese paper. ‘‘Nurture it.’’ Yessir! The wraps are from the US with each sheet of paper featuring cheeseries from all over. Companies making cheeses as diverse as Ewe’s Blue in New York, Goat Ricotta in Montana, Beecher’s Handmade in Seattle and Pure Luck Goat Dairy in Texas reckon this paper product is the good thing when it comes to wrapping pieces of cheese. The claim is that the two-ply paper simulates the environment of a cheese cave. ‘‘Cheeses can breathe while maintaining optimal humidity’’. I don’t know about the cave, but I tried the papers and at last I feel confidant I can wrap and keep pieces of cheese safely in the refrigerator. Could this be the end of rock-hard cheddars, or slimy haloumi?
Not the cheapest wrapping paper, but there is enough to wrap 24 large pieces of cheese. Complete with 24 adhesive labels so you know what’s inside the parcel. through. Let cool; reserve the poaching liquid. While the chicken is cooling, combine the shallots, red pepper, chillies (to taste), cucumber, peanuts, kaffir lime leaves and coriander in a bowl. Mix well. Cut the cooled chicken into 1.5cmthick strips. Add to the salad and toss gently to combine. To serve add a little of the cooled poaching liquid over each portion.
cup palm sugar 3 Tbsp fish sauce 400g can coconut milk 5 or 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 850g), or breasts, trimmed of excess fat 2 medium shallots, peeled and sliced thin
medium red pepper, julienned (cut into very thin strips) 1 or 2 small red chillies (bird or Thai), diced or julienned
seedless peeled cucumber,
julienned ( about cup) 1 heaped Tbsp roasted salted peanuts or roasted salted cashews 4 kaffir lime leaves, julienned A handful of coriander leaves
Poached: Chicken in coconut milk.