Saturday, February 9, 2008

Tempura Batter

The lightest batter for coating fish and shellfish.

125 ml cake flour

salt and milled back pepper

3 eggs whites

100 ml milk or water

Sift the flour, season with salt and pepper, and blend in the egg whitesand milk or water to form a thin batter. Makes about 250 ml

Legends' Chive Crepes

120 g (250 ml) cake flour

2 ml salt

300 ml milk

45 ml vegetable oil

Diet Start

2 eggs

125 ml finely chopped fresh chives


Sift together the flour and salt. Blend the milk, oil and eggs to make a tooth batter. Mix in the chives. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a little butter in a small frying pan, add a thin film of batter and cook until lightly browned. Flip the crêpe and lightly cook the other side. As the crepes are cooked, layer them interleaved with waxed paper.

Makes 8-10 thin crêpes

Court Bouillon

2 litres cold water

500 ml dry white wine 2 onions, sliced

2 carrots, sliced

2 ribs celery, sliced

1 fresh or dried bouquet garni (parsley, thyme, bay leaf)

5 ml black peppercorns

Combine the ingredients in a large pot, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain and chill or freeze until required.

Makes about 2 litres

Fish Fumet

Prepare Court Bouillon (previous recipe), using only 1 litre water, and adding 1-2 well cleaned fish heads (make sure you remove the gills, which would give a bitter flavour). Strain into a clean pot and simmer uncovered until reduced by one-third.

Fish Stock

Use white fish varieties, and discard bitter gills and entrails, which would cause the stock to become bitter.

2 litres cold water

1,5 kg clean fish heads, trimmings and bones

1 large onion, quartered

2 carrots, thickly sliced

2 ribs celery with leaves, roughly chopped 1 fresh or dried bouquet garni(parsley, fennel, bay leaf)

1 strip lemon rind

12 black peppercorns

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot, cover and bring to the boil. Move the lid partially aside and reduce the heat until the liquid is barely moving.

Simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain the stock into a bowl through a colander lined with several layers of 'kitchen wipes'. Press on the solids to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Chill or freeze until required.

Makes about 1,5 litres

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