Herb Butter

I just had enough sage.

Original can be found here. You know this recipe, you’ve seen it dozens of times, there’s nothing new here, it’s just that I’ve never had a reason to make it before. Herb butter sounds great, but I don’t often use better when coking, at least not when I’m using herbs. But, I figured out a use. My mother makes stuffing and uses fresh sage, but often the sage isn’t ready when she’s making it, so since she fries her onions in butter I thought this would be an ideal solution. I did tweak it one way as you can see below. You’d be best to use freshly picked herbs, the smell of the fresh sage is intense, even for a older plant. I hate to make something like this without reason, last year I froze herbs in olive oil and struggled to use them, I think a fair few went into the bin, this is ideal as they’ll be used up fairly quickly. If you want really fast stuffing you can also blitz the onions and freeze them the same way. A quickie, but handy to know. See you later, dear reader.

Already popped and bagged.

Ingredients

110g Butter, Softened
1/4 Fresh Herbs, Chopped
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Can be frozen.

Method

1. Add everything to a bowl and stir together until Herbs have been evenly distributed throughout the butter. Scoop in a container, roll into a clingfilm log or fill into ice-cube trays.

Moroccan Fried Chicken Strips

Tweaked from: Here

Ingredients

2 Chicken Breasts, Cut into Strips
1 Lemon Divided into 30ml Lemon Juice and Lemons Slices
1 Tbsp Olive Oil, Halved
1 Clove Fresh Garlic, Crushed and Chopped
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Cumin
1/2 Tsp Ground Coriander
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
2 Tbsp Toasted Pine Nuts
2 Tbsp Fresh Mint, Chopped Fine

Method

1. Mix Lemon Juice, half the Olive Oil, Cumin, Cinnamon, Ground Coriander, Garlic and Sea Salt together until smooth, add the meat and coat all over. Let sit for an hour in the fridge.

2. Add remaining Olive Oil to non-stick pan and when hot add Marinaded Meat. Cook on medium for 15 minutes or until Chicken is golden and cooked through. For the remaining 3 minutes place the Lemon Slices ontop and continue cooking.

3. When Chicken is cooked remove the Lemon Slices and add the Pine Nuts, Mint and a drizzle of extra Olive Oil and stir together. Serve with Quinoa.

Chicken Peanut Curry

Tweaked slightly from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chicken_peanut_curry/

Ingredients

For Curry:

1 Chicken Breast, Chopped
10g Rice Flour (Or Any GF Flour)
3/4 Tbsp Curry Powder
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
Pinch Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Grated Fresh Ginger
2 Cloves Garlic, Grated
200ml Chicken Stock (1/2 Stock Cube)
1 1/2 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
1/8 Tsp Sugar

For Serving:

1/4 Tsp Ground Coriander
1 Small Scallion, Chopped Fine
1/2 Tbsp Lime Juice
Handful of Mint and Cilantro

Takes about 20-25 minutes.

Method

1. Combine Rice Flour, Curry Powder, Salt and Black Pepper in a bowl and add Chicken, stirring until Chicken is completely coated. Set aside.

2. Heat Olive Oil in a non-stick wok on a medium high heat and when hot add Dredged Chicken Pieces. Cook for 2-4 minutes, add more Oil if needed, or until Chicken has soaked up the Olive Oil and browned slightly. Remove from wok and set aside.

3. Add Garlic, Ginger and half the Stock to the wok and turn down to a medium heat. Cook for a minute or two or until the Ginger and Garlic start to release their aroma. Turn up the heat to high and then add the Peanut Butter and the Sugar and stir until Peanut Butter has melted slightly, then add remaining Stock and keep stirring for a minute. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the Chicken, stirring to combine everything.

4. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is smooth and Chicken has cook through. Just before serving add Ground Coriander, Scallion, Mint, Cilantro and Lime juice. Mix it all together and cook for a minute or so then serve.