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Luxurious buttery creamed spinach

Faith Faith

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This creamed spinach recipe is luxuriously creamy and flavorful. It’s also surprisingly simple: just spinach, butter, cream and Parmesan cheese. Puréeing the spinach gives the dish the silky, velvety texture that makes it so satisfying.

Creamed spinach is a nice accompaniment for chicken and poultry dishes and also an ideal side for family grills.

INGREDIENTS
*3 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
*½ cup heavy cream
*2 tablespoons butter (½ stick)
*¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
*Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
METHOD
Heat the spinach leaves over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot (such as an enameled Dutch oven). You can add a small amount of water to the pot before adding the spinach, but as the liquid in the leaves cooks out, the leaves will steam in their liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon to keep everything moving.

As you cook it, the spinach will soften and turn a bright green color while reducing in volume quite dramatically. This might take 5 to 6 minutes or a bit longer. Plunge the cooked spinach leaves into a large bowl of ice water. This will stop the spinach from cooking and lock in that bright green color.

Drain the ice water and squeeze the excess water from the spinach. Squeezing by hand, a handful at a time is the best way to do this. You can transfer each squeezed handful directly into the bowl of your food processor since the next step will be puréeing it.Meanwhile, heat the cream over medium heat. Let the cream reduce slightly while you’re squeezing the spinach.
Purée the spinach in a food processor until it’s completely smooth.

Return the puréed spinach to the pot and add the butter, cream, and cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it’s hot.
Season to taste with salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Serve right away.

CHEF’S TIP
*This luxurious spinach dish is best served with roasted chicken!

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COOKING METHODS AND TECHNIQUES

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When you are staring at a cut of meat at a grocery store and you are wondering how you’re going to cook so it tastes beautiful, what’s going through your head? Is it a blank stare?

Do you know which method to apply to, say, beef short ribs? What about those cheap cuts of meat you are always tempted into buying and are subsequently disappointed by? The point is that we must know how to apply the cooking methods if we are to put that knowledge to any use.

You don’t know the feeling of control and power you have when you can close your eyes, pick up a piece of meat and know exactly how to cook it. Not only that, but you start saving some real cash too. You don’t have to buy a filet mignon to get a tender flavorful steak. All it takes is understanding how to apply the cooking methods! A true chef can make the cheapest cut of meat taste spectacular.

INGREDIENTS
*2x300g beef steak
*2 tablespoons salted butter
*Salt and pepper
*For the sauce
*200g button mushroom, quartered
*One garlic clove, lightly crushed
*One sprig
*150ml dry sherry
*One tablespoon sherry or balsamic vinegar
*150ml beef stock or brown chicken stock (could be made with a good bouillon powder)
*2 tablespoons double cream yoghurt
*One tablespoon grain mustard
*2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
*3 tablespoons olive oil

METHOD
Season the steak with salt and pepper. Melt the butter and fry steak for 4- 5 minutes on both sides or until golden brown
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the mushrooms with the garlic and thyme, stirring until softened.
Pour in 100ml sherry and cook until reduced to a glaze, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook for a few seconds more. Mix in the remaining sherry and the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove the garlic and thyme, then mix in the crème fraiche and mustard. Pour in any juices from the steak, then add the parsley.
Serve steak with mushroom sauce.
CHEF’S TIP
*Can also serve steak with herb mayonnaise, pepper sauce as well as cheese sauce.
Note… these are two servings.

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Morning Glory

Faith Faith

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Quick Masala French Toast is a perfect fusion recipe, which you can make for your breakfast with no time. It is a perfect combination of toast, eggs and vegetables, which is not only healthy but also very delicious to eat.

Serve Quick Masala French Toast on its own with a cup of hot Espresso Coffee or Masala Tea for a filling scrumptious breakfast.

EGG TOAST

INGREDIENTS
*3 Bread slices
*Four Whole Eggs
*Cooking oil, or butter as required
*2 tablespoons Milk
*1 tablespoon red chilli flakes
*Salt, as per your taste
*3 sprig coriander (Dhania) leaves, finely chopped
*1/4 tablespoon Black pepper powder
*1 Onion, finely chopped
*2 to 3 Green Chillies, finely chopped

METHOD
To begin making the Quick Masala French Toast recipe, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl.
Add milk, beat it again and make sure that it is mixed properly. Add chilli flakes, salt and black pepper.
Once it is done, heat oil in a wide pan. Take a bread slice, dip it in the egg mixture and put it on the pan.
Spread some onion, green chilies and coriander on the top of bread and pour some egg mixture on it again.
Turn the bread and let the other side also cooked properly. Once it turns light brown in colour, take it out of the stove and it is ready to be served.

CHEF’S TIP
Chop a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and coat together with the eggs before preparation. Best served with a hot beverage.

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