Date and Pecan Passover Cookies

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1 Cup Chopped Dates
1 Cup Roughly Chopped Pecans
1 Cup Powdered (Icing) Sugar
1 Egg White

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the chopped dates, chopped pecans and powdered sugar.
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3. Mix well until all combined.
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4. Add the egg white and mix well.
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5. Place tablespoon sized scoops on a baking sheet spread an inch apart.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

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12oz (340 grams) Gluten Free Elbow Pasta (cooked al dente)

4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Gluten Free Flour
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, Grated
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar, Grated
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
Salt and Pepper
Pinch of Nutmeg

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METHOD

Preheat oven to 375F or 190C

1. Cook pasta according to packaging but make sure to cook it al dente and not completely soft. Drain and set aside.
2. Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
3. Add flour to melted butter and cook for 1 minute.
4. Remove from heat and whisk in milk, carefully stirring until smooth and no lumps
5. Add back to medium heat and continuously stir until roux thickens and coats the back of the spoon.
6. Once thick, add 1.5 cups of grated mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese and stir until cheese is melted and mixed evenly.
7. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg
8. Remove from the heat and mix in the cooked pasta.

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9. Transfer to a 13 x 9 pyrex, or oven proof dish, and top with remaining cheese.

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10. Bake for 20-30 mins until side are bubbling and top gets browned.

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Miso Black Cod

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INGREDIENTS

¼ Cup Sake
¼ Cup Mirin
4 Tablespoons Saikyo Miso (or White Miso)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4 Pieces Black Cod Fillets about 1/2 Pound/250 Grams Each (Also known as Sablefish – You can also substitute Salmon, Seabass or similar)
Oil for cooking

METHOD (Marinade)

  1. Make marinade (per below) and marinate fish 1-2 days in advance. If you are short on time, let it marinate for at least a few hours.
  2. Combine the mirin and sake in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 20 seconds to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
  4. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the miso paste and sugar.
  5. Whisk over medium heat without letting the mixture boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  7. Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towel. Slather the fish with the marinade and place in a glass/porcelain dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave to marinate for 1-2 days.

To Cook the Fish

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200 °C
  2. Heat an oven-proof skillet over high heat on the stove.
  3. Lightly wipe off any excess miso clinging to the fillets, but don’t rinse it off. Discard excess marinade from fish.
  4. Place a small amount of oil in the pan, once hot add the fish skin-side-up to the pan and cook until the bottom of the fish browns and caramelizes in spots, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer to the oven (Skin-side down) and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.
  6. Serve with vegetables and rice.

CRYSTAL SUMMER ROLLS

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INGREDIENTS

Rice Paper Wrappers
1 Large Carrot, julienned
1 Cucumber, julienned
1 Red Bell Pepper, julienned
Lettuce, Shredded
Fresh Basil
Fresh Mint
Vermicelli Rice Noodles (Soaked according to packaging)
Cooked Shrimp, peeled and sliced in half
Warm Water

Dipping Sauce

¼ Cup Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
2 Tsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tsp Chilli Garlic Sauce
1-2 Tbsp Warm Water, or more if needed
Garnish: Crushed Peanuts, Sprinkle Of Crushed Red Pepper

METHOD

Fresh Rolls

  1. Pour the warm water into a large pyrex dish or baking pan
  2. Dip one wrapper into the water at a time. Submerge for about 10-20 seconds (or according to packaging instructions). Wrapper should be soft but still slightly firm and pliable.
  3. Remove from the water and place onto a plastic or wood board.
  4. Add a few pieces of carrot, peppers, cucumber on the bottom of the wrapper closest to you. Top it with the mint, basil, noodles and lettuce. Add shrimp on top of the lettuce.
  5. Roll the wrapper by folding in the sides and rolling towards the top, like you would a burrito. Look at this step by step page if you are having a hard time.
  6. Place on a serving plate.

Dipping Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients, except garnishes, and miss until well combined. Add more water if mixture is too thick.
  2. Garnish with crushed peanuts and chili flakes.

Serve

  1. Serve whole or cut in half, slightly diagonally and serve with dipping sauce.

 Tips

  • Play around with whatever fresh ingredients you have.
  • Omit shrimp for a vegetarian version.

Mayonnaise and Aioli

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 INGREDIENTS
1 Large Egg
1 ½ Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tsp White Vinegar
¼ Tsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tsp Salt
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil (for Mayo) or Olive Oil (for Aioli)
1 Minced Clove of Garlic (for Aioli)

METHOD

  1. Combine yolk, lemon juice, vinegar , mustard and salt (if making aioli, add the minced garlic as well)
  2. Whisk until blended and turns bright yellow, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add oil (vegetable oil for mayonnaise and olive oil for aioli), a few drops at a time using ¼ cup measure while whisking, about 4 mins.
  4. When this is well incorporated, add the additional ½ cup oil in a steady stream while whisking until thick, about 8 mins.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge.
  6. Can be made 2 days ahead.

Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl

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Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl – http://www.oceansbetweenkitchens.com

INGREDIENTS 
Serves 4

20 Large Shrimp (Shell and Tail removed)
3-4 cups Cooked Rice
2 Shredded Carrots
1/4 Sliced English Cucumber
4 Tbsp Pickled Ginger
1 Sliced Avocado
Handful Beansprouts
1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
Sesame Seeds

SAUCE
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Gluten Free Tamari
3 Tbsp Mirin
3 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1.5 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl to serve.

METHOD
1. Place a serving of rice in the bottom of a bowl, add shrimp, carrots, cucumber, ginger, avocado and beansprouts.
2. Sprinkle with green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.
3. Drizzle sauce over rice bowl.

Oven Baked Chicken Strips

INGREDIENTS

2 Chicken Breasts
1 Egg
1.5-2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs (For Gluten Free version I use Ian’s Gluten Free Panko)
Seasoning – In SA I use Robertons Chicken Seasoning, in USA I use Mrs Dash.

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 375 ºF/190ºC
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Slice chicken breast across width way into strips.
  4. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow bowl.
  5. Season panko and place in separate shallow bowl.
  6. Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the panko.img_8574
  7. Place chicken strips onto baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes – turning halfway.img_8580

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Soft Pretzels

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Makes 12 Pretzels

3 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour
2 Tsp Instant Yeast
1 1/4 Tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 cups Warm Water (plus extra if needed)
1 Large Egg (room temp)
2 Tbsp Butter or Vegan Butter (I prefer Fleischmanns)

BAKING SODA DIP
3 quarts (3 liters) water
1/4 cup Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

EGG WASH
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tbsp Water

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
Pretzel Salt
Butter/Vegan Butter
Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

Dough
1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, xanthin gum, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
2. Add the water, egg and butter. Mix until a firm dough forms, about 4 minutes in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. If the dough appears to be dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or enough for it to form a soft pliable dough.
3. Knead the dough until smooth, then transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover will cling wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise until almost doubled, 1 hour – 1.5 hours.

Shaping and Baking
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/ 280°C.
2.Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
3. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.
4. Remove dough from bowl and divide into 12 pieces. If dough is sticky, lightly flour kitchen surface.
5. Work with one pice at a time, keeping the other pieces covered. Roll the piece out and shape into a pretzel. Watch this video on how to shape pretzels.
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4. Add the baking soda and sugar to the boiling water and wait for the foam to subside.
7.Gently place the pretzels one at a time into the water, they will initially drop to the bottom and then they will rise. If they don’t rise within 5-10 seconds, use a slotted spoon to nudge them from sticking on the bottom. They can removed when as soon as they float to the top.img_8462
8. Remove the pretzels form the water and place on baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk wash and sprinkle with salt (or leave plain if you’re making them sweet).img_8460
9. Bake the pretzels until golden brown about 10-15 mins.
10. If you choose to make cinnamon sugar pretzels, brush with melted butter as soon as you remove from the oven and dip into cinnamon sugar mix.img_8450

Rocket Salad with Oven Roasted Golden Beets, Caramelized Red Onions, Fresh Figs and Candied Pecans

 
INGREDIENTS 
One packet fresh rocket
4 baby golden beets
One large red onion
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper
4 fresh figs
1/2 cup Pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar
Cinnamon

METHOD
Candied Pecans 

 
1. Add the brown sugar to a frying pan and melt the sugar.
2. Add the pecans and coat throughly in the melted sugar.
3. Remove from the pan and place on a greased baking tray with foil.
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and set aside to cool.

Roasted Beets and Caramelized Onions
1. Pre heat the oven to 400F/200C
2. Peel and quarter the beets.
3. Peel and cut the onion into wedges.
4. In one bowl, toss the beets with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a baking sheet.  
5.In a seperate bowl do the same to the onion but also add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar and spread on a baking sheet. 

 
6. Bake for 30 mins turning halfway.
6. Remove from the oven and cool.

Assemble 

 
1. In a medium bowl toss the rocket with balsamic vinegar and place on a serving dish.
2. Over the rocket, add the golden beets and the caramalized onion.
3. Break up the candied pecans and scatter on top.
4. Tear or quater the figs and place on top.
5. If desired, drizzle with additional olive oil and balsamic vinegar to serve. 

Authentic Phad Thai

INGREDIENTS 
(Serves 4)

14oz (350grams) Flat Rice Noodles
3 Tbsp Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Block of Firm Tofu (cut into small pieces)
16 Raw Shrimp Tail on
1/2 Can Bean Sprouts (1 Cup Fresh Bean Sprouts)
4 Sprigs Green Onion (Cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 Lime
4 Tsp Fish Sauce
4 Tbsp Chopped Peanuts
4 Tsp Palm Sugar (Can Substitute Brown Sugar)
2 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
2 Eggs
Optional: Thai Chili Peppers

METHOD

1. Place noodles in a bowl and cover with room temperature water. Soak for 10 mins (should be tender but not soft enough to eat)
2. Add oil to wok and add chopped garlic, tofu, shrimp, sprouts and green onion. Stir until shrimp is pink and cooked.
3. Add lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste and noodles. If desired, you can add chopped thai chili peppers for added heat.
4. Stir continuously to combine, cook for 3-4 mins (until noodles are soft).
5. Push noodles to the side and add eggs, gently scramble until cooked.
6. Combine with noodles and serve.
7. Garnish with fresh lime, peanuts and sprouts.

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