Pork, Pineapple & Water Chestnut Noodle Stir-Fry

These past weeks have been so busy and with not that much time to cook, stir-fry dishes are always a savior. We are extending our apartment and the building was supposed to have been finished in October, but now it looks like it is going to be finished around the beginning of January. This kinda sucks since we were looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas in our new finished house. Our living room and kitchen have been full of boxes since we moved in, but hopefully it will all be done soon.

Going back to the stir-fry, I made it with minced pork. But if you would like to keep it vegetarian, it would also go well with soya mince or any vegetable that would like.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

300gr of minced pork

1 ½ cup of diced fresh pineapple

1 sweet pepper, finely chopped

250gr of water chestnuts, finely chopped (I used frozen ones, thawed)

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced

½ teaspoon of Sichuan pepper powder

2 tablespoons of chili bean sauce

4 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of sesame oil

3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

75grs of bean sprouts

3 spring onions

325grs of rice noodles

Extras:

Sesame seeds

Spring onion

 

First prep and chop all of your ingredients. Then cook the rice noodles as instructed on the package.

Place one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the minced pork and Sichuan pepper powder. Cook for about 3 minutes while stirring until it gets browned. Then add the garlic, ginger and chili bean sauce. Cook for an extra minute while stirring.

Then add the pineapple, sweet pepper and water chestnuts. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin, oyster sauce, bean sprouts and spring onions. Mix well and then add the cooked noodles. Stir-fry till the noodles are well coated in the sauce.

Serve straight away with extra spring onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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Black Rice, Bimi & Pineapple Stir Fry

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I had been eating this stir fry for two days in a row. I made two large batches to eat throughout the day. It is so easy to make and black rice is so healthy. I am trying to make simpler recipes at the moment since we are busy with the renovations of the new apartment and we need to start packing. We need to leave our current rental apartment at the end of the month and now time is ticking. So easy meals like this one, which I can just reheat in the microwave are a life saver.

This recipe serves 2 -3 people

Ingredients:

¾ cup of black rice

4 cups of vegetable stock (hot)

½ of a pineapple, cored and chopped into pieces

2 sticks of lemongrass, (white part only) finely chopped

1 ½ tablespoons of minced ginger

2 small bird’s eye chili, finely chopped

1/3 cup of cashew nuts, chopped

200grs of bimi, chopped

4 tablespoons of oyster sauce

1 teaspoon of fish sauce

2 tablespoons of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

 

Start by rinsing the black rice under cold water. Then place it in a medium saucepan with the vegetable stock and let it cook covered for about 45 minutes over medium-low heat until most of the liquid has evaporated and the rice is cooked. Then turn off the heat and let it sit covered for 10 minutes.

Place the sesame oil and vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Once it is hot, add the lemongrass, chili and ginger. Cook for a minute and then add the bimi, pineapple and cashew nuts. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the bimi is cooked. Then add the oyster sauce, fish sauce and black rice. Stir fry it for a couple of minutes. Then adjust the seasoning to your liking. Enjoy!

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My Festival Burger (Coconut Crusted Chicken Burger with Spicy Coriander Sauce & Caramelized Pineapple)

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Summer is around the corner and that also means that festival season has started. When I first moved to the Netherlands, outdoors festivals were one thing I was very eager to experience. My husband had already talked non-stop on how good they were here. Good music, dancing in the sun with my love and of course great food. I was sold! So when Hellmann’s asked me to create my own festival burger and share it with you, of course I said yes!

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I have not been shy about my love for burgers, veggie and meat alike. With festivals lasting about half a day, we would always end up satisfying our hunger with burgers. The smell of the grill would just draw us in. And what better topping to a burger than a creamy and tangy sauce that will get your taste buds going with every bite? That’s why I created this crunchy and juicy coconut crusted chicken burger served with caramelized pineapple and a tangy & spicy coriander sauce, which I made with Hellmann’s. It is summer on a bun!

Now to the fun part, you can win 2 tickets to De Parade (You can choose the location). The only thing you have to do, is write a comment under the Instagram post of this blog post telling me what your favorite festival burger with Hellmann’s would be. It can also be vegetarian. You have until next Friday July 1st to participate. I will then choose a winner and make her or his favorite festival burger into a recipe! The contest is now closed, winner was chosen on Instagram.

This recipe makes 4 burgers.

Ingredients:

For the chicken marinade:
400gr of chicken breast (about 2 pieces of chicken breast)
500ml of buttermilk
½ a teaspoon of salt
½ a teaspoon of onion powder
½ a teaspoon of garlic powder
½ a teaspoon of paprika powder

For the chicken coating:
55grs of shredded coconut, unsweetened (1 cup)
60grs of panko breadcrumbs (1 cup)
½ a teaspoon of garlic powder
½ a teaspoon of onion powder
½ a teaspoon of salt
4 eggs, beaten
115grs of all-purpose flour (1 cup)

For the caramelized pineapple:
250grs of ripe pineapple, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of sugar

For the spicy coriander sauce:
300grs of Hellmann’s
½ bunch of coriander
1 ½ tablespoons of sriracha sauce, or more to taste
Juice of ½ a lime

Extras:
300ml of vegetable oil to cook the chicken
40grs of wasabi arugula or any lettuce of your choice
4 buns of your choice
Garden cress for decoration (optional)

For this recipe, I marinated the chicken in buttermilk overnight. This is a step that you can skip but I do advise you to do it. It requires minimal effort. It will take you about 5 minutes and it is worth it. The buttermilk will help tenderize the meat and the result is a very flavorsome and moist chicken.

So the night before, I placed one piece of chicken breast in between parchment paper and flattened it with a rolling pin, especially on the thicker parts. You want the whole piece to have the same thickness so that it will cook evenly.

You can also use a meat tenderizer. Repeat for the other piece of chicken. Then slice each peace into 2 even pieces, so that you have a total of 4 patties.

Make the marinade. Place the buttermilk in a medium container or bowl. Add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika powder. Mix well and add the pieces of chicken. Cover it and let it rest overnight in the fridge.

The next day, start by making the spicy coriander sauce. Blend 300grs of Hellmann’s with the coriander, sriracha sauce and lime juice. You can also put it in the food processor. Transfer it to a small bowl and keep it in the fridge covered until ready to use.

To make the caramelized pineapple, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Then add the sugar, mix it for a minute and then add the pineapple. Swirl the pan from time to time until the pineapple caramelizes. This will take about 7 minutes. Set it aside.

Then prepare the coating for the chicken. Have one bowl ready with the beaten eggs. In another bowl, mix the dried coconut with the panko, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Have another bowl ready with the flour.

Remove the chicken from the buttermilk marinade. First coat the chicken in the flour, then in the beaten eggs and finally in the coconut/panko mixture. Because I like it extra crispy, I did this twice per piece of chicken. Repeat until all 4 pieces of chicken are well coated.

Pour the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the chicken. It is important that the oil is not super hot; otherwise the crust will get dark before the chicken is completely cooked through. This will take about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your chicken.

Once the chicken is fried, start to assemble each burger. Place a handful of wasabi arugula or lettuce of your choice on the bottom of your bun and then place the fried chicken on top. Top it with the spicy coriander sauce, caramelized pineapple and if you want also add some garden cress. Enjoy!

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Coconut Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

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I’ve had shrimp on mine mind for the last week and finally decided to incorporate them into a taco recipe. Coconut and panko crusted shrimp with a pan-roasted pineapple salsa. So good and fresh, it was hard to stop eating them before taking pictures.

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This recipe is for 12 tacos:

Ingredients:

12 small tortillas

For the shrimp:

300grs of shrimp, peeled

1 cup of all-purpose flour

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup of panko

1 cup of shredded dried coconut, unsweetened

1 tablespoon of salt

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

1 ½ cups of vegetable oil for pan-frying the shrimp

For the pineapple salsa:

½ of a pineapple, chopped into small pieces

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of cayenne

1 tablespoon of sugar

Salt

Pepper

1 small red onion, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

3 tablespoons of chopped coriander

Chopped chili to taste

 

To make the pineapple salsa, place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Then add the pineapple, cayenne, sugar, some salt and pepper. Cook it until it caramelizes, this will take about 7 minutes. Stir from time to time. Once the pineapple is done, transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool down.

In the meanwhile, start preparing the shrimp. Separate the ingredients for the coating. Place the flour in one bowl. Have the beaten eggs in another bowl. And in the last bowl mix the panko, coconut, salt, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder. First coat each shrimp in the flour, then the egg and finally in the panko/coconut mixture.

Pour the vegetable oil into a large pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, start frying the shrimp in batches. They will take about 2 minutes per side, just make sure that the oil is not too hot, otherwise they will get brown without being cooked through. Place the fried shrimp on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil. Have a taste and sprinkle them with some salt if you wish.

Once the shrimp are done, the pineapple should already have cooled down. So mix the pineapple with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, red onion, lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix well.

To serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan and serve it with the shrimp and pineapple salsa. Enjoy!

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Dutch Baby Pancake with Baked Pineapple, Topped with Peaches, Blueberries & Currants

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A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for a savory Dutch baby pancake with Gouda, crispy bacon and a fried egg. You can check the recipe by clicking here. Yesterday I made this sweet version of it with a slice of pineapple baked in the middle and topped with more fruit. Perfect weekend breakfast.

This recipe is for 1 pancake.

Ingredients:

For the batter:

2 eggs

½ cup of milk

¾ cup of all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of butter

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 very thin slice of fresh pineapple

Toppings:

1 peach, thinly sliced

A few red currants

A few blueberries

Mint leaves

Powdered sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 230C/446F with a cast iron skillet inside.

Place the eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, sugar and salt in the blender and blend until smooth. Leave the batter in the blender.

Take the hot skillet out of the oven and add the butter. Place it back in the oven until the butter melts, this will only take about 1 minute. Take the skillet out of the oven again. Swirl the butter so it coats all the edges of the skillet. Once the skillet is completely coated in butter, pour the remaining melted butter into the blender with the rest of the pancake batter. Blend until everything is combined.

Add the pancake batter into the hot skillet and place the pineapple slice in the middle.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the pancake turns golden and the edges have puffed up.

Serve with the peach slices, blueberries, currants, mint leaves and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. Eat right away.

Piña Colada Ice Pops

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Piña coladas are the epitome of a beach holiday. Since I won’t be at the beach for this heatwave, at least I can cool down by eating these frozen treats. Forecast for this Saturday is 36 degrees celsius and even though I am always wishing for warmer weather, that’s a bit too much. I’m keeping it very short today, so I can run some errands. Since I do them by bike, I need to start early before this heat gets so strong that biking becomes a full workout activity.

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This recipe makes 9 ice pops.

Ingredients:

250gr of frozen pineapple (or fresh)

165ml of coconut cream

2 shots of rum

½ cup of sparkling water

2 tablespoons of agave syrup

16 cherries, pitted and halved

 

Place all of the ingredients in the blender, except for the cherries. Blend until smooth.

Place a few of the halved cherries inside the ice pop molds, and then pour the piña colada evenly. Insert the sticks and freeze overnight.

If you don’t have ice pop molds, just use small espresso cups and insert a wooden stick in the middle.

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Pork Sliders with Caramelized Pineapple on a Mini Pretzel Bun

Pork Sliders with Caramelized Pineapple on a Mini Pretzel Bun

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I have been craving burgers and BBQ sauce lately. I think it has to do with the fact that I am very much looking forward to summer. Going to the park, having barbecues and actually feeling the sun on my skin! And right now the weather feels more like we are entering winter instead of spring.

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To satisfy my burger cravings, I made these sliders. I went for minced pork instead of beef. The patties are seasoned with cooked shallots, garlic, oregano, thyme and smoky BBQ sauce. So they are full of flavor just by themselves.  And because pork and pineapple are a marriage made in heaven, I added it too. Top it with some Emmental cheese and some mini pretzel buns and you’ve got some food porn right there.  I was in a make everything from scratch mood that day so I also made the mini pretzel buns. They are super easy to make. It is the same recipe as my Soft pretzel twists, just shaped differently. I have added the different instructions below. This recipe makes about 13 sliders.

Ingredients:

For the patties:

500gr minced pork

2 tablespoons of smoky BBQ sauce

3 shallots, chopped

1 teaspoon of dried thyme

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Salt

Pepper

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup of panko

1/3 cup of breadcrumbs

For the caramelized pineapple:

½ fresh pineapple, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons of sugar

Pepper

For the toppings:

150gr of Emmental cheese, thinly sliced

Lettuce of your choice

 

First start making the mini pretzel buns, for the whole recipe check out my Soft Pretzel Twists Post.  The ingredients are the same; there are just a few different steps.  Once the dough has risen, divide it into 16 equal pieces.  Then form each piece into a ball. Place the balls in the baking soda/water bath for 30 seconds.  Then place them on a prepared baking tray (lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with vegetable oil).  Cut a cross in the middle of each bun, brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle with some sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes at 230C/450F.

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To make the caramelized pineapple, place the sugar and sliced pineapple in a large pan.  Sprinkle some pepper and let it cook over medium-high heat until it has caramelized. This will take about 6 minutes, turning the pineapples half way through.  Place the caramelized pineapple slices on a lightly greased plate and set aside.

To make the patties, over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a small pan. Add the shallots, dried thyme, dried oregano and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes until the shallots are translucent.

Place the minced pork in a large bowl. Add the shallot mixture, BBQ sauce, egg yolk, panko, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper.  Mix it all until well combined. Grab about 1/4 of a cup of the mixture and make a ball, repeat until all the mixture is done. This will give you about 13 meatballs.

Pour some olive oil into a large pan, over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, place the meatballs in the pan and press a bit with a spatula so they become mini burgers. Cook them for about 4 minutes on each side until they are all cooked through.  Take the pan off the heat. Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty. The heat of the patties will melt it.

To serve the sliders, slice the mini pretzel buns in half and place some lettuce on the bottom. Then place a patty and some slices of the caramelized pineapple.  Cover with the top parts of the bun. Serve right away.

Baked Ginger Chicken Wings with a Persimmon Pineapple Salsa and Pork Floss

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On my recent trip to Lima, we went to this hamburger restaurant called Papacho’s. It is one of the many restaurant chains Gaston Acurio has.  He is Peru’s most famous chef and food ambassador.  I had never been there before but ended up going twice in a week for their charapita chicken wings. Those wings are bathed in a salsa with chilies and fruit from the Peruvian Amazon and topped with finely shredded Cecina which is salted dried pork.  Since my hubby and I liked them so much, I decided to make my own version of the dish.  I made the salsa with persimmon and pineapple and topped it with some pork floss instead of the Cecina.  The combination was delicious. To view the picture of the wings this dish was inspired on, you can check out my post about Papacho’s here.

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Ingredients:

1 kilo of chicken wings

1 cup of ginger syrup

¼ cup of ketchup

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of honey

3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon of salt

Pepper

For the salsa:

1 persimmon peeled and finely chopped (here is called kaki)

1 cup of finely chopped fresh pineapple

1 red chili

5 tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander

1 red onion, finely chopped

Juice of 2 limes

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Salt

Pepper

Garnish:

A sprinkle of pork floss

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a large bowl, mix the ginger syrup, ketchup, soy sauce, honey, balsamic, salt and pepper. Add the chicken wings and toss to coat.

Line an oven dish with 2 sheets of aluminum foil. This will make the clean up later easier.

Place the chicken wings on a single layer in the oven dish. Bake for 1 hour.

While the chicken wings are baking, start making the salsa. Just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, Cover with plastic film and refrigerate until use. One tip, cut all the fruit and onion as small as you can.

Once the chicken wings are cooked, transfer them to a serving plate. Top with the salsa and sprinkle some of the pork floss.