Roasted Garlic Dip

Whenever i do a chicken on the BBQ, whether it be rotisserie or beer can i always seem to do similar variations of the same side dishes, not today though! I spent the morning looking at tapas style dishes and then headed out to get the ingredients. I spent the afternoon cooking and making two dishes so that when it was serving time they were already completed.

The first dish i started was a roasted garlic dip. This was to be served with potato wedges and i love dips!


1 garlic  bulb, separated into cloves, unpeeled.

1/2 tbs olive oil.

35ml of either natural yogurt or sour cream. I used Greek yogurt as I had some leftover.

30ml mayonnaise, (add to taste).

salt and paprika.


Place the garlic cloves into a small roasting tray, pour in the olive oil and coat them. Spread them out in an even layer. Roast in a 200degC preheated oven for 25mins. Set aside to cool.

Squeeze the roasted garlic from the skin by pinching off the end of the clove. On a chopping board add a little salt to the garlic and mash to a paste. Scrape into a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise and cream/yogurt. The mayonnaise can dominate so be aware when adding. Season to taste with salt and paprika. Can then be plastic wrapped and kept in the fridge until serving. Sprinkle a little more paprika when served.


I also made roasted peppers with  maple syrup and almonds earlier in the afternoon. This was served at room temperature and it was sublime!

Finally, at the table the gorgeously cooked chicken was served with arguably the best potato wedges i’d ever had, Angela agreed! And sauteed garlic mushrooms. So good man.

No good pics of the wedges or chicken. It’s always such a rush to get it served and to the table hot! Plus i’m hungry yo! 😉

We had leftovers too so we’re having the same dish tonight, just have to make a few more wedges. Ahhh.

Triple treat!

Earlier in the afternoon we had a mad storm. Nothing like a thunder and lightning show on a Sunday afternoon. We just sat outside with our wines, one of life’s simple pleasures. The next door neighbour’s dog was scared of all the thunder and sat under Angela’s chair. Think she liked Angela cause she gave her some ham, she looked hungry!

As added bonus i didn’t have to water any plants! Hah

Stormy Sunday!

A good day. Till next time!

 

Thai Chicken Risotto

This was one of the first dishes that really wowed me in taste, texture and uniqueness; Thai chicken risotto. I started putting together a cook book a couple of years ago and this was the first recipe i worked on. It is so damn good. The chicken is extremely succulent,  (don’t over cook it when you’re first browning it, only lightly colour the surface, you don’t want it to dry out, it has plenty of time to cook through in the oven). It’s also important to closely watch the times of cooking or resting, it will be crucial to the end result.

Best thing to do with this dish is plan leftovers around it so when you go out to buy ingredients you’re only getting specific items. A lot of them are pantry staples so you shouldn’t really need to buy much. I just had to buy the chicken thighs and rice yesterday which cost me all up $8. It made 5 servings too and that was with us going back for seconds for dinner. Good family meal or leftovers for lunch the next day. Another pro tip thanks to my Dad, if you’re happy to buy Coles or Woollies brand chicken get them from the deli, they will be way cheaper than the prepackaged stuff that’s there for complete convenience. Sure you might have to take a ticket but you will save a few bucks. Buy double, split it up and freeze the rest for another day’s use!

I also highly recommend having a kaffir lime tree at home. If you like to cook Thai food you will save heaps, both in time, money and frustration of not having this important element for your dishes.

I made the red curry paste myself earlier in the week. I hadn’t made my own for a while. I even managed to get Thai shrimp place from a joint in town! No galangal though, ughh, elusive to me, especially fresh and juicy. It’s on my list to grow though. Store bought paste is fine, i have been using it for years.

This recipe comes from the below link. Again, use what you have on hand. I included frozen peas last night, i thought they were way better than the beans i had used in the past. Little pops of flavour and there are more of them scattered throughout the bowl.

The prep can take some time but just do it bit by bit, keep looking at the recipe so you don’t miss any steps or ingredients, once everything is prepped and chopped it comes together very easily.

Thai Chicken Risotto

Thai Chicken Risotto thanks to delicious.

This Saturday was the ‘Bollywood beach markets’ in Woolgoolga. I was thinking we’d really see some great Indian stalls from the heavily cultured community but was very disappointed by what was there! The beach was nice though 🙂

Instead i am going to make some bases tonight and cook pizza haha, no worries, haven’t made homemade pizza in a long time. Till next time.

Woolgoolga beach
Disappointing markets 🙁