This might be the first time you work with agar-agar, but it won’t be the last. The ponzu jelly is both citrus fresh and a deliciously fun presentation concept that comes together easily with the agar-agar’s natural bonding properties.
2 lbs (907 g) whole live spot prawns
4 1/4 quarts (4 L) water, salted, boiling
2 cups (500 mL) crushed ice
Place prawns into a large dish and pour boiling salted water over them. Let sit for 2 minutes or until prawns are cooked before pouring off the hot liquid and refreshing the prawns with the crushed ice.
Remove the heads from the tails and reserve the heads to make stock or bisque. Peel the tails and refrigerate prawns until needed.
Ginger Green Onion Sauce
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh ginger juice
2 Tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped green onions
2 Tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
1 tsp (5 mL) toasted sesame seed oil
Grate fresh ginger into a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth and squeeze to make 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of juice. Mix green onions, oils, and ginger juice and let sit for 2 hours to mature.
1 cup (250 mL) lemon juice
1 cup (250 mL) rice wine vinegar
2 cups (500 mL) soy sauce
1/2 cup (125 mL) mirin
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate.
1 Tbsp (15 mL) agar-agar powder
3 Tbsp (45 mL) water
4 1/2 cups (1.06 L) ponzu sauce
Dissolve agar-agar powder in water. Mix in with the ponzu sauce, bring to a boil, and cook for 1 minute. Pour into a nonstick mould and chill. When set, cut into desired shapes.
To serve, place prawns atop ponzu jelly and top with the ginger and green onion sauce.
source: "C Restaurant", alive #298, August 2007
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.
Coffee-flavoured BBQ sauce? Why not? It’s a strikingly flavourful combo—sweet, tangy, bold, and rich. It can be used not only on pork but on a variety of other meats. We marinated tenderloin in it and doubled up on the smoky flavour by grilling it on a cedar plank. Serve with a side order of grilled broccolini for extra yum. Best beer? You can’t go wrong with an IPA or a honey lager to complement this flavourful dish. Looking for an easy way to grill broccolini? Toss with a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Near the end of grilling, place broccolini beside plank with tenderloin on hot grill for about 6 or 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn a few times until tender and lightly charred. Place on platter with sliced pork and drizzle with lemon juice and some shaved Parmesan.
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