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Lilipons

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Summer Recipes
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:20:56 am »
I have a recipe for a Chinese chicken.  It cooks a whole bird with minimum heat and produces good material for summer sandwiches and salads.

BRAISED SOY SAUCE CHICKEN

4 to 5 lb chicken
2 C cold water
1 C soy sauce
1/4 C pale dry sherry
5 slices peeled fresh ginger.
1 tbsp five spice powder

In a heavy pot just large enough to hold the chicken bring water, soy sauce, wine, ginger and five spice to a boil.  Add the chicken. the liquid should come halfway up the side of the bird.

Bring back to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and cook covered for 20 minutes. 

Turn the chicken over, replace cover and simmer20 minutes longer.

Turn off the heat and let the covered pot sit for 2 to 3 hours.

I know this sounds like a recipe for food poisoning but the results are delicious as a hot meal or very refreshing on a Caesar salad. 

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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 09:40:09 am »
I was going to cook some cheese tortellini yesterday and saw a suggestion on the package for using them in a pasta salad. So I did, with black olives, raw cauliflower, and canned artichokes, with a creamy dressing.
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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 12:52:18 pm »
How about a spring meal?

One of my Mom's favourite meals was fresh asparagus with bacon and cheese sauce on toast.  Asparagus is (one of) the first fresh crops in the spring so I think that was why.  :)
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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2020, 12:59:49 pm »
Those recipes sound very good.  I never would have thought of serving asparagus on toast but why not?

An easy but slightly elegant salad goes well with the chicken recipe I presented above

GLASS NOODLE SALAD

1 pack cellophane noodles
Grated carrots
Grated celery
Soy sauce
Sesame oil

Place noodles in a glass bowl.
In the microwave, boil enough water to cover the noodles.
Pour boiling water over noodles and let sit for five minutes. 
Cool.
Toss withcarrots, celery, soy and sesame oil.

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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2020, 04:54:08 pm »
^ that sounds really good!

Cheese Sauce:

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded cheese - I like to use old cheddar

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.  Stir in the flour.  Add the pepper.  Slowly add the milk, all in one shot, while stirring.  Cook over medium heat until the sauce is bubbly and is thickened.  (If you just want a white sauce, you'd stop here but also add about 1/2 tsp of salt with the pepper).  Turn down to medium low and stir in the shredded cheese until melted.

Serve on various vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus

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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2020, 08:01:45 am »
Those recipes sound very good.  I never would have thought of serving asparagus on toast but why not?

An easy but slightly elegant salad goes well with the chicken recipe I presented above

GLASS NOODLE SALAD

1 pack cellophane noodles
Grated carrots
Grated celery
Soy sauce
Sesame oil

Place noodles in a glass bowl.
In the microwave, boil enough water to cover the noodles.
Pour boiling water over noodles and let sit for five minutes. 
Cool.
Toss withcarrots, celery, soy and sesame oil.
Have you ever used other veggies?  I'm thinking bok choy would be good.
My DD would love this dish. I try it this weekend.

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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2020, 01:49:57 pm »
Bok choy would probably be very good. The only reason I suggested grated carrots and celery is that they are close to the shape of the noodles and that can be a big deal in some forms of Chinese cuisine. 

Certainly, bell peppers would work.  You just donít want to use vegetables that require cooking because the idea is to make a summer salad that looks appealing to tempt the appetite on a day of ghastly heat. 

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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2020, 01:39:04 pm »
I've been making salads with barley!  Cool it after cooking and add oil + lemon, salt, pepper and then added Tomatoes, feta, chopped spinach.

Endless possibilities.

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Re: Summer Recipes
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2020, 10:54:25 am »
I've been making lots of chicken salad this month. I stick to a nice basic version with celery and mayo and sweet pickles, and I add some poached chicken breasts I've chopped up. It makes a good sandwich or a plate meal with fruit and rolls or biscuits on the side.
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