Thursday, April 03, 2008

LiveSTRONG~ A Taste of Yellow 2008

May 13th

The wine and food blogging community support LiveStrong with an event called a 'Taste of Yellow'. Barbara (at winosandfoodies) is again coordinating this event and entries need to be posted by April 19th.

I'm not a food or wine blogger although I do sometimes feature recipes, and I expect by now you will have realised I like my champagne! This event is, however, close to my heart because of all the wonderful people, including family and fellow bloggers, who have been touched by cancer. Some are still bravely battling, others like my daughter's friend Sheena have, sadly, lost the battle but will always be fondly remembered. Here in the UK we have an event called 'Race for Life' which I will also be supporting again this year (also in May).

The dish I am offering you is KEDGEREE:

Kedgeree originated in India with the British Colonials and was introduced to the UK during Victorian times as a breakfast dish.

I decided to use, my daughter, Sam's version of this dish so it is not precise, but I managed it so I'm sure all you marvellous cooks will have no problem, adapting it and reducing the quantity if necessary.

Serves 8

4 cups basmati rice
1 tub of fresh chicken stock (I used turkey stock because this is what I had in the freezer)
canola oil (I used olive oil as I couldn't get canola)
4 smoked haddock fillets ( I used un-dyed haddock so it does not look yellow)
20 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 large shallot, finely chopped into rings (I used about 3 small)
16 cardamom pods
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp hot chilli powder
8oz frozen petits pois (I used garden peas)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 hard boiled eggs, cut into quarters
2 heaped tablespoons crème fraîche
pinch of saffron
2 lemons, cut into quarters
A handful of toasted almonds.

Rice: cook according to instructions using all of the chicken stock, 1 tbsp oil plus water to make up to the necessary amount of liquid required to cook the rice. Sam did hers in a rice cooker, however although I have one, I decided to cook mine in a pan. As the rice reaches the end of its cooking time, stir in the frozen petit pois. There should be enough heat to cook them whilst you are assembling the various components of the dish.
Fish: Meanwhile poach the fish. Place in a saucepan and cover with milk. Add peppercorns and a bay leaf. Bring to a gentle simmer. Haddock will be cooked in just about 8 mins after adding the cold milk. Leave fish to cool slightly before deskinning and flaking into small pieces. (debone at this stage if your fillets weren't boneless).
Onion/Spices: Fry the onion gently until soft in some canola oil with a bay leaf. Add the chilli, cardamom, tumeric, coriander and cumin, sautee about three more minutes whilst the flavours come out. About 3 minutes. Take care not to overcook and burn the spices.
Cream: Gently warm the crème fraîche and the saffron.
Assembly: Mix together the rice and peas, flaked fish, onion and spices, cream and saffron with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste.
Once all these ingredients are all well mixed, gently add in the boiled eggs, and serve, hot, sprinkled with toasted almonds and with lemon wedges to taste.
The end result is a tasty dish that would be enjoyable for either lunch or dinner~ somehow I would not fancy it for breakfast~ I don't know about you!

A lot of work goes into coordinating this event so I would like to say a Big Thank You to Barbara for all her efforts.


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At 3/4/08 09:51, Blogger Willowtree said...

Wait..a..minute...according to those photos, you have a thumb on either side of your hand!

At 3/4/08 09:55, Blogger ChrisB said...

WT you're too observant I wondered if anyone would notice the swap!!!

At 3/4/08 10:33, Blogger Deborah said...

This looks fabulous Chris! I love kedgeree, but have never really found a good recipe, will definitely give this a go. I've been a bad blogger of late, maybe this event will get me back in the swing of things!

Thanks for sharing a beautiful recipe. The pictures are great too!

At 3/4/08 12:46, Blogger Barbara said...

Chris the Kedgeree looks delicious. Such a fabulous yellow. Thanks for supporting LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

At 3/4/08 12:51, Blogger ChrisB said...

deborah it's actually fairly easy to do. I have made it before by actually just cooking the fish in the microwave and using all powdered spice and it worked OK.

At 3/4/08 13:10, Blogger Alix said...

Looks great Chris and a great cause to support. I used to do the Race for Life - it's such a good day great atmosphere and they raise so much.

At 3/4/08 13:16, Blogger kitten said...

Looks and sounds wonderful! I couldn't see my self eating it for dinner, but could most surely try it dor dinner or supper.

At 3/4/08 14:41, Blogger PAT said...

Thank you for the recipe, Chris!

We have an event called Relay for Life, here in the US. J and I have participated in this event, which begins on the first Friday night of August, for our town. There are teams who set up tents all around the athletic field. We sell things to raise funds and walk the relay. Luminaries are lit in memory and in honor of those with cancer and survivors. We began participating, before cancer touched our lives, personally. This year, we will participate, whether donating or actually taking part in the relay. The event begins at sundown with a survivors walk...the track is filled with walkers all through the night. At sunrise, the relay ends. It's an amazing event.


At 3/4/08 15:04, Blogger Jettie said...

it looks delicious!! some of the ingredients i have never heard of!! may have to try this!! and what a good cause!!

At 3/4/08 15:33, Blogger thefoodsnob said...

Looks delicious! We don't seem to have too much of that dish here, but I have seen it in a Nigella book.


At 3/4/08 15:37, Anonymous tiger lamb girl said...

I just can't bring myself to eat kedgeree - but my husband loves it!

At 3/4/08 16:40, Blogger ChrisB said...

Pat that sounds like a really good fund raising event. You will have to write about it in August.

I only walk the 5kilometre route but there is such a lovely atmosphere and thousands of people join in our event, which has several venues throughout the country.

Alix I agree with you I really enjoyed it last year.

jettie if you like fish and curry flavour its a good dish!

lisa I think it's really a very British dish and even then it wouldn't feature highly in many households.

TLG you will have to make it for him as a treat!

At 3/4/08 18:39, Blogger Bernadette said...

Greetings to you and lovely Bristol (i´ve been there 15 years ago and had a great time!!!) from an austrian girl!

This looks fantastic - where´s the next fridge?

At 3/4/08 19:32, Blogger ChrisB said...

Bernadette I think Bristol will have changed a lot since you last visited!
Thank you for visiting

At 3/4/08 22:36, Blogger the mother of this lot said...

Looks wonderful!
Award over here for you from The Fixer!

At 3/4/08 23:19, Blogger SJ said...

The recipe sounds wonderful, I might just have to try it out!

Love the LIVESTRONG bracelet, I wear one proudly as well.

I think I might join up for the next round of LIVESTRONG With a Taste of Yellow.

Thanks for sharing...

At 4/4/08 01:00, Blogger BS said...

Just like my little sis (SJ) above, Love the LIVESTRONG bracelet, I wear one proudly as well. So does the other sis - mine never is taken off (for almost 3 years now, I believe!)

At 4/4/08 05:57, Blogger Caroline said...

Your recipe sounds delicious and like comfort food to me. So sad about your daughter's friend Sheena and for the others who are battling cancer. Good luck in your "Race for Life Event".

At 4/4/08 06:47, Blogger bermudabluez said...

Looks and sounds like a great recipe, Chris. And for such a good cause! I think I'll just have to try this one out. It doesn't look too difficult!

At 4/4/08 09:25, Blogger Beccy said...

Mmmm, can I come to dinner please.

At 4/4/08 09:33, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy I wish you had been here I made far too much!

At 4/4/08 12:46, Blogger Steffi said...

Very delicious meal!Thank you for your recipe!

At 5/4/08 07:39, Blogger Pamela said...

except for the fish, I think it looks delish.
(little poem there)

I was going to buy saffron once and saw the price, and wondered if it was spun gold???

At 7/4/08 03:46, Blogger my4kids said...

Don't forget to also wear yellow on May 13! I'm not sure if I know any yellow dishes...


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