How to Make Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut – courtesy of Microcosm Publishing

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How to Make Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut - courtesy of Microcosm Publishing
Recipe type: Vegetable / Fermenting
Cuisine: German
A few episodes back I introduced a new book all about natural fermentation, called Basic Fermentation, published by Microcosm Publishing. Consequently they have sent me the final hard cover copy to replace my preliminary copy. It is full of excellent fermentation recipes, all very clearly explained and accompanied with good quality full color photography. You can check out their website by clicking the link in the description below. Today we're going to feature another recipe from this book when we make a batch of delicious home-fermented sauerkraut.
  • Cabbage
  • Kosher salt
  1. We will be using a new technique to do this, as well as the traditional method.
  2. For the new technique, you will need to own a ham press which will negate the need for pressing plates and weights.
  3. To start, strip away any dodgy leaves on your cabbage.
  4. This cabbage is about 1.2kg once stripped. I will use half of this for each method.
  5. Use a large knife to cut the cabbage into quarters.
  6. Use a cleaver to cut away the heart from each quarter.
  7. Cut each quarter into thin strips.
  8. I have transferred half of this to a large non-reactive bowl, and measured out 18g of kosher salt. This is 3% of the weight of the cabbage. This makes it really simple to calculate the salt requirement no matter what quantity of cabbage you start with.
  9. Pour the salt over the cabbage and mix this in.
  10. Pack the cabbage into the ham press a little at a time, pressing it down firmly after each addition. This is a 1.5 liter press, and 600g of cabbage fits perfectly, filling to an inch below the rim.
  11. Insert the pressure plate and secure the lid and you're done.
  12. For the traditional method, place the remaining cabbage in a large non-reactive bowl and add 3% salt to the cabbage. Mix the salt into the cabbage.
  13. Pack the cabbage into a tall cylindrical glass or ceramic container, pressing it down firmly after each addition.
  14. Now you will need something to press the cabbage. I am using a glass tumbler with closed end in contact with the cabbage.
  15. To press this down, I have a short langth of bamboo, but you could use anything from a pencil to a butter knife for this.
  16. Place the stick across the tumbler.
  17. Loop a long elastic band underneat the container and bring the ends up to the stick. The elastic will pull the stick downwards, applying pressure to the tumbler and the cabbage.
  18. Transfer the container and the ham press to a warm shady place to ferment.
  19. After 10 to 14 days, your sauerkraut will be ready to eat. This is when you will notice the vast difference between home-fermented kraut and the packaged or canned versions. This is bright in appearance, with loads of crunch and an amazingly vibrant pickle flavor.
  20. All you need to now is enjoy your masterpiece.
  21. Thanks for joining us today, please subscribe, like and share and we'll see you again tomorrow.


Green Goddess Salad Dressing – How to Make Green Goddess Sauce for Salads & Seafood

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Green Goddess Salad Dressing - How to Make Green Goddess Sauce for Salads & Seafood
Recipe type: Salad Dressing & Sauce
Cuisine: American
Green Goddess salad dressing is more than just a magnificent salad dressing, but it is also a fantastic sauce for seafood dishes.
  • 4 Anchovy fillets
  • 5ml Crushed garlic
  • 125ml Chopped parsley
  • 15ml Dry tarragon or 30ml fresh tarragon
  • 45ml Chopped chives
  • Finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 180ml Mayonnaise
  • 180ml Sour cream or double cream yoghurt
  • 30ml Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. To start, you will need 4 anchovy fillets, a teaspoon of crushed garlic, a half cup of fresh parsley, 3 tablespoons of chopped chives, the zest of one lemon, and salt and cracked black pepper to taste. As an optional extra you will also need a tablespoon of dried tarragon, or 2 tablespoons of fresh tarragon.
  2. Place 180ml of mayonnaise and 180ml of sour cream or yogurt in a tall jug.
  3. Pour in 30ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Pour in all of the other ingredients.
  5. Use your stick blender to machine these until fine. As a serving suggestion, serve the sauce with grilled or deep-fried fish and the accompaniments of your choice.


The Real Secret to Amazing Salad Dressings – Xanthan Gum, The Thickener of the Future

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The Real Secret to Amazing Salad Dressings - Xanthan Gum, The Thickener of the Future
Recipe type: Salad / Dressings
In today's episode we're looking at a remarkable thickener called xanthan gum. This powder is classified as a hydrocolloid, and is bipolar, but not in a bad way. Bipolar means that it grabs water-based liquids and oil-based liquids simultaneously, creating suspension.
Plain Simple Salad Dressing
  • 240ml Oil (olive, sunflower or peanut)
  • 45ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2.5ml Xanthan gum
  • 10ml Mix dried herbs of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Gourmet Blue Cheese and Anchovy Dressing
  • 160ml Olive oil
  • 60g Anchovies in oil
  • 45ml White wine vinegar
  • 2.5ml Paprika
  • 5ml Crushed garlic
  • 2.5ml Hot English mustard
  • 2.5ml Sugar
  • 2.5ml Himalayan rock salt
  • Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco
  • 100g Strong creamy blue cheese
  • 2.5ml Xanthan gum
  1. For the first, and simplest of all dressings, add the lemon juice to the oil.
  2. To this we are only going to add a half teaspoon of xanthan gum. The remarkable thing about this powder is that it works brilliantly with hot or cold liquids.
  3. Add the dried herb mix of your choice.
  4. And then a good dose of roughly ground black pepper and salt.
  5. Zap this all with your stick blender for 60 seconds. You can do this in a regular blender just as well.
  6. And there it is, a perfectly blended salad dressing that will not separate or precipitate, and will keep indefinitely in an airtight container, preferably refrigerated.
  7. Next up is the best salad dressing I have ever tasted... a thick dressing of anchovies, blue cheese, herbs and spices.
  8. Pour the lemon juice and wine vinegar into the olive oil.
  9. Add a half teaspoon of xanthan gum.
  10. Add the anchovy fillets with their oil.
  11. Add the paprika, crushed garlic and hot English mustard.
  12. Break the blue cheese into the mix as well. A strong creamy blue cheese is best for this .... Rosenberg is my favorite.
  13. Then we'll turbo charge this all with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco.
  14. Zap the whole lot with your stick blender and again you'll see an instant personality change into a creamy, thick dressing.
  15. This dressing will not separate or precipitate and refrigerator and freezer stable.
  16. To thin this dressing, use the regular pourable dressing we made previously, otherwise use spooned in dollops over your salad.
  17. Stay tuned for tomorrow's episode where we're making the most amazing steak using this same dressing.


Moroccan Style Potato Salad using Ras al Hanout – Creamy Middle Eastern Potato Salad

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Moroccan Style Potato Salad using Ras al Hanout - Creamy Middle Eastern Potato Salad
Recipe type: Potatoes
Cuisine: Moroccan
A couple of episodes back I featured Moroccan chicken tagine using the signature Moroccan spice blend Ras al Hanout. Today we're using the same spice blend to make an amazing Moroccan flavored potato salad.
For the Ras al Hanout Spice Blend (Grind everything until fine in your spice grinder)
  • 7.5ml Ground cumin
  • 7.5ml Ground ginger
  • 7.5ml Turmeric
  • 7.5ml Salt
  • 6.25ml Ground cinnamon
  • 10ml Whole black peppercorns
  • 5ml Ground white pepper
  • 3.75ml Ground coriander seed
  • 7.5ml Chilli powder
  • 7.5ml Whole allspice berries
  • 3.75ml Ground nutmeg
  • 2.5ml Ground cloves
For the Recipe
  • 6 Medium potatoes (about 1kg)
  • Handful of garlic chives
  • 150g Caramel condensed milk
  • 150g Tangy mayonnaise
  • 150g Cultured sour cream
  • 1 Medium onion
  • Parsley to garnish
  • 45ml of the Ras al Hanout spice blend
  • 5ml Dried chilli flakes
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 30ml Butter
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into bite-size cubes.
  2. Place these in a medium size pot and pour in enough boiling kettle water to cover.
  3. Place the pot over high heat and cook the potatoes until tender. You can check the tenderness with a skewer.
  4. Drain the potatoes and put them aside.
  5. Dice the onion and chop the chives.
  6. Use your scale to weigh out the caramel condensed milk, mayonnaise and sour cream.
  7. Measure out the Ras al Hanout, dried chilli flakes and butter.
  8. Use the fine grated to grate the zest of one large lemon.
  9. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the butter.
  10. Once the butter is bubbling add the Ras al Hanout and chilli flakes. Stirfry this until very fragrant.... about 30 seconds.
  11. Add the lemon zest and stir this in.
  12. Pour in the caramel, mayonnaise and sour cream and stir this around until everything is well combined. This will take a minute or 2.
  13. Add the onions and chives and stir these in.
  14. Season the sauce with salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
  15. Pour the sauce into the potatoes and stir it in until everything is well coated.
  16. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled before serving.
  17. Serve garnished with a generous dose of fresh parsley and enjoy.


Magic Basil Eggs – The Best Egg Trick Ever – How to Cook an Egg with Basil Leaf Inside it!!!

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Magic Basil Eggs - The Best Egg Trick Ever - How to Cook an Egg with Basil Leaf Inside it!!!
Recipe type: Eggs / Breakfast / Salad
This is one of the coolest egg tricks around, and you saw it first on Whats4Chow. Serve yiur guests with whole boiled eggs, and when they cut them open, there is a whole basil leaf in the center of the yolk. This how it's done. You will need to own an egg steamer to do this.
  • Large chicken eggs
  • Fresh basil leaves
  1. Use a sharp, pointed knife to chip a hole in the base of the egg. The air sack in the base prevents any egg from leaking through the hole.
  2. Gradually increase the size of the hole until the entire base of the shell is removed.
  3. Place the eggs in the egg steamer stand with the open side upwards. Use the knife to poke whole directly through the top of each yolk.
  4. Fold a fresh basil leaf over the end of a chopstick or skewer on press the leaf down into the center of the egg yolk. Repeat this with the remaining eggs.
  5. Hard boil the eggs according to the egg steamer's manufacturer instructions. Remove the eggs from the steamer, allow them cool until manageable, then peel the shells away from the eggs.
  6. On cutting the egg down the center, you'll find the basil leaf in the center of the yolk. You'll also notice the amazing fragrance that the egg has been infused with.
  7. Best off all, you'll definitely notice the looks of absolute amazement on your guest faces when they wonder how you did this.


How to Make KFC Coleslaw – KFC Coleslaw Recipe, The REAL DEAL!!!

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How to Make KFC Coleslaw - KFC Coleslaw Recipe, The REAL DEAL!!!
Recipe type: KFC / Fast Food / Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-10
KFC coleslaw is quite unique in its flavor, with a thin, tangy sauce that barely glazes the cabbage. This is how to make it at home!!!
  • 600g Green cabbage, cut into blocks, thick bits removed
  • 100g Carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 30ml Yogurt or cultured buttermilk
  • 30ml Apple cider vinegar
  • 90ml Tangy mayonnaise
  • 2.5ml Salt
  • 5ml Sugar
  1. Cut the cabbage into blocks, roughly chop the carrots, measure out the yoghurt or cultured buttermilk, the tangy mayonnaise, salt, sugar and apple cider vinegar.
  2. In a jug, combine all of the ingredients except the carrot and cabbage. Stir this until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  3. Place the carrot in your food processor and chop this until fine. Add the cabbage to the processor and pulse this until almost fine.
  4. Pour in the sauce and continue to pulse this until it is finely chopped.
  5. The added peppery flavor comes from allowing this to age overnight covered in the refrigerator.
  6. Like any coleslaw, this is best served well chilled.


Marinated Mushrooms. The Magic Ingredient for Toasted Sandwiches, Pizzas and Salads!!!!

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Marinated Mushrooms. The Magic Ingredient for Toasted Sandwiches, Pizzas and Salads!!!!
Recipe type: Accompaniment / Vegetable
Prep time: 
Total time: 
How to make quick marinated mushrooms. This ingredient is absolutely magic - it makes pizzas, toasted sandwiches and salads come to life.
  • 6 Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Tbs Caster sugar
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Garlic powder
  • 100ml White wine vinegar
  1. Slice the mushrooms and place them in a jug or bowl.
  2. In a separate jug, combine all of the other ingredients and stir until totally combined.
  3. Pour this over the mushrooms, stir together, and allow to marinate for at least 60 minutes before using.


Avocado Pear Salad with Lime and Chili Salsa

Avocado Pear with Lime and Chili Salsa. Avo Salad Recipe.

Avocado Pear Salad with Lime and Chili Salsa
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
This refreshing salad is the perfect accompaniment to any great meal. It can be prepared up to a few hours ahead of time making your entertaining job that much easier. Be sure to use very ripe avos for the best result. For more "Learn to Cook" videos please subscribe to our Youtube channel!
  • 1 Tbs Lime zest1
  • 2 Tbs Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tsp Demarara sugar
  • 1 Tbs Vegetable oil
  • 1½ Tbs Chopped coriander leaves
  • 2-3 Pickled Jalapenos, chopped
  • 2 Very ripe avocado pears
  • 1 Lime to garnish
  1. Combine the lime zest, lime juice, sugar, vegetable oil, coriander and chopped jalapenos in a mixing bowl and stir until the oil emulsifies
  2. Set this aside for the flavors to meld and develop
  3. Cut the avos in half length-ways and remove the seeds
  4. Slice the avos thinly along the length, slicing through the skin as well
  5. Peel back and remove the skin from each slice and arrange the avo slices on a large flat platter
  6. Slice the lime into thin slices to garnish the platter
  7. Spoon the lime and chili salsa over the avo and serve


Tabbouleh (Bulgar Salad)

Learn how to make tabbouleh salad, or bulgar salad

Tabbouleh (Bulgar Salad)
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-8
Tabbouleh, or Bulgar Salad is a classic Middle Eastern salad.
  • ¼ Cup bulgar wheat
  • 2 Cups firmly packed parsley, coarsely chopped
  • ½ Cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped
  • 400g Cocktail tomatoes
  • 1 Medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Spring onions, greens only, finely chopped
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • ¼ Cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  1. Prepare the bulgar according to the package instructions
  2. Chop the parsley and mint coarsely
  3. Chop the onion and spring onion greens finely
  4. Cut the tomatoes into 8ths
  5. Drain any excess water form the bulgar wheat and add all of the other ingredients to the bowl
  6. Toss the salad to mix thoroughly, and to coat with the oil and lemon juice
  7. Allow the salad to mature for 1-2 hours in your refrigerator before serving


Classic Tomato Salsa

Learn how to make classic tomato salsa with this classic tomato salsa recipe

Classic Tomato Salsa
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
Classic tomato salsa is a refreshing crispy Mexican salad, served as an accompaniment to any main meal.
  • 2 Jalepeño Chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 Large white onion finely chopped
  • Grated rind of 2 limes
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Lime rind strips to garnish
  • 8 Small, firm, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 Bunch of coriander
  • ¼ Tsp Caster sugar
  • Salt to taste
  1. Finely chop the onion and place it in a bowl with the lime juice and rind
  2. Skin the tomatoes, chop them finely and add them to the onion
  3. Roughly chop the coriander
  4. Add the coriander, chilli and caster sugar to the bowl
  5. Add salt to taste
  6. Mix this well, and allow to stand for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before serving


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