Hähnchen Paprika Mango Basmati

In dieser Woche dachte ich immer wieder an ein Hähnchengericht das ich machen wollte. Es sollte mit Mango kombiniert werden. Beim Einkauf nahm ich ausser einer Hähnchenbrust noch Frühlingszwiebel und eine rote Paprika mit. Basmatireis und die üblichen asiatischen Saucen hatte ich alle daheim, auch eine ziemlich scharfe Peperoni war da.

Ich habe erst spät gelernt, daß speziell Basmatireis gewaschen werden muss, bis das Wasser klar bleibt, damit er fluffig wird und nicht klebt. Dafür gab ich die Menge Reis, die ich kochen wollte, zuerst in ein Sieb über einen kleinen Topf, füllte diesen mit kaltem Wasser und schüttelte das Sieb im Wasser hin und her. Sobald sich das Wasser trübte, erneuerte ich es und brauchte so einige Minuten, bis das Wasser klar blieb. Danach ging es standardmäßig weiter – Reis mit der doppelten Menge gesalzenem Wasser aufkochen, 1 Minute kochen lassen, Temperatur auf das Minimum stellen, Deckel drauf und 20 Minuten ziehen lassen. Perfekt!

Die Hähnchenbrust schnitt ich in bissgerechte Stücke und marinierte sie in Oystersauce, heller Sojasauce, Ponzu und einem Schluck Tawny Port für eine halbe Stunde.

Nachdem ich Frühlingszwiebel, Paprika, Knoblauch, Mango und Peperoni vorbereitet hatte und der Reis fast fertig war, erhitzte ich den Wok mit Rapsöl und einem El Sesamöl. Nachdem er krachend heiss war, gab ich das Gemüse hinein, als es fast gar war, gab ich das Fleisch dazu. Zum Schluss kamen auch die Mangoscheiben dazu. Ich hatte noch frischen Basilikum, das passte sehr gut dazu.

Dann wurde angerichtet und genossen – hat sehr lecker/fruchtig geschmeckt 🙂


Friends for Dinner

I had two friends for dinner today, and they were mighty tasty… just kidding, let me rephrase that. I had invited two friends over for dinner this evening. Knowing that P. is a seafood and veggie kind of girl, and R., her husband and I could both use food with a few less calories, I decided to make a 2 course dinner with lots of vegetables. R. loves fish and seafood in general and so does P.

I have a great fishmonger across the street, but I know he never has medium size shrimp, only the very large ones. So I got a carton of frozen shrimp, uncooked and free range – about 20 in a pound.

This morning I visited the fish shop and got 4 scallops and a small squid (calamaretto). Later in the day I prebaked a quiche dough that I had put into a round baking form. After it had cooled it was filled first with garlic, some yellow and red bell pepper strips, a hot pepper, about 2 ounces of finely sliced leeks, some thin slices of fennel bulb and a few zucchini cubes.

Then I added the scallops, the shrimp and the cleaned calamaretto.

I poured a Royale (a mix of 2 whole eggs, 4 fl. oz. of cream, salt, white pepper, 2.5 oz. of Gruyere cheese and a bunch of finely chopped chervil) over this and then put it in the oven to bake it.

It took a while, because I had neglected to parblanch the vegetables, and as they cooked they started to sweat their water. I watched this for a while and finally poured some of the water off, which made the rest firm up.

For the second and main course, I chopped up broccoli, shitake mushrooms,some more bell peppers, scallions, red onions and sprouts. Then I marinated 2 chicken breasts that I had cut up into strips in 2 tbs. of light soy sauce, 2 tbs of oyster sauce, a few squirts of fish sauce, some mirin and freshly grated ginger and garlic. The meat stayed in the marinade about an hour, then I got out my wok, used a mix of rapeseed and sesame seed oil and started the stir-fry with the meat. Then I threw in the vegetables to finish everything off with a tbs of ponzu sauce, a lemony twist on soy sauce.

I finished this dish with some cilantro sprinkled over it and served it with rice. My guests really liked it, as did I. The chicken was free range from France, the quality is called Cordon Rouge and is considered the highest standard worldwide. The meat is firmer and has more taste then regular chickens. You can buy two breasts for roughly €5, which is about 6US$. Two regular chicken breasts might cost you between €3.50 and €4, so there is not much of a difference.

Both dishes were well received. I purposely didn’t offer a dessert, since neither really has a sweet tooth, but I did follow the two courses with a cheese platter I had selected the day before when I went to visit my cheese „affineur“ at the market.

I don’t have a picture, but there was a Coloummier (Camembert family), a Brie de Melun, a Chaource that was wonderful, an 18 month old Comte, a Bleu d’Auvergne, and a goat cheese that the sales lady smuggled into my bag as a present.

I didn’t have a red wine to show off the cheeses, but there was a bottle of Durbacher Riesling to go around. This wine is one of the better ones from the area around the Kaiserstuhl, the most prestigeous wine growing area in Baden, the one half of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which is where I live.

We had a good time and will meet again some other time, maybe with less restrictions, less anxiety and more people 🙂