Category Archives: Recipe

Mint Julep

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
Fresh Mint
Crushed or shaved ice
Premium bourbon (Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark, etc)

Make a simple mint syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Cool. Place in a covered container with 6 or 8 bruised mint sprigs. (Bruise mint by placing in a cup and gently passing the back of a spoon between the cup and the leaves once or twice – you want the mint to release some of the fragrant oils.) Refrigerate overnight.

To make a julep: fill glass with crushed ice, adding 1 tablespoon of mint syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost outside of cup or glass. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Spare mint syrup will keep covered in the fridge.

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Harissa

100g dried red chillies, deseeded and stems removed
6 tablespoons coarse salt
6 garlic cloves
6 tablespoons coriander seeds, lightly toasted in a dry pan until fragrant
4 tablespoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted (as above)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cover the chillies with warm water until they have softened.  Drain
the chillies and discard the water.  Mix the salt, garlic and
chillies to a smooth paste using a food processor or a mortar and
pestle.  Grind the dried spices until smooth.  Add the spices to the
chilli mix, then gradually stir in the olive oil.  Chillies and
spices vary in heat and flavour, so make it to taste.  It should be
flavoursome, fiery and salty.  Store in the refrigerator in an
airtight container till ready to use.  Harissa keeps well but will
gradually lose its pungency over time.  Makes about 1/2 cup.

Rod’s Organic Spiced Apple Cake

It’s really sad about Rod Donald. Still. Bake this cake and remember him…

Rod’s Organic Spice Apple Cake

1 cup chopped apple
125g melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 cup walnuts
1 cup currants

Mix apple with sugar, let stand for two minutes. Add butter and egg to apple and sugar mixture. Add this to dry ingredients, fruit and nuts. Mix well. Bake at 180C for 40 minutes. Nicest served warm with whipped cream.

Alibini mayo

Stumbled across this recipe while looking up something on Albini for a Staple mag article on Die!Die!Die! due to come out in the next issue. Turns out the man has a lot to say about food, the cheffing abilities of US underground rock figures, and is typically acerbic, informed and entertaining on the subject.

Anyone who’s tried it will know how difficult but potentially rewarding it is to try and make mayo at home, but I hope this inspires a few brave souls to try. Do it right, and you’ll never go back to Eta.

Here is a recipe anyone can use to make a wonderful Sauce Mayonnaise:

Into a stationary blender, crack one egg. Add an extra egg yolk, one garlic clove, a strong quarter teaspoon of cayenne (or a teaspoon of white pepper ground very fine) and either a slight teaspoon of salt or a tablespoon of Tamari soy sauce. Blend at high speed until the garlic is finely divided and the egg begins to froth. With the blender still running, trickle in good olive oil until the mayonnaise thickens and will accept no more oil. (this will vary, but will usually be about a cup.) Stop the blender and add a tablespoon of good vinegar OR the juice of half a lemon. Fold the mayonnaise once or twice with a spatula, which will loosen it considerably. Pulse the blender until the thick consistency returns. Taste If the mayonnaise tastes oily, add more acid (vinegar or lemon juice only. Never combine the two, as this makes for a weird bilious aftertaste). Chill covered for at least 15 minutes. I often add a tablespoon of fresh or dried dill or thyme at the beginning of the process. Don’t add the acid at the beginning, as this can prevent the eggs from emulsifying.

Albini may be a freak but he don’t f*ck around when it comes to quality and he knows how to get the basics right. Trust the man. Mayo is art.

World Health Organisation Oral Rehydration Tonic

Re: Steve C’s request for a hangover cure, here’s the only thing I’ve ever known to actually work. And, as you will note, it is equally effective for children suffering from diarrhoea. Eternal thanks to Stacey for putting us on to this one.

All you do is mix yourself up a glass and knock it back before you go to bed, and your brain gets dehydrated while you sleep (more effectively than if you were to just drink a whole lot of water).

N.B. Don’t drunkenly mix up the ingredients/quantities as I once did – six teaspoons of salt and one of sugar in a glass of warm water not sure a hangover but will burn your throat and induce puking, spitting and cussing.

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) with home made solution

Dehydration on account of diarrhoea in children is widely seen mostly in the developing nations. It is reported that about one in four children die under five due to diarrhoeal diseases, mainly from dehydration in such countries. Such deaths can be prevented by Oral Rehydration Therapy.

A fairly satisfactory solution for oral rehydration can be prepared at home by mixing 6-8 level teaspoon of sugar (40 gm of sucrose), one level teaspoon of common salt with or without a lemon squeezed in one litre of clean water.

Alternatively a pinch of table salt and 2 teaspoon full of sugar are mixed in a glass of water.

The right dosage is about 1/2 a glass after every loose motion for children below the age of one year and one glass for children above one year. However the child with diarrhoea also needs other food. Although it is seen that a child with diarrhoea shows less appetite, it should be pursuaded to eat at least in small quantities as frequently as possible. Such foods given during diarrhoea can be soft, well-mashed mixture of cereals & beans or well-mashed fish/meat. Fruits and yoghurt (curds) are good.

The ORS solution can be used both for diarrhoea and dehydration as well as its prevention. In case the diarrhoea continues the child should be immediately taken to a doctor at the earliest. One must also remember that diarrhoea can be prevented by breast-feeding, keeping the food and water clean, washing hands before having our food and also by vaccinating the children against measles.

Source: Department of Paediatrics, Sevakshetra Hospital

Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society, 2002

W.H.O. O.R.T.

Re: Steve C’s request for a hangover cure, here’s the only thing I’ve ever known to actually work. And, as you will note, it is equally effective for children suffering from diarrhoea. Eternal thanks to Stacey for putting us on to this one.

All you do is mix yourself up a glass and knock it back before you go to bed, and your brain gets dehydrated while you sleep (more effectively than if you were to just drink a whole lot of water).

N.B. Don’t drunkenly mix up the ingredients/quantities as I once did – six teaspoons of salt and one of sugar in a glass of warm water not sure a hangover but will burn your throat and induce puking, spitting and cussing.

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) with home made solution

Dehydration on account of diarrhoea in children is widely seen mostly in the developing nations. It is reported that about one in four children die under five due to diarrhoeal diseases, mainly from dehydration in such countries. Such deaths can be prevented by Oral Rehydration Therapy.

A fairly satisfactory solution for oral rehydration can be prepared at home by mixing 6-8 level teaspoon of sugar (40 gm of sucrose), one level teaspoon of common salt with or without a lemon squeezed in one litre of clean water.

Alternatively a pinch of table salt and 2 teaspoon full of sugar are mixed in a glass of water.

The right dosage is about 1/2 a glass after every loose motion for children below the age of one year and one glass for children above one year. However the child with diarrhoea also needs other food. Although it is seen that a child with diarrhoea shows less appetite, it should be pursuaded to eat at least in small quantities as frequently as possible. Such foods given during diarrhoea can be soft, well-mashed mixture of cereals & beans or well-mashed fish/meat. Fruits and yoghurt (curds) are good.

The ORS solution can be used both for diarrhoea and dehydration as well as its prevention. In case the diarrhoea continues the child should be immediately taken to a doctor at the earliest. One must also remember that diarrhoea can be prevented by breast-feeding, keeping the food and water clean, washing hands before having our food and also by vaccinating the children against measles.

Source: Department of Paediatrics, Sevakshetra Hospital

Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society, 2002