Crispy seafood platter – revisited recipe by Jamie Oliver

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Got inspired by another Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I tempted myself to make one of his seafood platter that I thought I might like to eat for summer dinner. You can see the original recipe on this link, as I changed some ingredients that likely I found in the nearest grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • sunflower oil , for deep frying
  • fresh calamaries rings
  • shrimps , shell off and butterflied
  • 100 g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • sea salt
  • chilli powder
  • red pepper powder
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon , cut into wedges
  • 2 larges potatoes

For the sauce (makes 500ml):

  • 20 fresh red chillies
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • malt vinegar

Method:

Prepare the sweet chilli sauce
  1. Finely chop the chillies, I prefer not to have the seeds with.
  2. Finely chop the garlic
  3. Put the sugar and one cup of cold water in a medium saucepan over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the chillies, garlic, a pinch of salt and some splash of malt vinegar. Then cook over a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. You can whiz the sauce with plunging blender to have smoother texture.
  4. Set aside.
Prepare spicy chips
  1. Cut the potatoes into chips
  2. Place a deep-fat fryer over a medium-high heat. Fill it with three-quarters full with sunflower oil and leave it to heat up.
  3. Fried the chips until it turns golden. Transfer the potatoes into double layer kitchen paper to drain the fat.
  4. Place the fried chips into a large tupperware, drizzled with some salt, chilli powder and pepper powder, then shake it and set aside.
Prepare the crispy calamary and shrimp
  1.  Wash the calamaries and shrimps, place it in a large bowl. Finely grate over the zest of the lemons and squeeze over most of the juice, then toss to coat.
  2. Place the flour and a good pinch of salt, black pepper, chilli powder and pepper powder into a large bowl, then add the calamary and shrimp and toss to coat. Mix it well.
  3. Carefully lower the calamary and shrimp into the hot oil and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden and crisp on the outside and cooked through.
  4. When the last batch of seafood is almost done, squeeze a little lemon juice over the parsley sprigs, then dip into the flour and lower into the oil for a few seconds – be careful as it’ll spit.
  5. Serve the crispy calamary and shrimp straight away, with crispy spiked parsley, lemon wedges for squeezing over and the sweet chilli sauce on the side for dipping.

 

 

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Crabs with oyster sauce

I’m back with my new recipe. This time, I would like to share one of the easiest dish I made with Crab.

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Ingredients:

  • Half Crab
  • 2 garlics (finely chopped)
  • Black pepper
  • 2/3 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • Asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar glaze
  • Cup of water
  • 1tsp of sugar
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Methodes:

  • Steam the crab until it cooks, set aside
  • Steam some asparagus and set aside
  • In a frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat. Add the garlic and stir fry until it’s golden, add 2 or 3 tbsp of oyster sauce, a cup of water and sugar
  • Add your boiled crab and drizzle with the sauce until it’s thickened
  • Season with blackpeper.
  • Put steam asparagus in a plate and drizzle it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar glaze and serve your Crab with.

Tips: No need to add some salt. Oyster sauce is usually salty.

 

 

Rouen – best address for foodies

Living here for almost 2 years now, I think I need to share you my favorite places to eat in Rouen, all the places mentioned below were tested personally:

Poppy’s Fish & Chips 21 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen

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This takeaway restaurant just opened in 2017, and they serve authentic english fish & chips with mashy peas and tartare sauce. Apparently the owner had spent couple years in England and worked at the English pub, I think that’s the reason why they know how to cook a proper fish & chips. If you don’t really like fishes, they also have fried chicken & chips, and it tastes amazing.

Le Comptoir des Halles – Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen

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This place is one of my favorite place to eat fresh oyster without going to a fancy restaurant. We also call the place “bar a huitres”, which literally means “oyster bar”. It is located inside the Vieux Marché, so it is very easy to find. I used to come here after rush hour, so the place was less busy and I can enjoy my oyster and a glass of white wine quitely.

Hot dog Corner Rouen – 8 rue Croix Verte, 76000 Rouen

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Funny things, I found this hot dog shop by mistake when I was at Kebab shop nearby. My favorite menu is the classic American with mustard and fried shallots. What make the hot dog tastes amazing is because the owner makes the bun by herself. Not only the hot dog, you need to taste their milkshakes.  You can decide whether to eat your hot dog on the spot, in the restaurant, or take your menu home with you.

Ho Lamian – 243 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen

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If you want to eat homemade hand-drown chinesse noodles, this is the best place in town. Price is affordable for a good quality.

Le Pied de Poule – 16 Rue Victor Hugo, 76000 Rouen

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It is not very well located but finally I found not very fancy french restaurant in Rouen. Don’t be surprise if it looks pretty quite from the outside, I think it is simply because it is not located in popular area in Rouen. Yet, the food was delicious, the price was affordable, the decoration is also fine. I ordered the foie gras for starter, then mussels and chips for maincourse.

Summer fresh juice

IMG_7247Summer is coming, so it’s a perfect time to make your own fresh juice and keep it on your fridge. There’s no rule of mixing various fruits or vegetables, but this one is my suggestion:

  • half of melon
  • 1 glass of pure carrot juice
  • half glass of fresh orange juice
  • juice of half lime

No need extra sugar.

Before you blend everything, make sure to keep all the ingredients in the fridge for couple hours. 🙂

Roast chicken – Jamie Oliver’s revisited recipes

Just bought a whole chicken and found Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I didn’t have all the ingredients as he had, but it was still delicious and perfect for Sunday dinner.
My ingredients:

  • Whole chicken (poulet fermiér)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A small bunch of thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Ground sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Potatoes (peeled)
  • Duck fat
  • Bisto gravy granule
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Methods:

Roast chicken recipes: click here

Roast potatoes: cut 4 medium potatoes into medium square. 20 minutes after you put the chicken in the oven,  you can start to boil the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain the water and put boiled potatoes into a tray, sprinkle some duck fat and put on to the oven for 45 minutes. Normally, it’s gonna be ready at the same time with your roast chicken.

Gravy: put 4 heaped teaspoons of Bisto granules into sauce pan, add 280 ml of boiling water, and some juice from the roast chicken. Stir vigorously and continually until you get smooth gravy.