Egg Drop Soup – Takeaway Style

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4 Cups Chicken Broth
0.25 Tsp Ground Ginger
2 Tbsp Chives, chopped
0.25 Tsp Salt
1.5 Tblsp Cornstarch
2 Eggs
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tsp MSG

 

 

 

1. Pour 3 cups of the chicken broth into a large saucepan. Stir the salt, ginger, MSG and chives into the saucepan, then bring to a rolling boil.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1 cup of chicken broth and cornstarch until smooth.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk together using a fork, then drizzle the egg, a little at a time, from the fork into the boiling broth mixture.
4. Once all the egg has been dropped, stir in the cornstarch mixture gradually until the soup is the desired consistency.

Poor Man’s Paella

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Paella
4oz Chorizo, casings removed and crumbled
1 Small Onion, thinly sliced
1 Clove Garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 Cup Diced Tomatoes
1 Cup Arborio Rice
Pinch of Saffron, dissolved in 2 Tblsp Water
1.5 Cups Water
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
8oz Cooked Chicken
8oz Mixed Seafood (thawed if frozen)
2 Tblsp chopped flat-leaf Parsley
1 Scallion, thinly sliced

1. In a 10-inch skillet, cook the Chorizo over a medium heat, breaking it up with a spoon, until some of the fat is rendered and the Chorizo is browned – approx 4 minutes.
2. Add the Onion and Garlic and cook over low heat, stirring, until softened and just beginning to brown – approx 8 minutes.
3. Stir in the Tomatoes, Rice, Saffron with its liquid and the 1.5 cups of Water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over a low heat, without stirring, until the rice is al dente and the liquid is absorbed – approx 15 minutes.
4. Stir the cooked chicken and the seafood mix into the rice. Cover and cook on a medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until the paella is just heated through and the seafood is cooked.
5. Garnish with the Parsley and Scallion, drizzle with the Olive Oil and serve.

Lamb Rogan Josh

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IMG_01011/4 Cup Oil
2.5lbs Lamb Shoulder, cut into 1″ pieces
Kosher Salt
2 Large Onions, thinly sliced
2 Tblsp Ginger, minced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1.5 Tblsp Madras Curry Powder
1 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 Bay Leaves
14oz tomato puree
1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 Cups Water
1 Tsp Garam Masala
Basmati rice, Cilantro leaves and naan, for serving

1. In a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil over a high heat.
2. Season the lamb with salt and cook, turning once, until the lamb is browned – approximately 12 minutes.
3. Transfer the lamb with a slotted spoon to a plate.
4. Add the onions to the pot and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned.
5. Add the ginger, garlic, curry, turmeric, cayenne and bay leaves and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add the tomato, yogurt and water, season with salt, then mix thoroughly and bring to a boil.
7. Return the lamb and any juices to the pot. Cover partially and simmer over a low heat for approximately 1 hour, until the lamb is very tender.
8. Stir in the garam masala and cook for 5 minutes.
9. Discard the bay leaves.

Serve with rice and naan and garnish with cilantro.