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Balinese Soul Food

I’m a massive fan of grilled fish, seafood and abundant greens at the best of times, but come tropical holidays and it takes a pretty special dish to tempt me otherwise. However, on our recent trip to Bali somehow Soto Ayam (spicy yellow chicken soup) found its way into the mix. Be it the inherent medicinal qualities of chicken soup or the addition of turmeric and its anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties, but there was something especially cleansing about this magical soup. Turns out it was this aromatic chicken broth that brought my most vivid Bali memories racing back. Endless summer days, lush green gardens, the sun setting, balmy nights, sipping on coconuts and that feeling you just can’t quite describe xx

Soto Ayam

Ingredients
1 litre chicken stock (plus extra as needed)
3 chicken breasts on the bone
5 lime leaves
1 stalk lemon grass chopped into 3cm pieces
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 shallots finely diced
2 shallots sliced
1 clove garlic minced
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 chunk ginger finely diced
500g brown rice noodles (cooked as per pack)
1 leek finely sliced
1 stalk celery finely sliced
2 tomatos diced
juice of half a lime
4 hard boiled eggs
fried shallots to serve (store bought)
1 red chilli (optional)
coriander (optional)

Directions
In a large saucepan begin by boiling chicken stock. Flatten lemon grass pieces so flavour can escape. Once stock is boiled, add lime leaves, lemon grass, tomato, lime juice and chicken. Cover and continue to boil for approx 15 minutes then return to a low simmer. Remove chicken from the boil and cut off bone into pieces. Set aside.

In a morta and pestle (or a blender) combine finely diced shallots, garlic, ginger and turmeric and pound (or blend) until a paste forms (coriander and coriander seeds can be added here). Set aside.

In a large frying pan heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Add sliced shallots, celery and leek, saute for approx 2 minutes. Add yellow paste and cook for a minute or two, or until fragrant. Then add the chicken pieces and stir, covering evenly with paste. After 3 – 4 minutes or once chicken is golden, transfer chicken mixture to chicken broth and return to the boil for a couple more minutes.

Divide noodles and eggs evenly into separate serving bowls and top with soup and a sprinkle of fried shallots to serve.

Pics and Recipe by MummyKnows

Friday night left overs

Tangy chicken salad with lime dressing 

After a morning spent walking and shopping with our little bundle of love there’s something to be said about coming home to a Saturday afternoon lunch. It’s become some what of a little tradition in our household. . . So, what to do with the delicious left overs from Friday night’s Shabbat meal? Here are two salads my hubby and I made that make use of that famous Friday night roast chicken. The first is adapted from the wonderful Super Charged Food by Lee Holmes. The original recipe calls for activated almonds but being a lazy Saturday afternoon we replaced them with regular almonds and the dish was still delicious.

Ingredients
1/2 a yellow capsicum
50g of activated sea salt and vinegar almonds (or regular ones)
2 celery stalks
40g sliced sun-dried tomatoes
1 Lebanese cucumber diced
1 avocado diced
200g oven roast chicken
Dressing
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions
Simply mix the salad ingredients together in a serving bowl then in a separate small mixing bowl whisk the dressing ingredients together and spoon over the salad. xx

Quinoa roast chicken and green grape salad

This second salad worked perfectly along side the first. The quinoa is an excellent filler that leaves you feeling content but never too full while the grapes add that sweet burst of flavor.

Ingredients
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 red onion finely chopped and caramelized
Handful of green grapes sliced
Handful of parsley finely chopped
200g roast chicken breast diced
Dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 heaped tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon palm sugar
1/2 lemon juiced
1 teaspoon lemon rind
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Combine the salad ingredients in a serving bowl and mix together. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk until a thick creamy paste forms. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix thoroughly. xx