Sunday, February 19, 2012

SUN-DRIED TOMATO RELISH RECIPE. THREE-BEAN RELISH RECIPE. TEN GREAT COOKING TIPS

SUN-DRIED TOMATO  RELISH RECIPE
THREE-BEAN RELISH  RECIPE
TEN GREAT  COOKING TIPS (SERIES #6)

COOKING TIPS (SERIES # 6).
1.What actually is relish in culinary?
According to Brittanica encyclopedia relish is a vegetable  side  dish  that is  eaten in  small quantities with a blander main dish to pique the appetite by its contrasting texture and spicy or piquant taste. 
Relishes are frequently finely cut vegetables or fruit in sour, sweet-sour, or spicy sauce

a)..something savory or appetizing added to a meal, as pickles or olives.
b)..a sweet pickle made of various vegetables, usually chopped or minced.
c)..an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre

The Indonesian and Malaysian sambal, Indian/ Punjabi chutney, achar,  andraita, and Korean  kimchi. Lombardy in Italy, specializes   in “mostarda di frutta”, a melange of fruits preserved in a sweet syrup,  sharp with mustard. In the United States (Pennsylvania German)  cuisine "seven sweets and seven sours".
2. Tip some great relish ingredients- Pickles fruits and vegetables, spices and condiments, onions, beets, crabapples, watermelon rind, nuts, pineapple and herbs…with pickled baby gherkins, my top favorite.
3. What is sundried tomatoes? Ripe tomatoes are placed in the sun to remove  their water content. The larger tomatoes can lose up to 93% water during the process. As a result, it takes about 8 to 14 kilos of fresh tomatoes to make a single kilo of sun-dried tomatoes. Sundried  tomato fruits still keep their nutritional values. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, anti-oxidants and vitamin C. They are low in sodium, fat and calories.
CV RELISH RECIPE

8 pieces packed sundried tomatoes (cut into smaller pieces)
4 tbsp golden/ purple  raisins
3 or 4 tbsp minced pickled gherkins
2 tbsp minced fresh coriander
¼ cube or 1 tsp anchovies powder
6  tbsp boiled red beans
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp almond slices
1 tbsp crushed black pepper (optional)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon (extract juice)
Sal and pepper
In a mixing bowl, put in olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, salt,, pepper, minced garlic, coriander and anchovies and mix well.
Finally, add all the other ingredients.. A relish for your dish or casserole
COOKING TIPS

4. What is sulfite in food and how to detoxify?  Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared food. An excellent source of the trace mineral, an intergral component, molybdenum, can detoxify sulfites.
1 cup of cooked kidney beans contain 177% of daily requirement of molybdenum. So, you would need half cup daily.

5. Any other great tip on cooking/ eating kidney beans? 1 cup cooked kidney beans contain 18% of daily requirement of thiamine, a synthesis for acetycholine.
Acetycholine is for  memory / retention power, not senile/ prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

6. Are kidney beans toxic, how to remove this? Kidney beans, are toxic  if not put at boiling point for 10 minutes at least.. These beans takes longer than 10 minutes to get cooked and soften, making  it  safe to eat.

7. What pairs best with kidney beans? Kidney beans are especially good in simmered dishes where they absorb the flavors of seasonings and the other foods in which they are cooked with.


8. How to shorten cooking time for kidney beans and make them easier to digest? Kidney beans should be presoaked. There are two basic methods for presoaking. For each method, place the beans in a saucepan with two to three cups of water per 1 cup of beans.
Method 1- Heat the beans, when water starts to boil, leave for two minutes only, then take pan off the heat. Cover and allow to stand for two hours.
Method 2- Soak the beans in water for eight hours or overnight, placing the pan in the refrigerator, so that the beans will not ferment.
Before cooking the beans, drain the soaking liquid and rinse the beans with clean water.
THREE-BEAN  RELISH RECIPE
Half cup each of cooked kidney beans, black beans and white beans
Combine all three to make a colorful three bean relish.
Mix with chopped zucchini, mint leaves  and scallions
Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt and black pepper.

COOKING TIPS:

9.Any quick Serving ideas? Serve cooked kidney beans over a piece of cornbread and top with grated cheese.

10. Other Serving idea? In a food processor or blender, combine cooked kidney beans with garlic, cumin and chili peppers for a delicious spread that can be used as a crudité dip or sandwich filling, with cheese added.


TIPS FROM PUBLISHED COMMENTS: see links in comment box. thank you.
1) From Jasna: " Beans in combination with corn (or rice) have complete protein (like meat), important for vegetarians. Love mashing it for dips!"


2) From Nava: "We need our relish with most of our meals Maznah, a little bit of sambal belacan, Indian pickles etc etc. In fact, these are always in the fridge and brought out as and when needed during our makan time.
That is a wonderful recipe you have shared and one more to be added to our meal. "


3) From Katrina: " Whenever I eat Indian/Mamak food - will go into their kitchen asking for chutney .
 I love to watch Korean dramas, they always mention Kimchis, must be their traditional dish - and looked delicious too!  Tks for all the tips.. very educational for me ".


4) From Amy:Thanks so much for these great tips....Every cuisine has their own relishing dishes...In Sri Lanka we use 'Achcharu' including 'Malay Achcharu'.Other than that I like Indian chutnies & sambal chili which I found here in Singapore..
Sundried tomato looks great!! 

52 comments:

  1. very delicious Relish recipes..glad to know new things and tips of the culinary world..:)

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    1. hi sobha, glad you came, glad you also find my tips beneficial.. i will try post regularly
      have a nice day

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  2. Hmmmmmm...:) Another treat for us, thank you Wan..:) Your cooking tips really help me here at my kitchen.. You know what? Every time I wanted to taste new,I open you blog and looked at all your recipe again and again! hahaha and try my best in cooking!hahaha.. Thank you so much Wan.. I love yah!!!:)

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    1. hi linda, thanks for visiting, come again ok and try all my recipes and do'nt forget my tips. ha ha ..

      well , i am glad you appreciate my post, hi hi waving and going over to see you soon...looking forward.blink..
      have a nice day dear

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  3. Beans in combination with corn (or rice) have complete protein (like meat), important for vegetarians. Love mashing it for dips!

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    1. hi jasna. many thanks for coming over. appreciate your tip which i have published in this post. for all to share
      have a nice day

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  4. We need our relish with most of our meals Maznah, a little bit of sambal belacan, Indian pickles etc etc. In fact, these are always in the fridge and brought out as and when needed during our makan time.

    That is a wonderful recipe you have shared and one more to be added to our meal.

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    1. hi nava, thanks for your visit and suggestive comments, which i have decided to publish this in my post. have a nice day

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    2. Whenever I eat Indian/Mamak food - will go into their kitchen asking for chutney (I know they will have it) if they dont have it at the counters..

      I love to watch Korean dramas, they always mention Kimchis, must be their traditional dish - and looked delicious too!

      Tks for all the tips.. very educational for me.

      Cheers

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    3. hi katrina, thank you for your visit and beneficial comment, which i will publish . have a nice day. some of my indian blogger friends here, posted all kinds of chutneys.... may be next time i can recommend to you the simple ones.

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  5. This looks totally delicious..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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    1. hi aarthi, thank you for your visit, appreciate your your comment and have a nice day.

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  6. Very delicious tips n great tips to learn,Ms.Wan!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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    1. hi julie, thank you dear for coming and i am glad you find my post useful.

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  7. Hi Wan! How are you? I liked the post! Thanks for sharing..

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    1. hi Tulpar, congrats you have reached 500 followers. so how is it, are you "in that space" yet?
      all the best to you and have a nice day

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  8. Indeed a very helpful post.....n thnx for all the tips dear :-)

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    1. hi sonali, new profile puc-pretty face, thanks for coming and liking my post . have a nice day dear

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  9. i always see relish in some of the westerners/mexcian food and wanted to try that too,, thanks for all the info , i hv a better understanding, it helps. I wanted to try gherkins too though i may have eaten it in some sauces or dressings. Thanks for sharing, wan!

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    1. hi lena, thank you for your visit, pickled baby gherkin can be sliced and fill inside burger-just so yummy with a slice of cheese and fish burger.
      i also like pickled baby gherkin(whole) added to spanish mackeral curry... have a nice day

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    1. hi yummy chunklet. glad you came and thanks for your sweet comment. you have never failed to visit all my posts...well.... before i can go visit you.
      have a nice day dear

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  11. I love to cook Wan and you have taught me so many tips which I am using now..I'm back ;) passing by ;)

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    1. hi Sie, WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE. just remembered you yesterday, but i honor your request not to write any comment in your box. so glad you are back. Will take your friendship award one day.. soon..and thank you Sie for being a friend.
      have a nice day.. sunny skies, cool breeze and the fragrant smell of flowers coming from the meadows yonder.. take care

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  12. What a cool relish! I've never seen anything like it before and I love the ingredient list...thanks!

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    1. Hi ann, thanks for your visit, sure recipe you have not seen this relish, cos it’s CV’s… original (cooking varieties) have a nice day

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  13. I always feel hungry whenever I am here! I could even smell the food. :)

    Thank you for sharing the cooking tips. As I'm not a good cook, so it's really something I need. :)

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    1. Hi balqis,such sweet comments -glad they are of benefit to you. Thanks for your visit and have a nice day

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  14. Hi Wan, great cooking tips here. As the kitchen is my wife's domain, off limits to me, cooking is not, never was in my resume.
    You sure know your stuff re cooking.
    One day when I balek kampong, you must invite me for lunch, try your sambal belachan, and any Malay dishes....love Malay food.
    Have fun, Wan, and keep well.
    Best regards.
    Lee.

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    1. hi Lee, ok if you balik kampung, i will cook a few traditional malay food for you to savor... they will all be chili hot... yes, sambal belacan too. have a wonderful day

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  15. wow..thanks for the wonderful treat...bookmarking right away..;)

    Tasty Appetite

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    1. hi jay, thanks for coming over, am so glad you like my relish..it is a yum yum appetizer. have a nice day

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  16. The three bean relish is my all time favorite, light yet filling dish!

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    1. hi treat and trick, glad you came, now i know three bean is your favorite relish.. wonder what else you add to it. is it eaten with rice or fish fillet may be. have a nice day

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  17. Delicious relish recipe with wonderful tips,thanks for sharing.

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    1. hi hemalata, how are you,thanks for coming and liking my post. have a nice day

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  18. Looks absolutely awesome and perfect

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    1. hi shanti, thanks for coming to my site and liking my post, happy to get to know you. have a nice day

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  19. Thanks so much for these great tips....Every cuisine has their own relishing dishes...In Sri Lanka we use 'Achcharu' including 'Malay Achcharu'.Other than that I like Indian chutnies & sambal chili which I found here in Singapore..
    Sundried tomato looks great!!

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  20. hi amy, many thanks for your great tips and visit. I have published your comment. Have a nice day.

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