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Coriander / Basil Magic or Green Gunge
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:21:56 pm »
I love to have items in the fridge or cupboard that help make a quick and tasty meal.  I found this recipe by Jan Oldfield in an old book I had called Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.  In the book she describes the paste as a simplified variation of Thai Green Curry Paste, created with what you have hanging around in the fridge at the time.  What makes it great is that it's a way to make fresh coriander last a few weeks, while it's also a combination of other favourite essentials like ginger, garlic, lemon and Thai fish sauce.

She sometimes adds a fresh chilli or two, sometimes they stay out and it's kept simple and zingy.  You can also make it using fresh basil instead of coriander or a mixture of both.  You can also add a few sprigs of Vietnamese mint and or Thai basil.


INGREDIENTS:-

1 bunch coriander or basil
thinly peeled zest and juice of 1 lemon
2-4 cloves garlic
2.5 piece fresh ginger
1 small red chilli (seeds optional)
1 stick of lemongrass, white part only
2-3 tablespoons fish sauce


METHOD:-

Wash coriander or basil to make sure all grit is removed from coriander roots.  Don't bother to shake of the water.
Remove coriander leaves from stems and reserve the leaves.  Chop the roots roughly and place in the TM.
Remove leaves from the basil and discard the stems as they have very little flavour.

Combine lemon zest, garlic, ginger, chilli and lemongrass in the TM with the coriander roots & stems.
Process about 6 secs at speed 6. Scrape down at around 4 secs.  You want a rough chop.

Add leaves, lemon juice and fish sauce and process around 10-12 secs / speed 9 until it's combined well into a paste.

Store in a scewtop jar in the fridge.


JAN'S TIPS

No one flavour should dominate.  Usually you use about equal quantities of juice and fish sauce.  It really depends on how sour and juicy the lemon is, add more or less to taste.

When storing in the fridge you can top the paste with olive oil.  However, it doesn't seem to be essential.


USE

A few teaspoons transform almost any vegetable.  Heaven tossed over chunks of sweet potato or pumpkin, especially when combined with the crunch of lightly steamed snow peas.

Try tossing new potatoes in a mixture of a few tablespoons combined with about 1/2 cup natural yoghurt, sour cream or mayonnaise.

Brushed over fish, chicken, lamb fillet or pork before grilling, frying or roasting, it's an easy and yummy marinade.


Hope you like it!!!!

« Last Edit: February 22, 2015, 09:52:59 am by trudy »

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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2015, 11:58:30 pm »
Trudy, that sounds really good.  Do you think you could sub the fish sauce with anything to make it vego?
Denise

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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2015, 02:23:54 am »
Green grunge - love that name!
Thanks for the recipe Trudy.
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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2015, 02:43:54 am »
I suppose Bedlam you could try it without the fish sauce and see what you think.

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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2015, 04:37:25 am »
Thanks Trudy, my basil is looking good and my coriander is growing by the day.  If it's a successful crop I'll be looking for some recipes to use it up.
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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2015, 05:03:40 am »
Judy, make one lot using basil and another using a mixture of leaves.  Just a different way to make a quick and easy meal!

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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2015, 05:25:59 am »
Yes Trudy I will. Looks like something I would like to have living in my fridge.
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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2015, 06:11:35 am »
How many grams in a 'bunch of' coriander or basil Trudy.  I think there's only about 20 g in packs at the supermarket.
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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2015, 07:06:53 am »
Green grunge - love that name!
Thanks for the recipe Trudy.
Me too :D :D

I'm sure this is going to be a very popular recipe Trudy.
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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2015, 07:49:45 am »
Judy, I just pick up one of the bunches in the supermarket if I haven't had it growing.  Otherwise I just pull up roughly what looks like about the same.  I have never weighed it but really I don't think it will matter as you don't have to be accurate.  Just taste to make sure the flavours are what you like.  Mix and match what you have.

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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2015, 08:44:47 pm »
I love the sound of this, will be making for sure.  :)

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Re: Coriander Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2015, 07:14:23 am »
Trudy, I just re read this recipe and I will make some using basil. Mine has gone feral. I can just imagine it on vegies, thank you.
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Re: Coriander / Basil Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2015, 09:53:55 am »
Hi Cookie, thanks I have just relabelled it incase people feel they have to have coriander.

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Re: Coriander / Basil Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2015, 11:23:27 am »
It was my assumption Trudy and I didn't read it properly. But thanks    ;D :D :D
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Re: Coriander / Basil Magic or Green Gunge
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2015, 08:42:46 pm »
I have all these ingredients in my fridge at the moment which need using up so I'll give it a go. It sounds like a low calorie way to liven up veggies or meat.