Chicken Curry with Yogurt

1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Neutral tasting oil
2 garlic cloves, finely diced
juice of 1 lemon
1 onion, finely diced
2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into one-inch pieces
3 tablespoons yogurt
Sweetener to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

On a medium heat in a decent sized pan, dry fry all of the dry spices (but keep an eye on them!) As soon as you really start to smell them take them off the heat.

Add a dash of oil and add your finely diced onion. Return to that medium heat. Really give it a good stir and coat all of that onion in the spices! Cook the gently, if it starts to burn or stick add a SMALL dash of water (you don’t want to boil the onion

When the onion has softened (maybe 5 mins), chuck the minced garlic in. Give it a good stir.

30 seconds later add your lemon juice and sweetener.

Pop your chicken in and just seal it off.

Add the yogurt and mix.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and just let in cook on a low-medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Chili Paneer

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
14 ounces paneer
canola oil
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 fresh green chili, very finely sliced
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 scallions, finely sliced into rings
lemon wedges, to serve

Throw the cumin seeds into a mortar and pestle and roughly grind them to a coarse powder. Next cut the paneer into 3/4-inch cubes. Pour a thin coating of oil into a large frying pan and bring it to a high heat. Fry the paneer in batches, turning the pieces until golden brown on each side, and transfer them to a dish lined with paper towels. Watch out, as the paneer may spit; if so, half cover the pan with a lid.

Put 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan, followed by the garlic, green chili, cumin, black pepper, and salt. Sauté for around 3 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Add the tomato paste and sugar and stir, then put the paneer back into the pan along with a splash of water. Cover the pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Take the lid off the pan, add the scallions and simmer until there is no water left. Serve fresh and hot with a squeeze of lemon.

Rub for Smoked Brisket

1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup ground espresso beans
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

Combine the sugar, salt, espresso beans, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne in a resealable container, cover tightly, and shake well to combine. Store in a cool, dry place.

The rub will keep for up to 2 months, at which point the coffee will began to taste stale

Red Roast Pork

1/4 C hoisin sauce
1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C honey
1/4 C Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
1 t Chinese five-spice powder
3 lbs boneless pork shoulder

Whisk the hoisin, soy sauce, honey, wine, and five-spice together in a small bowl. Transfer the marinade to a zip-top bag.

For quick-cooking, crusty, slightly chewy char

Slice the shoulder into 1/2 inch-thick slabs, then slice the slabs into 2-inch-long strips. Add to the marinade and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours.
 
Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
 
Remove the pork from the marinade, scraping off any excess. Lay the pork on a cooling rack or roasting rack set on the lined baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, then flip and roast until the fat is sizzling and the pork is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes longer. Let rest a couple minutes before slicing and serving.

For shreddy, melty glazed pork shoulder:

Leave the meat in one piece, place it in the bag with the marinade, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours and up to 48 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting.

Heat the oven to 300°F.
 
Set the pork in a roasting pan, reserving the marinade for basting. Roast the pork until the meat is completely tender, 4 to 5 hours, then baste with some of the reserved marinade.

Continue roasting and basting every 10 minutes or so until the pork is coated in a thick, shiny glaze, about 1 hour longer.

Remove from the oven and let rest 20 minutes before devouring.

Along with roast duck and crackly skinned pork, char siu—sweet, sticky, brick-red roast pork—is a fundamental part of Cantonese food, whether it’s stuffed into pillowy steamed buns or sliced thin on top of noodles. The results of this char siu recipe are worthy of hanging from a metal hook in a neon-lit window in Chinatown. Cut the pork shoulder into strips for quick cooking and to maximize roasty, crusty, glazy bits, or leave it whole to make a glazed roast you can pull apart at the dinner table. With rice and A warm vegetable, it’s a feast.

Cold Sesame Soba Noodles

1 package soba noodles
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons sambal olek
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 scallions

Treat your soba noodles as you would any pasta. Cook the noodles in a pot of salted, boiling water until tender, about five minutes. Strain noodles and transfer to medium-large bowl. Drizzle in about one tablespoon of sesame oil until you notice that the noodles give off an oily sheen from being well-coated. Pop that bowl in the refrigerator and forget about it until the noodles have chilled out.

While those soba noodles are chilling, combine about 1 tablespoon of ginger and 1 tablespoon of garlic in a small to medium-sized bowl. Add Indonesian hot sauce sambal oelek to that (about 1½ tablespoons) along with around two tablespoons soy sauce, two tablespoons mirin, two tablespoons lime juice, two tablespoons sesame oil, one tablespoon sesame seeds, and the sliced crunchy white-green bottoms of two or three scallions (save the green parts for the next step). Whisk to combine.

Remove the chilled soba noodles from the refrigerator and add half of the freshly whisked sauce and toss. Add the other half, along with the sliced green-only tops of two to three scallions. Make sure the noodles are generously coated in the spicy-sweet-salty-nutty dressing, and serve with sesame seeds and a sprinkle of whatever remaining scallion slices you have left.

Japanese Pickled Cucumbers with Seaweed

2 English hothouse or 8 Persian cucumbers, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/3 cup Pacific Arame seaweed
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tbsp agave syrup (nectar)
1 tsp Shaoxing or other rice wine or sake
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Toss cucumbers and salt in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, then squeeze well to remove as much excess moisture as possible.

Meanwhile, place seaweed in a small bowl and add warm water to cover. Let soak until softened, about 5 minutes; drain and squeeze out excess moisture.

Whisk vinegar, agave, and wine in a medium bowl. Add cucumbers, seaweed, and sesame seeds and toss to coat.

DO AHEAD: Cucumbers can be salted and rinsed 5 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Sichuan Cold Chicken with Two Sauces

About ¾ lb (300–350g) cold, cooked chicken, without bones
3 spring onions
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
For the sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp Chinkiang vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp chicken stock
3–4 tbsp chilli oil with ½ tbsp of its sediment (or more, if you wish)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground, roasted Sichuan pepper, to taste
1 tsp sesame oil

Cut or tear the chicken as evenly as possible into bite-sized strips or slivers and place them in a deep bowl. Cut the spring onions at a steep angle into thin slices. Mix them and the salt with the chicken. If using sesame seeds, toast them gently in a dry wok or frying pan for a few minutes, until they are fragrant and starting to turn golden, then tip out into a small dish.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

When you are ready to eat, pour the sauce over the chicken, and mix well with chopsticks or salad servers. Arrange on a serving dish and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

VARIATION

Another sauce for cold chicken
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp finely chopped or crushed garlic
2 tbsp chicken stock
3 tbsp chilli oil (with or without its sediment)
½ tsp ground, roasted Sichuan pepper
½ tsp sesame oil

Edamame with Miso Sambal

1 pound frozen edamame in their pods
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons chili sauce, such as sambal
2 tablespoons red or white miso paste

Prepare the edamame according to the package instructions, or until just steamed through. Transfer the cooked edamame to a serving bowl.
In a small skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high heat. Add the garlic and chili sauce to the hot oil, and cook until combined and fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the miso and mix together for another minute.

Remove the skillet from the heat and pour the spicy miso mixture over the edamame. Toss to coat, and serve immediately.

Grilled Foil-Wrapped Potatoes with Shallots and Lemon

1 1/2 pounds small yukon gold potatoes (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter), halved
1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter), halved
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed juice from 2 to 3 lemons, plus more to taste
1/3 cup roughly chopped shallots (about 2 medium)
4 teaspoons finely minced fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tear off four 18-inch square pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, oil, lemon juice, shallots, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Divide into four even batches, placing each batch in the center of one square of foil.

Crimp foil closed, rolling sides to fully seal each packet.

Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

Place packets on grill, aligning them close to, but not directly over the coals. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Rotate packets front to back (so cooler side is now closer to coals), cover, and continue cooking for 10 minutes longer.

Move packets directly over coals, cover, and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove from grill and let cool for 5 minutes.

Carefully open packets, season with additional salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste, and serve immediately.

Guinness Beef Stew

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
3 teaspoons of salt (more to taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
6 large garlic cloves, minced
4 cups beef stock or broth
2 cups water
1 cup of Guinness extra stout
1 cup of hearty red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons butter
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots and/or parsnips (3 to 4 carrots or parsnips)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Brown the beef: Sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt over the beef pieces. Heat the olive oil in a large (6 to 8 quart), thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.
Pat dry the beef with paper towels and working in batches, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until well browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over and brown on another side.

Add garlic and sauté, then add stock, water, Guinness, wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme Worcestershire, bay leaves, simmer: Add garlic to the pot with the beef and sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the beef stock, water, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.

Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, then cover and cook at a bare simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Sauté onions, carrots in separate pan: While the pot of meat and stock is simmering, melt the butter in another pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots. Sauté the onions and carrots until the onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step 2 has simmered for one hour.

Add onions, carrots, potatoes to beef stew, simmer: Add the onions, carrots, and the potatoes to the beef stew. Add black pepper and two teaspoons of salt. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off any excess fat.
Transfer stew to serving bowls. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Colcannon

5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 1¾ pounds)
Kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups (packed) shredded savoy cabbage (from about ¼ large head), divided
1¼ cups milk
½ cup heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
1 scallion, thinly sliced

Cover potatoes with water in a small pot; season with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until a paring knife slides easily through the flesh, 30–40 minutes. Drain, let cool slightly, and peel.

Meanwhile, melt 4 Tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring frequently, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and leeks are just beginning to brown around the edges, about 3 minutes longer. Add 1 cup cabbage and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted. Add milk and cream and bring to a simmer.

Add potatoes and remaining 1 cup cabbage, then coarsely mash with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer colcannon to a large serving bowl. Top with remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and sprinkle with scallion.

Romesco Sauce

1/4 cup [30 g] almonds
1/4 cup [30 g] hazelnuts
4 red bell peppers
11/2 lb [680 g] Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup [7 g] chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 cloves Garlic Confit (see Gjelina)
1/2 cup [120 ml] extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350°F

On a rimmed baking sheet, spread out the almonds and hazelnuts in an even layer. Toast until lightly browned and aromatic, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Increase the oven temperature to 450°F.

Place the bell peppers and tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and roast, turning occasionally, until charred on all sides and starting to soften. Alternatively, you can use a grill or a grill pan. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and allow them to steam. When cool enough to handle, slip off the skins with a towel and remove the seeds.

In a food processor, combine the cooled almonds and hazelnuts, roasted vegetables, parsley, garlic confit, and olive oil. Process to make a coarse sauce with some chunks remaining. Add the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Smoked Trout Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado

8 oz [230 g] arugula
5 oz [140 g] high-quality store-bought smoked trout
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
11/4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 grapefruit, pomelo, or oro blanco, or a combination, peeled and sectioned
1 avocado, cut lengthwise in 1/4-in [6-mm] slices
1/4 red onion, cut in thin slices

Put the arugula in a large mixing bowl.

Break up the trout into small chunks over the arugula. Drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Add the grapefruit sections, avocado, and onion and toss gently, taking care not to break up the avocado slices while distributing them evenly throughout the salad.

Transfer to a serving platter or individual plates and serve immediately.

Cambodian Curry (Samlor Kary)

Rind of 3 kaffir limes, minced
1 stalk lemon grass, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
5 grams galangal, minced
1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon oil
150 mLs coconut cream, divided in half
80 grams chicken breast, chopped
30 grams onions, cut into petals
40 grams eggplant, chopped
40 grams cauliflower, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 chicken stock cube
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves or shredded kaffir lime leaves, for garnish

Combine the lime rind, lemon grass, shallot, garlic, galangal, turmeric, curry powder, and peanuts in a mortar and set aside.

Heat a medium frying pan, add oil, and fry spice mix until fragrant over medium heat. Add half the coconut milk and stir.

Add chicken cubes and cook for 5 minutes.

Add rest of coconut milk and sweet potato, and cook for 5 minutes.

Add rest of vegetables and water.

Add stock cube, sugar, fish sauce, and salt and pepper. Cook until everything is soft.

Serve with steamed rice and garnished with basil or lime leaves.

Chicken with Roasted Chili Paste and Basil (Gai Pad Nam Prik Pao)

2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chicken, sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons roasted chili paste
1/2 cup onion, sliced
1/2 cup red and yellow bell peppers, sliced
1/2 cup Thai basil leaves
1 teaspoon fish sauce
roasted chili flakes to taste

Saute the chopped garlic over medium high heat until it’s golden brown.

Add the thinly sliced chicken, roasted chili paste, and fish sauce. Mix everything together and cook until the chicken is almost done.

Add the onions and bell peppers and continue to cook until the chicken is done and the vegetables are cooked but still firm. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preferences.

Add the basil and, if you like, the roasted chili flakes. Take off the heat and serve with jasmine rice.

Roast Chicken and Rice Salad with Shiso

1 organic or free-range chicken, weighing about 3 1/4 pounds (or about 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken meat, and about 4 1/2 cups cooked and shredded)
4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 heaping cup basmati rice
1/3 cup wild rice
1/3 scant cup brown rice
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
6 green onions, thinly sliced
4 mild red chiles, seeded and cut into thin strips
3 cups cilantro, chopped
4 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
20 shiso leaves, shredded (or arugula)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing:
4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Rub the chicken with a scant 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan and put in the oven for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375°F and continue to roast for 50 to 60 minutes, basting with the juices occasionally, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature. Reserve the cooking juices.

While the chicken is roasting, cook the rice. Place the basmati in a saucepan with 1 2/3 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to minimum, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover and cool completely.

Place the wild and brown rices in a saucepan and pour in enough cold water to cover the rice by at least 3 times its volume. Bring to a boil and simmer gently, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes, until the rice is tender but still retains a little firmness. If the water runs low, top up with extra boiling water. Drain through a sieve and run under plenty of cold water to stop the cooking. Leave there to drain.

Carve the meat from the chicken or simply tear it off in largish chunks. Put it in a bowl large enough to hold the whole salad.

To make the dressing, in a separate bowl, whisk all the dressing ingredients together with the cooking juices from the chicken. Pour the dressing over the chicken and set aside.

Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan, add the onion and a pinch of salt, and fry over medium heat until golden. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Add the 3 rices, fried onion and green onions, chiles, and chopped herbs to the chicken. Mix well, then taste and adjust the seasoning.

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Ro Mian)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 pounds beef shank, cut into 4 large pieces
1 pound beef tendons
6 large slices fresh ginger
9 garlic cloves, crushed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 small fresh red Thai chiles, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
4 medium Roma tomatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons chili bean paste (doubanjiang)
1 cup Shaoxing rice wine
4 star anise pods
1 tablespoon crushed Sichuanese peppercorns
1 cup soy sauce, plus more to taste
½ pound leafy greens, such as baby bok choy or spinach
Black vinegar, to taste
2 pounds Asian wheat noodles
Preserved mustard greens, chopped, for serving
Fresh cilantro (leaves and stems), coarsely chopped, for serving
Scallions (light green and white parts), chopped, for serving

In a large pot, heat one tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Add the beef shank and tendons and cook until browned all over, about 15 minutes. Transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside.

In the same pot, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the ginger, garlic, onion, and chiles and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and tomatoes and continue to cook until the sugar has dissolved and the tomatoes have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chili bean paste and continue to cook for an additional minute.

Return the browned meat and tendons to the pot. Add the Shaoxing wine, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the star anise, crushed peppercorns, soy sauce, and about 2 quarts of water. Bring the liquid to a boil; then lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook, occasionally skimming any fat and debris off the surface, until the meat is meltingly tender, about 2 hours or longer for the tendons.

Transfer the beef shanks and tendons to a cutting board. Strain the soup through a colander into a clean pot, and discard the solids. When the beef and tendons have cooled, chop both into 1-inch slivers and add the meat to the strained broth. Bring the broth back to a slight boil, add the greens, and simmer just until tender. Season the soup with black vinegar and additional soy sauce to taste.

Cook the noodles in a large pot of boiling water according to the package directions, and drain them. Divide the noodles among large soup bowls, and pour the soup over them. Serve the mustard greens, cilantro, and scallions on the side, so each diner can pile them on in whatever order and amount they like.

Shaved Asparagus Salad with Bonito

1 pound asparagus
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sea salt
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup bonito flakes

Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and discard, and peel any spears thicker than a pencil. Using a mandoline or a vegetable peeler, shave the spears of the asparagus (including the heads) as thin as possible.

In a medium bowl, dress the shaved asparagus with the olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt to taste. Arrange the asparagus on a serving platter with the almonds, apple slices, and bonito flakes.

Warm Lobster Salad with Pancetta, Potatoes, and Arugula

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced pancetta
12 fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
Kosher salt
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cooked lobsters cut into bite-sized pieces (see note)
2 cups arugula leaves

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, and add the olive oil and pancetta. Cook the pancetta until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pancetta from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Lower the heat to medium-low, and add the potatoes to the fat in the pan. Season the potatoes with kosher salt and sear for 10 minutes, or until they turn golden in color. Then place the skillet in the oven and roast the potatoes for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside and tender in the center.

While the potatoes are cooking, combine the crème fraîche, mustard, lemon juice, chives, and pepper in a bowl and whisk them together. Season with kosher salt to taste and set aside.

When the potatoes are done, remove the skillet from the oven. Add the lobster meat and the crème fraîche dressing, and fold together. Add the pancetta and arugula snd serve immediately.

Note: To cook four 8-ounce tails, bring 6 cups salted water to boiling in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the lobster tails. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 12 minutes or until shells turn bright red and the meat is tender when poked with a fork. For larger or smaller tails, adjust the cooking time as needed.

Beef Fried Rice

For the beef:
10 ounces flank steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water
Pinch of baking soda (optional, but good for tougher cuts of meat)
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (mushroom flavored preferred)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon oil

For the rest of the dish:
1 tablespoon hot water
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons regular or light soy sauce
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon MSG (totally optional!)
Fresh ground white pepper
5 cups cooked rice
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1 medium onion, diced
3/4 cup peas
1 scallion, chopped
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

First, combine the beef, salt, water, baking soda, dark soy sauce, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl and stir until well-incorporated. Set aside. (We added a bit of water to marinate the beef, which generally is a no-no for beef…but for this fried rice dish, it keeps the small morsels of beef juicy and tender!)

Next, combine the hot water, sugar, sesame oil, soy sauces, MSG (if using), and white pepper in a small bowl. This is the sauce that you’ll be adding to the rice, and it’s much easier to have it combined and ready to go before you start cooking.

Take your cooked rice and fluff it with a fork or with your hands (you can rinse your hands in cold water if the rice starts sticking to them). If you are using cold leftover rice, try to break up the clumps as best as possible.

Heat your wok over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and the eggs, and scramble them until just cooked. You can start scooping them up when they look like they are almost done. Transfer them back into the same bowl you mixed them in and set aside. They will continue to cook in the bowl and you will cook them again in the rice.

Heat the wok until just smoking and spread 1 tablespoon oil around your wok. Add the marinated beef in one layer, and let sear for 20 seconds. Next, stir fry the beef until about 70% done. Transfer the beef back to the marinade bowl, and set aside.

With the wok over medium high heat, add the last tablespoon of oil, and sauté the onions until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the rice, using a metal spatula to flatten out and break up any large clumps. If the rice is cold from the refrigerator, continue stir-frying until the rice is warmed up, about 5 minutes. Also, sprinkling a little water on large clumps of rice will help break them up more easily.

Once the rice is warmed through, add the sauce mixture. Stir the rice with a scooping motion until the grains are evenly coated with sauce. The rice should be completely hot by now. Next, add the beef and any juices from the bowl you set aside earlier, and stir fry for another minute.

Add the eggs, breaking up any large clumps, peas, and the scallions. Continue stir-frying for another 30 seconds. Push the rice into the middle of the wok to let the perimeter of the wok heat up. After about 20 seconds, pour 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine around the perimeter of the wok. Stir-fry for another 20 seconds. Adding the wine using this method gives the dish a little extra wok hei! At this point, taste the rice to see if it needs a little more salt, soy sauce, or white pepper and season accordingly.

Serve immediately, and, if you’re like us, don’t forget some homemade chili oil!