Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Parmesan

1 head Cauliflower
1/3 cup Olive oil
3 cloves Garlic (crushed)
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
1 tsp Dried basil
1 tsp Dried parsley
1 tsp Dried thyme
1/2 tsp Sea salt (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp Black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).

Rinse the cauliflower head and pat dry. Remove the outer leaves. Carefully cut off the bottom so that it’s flat and most of the woody stem is removed, being careful not to cut off so much that it falls apart. Be sure the head stays intact.

In a small bowl, make the garlic Parmesan sauce. Stir together the olive oil, minced garlic, 2 tablespoons (28.3 grams) grated Parmesan (half of the total amount), basil, parsley, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper.

Place the trimmed cauliflower head upside down (core side up) onto a 6-quart (5.6 liters) dutch oven. Drizzle 1/2 of the sauce over the cauliflower, tilting it to let it drip down the core and all around. Flip over and drizzle the remaining sauce over the top. Use a pastry brush to brush on any that had dripped down to the pan or didn’t spread well.

Cover the dutch oven with a lid and bake for 35-45 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and pierces easily with a skewer, knife or fork.

Remove the lid. Sprinkle the top of the cauliflower with the remaining 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese. Place the cauliflower under the broiler and broil for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is browned.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Yogurt Sauce

1 medium cauliflower (2 pounds)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
4 cups mixed spring greens
1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs (any combination of cilantro, mint and/or parsley)
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Spiced Turmeric Sauce
1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and loosely line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Slice the bottom of the core off the cauliflower so that it sits evenly on the baking sheet. Drizzle 1½ tablespoons of the olive oil over the cauliflower and use your hands to coat it evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 45 minutes.

To make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, maple syrup, salt, and cayenne.

Remove the cauliflower from the oven and use a fork to gently start to pull apart the crevices of the cauliflower. Pour another 1½ tablespoons of olive oil and the lemon juice over the cauliflower, especially into the crevices. Return the cauliflower to the oven and roast for another 15 minutes.
Remove the cauliflower from the oven and spread 1/4 of the yogurt sauce all over. Roast for another 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss the spring greens with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a pinch of salt. Set aside for now.

Remove the cauliflower from the oven. It should be tender outside and fork-tender inside. Top the cauliflower with more sauce and sprinkle with the herbs and toasted pine nuts. Slice into quarters and serve with the salad and the remaining sauce on the side.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Almond-Herb Sauce

FOR THE CAULIFLOWER:
1 large cauliflower
Olive oil
Salt

FOR THE SAUCE:
1/3 cup blanched almonds
6 to 10 anchovy fillets (optional)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for basting
2 teaspoons wine vinegar (white or red), more to taste
1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley, mint, tarragon, cilantro or a combination
1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper

Heat the oven while you prepare the cauliflower: Place a heavy oven-proof skillet (a cast-iron skillet looks very nice) or a baking sheet in the oven and turn the heat to 375 degrees. Place a small pan of hot water on the floor of the oven, to create steam.

Break off and discard the outer leaves from the cauliflower. Cut off the bottom of the stem, and then use the tip of a small, sharp knife to cut off the leaves close to the stem. Carefully cut out the hard core of the cauliflower, near the bottom. Leave the main stem intact and make sure not to cut through any of the florets.

Rinse the cauliflower (leave the water clinging to the outside) and place on a work surface, core side up. Drizzle with olive oil and use your hands to rub over the cauliflower until evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt.

Place the cauliflower on the hot pan in the oven, core side down, and cook until very tender all the way through when pierced with a knife, at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours. During the cooking, baste 2 or 3 times with more olive oil. It should brown nicely. If you have a convection feature, use it toward the end of baking to brown the crust.

Make the sauce: In a small frying pan, toast nuts over low heat, shaking often, just until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

Soak anchovies, if using, for 5 minutes in cool water. Rinse and set aside on paper towels.
In a food processor, combine almonds, anchovies, garlic and butter and pulse until smooth. Mix in oil, then vinegar. Mix in herbs and red pepper flakes, if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

When cauliflower is tender, remove from the oven. (If desired, run it briefly under the broiler first to brown the surface; there is no need to do this if you used convection.)

Serve cauliflower in the skillet or from a serving plate. Cut into wedges and spoon sauce around each wedge.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce and Tzatziki

1 head cauliflower
1/2 cup tahini
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
3 cloves garlic, sliced
pita, to serve
tzatziki sauce, to serve
fresh cilantro, chopped, to serve

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

Prep cauliflower by removing leaves and stem with a knife, then place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, olive oil, turmeric, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic.

Pour tahini mixture over cauliflower, using your hands to make sure entire head is covered.

Bake cauliflower for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Make a tent with aluminum foil and cover halfway through.
Cut cauliflower into pieces and then separate florets.

Serve on warm pita with tzatziki sauce and cilantro.

Enjoy!

Gobhi Musallam (Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tomatoes)

2 tablespoon(s) ghee or vegetable oil
2 large tomatoes, cut in four pieces
2 medium bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) turmeric
teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon(s) dried coconut
1 large cauliflower (about 900 gram)
2/3 cup(s) water
1/2 cup(s) chopped cilantro, to garnish
1 Whole lemon, sliced in several pieces
1 teaspoon(s) salt, or as desired

Heat the ghee or vegetable oil in a deep saucepan and sauté tomatoes until their juices run.

Add bay leaves, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt and coconut and stir thoroughly for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove leaves and stem from cauliflower, turn it floret-side down, and place over cooking mixture.
Pour water, cover pan, and simmer about 30 minutes. From time to time, remove cover and baste cauliflower with cooking mixture.

When cauliflower is tender, remove from heat and transfer the whole cauliflower together with the remaining liquid onto a serving dish.

Garnish with coriander and lemon and serve hot.

Baked Gobhi

1 cauliflower (gobhi), large
2 cup(s) yogurt, hung for 2 hours or Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon(s) ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon(s) garam masala
1 teaspoon(s) roasted and powdered dhania (coriander) and jeera (cumin) powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red chilies
1 teaspoon(s) sugar
1/2 teaspoon(s) mint leaves
2 tablespoon(s) spring onions, for seasoning
2 tablespoon(s) butter, for seasoning
2 tablespoon(s) cilantro leaves, for seasoning

Cut cauliflower into large florets. Immerse it into salted boiling water for 5-7 mins.

Drain and run them under cold water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel. Mix all the ingredients in yogurt and make a smooth marinade.

Apply all over to the florets with an oil brush. Apply as much as possible; also in the gaps.
Add melted butter over the cauliflower. Place cauliflower in a shallow Pyrex (casserole) dish and place it in an oven preheated at 300 for about 20 to 25 mins or till the florets turn tender.
For garnishing, heat butter and add spring onions to it. Stir fry for 2 mins.

Pour this along with green dhaniya over the baked gobi and toss lightly with a fork.

Sprinkle some chaat masala over the gobis.

Serve hot. Best served with parathas or naan.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

1 (1 1/2- to 2-pound) head cauliflower with leaves
2 gallons water
7 tablespoons sel gris, divided
3 tablespoons best-quality extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 550°F with oven rack in center of oven. Trim stem of cauliflower, keeping leaves intact, so it will sit level on a rimmed baking sheet. Bring 2 gallons water to a boil in a large stockpot over high. Stir in 61/2 tablespoons sel gris until dissolved.

Add cauliflower to water; place a heatproof ceramic plate on top of cauliflower to keep it submerged. Boil until tender and a fork inserted in cauliflower meets no resistance, 12 to 13 minutes. Using a spider, gently lift cauliflower from water, and let drain in spider, allowing water to drip back into pot. Place cauliflower, stem side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand until cauliflower has cooled slightly and is dry to the touch, about 15 minutes.

Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil between hands, then rub over cauliflower to apply a thin, even layer. (Alternatively, use a brush to spread oil evenly over cauliflower.) Sprinkle remaining 11/2 teaspoons sel gris over cauliflower (salt might clump in some places). Bake in preheated oven until dark brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and carefully rub with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Serve hot.

Spiced Ginger Shrimp with Burst Tomatoes

About 1 1/2 teaspoons aromatic spice blend, such as garam masala, Baharat, five-spice, curry powder, or a mild chili powder blend (see Note), plus more to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced or finely grated
3 scallions, thinly sliced, greens and whites separated
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound extra-large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup small (or halved large) cherry tomatoes, preferably yellow Sungold tomatoes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Fresh lime juice
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, torn or roughly chopped

In a medium bowl, combine spice blend, ginger, garlic, scallion whites, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add shrimp and toss well. Heat a large skillet over high heat, then add the oil. Add the tomatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until the whole tomatoes burst and the halved ones start to wrinkle, about 2 minutes.

Add shrimp mixture and sauté for another 2 to 4 minutes, turning the shrimp, until they are pink all over.
Gently stir in butter and cook for another minute, until the shrimp are cooked through. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Taste and add more salt and spices, if needed. Garnish with mint and scallion greens and serve immediately.

Note: You can use any aromatic spice mix you have on hand here, or use 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander plus 1/4 teaspoon each of cayenne and cinnamon.

Vadouvan Shrimp

4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
3-4 tablespoons vadouvan
2/3 cup orange or mango juice
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1Melt the butter in a saute pan until golden.

Add the vadouvan and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the juice, and increase the heat to a boil. Reduce the liquid by about half, until syrupy, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the shrimp, and saute until cooked, about 5 minutes. Serve over rice.

Vadouvan Scallops with Apple Broth

2 x celery stalks with leaves, coarsely chopped
1 x tart apple, coarsely chopped with skin, cored
5 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 x shallots, sliced
1/2 tsp. brown mustard seeds
1 x whole star anise

Scallops Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs. scallops, rinsed and patted dry
Kosher Salt
freshly ground pepper
2 1/2 tsp. Vadouvan
1 x tart apple, peeled, cored and chopped into ¼” cubes
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 x celery stalk, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. chives, chopped
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Broth Directions:
Place celery, apple, apple juice, shallots, mustard seeds and star anise in a large heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or until liquid has reduced and is syrupy. Strain and set aside. Discard solids.

Scallops Directions:
Preheat oven to 250°F. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Place 2 teaspoons of Vadouvan curry blend on a small plate. Dip both flat sides of scallops in curry; place on large plate.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in heavy large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Add scallops and cook until seared on first side, about 2 minutes. (Do not crowd the scallops in the pan or you won’t get a nice sear. You may need to do more than one batch, depending on the size of your pan.)

Flip scallops and cook another 2 minutes or so, until seared on second side and barely opaque in the center. Transfer to a small baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same skillet. Add apple and celery. Sauté until apple begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

Add apple broth and remaining ½ teaspoon Vadouvan curry blend. Increase heat to high and boil until mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Stir in vinegar. Season with salt, pepper and more vinegar, if desired.

Divide broth mixture among 4 shallow pasta bowls. Add scallops and garnish with chives.

Fried Green Tomatoes

3 fresh green tomatoes cut into 1/4 inch slices
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup panko crumbs
1/8-1/4 teaspoon paprika optional- go up to 1/4 teaspoon if you like spicy foods
oil for frying

Liberally season green tomato slices with salt and pepper on both sides.
Add flour and eggs to two separate small bowls.

Combine cornmeal, panko crumbs and paprika into another small bowl and whisk together.
Begin by dipping each seasoned tomato slice into flour coating on both sides.
Next add floured tomato slice to eggs coating on both sides.

Lastly dip into cornmeal and crumb mixture and set aside finished slice on baking sheet.
Repeat dredging process, starting with flour, until all slices are coated.

Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.

Fry tomato slices on both sides until golden brown and drain on paper towels.

Serve warm.

Sichuan Chicken Salad

2 10-12-ounce bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts
6 scallions, white parts coarsely chopped, green parts thinly sliced on a bias, reserved separately
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into 4 pieces and smashed
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Kosher salt
1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)
2 tablespoons chili oil
2 tablespoons tahini
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns (optional), toasted and finely ground
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large English cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise on a bias
1/3 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

In a large saucepan, place the chicken skin side down, then add the scallion whites, ginger, garlic and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Add 4 cups water and the sherry, if using, fully submerging the chicken.
Bring to a boil over medium-high, then cover, reduce to low and cook at a bare simmer until the thickest part of the chicken registers 160°F, 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover the pan and let the chicken cool in the liquid for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the chili oil, tahini, sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, 1½ teaspoons of salt, Sichuan peppercorns, if using, and cayenne.

Using tongs, remove the chicken from the cooking liquid. Remove and discard the skin and bones, then transfer the meat to a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the tahini dressing, then use a wooden spoon to smash the meat, shredding it and working in the dressing. Use your fingers to pull the shreds into bite-size pieces.

Add the cucumber and ¾ each of the peanuts and scallion greens. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss until evenly coated. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the remaining peanuts and scallions.

Thai Roasted Cauliflower

About 1/3 – 1/2 large head cauliflower (see note)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 T olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tsp fish sauce (vegan alteration: wheat-free tamari)
2 tsp sugar
1 jalapeño, finely chopped (seeded for milder tastes)
1/4 cup dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts crushed or finely chopped
extra cilantro, lime and jalapeño, for serving

Preheat oven to 425F. Carefully trim the outer leaves off your cauliflower leaving the stem intact. Slice the cauliflower into about 3/4″ slabs all the way through the stem. Reserve any loose florets (probably half a head, or so) for another use — or just roast them alongside the steaks. They won’t look as cool, but whatever.

Liberally drizzle cauli with olive oil and roast on a baking sheet in a single layer for 30 minutes, until deep golden brown with crisp spots in places. Let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, stir together cilantro, 2 T olive oil, lime juice, fish sauce or tamari, sugar and jalapeño in a small bowl.

Top cauli steaks with cilantro mixture, crushed peanuts and lime zest and extra cilantro, lime juice and jalapeños to taste. Enjoy!

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles:

2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
1 lb. of chicken tenders, diced
1 tablespoons of grape seed oil
2 zucchini, inspiralized
1 large carrot, inspiralized
1 red pepper, julienned
1/3 cup of bean sprouts
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, diced
1/4 cup of green onions, diced
sesame seeds (for garnish)

Spicy Peanut Sauce:

1 garlic clove, minced
4 tablespoons of peanut butter
juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons of coconut aminos (or tamari sauce)
2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, diced
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, peanut butter, coconut aminos or tamari, lime juice, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil and chicken tenders. Saute each side for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit. Dice when cooled.

In the same large skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil, carrot and red pepper. Flash stir fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

To a large bowl add raw zucchini noodles, chicken, carrots, red pepper, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, green onions, and spicy peanut sauce. Toss till all noodles are coated.

Serve and garnish with sesame seeds.

Notes

If you use tamari sauce, use 2 tablespoons instead of 3.

Pad Thai Salad

To make enough for two generous portions, you’ll need:

1 Cucumber
2 Large carrots
2 Spring onions
1 Handful of fresh coriander
1 Handful of fresh mint
1 Handful of peanuts (roughly chopped/smashed)
A couple of handfuls of shredded chicken/beef/duck/prawn/tofu/boiled eggs/whatever you fancy!

Dressing:

Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp Sesame oil
3 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Fish sauce
1 tbsp chilli flakes
1 tsbp honey
1 Clove of garlic

Start by turning your carrots and cucumber into noodles/ribbons. Pop them into a large bowl.

Use a pair of scissors to snip the spring onions over the top.

Add your protein.

Snip over your coriander.

And your mint.

Now make your dressing. Peel your garlic, add the rest of the ingredients. Shake and pour over.

Lightly crush nuts and sprinkle over.

Note: It’s easily converted into a packed lunch, too. Just try and take the dressing separately, and pour it over when it’s Thai-m to feast.

Spicy Cauliflower Bites

1/2 large head of cauliflower, roughly 575 grams
3/4 cup chickpea flour
3/4 cup water
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Guntur Sannam Hot Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral-tasting oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment
paper and set aside. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

In a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, salt, pepper, and water. Once the batter is smooth and slightly thick, transfer all of the cauliflower florets to the bowl. Using a spatula, toss the cauliflower until every floret is evenly coated in the batter.

Transfer each coated floret to the prepared baking sheet, giving each floret a nice cushion of space. Once you’ve transferred all of the cauliflower to the baking sheet, slide the baking sheet into the oven and set a timer for 20 minutes.

While the cauliflower does its first bake, you’re going to make the spicy sauce that will coat the cauliflower in the second bake. Clean and wipe out the large bowl you just used for the batter. In this bowl, whisk together the Guntur Sannam Hot Sauce, grapeseed oil, and maple syrup.

Once the timer goes off, remove the cauliflower from the oven. The batter coating each floret should be slightly dried, firm, and golden. Transfer all cauliflower florets to the large bowl with the Guntur Sannam Hot Sauce mixture. Toss to evenly coat in the sauce.

Transfer the coated florets back to the baking sheet, spreading them out as much as you can. Slide the baking sheet back into the oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until the bottoms of the florets are deep golden brown and crisp.

Serve the spicy cauliflower bites with the dipping sauce of your choice and some chopped cilantro on top.

NOTES

– For a quick dipping sauce, stir together some coconut milk-based yogurt with a big spoonful of Mango Chutney, leaving big swirls of the chutney on top.

– You can substitute white rice flour for the chickpea flour in this recipe.

– You can season the chickpea flour mixture with whatever spices you enjoy.

Perfect Chicken Tenders (and Honey Mustard Sauce)

Peanut oil, for frying
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Honey Mustard, recipe follows

Honey Mustard:
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Preheat oil to 350 degrees F.

Cut the chicken breasts into long strips and set aside.

Beat the 3 eggs in a separate bowl and measure the flour into another separate dish.
Measure the panko into a pie plate or shallow bowl and season with garlic powder, lemon-pepper, cayenne, salt and pepper.

Dip the chicken strips into the flour, the beaten egg and then dredge them into the seasoned panko.
Fry in the hot peanut oil for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown, and remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray. Serve with Honey Mustard sauce.

Honey Mustard:

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. The sauce can be held in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Pork Fried Rice With Corn and Shishito Peppers

2 cups cooked white rice (12 ounces; 350g)
2 1/2 tablespoons (40ml) vegetable or canola oil, divided
6 ounces (170g) fresh corn kernels, cut from 1 to 2 ears of corn
2 scallions, sliced, whites and greens reserved separately (1 ounce; 30g)
12 shishito peppers, thinly sliced, or 1 green bell pepper, finely diced (about 6 ounces; 170g)
6 ounces (170g) leftover roast pork or ham, finely diced
1 teaspoon (5ml) soy sauce
1 teaspoon (5ml) toasted sesame oil
Kosher salt
Ground white pepper
1 large egg

If using day-old rice, transfer to a medium bowl and break rice up into individual grains with your hands before proceeding. Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large wok over high heat until smoking. Add half of rice and cook, stirring and tossing, until rice is pale brown and toasted and has a lightly chewy texture, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon oil and remaining rice.

2.
Return wok to heat and add 1/2 tablespoon oil. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred on several surfaces, about 4 minutes. Transfer to bowl with rice and toss to combine.

If using day-old rice, transfer to a medium bowl and break rice up into individual grains with your hands before proceeding. Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large wok over high heat until smoking. Add half of rice and cook, stirring and tossing, until rice is pale brown and toasted and has a lightly chewy texture, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon oil and remaining rice.

Return wok to heat and add 1/2 tablespoon oil. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred on several surfaces, about 4 minutes. Transfer to bowl with rice and toss to combine.

Return all rice and corn to wok and press it up the sides, leaving a space in the middle. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to the space. Add scallion whites, peppers, and pork and cook, stirring gently, until lightly softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Toss with rice to combine. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.

Push rice to the side of wok and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Break egg into oil and season with a little salt. Use a spatula to scramble egg, breaking it up into small bits. Toss egg and rice together.

Return all rice and corn to wok and press it up the sides, leaving a space in the middle. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to the space. Add scallion whites, peppers, and pork and cook, stirring gently, until lightly softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Toss with rice to combine. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.

Push rice to the side of wok and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Break egg into oil and season with a little salt. Use a spatula to scramble egg, breaking it up into small bits. Toss egg and rice together.

Add scallion greens and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Perfect Egg Fried Rice

3 tablespoons (45ml) vegetable or other neutral oil
3 large eggs, thoroughly beaten
1 1/2 to 2 cups (about 1 pound/450g) cooked rice (see note)
2 teaspoons (10ml) light soy sauce
3 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise

Preheat a wok over high heat until lightly smoking. Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat. If cooking on a powerful outdoor wok burner, reduce heat to minimum. If using a standard Western burner, keep heat on high throughout cooking. Add eggs to center of wok and cook, swirling wok until eggs are puffy and lightly browned on the bottom, about 10 seconds on a powerful burner or 30 seconds on a standard burner. Flip eggs and lightly brown on second side. Push eggs up to the side of the wok.

Add another tablespoon of oil to the wok and swirl to coat. Add rice to center of wok. Flip eggs on top of rice, then using a wok spatula, break the rice and eggs up, tossing and stirring as you break them. Stir-fry until rice starts to pop and jump on its own when you set the wok down, about 1 minute on a powerful burner or 2 to 3 minutes on a standard burner.

Add remaining tablespoon of oil around the rim of the wok, then add the soy sauce to the same spot. Stir-fry until rice and eggs are evenly coated in the soy sauce (the rice should be more or less broken up into distinct grains without any large clumps). Add scallions. Remove from heat and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately.

Roasted New Potatoes with Garlic and Tamarind

1 1/2 pounds yellow new potatoes, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in width
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons tamarind paste (not concentrate)
1 tablespoon date syrup, honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 medium shallot, peeled and minced
2 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 green chile, such as a serrano or Thai chile, minced (optional)

Heat oven to 425 degrees and place a rack in the top third of the oven.

Scrub the potatoes under running water to remove any grit or dirt. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a medium saucepan. Fill the saucepan with enough water to cover them by 1 inch. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for another 6 minutes until easily pierced with a sharp knife but still firm.

Drain the water and place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the cumin over the potatoes, and toss to coat well. In a roasting pan or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, spread the potatoes out, cut-side up. Roast on the upper rack of the oven, flipping halfway through roasting, until they turn golden brown and crispy, about 35 minutes.

As the potatoes cook, mix the butter and garlic in a small bowl. Two or three minutes before the potatoes are done, pour the butter-garlic mixture over the potatoes and turn off the oven. Return the pan to the oven to cook in the residual heat for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to let the garlic burn. Remove the pan from the oven, and transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl.

In a small bowl, mix the tamarind paste, date syrup and lime juice. When ready to serve, pour the mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat well. Top with the shallots, scallions, cilantro and green chile, if using. Serve warm.