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Indonesian Nasi Goreng Recipe and ingredients - Somerset Foodie

Indonesian Nasi Goreng with Sambal Shrimp

Nasi Goreng might sound exotic, but foodies this is one of THE BEST dishes for using up all those random odds and ends lurking in the depths of your fridge - especially if you have some leftover cold rice too. The secret weapon here is kecap manis, it's a wonderfully sweet and savoury Indonesian soy sauce that tastes amazing, it's the perfect seasoning for the rice and brings all the flavours together perfectly.
Fusilli Pasta with Nduja, Black Olives, Salted Capers & Kale

Fusilli Pasta with Nduja, Black Olives, Salted Capers & Kale

There are times when a comforting bowl of pasta is all that's needed and I cook this regularly because it's so simple and tasty. It's almost a complete 'store cupboard' meal that you can throw together with minimal fuss. Fusilli pasta is my shape of choice for this dish, using a great quality pasta such as our Armando range, makes a noticeable difference.
Shoyu Pork Ramen

Shoyu Pork Ramen

In a Japanese ramen bar, the menu is divided into three main categories. This recipe is for a 'Shoyu' (soy) ramen - because soy is used to season the broth. The two other types are Miso ramen, which uses miso as the seasoning and Shio ramen that uses salt. Shoyu ramen is the most popular in Japan and there are loads of variations.
Easy Chicken and Mushroom Ramen Ingredients online with recipe to follow

Easy Chicken & Mushroom Ramen

Ramen is one of Japan's best loved dishes and with more restaurants serving up this slurpy noodle delight, it's popularity is still on the rise here. Deeply satisfying, umami packed broth with special ramen-style noodles and toppings that add texture, freshness and flavour - this is such a special dish.  

Cowboy Beans

Cowboy Beans

This is a true storecupboard dish that's a real family favourite. It's effectively 'home-made' baked beans with proper flavours that will knock the socks off any canned version.

Sesame Coated Salmon with Yuzu Sauce & Yuzu Slaw

Sesame Coated Salmon with Yuzu Sauce & Yuzu Slaw

Wondering what Yuzu is? It's a fragrant citrus fruit from Japan - imagine the love-child of a grapefruit and a mandarin. It's one of those flavours that's intriguing, delicious and surprising - all at the same time. Foodie trendsetters have tipped Yuzu to become mainstream, like buying limes or avocados in your weekly shop, but for now, it's still an unusual flavour that needs exploring.
Chermoula Lamb with Potatoes, Chickpeas, Kale & Zhoug

Chermoula Lamb with Potatoes, Chickpeas, Kale & Zhoug

Chermoula is a Middle Eastern paste that's also popular in North Africa, the recipes for this vary across the regions. Our paste is packed full of herbs and spices, with a touch of chilli. It's also awesome when used with fish or prawns.
Mafalda Pasta with Swiss Chard, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata

Mafalda Pasta with Swiss Chard, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata

One of the things I love about pasta is that you can pair up seasonal produce at any time of year to create a delicious meal - simply and quickly. We've been getting a fair amount of swiss chard in our veg box recently. The leaves wilt down very quickly so I cook the stalks first, creating a flavour bomb with garlic and anchovies. To contrast the sweetness of the chard, I use some fresh cherry tomatoes and capers before finishing the dish luxuriously with some torn up burrata, a grating of Grana Padano and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Spatchcock Za'atar Chicken

Spatchcock Za'atar Chicken

I like to think of chicken as a blank canvas, it's brilliant at taking on flavours, especially if you allow time for a marinade to work it's magic. Za'atar is a wonderful blend of Middle Eastern herbs and spices that will transform a humble chicken into a thing of beauty.
Jimmy's Seafood Satay Noodles

Jimmy's Seafood Satay Noodles

The lovely and supremely talented local chef Ping Coombes is the brand ambassador for Jimmy's Sate Sauce and this is her recipe for the famous Malaysian street food dish, Seafood Char Kway Teow.
Jimmy's sate sauce - Somerset Foodie Ping Coombes

Jimmy's Chicken Satay Skewers

I love the way amazing food can conjure up vivid memories. I first tasted satay years ago at my mate Woody's 18th birthday party - his wonderful Malaysian mum had made chicken satay skewers. I can remember thinking that it was possibly the most delicious thing I had EVER eaten. 
Argentinian Choripan

Argentinian Choripan

Spinal Tap famously had guitar amps that went to eleven, we think this Argentinian 'sausage in a bun' recipe turns the flavour dial up to twelve! Cooking with our soft chorizo sausages is almost cheating, they pack so much flavour. Add in the chimichurri sauce and you have an awesome combination going on.

Broccoli on Sourdough with Mexican Chilli Oil and Burrata

Broccoli on Sourdough with Mexican Chilli Oil and Burrata

I guess broccoli isn't the first ingredient that springs to mind when considering 'things to go on my toast' but a friend of mine raved about this recipe, it's from the brilliant Thomasina Miers - a chef, writer and TV presenter who won MasterChef in 2005. 
Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles

These addictively savoury noodles, laced with fiery chilli oil and fragrant, mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns do require a reasonably well stocked Chinese larder, but are relatively straight forward to make and will quite possibly become a regular on your weekly menu.
BBQ Cuban Mojo Chicken

BBQ Cuban Mojo Chicken

This Cuban Mojo marinade is one of my favourite Somerset Foodie sauces. It raises the BBQ bar from dried out old meat to something spectacular. It's spiced with chipotle, garlic and orange which makes for mouthwatering chicken...
Grilled Asparagus & Warm Black Rice Salad, Broad Beans, Confit Tomatoes,  Lemon & Garlic Dressing

Grilled Asparagus & Warm Black Rice Salad, Broad Beans, Confit Tomatoes, Lemon & Garlic Dressing

The black rice takes about 35-40 minutes to cook, it's grown in Italy and like wild rice, it has a slightly...


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