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jag_chilli_beef

Ingredients

Jaggery Chili Beef

4x 200g Fillet steak
2 tbsp Jaggery
1 tbsp Chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tbsp Olive oil

Goats Cheese Hash Potato

2 large Potatoes
Salt & pepper to taste
2 tsp Curry powder
1 tbsp Olive oil
80g Goats cheese, diced

Red Coconut Curry Sauce

1 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Chopped onion
1 tbsp Chopped garlic
1 tbsp Chopped ginger
10 Curry leaves
1 tbsp Chili powder
1 tsp Roasted curry powder
50 ml Ceylon Arrack
250 ml Coconut milk
1 tbsp Jaggery
Lime juice to taste
Pinch of salt

Method

Jaggery Chili Beef

1. In a pestle and mortar, pound together the jaggery and chili powder to a paste, add the olive oil.
2. Season the steaks with salt and pepper, then rub with chili marinade and leave for an hour.
3. Seal the steaks in a hot pan and finish in the oven as desired.

Goats Cheese Hash Potato

1. Peel and grate the potatoes. In a clean cloth, squeeze out the potatoes to remove some of the starch (the
liquid in the potatoes).
2. In a bowl, mix the potatoes with curry powder, salt and pepper and olive oil. Divide the mixture into 4.
3. Line a tray with baking paper. In a suitable ring, press half of one mixture leaving a hole in the middle, place a quarter of the goat’s cheese and add the remaining potato. Remove the ring.
4. Repeat for the remaining mixture and bake in a preheated oven at 200°c for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Red Coconut Curry Sauce

1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onion, garlic and ginger and sauté for 3 minutes without colour.
2. Add the curry leaves, curry powder and chili powder, cook out for a further 3 minutes.
3. Add the Ceylon Arrack and de-glaze, then add the coconut milk and jaggery. Season with a pinch of salt.
4. Cook the sauce on a gentle simmer for 30 minutes until the spices cook out and it begins to thicken. Pass through a strainer, adjust the seasoning and finish with a few drops of lime juice to taste.

salmon

Ingredients

1 x 1.8kg Salmon side, skin on, scales and pin bones removed

500g coarse rock salt

150g Sugar

300g White pepper corns, crushed

250ml Ceylon Arrack

Method

1. Mix together the salt, sugar and crushed pepper.

2. Line a deep tray with baking paper, put the salmon skin side down and pour over the Ceylon Arrack.

3. Pack the salt mixture evenly on both sides of the salmon, cover with cling film and refrigerate.

4. Leave the salmon to marinade for 3 – 4 days turning it over every 8 hours.

5. Finally, wash off the marinade and pat dry with kitchen paper. Slice as desired and serve with lime wedges and cracked black pepper.

chicken
Ingredients (serves 4)

Smoked chicken
4 Chicken breast, skin on
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Cinnamon sticks
10 Cardomon pods
10 Cloves
100g Ceylon tea
80ml Ceylon Arrack
2 zest of Lemon

Salsa
1 Small red capsicum, de-seeded and diced
1 Finely chopped red onion
1 tsp Finely chopped garlic
1 Mango, peeled and diced
3 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp White wine vinegar
2 tbsp Chopped coriander

Method
1. Season the chicken breasts in a shallow tray and pour over the Ceylon Arrack, marinade for 1 hour.
2. Take a heavy casserole pan with a lid, cut a round piece of foil to fit the pan tightly and make 10 incisions (small holes) in the foil. Heat the pan
until smoking hot.
3. Place the chicken on the foil and pour the Ceylon Arrack over the breasts.
4. Crush the spices and tea together and add to the smoking pan, this will instantly begin to smoke vigorously. Quickly place the foil circle with the chicken on top of the smoking spices and close the lid.
5. Reduce the flame to a medium heat and continue to smoke for 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.
6. Finish cooking the chicken by baking in a preheated oven at 200°c for a further 8 -10 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
7. Mix all the salsa ingredients together and serve on the side.

mangopickle
Ingredients
500g Raw mango, peeled
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Mustard powder
1/2 tbsp Chili powder
1 tsp Ground white pepper
1/2 tbsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Finely chopped ginger
1/2 tbsp Finely chopped garlic
100 ml White vinegar
50 ml Ceylon Arrack
50 ml Water

Method
1. Dice the raw mango into 1 cm chunks.
2. Add all the dry ingredients and mix well, allow to sit for 1 hour.
3. Add the garlic, ginger, water, arrack and vinegar and mix well.
4. Store in a clean sterilized jar in the refrigerator for at least 3 days before serving, this pickle will keep for up to a month.

lobster
Ingredients (serves 2)

Lobster

Whole lobster or crayfish about 500g 2
Ceylon Arrack 150 ml
Butter 2 tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste

Crust

Olive oil 2 tbsp
Finely chopped onion 3 tbsp
Finely chopped garlic 2 tsp
Finely chopped ginger 2 tsp
Chopped green chili 1 tbsp
Whole curry leaves 12
Fresh bread crumbs 5 tbsp
Grated coconut 5 tbsp
Ground black pepper 1 tsp

Method

Lobster

1. Split the Lobster in half, remove the meat carefully using the back of a small spoon and set aside. Clean the shell, ensuring the head is cleaned well. Divide 50 ml of the Ceylon Arrack between the 4 half shells and bake in the oven at 200 °c for 5 minutes to flavor the shell, remove when the shells have turned red in colour.
2. Slice each half tail into 3 pieces and season with salt and pepper.
3. Melt the butter in a large non-stick pan until foaming,then add the lobster. Sauté the lobster until nicely golden brown on the outside, but still only half cooked, then add the Ceylon Arrack and flame.
4. Quickly remove from the pan and arrange the lobster evenly in the 4 half shells.

Crust

1. In a non-stick pan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger for 2 minutes. Add the curry leaves and green chili, sauté for a further 2 minutes.
2. Add the bread crumbs and coconut and continuously mixing, toast them in the pan until golden brown.
3. Season the crust with the black pepper and divide evenly between the 4 Lobster halves, packing it on top of the lobster.
4. Bake the lobster at 200°c for 6 – 8 minutes until cooked through and well browned.

sushi

Ingredients

Mirin 1 tbsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Ceylon Arrack 2 tbsp
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Soy Sauce 2 tbsp

Method

1. Gently warm the Mirin to dissolve the sugar, and then mix in all the other ingredients.
2. Serve at room temperature; this may be refrigerated and stored for up to 10 days

brinjal_pahie

Ingredients

Aubergiene roughly chopped 1kg
Garlic, peeled and crushed 8 cloves
Red chili cut into 1cm strips 3
Salt 1 tbsp
Turmeric 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil for frying 500 ml
White onion, sliced 1
Black mustard seed 1 tbsp
Ginger, peeled and grated 2 tbsp
Ceylon curry powder 1 ½ tbsp
Cinnamon stick 1
Ceylon Arrack 100 ml
White wine vinegar 250ml
Granulated sugar 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Tamarind pulp 1 tbsp

Method

1. Toss the Aubergiene, garlic and Chili in a bowl with salt and turmeric. Let stand for 30 minutes and drain.
2. Deep fry the Aubergiene, garlic and chili in the vegetable oil at 160°c until golden brown and drain.
3. Using 2 tbsp of the oil, sauté the onion, ginger and black mustard seeds for 5 minutes.
4. Add the curry powder and cinnamon, add the Ceylon Arrack and reduce by half.
5. Add the vinegar and sugar, reduce by half, add the tamarind pulp.
6. Add the Aubergine to the vinegar reduction and cook for 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
7. Cool and store in an airtight jar.

ceviche

Ingredients

Ceviche

4 x 100g White fish
Salt to taste
Juice of  1 lemon
2 tbsp Ceylon Arrack
3 tbsp Mirin
1 Cucumber

Dressing

2 tbsp Marinade
1 Egg yolk
1 tsp Mustard
150 ml Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Ceviche

1. Mix all the ingredients for the ceviche marinade together, submerge the fish in the marinade and keep in the refrigerator. Marinade for 1 hour, turning the fish over every 15 minutes.

2. Remove from the marinade, slice the fish on an angle and set aside.

3. Peel the cucumber and cut into strips, arrange underneath and on top of the ceviche.

Dressing

1. Mix 2 tbsp of the marinade together in a bowl with the egg yolk and mustard.

2. Gradually add the olive oil as for mayonnaise until it is all incorporated and thickened, adjust the seasoning to taste.

3. Drizzle the dressing around the ceviche and serve.

prawns
Ingredients

Drunken Prawns

Cleaned medium size
prawns – shell on 16
Lemongrass 4 long pieces
Ceylon Arrack 4 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp

Dipping Sauce

Ketchup 2 tbsp
Ceylon Arrack 1 tbsp
White wine vinegar 1 tbsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Finely chopped ginger 1 tsp
Chopped spring onion 3 tbsp
Finely chopped garlic 1 tsp
Tabasco 10 drops

Method

Prawns

1. Skewer the prawns, 4 per stick on the lemongrass, and arrange in a shallow tray.
2. Mix together the Arrack, salt and sugar and pour over the prawns.
3. Marinade for 2 – 3 hours turning every 20 minutes, then remove the marinade.
4. In a hot grill pan, grill the skewers until cooked through and nicely caramelized.

Dipping Sauce

Mix all the ingredients together and serve.

Chef’s Note: These prawns are wonderful when barbecued and the marinade is fantastic for a variety of seafood.


 
Ingredients (Serves 4)

White rice 2 tbsp
Fresh grated coconut 2 tbsp

Pork Marinade

Diced pork 600g
Roasted curry powder 4 tsp
Un roasted curry powder 1 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Ceylon Arrack 30 ml

Curry

Olive oil 1 tbsp
Chopped onion 1
Chopped garlic 2 tbsp
Chopped ginger 1 tbsp
Sliced green chili 1
Small pandan leaf 1
Curry leaves 15
Fenugreek seeds 1 tsp
Cinnamon stick 1 inch piece
Water 250 ml
Ceylon Arrack 30 ml
Goraka 4 pieces
Thick coconut milk 50 ml
Ceylon Arrack 50 ml

Method

1. Toast the raw rice in a non stick pan, as it starts to
brown add the coconut and continue to toast together
until a nice deep golden brown. Grind to a powder in
a blender and set aside
2. Place all the items in the pork marinade together.
Marinade for at least 3 hours, this may even be left to
marinade overnight for up to 12 hours
3. In the olive oil, temper the onion, garlic, chili and
ginger for 5 minutes. Add the spices and cook for a
further 5 minutes. Add the pork and cook until thoroughly
mixed together
4. Cover with the water, add the Goraka and 30 ml Arrack
and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer
for 20 minutes
5. Add the toasted rice mixture, thick coconut milk and
remaining 30 ml Arrack and cook for a further 10
minutes