* This is a sponsored post for Redmond *
Sometimes referred to as Indonesian Fried Rice, this Nasi Goreng is similar to the Spanish Paella. This version however, uses a beautifully fragrant almond paste and it also has a nice bit of a chilli kick to it!
Indonesia is somewhere we would love to visit one day, but for now we are going to have to just travel via our kitchen. That means we are experimenting with Indonesian recipes and so you will be seeing a lot more on the blog. It’s one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world and so diverse, due to the fact that Indonesia is made up of 6,000 populated islands, all having a slightly different cuisine.
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As baby is now overdue (come on baby – where are you!!!), we have been going on lots of nice, gentle walks to try and get things moving in the right direction. We have a local nature reserve close to where we live and walking round the large lake there is a nice relaxing way to get a little exercise in.
It also helps that there is a guy with a coffee cart every weekend who makes the most incredible coffees and sugary drinks. He is currently doing a winter spice hot chocolate, which just tastes like Christmas in a mug. Sure, it’s full of sugar, but the walk round the lake burns it all off, I am sure of it. Okay, maybe not, but it’s totally worth it.
After a walk in the nice crisp air, a comforting and filling dish is needed so this Nasi Goreng really hits the spot. I did a little bit of prep before we went out, meaning that not much had to be done when we got home – those are the kind of meals I like!
The preparation for this dish may take a little time, but once everything is ready, it is cooked and on the table in minutes. The time taken to get everything ready is definitely worth it as this Nasi Goreng will fill your kitchen with an amazing smell and fill your bellies with a comforting, filling and nutritional meal.
Brown rice and eggs are a staple in our house as they are cheap and healthy, so add a few slightly more expensive ingredients and you have yourself a really good meal, that would be perfect at a dinner party as well. Although preparation takes a while, most of it can be done ahead of time, so it is quick and easy to make once your guests have arrived.
Anyone who cooks regularly will know that one of the most used appliances in the kitchen is the kettle. We boil water for so many different things, but the kettle is often under-valued as a kitchen appliance. Sure, you can boil water on the hob, but to save time we always use the kettle – we are all about quick healthy recipes at the moment. This recipe calls for the kettle be used for three separate parts of the process, so it really is integral to this recipe.
It may have been mentioned before, but I love gadgets! So when we got the new Redmond SkyKettle and I found out I could control it from my phone, I was very excited! I love how so many things can be controlled by our phones now. Not only is the kettle stylish (it has a nice floral pattern) and easy to use, it can also be used as a thermo pot. The kettle boils water, heats it to a specific level (40, 55, 70, 85 or 95°C) and maintains that temperature for up to 12 hours. Perfect for keeping the water hot for recipes like this, so reboiling is not needed.
It really is simple to use, which I wasn’t expecting. When I saw that it could be controlled from my phone, I thought it would be overly complicated and have me tearing my hair out, but it really is as simple as a click of a button. The only thing I would say, is that obviously you have to have water already in the kettle to be able to boil it from your phone, otherwise you still have to get up off the sofa to fill it up. But, we just make sure we fill it again after we use it, so it always has some water in it.
The Redmond kettle uses the Ready For Sky (R4S) app, meaning that you can turn the kettle on when you first get out of bed (or use the alarm function) and it is ready boiled for your morning tea or coffee when you walk into the kitchen. How awesome is that! If you are one of those people that doesn’t have much time in the morning, and really can’t function without a coffee, then this is the gadget for you. It is also great for making baby food, which requires a distinctly specified temperature, so we will be making the most of that in the future.
The heat maintenance function was ideal for this recipe, as I didn’t have to keep going back and forth to the kettle. You know how you ask a family member what they want for Christmas and they say a kettle? Well, don’t just get them any kettle, get them THIS kettle. Help them take their kitchen in to the future and start their morning cup of coffee from the comfort of their bed.
This freezes well and I had the leftovers for lunch the next day and, if possible, it tasted even better! I think all the spices had time to mix together, and as a result, really brought out all the flavours. I know not everyone is a fan of leftovers, but certain things just taste better the next day I think and this is definitely one of them.
Nasi Goreng recipe:
- 1 tsp Black peppercorns
- 0.5 tsp Nutmeg
- 100 g Almonds
- 1 tsp Ground turmeric
- 1 tsp Chilli flakes
- 2 Cloves of garlic
- 1 thumb size Piece of ginger, chopped
- 1 Stalk lemon grass, smashed then finely chopped
- 2 tsp Fish sauce
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Lime (juice only)
- 1 tsp Sea salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp Tamari sauce
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 100 g Brown rice
- 2 Medium onions, chopped
- 10 Mushrooms, sliced
- 200 g Green beans
- 150 g Chicken breast
- 200 g Cooked and peeled prawns
- 200 ml Boiling water
- Coriander leaves (for garnish)
- Grill the chicken breast until cooked through. Cut into strips and pt to the side
- Boil the rice until cooked. Drain and put to the side.
- Beat the eggs, milk and tamari sauce to make an omelette. Once cooked and cooled, slice into 2x1 inch pieces and put to the side for later.
- Put the peppercorns, nutmeg, almonds, turmeric, salt and chilli flakes in a pestle & mortar or food processor and combine - it doesn't need to be completely smooth. Once combined, put into a bowl.
- Combine the ginger, garlic and lemon grass in a pestle and mortar until smooth. Mix in the fish sauce, oil and lime juice.
- Combine the ginger mix into the dry almond mix to form a paste.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan and lightly fry the onions and mushrooms until golden brown.
- Put the green beans on to boil.
- Add the paste to the onions and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the rice and boiling water and continue to cook until the water has reduced.
- Add the chicken, prawns and half the green beans and cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Serve, topped with the chopped omelette and remaining green beans.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
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**This Nasi Goreng recipe was commissioned by Redmond, however, all opinions are my own**