Asian Foods Ep.4


Asian Foods : Indian Black Pepper Chicken Curry

by Thomas M. Tillman
Before chillies, Indian cuisine called upon copious helpings of native peppercorns. Discover a whole new world of spice with this classic black pepper chicken curry… I first ate this in a small coastal town of Varkala in Kerala, India. Kerala is famed for its Malabar Pepper, considered the finest India has to offer. I was lucky enough to sample some fresh, from the vine on a trip through the amazing Keralan backwaters – they were incredibly spicy and delicious! I also sampled them fresh, added to curries as a whole vine which was spectacularly spicy! If you’re lucky enough to ever find fresh peppercorns, add them during the last 10 mins of cooking to infuse their heat. Black pepper – old spice! Before the introduction of chillies from South America in the 16th Century, peppercorns were the dominant spicing of Indian food. Chillies subsequently took a firm grip, but peppercorns still maintained a stronghold in the South. The dominance of black pepper in this dish (...)

Asian Foods : CHINESE CHIVES WITH TOFU

by Thomas M. Tillman
Signs of Spring are all around, and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more thrilled!  Spring is a time of new life and new beginnings.  It’s a time to refresh, renew, and simplify.  In the kitchen, for me, this translates to an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of quick and easy ways to cook them. Most days, this means whipping up a quick vegetable stir fry.  The boyfriend’s dad recently told me about this stir fry of Chinese chives and firm tofu… and it’s so good that I just had to pass it on! It’s just about the simplest stir fry there is to make.  You start by pan frying some thin pieces of firm tofu.  Once they’re golden brown, you turn the heat up to (...) Continue

Asian Foods : Indonesian Chicken Wings

by Thomas M. Tillman
You won’t be mad how much of a finger-sticking mess you’ll find yourself in with my to-die-for Indonesian chicken wings. Sweet, salty and totally addictive. Learn the super simple recipe for yourself… These Indonesian chicken wings just got better the more I ate – and I ate them ALL. I almost didn’t want them to end. There’s something so rewarding about finding a bit of chicken hidden on a (...) Continue

Asian Foods : Maple Fish Sauce Brussels Sprouts

by Thomas M. Tillman
This is a mashup of Thai and Canadian flavours that work beautifully, and happens to be easy and quick, perfect for when you're busy with all your other Thanksgiving prep! Fish sauce is full of umami, which gives depth and complexity to these vegetables. The sweetness from the maple syrup helps soften the slight bitterness inherent to Brussels sprouts (also known as (...) Continue

Asian Foods : Achari Chicken – Chicken in Pickling Spices

by Thomas M. Tillman
Achari Chicken Curry is an amazing (and I mean amazing) North Indian treasure. A flavour sensation of sour, sweet and spice – brimming with flavour, colour and texture. It’s one of the tastiest curries you’re ever likely to experience, so be sure to learn just how its made at home… Achari Chicken is a curry that is so full of flavour. A rich, decadent North(...) Continue