|Wednesday, November 23, 2005|
i've not tried this before. i've never tasted it. i've never seen anyone i know cooked this before. so it's abit risky... but..
i did this for pot luck last saturday
heh.. entry overdue i know..
but, i thought i'd just share the recipe here.
i got the recipe from Nigella Lawson's book - Nigella Bites. i bought the book a few weeks back because the recipes were simple and delicious looking, and it's loaded with pics.. i didnt get the jamie oliver ones cause his recipes somehow is kinda hard. maybe because of the types of ingredients. don't mention kylie kwong, her books are so much more exp than both..
ok well, anyway, let's get to the topic
don't be surprise by the taste of this dish, because it's orgasmic. (ha, as according to me)
there isnt any coke flavour in it.. u can't ... will not guess that there's coke in it.. (unless u've made this dish before, or u're a pro-chef.. haha)
but just one thing before i start, dont even consider using Diet Coke; it's full of fat or nothing. ha
ok i didnt take pics on the process, because i was busy making other stuffs for the pot luck
2kg mild-cure gammon
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
2-litre bottle of coca-cola
handful of cloves
1 heaped tablespoon black treacle
2 teaspoons English mustard powder
2 tablespoons demerara sugar
ok.. the trick is, there's a ratio for it .. like 1kg of ham = 1 litre coke = 1 hour cooking time.. get ?
as easy as that. gammon is the name of the ham.
u can get them at those "non-halal" shops in hypermarkets like giant or tesco. it's about.. RM2.++ for 100 gram. i got about 900gm for RM25. AND !!! don't buy the thing in slice, because u can't cook it.. haha.. if u want to make this dish, buy the whole piece.. say maybe 1 kg or something
ok.. now for the cooking method.
put the gammon in a pan, skin-side down if it fits like that, add the onion then pour over the coke.
bring to the boil, reduce to a good simmer, put the lid on, throught not tightly
and cook for just under 2 1/2 hours.
but do take into account that if the fammon's been in the fridge right up to the moment u cook it, u'll have to give it a good 15 mins or extra so that the interior is properly cooked.
meanwhile, preheat the oven to 240 C
then the ham's done, take out from the pan (it's up to u to throw away the remaining coke liquid, u can use is for a black bean soup.. if not, then just discard it lah.. ) and let it cool.
then remove the skin, leaving a thin layer of fat. when i bought the piece of ham, it's the ending part, so there were more skin n fats on it..
anyway, score the fat with a sharp knide to make fairly large-diamond shapes and stud each diamond with a clove. then carefully spread the treacle over the bark-budded skin. gently pat the mustard n sugar onto the sticky fat. cook in a foil-lined roasting tin for approx. 10 minutes or until the glaze is burnished n bubbly.
(this is nigella lawson's way)
i have no idea what is cloves / black treacle.. and no idea where to get them.. i used black pepper instead (haha) and for demerara sugar.. it's someting like cane sugar (gula tebu) .. i ddint have, so i just used brown sugar.. haha.. i used mustard powder btw.
it tasted good.. hahaha..
it can be served with Sweet Corn Pudding :P
and by the way, it doesnt really work on chickens this way.. there's another way to cook chicken with coke.. which i've yet to try :P
Disclaimer : This recipe is derived from Nigella Lawson's cookbook, thus, please do not steal and claim that this recipe is yours and you discovered it. thank you
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 01:34 am by Swee San
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