Poutine. That very Canadian dish that originated in the Quebec Province is a comforting dish made of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. But as Australians tend to do, here we merge it with kimchi, that very Korean staple to create Kimcheese - and it's delicious!
Hello! I know I start off every In My Kitchen post hosted by Celia with a shock that another month has passed by but I can't believe that I've got to now start thinking of Christmas. Halloween, my favourite time of the year has passed and now it's onto Christmas (which I think the shops have been dying to foist upon us).
This month in my kitchen is a doll from Dear Reader Matilda. You may remember her as the lovely lady who sends me Italian biscuits every year for Christmas. She knows how much I love Halloween so she sent me this gorgeous custom made doll made out of vintage and recycled materials. I've called her Mariangela, a name popular in Italy and Mexico because Matilda is Italian and this doll is Mexican (hence the Day of the Dead pattern). She is completely unique and designed with me in mind. I absolutely treasure her.
Here is a cake stand that I bought in the Hunter Valley. When I put this up a few people asked me where I bought it from but I can't remember the name of the store-eek! I have lots of milk glass stands but I liked the fact that this looked like a crown. I have a cake stand addiction, what can I say?
Because we live in a small apartment, Mr NQN and I are always constantly battling for space. He wants space for his cycling gear and I want space for props. I keep adding to my prop collection including these American burger and fries baskets. I got them from the lovely gals at Miss America's Diner. Belinda is a regular there and when I saw she was there I texted her to ask if I could buy some and they gave them to me! Aren't they sweet? And they make great burgers too!
Also in my kitchen is a Himalayan pink salt block that I received for Christmas last year (which feels like what, three months ago?). Apparently you can heat it and cook on it and infuse food. I've eaten sashimi served on a salt block. It's very heavy but I can see this being a fun serving plate and cooking instrument.
With my new props I had to get using them because the whole debate about space is whether I use the props or not. The first thing I made using the trays was this poutine. I've seen it on a few menus and thought what a great idea it was. Of course die hard poutine fans know that you cannot get cheese curds in Australia. I know, I'm sorry if you got excited at the title thinking that I had found a supplier (I would have but then again I get excited about cheese alot). But you can make it using mozzarella as a squeaky substitute although I'm sure Canadians may eschew this (but hey they may also not like this cross cultural hybrid).
This poutine is dead easy to make. I will stipulate that the fries need to be deep fried-I tried it with baked chips and they just didn't get crispy enough for the topping but the rest is so easy. Just top with sausage, kimchi, cheese and green onions and some sauce and that is it. It's cheesy, spicy and crispy all at once!
So tell me Dear Reader, are you a fan of poutine? How about cross cultural food? Do you ever forget the names of where you bought things from?
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Kim Chi Poutine
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott/Not Quite Nigella
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
- 200g/7ozs. French fries, frozen
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella and tasty cheese
- 1/3 cured spicy sausage (like an nduja), chopped up
- 2 tablespoons kim chi, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped green spring onion
- Tomato sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1 - Preheat grill. Fry the potato chips for 5-6 minutes until golden and place on a grill proof dish. Add the cheese on top along with the sausage and kim chi.
Step 2 - Place under the grill so that the cheese melts (regular poutine also has hot gravy to help it melt). Add green onion, tomato sauce and seasonings.