Wednesday, October 29, 2014

1 Ingredient, 5 Ways: Lemon Grass

We’re all for experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes and interesting ingredients, but we hate when half used ingredients end up neglected and forgotten. It just seems such a shame when something with the potential to be delicious and nourishing ends up living out the remainder of its limited shelf life at the back of the fridge!  So, our "1 ingredient, 5 ways" blogs will hopefully help to ensure that every little bit of these ingredients end up on our plate!  Starting with... lemon grass!

via Flickr by whologwhy

Also known as cymbopogon, lemon grass is native to Africa and Asia. While it is often used for flavouring, there is also some modern research that suggests that lemon grass may also have some significant health benefits such as:

  • Source of antioxidants
  • Anti-microbial properties
  • Effective sleep aid
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

Little Ferraro Kitchen’s Lemon Grass Chicken Coconut Curry

This easy-to-modify curry recipe is built upon fabulous base flavours of coconut, garlic, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, and (our star ingredient) lemon grass.

Photo by the Little Ferraro Kitchen

Click here for the full recipe by Little Ferraro Kitchen.


 A Zesty Bite’s Pan Seared Salmon in Spiced Coconut Milk

With a flavour profile of garlic, coriander, coconut and lemon grass, this easy-peasy salmon recipe will impress even the pickiest of eaters.

Photo by A Zesty Bite

Click here for the full recipe (and beautifully rustic photos) by A Zesty Bite.

Season with Spice’s Spicy Asian Noodle Salad

Don’t like tofu? Switch it up with sautéed beef, shrimp or chicken! This light, delicious recipe makes it easy to change ingredients to suit your taste and current kitchen stock.

Photo by Season with Spice

Find the full recipe here for Season with Spice’s Spicy Asian Noodle Salad.


A Cup of Mai’s Chicken and Rice Soup with Lemon Grass

Here we have classic chicken soup with a twist – think of this as the fancy adult upgrade to our wintery favourite. The chillies will give this soup a bit of a kick while the ginger, garlic, chicken and lemon grass soothe and comfort on the dampest of days.

Photo by A Cup of Mai

Click here for the full recipe by A Cup of Mai.


 Apartment 34’s Peach, Rosemary and Lemon Grass Infused Cocktail

A little sweet, a little fruity, but most definitely a grown-up cocktail – what’s not to love? The rosemary and lemon grass infusion shakes up this standard pour and mix cocktail.

Photo by Apartment 34

Click here for Apartment 34’s Peach Cocktail and Rosemary and Lemon Grass infused simple syrup.