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Cooking with Coffee

Why don’t we use coffee more in cooking and particularly in savoury dishes? I think it’s time to experiment. Recently, I tried some coffee marinaded pork chops created by Sous Vide Tool’s chef Chris Holland – delicious.

Do seek out the Marley Coffee Cookbook. Here are 100 recipes for savoury and sweet dishes and even cocktails. Yes, the name is familiar. Rohan Marley is Bob Marley’s son and the proud owner of Marley Coffee. There are a hundred recipes in here, many for savoury recipes and completely delicious.

One of my favourites is for meatballs with a coffee sauce. I’ve use the glaze as a sauce on its own. with both meats and fish. It will work with other coffee too or the coffee bags mentioned below.

Coffee Recipe

Curry Meatballs with Roasted garlic, coffee and teriyaki glaze

A delicious coffee recipe - Curry Meat Balls, Quarry Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group

A delicious coffee recipe – Curry Meat Balls

Many thanks to the publishers, Quarry Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group for letting me share this recipe. As the book originates in America, I’ve added a few British translations. This is ideal for a midweek supper (or appetiser).

Curry Meatballs with Roasted garlic, coffee and teriyaki glaze

These succulent meatballs, which get a burst of flavour from the Marley Coffee Spice Blend, are paired with a delicious teriyaki-based glaze that is enhanced with coffee. Make these ahead and freeze the meatballs, if you like, but don’t freeze the glaze.  Many thanks to the publishers, Quarry Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group for letting me share this recipe. As the book originates in America, I’ve added a few British translations. This is ideal for a midweek supper (or appetiser).
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author breadbakerdanielle

Ingredients

  • 908 gr ground (minced) chicken - 2 pounds
  • 20 gr curry powder - 3 tablespoons (American tablespoons are smaller than in UK)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced - or crushed
  • 100 gr chopped coriander - cilantro. Divide in half
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Marley Coffee Spice Blend* See below
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 60 ml Brewed Buffalo Soldier coffee or other flavoursome coffee - 1/2 cup
  • 120 ml Teriyaki sauce (eg Kikkoman)
  • 3 cloves Roasted garlic** See below
  • 75 gr cherry tomatoes - 1/2 cup

Instructions

  • To make the meatballs:
    In a large bowl, mix the chicken, curry powder, garlic, most of the coriander (reserve 3 tablespoons for garnish), the eggs, and Marley Coffee Spice Blend.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Form the mixture into about 15 (2-inch, or 5 cm) meatballs.
  • Preheat a gas or electric grill to medium. Arrange the meatballs on the grill and grill for about 5 minutes per side. 
  • When thoroughly cooked, remove the meatballs from the grill and keep warm.
  • To make the glaze/sauce:
    In a medium-size saucepan over high heat, whisk the coffee, teriyaki sauce, roasted garlic, and cherry tomatoes. Whisking constantly, bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer the glaze for 4 to 6 minutes, or until it starts to thicken. 
  • Combine the cooked meatballs with the glaze and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with the reserved coriander. 

Notes

* This is a mix of ground coffee, star anise, onion powder, cumin, sugar, thyme, curry powder, salt, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and allspice. I suggest using a mix of equal parts of star anise, allspice, cumin and cayenne pepper.
** To prepare roasted garlic, sprinkle the garlic cloves with salt and pepper, rub them with extra virgin olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake in a pre-heated oven 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4 for about 30 minutes or until very soft. Let cool. Squeeze the garlic pulp out of the skins and combine it with the ingredients for the glaze.
 

 

* This is a mix of ground coffee, star anise, onion powder, cumin, sugar, thyme, curry powder, salt, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and allspice. I suggest using a mix of equal parts of star anise, allspice, cumin and cayenne pepper.

Coffee Bags – simple with no mess

Time was when we had relatively little choice about which coffee we drank. Instant was king. Brands created rather amusing advertisements capturing our imagination. Nescafe introduced the Gold Blend couple and pitched the coffee as something sophisticated and perhaps a little naughty. Red Mountain suggested that their coffee indistinguishable from filter coffee. In one advertisement Sarah Crowe pretended to make coffee with a whole range of plink plink noises rather than admit she wasn’t using the machine her mother-in-law bought.

We’ve since fallen in (and probably out) of love with Starbucks. We’ve bought all sorts of gadgets Aeropress, Cafetieres, pods etc. some of which are better than others. We’re a nation of coffee lovers, and just one method of preparing coffee no longer fits.

The times when you’d like a coffee …

But there are still times when all you want is a quick cup of coffee and you’re nowhere near your local favourite coffee shop and instant is the very last resort. You might be at a conference where there are plenty of choices of tea, but coffee is dispensed from a container that was probably filled an hour ago. You’d probably rather not drink coffee at all than choose that option. A quick cup of tea from a tea bag would be far better.

So why not a selection of bagged coffees ?

New Kings Coffee sent me some coffee bags to sample. Each is individually sealed. The bag itself is made from Bioweb which is a biodegradable product that is corn starch based. The outer sachet will soon be switched for material that can be composted.

New Kings Coffee Bags

New Kings Coffee Bags

They’ve sourced coffee from all over the world. All are arabica coffees, free trade and organic.  The highest strength coffee is from Sumatra, Indonesia and East Asia the light roast from Sidamo, Ethopia. There’s a decaffienated version too. Rather than rely on the designated strength of the coffee, reading the tasting notes give an idea of the flavours you’ll find in the coffee. After all, you might feel a bit fruity one day so try the Sumatran coffee, or something more acidic with almond and toffee notes – the Guatemalan coffee. And they are great for cooking with too!

Curry Meatballs from the Marley Coffee Cookbook

Curry Meatballs from the Marley Coffee Cookbook

 

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