Monday, 13 August 2012

{Zespri Kiwifruits Feast} Apple, Kiwifruit Mint Smoothie, Baked Drumlets With Kiwifruit, Spicy Penne with Salmon and Kiwifruit plus Lemongrass Jelly with Kiwifruits


I am sure those of you who has being following my threads on the various social media platforms (such as facebook, twitter and instagram) would have been seeing me updating a lot of "kiwifruits" related posts for the past one week. (so sorry if I have "spam" some of your timelines :p ) As you have read from my previous post(s), this year I am taking up the "Zespri® 14 days Daily Scoop of Amazing Challenge (#14daysofZespri)" to test out how creative I can work with these "fuzzy brown fruits" to incorporate them into our daily diet.

So over the past weekend, I have come out with a 4 Course Kiwi-licious Menu starting with:- Apple, Kiwifruit And Mint Smoothie, Baked Drumlets With Kiwifruit And Mint, Spicy Penne With Salmon And Kiwifruit follow by a refreshing Lemongrass Kiwifruits Konnyaku Jelly for dessert. In this post, I would be sharing the first 3 recipes whereas for the Lemongrass Jelly it would be featured in another post.


APPLE, KIWIFRUIT AND MINT SMOOTHIE



Last Saturday, to start off our Kiwifruit Feast, we had this refreshing "Apple, Kiwifruit And Mint Smoothie" before meal. And in order to enjoy a glass of icy cold smoothie without adding ice to dilute the taste of the drinks, I used Frozen Kiwifruits. After blending all the ingredients together, the texture is quiet similar to those ice blended beverages but with thicker flavour!


(Serves: 2     | Preparation: 5 minutes )

Ingredients:
2 Frozen Zespri® Green Kiwifruits, cut into quarters
2 Green Apples, cut int cubes
Handful of Mint Leaves, roughly chopped
1 Stall of Lemongrass, cut half and lightly bruised
1/2 Tablespoon of Honey, optional

Method:-
1. In a blender, combined green apple, kiwifruits, mint leaves and honey (if adding) together and blend till smooth.

2. Pour into 2 serving glasses and garnish with lemongrass to act as stirrer as well as to enhance the flavour.

ALTERNATIVELY:-
3. You can half filled the glasses with Kiwifruit Smoothie and top it up with either sparking water or cream soda for a refreshing summer night drinks.



BAKED DRUMLETS WITH KIWIFRUIT AND MINT



Next for appetizer I have prepared this "Baked Drumlets with Kiwifruit and Mint".  I am sure most of you have tried Honey Baked Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Rosemary Chicken and etc. But have you tried Kiwifruit Chicken before? Here I am challenging myself to a new recipe using kiwifruit as a marinade and dressing for this dish.  And surprising, it turns out quiet well and the meat is super tender and juicy due to the natural tenderizer in kiwifruits.


(Serves: 2    | Preparation: 15 minutes     | Cooking: 30 minutes)

Ingredients:
1 Zespri® Green Kiwifruit, cut into halved
6 Chicken Drumlets
1 Teaspoon Light Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Cooking Wine
Dash of Sesame Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Chopped Mint Leaves
Some Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Method:-
1. Trim the bone end of each chicken drumlets, remove skin around the bone and push the down the flesh to the head of the drumlet to form a cluster.

2. Marinate the drumlets with honey, half kiwifruit (mashed it with a fork till paste form), light soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, pepper and mint in the fridge for about 15 - 30 minutes. (do not marinate for more than an hour as kiwifruit juice might over tenderizer the chicken meat)

3. Line baking tray with baking paper or aluminum foil, arrange marinated chicken drumlets (remove from the fridge 5 - 10 minuets before cooking) on it and bake in oven toaster for about 30 minutes (flipping the drumlets two to three time during cooking to even the brown colours).

ALTERNATIVELY:-
~ Bake in a preheated 200° Celsius(400 degrees Fahrenheit) oven for about 30  minutes or till cooked through.

If this set of Kiwifruit beverage and finger food are on a cafe menu, will you order :)


SPICY PENNE WITH SALMON AND KIWIFRUIT



Last year's for my Zespri Kiwifruit main course, I did a "Pan-fry Salmon with Green Kiwifruit" that was served with a vinaigrette dressing. Whereas for this year, I decided to cook Penne which is sort of like a salad that is toss chillies oil with salmon chunks and kiwifruit which makes it similar to Aglio Olio.

For this dish, each mouthful that you taste will be a different experience ranging between spicy, sour, sweet, fragrant and cheesy (if crumbled cheese is added) due to the ingredients used.  For us, this is a very interesting experience.


(Serves: | Preparation: 5 minutes    | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 Zespri® Green Kiwifruits, cut into wedges
180g Penne Pasta
200g Salmon Fillet, cut into thick chunk
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 - 3 Fresh Small Red Chillies, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
Rind of 1 Lemon
1/2 Tablespoon Dried Parsley OR
1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
Freshly Ground Black Pepper and Salt to Taste
Some Crumbled Cheddar Cheese, optional


Method:-
1. Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water until tender; drain.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large frying pan; cook salmon, chilli and garlic, stirring until salmon chunks are just cooked through.

3. Remove salmon from heat and stir in parsley and lemon rind for 10 seconds till fragrant.

4. Combine pasta with salmon and kiwi mixture into the pan, give it a good toss in the pan for 10 seconds, season with freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.



LEMONGRASS KIWIFRUIT KONNYAKU JELLY
(Upcoming Post)


For dessert I made this light and aromatic Lemongrass And Kiwifruit Konnyaku Jelly which was inspired from one of the dessert that I had during Chinese New Year dinner. So I thought maybe I could combined two of my favourite ingredients into one simple dessert to ease the recent heat waves. And as you can see from the photo above, there is also a  "Winnie The Pooh" shape jelly at one corner, so if you are keen to try this 10 minutes jelly, do stay tune for the up coming recipe soon.

Till then for more interesting recipes using Kiwifruit, you can visit Zespri's website @ http://www.zespri.com.sg/


Photo Credits: Zespri®
Lastly just for a quick note which I think I have mentioned in my previous post(s) too. Kiwifruit actually has 5 times the nutrition of apples and also more essential nutrients than 27 other popular fruits such as oranges and banana. I have included a Fun comparison chart above for your quick reference.

6 comments:

  1. Wow! That's really a feast at home! The baked drumlets are making me very very hungry :P

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  2. Another lovely kiwifruit post with 3 recipes, make me so mouth watering :D I'm going to buy kiwi tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks Ann. I am sure you can whipped up yummy dishes with those fuzzy fruits too :)

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  3. Salmon and kiwi are very interesting combination and I'd love to give it a try!! I had salmon pasta tonight. I need to find kiwis soon!

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  4. Your food looks so delicious! Kiwi in any form tops my list. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome Marc :) Do share with us if you have any interesting kiwifruit dishes too!

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