Sunday, 29 January 2012

Beetroot with Orange Sauce and Five Spice Mango Chicken

As we have so many beetroot in the garden, I have been looking for new ways to cook them, especially as we both prefer them hot rather than cold.  The other day, I discovered this recipe here and we both loved it so much, that I thought that I must share it with you all.  It really is very special, and what was left over, tasted even better when re-heated the second day.


Beetroot with Orange Sauce
I dug out 3 quite big beetroot which I roasted, skinned, and cut into chip shapes. I am sure precooked beetroot would work just as well.

225 g dark brown sugar
150 ml malt vinegar
15 ml cornflour
Juice and grated rind of 3 oranges (I only had one, but I used all the zest and for the extra juice which I realised I needed, I added a bit of apple juice which I had on hand)

Preheat oven to 150°C/ 300°F/ Gas Mark 2. Put the strips of beetroot onto a baking tray.( I put them directly into a pyrex dish).

Mix the sugar with the vinegar in a pan over low heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix the cornflour and some of the orange juice together and set aside; then add the rest of the juice to the pan with the grated rind. Simmer for another 5 minutes and then stir in the cornflour mixture to thicken the ingredients. Pour over the beetroot and then place in the oven to warm - about 5-10 minutes, or until ready to serve.

This dish was definitely a 10/10 and I will be cooking it again and again.


The second night I served it with rice and the following recipe, but hot* not cold, see at the bottom:


Five Spice Mango Chicken

Serves 8

Preparation 15 mins (Chicken pre-cooked)

750 gr cooked chicken with no bone
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Mango Sauce

2 large mangoes peeled (I often use tinned if fresh are unavailable)
8 mild (I use hot!) peppadew peppers from jar. (These originate from S.Africa but I have seen them on the shelves in the UK and Australia. I am sure bottled small peppers would do as well, or a home roasted red pepper or two)
200g/8oz Greek yoghurt
6 tblesp mango chutney
1 tblesp Chinese 5 spice powder
Juice 1 lemon
Few drops of Tabasco sauce

Garnish

Fresh salad leaves
2 mild peppadew peppers thinly sliced
Lots of chopped parsley

1 For the sauce cut the flesh of 1 mango roughly into pieces and put into food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and whiz until smooth and blended. Season with salt and pepper.


2 Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and mix with the mango sauce in a mixing bowl. ** Cut the flesh of the remaining mango into 1 cm pieces and mix in with the chicken mixture. Taste and check seasoning.

3 Spoon the chicken mixture into a dish, decorate with the salad leaves and sprinkle over the peppadew slices and parsley- serve cold.*

** If you want to prepare the day ahead, omit the chopped mango and leave it mixed with a little lemon juice in a bowl. Just stir in before serving.

* To serve hot simply add one teasp of cornflour to the mango mixture before blending in the processor. Then add the chicken and mango, put into a shallow oven proof dish and bake at 200ºC for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with peppadew and parsley and serve. ( I sprinkled with the pine nuts as I had some roasted leftover from a previous dish, I forgot the parsley!).




Cold, it was delicious with toasted pine nuts sprinkled over.  Hot, every bit as good!


This originates from a Mary Berry recipe and was sent to me by an "old" school friend. It really is fantastic; I have tried it both hot and cold.

See HERE For the original recipe. 

A very quick and easy dish to cook and the result is good enough to serve up at a dinner party.
Enjoy

P.S. 30 Jan 2012 17h00 It has just started snowing! So much for the mild winter!

84 comments:

  1. Dina ethis look wonderful, love it!:))

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  2. Gloria as far as I am concerned both these dishes are brilliant :) Diane

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  3. Nice recipes. In America we simply calls them beets. Love beets!!!

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  4. Susan if you love beets you will love this recipe. As a matter of interest what do you call sugar beet? Thanks for the visit. Diane

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  5. A sugar beet is a sugar beet. ;)

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  6. Hello Diane:
    We loved cooked beetroot too. A particular favourite is beetroot soup and a friend of ours makes a particularly good 'thai' version.

    Your beetroot with orange sounds absolutely delicious and, of course, with the additional luxury of home grown beetroot, this must be a winner!!

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  7. Thanks Susan now that has cleared that one up:) Of course here beets are called betterave, so it gets even more confusing!! Diane

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  8. I've never cooked beet root...only used in juices/ salads..But the sauce dish looks inviting..thanks for sharing this recipe...Im gonna try this soon :)

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  9. Jane and Lance I did make beetroot soup the other day which was delicious (not a Thai version though). I think now we have discovered beetroot and orange though we will be eating this a lot :) Diane

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  10. Vegetarian Surprises this really is a veggie surprise and what a delicious one as well. I hope that you enjoy the dish as much as we did. Diane

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  11. I am totally loving this..YUMMY

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  12. Aarthi. I hope that you will try the beetroot out it was very special. Diane

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  13. I love beetroot too! This recipe looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. GatnorB if you love beetroot you really must try this recipe. Even Nigel thought it was amazing and he is not crazy about beetroot though he does eat it. Diane

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  15. Hi Diane .. I love beetroot all ways - so that sounds delicious.

    The mango chicken too - I used to do one with mango and pork in South Africa - came out of the M & S book I think .. but when I looked for it for the Royal Wedding dish I was going to make I couldn't find it .. so just did simple pre cooked pork, mango and lightly fried onion slices on sticks - went down a storm ... thankfully!

    But beetroot - bought some today and often have it with my salad lunch .. cheers Hilary

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  16. Ooo, i love beetroot and hour recepie looks delicious.
    I wish i was at yours for dinner.
    Zlata

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  17. Hilary we seldom have beetroot cold because Nigel prefers it hot. Whatever, both ways are good and this is a particularly tasty recipe. I would think this would also be good cold, I should have tried it before I heated it up the second night! Diane

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  18. Boye By Red, sorry it is all finished but I will be cooking some more up soon :) Diane

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  19. I've only ever had pickled beetroot out of a jar in a salad. This looks and sounds delicious and that mango chicken mmm made my mouth water.

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  20. Ellie do your self a favour and try this beetroot recipe, it is very special. The Mango Chicken is great for parties as it is simple and quick and tastes divine. Diane

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  21. I've had problems with growing beetroot, but will not be defeated and will try again this year. Love this recipe, and will definitely have a go. Not sure about the mango chicken as the ingredients looked a little hard to find here in SW France, but then I had another look and have decided that I could take the 'essence' of the recipe and do my own thing around that. Am always looking for things to do with our rabbit meat and this might be one of them. Thanks for giving me a bit of inspiration.

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  22. Oh yes! Both dishes are very special indeed. I also grow beets, and though we eat them hot, the cold ones are great marinated in a salad dressing and served cold in a salad or as a side dish.
    I'm copying your recipes!

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  23. Vera that recipe would be fantastic with rabbit. The pepperdews maybe a problem, I brought mine from the UK! I would guess any fruit chutney will do, I have made my own fig chutney so that will what I will use when I run out of mango chutney. Tinned mangoes are easy to come by here. Chinese 5 spice again came from the UK and that is the essential flavour, maybe someone can send you some as it is quite small.
    I wonder why you have had problems with beetroot. Mine are growing like weeds!! This really is a fantastic recipe please try it. Take care Diane

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  24. love the angouleme photo !

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  25. Rosaria I hope you enjoy this beet recipe we just loved it. I also love them cold but Nigel is not that keen so we mostly have them hot. Take care Diane

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  26. anni I am not sure which photo you mean as there are none of Angouleme on this page! If you mean the header photo, this is the Charente river at Mansle. Keep well Diane

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  27. love it fun way to serve beet root and what a great garden u have

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  28. This sounds SO yummy Diane!! For some reason a person does not think of doing an orange sauce with beetroot but I should think it will go well together.

    Mangoes are in full season here and needless to say I am stuffing myself on all the lovely fruits before the season ends. :)

    Thank you for always leaving such nice comments on my blog. Hugs.

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  29. It does look good Diane, feel free to cook it for me any time you like, SP

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  30. WOW!
    You really enjoy cooking!
    It looks so yummy!
    One more way to accommodate chicken!
    Very inventive!
    Cheers and have a great day, Diane!

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  31. This does look very tasty Diane and I must make a note of it for when I have some beetroot again!

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  32. Rebecca our garden has served us well and we have bought almost no vegetables at all. We really loved the beet and orange and I highly recommend it. Diane

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  33. Joan I can just imagine all the fruit that you are enjoying over there. We had a huge avo tree in the garden and how I miss it!
    Beetroot and orange are very special together, give it a try and it is so easy to do.
    I love your blog keep up the good work. Hugs Diane

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  34. SP let me know when you are coming south and I will put it on the menu :) Diane

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  35. Noushka I hope that you can eat the chicken the way it is done here. I know you are restricted in so many ways. It really is a great dish and getting the ingredients is not so easy here in France but it can be done. Take care Diane

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  36. Jan it really is worth the very little effort that goes into this beetroot recipe it is quite delicious. Hope that all is well with you and Jasper. Diane

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  37. Deux recettes très gourmandes.
    J'aime beaucoup. Je note.
    Bonne semaine et à très bientôt.

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  38. You are a wonderful sef!!!
    Thank you my dear friend Diane, for this recipe!! I will do it!
    I wish you a very nice week and to be very well!!!
    Many greetings and kisses

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  39. What a delicious meal Diane!

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  40. Merci Nadji. Aussi bonne semaine et à très bientôt. Diane

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  41. Magda my friend thank you so much for your kind comment. You are so kind. Take care and keep well. I hope this is right!!
    Να έχετε μια καλή μέρα. Diane

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  42. Yum! I love beets and chicken.

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  43. It must be something about my age but beetroot is becoming one of my favourite veggies and orange does blend really well with that earthy taste. Peppadews are one of my essential standby items - really useful little things.

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  44. Joyful I am sure you will also love beets with orange :) Diane

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  45. Phil I agree pepperdews are a fantastic stand by, my stock is running low here in France I will have to take a trip to the UK!! Beetroot and orange are simply the best:) Diane

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  46. This looks like a wonderful meal Diane!

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  47. Peggy you have skills way beyond mine but I think you would enjoy both these dishes. Diane

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  48. My husband's mother used to serve beets all the time, often with the purple juice leaching into, say, mashed potatoes, so he has a real aversion to any beet form. I think they're very pretty, and your chicken sounds delicious!

    Hope you didn't get too inundated with snow. My paper today says the Arctic Oscillation has just changed, and we are in for a harsh February. Bah, humbug.

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  49. Hello Diane, loved your recipe, since you like beetroot, see my recipe under "Follow the beet" for beetroot soup recipe. Beet is very healthy for gullbladder. Have a great week.

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  50. Oh num... love the idea of that vinegar with the beet... my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Chicken sounds nummy too! What a good meal for a winter night.

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  51. oh, dont laugh at me cos i havent tried beetroot before though it's available here. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes..the mango sauce sounds good to me! Keep warm!

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  52. woo...yummy. We have beetroots in the shops and i never bought them, not sure what to do with it. This seems like a perfect recipe. Happy week ahead.

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  53. The chicken sounds delicious but I don't do beets.
    Winter's not over yet. Stay warm.

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  54. Je crois que des bons petits plats chauds vont faire du bien avec le froid qui arrive ! Merci pour ces bonnes idées de recette!
    Bonne semaine à vous , au chaud!

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  55. Marji, February does not look good but I just hope that spring arrives early!!
    I have a friend who will not eat rice pudding or anything that looks remotely like custard, all this because as a child he was forced to eat it almost daily!
    This beet and orange does not taste like beet, if Nigel says it is brilliant (he is not a beet fan) it has to be good. Take care Diane

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  56. March Pasho I made Beetroot soup a couple of weeks ago, and although it was not that bad it certainly was not out favourite. I will have a look at your recipes as I still have no shortage of beets! Thanks Diane

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  57. lostpastremembered please let me know if you try that beet recipe, it really was (to us) very special. Just making some more!! Diane

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  58. Lena if you have never tried beetroot before, I am sure this recipe would make you realise what you have been missing :) Diane

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  59. Gaelyn I think winter is only just starting here!! We have a fantastic wood burner, so in the house we have no problems. It was a bit chilly out in the garden this morning though bringing in some veg! Diane

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  60. M.Kate please give this beetroot recipe a go. It really is easy and oh so tasty. Diane

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  61. I never know what to do with beetroots so this is wonderful - love the chicken recipe too -
    Mary x

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  62. Lucie thanks for your comment. It has really turned cold this week!! Hot food is necessary!! I hope you are well. Diane

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  63. The recipe looks really lovely. So does your garden in the snow. Perhaps the snow will be of short duration and the winter will indeed be mild. If not, bundle up and enjoy. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  64. That looks delicious, is it a wild rice?

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  65. Sounds delicious and so easy. I have beets in storage from my garden, just need to get oranges.

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  66. Mary we are now much too cold for snow, this next week looks pretty miserable. We stocked up the wood in the barn this afternoon!! Diane

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  67. Muppy if you like beetroot please give this a try it was wonderful. Diane

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  68. chubskulit, it was delicious, and no it was not wild rice. I only use South African rice that goes by the name of Tastic. I just cannot get good results with anything else. Diane

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  69. gardentowok thanks for your visit and comment. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as we thought it was very special. Diane

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  70. Now that is a tasty meal. Beet root would be beets, right? I think they are the same thing..just a different name or am I wrong? Well, it looks good ..thanks for sharing. Your pictures make it even more appetizing. xoCarolyn

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  71. I forgot to comment on the snow..I got a little laugh at the dusting..lucky you..

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  72. Carolyn, the dusting of snow disappeared under 11mm of rain but now it is too cold for snow. Thank goodness we do not live in the mountains,they seem to be really cold!!
    Yes it seems that beetroot and beets are one and the same, here in France they are betterave!
    Take care Diane

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  73. It is good to be back and I have enjoyed catching up with your recent posts. I like the sound of this recipe, thanks for sharing with us.

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  74. Sounds like a wonderful dinner - oh, and I'm jealous that you have such a wonderful supply of beetroot right in your own garden!

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  75. Hi, thanksf for your comment . I am leaving for short vacation. See u in a few days.

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  76. The Café Sucré Farine I have never enjoyed beetroot so much as I have this year fresh from the garden:) Diane

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  77. anni I hope that you are going somewhere warm. Have a good break, see you. Keep safe Diane

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  78. Looks delicious Diane! If only you had a Thermomix I have a great Beetroot salad I make!

    Hope you are surviving the cold! Over here in Sydney, it's rain, rain, rain! Although we have had a day or two reprieve!

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  79. Cate this dish was really delicious and I have made it again since.
    Woke up this morning to a very white scene everywhere and it is still snowing!!
    If I suggested buying a thermomix think my husband would have a fit. I have 3 different kenwoods, a bread maker,slow cooker, deep fryer, steamer, grill, pasta machine and probably some I have forgotten!!!!! Keep well Diane

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  80. I adore beetroot Diane so I will try this recipe. I am always on the lookout for new veggie recipes as I don't eat meat.

    Hope it is thawing out down there?

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  81. Dolly if you love beetroot I am sure you will love this, we both thought it was simply the best :)

    We still have snow around, in some places quite tick. The roads are just ice!! Diane

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