27 July 2010

Cosy corn chowder

There were a few things that happened today which took me off guard. Nothing too serious, just a few things that left me feeing slightly anxious and unsettled. Our planned Tuesday night Body Balance class was, however, the perfect cure.

One hour of stretching and strength poses later, and I was feeling calmer and more 'balanced' if you will.  I even tried to use some of your wonderful tips from last week during the meditation section of the class.

Before class I set about getting tonight's dinner on the stove so that it would be ready for when we arrived home. The only downside to our class is that it doesn't finish until 8.  So prior preparation and planning is a must!

Tonight's Mystery Box ingredient....

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Corn!

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Did you know? Corn is a great source of fibre which can assist with lowering cholesterol and digestion problems. It is also rich in B1 (thiamin) and folate, and contains antioxidants, useful in fighting cancer causing free radicals.

With such a versatile ingredient for inspiration, the options for dinner were endless. However, to 'showcase' what is one of my all time favourite vegetables, I decided to make a corn chowder. Which, by its very nature, is really nothing but corn!

While a lot of corn chowders are heavy on cream or milk, I wanted to make a lighter version.

No cream, lots of herbs, and lots of flavour. That was the aim this evening.

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Before class I prepped the chowder, and pureed it until smooth. Then, when we arrived home, it was simply a matter of stirring through the extra corn kernels and reheating....

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Topped with a sprinkle of feta and parsley.

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And, just in case the chowder was not enough to showcase this wonderful ingredient, I baked a stack of corn tortilla "chips".

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Perfect for dipping into the warm and "cosy" bowl of chowder.

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The "three C's" if you please....

Cosy Corn Chowder

  • 6 large corn cobs
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs corn flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Parsley and feta to serve
  1. Remove kernels from the corn cobs, and save 3 of the cobs.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan and sautée the onion and garlic until translucent. Add cornflour and cook stirring for 1 minute.
  3. Add stock, 3 cup of water, 3/4 of the kernels, 3 cobs, potatoes and herbs.
  4. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Season to taste.
  5. Remove the cobs and cool the chowder slightly.
  6. Blend in batches until smooth. Return to the heat and stir through the remaining corn kernels. Heat until thick and creamy.
  7. Divide among serving bowls and top with parsley and feta.

Corn Tortilla Chips

  1. Spray corn tortillas with olive oil and cut into "chips". Bake on a lined tray at 180C for 15 minutes, or until toasted, flipping once.

What about you? What is your favourite dish using corn?

Happy Baking :)

21 comments :

  1. I love bluecorn tortillas from the New Mexico area! And cornbread. Always cornbread!

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  2. i love it straight off the cob :) can't beat it in the summer! this chowder looks great!

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  3. mmm! I have to say I love it in its natural form, hot of the grill ofcurse :)

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  4. I love corn chowder and this recipe looks fantastic! We're in the middle of fresh corn season here but of course, I'm focusing on cool summer dishes.

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  5. I've never made corn chowder before...it looks simple!
    I love just plain corn on the cob. Although I did notice a few shout outs for cornbread and I have to agree with that too!

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  6. That looks delicous! I love scallop corn chowder!

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  7. That looks good! I really like the addition of feta cheese ;)

    I really like corn on the cob with a little butter and sea salt.

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  8. Your chowder looks delicious!! My favorite corn dish is either whole kernel corn bread, or guacamole with roasted corn kernels. Thank goodness I've got the guac on my lunch menu today! :)

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  9. I've never had chowder! Can I say that my favorite food using corn is corn tortilla chips? =P

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  10. corn chowder is the bomb! i was so excited to see this post!! the best one i had was actually a packaged version which is really strange cuz homemade is almost always the best. feta in there too? thats wicked! haha

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  11. Corn chowder is seriously one of my favorite wintery meals ever. Throw some bacon in there and I'm in heaven :)

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  12. I definitely must make this! My grandma makes a corn chowder, but it's not that great. This one sounds fab, and those chips look insanely delish!

    xo

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  13. That looks so good Lisa! Corn is one of my favourite vegetables and the best thing is that Mr NQN doesn't like it so that means I get more! :P

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  14. It ust be that type of weather for yumy corn soups! I made some too and it wil be posted about shortly!

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  15. Indian Corn Pudding, though maybe that doesn't count, seeing as it uses cornmeal... :P

    Hope the anxious feelings go away - I had those last night too. It's the pits!

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  16. I really like light soups... this corn chowder looks so easy to make as well! Mmmm...

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  17. This looks amazing ... I think I'm going to try this tomorrow!

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  18. this reminds me that I was thinking of corn bread yesterday - love it - but I also love corn in a soup and I love your feta on your chowder - sounds delicious - we often have corn on the cob too - it is so satisfying to eat

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  19. I printed the recipe out,to make it tomorrow. So simple and looks so delicious!!

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  20. I love corn soup! sprinkling feta on the soup is something I'm gonna have to try the next time I'm making it!

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