5 tips to use coffee in the kitchen

Coffee improves your energy levels, is full of anti-oxidants and even contains some nutrients. Enough reasons to use it in your cooking. Now everyone knows you can use coffee to make tiramisu, add it to cakes or just serve with a shot of liquor and some cream. Boring! Next time you’re in the kitchen, try this.

 

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2016

 

1. Coffee oil

Add coffee to: olive oil

Why: no more feeling sleepy after dinner!

How: pour two cups of good virgin olive oil in a slow cooker. Add 200 grams coffee beans and cook the oil on the lowest heat possible for about 6 hours. Stir occasionally. Afterwards, filter out the beans and discard them. Filter the oil a few more times to get rid of any other possible yucky stuff and store in an airtight glass bottle. Make a lot as you’ll also need this coffee oil in the other recipes.

 

2. Coffee olives with chilli

Add coffee to: chilli olives

Why: give those home-grown Algarvian olives a real kick.

How: wash loads of olives, bash them about a bit and put them in a big Mason jar. Add as much freshly chopped chillies as you can handle. Top it all up with the coffee oil you made in tip 1, store in the fridge and leave there for 3 to 6 months. Or eat them in the next few days if you want, but then they’ll taste gross. Really gross.

Picture below by Tony Hisgett

 

3. Coffee BBQ sauce

Add coffee to: BBQ meat

Why: chicken piri piri is just sooo 2015.

How: in a small pan, mix a strong espresso with a cup of tomato ketchup, half a cup of vinegar, half a cup of brown sugar, a chopped onion, 2 chopped cloves of garlic, 3 chopped chillies, some hot mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and ground cumin (or whatever spices you’ve got in your kitchen cupboard). Bring to the boil and leave for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let it cool down, put in the blender and use it to glaze your BBQ meat.

Picture below by Thogru

 

4. Coffee & garlic sundried tomatoes

Add coffee to: garlicy sundried tomatoes

Why: it’s dead simple, but looks like you’ve made an effort. “These are not normal sundried tomatoes you buy in a supermarket. Oh no! These are tomates sundried à la café e alho.”

How: put loads of sundried tomatoes (just buy them in a supermarket if you can’t be bothered to dry your own) in a big Mason jar. Add a few cloves of garlic and some salt. Top it all up with the coffee oil you made in tip 1, store in the fridge and leave there for 2 to 6 months.

 

5. Coffee with honey and Manchego cheese

Add coffee to: Manchego cheese and honey

Why: serving this at the cheese platter after dinner saves you getting up again to make coffee.

How: slice off a piece of Manchego cheese (or some Manchego-like Algarvian cheese if you want to go all ‘Proud of Portuguese produce’). Spread a bit of honey (local Algarvian honey of course, see page 8) on top. Finish by sprinkling some good quality freshly ground coffee on top. Serve with French (sorry, we mean Algarvian) baguette.

Picture below by cyclonebill

 

 

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2016

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