Banh Xeo

By Executive Chef, Jeff King

Today I will share with you my recipe for banh xeo, a traditional Vietnamese recipe.

Ingredients for Crepe:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • Coconut milk

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Bean sprouts
  • Green onion
  • Fish sauce

Making Banh Xeo:

In a hot skillet saute shrimp, when shrimp is 90% cooked add bean sprouts, green onion and a splash of fish sauce. Season to taste. Make a really light batter, adjust with 2% milk or water if needed. Some coconut milk might be thicker than others. Pour in some batter and quickly tilt & rotate the pan so the batter is evenly spread. Add more batter if it wasn’t enough to cover the pan. Add bean sprouts and cover with a lid for 2 minutes. The batter should also be slightly cooked and transparent around the edges. Lower heat and wait for the crepe to become crisp. Fold in half and serve.

Happy cooking!

Tom Yum Goong Soup

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share with you my recipe for tom yum goong soup or also known as spicy shrimp soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 liters of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass ( kept whole and pounded to release some flavor from lemongrass)
  • 1 inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 6 Thai chilies ( whole stems removed )
  • 5 cloves of garlic ( Chopped )
  • 2lbs whole shrimp
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 2 white onions (medium sized)
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 8 – 12 tablespoons of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • 10-12 limes cut in half
  • Handful of cilantro

In a large pot saute garlic, onion and chili for about 2 minutes. Add 2 liters of water and bring to a boil, once it has come to a boil lower heat to simmer.Add Shrimp shells, kaffir, lemongrass, galangal, fish sauce, lime and sugar. Simmer for 30 mins and strain broth. Place strained broth into pot. Add oyster mushrooms, tomatoes, shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and check for seasoning. Finish with chopped cilantro.

Happy cooking!

Spicy Green Papaya Salad

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share with you my recipe for a Thai classic, spicy green papaya salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts , roughly chopped
  • 1-3 Thai chilies , minced (optional)
  • 3/4 cup roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 cups peeled and shredded green papaya

Combine the fish sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar in a large bowl and stir until the sugar has almost dissolved.

Add the grated garlic, peanuts, and the chilies (if using).

Add the tomatoes pressing down a little bit with a spoon to release some juice.

Finally, add the papaya and toss everything together.

Happy cooking!

Thai Basil Chicken

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will teach you how to make Thai basil chicken.

This is a budget friendly and healthy meal that is also very easy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients:

· 4 chicken breast (cut into 1inch cubes ) 

· 1 cup cornstarch 

· 5 cloves of garlic 

· 4 Thai chilies 

· 1 tablespoon oil for frying

· 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce

· ½ teaspoon light soy sauce 

· 1 splash of sweet soy sauce 

· ½ teaspoon sugar 

· 1 handful of Thai holy basil leaves

Dust cubed chicken breast in cornstarch. Place oil in a large pan or wok and heat at medium high heat. Fry chicken cubes till golden brown. Drain and set aside. Put pan back on stove with a little bit of oil. Place garlic and chili in pan and saute for 20 seconds. Add chicken, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sweet soy and sugar and saute for another 3-4 mins. Finish with thai basil leaves and serve with rice.

Happy cooking!

Fundamentals of Golf

By Director of Instruction, Graham Castanheiro:

In my last blog, I shared with you a basic workout you can do at home. To continue on with that, I will share with you some drills you can do after your workout to help improve your golf game.

Grip – look for the V of your hands pointing to your rear ear and shoulder

Posture – Stand tall spine long, bend from your waist and soften your knees, look at yourself face on and down the line. Ensure the body looks athletic and joints stacked.

Rotation drills – Hands across chest on shoulders look at your rotation into your backswing and into your finish. Ensure your head does not sway back or your trail knee and hip slide. In your finish post up into a firm lead leg and maintain some side bend.

Throw away hands drill – incorporate your arms in the rotation drill above and look for arm extension at address and through impact, we only see the trail arm fold on the backswing and lead arm on the follow through. Allow for the natural pronation and supination or rolling of the forearms to occur during the rotational movements.

These drills can be done with feet together and on one leg right and left to promote higher kinetic awareness of balance and tempo.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Basic Full Body Exercise

By Director of Instruction, Graham Castanheiro

As we self-isolate at home let‘s maintain a healthy body and mine which will not only support us once we are safe to return to the golf course but will boost our immune system to combat any systems that attack us.

A basic body exercise routine incorporating joint mobility, strength and mental emotional awareness are great activities to engage in. Block out 40 mins of your day to go through a simple exercise program as follows doing 8-10 reps of each activity.

Standing feet shoulder width apart hands on hips:

1. Neck mobility, look up down & side to side

2. Shoulder rotations, arms out and circle backwards, small, medium, large

3. Trunk rotations, hands on hips.

4. Leg swings and windshield wipers, use a golf club for support stand on one leg and swing the other leg forward. Wipers are when you lift one leg bend the knee and swivel at the hip to send that foot side to side.

5. Knee and ankle rotations, hands on knees

6. Squats

7. Lunges

8. On the ground do planks lie forward on elbows and then on your side left and right 10- 20 – 30 sec hold

9. Dynamic burpees include with pushup and mountain climbers in each one

10. General body stretching, lie on ground with a rolled up towel under the small of your back with  arms extended above your head and breath for 5 minutes. Focus on your breathing and follow a rhythm of 6 seconds in and 6 seconds out. Be attentive to your body and what sensations you are experiencing. Sounds, feel, temperature, thoughts enter and leave, no judgement.

Stay safe and healthy!

Sate Lilit

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will teach you the recipe for sate lilit, a traditional Indonesian dish. For this recipe you will need bumbu, an Indonesian spice. Learn the recipe for bumbu here

Lets get started on how to make sate lilit!

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken

2 tbsp. bumbu

Salt and pepper to taste

Lemongrass or bamboo skewers

Place ground chicken and bumbu in a mixing bowl and add salt and pepper. Mix together till well incorporated. Take about 2- 3 ounces of mixture and mold it into an egg shape, push lemongrass stick into it and mold down to even out the layer over the lemon grass.

For best results allow to sit in the fridge for an hour before cooking. The sate can be grilled or placed in the oven and baked.

Serve with kecap manis, peanut sauce or sambal bajak.

Happy cooking!

Khao Pad (Fried Rice)

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share my recipe for khao pad, a Thai style fried rice.

Ingredients 

1.5 cups of cooked Jasmine rice cooled

1/4 of a big white onion (or ½ of a very small white onion, like I used) 

1 bunch of Chinese broccoli (cut into smaller pieces) 

2 cloves garlic 

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce 

Pinch of sugar (optional) 

1 tablespoon of oil for frying 

In a large pan or wok heat oil in medium heat and saute onion and garlic, next add the Chinese broccoli and saute for 2 minutes. Add your rice, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add 1 egg and sauté for another minute. Add any spices you like and then serve!

You can add additional toppings like chicken or beef to your dish. Or you can always serve the dish on its own.

Happy cooking!

KungPao Cauliflower Bites

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share with you my recipe for kungpao cauliflower bites. They are certainly a favourite around the clubhouse. You won’t miss getting takeout when you have this recipe at home!

Kung Pao Sauce:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup hoisin
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp. chopped green onion (white parts only)
  • 2 tbsp sugar 

Place everything in a small pot and mix together well with a whisk. Turn heat on medium and simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken quickly. Do not cook the sauce on high heat as it will burn fast.

Cauliflower Batter:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

Place flour, cornstarch, milk and baking powder in a mixing bowl and whisk together till smooth.

Next you are going to dip the cauliflower florets in batter and deep fry till golden. Then toss in the kung pal sauce while the cauliflower is still hot. Garnish with crushed chilli flakes, chopped scallions and toasted cashews.

Serve with rice or by itself. This will for sure be a meal your whole family will enjoy.

Happy cooking!

Marinated Olives

By Executive Chef Jeff King

Today I will share with you my recipe for marinated olives.

This recipe is great for an appetizer or to have in your spread at your next dinner party.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of olives
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp. chili flakes
  • Orange peel

In a medium size pan on low heat, place olive oil and sliced garlic and toast until garlic is light golden brown. Add chili flakes, orange peel and olives. Sauté for 2 mins mixing everything together. Place in serving bowl and allow to cool for 10 mins before serving.

Happy cooking!