Monday, April 30, 2007

Mixed Veggies With Sweet Potato Vermicelli


Mixed Veggies With Sweet Potato Vermicelli
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

For the 1st time I came across coils of sweet potato vermicelli/noodles sold in packets and used it to cooked with vegetables. The noodles used in this dish are made from sweet potato starch and imported from Shanghai, China. These thin long noodles were soaked in hot water till soft before used. It is similar to glass noodles, except they are slightly thicker, chewy and grey in colour. A good substitute for this is glass noodles, which are made from mung beans and almost flavourless.

It is delightful to have this new ingredient included in my cooking.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Savoury Rice


Savoury Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Due to insufficient of basmati rice, I have cooked a mixture of Thai Hom Mali fragrance rice and Australia Calrose rice, a combination that produced chewy rice of a different texture that offered more bites, in this meal. This is a stir-fried dish since I had used cooked rice. The taste was not altered at all.

Having bad experiences of half a yam thrown away because it was bad inside and leaving me with little to use in my meal, this afternoon at the supermarket I had asked if I could have the yam checked for spoilage in store after I paid for it. A nice lady employee went to see her supervisor and he obliged. Although there is a policy to exchange spoilt goods at this chain with the original receipt intact, I really appreciate and thanked them for this convenience!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Stir-fried French Beans With Chicken


Stir-fried French Beans With Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

French beans that had been sliced thinly were easier to cook through and absorbed flavours better. I should have thinly sliced the chicken fillets too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Peppery Honey Chicken


Peppery Honey Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a variant of my 5-spiced roast chicken. The 5 spices were omitted and among other seasonings, lots of ground white pepper and black pepper were used to season the chicken. I had only sprinkled and rubbed in black pepper in the bird’s cavity though. It was left to marinate for 2 hours and then roasted in the oven for 1 ¼ hours. Honey was diluted with light soya sauce and used to bask the bird during the last ½ an hour of the cooking time. Honey tends to burn quickly, so pay attention to this, and be watchful!

Umm, a delicious concoction...over all the skin is most delicious and YH likes it especially!

My Version
Recipe:
Peppery Honey Chicken

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken [1.3 - 1.5 kg]
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1/3 tsp dark soya sauce
½ tbsp wine
Salt, ajinomoto, white pepper and black pepper to taste

Glaze mixture:
1tbsp honey
½ tbsp light soya sauce

Method:
1. Clean and dry the chicken and then cut the chicken along its back bone.
2. Rub the chicken with all the seasonings except black pepper.
3. Sprinkle black pepper into the cavity of the chicken and rub in evenly.
4. Lined and greased a roasting pan, laid the chicken flat. [Refer to photo]
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
6. Brush the glaze mixture on the chicken and baked for another ½ an hour till done.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Herbalicious


Herbalicious
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The weather is really hot these days and will last a while. A timely double-boiled herbal soup that sooths the body and is apt for this hot season~ Dipping the meat into a sauce mixture of soya sauce and ground white pepper is delicious!

Are you able to make out the herbs used in this soup? Click on the photo and then look at the tags if you can’t!

Hakka Mei Cai


Hakka Mei Cai
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

MeiCai [梅 菜], said to be a Hakka specialty, is a salted preserved vegetable from China. This vegetable has to be washed, cut into short lengths and then soaked. Drained and squeezed out the excess water from it before cooking. There are two types of MeiCai, the salty one and the sweet one. I used the salty type.

Clicking on the photo will link you to the preparation directions if you are keen.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Crabsticks Fried Rice / Eggless Fried Rice


Crabsticks Fried Rice / Eggless Fried Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was lunch for YH and I cooked it without egg, though a nutrient rich protein, affordable food and a contributor to a healthy diet, but he regards it as high in cholesterol.

Egg is an essential ingredient in fried rice that gives a nice flavour, colour and even adds texture to the dish if done correctly. Anyway, instead of the usual ingredients of pork, prawns and Chinese sausage, crabsticks, dried shrimps, long beans and spring onions were used. This plate of fried rice equally satisfied his palates…he made a favourable remark~

Beef Noodles


Beef Noodles
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Yummy jade noodles in chicken broth topped with braised beef cubes and garnished with some greens~ for the 1st time beef brisket was used. Not a bad choice as the meat was tender. Partly because of Rika reminded me to sear the beef cubes to seal in the juices before braising, I think. Green bak choy or Shanghai green was used today. This veggie is less fibrous and tasty.

Stir-fried Fillets


Stir-fried Fillets
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Marinated sliced chicken fillets stir-fried with lots of garlic, slices of ginger, a few chili padi and a sauce mixture. Lastly, adding in spring onion for colour as well as for flavour.

Stir-fried Udon


Stir-fried Udon
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Japanese noodles cooked with a mix of veggies that provide part of your daily energy food and fibre.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Eggplant With Celery


Eggplant With Celery
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A concoction out of the blue! An odd combination of two veggies, eggplants and celery! Don't you think so?

Served during lunch, nobody complained though. In fact, YH said: It's refreshing!

Braised Meat With Eggs


Braised Meat With Eggs
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I think YH is overly conscious on the number of eggs served to him at home. No matter how I reminded him that one egg per day limiting to maximum of 5 per week for a young healthy adult is OK especially little meat is served in the same meal, he remains doubtful.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Sambal Long Beans


Sambal Long Beans
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Although I have a “sambal” or spicy mixture to go with different vegetables, presenting here is a mimicking of the dish in flavour, sambal potato leaves that we ate at an eatery in Changi Village. Happy to say that the taste is closely similar~

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Glutinous Rice


Glutinous Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A yummy plate of glutinous rice tossed with chopped spring onions and some dried chilli flakes.

For the past days, I am being smitten by chilli flakes! Chilli flakes, chilli flakes and more of them... Anyway, somehow those lovely fresh chilli padi I bought just dried naturally in my fresh box! To me it is wiser and healthier to use them than having bottled chilli sauce, on my cooked food, which contains salt.

Japanese Udon With Pasta Sauce


Japanese Udon With Pasta Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

East meets west! Leftover pasta sauce made good with boiled udon in ER's plate.

Here's a suggestion, if you are game to try this with your pasta sauce and would like the udon to be al dente, boil it in advance, toss it with some olive oil and leave it to cool before adding the sauce.

JenzHomeKitchen Welcome to my food blog, happy browsing and enjoy!

Glad to say, due to the long period of exposure to wholesome home cooking, inherited some of my mother's skills and coupled with further enhancement of adapting to established recipes, I am delighted to be able to concoct some recipes that I named: My version, which is bundled under "assortment of recipes" in this homepage :)



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