Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wonton Soup With Spinach II


Wonton Soup With Spinach
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Folded with pleads

Wonton Soup With Spinach I


Wonton Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This soup is equally tasty with watercress although mustard greens/choy sam is the most common veggie used. Other vegetable substitutes like spring onions, Chinese parsley, lettuce or chrysanthemum greens/tong hao are just as yummy.

This is a one-in-all meal eaten with rice. ER was especially satisfied as he had a good share to satisfy his palate.

Though inconvenient, gloves, gloves, gloves, I am wearing them to avoid contact with water and soap as advised by the doctors! Between, my index finger is still healing SO, ER helped to peel the prawns. To contained infection, I had taken antibiotic tablets for close to a month after being pricked by prawn! From now I still have to apply antibiotic ointment and anti-fungal cream day and night until it heals...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Chicken Satay


Chicken Satay
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was the remaining sticks of chicken satay for dinner on Tuesday night.

Tofu With Chestnut Meat Sauce II


Tofu With Chestnut Meat Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Tofu With Chestnut Meat Sauce I


Tofu With Chestnut Meat Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

My own concoction: Leftover chestnut meat mixture made good in this tofu dish spiced up with chilies for Tuesday dinner. May be some Szechuan peppers would further enhanced its taste.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Seafood Rice


Seafood Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This alone is a wholesome meal. I had prepared a little too much of this and well, it will be just as delectable when consume the next day. It should be tastier when the spices used release further flavours when this food is warmed up.

Chicken And Pork Satay


Chicken And Pork Satay
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Besides seafood rice, barley winter melon soup, chicken and pork satay were served with condiments such as spicy peanut sauce, rice cakes, cucumbers and raw onions as part of Sunday dinner with a friend.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Pork Satay II


Pork Satay
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Pork Satay I


Pork Satay
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Both YH and Rika had wanted to eat satay some time ago. Finally I had the mood to make them. And to make sure they could eat to their hearts’ content, I had marinated a kilo each of pork and chicken fillets.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Double-boiled Chicken Noodle Soup

Double-boiled Chicken Rice Vermicelli Soup


Double-boiled Chicken Rice Vermicelli Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a sort of comfort food for us, rice vermicelli or noodles with soup. The delicious soup is made from double-boiling a whole chicken with Japanese mushrooms and of course with Japanese scallops too. Delicious broth made from this combination goes well with noodles of your choice or just plain rice. Love to prepare this soup when I think I want to serve something light on the stomach and yet easy to prepare. Though double-boiling takes 3 to 4 hours, it is quite hassle free because contents are simmered in a double-boiling device and all I have to do is make sure the heat is constant.

It is also a nutritious soup to serve when one’s appetite is poor. Right now I have a sick "bird" at home.

Sparerib & Scallop Porridge


Sparerib & Scallop Porridge
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Comfort food for a sick “bird” ~ this is what she loves to eat when not well.

Some time ago, I asked Rika about comfort food and we differed in our viewpoints. At that time we have no definite answer. Anyway, checking with the dictionaries recently revealed that comfort food is defined as food that comforts or affords solace that is associated with childhood or with home cooking. And also food prepared in a traditional style having usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal. It may be best thought of as any food that evokes positive emotions, consumed by individuals during stressful periods.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tteokbokki / Stir-fried Korean Rice Cakes + Preparation Directions


Tteokbokki / Stir-fried Korean Rice Cakes + Preparation Directions
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

When ER, Rika and I shopped at this Korean shop at North Canal Road, the lady shopkeeper was pretty attentive. When I spoke to her in English, she said,” Jiang hua yu, hao ma?” Why not? She is good in Mandarin and gave me clear instructions when asked.

Well, rice cakes caught my eyes when we were making payment. So, we decided to buy it when we found out there was pre-mixed sauce at the store. A kilo of cylindrical rice cakes came in two solid slabs. Separating each rice stick from the clumps took some effort, ER did the task. And two packets of hot sauce weighing 150g each were needed to cook a kilo.

Cooking was easy. First, blenched the rice noodles with boiling water, drained and tossed them with cooking oil, set aside till needed. Take care though, this rice noodles cooked very fast, within minutes. Next, I had Stir-fried some leaves of long cabbage, carrots and Chinese mushrooms to go with it. In the same pan, without oil, I had warmed up the hot sauce with 1 cup of hot water added in [add in more water if you like the sauce to be runny], at this point, the noodles were returned to the pan and turned to coated well with sauce. Cooked vegetables were added in. Lastly, I had added in one teaspoon of sesame oil for extra flavour. If you have toasted sesame seeds, sprinkle some on the rice noodles and serve.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Curry Eggplants


Curry Eggplants + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is peeled and sliced eggplants stir-fried with lots of garlic, silver fish and curry powder.

My Version:
Recipe:
Curry Eggplants

Ingredients:
600 g eggplants – peeled, sliced and soaked in water till needed.
1tbsp curry powder [use more if you like it spicy]
½ tbsp chopped garlic
3 tbsp dried silver fish - washed
Salt, ajinomoto, soy sauce and white pepper to taste

Method:
1. Drained the sliced eggplants.
2. In a frying pan, add in silver fish to fry till water is evaporated, add in garlic and 3 tablespoons of oil and fry these ingredients till fragrant.
3. Put in the eggplants, stir-fry for a while. Add in the curry power and the seasonings. A little water may be added and stir-fry eggplants till done.

Steamed Herbal Chicken Drumsticks + Recipe


Steamed Herbal Chicken Drumsticks + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

There was a TV programme called "Herbalicious" not long ago. Interestingly, Chinese herbs were featured and were used in different cuisines. When it came to western cuisine, the chef crisped some Chinese herbs in the oven to bring out the flavours before using them in his food creations.

As for me, my mum had a great influence on me concerning the use of Chinese herbs. The double-boiled soups she made for my siblings and I was especially fragrant and delicious. So was my dad who sometimes cooked exotic soups and nice food.

As for today, I had come up with steamed herbal chicken drumsticks. This was for YH who had asked for supper. To cook this a small handful of wolfberries, angelica roots, dried longans and "wai san" were added to the chicken drumsticks besides marinating them with both dark and light soya sauces, salt, pepper, ajinomoto and wine. Use Dom if you have it for extra flavour and fragrance. Place all ingredients in a metal container and steamed for 30 minutes.

Here's a recipe with a slight difference: Angelica Root / Dang Gui Drumsticks

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Stir-fried Mince II


Stir-fried Mince
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Yummy with plain porridge as well as plain rice or even as filling for steamed plain buns.

Stir-fried Mince I


Stir-fried Mince
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Similar to my mother's cooking, a dish that she cooked with sliced pork, I had used mince instead.

Pork Chops


Pork Chops + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Click here for the preparation directions if you are interested: Recipe

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Broccoli With King Oyster Mushrooms


Broccoli With King Oyster Mushrooms
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Mixed vegetables dish is a good way to supply our daily needs of nutrients and fibre~

Mee Pok


Mee Pok
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was a quick lunch, mee pok dry and home cooked stuffed bean curds, for YH who had to leave early for work.

Tofu Patties


Tofu Patties
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Since Sunday night, I was really bothered by the intensity of pain and swelling of my index finger that suddenly returned after an OK review on last Friday. Before going out for another round of visit to a clinic because of this, my mind was pondering on, “what’s for dinner?” That’s a common question on most housewives’ mind, I think. Anyway, among friends, it is common for some of us to feel we are out of our wits of what’s cooking for the day. Though cooked food is available within minutes of walk from home, nothing, nothing is comparable to home cooked meals.

With some of the meat and fish paste mixture for niang doufu leftover, I wonder: Shall I use it for stuffed bean curd skins or stuffed bean curd puffs. I bought none of those required ingredients in the end and came home with a packet of minced beef which went into masala beef that the children love. However, a sudden thought of mashing the remaining tofu and wrapped this with the meat and fish paste mixture seemed a good idea that I went ahead with.

Hmm…my family was perplexed by the dish :) ER asked, “What’s inside it and how did you do this?” And later Rika came home from work and lifted the food cover and asked, “Shen me lai de?” That’s in Mandarin: What‘s this? And I said, “Something new. Shall I name it tofu pancake or tofu patties?” That’s it, finally decided on the later that seemed to fit~

Masala Beef


Masala Beef
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A delectable spicy dish that brings on smiles~

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Peppery Fish Steaks


Peppery Fish Steaks
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Winter Melon Scallop Soup II


Winter Melon Scallop Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Yummy soup that anyone could prepare...recipe is just a click away :)

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Winter Melon Scallop Soup I


Winter Melon Scallop Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Today I thought of using winter melon in soup. Winter melon is considered a cooling vegetable, so it is good to eat it especially when the weather is hot. Sometimes I make a sweet dessert by boiling barley with it. This dessert can be served hot or chilled.

If you are keen to cook this soup, clicking on the photo will link you to the recipe~

Cheesy Tuna Omelette


Cheesy Tuna Omelette
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was supper for Rika.

Cheesy Tuna Omelette


Cheesy Tuna Omelette
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The idea of adding cheese to tuna omelette was a sudden thought in the midst of cooking. It was good except ER complained that it was a little salty.

Egg Toasts


Egg Toasts
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is good for breakfast or snacks. They were easy to prepare, just dipped triangular pieces of white bread into seasoned beaten eggs and pan-fried in olive oil. Roughly allow an egg for two slices of bread [4 triangles]. If you so prefer, either lots of chopped spring onions or mixed Italian herbs may be added to the beaten eggs for extra flavour.

Tofu With Fishballs


Tofu With Fishballs
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a dish of Asian tofu salad? That’s what I overheard the conversations between ER and YH when I was still clearing up things in the kitchen. What a unique thought, ER!

Just like before, cubes of silken tofu were blenched in boiling water, drained and placed in a plate topped with sautéed fishballs. Next this was blanketed with prepared oyster sauce flavoured with lots of fried shallots, garlic and chopped green onions.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Stir-fried King Oyster Mushrooms With Mince II


Stir-fried King Oyster Mushrooms With Mince
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Thursday, 31st May, 2007, today is Vesak Day. ER and I needed to go out for some errands and managed to make it in the late afternoon. Just moments before we were ready to leave the shopping mall, we saw the free shuttle service bus move off from its bay and we had to lug bags of our purchases and walked home because I did not want to wait another 15 minutes for the next ride. We felt the strain on our shoulders and arms.

At the supermarket, I noticed the promotion of fresh and plum king oyster mushrooms. I thought these would be nice to go into my veggies dish that I have in mind for dinner. Proven a right choice, the sliced cooked mushrooms were solid, smooth and offered good bites. On comparison, just as tasty as shimeji mushrooms that we ate days ago.

Vegetables must not be overcooked or else much of its nutritional content will be lost especially water-soluble vitamin C and folic acid and minerals like potassium and sodium. That means diminishing the cancer-fighting ability of the antioxidants vitamin C. Besides, flavours and colours will be lost too.

I have observed that all vegetables will sweat on cooking, once you notice this, stir-frying a little while more is just right. The best way is: Do not hesitate to taste the veggies as you cook them. Take note that some vegetables will take a longer time to cook. For the above dish, carrots went into the wok first; sweet peas were next because of their thickness and bigger today. Otherwise, these peas should be added in with the rest at the same time.

Stir-fried King Oyster Mushrooms With Mince I

King Oyster Mushrooms


King Oyster Mushrooms
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A yummy new addition to my cooking!

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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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