"What have you been doing, besides running, cooking and knitting*?" is a regular question thrown at me.
*it's not knitting, by the way. it's crochet. i use a crochet hook, not knitting needles. :)
I'm a bum, really, sad to say. I get lots of sleep, so that's a good thing. I can run at any time of the day before dinner, that's another good thing. :D
I enjoy cooking the most. Almost every dinner (well, there are some lousy ones, too) is a proud masterpiece and I'm not sure if it's due to the influence of watching Masterchef Australia but yes, I take pride in most of the meals. The other half is obliged to go "Oooh..." when dinner is served and nod his head (in yummy delight) at first taste - if it's good. :P
And because July was Ramadhan month for the Muslims, I didn't share most of my food photos online out of respect. This blog post is NOT to showcase my culinary skills (puh-leese!) but these food photos need to go somewhere or it would be a waste of my photographic skills, hah! Just kidding.
1. Braised Vegemite Chicken.
I cooked it during the first week I was here and cooked it again a few days ago. Not my best dish, but it's one which I can cook without referring to the recipe. Honey, vegemite and oyster sauce are the 3 main ingredients.
Note: Best served with rice.
(Ooops, I can't find the recipe link anymore. Sorry!)
2. Chicken Feet, soup or stewed.
I love chicken feet and thank goodness YB eats it too. I know some people who don't eat it, because when I was describing to my dad in my email (with pride) about the dishes I cooked, he went, "Euws yuck! Chicken feet is not delicious lah!"
|A childhood favourite!|
Chicken feet with peanut soup is easy. Just keep them boiling. :)
Stewed chicken feet is pretty easy, too. I just follow this recipe here and I got it right the 2nd attempt - it basically needed more time stewing over the hob. Mmm. And rice wine does add that extra kick.
|Add some chopped chilli, if you want!|
Note: Stewed chicken feet is best served with rice or porridge.
3. Korean influenced glass noodles, Jap Chae.
Well, I accidentally bought glass noodles instead of rice vermicelli so I had to come up with something for dinner. Browsed the internet quick and came across this recipe and this one, and made do with what I had.
Ok, I lied. I deliberately bought a packet of black fungus to complement the dish. :P
No meat, though.
The only thing missing was a bit more greens.
The next time I cooked Jap Chae, it was to be used as contents for my fried spring rolls. And it was a LOT of spring rolls - which turned out to be our main course for dinner that night!
4. Not really aglio olio spaghetti.
Aah, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Stick to aglio olio if you can, or add a twist of bechemel sauce if you want to be adventurous, but it doesn't add much taste to the spaghetti.
Note: If you don't like using canned paste/sauce, do it your way!
5. Roti Jala ('net bread' as it is known in Singapore) and Chicken Curry.
It was the Raya weekend (8-9th August 2013) and I simply HAD to have a go at making something Raya-ish. I have been wanting to make roti jala for AGES and finally, I forced myself to just get down to it and it was fun!
The chicken curry was a sad thing, though. I used Brahim's Kuah Kari Ayam paste and it wasn't good enough for me. It wasn't spicy enough! Or perhaps I added too much water. Chucking in some cilipadi (bird's eye chilli) didn't help either.
|Pretend not to notice that errant piece of chopped|
chilli on the chicken, ya.
Don't they look awesome? I think I left them too long on the pan instead of the required 30 seconds.
I don't remember the recipe I followed but I jotted down something like this: 1 egg, 125ml of milk (or coconut milk), 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of salt, 100gm of flour (3/4 cups). Combine egg and milk, sift flour and salt and whisk until incorporated and turns into a thin batter. Strain through a sieve. Pour into your bottle/container and give yourself 30 secs of free form drawing on the frying pan.
As the jala strainer is not available here, I used the mayo bottle from Daiso as the alternative most commonly used. Spent AUD$2.80 for it and it's sitting in my drawer after its debut.
Prior to this, I've never cooked couscous before. I accidentally cooked too much so we had enough for the next day. I love how it goes well with fish!
|We were stuffed!|
|The hubby 'designed' the presentation.|
Roasted the bell pepper directly over the hob for a while before putting the couscous into it.
Note: Best way to diet is to have couscous to replace your rice or noodles. It fills you up very quickly, so a small serving of couscous will suffice. :)
7. Fried Pumpkin Cakes.
I love pumpkin. What I don't like is removing the skin because it is so tough! I don't want to cook the entire thing and then remove the skin, because it's too much to consume for a meal.
Using this recipe as a guide, I added chopped basil and shredded parmesan to my grated pumpkin. Mine didn't turn out crispy due to cheese, perhaps, as they tasted doughy like 'cekodok'. Loved them, anyway!
Note: You will still need to have a side dish of vegetables to go with that for sufficient fibre intake!
8. Mashed Pumpkin.
Oh what else could I do with the pumpkin? I love mashed pumpkin, anyway! (But you may have already known it previously.)
Added some chopped almonds for a bit of crunch. (I forgot to bring my pestle over, I kinda miss it right now!)
Note: Don't forget that other plate of vegetables to go with it. ;)
9. All kinds of soup.
It's funny how I usually cooked Western-influenced dishes back in KL but now that I'm here in Melbourne, I'm more inclined to Chinese/Asian cooking.
Similarly like how we grew up, both YB and my mum would always have a bowl of soup as one of the dishes during the meal. Sticking to what I know, I've cooked chicken feet with peanut soup, yoke choy soup (herbs with chicken soup), sweet corn with white fungus soup, ABC soup, ... and recently the Borlotti bean soup.
I was so excited to see these fuchsia speckled beans on sale at the market the other day. I asked YB if he had them before and he said no.
I'm sorry to say that once it's cooked, they are not very photogenic so I'm afraid I have no picture to show you. (The soup looked like ash water!)
Well, there are more food photos to come but I don't think you want any more of your time wasted, nor do you want to feel hungry after looking at the food photos (like how I am feeling right now). See ya!