Kitchen

Stir Fried Chicken & Kale

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Eating outside could take its toll on me some times, it’s like not having the desire to eat anymore knowing it would be the same type of dishes in the hawker stalls. In my attempt to be back to cooking and preparing everything from scratch, I cooked a simple dish tonight but one that includes healthy Kale and some chicken breasts cuts.  It is absolutely pleasing to know each and every bit of item that goes into the food. 

I basically stir fried the chicken breasts cuts in garlic, ginger and onions plus threw in some of my ever favorite cilantro, added the kale and seasoned with fish sauce to yield a somehow asian taste and a bit of pepper.  I cooked the chicken until all of its natural juices were dried up merely yielding that bit of fried texture.  I gave away some and they said that the Kale was cooked just right still giving that crunchy texture and one even said it was like cooked chinese style, even without my intention for such. šŸ™‚ I do enjoy my meal personally, knowing I am eating a good serving of greens. 

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Seafood & Dou Miao

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I love a well cooked Dou Miao, one that is crunchy, yet a bit soft. I first tried it in 3 eggs soup in some Chinese restaurants and I loved it from the start. As I also love cooking mussels, I thought why not try to include some Dou Miao into it, maybe the taste will be good. Back home, the way we cook mussels is we basically just sautee it in garlic and onions and a bit of ginger with some fish sauce. This time, as I often have the habit of exploring a dish, I tried to include Dou Miao and coconut milk. To modify further, in my latest cooking, I decided to add in some fish fillets and shrimps.

If you read through my previous posts, I basically explore and I don’t measure when I cook. So I cannot really put up specific amount of my ingredients, lol. I also made a dipping sauce, thai-like, to balance out the coconut flavor so it would not be too filling and overpowering when you eat the mussels together with the coco soup.

I served this dish on many occasions to family and friends and I asked them to tell the truth and don’t lie to entertain me, haha! Well, they said it was quite nice and they would love having it again. So when they request, I normally give in and cook this, as it is also a very quick dish.

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Pan seared Wagyu Topside with Potatoes

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Beef is a luxury in Singapore. I find that it is very expensive. On one occasion, in my favorite Cold Storage, I happened to pass by Wagyu beef on sale! And take note, that the expiration is still like 3-4 days away. Craving for beef, I decided to buy. Something quick I thought, so I smothered it with salt, pepper, a bit of paprika and sprinkled it with bits of dried parsley, put it in the fridge and left overnight. The next day, I just pan seared it and as I cut it, the meat is so soft and tender! Goes the same when eating it, it was succulent but I find that I made it a bit saltier this time. šŸ˜¦

Fresh out of the pan
My very own pan seared Wagyu Topside

As it is dinner and since rice is not a good partner, I paired it up with potatoes with their skins still on (the way I like any cooked potatoes, anyway they are washed) and I stir fried it with garlic, fresh celery leaves and dried rosemary, plus salt and pepper of course.

Potatoes!
Dinner time.

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Baking my not-so-favorite

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I am not into cookies and in a cafe, I would not ever ever order cookies. I don’t know but I am not just into those goodies. However, I love the taste of oatmeal. I was thinking of one easy bake to do with oatmeal and ironically, I thought of cookies. Because… why not? lol. And anyway, baking is for sharing so it’s not only me who will eat it. =))

Here’s mine straight from the oven.

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Baby shower: It’s a boy

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An acquaintance asked me to bake for her baby shower – a baby boy. I lacked those fondant toolsĀ needed to easily cut off and mould itemsĀ (I did not think the need to buy back then) so it was really a tedious process of drawing them out on paper first, then cut it, place it on top of a fondant and trace and cut it. Whew. I also did not have the measure-and-mould type of tools that you can use to easily weigh body parts such as arms and legs equally so everything was eyeballing. As I was not really good in shaping or designing, the teddy bear was a very challenging moment for me. At least it turned out to be kinda like a teddy bear, just kinda….. hahaha

Photo Credits to my acquaintance – taken during the event

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Chilled Cheesecake

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I love chilled cheesecake, I actually prefer it more than the baked one. I find that it is refreshing and as good as ice cream…

In a cheesecake I always eat the crust more and sometimes I leave it last to be eaten. In this one, I infused a Cadbury chocolate to the crust so it won’t be that plain.

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Cake Pops!

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Cake pops look fun and yummy especially if in a party and it has been packed on those fancy wrappers. Kids loooooveee cake pops and I fancy them especially when included as part of a party table. I did chocolate cake pops with different sprinkles. Apparently, only after baking them did I realize that I ran out of… sticks! haha…

Pardon my blurry shots as I have taken them right out of my instagram album. =))

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