Thursday, 27 November 2008
What does one do when it is 1 degree outside and snowing cats and dogs? - Blog! Haha!
Cabbage soup is one of my comfort foods. I throw everything into the pot and let simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Healthy and delicious.
Ingredients: Garlic, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, salt, pepper and an enormous pork bone (optional) for a fuller flavour.
This must be the most beautiful cabbage i have ever seen! Every leaf is prefection.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
I just discovered that it takes less time to cook instant couscous than instant noodles! This stuff is so going to be my next staple. Equal parts of couscous and stock flavoured with your preferred herbs and spices. Serve warm with spicy marguez or tagine, or cold as a salad with lots of chopped fresh tomatoes, parsley, onions, cucumber,... you name it, and dressed with your best vinaigrette.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
This is really quite scrumptious... a keeper. The cake part of it is a lot more chocolatey and a little denser than most chocolate cakes (I absolutely detest those with a good icing but a disappointing lack-lustre inside). Thanks to the recipe from bbcgoodfood: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3092/ultimate-chocolate-cake. It was too much fuss for me to slice and layer the cake... I just topped the whole thing with ganache... the more, the merrier, yummm!
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
I had a party and this dish went fast. Al dente pasta with olives and crispy spicy chorizo, tossed with a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, chili flakes, garlic, paprika, and good old oregano and thyme. Serve warm or cold. I think I will use pasta of a different shape next time 'coz these ones look like super-size maggots, no? (lol)
Monday, 17 November 2008
This is a real shortcut, great when you do not have time 'coz nothing is simpler. Dump everything into the rice cooker: rice, water, paella seasoning, large chunks of salmon, peas, tomatoes, ... and some leftover artichoke hearts in this case. Once cooked, add more salt and pepper to taste, mix it all up and it's good to go. Now what would we do without our rice cookers!
Friday, 7 November 2008
I like very much ketchup and would add it to almost everything! One of my favourite ways to fry rice noodles a.k.a. "kway tiao" is with lots of garlic, green leafy vegetables or bean sprouts, and bacon or taiwanese sausages and season with ketchup, sriracha chili and fish sauce.