Here is a nice, clear soup that is easy to make, cheap, and good for you. I like making this winter melon soup because a big pot would last my family for a few days.
The main ingredients are pork tenderloin/shank (depends on what you prefer), duck eggs (for saltyness) and winter melon. Winter melon can help detoxify the body and is normally used in soups, and stews. Some fancy chinese restaurants serve the soup in the melon (after it’s scooped out) but will require advance notice to order. Read the rest of this entry
Bah. Whatever that means. So this was the dish that I made. Patch doesn’t eat shellfish so he picked up some shellfish and the rest was my responsibility.
Shellfish Cooked in Wine
This is an extremely simple dish. The secret is to get fresh ingredients. One of my favourite places to get seafood is from The Lobster Man in Granville Island. It is not too expensive, what you would expect a proper fish store would charge (T&T, Superstore, etc are not fish shops!).
My 2.5lb crab was $25, and mussels and manila clams were $5 per pound. I got a pound each of mussels and clams. Read the rest of this entry
This is the first part of our epic meal. It also has the least action photos because well, I was helping Patch… but not in terms of cooking. When he’s cooking, all of Little Patch’s duties would be mine while he cooks. That didn’t take long for me to calculate it’s a good trade of my baby sitting service for a gourmet meal. Oh wait, that child is mine too.
Italian Style Turnip Soup
(inspired by Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Cooking for Friends’ recipe)
I love turnips, radishes and beets. Sometimes I get them confused even though eating beets makes my teeth look like Gollums afterwards.
I absolutely love butter beef so I’ve tried to make my own recently. Even though I used a wrong cut of meat, it still turned out really well and my tummy didn’t have to pay for it.
Ingredients: thinly sliced beef (I used round eye because Patch bought it for a roast but he cut out a part for me to experiment this dish with – freeze it so that you can easily cut the beef into thin slices), cilantro, a bulb of garlic (yes, a bulb!), red onion, lemon, lime, fish sauce and butter.
My family ordered a box of specialty chickens from Wing Tat poultry. A box comes with 8 chickens (they are on the small side) and it comes to around $5.50 each. What a deal, you can’t even find that at a chinese BBQ shop (siu lap poe). This is including FREE DELIVERY straight to your doorstep (plus tips for the driver).
So I decided to make wine chicken. Read the rest of this entry
Patch and I would like to start eating more healthy Chinese food for dinner. Healthy chinese food sounds like an oxymoron! You can have healthy homemade non-greasy chinese dishes to accompany rice or congee. One of his favourite veggie is Water Spinach also known as Ung choy, Tung choy but I always thought they are hard to prepare.
I bought the ong choy from a Chinese supermarket. It almost $2 a pound and you have to throw out a good portion of the stalk where it’s hard and tough.
I was craving for a snack shortly after midnight. Another one of my quick fix recipes would be guacamole. Doing a search on recipes sites has led to many different versions of guacamoles. Other than the main ingredient avocado, you can pretty much do whatever you want with it. Here is my version of this tasty, filling snack (or dip as most people would use it as!).
As a busy mom, I don’t have time to make food from scratch although Patch still cooks gourmet meals from scratch. Couple days ago, I was struggling with making lunch as Little Patch is not napping as much as before. I had some cans of soup but I didn’t want to eat ‘a can of soup’ so I added more ingredients to make it more gourmet. But not too gourmet as my free time is limited!