Seafood Stew

Hello all, here’s a really easy stew recipe for those who love stew and seafood. So please enjoy, and let me know if the recipe worked out for you! I’ve also added a side dish of baked asparagus, works out great with the stew.

Seafood Stew:

you’ll need:  2-1/2 cups of vegetable broth,  6 large tiger prawns, 1 cup of bay scallops, 1 cat fish fillet sliced in 1″ cubes, 1 cup long wild rice, 3 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp chili powder, 1 cup of red peppers sliced, 1 cup of yellow peppers sliced, 1 yellow onion sliced, 4 tomatoes cut in quarters, 1 can of diced tomatoes (keep the water), 1/4 cup of orange juice

1. In a medium sized pot, add the vegetable broth and wait for it to boil, once boiled add in the chilli powder, rice, and garlic
2. reduce to a low-med heat and allow the rice to simmer for about half an hour/when it’s tender, (keep adding a little bit of vegetable broth from time to time once the liquid is being reduced)
3. Once the rice is tender, on high heat, add in the peppers, fresh and diced tomatoes as well as the onions, let the vegetables cook in the broth
4.  Lastly, add the fish, shrimp, scallops and orange juice, and bring the whole pot to a boil
5. Add salt/pepper for seasoning
..and you’re done!

Baked Asparagus

you’ll need:  2 packs of small baby asparagus, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp of dried mixed herbs, 2 tsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 250 C
2. Wash and drain all the baby asparagus, make sure they’re dry before you place them on the tin foil
3. Once the asparagus have been placed on the tin foil, proceed to add the olive oil, salt, pepper and mixed herbs
4. Place it in the oven for about 15 minutes, the asparagus should appear to be dry on the tips and a little browned
..and you’re done!

Hope these recipes will work out for you, happy cooking everyone!

& I just realized I haven’t done tracks of the day in awhile, so here’s a calming tune from The Drums  for your Tuesday night, enjoy!

On nom nom Sundays

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe, so here’s one for all you meat and steak lovers out there:

 Lemon Mixed Herb steak topped with caramelized onions and sesame shrimp salad

For the Lemon mixed herb steak,
you’ll need:

a 1/2  inch thick rib eye steak,  1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs (oregano, dill,  basil), 1 large white onion chopped in rings, 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup water

1. In a small bowl, mix all the garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and dried mix herbs, (this will be your steak marinating rub) and rub it all over the steak, let it marinate for about 2 hours
2. Once it’s closer to the 2 hour mark, in a small pan heat up 2 tsp of olive oil, and once the oil is ready, dump in the white onions and sautee for about 3 minutes or until brown, add in the white wine and water, cook until all the liquid is gone and the onions are softened and caramelized
3.  While the onions are cooking, heat another frying pan with 3 tsp of olive oil and proceed to put the steak on the pan once the oil’s ready
4. Depending on how you like your steak to be done, time accordingly. For the one I made, it was medium-rare so flip to the other side after 4 minutes
5. Once the steak is cooked, squeeze the lemon juice all over the steak and onions

..and your steak is ready, serve immediately and place caramelized onions on top.

For the salad,
you’ll need:

2 cups of chopped romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup of sliced cherry tomatoes,  1/4 cup of frozen shrimp,  Japanese sesame salad dressing, and any left over steak rub

1. In a small pot, boil 3 cups of water, once boiled put the frozen shrimp in to cook
2. Once the shrimp is ready, drain the water and let it set aside to cool
3. In a large salad bowl, mix all romaine lettuce, tomatoes and shrimp, proceed to add dressing and finish it off with any left over steak rub

…and your meal is complete!

Good luck and happy cooking :)

Chicken Mushroom Risotto and Pesto drizzled Minestrone soup

Chicken Mushroom Risotto


you’ll need:
4 small pieces of chicken breast, 2 cups of chopped up white button mushrooms, 2 cups of Arborio rice, 1/2 cup of white onion diced, 3 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 cup of dry white wine, 2 tsp of olive oil, 2 medium slices of butter, 5 cups of chicken broth

1. Boil the chicken breasts in a small pot of boiling water.
2. Once boiled, (doesn’t have to be completely cooked), rip apart the chicken into small strips using your hands, and set aside.
3. In a large pan over high heat, put in the olive oil and butter; and sautee the onions and garlic until brown.
4.  Add in the Arborio rice and mix it with the onions.
5. Still on high heat, add in the white wine and let the rice absorb all the moisture before turning it down to medium heat.
6. slowly add in 1/2 cup of chicken broth, along with the mushrooms and little bits of chicken strips.
7. Stir on low heat until all moisture is absorbed.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until the rice becomes tender but is still a little grainy on the inside.
Should take approx. 30-40 minutes.
9. Once the rice is ready, add in salt and pepper for seasoning.

serves 3-4

Pesto drizzled Minestrone Soup


you’ll need:
5 cups of chicken broth, 1/2 cup of dry red wine,  1 cup of chopped celery, 1 cup of chopped carrots, 1 cup of chopped zuchinni,  1 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes,  1/2 cup of chopped fresh basil,  1 and half cups of canned diced tomatoes,  1/2 cup of white onion diced, 3 tsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of pesto

1. In a large pot over high heat, add olive oil and sautee onions and garlic until brown
2. Add in the celery and carrots and sautee for 5 minutes.
3. Add in the chicken broth, dry red wine, zuchinnis, canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and basil over high heat and bring it to a boil.
4. Switch to medium heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. When serving in a soup bowl, drizzle the pesto over the soup.

serves 3-4

summer dinners

 


Broccoli Pesto pasta with Garlic Salmon.
Too lazy to put up the recipe.

Here’s track of the day, happy mid week everyone.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s always hard to reserve tables at restaurants when it’s Father’s Day, so why not make dinner at home and celebrate there?!  For this year’s Father’s Day I created two recipes for my dad – Zesty Prawn Jap Chae served in a pot and Pan fried tomato chutney chicken wings.

  Zesty Prawn Jap Chae


You’ll need:
8 large tiger prawns, 2 medium sized carrots sliced, 1 large head of broccoli chopped, one handful of jap chae,  1/2 white onion sliced, 2 cups of vegetable broth, 3 tsp lime juice,  4 tsp anchovy sauce, 3 tsp pesto, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tsp minced garlic


1. Sprinkle salt and grounded pepper liberally on the tiger prawns (this will give the shell some flavour)
2. In a large pot, pour 2 tsp of olive oil over high heat
3. Once the oil has heated up, sautee the onions and minced garlic for 5 minutes.
4. Dump in the prawns and fry it for 30 sec so that it absorbs the aroma from the onions and garlic.  After 30 sec, pick the prawns out of the pot and set aside.
5. Now, add the carrots into the pot and vegetable broth and turn to medium heat.  Allow the vegetables to cook for 15  minutes while covering the pot.
6. Meanwhile, soak the jap chae in cold water for 2 minutes.
7.  Once the carrots have been cooked for 15 minutes, add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth in the pot along with the chap chae, broccoli, pesto, lime juice, anchovy sauce and soy sauce.
8. On high heat, let the jap chae and broccoli cook for 5 minutes with the pot covered.
9.  After 5 minutes, add the prawns into the pot, and cover on high heat and allow the prawns to be fully cooked. (you may add more vegetable broth along the way depending on how much “soup” you want in the end)

…and you’re done!

Serves 2-3 people

 Pan fried tomato chutney chicken wings


You’ll need:
8 small chicken wings chopped in halves, 1/2 yellow bell pepper sliced, 2 tomatoes crushed, 1/2 onion sliced, 1/8 cup of soy sauce .


1. In a medium sized bowl add the chopped chicken wings and marinate it with 3 tsp of dried garlic bits, 3 tsp of ground pepper and 3 tsp of salt.

2.  In another medium bowl, pour in the crushed tomatoes, and add 2 tsp of salt as well as4 tsp of dried parsley.
3. In a medium sized pan place 2 tsp of olive oil on high heat and add the sliced onions.  Sautee for 5 minutes and add the sliced yellow bell peppers.
4. After 2 minutes, add the chicken wings, pan fry until the skin turns brown.
5. Lastly, add in the tomato chutney and soy sauce, pan fry until the chicken is fully cooked.

..and you’re done!
Serves 2-3 people

Feeling Korean tonight pt. 2

If you love Korean food just as much as I do, you’ll love these two dishes.


Pork Bone Soup,  and Jja Jang Myun
I’ve tweaked both of these recipes just a bit to suit the tastes of the mother and I.  I was actually really surprised as to how well both of these dishes turned out, I definitely had a scrumptious dinner.  The pork bone soup is especially great for people who like this soup, but can’t take spiciness, because I’ve made it so that it’s not spicy at all.  I also bought the kimchi and pickled cucumbers from Citysuper to add onto the dinner to make it more Korean!


Pork Bone Soup
You’ll need:
4 pieces of pork bone, 1 large potato cut in cubes, 4 large leaves of cabbage cut in rectangles, 4 shitake mushrooms, 2 large handfuls of bean sprouts, 1 large green onion, 2 slices of ginger, 3 cloves of garlic, 4 tsp of minced garlic, 1 medium white onion sliced, 10 tsp of soybean sauce, 3 tsp fish sauce

1. Rinse the pork bones under cold water.
2. In a big pot of water, dump in the pork bones, ginger, a few slices of green onion (only the white part), and the garlic cloves and bring it to a boil under high heat.
(This will rinse all the blood out of the pork bones, and the spices will act as a way to get rid of the smell of pork)
3. Once it’s boiled, take the pork bones out and rinse under cold water again and discard all the water and boiled spices.
4. In the same big pot, add 7 bowls of water, the pork bones, potato, onions, minced garlic, soybean sauce, and fish sauce on high heat.
5. Once it’s boiled, bring it down to low heat while covering the pot, and allow the soup to boil for at least 2 hours. (You may add another bowl of water in between)
6. Once the soup has been boiled for 2 hours, you can now add the cabbage, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and the rest of the green onions and bring to a boil.
7. Sprinkle on some ground black pepper for extra flavouring.

And.. you’re done!
serves 3-4

Jja Jang Myun (Korean black bean paste noodle)
you’ll need:
1 zucchini cut in cubes, 1 carrot cut in cubes, 1/2 medium onion cut in cubes, 1 Japanese cucumber sliced, 1 brick of frozen udon, 7 tsp Korean black bean sauce, 2 tsp oyster sauce

1. In a medium sized pot, place the frozen udon in boiling water.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium size pan, add 2 tsp of olive oil and pour in the zucchinis, carrots, and onions.  Allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
3. Once the veggies are cooked, put them aside and on low heat add 1 tsp of olive oil and place the oyster sauce and black bean paste.  Let it simmer for 1 minute and pour it on the cooked veggies.
4. Once the udon has been brought to a boil, drain the water.
5. Now you can pour the black bean sauce with veggies over the udon.
6. Add the japanese cucumbers on top for garnishing.

And.. you’re done!
serves 1

Hope this recipe works for all you Korean food lovers out there :)

Valentine’s Dinner for 3

Contrary to popular belief, I actually don’t mind not celebrating Valentine’s Day.  So I decided, why not make dinner for the parents.
I present you..

Baked Herb Zucchinis with Cayenne Peppered Chicken White Wine Fusilli Pasta ……
(I didn’t know what else to call it)

Starting with the Herbed zucchinis
you’ll need:
2 medium sized zucchinis, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 sprigs of fresh sage, 2 sprigs of fresh mint leaves (both chopped finely),  3 tsp of minced garlic, 1-1/2 tsp salt

preparing the herb oil:
1. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, sage, mint leaves, minced garlic, and stir.
2. Set aside for an hour

preparing the zucchinis:
1. Cut the zucchinis in semi-thin slices
2. in a large plate, spread them out evenly and add salt on both sides
3. Set aside for an hour.
(Adding salt to the zucchini will bring out excess water in the vegetable, so when you bake it, it’s crispier)
4. Once an hour has passed, use a paper towel to soak off any excess water.
5. Set your oven to 250 C.
6. Coat the zucchini with the herb oil you prepared earlier, and place the zucchinis onto the baking tray.

7. Pour the remaining oil all over the zucchinis.
8.  Set the baking time for 10 minutes, flipping the zucchinis during half time.
9. Once they’re finished baking, you can sprinkle some salt and pepper for flavor.

Now moving onto the pasta,
you’ll need:
3 strips of chicken breast chopped in cubes, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2tsp of chopped spring onions, 5 tsp of cayenne pepper , 2 tsp of minced garlic, 3 tsp of ground black pepper, 3 tsp of salt, 1 white onion chopped, 2 medium sized tomatoes diced, 1 celery stick chopped, 1/8 cup of white wine, 3 large handfuls of fusilli pasta

1. Marinate the chicken by combining the chopped chicken cubes in a bowl along with the olive oil, spring onions, cayenne pepper, garlic, black pepper and salt.
2. Set aside for an hour.


3. Once an hour has passed, prepare boiling water for the fusilli, add salt and olive oil.
4. Once it has boiled, pour in the fusilli pasta and let it cook for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, in a large pan on high heat put in 2 tsp of olive oil.
6. Once the oil is heated, pour in the onions, tomatoes and celery, allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
7. After 5 minutes, dump in the chicken as well, along with the white wine.
8. Add 1/4 cup of water, and reduce to medium heat allowing all the ingredients to simmer.
9. While that is going on, check that the pasta is cooked, once it’s cooked, you may now drain the water and set aside.
10.  The water in your pan should now be reduced by 1/4, you should also check that all ingredients are fully cooked.
11. Now, pour all ingredients onto the fusilli, and toss it well.
12. Add salt and pepper according to your desired taste.

..and you’re done!

Perfect Sundays

Sometimes Sundays are just the best days of the week, even though Monday means work again.  However, because my week starts on a Tuesday, Sunday has become the new Saturday.
Enough of all that Saturday Sunday Monday talk, today my perfect day consisted of eating great food and watching a very decent film with my most special one.


Brunch at The Flying Pan was yummm.  If any of you guys like brunch, then this is one of the great places in HK that does 24 hour brunch.
Location: Baileys Street, Central (Soho area)
Price range: $50-$150 HKD
It has a wide variety of breakfast plates – omlettes, all styles of eggs benedicts, sandwiches, griddles, pancakes and lots of yummy sides!


For Dinner we had Ramen at Daruma – one of the best!
Location: 92 E, Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
Price range: $60-$100 HKD
To be able to dine in this resturant, you gotta get there before 6pm, as people start lining up and it’s a very dinky tiny resturant. We were lucky that we got there just a little earlier than 6 to go in as their first round of customers.   There are three kinds of soup bases to choose from – pork bone soup, spicy and soy sauce soup base.  I would highly recommend the pork bone soup base because it actually tastes like they had put pork bone in it and boiled it for hours!

As for the decent film I was talking about earlier..


Awkward, subtly humorous, and dysfunctional.  Oh, and super good.
A great film about a lesbian couple with a family of two kids curious about their sperm donor father.  It was one of those movies where you walk in and expected a L-O-L  comedy, but really the humor that it brought out, was better than your average L-O-L  moments.   The humor was subtle and minor, but all these little moments accumulated in the film making it a great drama comedy to watch.  One of my favorite things of the film was also its use of puns in their dialogue, it surprised me as to how well the writer played with words in the film during awkward scenarios -it put a smile on my face every time a word came up with a double meaning.  And trust me, when it’s used in a film about a lesbian family, you’re bound to have a laugh.  Apart from the humor aspect, the film was also very moving in a way that it puts us in a situation where we see what family love meant in a very unconventional family, and also the roles that are played in a family when both parents are mothers.

Anyhow, I highly recommend this film, so watch it if you haven’t already!!
Trailer for your curiosity:

And as always, before I go, here’s my track of the day – Quadron’s Slippin, it was featured in the movie too.  A playful beat, perfect for your sunday night, enjoy:

Detox and Reboot!

First of all, Happy 2011, this is my first post in the new years and I’m almost sure it’s gonna be a useful post for most people.So, if you partied just a little too much last night, not to worry.. there are still ways to detox and reboot your body from the inside and out!

Starting with detoxing your body..
Remember that it’s very important to
1. Drink at least two full glasses of water right when you wake up so it flushes the remaining alcohol out of your system and rehydrate your body from all the excess drinking.
2. Avoid oily and high sodium foods as this will retain the water in your body making it unable to flush the fluids out.
3. I was lucky to have a wonderful friend of mine from Montreal that bought me some David’s Tea, with one of them in particular that is great for detoxing!

This tea contains: roobios, ginger, gingko, lemongrass and juniper berries.  Roobios is a type of plant from South Africa and is known to boost your immune system, treat allergies and recent studies suggests that it may also treat acne.  Ginger is a type of root that is a natural remedy for an upset stomach and relieves nausea.  Gingko is a type of plant native to China that helps boost blood circulation in your system, and therefore helping your brain in its alertness; I was also told that if you consume Gingko in the long term, it may also improve your memory.  Lemongrass is a type of grass that contains Vitamin A which is good for your eyes and skin, and it is known to help with poor digestion and can also calm your nerves (which may be helpful when you’re hungover).  Last but not least, Juniper berries help to remove excess water from your body, and also helps with digestive system.

Another tea I know that is good for curing hangovers is Gingseng tea.  And this comes from personal experience too.  So there you go..have some hot tea and feel better!!

As we all know, drinking excessively can really stress out our skin as it will dehydrate it.  But more importantly, we should always keep in mind that whether we’ve had a few drinks or not that it is very crucial to wipe your make up off every night before you take your beauty sleep.  Leaving your make up on at night can clog your pores and create breakouts the next morning and will double stress your skin if you’ve actually drank the night before.
When the next morning comes, you should remember to wash your face with a mild cleanser as your skin may be sensitive from dehydration from the alcohol.  And lucky for me, another wonderful friend of mine gave me this super hydrating mask from Bliv by Cellnique, and I will suggest to plop this mask on right after you wash your face.


It contains all sorts of fruit acid complexes and acerola fruit extracts that can lighten and brighten your skin tone, unclog your pores, retain moisture in your skin, it’s also anti bacterial and acerola is a known antioxidant.
I must say, this mask is really hydrating, it is literally dripping with moisture once you take it out of the pack.  It is also very soothing and feels great on tired skin.  All you need is 20 minutes, take it off and massage the excess goodies into your skin and you’ll instantly feel that your skin has come alive again.
Another mask that I suggest would be perfect for re-hydrating after a long night of partying is the ice cream mask that I blogged about earlier on from Lush – A crash course in skincare.

After you’ve replenished your skin with a moisturizing mask, you should move on to patting your eyes lightly with an soothing eye gel to relieve the puffiness from your eyes, as well as applying a soothing moisturizer.

Last but not least… get an early night’s sleep tonight to reboot yourself :)
Hope all this info will work out for you guys & rest up to face the new year!

So here it is, Merry Christmas.

This year was the first time in two years that I spent Christmas with the family, hence the excitement and the feast that I am about to blog about : )

Honey Herb Glazed Turkey Breast Slices:

For this one, I got the recipe from here
This was a great recipe, and everyone loved how different the gravy tasted because of the apple juice in it.  However, I did change the proportion for the cornstarch water just a little bit, because with the original recipe, I found that it was really liquid-y and wasn’t gravy textured enough.  So depending on what you like, you can change the cornstarch ratio accordingly.

Tomato white wine steamed clams:



This one was one of the favourites of the night, and I got the recipe from here
Some of the changes I made to the recipe were:
I didn’t add Chorizo, though i think they would bring even more flavour to the pot
I used 1/4 cup of white wine mixed with 1 cup of chicken broth for the soup base
I added fresh tomatoes on top of the canned ones.

Buttered Veggies

And who could go into a dinner without some healthy veggies?!
This one’s probably the easiest dish to make:
Boil your choice of veggies, drain them, add butter and salt!

And on Christmas Eve..

I was finally able to go out for some partying after two months of not going out.
The look I went out with was very clean and minimal:
-a bit of light eyeshadow to highlight, champagne color on the crease
-eyeliner and falsies on the lashes
-shimmer stick on the bottom liner to highlight
-and a hint of blush

so I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, whether it was spending with your significant other, your family or your friends!
Oh , and it’s boxing day today, get your shopping game face on :D