Friday, July 31, 2020

Spaghetti with Clams in White Wine Sauce

1 lb clams - cleaned
1/2 lb thin spaghetti
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 tbsp chopped white onion
1 cup dry white wine
some chopped parsley for garnish

  1. Wash clams to remove any dirt or sand. Remove any clams that are chipped.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil.  Cook spaghetti till al dente.  Drain and set aside on serving plates.
  3. In a large pan, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add chopped garlic and onion.  Saute for 1 minute, or until tender.
  4. Pour in the white wine and cover.
  5. When wine comes to a boil, add clams, cover, and cook for a few minutes. All the clams should be opened.  Discard any that do not open.
  6. Transfer cooked clams to the spaghetti plates.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy immediately!

Steamed Razor Clams with Ginger and Garlic

 Cleaning and preparing clams for steaming
 Clams ready for steaming

So tender, so tasty, another delicious meal by my home chef :p

1 lb pacific razor clams
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp chopped garlic
handful of chopped green onion

  1. Soak clams in cold water in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Pour away the water and rinse the clams under cold running water.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil.  Prepare a large bowl of ice cold water.
  4. Scald the clams individually in the hot water.  After a few seconds, the clam meat will detach from the shell.  Put the clam immediately into the ice water.  Repeat for the rest of the clams.
  5. Clean the clam meat of any sand or dirt. Rinse and place clams on a steaming plate.
  6. Place chopped ginger, garlic and green onion on top of the clams.
  7. Bring water to a boil in a wok.  Place a trivet and put in the plate.  Cover and steam for 4 to 5 minutes.Remove steaming plate from wok and and enjoy the tasty meal!

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Clams in White Wine Sauce

Simple to cook, few ingredients needed and so irresistibly good! Thanks to my home chef for whipping up such a delish meal in minutes!

1 lb clams - cleaned
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 tbsp chopped white onion
1 cup dry white wine
some chopped parsley for garnish

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Mango Sticky Rice

Recipe from here
1 1/2 cups glutinous (sweet) rice
1 1/3 cups well-stirred canned unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons mung beans or sesame seeds, toasted lightly
1 large mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into thin slices (at least 24)

Chiu Chow Fun Gor (Teochew Dumplings) 潮州粉果

Enjoying freshly made piping hot delicious dim sum dumplings right at home!

140g wheat starch (3/4 cup)
180g tapioca starch (1 cup)
60g cornstarch (1/3 cup)
360 ml water 

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
40g re-hydrated dried shrimp - roughly chopped
3 re-hydrated dried mushrooms - diced
50g preserved radish
180g minced pork
20g diced pork fat
250g diced jicama
2 sliced shallots
handful of fried peanuts
100g chives - finely chopped
80g celery - finely chopped
120ml soaking mushroom water

To prepare the ingredients
  1. Add oil to pan.  Fry sliced shallots till aromatic.  Add preserved radish and fry over medium heat.  Add chopped mushrooms and fry for a while..  Push aside all ingredients.  Add a little oil and fry the dried shrimp until lightly browned and aromatic.  Mix all ingredients and fry to mix well.  Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add 1tbsp oil to pan.  Fry pork fat for about 1 minute, add pork and continue to fry for a while.  Return the previously fried ingredients to the pan.  Fry over medium heat.
  3. Add sugar.  Switch to low heat.  Add oyster sauce, ground pepper, 5-spice powder, soy sauce.  Fry to combine well.
  4. Add diced jicama and fry for a minute.  Drizzle shaoxing wine and do a quick stir fry.  Add soaked mushroom water and mix well.  Cover and cook for a few minutes.  Remove cover and check seasonings.  Add salt if it is too bland.  
  5. Stir in cornstarch solution and fry to mix well.  Add chopped celery and fry for a while.  Add chives and cilantro.  Turn off heat. Drizzle sesame oil and toss to combine well.
  6. Pour cooked ingredients into a large bowl for use in fillings.  When the ingredients are cooled, mix in fried peanuts. 
To make the dough
  1. Place all dough flour mix into a large bowl.  Add salt and mix.
  2. Pour in boiling water while stirring the flour mix.  Add vegetable oil.  Knead into a dough.  Cover and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Roll the rested dough and divide into parts to form into ball shape.
  4. Roll out to flatten each ball.  If it is too sticky, sprinkle some tapioca starch on the work surface.  Add 1 tbsp of ingredients onto the centre of the wrapper and fold the bottom half upwards to seal it.  Create pleats on the dumplings. Repeat for the rest of the wrappers.
  5. Prepare a steamer.  Place wrapped dumplings on a basket steamer and steam for 15 minutes.
  6. Enjoy these delicious dim sum right at home!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Stir Fried Beancurd with Roast Pork

My home chef used leftover roast pork to create this super tasty stir fry that went so well with a bowl of rice :PP

10 pieces of fried beancurd - cut into halves
handful of roast pork
1 tbsp chopped garlic
half bell pepper - seeds removed and cut into strips
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Steamed Eggs with Smoked Mussels

 Super Quick and Easy Dish...super tasty!

 Bought some special heirloom eggs, very fresh eggs with deep amber egg yolks.  Add some smoked mussels and a plain egg dish turned into a special dish.  A little smoked flavour brings lots to the taste....yummm

4 eggs
10 smoked mussels
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 cup water

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Applesauce Walnut Raisin Cake

Recipe adapted from here

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees f.  Grease and flour a bking pan.  Set aside.
  2. Combine all cake ingredients, except raisins and walnuts in a large bowl.
  3. Beat at low speed until all the ingredients are moistened.
  4. Beat at high speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth.
  5. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
  6.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is firm to the touch and edges begin to pull away from sides of pan.  Cool completely. 
  7. Cut into slices and enjoy the moist and tasty cake!

Steamed Mussels in White Wine

Steamed Mussels with white wine, a classic dish that was easy to prepare and delightfully good! The sweet briny juices of the mussels combined with the rest of the ingredients brings a touch of class to the dining table :)  A tasty appetizer on its own or add pasta for a hearty meal...whatever you will enjoy this dish to the very last drop of the sauce....slurp :P.....

2 lbs fresh mussels - scrubbed clean under running water
1 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
some chopped parsley

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Delicious Braised Pork Ribs in a Baguette

slide the tender pork meat off the bone and stuff them into the baguette
add some vegetables pickles for some added taste and texture
open your mouth wide and enjoy all the goodness in a bite!
for recipe to this tasty fall off the bone braised ribs, refer to here