Saturday, August 27, 2016

Butternut Squash Fries

This is the first time I cooked butternut squash as fries. I googled on how to make butternut squash fries and found the recipe. So super easy , healthy and nutritious. They taste like sweet potato fries but better. I love it and so does Wild Boar :)  I bought one third section of the squash from Jaya Grocer and turned them into delicious, aromatic , natural sweet side dish.  The recipe called for baking instead of deep frying which is likely unhealthy.  Though deep frying could give you a more crispier texture but baking will have a crispy outside and tender and moist on the inside. Love it ! A very easy and fuss free healthy snack or side dish. A keeper for sure ! 

butternut squash is more meaty than pumpkin :)
and sweeter too

season with salt, mixed herbs and before baking
mix it rice bran oil and make sure every stick of butternut squash
is coated with rice bran oil

Arrange them side by side with a bit of gap on a wire rack over a 
baking tray and place the tray on center rack in the preheated oven (220C)

after 20 mins, and when the fries looks crispy and lightly brown,
remove from oven and let it cool down before serving

I sprinkled some chilli flakes over the fries for extra flavor :)

a healthy snack or side dish for the family

Butternut Squash Fries  - adapted from All


1(2 pound) butternut squash- halved and seeded and cut into sticks like French fries

1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
salt to taste

2 tbsp of  rice bran oil - to be added before baking


1.Preheat the oven to 220C ( 425 deg F )

2.Use a sharp knife to carefully cut away the peel from the squash. Cut the squash into sticks like French Fries.  Season them with salt, mixed herbs and before baking ,mix in rice bran oil and make sure every stick of butternut squash is coated with rice bran oil.

3. Arrange them side by side with a bit of gap on a wire rack over a baking tray and place the tray on center rack in the preheated oven (220C) and baked for 20 mins , turningf the fries over halfway through baking.  Fries are done when they are starting to brown on the edges and become crispy. 

Optional - Sprinkle chilli flakes over the fries before serving

Enjoy and have a great weekend

Friday, August 19, 2016

Eggplant Side Dish - Gaji-namul 가지나물

Saw this simple to whip out egg plant salad/side dish on Maangchi website and how could I not make it as I was drooling all the way reading through the ingredients for making this mouthwatering side dish.  Gaji-namul is a everyday Korean side dish, meant to be eaten with other side dishes and rice.  
A keeper for me for sure as I love the flavor packed seasoning mixture.   Love the taste and texture of this side dish. This goes well with my other meat dishes.  I am so hooked with Maangchi recipes. I tell myself that I will try out every one of her recipes :)  A die hard fan of hers.  Love her simple to make dishes and hope you guys after reading this will hop over to her and test out her other delicious dishes :)
I made this eggplant dish using organic eggplant.  My neighbor will pass one over to me one each time she harvest hers and it came in handy for making side dishes :) Thank you Su-Peng for sharing your organic edibles with me.  
organic eggplant given by my neighbor :)

flavor packed seasoning mixture

fresh taste, soft texture and healthy korean side dish 

Eggplant Side Dish - Gaji-namul 가지나물 - adapted from Maangchi


1 pound of Korean eggplants (3-4 eggplants), caps removed and washed
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce  * for vegetarian use soy-sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, crushed

  1. Prep your steamer by adding 2 cups of water to it. Set heat to medium-high for it to boil, it shoud take about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut eggplants crosswise into 2½ inch pieces. Cut the thicker pieces in half lengthwise.
  3. When the water starts boiling, put the eggplants on the steamer rack and cover. Steam for 5 minutes over medium high heat.
  4. Remove from the heat. Take out the steamed eggplant and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes until you can easily handle them.
  5. Tear each piece into bite size pieces.
  6. Make seasoning mixture:
    1. Combine garlic, green onion, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, sesame oil in a mixing bowl.
    2. Mix well with a wooden spoon

 Put it together & serve:
  1. Add the steamed eggplant to the bowl and mix well by hand or with the wooden spoon.
  2. Sprinkle with the crushed sesame seeds and serve with rice.
Enjoy !

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