Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pasta En Papillote


















Awww..one dish meal is great if it is well flavored ...came back late from work yesterday, so I made a simple one dish meal for the both of us.  I love cooking en papillotte....especially if it is a one dish meal like this. Mmmm pasta with my favorite fresh button mushrooms and  flavored with basil and white wine....simply slurpy !  Easy to prepare and Elin alone knows how wonderful this dish was :p   Seriously, it was a satisfying dinner for the both of us.  Healthy , delicious and a no fuss meal all en papillote.

















Friday, July 22, 2011

Coconut Lemongrass Braised Pork - French Fridays With Dorie


















Thank God It's Friday....:) yay..it is French Fridays With Dorie again !  Today's dish is Coconut-Lemongrass-Braised Pork and I managed to cook this to perfection.  The meat was tender and juicy and the braised sauce  was packed with flavors from the coconut milk, turmeric powder, coriander seeds, white pepper seeds, ground black pepper , sea salt , cardamoms and lemongrass.  Lovely dish and I will definitely cook this again when the Piggies are back for their break.  This will surely perk them up...something nice,  a french dish on my table:)

















Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stir Fry Garlic Scapes With Shrimps


















Garlic tops, called  flowers or garlic scapes are a gourmet delight . The entire stalk and flower are edible.  They have a delicate flavor which gives a subtly different and delicious flavor and they are wonderful additions to stew, roasts, marinade, salads, sandwiches, sauces, bread, pasta, pesto, stir fry, roasted and it can be either  steam whole and serve with melted butter like the asparagus or stir fry with shrimps. The possibilities are endless and this time, I decided to stir fry them with shrimps.  Lovely flavor..simple to prepare , tasty and the natural sweetness from the shrimps and garlic scapes were the reason for me to have to two servings of rice  :)

















excerpt taken from here

Garlic grows underground as a bulb. In its early stage, the bulb is soft and onion-like, but as it grows, it gets harder and pokes a shoot through the ground. Later on this shoot develops into a flower stalk that is the garlic scape. Harvesting the scape helps the garlic plant put more of its energy into the bulb (and become the garlic that we all know).

Monday, July 18, 2011

Drunken Wings


















Drunken Wings..aww this is a lovely preparation and doesn't involve much work. Ideal for a weekend eat-in .   I have some chicken wings for roasting in the freezer. But after watching how easy it is to preapre this mouthwatering wine infused wings, I knew I had to make them for our dinner last Saturday :)   I served them as a cold dish...it was so good that I am going to make this again.   You can either serve them cold or at room temperature.   

















Friday, July 15, 2011

Herbs Baked Sweet Potato Fries


















I used up the remnant of the Australia Sweet Potatoes and turned them into herbs baked fries....it was one finger lickin' good snack for Wild Boar and myself :p  Each a plate to ourselves reading cartoons and watching drama series together...awww this is what I called a blissful night :))) Simple to make and it was one finger lickin' good baked fries. .......  herbs infused olive oil is the magic potion in this recipe !

















Monday, July 11, 2011

Steamed Sponge Bun Sandwiches


















I have a weakness for fresh mushrooms and I add them to my meals very often. At least twice a week.  Well, you can say that I am a shroom woman :p  Fresh white and brown button mushroom are my all time favorites. It is so versatile , you can cook them in whatever style you want..grill, stir fry, bbq, steam, braised or even make them into soup...no matter how they are cooked , they are delicious and today, I want to share with you this delicious simple stir fry fresh mushrooms with leeks , yellow bells with a sprinkle of mixed herbs and black pepper and the magic sea salt.   Served them as fillings for my steamed flat bun...two words DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY !   This is what we had for our Saturday brunch ! :)

















Friday, July 8, 2011

Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote - French Fridays With Dorie


Yay! It's Friday ....it's FFWD and today's recipe is Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote ....and you know why I am so happy....salmon being my favorite fish and favorite way of cooking fish....en papillote !!!   I have all the ingredients at home - I have basil and rosemary herbs in my garden....all I have to do is just pluck a few sprigs from the garden and I am ready to go !   Dorie's recipe is always simple and I love the taste of the rosemary and basil infused gravy that comes from baking the salmon en papillote...so flavorful and tasty....LOVE it !   Cooking fish or meat in papillote has its advantage...the fish/meat remains moist and the flavor will be sealed in making this dish ' Heavenly '

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Crispy And Crunchy Lotus Root Sandwiches


















I was watching a cooking show last weekend and  the host was showing how to make this dish . I knew I had to make this for our dinner  :p   I love anything to do with lotus root... be in it my soup, as a vegan dish or as some crispy finger food , you name it and I am game for it.  Awww the moment I saw this on the show....I told WB I am going to make this for him soon..  LOL!  I can imagine how good these crispy lotus root sandwiches will be and my mind just won't let me rest..............................................until I have tried it out!

















Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 29th Wedding Anniversary To WB & Me :)


















29 years being together !!!! Wow ! another year we would have reach 30 years of being wedded to each other. Hopefully when the day come we are still together :p Of course, to spice up a marriage.. good homecooked food is one of the ingredients to stay happily married  ...LOL!  Just kidding, lots of understanding and being able to accept each other weaknesses is the most important ingredients in a marriage :)  And to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary yesterday, I whipped out something simple and yet delicious for Wild Boar and myself.  Baked a fluted loaf using Peter Reinhart's bread book and at the same time baked a heart shaped bread for WB to eat with the anniversary dinner. It was a good meal and we are cute ...aren't we ?  Hahaha...Elin is one crazy romantic person !    Happy 29th anniversary to Wild Boar...thanks for making our marriage life a good one by being there for the family at all times.  I am sure your Piggies are thankful they have been given a wonderful Dad !


















Take a peek to see what I cooked for WB for our anniversary dinner :)  Yea.....something flavorful and scrumptious yet simple to prepare . We ate like we were so deprived of a good meal :p  " oinking away...............

Friday, July 1, 2011

Chunky Beets And Icy Red Onions - French Fridays With Dorie


















I love Fridays...two reasons - firstly it is the day that Chef Dennis will have his Guest Post Friday  for us on his blog - an introduction I look forward to and secondly ,  it is the day that I can post up my master piece based on recipes from Dorie Greenspan's lastest book Around My French Table . Since I have the book in hand, I decided to be a member of  French Fridays With Dorie and have fun with the rest of Dorie's fans.  Today's recipe is Chunky Beets & Icy Onions  :) and this is my much awaited salad....one word... Awesome !

















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