Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Working Day Lunch Gathering

A few friends came to my house for a speedy lunch on a working day. Since recent lunch and tea break topics are all about photography, Mark brought his reflector, flash and wireless trigger along. It was not convinient to bring their expensive but bulky DSLRs to the office, so they had no choice but to use my LX3.

While I was busy in the kitchen, they were entertaining themselves with the photograhing session. The lunch was just simple one dish meal, Black Pepper Chicken Chop paired with Mojito Mocktail. And of course, we were not going back to work before sipping a cup of espresso.

Here are the food photos taken by the talented photographers. And thanks to Mark for editing the photos.

Mojito Mocktail

Lemon(cut into cubes)
Lime(cut into cubes)
Mint leaves
Lychee(Canned, cut into cubes)
Ice cubes

Mix all ingredients together. To make Mojito Cocktail, just replace the soft drink to Rum/Vodka.

Monday, August 17, 2009

10-grain rice(十谷米)

I have been drinking 10-grain rice these day, mostly for breakfast. The 10-grain rice, oat and brown sugar were from the organic shop. Nowadays I go for organic food whenever it is possible. I am kind of lazy to explain the benefit of 10-grain rice. When I restock, I will remember to capture the package and post it. By the way, if you do not have such blender, you could also cook it as porridge.

10-grain rice, oat and pandan leaves.

Place all ingredients in the blender and add brown sugar according to your taste.

2 minutes of blending

In 2 minutes time, a very healthy glass of drink is ready for breakfast.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Peanut Butter

I have new gadget!

It is a 800W, 2000RPM multifunction blender which could do a lot of wonders. Even though it is a more powerful blender, I would have hesitated in buying it as I am targeting on Kenwood Prospero which comes with a free blender attachment. But I am still very excited when I received it as a gift.

This powerful blender can blend almost everything into fine and smooth texture so you do not have to do filtering. It can blend ice cubes too so I could use it to make smoothies or even ice-cream. Another great advantage of this blender is it can take in boiling water. The food will be cooked when you blend it with boiling water. So, there is no need to cook the food after blending. A good example will be soya bean.

brand new blender

The first thing I made using this blender is peanut butter. It was very time consuming as the peanut had to be toasted and then the peanut skin had to be removed. The toasted peanut was blended together with extra virgin olive oil and brown sugar. I could smell the nice aroma of peanut when I opened the lid. I slept at 1am to get this done.

This morning I blended organic 10-grain rice(十谷米) with this blender. Will blog about it when I have time.

Peanut butter

Monday, August 3, 2009

Shark Dish

I saw this fish fillet at wet market. When I know that this big piece of fish fillet was selling at RM6, I was overjoyed. I paid for it without giving it a second thought and my mind was filled with fish & chip. Right after I handed over the money to the fish seller, I saw her husband removing the skin from a baby shark and throw it to the fish fillet area. I was shocked and I knew that I had bought the wrong fish. I had never cooked a shark dish before. Luckily after a while, I came out with an idea. So I bought the other ingredients and went home to cook. :)

The fish fillet was even longer than my chopping board.

I cut the fish fillet into small pieces

Dry red chili, ginger, spring onion and garlic.
I did not take a picture of the seasonings. But in case you want to know, they were black soy sauce, fermented bean paste, sugar and corn flour for thickening.

This was the shark dish I cooked.
A bit like Kung Pow in cantonese(宫保) or maybe char hu in hokien(炒鱼).