Monthly Archives: November 2016

Garlic Butter White Wine Prawn pasta

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I had a nice bag of prawns in my fridge and an opened bottle of white wine last night, so I decided to try the internet and find a good recipe for white win prawn pasta. I found this recipe from pinchofyum and decided to modify it based on some prior experience (I actually have ample cooking experience now to make my own modifications, whee! At the start of this blog, I was mostly cooking out of need and a desire to learn to cook.) The result was a flavorful spaghetti and prawns which tasted heavenly. Try it!

I’ll post my modifications instead of the actual recipe. My recipe serves 4 adults, or 3 very hungry adults.

Ingredients

  • spaghetti for 4
  • 500g of medium sized prawns (deveined), shells and head removed and saved for later
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • pot of water enough to cover the spaghetti
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • any dried herbs you have in your pantry (oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary…

Method

  1. Boil the pot of water with the shells and heads of prawns for approximately 20 minutes. You can mash up the shells and heads too, to extract more flavour from it. If you have saved up heads and shells of prawns from previous cooking in your freezer, feel free to dump them all in. It will really flavour the spaghetti later on.
  2. Dump the heads and shells of prawns, and add 1 teaspoon of salt and a drizzle of olive oil to the still boiling stock. Add in the spaghetti and get ready a big skillet (big enough to hold your prawns and spaghetti).
  3. Heat skillet on medium high heat and melt butter. Once butter is melted and sizzling, add in your prawns and garlic. Turn prawns once it browns, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. Once both sides of the prawns are browned, add in white wine and let it boil. Allow wine to evaporate until it is left with half of what you started with. Add in the heavy cream and dried herbs. Stir it all in and turn off flame.
  5. Get spaghetti out of the stock. Add cheese into skillet and mix it in. Pour spaghetti into skillet and mix very well.
  6. Add some salt and pepper on top of the spaghetti, dish up onto individual plates and add any leftover Parmesan cheese on top of each plate. And you’re ready to serve!

 

Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

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Been on a beef stew high lately. I posted a Chinese beef stew awhile back and now I have a Western beef stew. When I saw this recipe, it was love at first sight. After I tried it, the whole family fell in love with it! So this is going here. I found this recipe on onceuponachef.

Servings: 6
Total Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck (well-marbled), cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth (I like the Pacific organic brand)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into one-inch chunks on a diagonal
  • 1 pound small white boiling potatoes (baby yukons), cut in half
  • Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F with rack in middle.
  2. Pat beef dry and season salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Brown meat in 3 batches, turning with tongs, about 5-8 minutes per batch, adding one tablespoon more oil for each batch. (To sear meat properly, do not crowd the pan and let meat develop brown crust before turning with tongs.) Transfer meat to a large plate and set aside.
  3. Add onions, garlic and balsamic vinegar; cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape brown bits from bottom of pan, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook a few minutes more. Add beef with juices back to pan and sprinkle with flour; stir with wooden spoon until flour is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Add wine, beef broth, water, bay leaf, thyme, and sugar; stir with wooden spoon to loosen any brown bits from bottom of pan and bring to a boil. Cover pot with lid, transfer to preheated oven and braise for 2 hours.
  4. Remove pot from oven and add carrots and potatoes. Cover and place back in oven for 50-60 minutes more, or until vegetables are cooked and meat is very tender. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of sugar go a long way). Let cool, then store in refrigerator overnight or until ready to serve. This stew improves in flavor if made at least 1 day ahead. Reheat, covered, over medium heat or in a 350°F oven. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish

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I have days where I miss food from my childhood. This is one of those classic dishes that my mom would cook when I was younger. At least after trying out the recipe, it brought me back to my childhood =)

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins
Author: Adapted from Annielicious Food
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1″ (2.5cm) thick Fresh Cod Fish Steak
  • 2 slices Ginger
  • a dash of White Pepper
Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Rock Sugar (or castor sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Hsao Xing Wine (cooking rice wine)
Garnishing
  • 3 clove Garlic – finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • 1 Spring Onion (green part) – cut into 1″ length, thinly sliced and soaked in ice cold water
Instructions
  1. Clean fish and pat dry. Place ginger in the middle of the steaming dish, and place fish on top the ginger.
  2. Bring water in the steamer/wok to a boil on high heat and place dish to steam for 7 minutes.
  3. While waiting, heat sauce ingredients in a pot to melt the rock sugar.
  4. In another pan, fry chopped garlic with oil until golden brown.
  5. Check for doneness of fish. When done, remove fish from the steamer and pour away the liquid that condensed on the dish.
  6. Add a dash of white pepper and pour the sauce over the fish.
  7. Pour the hot garlic oil over fish, garnish with golden brown garlic and spring onions. Serve immediately!

Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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I tried this delightful recipe and the results were fantastic! My helper, who usually doesn’t eat much, ate twice the amount she normally eats. This recipe is from damndelicious.net. I just need to remind myself not to over cook the sauce the next time. It ended up becoming too thick and I had to add more milk to thin it out abit. I also tried heating up the sauce the next day (it was all gooey and blah by then) by using white wine to water down the gloop and it tasted fabulous.

YIELD: 8 SERVINGS

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

FOR THE MUSHROOM SAUCE

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

*Half and half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half and half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Place chicken, skin-side up, in a single layer into the prepared baking dish. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  5. To make the mushroom sauce, melt remaining tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in half and half, thyme, basil and crushed red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Serve chicken immediately with mushroom sauce, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Chinese White Fungus Chicken Soup

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This is a very simple soup to make. It just takes 3 ingredients and water and we are done. this recipe was taken from this site.

Ingredients 

4 chicken drumsticks (500g thereabouts)

60g white fungus

Water

Salt

Method

  1. Wash the chicken drumsticks. 
  2. Soak the white fungus in hot water. drain and wash again after it has expanded.
  3. Bring water to boil. add drumsticks. simmer for about 20 minutes. 
  4. Add white fungus and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add salt. Serve once taste is adjusted to your taste.

Chinese Braised Beef with Carrots

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This was so good, it didn’t last 2 meals as I’d planned (1kg of meat there and only 4 people eating!) Recipe from eatlittlebird.

Prep time

20 mins

Cook time

2 hours

Total time

2 hours 20 mins

 

Author: Eat, Little Bird

Recipe type: Dinner

Cuisine: Chinese

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 kg (2 pounds) beef chuck steak, cut into large cubes
  • olive oil for frying
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5-6 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced and separated into white and green parts
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cm (1-2 inches) piece of ginger, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (or more, to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine (Chinese cooking wine) or dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 500 ml (2 cups) beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar (or white sugar)
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 large carrots, sliced thickly
  • small handful of coriander (cilantro), finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large, oven-proof pan (such as a Le Creuset pot) over medium-high heat. Brown the meat in batches and remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add more oil between batches if necessary.
  3. Once you have finished browning all of the meat, add to the pan the garlic, white part of the spring onions, chilli, ginger and Chinese five-spice powder. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Pour in the Shaoxing rice wine and let it bubble away for about a minute, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to make sure that any bits which have stuck to the pan are dissolved in the wine.
  4. Return the meat to the pan, together with any juices which have collected while it has been resting. Sprinkle over the flour and stir everything together until the flour is dissolved and the liquid in the pan starts to thicken.
  5. Pour in the beef stock and soy sauce. Add the sugar, star anise and carrots. Mix everything together well. Place the lid on the pan and put the pan into the oven for about 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. Alternatively, you can cook this on the stove-top over low heat, making sure that you stir regularly.
  6. The beef is done when it is soft and easily falls apart when pierced with a fork. Taste the sauce for seasoning and see if you want to add more soy sauce. If you would like to have more sauce, you can add some boiling water to the stew, though you might have to thicken it with some cornflour if the sauce is too thin.
  7. I like to serve this stew with a good sprinkle of freshly chopped coriander (cilantro), green spring onions (scallions) and some finely sliced red chillies for more kick. Serve with steamed Jasmine rice and some steamed green veges, such as broccoli, on the side.

Easy Stir-Fried Beef With Mushrooms and Butter Recipe

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This recipe is awesome! Found it on seriouseats.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 pound flank steak, sliced about 1/8 inch thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 ginger piece, sliced quarter inch thick
  • 1/2 pound mix variety of mushrooms, sliced about a quarter inch or more thick
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Steamed white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. 1.

    Place the beef in a large bowl. Add the salt, sugar, ground black pepper, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon oil, and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside for 30 minutes.

  2. 2.

    When ready to cook, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over high heat until smoking. Add the ginger. Cook for 30 seconds and then remove and discard the ginger.

  3. 3.

    If the wok is no longer smoking, reheat until it is, then add the beef. Spread the beef out with the spatula, cook without moving until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Continue to cook while stirring regularly until half cooked, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  4. 4.

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok over high heat until smoking. Add the mushrooms. Stir and cook the mushrooms until they start releasing their water. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the water evaporates. Depending on the type of mushrooms you use, this can take 5 minutes or more.

  5. 5.

    Once the water evaporates, add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. Stir and add in the butter and garlic. Toss the butter with the mushrooms until fragrant, about 1 minute, then return the beef to the wok. Cook, stirring, until beef is cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a serving platter immediately and serve with white rice.