Stir-fried Soumen

Here’s something really simple to prepare and cook – all under 20 minutes.  I just came up with this dish because my student cancelled our lesson at the last minute and I needed to whip something up quick and healthy. Soumen is a type of Japanese noodle that is normally eaten cold in the summer with diluted soya sauce that has been boiled with seaweed/ bonito.  It tastes a lot like the Chinese mee sua…so I thought, “Why not stir fry this noodle?” You’ll need: soumen (it’s normally packed such that 1 bundle serves 1 person) 1 diced chicken thigh...

Scrambled Eggs, Oyako Don, Sausages, Pancakes & Soumen

I realised that I have been cooking but not posting up a lot of the photos of the foods that I’ve cooked recently so here they are: The above breakfast was a result of me being sick and tired of eating cold salami, fruit and yoghurt for breakfast when we were in Italy so the day we were back in London, I cooked myself scrambled eggs on top of English muffin and cheddar cheese.  Simple but delish considering the no. of cold breakfasts… During Hari Raya, we were all a bit lazy to really go out so I cooked Oyako-don. ...

Cupcakes & Spaghetti Vongole

 I just had the urge to bake on Monday, so I did!  I cheated and just bought a pre-mix though. Haha…I baked lemon cupcakes with a simple icing.  It was delish! I’m not a cake person so one is enough for me. 🙂 So satisfying to bake perfect cupcakes without having to measure the flour etc.  😛  Now…what else should I bake? Spaghetti vongole with vodka sauce.  Looks like a lot but it’s mainly clams.  Lots of clams.  Out of which, quite a few didn’t open.  Garlic, vodka, clams and spaghetti – yum!  I love pasta.  It’s so simple but...

Quick ‘claypot’

In case you were wondering, yes, I do cook Asian food.  😛  Above is my healthy take on claypot rice.  Verdict – too healthy.  Haha…there’s something about claypot rice where the oil (lard at most times) just sings to your tastebuds.  Anyway, my claypot rice is a simple one-pot affair of rice, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, chopped french beans, shitake mushrooms (make sure it’s rehydrated) and tuna. I just dumped everything into the rice cooker and let it do it’s job.  Prep time: 5 minCooking time: 15 min (or more…if you’re cooking for more...

Meat & Potatoes

Yup, I can be a meat and potatoes kinda girl too.  Now, I got lazy this time round and decided to just roast everything in the oven.  Note to self – beef tastes good only when it’s grilled or pan seared.  My beef was cooked perfectly medium but…the flavours aren’t sealed in.  Hence, grill or pan fry it. My roasted potatoes with rosemary and cheese rocked though!  The roasted cherry tomatoes were oh sooo sweet while the french beans were well…french beans.  Told you I got lazy right?  So I microwaved the potatoes in a bowl of water for 4...

Pan Seared Tuna with Spaghetti

Yet another day in chef mode!  This time round, it’s pan-seared tuna with spaghetti done primavera style.  If you notice, I pan-seared the tuna such that it’s still pink in the middle.  That’s how I like my tuna…and not the crap that comes in cans. While I was chopping up my garlic, bacon and french beans, I started boiling water to cook my spaghetti.  My favourite brand of spaghetti is Barilla.  I think it’s the best and I like to use their No. 5 or No. 7 as I prefer that sort of thickness.  I used No. 5 this time...

Stir fried Prawns, Broccoli and Cherry Tomatoes

I’ve been so sick of eating food cooked outside that I decided to do a little cooking of my own. It’s also part of me celebrating the fact that I can eat prawns (shellfish in general) now!!!  So, above is a relatively healthy meal of stir fried prawns with bacon, broccoli and cherry tomatoes on a bed of garlic mash and topped with red & white cheddar. My cooking is really simple – I first boiled the potatoes (2 in this case) with a little salt and when it was soft enough to mash, I simply drained the water and...

I Love Breakfast

It’s the most important meal in the day and it’s the one meal where I feel is simple but yet oh so satisfying when you eat something nice and hot.  I’m obviously not talking about cereals and fruits.  With any of my cravings, I just have to satisfy them and I’m fussy about 2 things – my French toast and scrambled eggs. First up: French Toast.  To me, the perfect French Toast has to have lots of cinnamon and the bread must be soaked with the egg mixture.  Not the crap that a lot of places serve where the egg...

First Successful Attempt at Poached Egg

I’ve been craving poached egg with hollandaise sauce for ages and since I’m on medical leave this whole week, I decided to try my hand at it!  Tada…my first successful attempt!  It came out perfect! Burst the yolk and it came out runny. Yum!  I topped it off with a bit of black pepper and mayo (I didn’t have hollandaise sauce so this was the best substitute) and paired it with roast beef ham.  Mm…there’s just something about poached egg that just makes you happy.  🙂  So here’s how I did my poached egg: Simmer water at low heat (no...

Poached Salmon with Rice

I cooked dinner – poached Salmon with carrots and shitake mushrooms.  First off, yes I did bother to plate it nicely just because I was in the mood to do so.  I felt that the salmon came out very well although my parents were so blase. Dad: Should have potatoes.Mum: What did you put inside? It’s sour. Just to inform you all, the sauce isn’t vinegar sour.  I put in red wine so it has that acidity from the wine but that’s about it.  I felt that it went really well with the fish!  So…this meal was really easy to...