Friday, April 17, 2015

Red Radish Soup-Curry 樱桃萝卜/ 小红萝卜咖喱

Red globe radishes (樱桃萝卜/小红萝卜) are easy to use in curry-in-a-hurry in which the radish leaves can be used at the same time; add the raw sharp-flavored radish leaves towards the end of cooking to mellow down its peppery flavors.

I usually do not peel these red globe radishes, as beneficial anti-oxidant allyl-isothiocyanates - the compound that makes the radish peppery and pungent - is concentrated in the peel. Simply rinse to clean the root thoroughly, trim the tip ends. If you have to peel the skin, gently pare away/scrape the superficial thin layer only, with the blunt back of a knife.

This is called Soup-Curry because it is not the kind of thick stew-like curry made from any curry paste or coconut cream. Instead it is more like a spiced tomato-based soup that gets a little kick from a mixture of spices e.g. curry powder, turmeric, coriander and cumin.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Asparagus, Artichoke, Shrimps Parchment Cooking/En-Papillote 芦笋, 洋蓟,虾仁 “纸包” 蒸

In the past, Spring usually brings asparagus, asparagus and more asparagus to the dinner table. This Spring however, artichoke made its way to join asparagus in unexpected surprises.

Use fresh whole artichokes if possible however for the benefit of quick and easy meal preparation, frozen artichoke hearts can be a happy alternative. Artichokes and Pea Flatbread/Lavash Pizza, ABC Pita Pizza, Artichoke and Leek Soup, and even a Steamed Vegetables-Medley Packet (Vegetables En Papillote), they are easy and delicious dinner or side-dishes using frozen artichoke hearts.

Even though it is frozen version, these artichoke hearts impart so much flavor to the dish. Best of all, this dish takes no more than 30 minutes - prep. to finish.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Krill Cabbage Rice, Daikon Omelette & Kale

Sometimes it is congee with side-dishes and other times, it might be steamed rice in place of the rice porridge/congee. Such a meal is quite commonly Asian, or perhaps just typical in my home. We grew up with such meals back in Asia.

Today let us have a bowl of rice with side-dishes.

Dried Krill and Cabbage Rice, together with Green Onion, Daikon Omelette and Kale Stir-Fry is a tasty homey meal that can be easily put together.

Some meal examples that comes with side-dishes:
Steamed Rice with steamed or blanched side-dishes
Vegetable Couscous with Teriyaki Chicken, and Seaweed Soup
Steamed Rice with Grilled Mackerel, Garlic Spinach, Steamed Beets

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