Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ginger Soy-Sauce Chicken 姜炒酱油鸡

This "old-school" homey dish is cooked primarily with ginger, soy sauce and chicken. The gravy is just....too good! A total wipe-out when served.

It pairs very well with steamed rice or plain porridge/congee. In order not to waste the gravy, one of us actually dished the rice into the plate used to serve the chicken so that all the gravy is absorbed by the rice, and no gravy is wasted.

You may like to try Quick-Braised Onion Chicken or Braised Chicken with Bittergourd if you enjoy such "dark-sauce" chicken dishes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pesto Pita Bites 青酱脆饼

Finger-friendly snack bites that will definitely please a crowd and even better, make a crowd envious of this homemade pesto. These pesto pita bites are one of the easiest hors d’oeuvres to make, and they are delectable.

This Italian oil-and-herb sauce with basil's flavonoids and volatile oils - eugenol and rosmarinic acid, boost brain production of dopamine and serotonin therefore lifting up your mood. Basil is also a good source of vitamin K and manganese.

The other healthy ingredient in this pesto is walnuts. This pesto sauce is packed with Omega-3 good fats. Walnuts is a terrific source of protein, but it may not be easy to unlock the energy from the nuts as they are covered in phytates. Phytates is an indigestible plant compound that inhibits our enzymes from fully digesting nuts. By soaking the nuts in purified water overnight, you will rinse away phytates and make the nuts, including the key energy-booster nutrients, more digestible.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Avocado, Hatch Chili, Lime Pasta Sauce 鳄梨青椒酱

Other than my favorite red tomato-based pasta sauce, I also enjoy green pasta sauces - one is herbaceous pesto-based and the other being buttery avocado-based. Both green sauces are rich and flavorful, also quick and easy to put together - just bring on the food blender!

Part of the roasted Hatch chili was used to make salsa, while the remaining was combined with lime and avocado to make avocado sauce. The spice and tangy zest cut through the rich creamy avocado so perfectly.