So… what do you do when you’re getting annoyed at work, things are just not going your way, you’re not feeling very well, you’re getting emails left, right and centre saying that everything is urgent?
You just stop… go on the internet and buy an attachment for your Kenwood Chef.
You don’t? It must just be me then.
Well… I went on the internet, got the AT950A mincer attachment with that also comes with the sausage making tube.
And then went back to facing all those things on the first paragraph.
On Friday I got some meat from the halal butcher, some casing and a couple of days later… viola!
It was sausage and mash on the menu last night
I didn’t really follow any recipe as I wasn’t in the right kind of mood and just threw some herbs and worcestershire sauce and can’t remember what else but it came out OK. Just don’t ask me to make the same tasting one again!
I think the next one I’ll be making will be chicken sausage with Thai red curry paste
Oh… actually, I also used the mincer to mince some mackerel fillets to make one of Malaysian’s favourite snack… well… mine at least… keropok lekor
They in the freezer at the moment, waiting for the day when I will fry them… probably on Friday
A few weeks ago when we went to Hoo Hing, I decided to get some dumplings. Little Bee wanted prawn dumplings and every seafood dumpling I picked up from the frozen section had pork fat in it. I couldn’t find anything with a halal sign on it. In the end I bought a bag of vegetarian dumplings… and we’re not sure about it.
I also decided to get some gyoza pancake thinking that maybe I could try to make some myself.
A couple of weeks ago, Little Bee and I went for sushi with Alice and Little Bee really liked the vegetable gyoza.
On Friday, on the way back from Wimbledon, Little Bee and I stopped at a little sushi place by the train station and Little Bee pointed at the gyoza. 50p each! Mind you it was £2.50 for three pieces at Yo Sushi!
I saw some pictures of home made dumplings in the community that I’m in on G+ so today, I decided to get that gyoza pancake out and try to make some prawn gyoza and chicken gyoza… as hubby doesn’t like seafood.
Just to remind myself for when I perfect the dumpling filling, I used 6 chinese cabbage leaves (thinly sliced, in salt for 15 minutes, rinsed and squeeze the moisture out), 2 spring onions, grated ginger, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil… I think that is it and of course the prawns and chicken.
Little Bee liked them. I like them. I think hubby likes them… I sent some to him in what he calls his shed as he’s has to do some work this weekend.
I bought a… OK… Little Bee asked me to buy a salmon fillet. I thought of making salmon teriyaki or fry it with tumeric and make masak kicap or oven bake it with lemon… or fish pie.
Really… none of it really appealed to me yesterday until Little Bee pointed out to the bags of egg noodle when we were in the supermarket. I had ginger and bak choi in my basket. So, here’s my concoction of ginger salmon noodle.
2tbsp freshly grated ginger
3tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp sesame oil
300g salmon filet
3 garlic, thinly sliced
1 bak choi, finely sliced, stem and leaf separated
1 onion sliced thinly
1 carrot, julienned
400g egg noodles
- Mix together the grated ginger, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil. Put the salmon filet on a kitchen foil, pour the ginger mixture on the salmon and scrunch up the edge of the foil to close it. Leave it aside for half an hour.
- Heat the oven at gas mark 5 (190C) and put in the salmon and cook for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if it’s not fully cooked as it will be cooked again in the wok.
- Take the salmon out and break it in to chunks. Keep the ginger sauce.
- Heat the oil in wok on high heat. Add the garlic for about 30 seconds and add the prawns and bak choi stem. When the prawns turned pink add the onion and carrot. Cook for another minute and add the salmon and ginger sauce. Mix for another minute and add the noodles.
That’s it. You can garnish it with egg and add some white pepper but I just like it as it is.
I have to say that I’ve never bought a whole fish in my 20 odd years in the UK. I’ve bought cuts of fish but never a whole fish.
Lately, when ever Little Bee wants salmon, I’ve been getting the cut from the fish counter in ‘our’ Sainsbury’s. She keeps looking at the whole fish at the counter and keeps pointing at the sea bass and I keep promising her that I will get it one day.
After months of promising, one day came last week when hubby was away for the weekend. Hubby detest seafood. I bought the sea bream and Little Bee was excited.
We brought it home and I marinated it with soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and spring onions. Left it for an hour or so and steamed it.
I showed Little Bee how to look for bones and she demolished almost the whole fish! I ended up eating rice and fried egg… and picking the last of the fish flesh from the bones like a cat
It was Little Bee’s birthday yesterday… and one of the presents I bought for her was this:
A grater for her to help me out in the kitchen.
Seriously though… she’s always wanted this. She keeps seeing the kids in I Can Cook program on cbeebies use it. So, when I saw it in Lakeland, I had to get it for her.
And today, we had to stay home as she’s not well, she used it for the first time to grate carrots to make not spicy kway teow goreng
I can’t believe that it’s passed the half way mark of Ramadan. In about two weeks it will be the month of Syawal. It has been hard this year as this is the longest that I’ve fasted, as it 18 hours a day, but Alhamdulillah it’s going well.
Anyway, for iftar tonight… I forgot a couple of month ago when I went to Hoo Hing (a Chinese supermarket) I bought a bag of frozen squids. I was wondering what to make with the prawns that I bought yesterday when I suddenly remembered the squids. Well… a few months back I also bought the daun kesum plant (Vietnamese coriander)… so there was only one dish that came to my mind, asam pedas.
Asam = Sour
Pedas = Hot… as in spicy
I didn’t have bunga kantan (banana flower) but hey… that’s fine.
Hubby doesn’t like seafood, so I also made daging masak hitam (beef cooked in dark sauce).
With the beef, squid, vegetable, eggs and rice, it felt like a proper Malaysian meal as we usually have a meat dish, a seafood dish, a vegetable dish and rice on the table at meal time back home