Monday, 17 December 2012

Braised Chicken with Beet

Beet has many benefits.  It is delicious and nutritious when make it into juice.  To know more about its benefits, go to Beetroot + Grape Juice.

Beet can be braised with meat or also make it into soup.  The gravy or the soup itself is very delicious..  Here, I have chicken braised with beet.  Do give it a try and you will love it ^_^

Ingredients : (no exact measurement)

- 1/2 chicken (cut into bite sized and blanched)
- 1/2 beet (peeled and cut)
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 big onion (cut into chunks)
- 1 whole garlic (lightly crushed)
- 1 thumb sized garlic (crushed)
- 1 star anise
Seasonings :
- salt
- 6 white peppercorns (crushed)

Method :

1)  Add all ingredients into a medium-sized pot.
2)  Add enough water to cover all the ingredients. (To make soup, just add more water).
3)  When boiled, add seasonings and simmer until chicken is soft and tender. 
4)  Serve hot.

The gravy itself is already very yummylicious!!
This dish is simple and when you are busy, just dump everything into the pot and simmer it.  When I have no time to cook, this will be my one dish pot!  My children like to 'banjir' (mix lots of gravy with rice) their rice with the gravy...  Isn't it easy peasy??

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Braised Chicken with Fresh Huai Shan (鲜淮山)


Wild Yam or Huai Shan (淮山) is a chinese herb which
 is sweet and has neutral properties. It is used for treating the kidney, lung and spleen.  Chinese sinsehs also use it to promote urination, lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, antibiotic, anti aging and improves digestive system. 

Ingredients :
- half chicken (washed and cut into bite sized)
- 1 stick of fresh huai shan (washed, peeled, cut)
- 2 carrots (peeled and cut)
- garlic (crushed)
- ginger (crushed)
- 1 small cinnamon stick
cooking oil
Seasonings :
- salt
-caramelized sauce
- soy sauce

Method :
1)  Heat oil in a wok and fry garlic and ginger until fragrant.
2) Add chicken, huai shan, cinnamon stick and carrot.  Stir fry for a while.  Add enough water to cover the chicken if you like more gravy. Otherwise, less water will do.   
3)  Add seasonings and mix well.  
4)  Cover and let it simmer until the chicken is soft and tender or until the gravy is thickened.
5)  If you like, drizzle some rice wine and serve hot.

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Pan Fried Salmon with Fennel and Coriander Powder

This is a simple pan fried salmon fish with fennel and coriander powder as I wanted to have a try with these 2 spices and see what it taste like. Well. frankly speaking, I think I still prefer Simple Pan Fried Salmom with Dried Basil. Overall, it is still not bad lah if served with some lemon juice, :)
Should you want to give this a try, here is the recipe. Who knows maybe you like it?  Do let me know whether you like or not; if you ever give this a try ^_^

Ingredients : (No exact measurement) 

- 2 pcs of salmon fillet (washed and marinated with seasonings)
- 1 thumbsized of ginger (washed and crushed)
- 1 tsp of butter

Seasonings : (mixed) 

- 1/2 tsp of fennel powder
- 1/2 tsp of coriander powder
- salt
- pepper

- soy sauce (before dish out)


Method :

1) Melt the butter in a wok or pan. (I used HappyCall pan).

2) Add ginger and pan fry both sides of the marinated salmon fillets until fragrant.

3) Drizzle some soy sauce before dish out.

Serve with some lemon juice on top of the cooked salmon. Hope you like it :)

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Simple Stir Fried Purple Cabbage

I apologised for my absence of new posts as I have been quite busy lately. Before I disappeared again for year-end holidays, here is a simple homey dish for all my dear followers :)

Purple cabbage, also known as red cabbage, is relatively high in nutrients and vitamins. It is high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin A and C. As such, it is an ideal choice for dieters. It is also common in salads, coleslaw, braised dishes and pickled treats.

Raw purple cabbage is often tossed into salads and when cooked, adding lemon juice preserves its purple color.
Ingredients : (no exact measurement, according to taste)
- Half medium-sized purple cabbage (washed and cut)
- 1 1/2 tbsp of dried shrimps (washed and chopped)
- garlic (washed and crushed)
- salt
- cooking oil
- water

Method :
1) Heat oil in a wok and lightly fry garlic and dried shrimps until fragrant.
2) Add cabbage and stir. If too dry, add some water.
3) Cover and let it simmer until cabbage is soft.

4) Add salt to taste and dish out. 

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