Monday, November 24, 2014

Kidney Beans Curry 红腰豆咖喱

It is best to regularly consume a wide variety from the extensive legume family, in order to reap the benefits of this nutritious and healthy protein. Beans is part of this big happy family and if you are working hard to make them part of your diet but often indecisive with  all the different beans in the bulk section or canned beans section, you may want to zero down to these few.

Which few?

How about "The Heart Healer, The Diabetes Destroyer, The Cancer Killer, The Anti-Aging Agent, The Brain Booster, The Muscle Builder" ? (Source:

Just for this dish, I have chosen The Anti-Aging Agent - Red Kidney Beans, because I like the firm yet tender texture when simmered with onions, garlic, tomatoes and a little spices.

Looking back at my own archives and including the Red Kidney Bean Curry here, I am glad to have used these five beans e.g. White Beans Cabbage Soup, Chickpea Curry, Lentils with Tomatoes, Black Bean Potato Cakes, Broccoli Soup with Soy Beans.

I have used canned organic kidney beans for this but of course, if you are better planner, go ahead and use raw beans and have them soaked overnight for use the next day.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Herb-Roasted Trout En Papillote 香草烤全鱼

Steamed Whole Trout in Parchment En Papillote is a quick and easy recipe that yields extraordinary results. With beautiful whole trouts and fresh herbs ready in my kitchen, such a cooking method is typically reserved for hassle-free-cooking.

Previously, I have used a smaller whole trout and stuffed the cavity with green onions, garlic, and ginger.

Today, the recipe uses fresh thyme and rosemary. If you grow these herbs in your garden or kitchen, it is a good time to incorporate them in this recipe. The reasonably big-sized (and long) trout is also perfect to accommodate a generous mix of garden herbs, then baked en papillote which technically steams the fish in the oven.

In order not to overpower the delicateness of the fish, the strong-scented rosemary usage was kept to a minimal ~1-2 sprigs per fish; in comparison to mild lemon-scented thyme that was used quite generously for each fish.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Udon Noodles in Meat Sauce 肉酱乌冬面

I recalled my first likeable and impressionable encounter with udon noodles in a Chinese restaurant. You have heard me right - a Chinese eatery, not Japanese. That Stir-Fry Udon Noodles in Black Pepper Sauce was absolutely delicious.

This is not Stir-Fry Udon Noodles in Black Pepper Sauce. However, that taste of chewy al-dente udon noodles in a savory meat sauce was equally satisfying.