Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One-Pot Tomato Rice 电锅番茄饭

By this time, most of you in the social media food-groups must have come across the Internet one-pot tomato-rice sensation. Beside one-pot pasta, this one-pot (or one-pan) rice is also one-darn-good cooking idea for homecooks like us who need to think of "it's-gotta-be-different, better-be-new and hopefully-interesting" dishes to cook everyday. Truth is, we (rather, I) don't cook different and new dishes everyday.

However, once in a while, I do try to inspire myself to cook something different. I was even more inspired to put this tomato-rice as part of my regular cooking ritual/meal plan as it is a one-pot-everything dish. To me, this is similar to cooking one-pot biryani rice, just that this tomato-rice does not include the use of Indian-spices and leans towards home-style cooking. I would call it healthy "fried" rice.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Baby Kale Soy-Bean Soup 羽衣甘蓝黄豆汤

Soy-bean broth or stock is quite versatile and I absolutely enjoy it as a light-tasting broth for green vegetables e.g. Chinese Broccoli Soup.

For this soup (adapted from Chinese Broccoli Soup), some carrots were boiled in the broth till cooked, then baby kale and some leftover pan-fried tofu were added.

Baby kale is supposed to be milder-tasting and less bitter compared to kale. To be used in this soup, I added the baby kale only after the heat from the pot was turned off; then add the baby kale, cover the pot and allow the remaining heat to cook the baby kale.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roasted Artichoke, Mushrooms, Chickpeas Pasta

A simple one-bowl salad of everything, combines two cooking techniques in vegetables preparation -via roasting and steaming. The cauliflower and broccoli could have jolly well been roasted to charred-smoky deliciousness; but personally, I prefer my fresh cruciferous vegetables - steamed e.g. Steamed Purple Cauliflower, or stir-fried e.g. Stir-Fried Broccoli with Beech Mushrooms. Steaming, in this case, retains maximum nutrients using shorter time (10 mins or less), and lower cooking temperature 100degC steam-temperature.