Monday, January 19, 2015

crispy crisp onion rings

I've been wanting to cook onion rings for a long time
and I'm so glad I found this recipe
seriously.. this is so good! so crunchy yet so traditional :)
thanks Eugenie!

preparing the onion
peel off the skin of 1 onion and on a chopping board slice it into 1/2" thickness
both yellow onion and red onion is fine depending on your preference
separate the rings out and set aside
 meanwhile in a mixing bowl pour in 1 cup of all-purpose flour
toss in the onion rings into the flour and using a tong evenly coat each ring in it
tap excessive flour off each ring and set aside on a plate

making the batter
using the remaining all-purpose flour in the mixing bowl add in the following:
1/2 cup corn starch + 1/2 tsp garlic powder + 1/2 tsp dried parsley
whisk in all together to combine
meanwhile in a separate small bowl beat an egg
add the egg into the flour followed by 3/4 cup milk
whisk all in to get a smooth batter

coating the onion
put the onion rings into the batter, 3 or 4 rings at a time and coat it
meanwhile pour 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs onto a flat plate or tray
using a fork pick up one onion ring and allow excessive batter to drip off
then transfer it to the breadcrumb
using a tong coat each ring evenly with the breadcrumbs
do the same for the rest of the onion rings

frying the onion rings
on the stove heat a wok with 1 cup cooking oil
deep fry each ring on small to medium fire until golden brown
drain the fried onion rings on to a plate lined with paper towel
sprinkle salt and serve hot

if you like cheese you could grate your favorite cheese over it too
sensationally delicious!

best eaten with tomato sauce or chilly sauce or mayonnaise :)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

spaghetti aglio e olio

Most Italians cook this with their eyes!
Believe me..I tried many..many times cooking this without much success :(
but today I'm so happy that I finally got it right
yeay! ;)

I've discovered the secret to a delicious meal of spaghetti aglio e olio lies
in the cooking of the pasta itself
the manufacturer may have their say as to how long to cook it
whether you want it "el-dente" (firm) or soft
seriously.."cook it as you like it" is my best advice! :)

so lets get started!

you need to use 2 stoves side by side for this recipe

cooking the spaghetti

on one stove half-fill a medium pot with water and bring it to boil

when the water has boiled toss in 1 Tbsp of salt and 150g of spaghetti

cook until you get the tenderness that you like best!

scoop 1 cup of pasta water and drain the rest

cooking the garlic sauce

on the other stove place a medium saucepan and pour in 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

then finely slice 4 cloves garlic and toss this into the pan

over small fire allow the garlic to infuse with the cold olive oil

 saute till the garlic becomes golden pale in color NOT brown

then add in fresh chopped parsley and water from the pasta

simmer the garlic soup until it becomes half the amount

add in the drained spaghetti into the garlic soup

sprinkle black pepper and toss the spaghetti in the soup for a few minutes

off the fire and serve hot

buon appetito!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

tuna fried rice

I've never ever thought of cooking this before
I mean..tuna??! in fried rice??!! really?? lol
my first ever experience and what do you know
it wasn't bad at all :)

Tuna is flavorless so it is really up to you to put the flavor in it
and that all depends on your taste buds
I like it spicy as always :)

So here is how I put it all together

heat up a wok on medium fire and pour in 3 Tbsp of cooking oil 

saute 3 sliced shallots + 2 chopped garlic + 1 sliced red chilly till fragrant

add in 1 can drained tuna + 1/2 tsp finely diced ginger + 1 tsp salt

continue saute till tuna has broken into tiny pieces and becomes crispy

then add in 1 cup cooked rice and mix all together 

keep frying till the rice gets separated and light

tasting time and if need be add more salt

off fire and serve hot with hot chillies on the side

Here's how I make the hot chillies

slice thinly 6-10 bird's eye chillies or Thai chillies 
place it in a small bowl and add in 1 Tbsp fish sauce 
squeeze 2-3 fresh calamansi over it and mix all together

Wow!! It is so hot but that's the :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

steamed broccoli

This is one of my all time favorite veggie dish
very very tasty and so so easy to make!
Thanks to Chef Michael Smith :)

Making it:

fill a small saucepan (with lid) with 1/4" of water

then toss in 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 finely sliced garlic + sprinkle of black pepper + 1/2 tsp salt

put the saucepan on small fire and bring all the ingredients to a gentle boil

meanwhile cut the broccoli into small florets and rinse under running water

add all florets into the saucepan just when the ingredients are boiling

cover the saucepan with the lid and cook for 4 minutes

off the fire and using a kitchen cloth

hold the saucepan on both sides and shake it up and down

this will distribute the ingredients evenly over the broccoli

put the saucepan back on the stove and let it rest for 1 minute

then once again shake the saucepan up and down

serve hot

truly wholesome goodness!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

apple fritters

I'm a great fan of Anna Olson the pastry chef
so here I am trying my hands on one of her creations!
I chose this recipe as it doesn't use the oven
my oven broke down.. :(
what a perfect timing!

Anna divides her recipe into the following portions for easy making

 Preparing the apple
In a small mixing bowl
peel 2 tart apples, any type of your favorite ones and grate coarsely 
mix it with 1 tsp lemon zest + 2 Tbsp lemon juice + 3 Tbsp sugar and set aside

Preparing the sour cream base
In a big mixing bowl
mix 2/3 cups sour cream + 1/2 cup sugar + 2 egg yolks and stir
then add the above apple mixture and whisk together 

Preparing the flour
on a parchment paper or tray sift the following ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour + 1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt + 1 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preparing the batter
add the flour into the sour cream base and mix well
then add 2 1/2 Tbsp melted butter and mix well

Preparing the apple fritters
in a separate mixing bowl whisk 2 egg whites until it becomes white
then add 2 Tbsp sugar and continue whisking until the whites barely becomes soft peaks
then add this into the batter and mix well using a spatula
scoop the batter with an ice cream scoop and deep fry until golden brown
when it has cooled down sprinkle icing sugar on top of the fritters


It was a sweet success!
Thanks Anna :)

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