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Salted Lemon

Last time, when my husband and I went to shopping for groceries, I found there’s sale on lemon. So I bought 2 packs of lemon. Then I decided to make salted lemon with them.

It’s quite easy.

1. Wash lemon in water. Sprinkle some salt over them. Rub with fingers. Then rinse under water. Dry them with kitchen towel.

2. Weigh them. This step is important. Cos we need to know the weight, then we can decide how much salt is needed. Salt should be 10%-15% weight of lemon. For example, my lemon is 150g, then the salt I use should be somewhere between 10g – 15g.

3. Cut lemon into wedges or slices. Put them in a sterilized jars.

4. Add in salt. Tighten the cap.

5. Shake the jar or bottle. Put it into fridge for 3-7 days.

Don’t forget to put a date label on it.

Salted lemon can be used to cook or to make drinks.

Steamed Enoki Mushroom

Enoki mushroom is a necessary ingredient for hotpot or Sichuan ma la pot. Steam enoki mushroom is another way to cook them.

1. Remove the root. Rinse enoki mushroom under water. Drain them and place them in a plate.

2. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tablespoon oil. When oil is hot, add in 1 tablespoon chopped garlic and 1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger. Stir fry till aromatic. Also add in the salt and a little sugar.

3. Pour the hot oil over enoki mushroom in the plate.

4. Steam enoki mushroom over boiling water for 8 mins.

5. A pot juice will come out. Pour it out into the pan. Heat the pan again. Add in a little light soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and starch water. Reduce a bit. Pour back over the enoki mushroom.

One Pot Tomato Sausage Linguine

My husband is on a short trip to China. While I am home alone, I try to figure out some dishes that are simple and easy to cook. One-pot dish is always my first choice.

1. Prepare sausage (cut into slices), two tomatoes (peeled and chopped), one small chopped onion, 2 cloves chopped garlic, mixed vegetables, chicken stock (or water).

2. Heat a little oil in a pan. Add in sausage slices. Fry a bit till brownish.

3. Garlic and onion in. Sauté till aromatic.

4. Put all the tomato dice in. If you want it easier, you can also choose to use tomato purée. Sprinkle a little salt. Simmer tomato a bit till juice comes out.

5. Pour in chicken stock. Bring to boil.

6. Add in linguine or pasta you like. Cook for 7 mins.

7. Add in mixed vegetables and cook for another 3 mins.

In the last several mins, you can turn to the high heat to reduce the sauce.

Season with salt and black pepper.

Steamed Pomfret Fish

1. Prepare a pomfret fish. 2 shiitake mushrooms slices, 4 cherry tomatoes, 4 plums, ginger slices and chopped spring onion.

2. Put 3-4 ginger slices into the fish belly.

3. In a plate, spread some shiitake slices and ginger slices. Place fish over them.

4. Put tomatoes and plums beside the fish.

5. Sprinkle a little salt over fish, also add 1 tablespoon light soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice wine.

6. Top with rest Shiitake mushroom slices and ginger.

7. Steam for 10 mins.

Last, garnish with spring onion.

Super easy and quick.

Ginger Milk Curd

Ginger milk curd (姜撞奶 jiang zhuang nai)is a popular dessert in Guangdong area.

Ingredients:

Milk 120g

Fresh ginger juice 20g (if you don’t want it to be very strong, you can cut down a bit.)

Sugar 15g

1. Pour milk into a pot. Turn to low heat.

2. When small bubbles show up around the pot, add in sugar. Slowly stir to let sugar dissolve.

3. Turn off the heat. Set aside to cool down a bit till around 70 degree C.

4. Put ginger juice in a bowl. Quickly pour milk into ginger juice. Cover the bowl with a lid for 2 mins.

The milk ginger curd is done. The surface is already solidifried, and looks like bean curd. Very soft.

If you are a girl and you are suffering painful menstruation, you can try this dish. It will make you feel warm, especially your tummy. 🙂

Tom Yam Gong Soup

My husband and I had very good Tom Yam Gong Soup when we were in Bangkok. I really love it. Can’t wait to try after we come back.

I bought Tom Yam Gong paste from supermarket.

It’s a really quick soup.

1. Add 400 ml water in the pot. Add in chopped blue ginger and lemongrass. Bring to boil.

2. Add in whole pack of Tom Yam paste. Also with a little coconut milk to reduce its spiciness.

3. Stir with low heat. When boil again. Add in Prawns and straw mushroom. Simmer for several mins till Prawns are cooked.

4. Add in chopped onion, red chili, coriander and squeeze in a little lime juice. Boil for another 1-2 mins.

Serve hot.

Nice soup.

If there is any soup left, don’t throw away. Pour it over cooked noodles. Very delicious!

Pineapple Rice

I bought a whole pineapple from supermarket. Cut at the 1/3 height. Use knife and spoon to scoop the pineapple out. Set the pineapple shell aside. Cut the pineapple into small chunks.

I also used a pineapple rice paste bought from supermarket.

1. Clean Prawns. Take off the head and shell.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Fry the Prawn head and shell. Then discard them.

3. Sauté sausage dice and Prawn for around 3-5 mins till Prawns turn red.

4. Add in cooked rice and paste. Quickly stir fry for 2-3 mins.

5. Add in pineapple chunks and thawed vegetables ( I used frozen green peas). Stir fry for another 3 mins.

6. Place fried rice into pineapple shell. And serve hot.

Green Curry Chicken

The green curry paste I used was bought from supermarket.

1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in chopped ginger and curry paste. Stir fry till aromatic.

2. Pour in 1 small pack of chicken stock and 150 ml coconut milk. Stir well and bring to boil.

3. Add in chicken. I cut chicken into slices before cooking so they would be easier to be cooked.

4. Simmer for around 10 mins. Add in French beans, chopped onion and red chili. Simmer for another 3-5 mins.

5. Squeeze in a little lime juice before serving.

Yummy!

Perfect to go with rice or noodle!

Sweet & Sour Sauce Prawns

1. Clean the Prawns. Cut off the whisker. Poke in the second last segment with a toothpick and pull out the intestine.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put all the Prawns in. Stir fry till each side turns red.

3. Pull Prawns to the side of the pan. Add in chopped garlic & ginger. Sauté till aromatic.

4. Add in 2 tablespoon tomato sauce. Stir fry with Prawns.

5. Add in 1 tsp cooking wine, 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Quick stir to mix them well.

6. Pour in 4 tablespoon hot water. Cover the pan with lid. And simmer for 2-3 mins.

7. Remove lid. Turn to high heat. Reduce the sauce.

Prepare a Christmas Feast with a King Crab

Yesterday when my husband and I were buying groceries in a supermarket, we noticed there was sale of king crab. Turkey is too big for us to have for Christmas, so a king crab sounds a good idea.

Today when I got up, the first thing I needed to do is to defreeze the king crab we bought. Then I disassembled it into several parts.

For the central body, I took the Shell off. Then picked the meat out. Heat a pan, melt a small piece of butter. Put the meat in. Sauté a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon flour. Quickly stir. Then add in 3-4 tablespoon milk. Stir slowly and evenly to let it reduce to white sauce. Put the crab meat white sauce into the shell. Sprinkle cheese. Put into oven ( 200 degree C, 8-10 mins) or till cheese melts.

Crab legs can be divided into three parts: thigh (fat end), middle parts and thin end parts.

For the fat thigh, I used them to cook spaghetti:

Heat a piece of butter in the pan. When melted, add in crab leg. Stir fry a bit. Then add in chopped garlic. Stir till aromatic. Pour in a little white wine. Simmer a little. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in chopped parsley and cooked spaghetti. Quickly stir evenly.

For the middle crab leg parts, I roast them with garlic butter. Put a small chunk of butter in a bowl. Add in chopped garlic, a little salt and pepper. Blend well. Cut half the shell off ( or even less). Then spread garlic butter onto meat. Put into oven. 180 degree C and 20 mins.

For the thin ends, I cut them into smaller pieces. Marinate with a little cooking wine and corn starch. Heat a little olive oil in the pan. Put the crab leg pieces in. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add in chopped ginger and spring onion. Quickly stir fry. Add in a little cooking wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly blend evenly and serve hot.

For the claws, I used them to cook light soup. Put crab claws, corn pieces, Chinese yam, mushroom, ginger shreds and spring onion pieces into a pot. Pour in 1 1/2 bowls of water. Turn to high heat. When water boils, put in salmon slices. Turn to middle heat and cook for 3 mins. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine and salt. Cook for another minute.

And that’s it. Our Christmas feast made by a king crab.

Merry Christmas everyone!