Monday, November 22, 2010

Turnip Fries

The only way I know how to eat turnip is  to either eat it raw or cook it with dried shrimps as popiah fillings.  I happened to find "Turnip Fries" recipes online and thought it's something new to try.  Here are the steps :-
(1) Simply cut the turnip into strips
(2) Lay them on baking tray with baking sheet
(3) Sprinkle with a little oil if you like
(4) Sprinkle with a little salt and dried basil leaves
(5) Bake for 20 minutes at 180C
As I had selected fan oven mode to bake it (don't know why, maybe I was in "anyhow cook" mode that day), the fries turned out not looking like the normal fries, which didn't really look appetizing to my hubby.  So I decided to try another recipe, this time using the turbo convention mode, with paprika and parmesan cheese seasonings.  You can get the recipe from - Crispy Turnip Fries.

"Umm..this looks more like french fries....not bad...but I still prefer to eat it raw with rojak." Hubby commented.  Well, I would say I quite like the new "french fries" idea.  Moreoever, it is healthier than eating those potato deep fried ones.

Turnip is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, folate and is a good source of iron, and riboflavin.  For those who don't like to eat raw turnip but like to have a low-cal substitute for french fries can try baking this.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Soupy Mushy

During one of my lunch break last week, I ordered mushroom mee suan soup at the food court near my office.  For some reason, the vendor forgotten that I had requested for mee suan, she gave me egg noodles instead.  It was not a very satisfying meal cos the vendor refused to change for me.  While I was eating, I surveyed the ingredients and thought it was a rather simple meal to prepare myself.

So I've decided to try it last night.  The ingredients I prepare are:
-ikan bilis (anchovies) soup stock
-straw mushroom (canned)
-enoki mushroom
-oyster king mushroom
-fried shallot (for garnishing)

The ikan bilis soup stock was pre-boiled over the weekend and kept frozen.  I moved it to the lower fridge shelf this morning to defroze so that by the time I get home, I can start boiling the soup right away.

Hubby likes instant noodles, while I get to have my mee suan.  It's a pity I forgot to add the fried shallot and rearrange the mushrooms before taking this picture.

It only took 15 mins to prepare this meal.  I learnt that eating enoki mushroom with tomato aids blood circulation; so I thought why not since the colour also enhanced the bowl of soup.         

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Perfect Marriage

Talking about differences in a married life, one of the areas are food preferences. My late father loved porridge while my mother dislikes it, preferring white rice instead. In fact, she influenced me since young that white rice tastes better than porridge, and the only time she cooked porridge was when I had diarrhea. But now that I have my own kitchen, I find myself making porridge quite often. Perhaps I had unconsciously "inherited" the liking from my father.
Actually, there was a period (before I was married) I actually skipped breakfast and left home early to Kovan hawker centre to queue for the teochew porridge there. 
There are many side dishes and snacks that go well with porridge. And the combination of peanuts and ikan bilis (anchovies) is my current favourite. I've learnt that peanuts, eaten together with ikan bilis, has several benefits such as, it enhances the absorption of calcium into our body, improves normal blood clotting, as well as helps our bones to grow.
I've successfully managed to incorporate porridge into my breakfast menu. It's like a wish come true. A bowl of hot porridge in the morning brings a sense of warmth that awakens the stomach at the start of a new day indeed!
More often than not, we find ourselves married to someone who has diverse likings and preferences, etc.  Regardless, it still produces something fragrant and beautiful, just like peanuts and ikan bilis.


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