November 27, 2009
This dish brings back sweet memories, as John made this on our first date! Here's a revised version of the recipe from one of his favorite Sunset cookbook, "Cooking For Two".
9 ounces crab meat (canned or freshly steamed)
6 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
5 tbsp. sliced onions
5 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. parsley
A 10 inch Quiche pan
9 1/2 ounces flour
8 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 egg yolk
1. Buttery pastry shell:Preheat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, cut butter into flour until mixture resembles fine crumbs. With a fork, lightly stir in the egg yolk. Work dough into a ball with hands. Using your fingers, evenly press dough over bottom and up sides of quiche pan. Dough tears easily, but does not toughen with handling-pinch tears together to rejoin. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, remove and set aside to cool.
Last week I harvested a basketful of Helianthus tuberosus, Jerusalem artichoke, aka sunchoke, sunroots--which is related to the sunflower. They bear pretty yellow flowers and their tubers, which resembles ginger root. It is crunchy with a slightly nutty taste. Someone told me that it is also used as a Chinese herb to treat heatiness and cleanse the system. Here's a simple dish using produce from the garden.Ingredients:
1 small chicken, cleaned and cut in bite-sized pieces
2 tsp. sesame seed paste
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tsp. tapioca starch, dissolved with a little water
salt and pepper
1 tbsp. ginger slices
4-5 Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed clean and sliced
1. Season meat with salt and pepper. In a bowl mix the sesame seed paste and oyster sauce.
2. Fry ginger in some oil till fragrant but not brown. Add chicken to pan and fry for 5 minutes, add in the sauce and fry till meat has absorbed most of the juices. Add the Jerusalam artichokes, toss to mix and lastly add the tapioca starch, add some warm water if sauce starts to thicken. Season to taste. Serve with rice.
November 7, 2009
The Chinese believes that most food items contain properties that affect bodily functions. As a matter of fact, each Chinese herb are supposed to have different effects on the body and helps promote good health. If you visit a Chinese medicinal hall, you will find thousand of different herbs in various shapes and forms. Here's a soup recipe from a dear friend--It rejuvenate and helps blood circulation.
Ingredients:1 black silkie chicken, skin removed, cut in quarters
1 silver carp, scales and guts removed
6 pieces codonopsis root (党参 dang shen)
6 pieces solomon's seal (玉竹 yu zhu)
20 dried red dates (红枣 hong zao)
salt to taste
1. Put ingredients into a large muslin bag, securing the ends. Fill an 8-quart pot with water halfway and put in bag and bring water to boil.
2. Remove scum on the surface and simmer for about 2-3 hrs. Season soup to taste.
Labels: Chinese Herbal Soups
November 6, 2009
1½ lbs. prawns
1 large onion, chopped
8-10 dried chilies, pre-soaked, seed removed
4-6 pcs. kaffir lime leaves
2-3 pcs turmeric root or 1 tsp turmeric powder
3 buah keras, or 2 tablsp. chopped cashew nuts
1 inch ginger
4 pips garlic
3 stalks lemon grass, cut in chunks
¼ cup oil
1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp. sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1. Blend or pound the spice ingredients until fine.