Friday, January 27, 2012

Daily Bread Daily Rice

Eat to Live, not Live to Eat!

Shukr Alhamdulillah! Thank you Lord for giving us our daily rice.... well Asians especially do actually eat a lot of rice. Some dishes just taste better with rice, don't you agree?

So Little Time

I was so caught up with some work that I totally disregarded the fact that it was almost dinnertime. The chicken has thawed but lying lifelessly (how else?) near the kitchen sink. Mmmm... too lazy to go out just for a quick bite. I did not really like the idea of changing, driving all the way out just to have a quick meal. And eating out aimlessly costs money but yields no pleasure as we may end up eating stale cold food that was reheated throughout the day. Not to mention the msg and recycled oil.

Eating Out is Great at the right time and right place and better still, at the right price!

I do enjoy eating out but not when we want to quickly eat and go home to finish our work and wrap up for the day. Okay, I decided to go for my trusty oyster sauce soya mushroom stew again. Its a family favourite and fairly quick to prepare. And its nutritious, without any added oil except some natural chicken fat sticking to some parts of the chicken thighs.

Soon everything was simmering in the large stainless steel pot upon my atmosfera, my trusty AMC induction cooker. I follow no recipe so I have to adjust the taste as it cooks.


large stainless steel AMC cooking pot
(I use this for quick flavourful cooking -
energy saving and keeps food hot at the dining table)

water just enough to cover ingredients
Put in the following ingredients and bring to a boil.
Lower heat to simmer 20 minutes. Cover.

2 chicken thighs and 1 boneless breast
or half a large chicken, cut up
remove part of the skin to reduce fats
2 medium large onions- chopped
2 pips garlic- chopped
10 medium sized shitake mushrooms (dry) - remove stalks
2 tablespoons quality dark soya sauce (colour to your liking)

Add the following 20 minutes later
(to prevent vegetables from becoming too soft)
few sprigs of coriander, cut up
3 potatoes, cut in halves
2 large carrots, sliced diagonally

Seasoning :

1- 1/2 to 2 tsp salt or less
half tsp molasses sugar or plain sugar (optional)
1/2 to 1 tsp sesame oil
2 to 3 tablespoon premium oyster sauce (optional)
white pepper, black pepper
1 star anise

Quick nutritious dinner served with steamed broccoli and parboiled rice.We did enjoy the food as it was fresh and hot. Alhamdulillah! I do not cook too well but it will suffice.

Glad we ate in. We had enough left over for another meal, probably just needs a salad or stir fry with prawns and baby corn and some assorted vegetable. Its good to serve colourful food as they contain different nutrients.

Finally, some Photos!

We were so focused on eating that we forgot to take some photos. Had to stop halfway to take a few quick shots.

Actually I did not take photos of the past recipes so may have to do that the next time I cook prawn sambal and mushroom soup and fried rice etc. Now I have to write about few dishes we did photograph last week.

Still have not bought a better camera. Let me learn how to use one first. Heh Heh!!!

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