Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Step by Step Simple Grilled Fish

So fish is good for you I've heard. Which is why I am posting another fish-based recipe. Maybe slowly I am starting to like it as much as chicken? However you don't need to like fish to love this recipe, seriously if you like spicy food then try this one out.

What you need:
600g fish fillet - slice into thick slices and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set aside.
1 piece banana leaf (you can get this nicely wrapped in supermarkets - i used to get them from the actual tree before but not anymore!)
1 piece aluminium foil
2 stalks lemon grass, sliced finely at white portion or root end
3 ladies' fingers sliced lengthwise

In a bowl combine the following: (A)
1 tbsp curry powder
1 1/2 tbsp chilli paste (you can mix chilli powder with water to form a paste)
1 tsp turmeric powder

(B): 1 tbsp tamarind paste, mixed with 100ml water and squeezed for juice
100ml coconut milk

1 tbsp belacan or ikan bilis stock granules
1 tbsp sugar

What to do:
First you would need to make the gravy in these 4 easy steps:
1) Heat 2 tbsp oil in a small pot or saucepan. Fry the sliced lemon grass and ingredients (A) until fragrant.
2) Add in (B) and seasoning.
3) Bring to a simmering boil until oil rises and gravy becomes thick.
4) Leave aside to cool.

STEP 1: Put the banana leaf over the aluminium foil.

STEP 2: Spread 3 tablespoons of gravy on the banana leaf.

STEP 3: Place the sliced up fish fillet on the gravy

STEP 4: Pour another 3 tablespoons of gravy over the fish.

STEP 5: Place a handful of cut ladies' fingers over the fish.

STEP 6: Wrap up foil neatly into a package.

Pre-heat your oven at 250C and grill foil package for about 15-20 minutes or until foil package puffs up. Serve hot with white rice. Garnish with 1 lime if you like.
Good stuff this grilled fish.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fish Beehoon Soup

bowl of delish fish beehoon soupSo the story goes like this. I don't mind fish. Not terribly in love with it, know it's suppose to be good for us blah blah blah but not really digging it at the same time. However like it once in a while when not doing something better like eating meat. End of story. UNLESS, it's nicely marinated and freshly fried with chilli powder like these awesome fried tenggiri slices.

Ok - new story. So tried this recipe and my husband and I thought - wow! Great for a non-greasy, healthy, feel-good-about yourself meal. Yummylicious soup flavoured with chicken stock cubes, with chucks of fish fillet and strips of mustard leaves garnished with chopped spring onions and fried shallots. Lovely.
Serves: 2 people
What you need:
150g snapper fillet, sliced ( I used dory fish fillet the frozen type you can get from Cold Storage)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 litre of water (I used slightly more than this)
2 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
125g beehoon, softened in hot water (make sure the portion is just right for two)
75g mustard leaves, cut into 3cm lengths
Salt and pepper to taste
Fried shallots and chopped spring onions to garnish
Sliced red chillies and soy sauce to serve
What to do in 4 easy steps:
1) Season fish slices with salt and sesame oil. Set aside.
2) Heat oil in a pot, stir-fry garlic for 30 seconds. Add water and crumbled stock cubes and cover pot to bring to a boil then turn fire to low and simmer for 3 mins.

Knorr chicken stock cubes are the ones I use3) Add softened beehoon and cook for 2 mins. Add mustard leaves, marinated fish and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and bring to a boil then turn off fire.
4) Ladle into bowls. Serve garnished with shallots and spring onions with cut chillies and soy sauce on the side.
fried shallots are a must for garnishing
Tip#1: I add a few drops of soy sauce into the bowl itself. Gives it an extra taste.
Tip#2: Be liberal with the pepper as that adds alot of flavour to the soup!

truly a wonderful soupy meal

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Light & Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes with Raisins

Raisins....I don't really care much for them but my husband does. Although I must admit they look pretty pretty in this shot! So anyways, after sharing a super simple vanilla cupcake recipe...I decided to do the same version only with raisins in it. No fancy icing nothing, just naked vanilla cupcakes with plain ol' raisins.

Just follow the same vanilla cupcake recipe whilst adding some raisins in the batter and keep some to sprinkle on top of the batter once added into the liners. For some reason I was quite stingy with the raisins, I could have added more. Note to self: Dont' be stingy with the raisins!
They are so light and fluffy it's amazing. Once cooled, you can heat up in the microwave for 20 seconds to get it all warm. Yums.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Easy Meat Lasagna

Serves: 4-5 persons

What you need:
1 packet pre-cooked 250g lasagna sheets
2 tbsp olive oil
1 crushed garlic clove
2 large tomatoes - chopped
500g minced beef
1 large onion - chopped finely
1 tsp oregano + rosemary sprinkling (I used Italian dried herbs)
250g tomato paste - mixed with 3 cups water
250g Tasty grated cheese + 100g shredded Mozzarella cheese (for topping)

What to do:
First you wanna make the meat sauce so here goes.
1) Heat oil, add onions and garlic. Stir over medium heat until onion has softened.
2) Add minced beef and stir till meat is cooked and no longer pink.
3) Add tomatoes and stir for 3 minutes.
4) Add tomato paste + water mixture, oregano+rosemary+salt+ pepper to taste and stir over medium heat for 5 mins.
5) Cover and simmer for 1 hour
Ok now comes the assembling part - pre-heat your oven at this point 180C for 10 mins
1) Grease your baking dish.
2)Start with laying down some lasagna sheets - I use about 3 sheets

Then spread the meat sauce over the sheets

Then spread some tasty cheese over the meat sauce

So remember it's this way:
Layer 1 = lasagna sheets+meat sauce+tasty cheese
Layer 2 = lasagna sheets+meat sauce+ tasty cheese
Layer 3 = lasagna sheets + meat sauce +top with mozzarella cheese

4) Bake at 180C for 30 mins. Let stand for 15 min before diving in!

Tip#1: Cover with foil for first 20 mins, then take off foil towards the end. Otherwise the cheese will brown pretty fast.
Tip#2: I also suggest tasting the sauce before starting the assembling as to see if you've seasoned it with enough herbs, salt and black pepper.
Random thought: My husband and I loved it! Caution: You may need to hit the gym after.

Friday, October 16, 2009

What else?

I had this last night for dinner. This week was a very cin-cai dinner week. Working late. How I wish I had more time to prepare all the yummy food I've come to know how to cook. Grilled spicy fish fillet, claypot chicken rice, beehoon soup, nasi lemak, pai kuat kari, steamed white pomfret - time!! Need it bad. Trying something tomorrow - fingers crossed it will be posted on Monday with pictures. If not, it didn't go so well and we fed it to the dog.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Simple Sardine Sandwiches

Growing up whenever my mum announced that we were having 'sardine curry' for dinner (with white rice and vege) I would groan like a spoilt little girl. Wat? Where's the wicked chicken curry you can make? I would whine....And then my dad would come and say 'Eat what's on the table'. End of story as I knew it.
Funnily enough I have grown to like sardines. I don't find the fishy smell as offensive as I used to maybe? I dunno but I kinda don't mind it now. So for a fast/easy/simple/I left work late but don't wanna eat out need to feed husband and myself/ kinda meal - I made sardine sandwiches.
For two person - you should buy the 230g tin as the portion is just right. Drain all the sauce and flake the sardine not too finely - leave some chunks in there. I cut half an onion very finely and threw it in. Sprinkled some lime juice, dash of pepper and salt. Since I didn't have a red chilli lying around, I added some chilli flakes I had.
Butter both sides of bread, spread sardine filling on one side and toast the bread. Eat right after. Simple and easy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Sudden Cook Presents....Jo Boy!

My nephew is embarking on a singing career .... in Mandarin. Check out his latest hit!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chilli Chicken with Cashews

Yes I love love love this dish. I used to order chilli chicken rice from the shops before so making it now and having it for dinner is a real treat I must say.

What to do:
Toast cashewnuts in oven for 5 mins

4-5 Dry chillies – cut into thirds
Ginger – 6-8 slices
2 chicken breasts (sliced and marinated with light soya sauce & corn flour)
Spring onions – cut in 5cm pieces

In a bowl mix following:
1 tablespoon light soya sauce
½ tablespoon dark soya sauce
½ tablespoon sesame oil
½ tablespoon black vinegar (can omit la if you don’t have)
½ tablespoon sugar

Heat oil until HOT. Fry the dry chillies for 1 min and take out.
Fry chicken slices for 2-3 minutes and take out. (use a non-stick pan if u have one)
Fry ginger slices and take out.
Put the bowl of sauces and fry for 30 seconds.
Add back the chicken and tiny bit of water (3 tablespoons)
Lower heat and let braise for 10 mins.
Add back the dry chillies, cashews and ginger.
Fry for 2 mins.
Add spring onions and give a brisk stir.
Serve immediately!

If you would like it to be more saucy - then add a bit more water. Goes oh so well with steaming hot rice!

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Sudden Cook is Retiring....

What? After just a couple of months! No freaking way! Ok I'm not. I admit, the title was a shameless ploy to get my one reader to continue reading this post. But seriously, The Sudden Cook fell suddenly sick early this week hit by a brutal stomach bug which went on to create havoc on her nice svelte body (ok ok)- whatever. I will spare you the details as this is suppose to be a food blog. So the point is, I decided to take a short break from cooking at home till I make a full recovery. For the first time in days I feel 100% myself and therefore will be back in the kitchen pretty soon hopefully. Yay. So since there are no new recipes to post I thought I would update random stuff about this week. 1) Hmm....let's see. Fell sick. Threw up. Toilet. Doctor. Med. Threw up medicine. Toilet. Ate. Toilet. Slept. 2) See Item 1. 3) See Doc again. Plead for more meds. Feel better. 4) Back to work. 5) Weekend is here. Wow! What a week. Have a great weekend folks.

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