Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Egg tomato dough drops soup 【番茄鸡蛋疙瘩汤】

My tomato plants didn't thrive very well this year during the summer, whatever we harvested mostly go to my son A's dinner plate.

I made Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes for A one day and he likes it very much, I then made this Egg, Tomato dough drops soup for him some days later. He finished the whole bowl on his own!



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Japanese Katsu Curry カツカレー 咖喱猪扒饭

This curry rice is one of my comfort foods, I fell in love the first time I had it in Japan years back. I also often order this dish whenever I visit Japanese restaurant here in US, or when I work in NYC, some of the Japanese Deli/Restaurants sell very good Katsu Curry Bento.

I bought a box of very good Kagoshima Kurobuta (かごしま黒豚, "Kagoshima black pig") chop from Japanese Supermarket few days back. 

Since it is long weekends here, I made my favorite Katsu Curry and rice and had one of the best home cook meals in months! 



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Masala Chai with Spiced Syrup 印度香料奶茶(附加香料糖浆食谱)

My husband loves Spiced tea and could have it several times a day. I used to grudge at the chore of repeatedly boiling and cleaning the utensils to make tea. 

Then one day when I was making this Mint Syrup , it suddenly dawned on me that I can also infuse spices in Syrup and make tea with it!!

That way, I can make as many teas as hubby liked and not having to wash pots several times a day!

So I didn't wait too long to take this thought into action, I made a jar of Spiced Syrup and made Tea for my husband, he couldn't tell the difference from boiling the spices in water!




Friday, November 17, 2017

Autumn Pear Paste 【秋梨膏】

Autumn Pear Paste or Qiu Li Gao/秋梨膏 is a type of traditional Chinese herbal remedy that was created in the Tang dynasty, initially for the Royal family. 

It is a type of natural throat demulcent and expectorant that is used for the relief of sore throat, coughs, hoarseness, and loss of voice.  

As the weather gets colder and dryer by the day, it is time to make a bottle of this herbal paste and be ready for the winter !




Monday, November 13, 2017

Pickled Celtuce/Guan Tao Cai Sim 自制罐头菜心/酱莴笋

When I was young, whenever I was under the weather, my mom or grandma will make some simple rice congee to go with Canned pickled celtuce, it is supposed to be light on the tummy and helps to get well. 

Grandma's version is a little fancier, she will mince some meat with this pickle and make a simple meat sauce, it is still one of my favorite dishes to go with congee, one that I missed whenever I am not feeling well.




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Homemade Indian Cottage Cheese 【自制印度奶豆腐/农家奶酪】

I made Rasmalai few weeks back for Diwali Celebration and was left with half big jar of whole milk. Since my fridge is very full and I did't want to waste the milk, I turned it into Paneer so that I can use it for cooking later and for easy storage.



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Braised Chicken Wings with Red Wine 【贵妃鸡翅】

I have half a bottle of leftover red wine from our weekend get together, since I don't drink, I used the wine to make this Red wine braised Chicken Wings. It is a very good way to use the left over wine!

The dish has a very interesting name in Chinese,it is called Imperial Concubine Wings as it is said that Imperial Concubine Yang (杨贵妃) in Tang dynasty loved to have chicken wings and loved it braised in red wine/grape wine, that is where the name of this dish came from.