Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ikan Bilis tomato omelette

I know it sounds absolutely absurd. But it actually tasted quite nice.
Frying the ikan bilis helps to bring up the aroma of the fish. chopping it into bits allows for distribution throughout the omelette. the saltiness of the fish is balanced with the tartness of the tomato.

At first i was wondering if i'd made a dreadful mistake and if i had to throw the whole lot away. But once  my nose got a whiff of the frying the fish bits, i knew if the smells went well together, the taste would too. Thank goodness my nose didn't fail me.

the toast is a bit charred but that coz i used the remaining fish fry oil to toast the bread. Nothing went to waste. And i was totally satisfied.

the tomatoes lends the dish a dimension of juiciness and their tartness helps to cut through the milk and cheese present in the omelette.

the crunchy bits of ikan bilis really compliments the flavours. 
So kids, do try this at home.

Small handfull of ikan bilis
1 clove of garlic
half a tomato
a bit of red chilli
2 eggs
splash of milk
pinch of thyme
pinch of parsley
salt and pepper to taste
- Into the eggs, stir in milk, cheese, pepper, salt, herbs
- Fry the ikan bilis.
- Remove from oil, save the oil to brush on the bread later.
- Fry tomatoes, garlic and chilli (add a pinch of sugar to balance the sourness of the tomato - optional)
- Pour in the egg mixture over the hot pan and heat till cooked through. Remove from pan.
- Brush bread slices with the saved oil and brown them in the pan till lightly toasted on both sides 
- Serve and tuck in.
prep time : 5min
Cooking time : 8-10min

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wagyu Beef Sandwich

Husband and I made this for lunch on Saturday. We bought the Wagyu Beef patty from MMM the last time we were there. So since we were raiding the freezer for lunch ideas, we came across this nice little packet of beef. So out it came to feed our hungry appetites. 

We grilled the patties on the griddle, then buttered the bread and put it on the grill after. 
Whilst doing that, the potatoes were put into the oven to roast. Again, we tossed the potatoes with thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper and shoved it into the oven. 

To balance out the savoury, we made sweet caramelised onions to top off the sandwich.

Altogether, it was a very balanced tasting meal, there was iceberg lettuce, cheese, beef, onions and the buttered bread. It was really satisfying and quick to prepare. 

By now, i'm sure you realise making quick meals is what i like doing. I'm impatient and hate to wait for my food. Instant noodles are the last resort but sometimes you have to eat the crap to appreciate the good stuff.

Now have to go shopping for more meat to put into the freezer for another day of feasting.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

No meat friday - Prawn pasta

My version of neapolitan with Prawns. Fast to cook good to eat.
Out of hunger and desperation, i rummaged in my freezer for a non-meat item.
And lo and behold, i had grey prawns sitting there smiling at me.
Out they came, all 3 friends defrosting in a bowl of water. Awaiting to be sacrificed to yours truly.

Then as i was boiling the water and chopping the ingredients, the makings of the sauce started to formulate in my head. I guess it's called, "try-and-use-up-what-you-have-in-the-fridge and it's-raining,-I'm-not-stepping-out-for- anything syndrome.

this dish was easy peasy to make and prep time is quick.
While boiling the water, i chop the ingredients,
then after draining the pasta and retaining some of the liquid, I start to fry the ingredients.
because they're chopped up pretty fine, the cooking time takes about 5 mins in total. Then add in the tomato paste, milk yoghurt, salt, pepper and the herbs. Then throw in the cheese when you've tossed your pasta into the sauce and you're on your way to mum mum time.

Within 15 minutes, i was sitting down to my pasta.

nom nom nomnom....

beats instant noodles, that's for sure

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Smoked Salmon on Potato Omelette mmmmmm

Made this for lunch today.
I'm having the mother of all sore thoats but decided to just go for it.
It was very filling and actually quite good.
Inspired by my friend Victor's Baked salmon and spanish omelette, I decided to combine it in a different way.

Cut the potato into slices and boil them till tender and drain.
Chop finely the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery.
Fry the onions till tender and transluscent, then put in the bell peppers followed by the garlic and celery.
Throw in the potato slices and fry till slightly browned.
In the meantime, combine eggs, pepper, salt, milk, thyme(optional, but i like herbs for their imparted aroma), cheese (i used mozarella and cheddar mix).

When the potatoes have browned to your liking, pour in the egg mixture and leave to set, stirring a few times along the way so the bottom doesn't burn and the eggs cook more evenly

Serve on a plate and top it off with slices of Norwegian smoked salmon and a dollop of yoghurt. Sprinkle some parsley.

Pick up a fork and knife and tuck in.

prep time: 5min
Cooking time : 15-20min