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  1. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    @Ann_T Halibut's the bomb in any shape and form! Envious of your fresh source.It's quite expensive on the prairies, but I do pick it up whenever it's "on sale". @rotuts and @chromedome: Have never tried salmon or lobster in Fish and chips. Can frozen lobster work? Split the tail in half or use smaller ones? Sounds delicious! With leftover wonton filling (pork, shrimp, waterchestnuts), I made one of my favourite: spicy tofu with eggplant and pork. Not sure I can call it Mapo Tofu but it was good over rice.
  2. Dejah

    Lunch 2021

    A good friend had a hernia operation down in her diaphragm a week ago. Had been on pureed food until now, and was craving for some wonton soup and congee with pickerel and ginger.. So I did up a care package or two and delivered it to her house - no-contact delivery, of course. She can keep some out for supper and lunch tomorrow and the rest will go into her freezer. There was still some congee and several wontons left, but not enough of each to make a complete se
  3. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    As @liuzhou and @MokaPot said, abalone needs to be tenderized or slow cooking. I shucked, cleaned, and blanched the little abalone in hot water for a few minutes. The 10 little fellas and re-hydrated Shitaki mushrooms went into the liner pot of the Instant Pot with sauteed garlic, ginger slices, mushroom soaking liquid, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and cooking wine. The whole lot was cooked for 50 minutes on high pressure. Everything was just tender, and each abalone was 2 bites! I also had some scallops on the shell to cook up. These were steamed on a rack in the wok with the Shanghai Bok
  4. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    Picked these abalone up at the Chinese grocery. Have never had them like these before. Only kind I've ever cooked were the canned whole abalone, which is outrageous price-wise these days. So, don't really know how to prepare these. I want to do them sliced and braised? with Chinese mushrooms in oyster sauce. Will the abalone be tough? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  5. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    I do use my Ninja Foodie air fryer function whenever I make ribs that I used to deep fry. They turn out great. Fish & Chips, definitely deep frying is the way to go - once in a while. It does do a decent chips. The best is for crispy chicken wings instead the oven method. And speaking of air fryer ribs, I tried again to replicate the Crispy Coffee Pork we had in Singapore years ago. The last 3 times, I used the instant coffee granules as in the recipe. There was always a bitter taste and not enough coffee flavour. I finally picked up some Watkins Coffee extract and it worked better! Af
  6. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    That leg of lamb is a thing of beauty!
  7. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    Lily Bulb and Pork Neck Bone soup. I love how simple this soup is, and the "sweetness" (not sugary) the bulbs have. To balance the healthiness of the soup, we had deep fried fish'n'chips! 🤪 I used a beer and soda water batter with baby pickerel fillets. 2 sauces: malt vinegar and curry gravy for the double-fried chips.
  8. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    Last of the goodies I grabbed when we were in the city. Ho fun and gai lan with oyster sauce. Picked these tofu skin rolls up, then wasn't sure if they'd work for the stuffed tofu rolls we'd eaten at dim sum. They were pretty crispy when I took them out of the package. Was obvious that I couldn't stuff them as they are, so I soaked them like I would with dried flat tofu skin.
  9. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    The trip to Winnipeg last week netted some lovely fresh watercress and guy choy (Chinese mustard greens). Both made lovely soups with pork neckbones and breast bones. Had the long simmered watercress soup for supper after our massive Costco hotdogs for lunch at 3 pm a couple of days ago. Did not need anything else! Had the mustard greens soup as "appetizer" yesterday around 4 pm. Before the s
  10. Dejah

    Lunch 2021

    Hot dog for lunch: Kirkland / Costco Polish Beef Sausage / weiner, on a Villagio sub bun, diced onion, cilantro, watercress, and a squirt of sweet & spicy mustard. Hubby had Jalapeno peppers with his. I had radishes.
  11. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    A dinner I made with leftovers from the care packages that went to the kids. Black Bean Garlic Beef & Bitter Melon over Ho Fun. Good fresh Ho Fun is hard to find. At our local store, they are packed so tightly and vacuum sealed that they basically crumble when they hit the wok. Now, I use the dried noodles that I hydrate before cooking. They retain a bit of chew and so easy to stir-fry. I love the fresh noodles when I can get into the big city Chinese grocery stores.
  12. Dejah

    Lunch 2021

    Lunch - a riff on Vietnamese Bun Mam using a cube of seasoning from my Chinese grocery store haul yesterday in the big city;-) Also had rice noodles. Added some meatablls from leftover wonton filling, a few little shrimp, Thai basil, fresh beansprouts, Shanghai bok choy, and some green onions. Very satisfying!
  13. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    @ShelbyYour siu yook / pork belly looks pretty darn good to me! Do you use the method / recipe on https://thewoksoflife.com/cantonese-roast-pork-belly I've only ever made it once 'cos I love the crackling too much!
  14. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    Great combination! Fondant potatoes - did a goggle and will have to try these. They look delicious!
  15. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    I am pretty sure 2 of my granddaughters are named after characters from Firefly as both sets of parents are big fans. Our oldest granddaughter is Inara Jane (Jane for Tarzan's mate as my husband is a huge Edgar Rice Burroughs fan (creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars)and maintains the company's website ERBzine.com . Our youngest granddaughter is River Jade Galaxy. She's the one kidlet who would appreciate everything in the care package! @Shelby: You noticed all the seafood I had in my paella. 😋 I don't have your option of having seafood shipped in, but the frozen works well, and I
  16. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    Have not seen our kids or kidlets in Winnipeg (3 hour drive) for many months other than on zoom. Will head in tomorrow for an early Monday morning appointment. Kids hinted for a care package of Ma-Mah's comfort food. I made up wonton filling and froze it in packages to take in so they can make them when they want a feed. The filling has ground pork, shrimp, and waterrchestnut, so it's a tad fancier than usual. Today, I did up 5 dishes, using lots of fermented black beans, garlic, etc, which the kids love: Black bean Garlic Beef & Bitter Melon for daughter and son
  17. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    I believe there was a thread called "Regrettable Dinners". This one was in terms of appearance, but actually, tasted not bad. It's one of Jamie Oliver's Quick and Easy 5 ingredients meals - Gnarly Peanut Chicken - a riff on Chicken Satay. We enjoyed the lime, chili, and chunky peanut butter, but if I make it again. I would really thin down the sauce (chunky peanut butter, lime juice, red chilis)and do a heavy drizzle rather than a slather. What attracted my attention was the crisscross scoring on the chicken breast. It looked pretty when seared, and took in all the flavours. It
  18. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    One of our favourite sand pot dishes is salty fish. chicken, tofu, and rice.
  19. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    The Polar Vortex has finally snapped! Last night was only -20C. Today, we are heading to -15C! So may be, we won't need to add the oven heat to warm both the kitchen and us. Had a chuck roast ready to use along with a large daikon. Cantonese Instant Pot Braised Beef with Daikon. Too lean and not enough chewy bits, but it was lovely over Jasmine rice. My favourite part - the chunks of daikon!
  20. Dejah

    Lunch 2021

    The best dim sum experience (outside of China) we had was in Boston when we visited our daughter. Walked into the restaurant, and I was transported back to China - the combination of the servers calling out their dishes, the clinking of chopsticks and tea cups, and the chatter - in Cantonese and my village dialect - Toisanese. It was amazing as we hear mainly Mandarin now with the influx of new immigrants. All your sandwiches look amazing, Kim!😋
  21. Dejah

    Dinner 2021

    From dishes I made for CNY, I had leftover lotus root, re-hydrated tofu sticks, ginko nuts, re-hydrated dried oysters, so I tossed them all together into some pork neck bone broth and made soup. It was a meal in itself. We ate this around 5 pm. Supper for us is usually around 8. Main course was trimmings from a whole beef tenderloin steamed with ja choy (spicy preserved Sechuan veg), stir-fried soy bean sp
  22. Maybe it is a family thing? I know my grandfather and father always asked for it, and I enjoy it too. It is made with Keen's Mustard powder.
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