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Manado, Indonesia style chicken rica rica. This is traditionally super spicy but I used mostly big red chillies to make it edible.

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We both got another round of Covid vaccinations the other day; and we both had more side effects than usual.  Just a general malaise, headache, body aches, etc.

 

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Chicken noodle soup, from scratch.

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Trying to work my way through the freezer and pantry--especially the "emergency" stuff. And improve my eating habits as a household of one.

 

I defrosted a couple of chicken thighs and pulled out some old pantry items. Had some grape tomatoes on their last legs. I did not intend to put quite so much of the seasoning blend on this but my hands got out of control when I was sprinkling it over. It worked out fine because this turned out to be very tasty. I had never used canned potatoes before and wasn't sure how they would be. I remember buying them thinking they'd be good to keep on hand for emergencies--add a can of veggies and some stock and instant soup. But had not used them and they were expired so needed to get off the shelf and used or into the trash. I wouldn't want them on a regular basis, but roasted as I did this, I couldn't really tell they were canned.

 

I thought I had a photo of it after being cooked, but apparently not.

 

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On 5/3/2024 at 1:41 PM, Dejah said:

                                                                                                                             

I had picked up a bundle of Ong Choy / Water Spinach. It was SO fresh and I loved it when we had it on our trips to Asia. But I have never been able to cook it properly. It always seems to come out stringy. Would appreciate any suggestions on technique! @liuzhou @liamsaunt and anyone who cooks this lovely vegetable.

 

                                                               

 

I don't think I have ever cooked water spinach.  Sometimes my CSA box gives me greens (pea shoots come to mind) that get stringy when you cook them up, and I do find it frustrating.  After having to struggle through eating big clumps of them in various soup bowls and stir fries I now usually end up mincing them really fine or blitzing them into a pesto or something.  If anyone has better ideas for this type of green I would also be very interested!

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24 minutes ago, liamsaunt said:

 

I don't think I have ever cooked water spinach.  Sometimes my CSA box gives me greens (pea shoots come to mind) that get stringy when you cook them up, and I do find it frustrating.  After having to struggle through eating big clumps of them in various soup bowls and stir fries I now usually end up mincing them really fine or blitzing them into a pesto or something.  If anyone has better ideas for this type of green I would also be very interested!

@Dejah For me, it depends on how old the water spinach is (when it was harvested).  When I grew my own, I could pick it relatively young and just stir fry it with garlic and a splash of stock.  I'd still separate the tougher stalks from the leafy parts and cook the stalks first then toss in the stems and the stock.  If it's older and more woody, you can separate the stalks from the leaves, then blanch in some water with salt and a bit of baking soda which will help them keep their green color.  Remove to a cold water bath to stop cooking then drain.  Then stir fry.  The blanching time depends on how tough the stems are.  Hope this helps.  You can also check out this video

 

but I'm not a fan of splitting the stems like he does as you don't see it that way in SE Asia.  They're usually just cut into 3-4" lengths.

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1 hour ago, rotuts said:

love the counter-top drainage system they have.

The water on top of the table is actually necessary - the heat from the wok is so hot that it would warp and damage the stainless steel table, not to mention burn anyone near it.  So a small stream of water constantly flows into the "bucket" and overflows onto the table to keep the table cool.

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Tasmanian curried scallop pie. Apparently a speciality of the state. Could have used more scallops but they were insanely expensive at the grocery store. Could still taste them though. Made with Keen's curry powder, of course (originated in Tasmania).

 

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Shrimp and squid fried noodles. I also threw in some pumpkin flowers I had leftover unused in the fridge. Chaoshan fish sauce, chilli, Chinese chives and coriander leaf.

 

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Chicken curry salad in lettuce wraps with squiggles of sriracha.  

 

 

 

 

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Hainanese Chicken Rice.  First had it at Hainan Jones at Urban Hawker on 50-51st Street in NYC last year.  Now we make it about once a month.

 

 

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1 hour ago, rotuts said:

@Maison Rustique

 

if you have easy access to Trader Joe's

 

consider sub'ing TJ's lightly smoked salmon , in cans for a canned tuna Rx"

 

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if you like salmon.

I had that on a salad not long ago. Still have a can in the pantry if I'm not mistaken. Very tasty!

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Back home from a caravanning trip and not interested in doing much for dinner. The wife said she felt like pie..

OK!  Beef pie in a bowl.

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Salmon with mint/cilantro chutney over shrimp roe noodles with some of last summer's long beans, house oyster mushrooms, blistered shishitos and the first of this season's hosta shoots pan fried with garlic, ginger, chili oil, green onion  and fish sauce.

 Enjoyed with a dry NS cider from Lake City.

 

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Variation on Libyan sharba - meatballs (ground beef, soaked bread, fresh mint), chickpeas (quarter of it mashed to give the soup some body), diced tomatoes with chilies, harissa, cumin, turmeric and fresh mint cooked in chicken broth

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