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Turkey Meatballs

I’ve been using the same turkey mince I made for my Stuffed Peppers, Wonton, Fried Rice, and now I’m making meatballs with them. I haven’t actually kept raw meat for so many weeks (it would completely smell by then!), I’ve just posted the recipes later. So I don’t repeat myself, you can find the original turkey mince recipe here.

Ingredients

Olive oil
Turkey mince made in previous recipe

Method

  1. Scoop the turkey mince into mini round pattie shapes (about the size of a tablespoon).
  2. Pour some olive oil into a non-stick pan and fry the turkey patties until fully cooked.

    Frying Meatballs
  3. Serve with some rice and stir-fried Chinese cabbage with some sweet chilli sauce drizzled on top.

Turkey Meatballs

A light and simple lunch!

So easy.

Food

Colman’s Chicken Casserole

I was craving a good casserole one day – partly because it sounded delicious, and partly because anything that can be cooked altogether in one pot is exactly my cuppa tea.

Problem. Absolutely NO idea how to make it.

Solution. Colman’s Chicken Casserole.

Colman's Chicken Casserole

Yes, I know. I have traded full and heavenly homemade flavours for cheap and easy instant casserole mix. I caved. I hear gasps circulating through the foodie world to the admission of this unforgiveable crime.

I am such a drama queen *grin*.

In any case, here are the instructions on the packet.

Colman's Chicken Casserole Instructions

One and a half hours in the oven?! *looks incredulous* And I thought this was supposed to be instant.

Did I follow the instructions? Obviously not, I never do.

Ingredients

Colman’s chicken casserole mix
4 diced skinless chicken thighs
2 diced carrots
2 diced red onions (I would prefer normal onions, but this was all I had)
Chopped garlic
Brocolli florets
Water (I didn’t measure this)
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Prepare garlic, red onions and carrots in a pot. Brocolli to the side to add in later (don’t like it to be too soft).

    Garlic, Carrots, Red Onions
  2. In a separate bowl, mix contents of the Colman’s Chicken Casserole sachet with water. I thought it didn’t look too bad.

    Colman's Chicken Casserole Mix
  3. Place chicken in the pot with the garlic, onions and carrots and pour the sauce over. Yes I know, I need a bigger pot. But this was the biggest I had!

    Cooking Casserole
  4. Put on the stove until fully cooked and carrots soften (unless you want to bake it for one and half hours). Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. My pot was clearly too small to add in my brocolli so I cooked that separately.
  5. I served it with rice because I love rice.

    Chicken Casserole and Rice

So I have to admit, doesn’t quite look like proper casserole. And definitely nothing like the photo on the packet! But it tasted okay – I wasn’t exactly expecting wonders when cooking from a sachet mix.

Didn’t quite satisfy my craving though, so I’ll have to learn to cook it properly.

At least I didn’t use a boil-in-a-bag casserole.

Food

Fried Rice

I love fried rice. But I am a little picky about it. It can’t have too much non-rice foodstuff like veggie, meat etc. You might as well call it Fried Other Stuff. It can’t be too oily either. Not only does it make my stomach feel like it’s being covered with a thick layer of gooey gunk, it leaves me with a lot of grease to clean off in the kitchen. So if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself. And this is another one of my concoctions. It was one day inspired by my ravenous stomach in severe need of sustenance because I was busy and forgot to eat.

This recipe uses the turkey mince from another post. Like I said then, very versatile! So here goes!

Ingredients (serves 2)

1/2 red onion, diced
Sliced french beans
Turkey mince from previous post
2 eggs
1 cup raw rice, then cook it (I just used some leftovers)
1 tbsp sesame oil

Sauce for frying:
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp Kikoman soy sauce
Chilli oil (optional)

Method

  1. Dice and slice the red onion and french beans.

    Red Onion and French Beans
  2. Heat a non-stick pan and put in sesame oil. Fry the onions first until slightly brownish, then add in french beans.

    Frying Onion and French Beans
  3. When beans appear half cooked, add in about two heaped tablespoons of the raw turkey mince preparation.

    Frying Turkey Mince
  4. Then push everything in the pan to one side and crack in two eggs (I don’t like my eggs clumping on everything else and this is the easy way). Drizzle some soy sauce onto the eggs and fry till cooked.

    Frying Eggs
  5. Finally, add in the rice and the various sauces (chilli oil if you like it spicy). Fry and mix everything well.
  6. Garnish with chopped spring onions if you wish, and enjoy eating!

Fried Rice

Non oily, non excessive-other-stuff and non egg-clumping-to-other-stuff fried rice.

Just the way I like it.

Of course, you could also add in grated carrots and diced capsicums for more colour and nutritional value.

Food

Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Apron Wisdom #4! And this only came about because I was craving cake (so what else is new?). One slight problem, well actually, a few. Where I was, I had no mixer, no electric beater, no measuring cups/spoons, not even a whisk. There was always the option of abandoning my baking mission, but this was a craving not to be ignored! So as always, phone call to mom for some kitchen SOS.

‘You can use my chewy brownies recipe from my blog.’

That’s it? From my source of sage advice? Not even going to talk me through it step-by-step?

Turns out, it was shockingly easy to make. I had to modify it because I didn’t have brown sugar, walnuts or vanilla extract. I also halved the ingredients because I knew I would eat it all. And when I use ‘cup measurements’, that’s me using a mug that looked roughly the size of a measuring cup. So definitely check out her original recipe at www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com.

I used Lindt chocolate for this. For no other reason than the fact that I love Lindt chocolate!

Lindt Chocolate

Ingredients

Part A:
175g butter
100g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
1/2 cup natural sugar

Part B:
2 large eggs
1/4 cup natural sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (I didn’t have any so I didn’t add this but I’m sure it would taste much better if you did!)

Part C:
1/2 cup plain flour

Method

  1. Put a pot of water to boil and a Pyrex bowl over the top (there’s a smart chef word for this but I don’t know what it is). Place Part A ingredients into the bowl and melt over the heat. Take off heat when fully melted.

    Melting Part A Ingredients
  2. Beat Part B ingredients and mix into Part A mixture. It should become quite thick and gooey.
    Mixing Part A and Part B Ingredients

    Thick and Gooey Mixture
  3. Finally, add the flour to the bowl and stir well.

    Mixing Flour
  4. Pour batter into a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Bake at 160°C for 30 minutes. If you smell the glorious cake smell before this, chances are it’s almost done. So don’t overbake it.
  5. Take it out and let it cool. Cut into squares and serve.

    Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Chewy and chocolatey. That’s the only way I like my brownies. And once again, mom’s recipe hasn’t let me down.

Does that look good, or does that look good? Satisfied my cravings? You betcha!

So when you find yourself stranded without your normal kitchen equipment, you can’t go wrong with this recipe! It’s almost far too simple.

Food

The Greatest Beef Salad. EVER.

Apron Wisdom #3! The part of my blog that is dedicated to the wonderful foodies out there who cook the most amazing food. I am slowly making my way round all your blogs – you have a wealth of knowledge for a very clueless chef (a.k.a. ME) to learn from! I frequently hunt through your archives in a stalker-esque manner and can never decide what to try. So if you have any simple (note emphasis on simple) recipes to recommend, do drop a line and let me know!

Anyway, this time, I have decided to make LeQuan’s Beef Salad. It looks so delicious and yet unbelievably simple to make. Please visit her blog for the original recipe and say hi to her because she is the loveliest. Plus, she has tons of other recipes and interesting stories that are just fun to read. Check out her blog at luvtoeat.wordpress.com.

Ingredients
1 lb sliced beef
Chopped garlic for frying
Olive oil
Iceberg lettuce
Sliced cucumber
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced red onion

Beef Marinade:
2 tsp corn starch
2 tsp sugar
4 tbsp light soy sauce

Dipping Sauce:
Juice of 2 limes
5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper (I used coarse ground because that’s all I had)

Method

  1. Marinade the beef with the corn starch, sugar and soy sauce and leave to one side.
  2. Lay out pieces of iceberg lettuce, sliced cucumber, tomatoes and red onion on a plate. Beautiful.

    Vegetables
  3. Next make the dipping sauce. I had every intention in following the recipe exactly, which consisted only of lime juice, salt and pepper. But it was too sour for me so I added the other ingredients. I am an avid lover of garlic, so if you don’t like it much you might want to put less.

    Dipping Sauce
  4. Put some olive oil in a pan and fry the garlic until light brown. Then add in the marinated beef. Fry until cooked.

    Frying Beef
  5. When done, place beef on top of the vegetable salad you previously arranged. To eat, just pick up bits of salad and beef and dip into the sauce.

    The Greatest Beef Salad

It was the most appetizing salad in the world, I couldn’t get enough of it! The tanginess of the lime makes all the difference. And once you’ve eaten it, you’ll continue to crave it and want more. I had it for dinner and couldn’t stop thinking about it when I went to sleep. I’m going to have it again, and again, and again. And, again! I practically licked the plate clean. That’s how much I love it. Thank you LeQuan for this delicious recipe!

Next time I might just use one lime though. I thought it wouldn’t be enough but two was too much! Just stick to the recipe Sharon, is that too much to ask?

I made some pasta to go with the beef salad. I tried to make up my own recipe for it but it turned out to be rather scrummy. Plus, I overcooked the broccoli that I mixed into it so it all fell apart. Still edible but nothing to rave about.

Scrummy Pasta

Anyone have any good (fast and easy) pasta recipes to recommend?