Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JGE 21 – Supper Tonight – Spicy Chicken, Sautéed Bok Choy with Mushrooms, Steamed Rice, and Banana Cake

Good Day,

Well guess what? Jim's gotta eat.

I was feeling extremely “chef-analogous”. And today, as it is getting colder in this State of endless sunshine, I noticed that the bananas on one of bunches that I had cut were getting ripe. I immediately thought Banana Cake. Forget the bread I wanted cake. Let me eat cake.

I discovered a recipe, a very simple one on a search of the Internet. Simple with a limited amount of ingredients: Bananas, of course, Eggs, Sugar, Butter, Baking Powder, Flour… and I added some Vanilla Extract. Mixed then 55 minutes in a 350° F oven. Damn, it is a good looking Bundt cake, from scratch.

My entrée, Spicy Chicken with Peanuts. Ingredients: Oil, Garlic, Shallots, Green Chilies, Dry-Roasted Peanuts, Chicken, and Green Onion. Sauce: Soya Sauce – Sweet and Regular, Fish Sauce, Sugar, and Water. Mise-en-place and then prepped my wok.

Side of Sautéed Bok Choy with Mushrooms. Ingredients: Baby Bok Choy, Oyster and White Mushrooms, Green Onions, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Pepper, Oil, Coconut Milk.

Tandem woks.

Dueling woks. Ambidextrous.

Entrée and side served over steamed white rice.

Dessert – Homemade Banana Cake with Strawberry Sauce and Coffee.

I am satiated, and here's three for one.

Be healthy and enjoy,


Saturday, January 18, 2014

JGE 20 – Malaysian Chicken Curry – My Twist

Good Day,

I really had a hankering for some sort of curried chicken dish last night. I had some thawed out chicken breast and also some thighs just staring at me on the third shelf in the refrigerator.

I sometimes check Rasa Malaysia – Easy Asian Recipes website for ideas. I recently came across one which appears to have just been posted. And I really do like this site.

And of course I tweaked the list of ingredients and their quantities somewhat based on what I had in my kitchen: Onion, Oil, Yellow Curry Powder and Red Curry Paste, Chicken – boneless breast and thigh, Chicken Broth, Potatoes, Hard-boiled Eggs, Coconut Milk and Salt.

I fried the chopped onions in the oil and then added the curries. Next I threw in the cut up chicken. I used boneless and skinless. After a couple of minutes I added the chicken broth and brought the mixture to a boil. I then reduced the combination to simmer and added the potatoes and the hard boiled eggs. Yes and in this case the chicken went first.

I set the timer and took The Pack for a walk. We try to walk a mile every early evening. Usually takes somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes.

I added the coconut milk. I heated up some leftover rice and put everything into a bowl.

Excellent. And so simple.

Be healthy and enjoy,