Tuesday, August 16, 2016

JGE 109 - Pak Cham Gai Fan – aka Chinese-Style Steamed Chicken

Good Day,

I really, really, really like my new Instant Pot. Last night I tried to make Pak Cham Gai Fan – otherwise known as Chinese-Style Steamed Chicken.

My prime ingredient included -

1 large boneless/skinless Chicken breast

marinated in -

2 tbsps Regular Soya Sauce
2 tbsps Dark Soya Sauce
1 tbsp Shoaxing Wine
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp White Pepper

I added 3 cups of Jasmine Rice, rinsed, and 3 1/2 cups of water to the inner pot.

I followed the instructions directions from Happy Noodle TV and added

4 Spring/Green Onions
8 Garlic Cloves
2 Inches Ginger
150 g Shitake Mushrooms
3 Star Anise, (not sure of the plural)

It’s supposed to be an 11-minute Instant Pot recipe.  I followed the instructions and used the manual settings on high pressure.  I was expecting the typical pressure cooker steam whistling.  There wasn't any.  So I repeated the process again.

Well lo and behold every turned out okay.  The chicken was cooked.  The rice was cooked.  I plated the meal with chicken and rice topped with some Dark Soya Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds.  I added a teaspoon of Hot Pepper Sauce, the one I made from Habaneros.  I also steamed some Baby Bok Choy.

Supper was terrific.  (But I am looking for that burst of steam.  Maybe I am wrong.)

My blood sugar dropped 13 points this morning moved up 2 points to 107 mg/dL.

Right. I am sold on the Instant Pot.

Jim's gotta eat. Be healthy,


Saturday, August 13, 2016

JGE 108 – New Instant Pot Challenge – This Morning: Congee

Good Day,

Breakfast - Congee..

And yes I do like kitchen gadgets. I hummed and hawed about getting another small appliance some time ago. I thought I would never use it. But I got suckered…sort of.

Yes, I did get a new Instant Pot. The model I got on an Amazon.com super deal moment. Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart 1000-Watt.

And this morning after checking the slight upward swing of my fasting blood sugar count I decided that I wanted to have…to make some Congee.

There are 320,000 Google results for the phrase “Congee recipes”. When I change the search phrase to “Congee recipes, Instant Pot”, I received 74,000 results. And of course who knows how many are just duplicate copies or each other.

Well this morning I decided to pattern my Congee concoction after the “Instant Pot Congee (Jook)” from the website BudgetByte$.

Of course I did not have similar ingredients. My ingredients:

1 cup Long-grain Rice
6 cloves Garlic
2 inches fresh Ginger
6 large white Mushrooms
5 cups Chicken Broth
2 cups Water
½ tsp Salt


Dash of Soy Sauce
2 Green Onions
Dash of toasted Sesame Seeds.

I followed the directions for the Instant Pot.

And there was left-overs. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I have made Congee on my stove-top.

Everything turned out fine, and I had me a bowl of freshly made Congee after I completed my sit-ups this morning. Will have to wait until tomorrow to see if there is any impact to my A1c calculation.

Right. I am sold on the Instant Pot.

Jim's gotta eat. Be healthy,


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

JGE 107 - Habanero Sauce

Good Day,

Yes, I've been growing peppers; Habaneros and Red Thai/Bird's Eye Chilies.

And I harvested the habaneros and figured I've got to do something with them.

I found Rick Bayless' recipe for Habanero Hot Sauce.

Quick list of ingredients: Habaneros, Onions, Carrots, Garlic, Apple Vinegar, Water, Salt, and Sugar.  And of course I tweaked the amounts; more to the plus-size.

Hot! Spicy! Hot! Damn sweet.

Any questions, thoughts, ideas, comments email me at Jim’s Gotta Eat. Oh yeah, Jim’s Gotta Eat has a new URL address – http://jimsgottaeat.com.

Jim’s gotta eat. Enjoy,