January II: 2012
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Basa fillets with Caribbean rub, pan fried in
a tsp of olive oil.
Great with just a squeeze of lime juice.
Manila clams in coconut/lemongrass/lime broth.
For lack of cilantro, fresh dill was snipped
over the lot while still in the sauté pan...
Thought appetizer!!! when I saw these lively
little creatures in Superstore.
Knew they were fresh as they all had their little
feelings hanging out in the water; -)
Snipped more fresh dill up after I divied up
A dozen clams is just a mouthful really.
The broth was fantastic!
Spooned it up as we didn't have any bread in
The dozen clams was followed by a light soup:
Fuzzy melon / mu gwa with sliced pickerel velveted
Pan seared then oven baked chicken breast, seasoned
with Cajun rub.
Mushrooms were sauteed in the brown bits in the
pan after the chicken was moved to rest on the plate.
Sweet potatoes added the carbs for Bill.
I had " cauliflower rice"
Curry chicken stew:
Bone-in chicken breasts, browned in the cast
iron pot with onion, celery, carrots, and curry powder.
Chicken stock was added, all brought to a low
boil, then stuck into a 375 oven for an hour.
A purple yam was roasting at the same time.
Purple top turnip was cut into chunks, boiled
in the microwave, then pan-fried with Montreal Steak Spice.
A nice warming dish for the kitchen and for us
on a cold January night :-)
It's -28C, -41C with windchill... Is it winter
in Manitoba yet?!
Made basic marinara sauce with Alymer's Red Chili
Pepper Diced Tomatoes.
Added browned ground turkey, and made Eggplant
Used a couple TBSP of grated parmasan cheese,
topped with fat-free mozza cheese and crushed hot chilis.
Green beans and brocco slaw go with anything,
but Bill doesn't agree;-)
Home fries: tri-coloured baby potatoes, purple
yams and sweet potatoes...
There goes my diet!
Oh well, Chinese New Year coming up, might as
well eat now and diet later ;-)
One-rib roast - perfect for Bill, Soulin, and
No Yorkies today - not enough drippings.
Mixed vegetables: woodear fungus, baby corn,
sweet peppers, lotus root,
fuzzy melon ( moo gwa)scallions, ginger, garlic.
Lots of different textures.
Chinese mushrooms and oyster sauce on a bed of
wilted iceberg lettuce.
Stir-fried mung bean noodles (fun see) with fuzzy
melon, dried shrimp,
char siu, garlic,m ginger, and a light drizzle
of soy sayce.
Gigantic scallops steamed with soy, ginger, rice
wine, scallions, chili pepper.
Ryan's work with lobster tails in butter, cumin,
celery seed sauce. SO GOOD!
Several of the dozens of char siu (BBQ pork)
baos I made today
- some for lunch, some for sending home with
the kids :-)
Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves: sticky rice, shitaki
mushrooms, Chinese sausage (lapcheong).
No chicken as grandson Soulin will not eat chicken!
Shrimp and ground pork siu mai.
We had sweet chil saice, Saigon chili oil, ginger
chili sauce, hot dumpling soy for dips.
Our 3 dim sum courses were kicked started with chicken and ginger congee.
Made a separate one with poork for Soulin but he didn't believe me!
Rascal! Beverages: roasted rice tea, Diet Pepsi...followed with drumsticks
and pomelo for dessert.
Lucky money (lai see) was handed out to those who said,
"Sun need fai lok. Gung hai fat choi: - and that was everyone :-)
Mock fried rice: grated cauliflower "rice"
stir-fried with ground turkey, sweet pepper,
onion, cilantro, and chopped fried egg white.
Added a couple of drops of Tamari soy and chili
Good as a starch-free low-fat version with all
ingredients allowed on the Cycle 1 of 17-Day Diet :-)
Grandson Soulin was here for guitar lesson.
He and Grandpa had slow oven-cooked baby back
ribs, real rice and kernel corn.
Something healthy and spicy to fire up my metabolism:
Kung Po Chicken:
waterchestnuts, baby corn, sweet peppers, onion,
mushrooms, celery, zuchinni (not usual but I wanted it),
chicken breast, and toban sauce (chili bean sauce),
topped with dry roasted peanuts.
In line with my no-carbs low-fat way of eating
for the next while,
I had beansprouts and green onions cooked with
and a slice of fat-free mozz cheese.
It was good even without the salsa.
and Sue-On Hillman Eclectic Studio