I get involved in a lot of kitchen catastrophes than I would like to. The smoke alarm in my previous apartment would go off a lot and I had to pull a chair to reach for the alarm to shut it off. Thankfully, the kitchen in my current home has a proper ventilation, but sometimes while making curry, I would mindlessly fry raw chilies in hot oil. You can imagine the kind of agony my eyes and nose have to undergo.
But occasionally, I do get things right. Over the weekend, my husband and I made some pancakes and enjoyed them with a good amount of maple syrup and ice cream.
Although, I did go a little overboard with whipped cream and drowned my pancake.
Last week I bought a pack of Portobello mushroom on a whim and then spent the next two hours looking for recipes that didn’t need balsamic vinegar. Try it, I challenge you to find at least one recipe that doesn’t use soy sauce or balsamic vinegar. And you can’t even use normal white vinegar, because apparently, they both are different.
Since I only had soy sauce, I decided to wing it. In a pan, I poured olive oil, then added soy sauce, sugar and maple syrup (yeah don’t ask me why) and water. I boiled mushrooms in the mixture and once they were done (or I believe they were done ), I placed them between my mashed avocado burger. Had it with hot mustard and tomato sauce.
I love Asian noodle soups, but ever since I started controlling my MSG (food enhancer number 621) intake, I try to make them at home. Since I don’t use chicken broth at all, my noodle soup doesn’t turn as tasty as the ones in the restaurant, but good enough to satisfy my craving.
Bok Choy, carrots and mushrooms boiled in water with a bit of soy sauce, ginger and star anise.
Ahh Sushi… my love. Anytime, any day and so easy to make. I bought Sushi rice, Nori (seaweed) sheets and Japanese miso soup paste from the Asian section in Woolies. Preparation of sushi rice doesn’t take time, it’s the cooling down that makes me impatient. You have to wait till the rice is cool before rolling them in seaweed. I made these cucumber and avocado maki sushi. (Maki means to roll or wrap)
One of my favorite places to enjoy a good Japanese meal is Miso Restaurant in Sydney CBD. They serve an awesome variety of Teishoku and Bento Box. I tried the Vegetable Bento which consisted of rice and loads of steamed and fried vegetables, tofu, pickles, and miso soup. It was an absolute delight.
My other favorite place to have lunch is at Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong. They serve Buddhist lunch consisting of rice/noodles and 5 different side dish. A well balanced delicious and nutritional meal that I love to indulge sometimes.
Just writing this post is making my tummy growl in hunger.