I belong in the kitchen

So you might have read my blog post about My Love For Cooking back in April 2012.

Here’s some of the frantic cooking I’ve been getting up to, since then. It’s so therapeutic… I feel like I’m in my natural environment when I’m in the kitchen these days. You know.. when men say women belong in the kitchen, I can’t help but feel there’s some truth behind it. Bahahaha. I love baking and cooking

Not saying that it’s all a woman should be good for, but rather… isn’t it a valuable trait to have as a woman? Kinda like how us ladies expect guys to be handy around the house, and with a computer (well I do at least) I’d definitely think somewhat less of him if he couldn’t even fix minor technical difficulties. Anyhoo, home cooked food galore incoming!!! Some of these dishes were cooked some time ago, and are in no chronological order…

And no, I don’t eat like this everyday, in case you’re wondering. Some times I just have an apple and some grapes for dinner, but when I cook I like to make it fancy. :)

Let’s start off with some egg porn. Every one I know loves eggs. This is my version of eggs benedict! If you lightly fry the egg with no oil on a good non stick pan, it’s just as runny and soft as a poached egg.. and a lot less trouble. Bacon slices + a slice of cranberry toast instead of english muffins, because I like the subtle sweet kick it gives.

However, since I’ve been trying to eat healthier….

I’ve since substituted my bread and 2 slices of bacon for just 1 slice and eggs, hollandaise sauce + salad with cherry tomatoes. *face palm* Eliminate the carbs.

I honestly think dieting is harder than breaking up with my ex-boyfriend, who was once my everything. At least with a relationship it’s just Hello and Goodbye, with a diet it’s the most torturous on and off ferocious battle of trying to not get fat but being seduced by food every single day.

Rib eye steak…. herbed butter… red skin potato salad. ♥

When I’m too lazy to go out and get my Marche crepe fix, I make my own.

Something fishy is going on here!

Salmon roe on salmon mentaiko on grilled salmon fillet with dill. Salmon is my favorite fish!!! Sidetrack: Overcooked salmon is one of my pet peeves. I don’t like any overcooked food but I get really annoyed when it’s salmon. How can you possibly screw up such a simple and perfect fish that needs minimal seasoning???

Peri peri chicken (I love my Happycall grill pan! It’s so versatile) with potato wedge-fries (lol it’s like a cross between both)

Home made wedges / fries with sour cream and sweet chilli…. BOMB!!! I’m sick of all the pre packeted fries and wedges served outside.

Calamari rings, boiled eggs, croutons, mesclun salad, tomatoes, glass noodles, italian dressing. I love me a good salad bowl.

More cranberry toast + roasted capsicum spread, topped off with either egg mayo and honey baked ham or egg mayo and smoked salmon! You’ll soon come to realize I have a few favorite ingredients that I use repetitively in my cooking… namely cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, capsicums, bacon and salmon.

I don’t normally cook Chinese, so if I do, it usually means my mum is in town and back from her travels and Chinese is her preferred type of food :)

Unfortunately Chinese food don’t always make good photography subjects! In the above is eggplants & minced pork in black bean sweet sauce, salted egg prawns and samsui chicken.

Speaking of samsui chicken (is this the proper name for this dish?) I love the one from Soup Restaurant and managed to create something quite similar! The sweet ginger sauce is soooo addictive. Because it’s all boiled with minimal seasoning it’s pretty healthy as well. Sam loves this!

I’d really rather eat Western any other day. Beef meatballs, garlicky broccoli and cheesy potato gratin. Best effin’ potato gratin ever might I add.

Offered to cook up a mussels feast for the fam one night, and we polished off what must have been 4kg worth of mussels… O_O

One is a slightly spicy tomatoey sauce, and the other one is creamy garlic. Mussels with cooking wine based sauces and garlic bread to dip with = you can’t go wrong!!

Jesus… this is so sinful…. just looking at it makes me feel like I’ve gained 500 calories. BUT IT IS SO GOOD.

Mentaiko pasta with bacon slices and pan fried fat scallops. YUM.

Every time I post up an oily food picture I must make up for it with a salad pic next after. LOL.

This is grilled black pepper chicken, red onion, cherry tomatoes (evident in 70% of my dishes), baby romaine salad in home made italian dressing

Mushroom soup full of awesome portobello mushroom bits!!!! :D

I love cooking soup, even though it takes a relatively long time, it’s very fuss free (and cheap lolol). Cook your ingredients till soft, add seasoning and stock and water, then blend. (or skip the blending option of it’s asian soup!)

Sam hates what he calls “rat tail noodles” but I love mee tai mak. Or is it bee tai mak?!

Stir fried with mushrooms, spicy sambal black bean sauce, minced meat, topped with spring onions and chicken floss!

A long-time-no-see friend came over impromptu one day and requested for bolognese pasta, so this was what I whipped up!

Can’t believe I used to have roasted potatoes for brunch…. carbohydrates are like a luxury for me these days. I won’t waste it on just roasted potatoes, lol. Pasta is higher up on my priority list.

More rib eye steaks bought from this place called Mmmm! (with 4 M’s I believe) They sell all sorts of seasoning, different types of meat and it’s the closest place to home I can get quality meat at.

Accompanied by onion rings and spinach.

The inside of ma steakkk… this is how pink I like it!!!

Mushroom risotto with truffle salt and bacon pieces. Risotto is such a pain in the ass to cook. I’ll take pasta any day!

Feeling cheapo and weight conscious one day, I threw vegetables in a pot and minimal pasta and made minestrone soup. The perfect dinner for when you don’t feel like eating very much at night.

Kong ba paoooooooo!!!! O_O Very easy to make but I’m an extremely impatient person and hate slow cooking recipes. Slaving over a stove for 3 hours, monitoring the fire, adding water when it dries up….

Buttery garlicky prawns and smoked salmon atop a summer salad.

Sam said to me one day, “I like capsicums.”

So, I went nuts and bought a whole bunch of baby capsicums then stuffed basil + feta cheese + random ingredients filling in it.. turned out pretty good!!! They were baked, the puddle of oil in the center piece is just olive oil and oil from the cheese that oozed out, which we spooned out afterwards.

More ching chong food for the fam!

French beans with minced pork and dried shrimps, tofu with baby corn, carrots, black fungus and mushrooms in a sweet sauce and steamed pomfret.

A craving for Secret Recipe’s lamb stew turned into another slow cooking process. I get very happy when I crave for something from a restaurant and my home made version turns out to be cheaper and better tasting!!!

Roasted chicken and vegetable medley… I wanted to let the skin of the chicken get more crisp, but left it in for 5 more minutes too many so it got slightly burnt. LOL

Spinach rosti (thanks to my happycall pan – it makes perfect rostis!) with smoked salmon & sour cream. Another quick fix, takes only 20 minutes to whip up.

Grilled dory fish (seasoned with black pepper, paprika, lemon juice and bay leaves) and a passionfruit glaze.

Tom yum soup!!!!! I added black fungus to mine because I like the chewy texture. This was also surprisingly easy to handle for a first timer. I thought the restaurant needed to boil it for hours… but it’s pretty much instant. And so dang cheap without the seafood! You can get a tom yum pack from NTUC Fairprice for a dollar something, then just add stock + ingredients and more seasoning.

I prefer kimchi soup to tom yum because of its thicker consistency. I cook mine with golden mushrooms, silky tofu and cuttlefish balls (LOL random ingredient)

And this is the stuff I eat when I’m too lazy to cook, yet too lazy to go out and eat. I stack jalapeno cream cheese with salmon and season generously.

Ok pretty sure I’ve cooked a lot more dishes than this but I GTG out now, if you guys want the recipe for a certain dish that’s appealing to you (and if enough of you want it) just drop me a comment! I’ll find some time to do another cooking tutorial post. :)

Hope you enjoyed looking at my food pictures!