April 26, 2010
The last couple of days around here haven’t been pretty. I’ve come down with a cold, or a mild flu, I’m not too sure which. My taste buds are off and I’m so much more careless in the kitchen when I’m sick, which means I’m going to take a little break from following Chang’s detailed multi-day recipes. Instead, I’m going to post some simple home-style meals Mike and I enjoy.
I’ve never been one of those sick people who like to languish around, dying. Ok, no, I do do that. But I’m certainly not one of those people who don’t want to eat when I’m sick. No, I’m of the belief that if you’re sick, you need to eat to get better!
April 23, 2010
If you’ve ever visited Vancouver, you’ll know that the Taiwanese bubble tea houses are as ubiquitous as the sushi joints. The bubble tea houses serve a variety of drinks, desserts, Taiwanese snacks and mini meals into the wee night. Generally, the food at bubble tea places is cheap, fast and filling.Mike’s favourite thing to order is crispy-salty-peppery chicken. They’re deep-fried popcorn chicken nuggets with a thin, non-existent crispy skin tossed in white pepper and Chinese five-spice powder. They’re super delicious and very addictive.
April 19, 2010
The first time I made risotto, I literally stood at the stove for hours, stirring. I thought my arms were going to fall off. I was under the impression if you didn’t stir risotto constantly it would be an epic fail. The risotto that time was an epic fail, but it wasn’t due to my constant stirring, it was the fact that I didn’t heat the broth before adding it to the arborio — the recipe I used didn’t mention this fundamental step.
April 18, 2010
I used to eat rice plain when I was a kid. Straight-up, white jasmine rice with no salt, no soy, nothing. I was one of those super-picky eaters and plain rice was my dinner most nights, which exasperated my mom to no end. When I was feeling adventererous, I’d pour whatever Chinese soup we were having over the rice and eat soupy rice.