Food & Drinks, Simplify

Stir-Fried Lettuce

Chinese do not usually eat raw vegetables. So being from Chinese ancestry, I have been eating stir-fried lettuce when growing up in Malaysia.

Now living in a land of abundance, I realised that this happens to be the easiest and fastest way to get rid of a whole lot of lettuce. All you need to do is to cook the lettuce leaves in a little bit of vegetable oil, add some garlic and a dash of oyster sauce. This method allows you to reduce a whole head of lettuce into just a bowl of green veggie goodness. You may eat this with rice, noodles, or heck I put it in between my bread.

I might be the inventor of the stir-fried lettuce sandwich?!

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Food & Drinks

Asparagus Risotto

I have a box of frozen asparagus peels and ends that I saved since March. In order to make room in the freezer, I made an asparagus broth which I then used in a risotto. The recipe I found on-line calls for a bit of white wine but I did not care to open up a new bottle for that. So my version, this time, is halal.

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Food & Drinks, Travels

Artichoke

Yesterday, D and I crossed the border to do some grocery in France. The distance is not an issue to me because the French border is just a few minutes drive away. Nonetheless, the fact that it is a different country and economy prevents me from making this a habit. Cross-border grocery shopping is only done a handful of times a year.

For dinner tonight, I shall cook and eat my 99 cents artichoke. It has been a while…

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Food & Drinks

Strawberry Clafoutis

I have been harvesting strawberries for the past few days. Since I do not consume them fast enough, they are piling up in the fridge. So, this afternoon, I decided to turn my harvested strawberries into a sauce which I may pour onto ice creams and baked goods. Five minutes before I start, I changed my mind and made a strawberry clafoutis instead.

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Belgium, Food & Drinks

Meat Direct

With all the road works and re-routing, it took D and I a while to reach a particular cattle farm in Wakken. Our purpose was to purchase meat directly from the breeder and butcher. No additives, no hormones, no middle-man, and only cash.

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Food & Drinks, Health

Veggie Goodness

I feel much better today. So it is no surprise that I am once again busy in my kitchen, brewing up one of my witchy concoctions.

I made a vegetable dump soup. This uses up the rest of a cabbage, one potato, two onions, and a limp parsley stalk. A few bowls of this warm and nutritious vegetable soup will work wonders.

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Carnivores

Yesterday, D and I went to Puur Vlees at Wakken with the intention of checking out the place and to buy some meat. And what you know… it was open-stal-dag (open stable day). In Flanders, open-door-days often mean freebies. We had some free beers, ate several bite-sized appetizers, visited the stable of the Limousin cattle, and bought a kilogram of beef!

In the next few weeks, I will be doing some research and then have fun cooking different types of beef dishes.

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Chicken Fillet

D had to go get bread this morning. So, I asked him to drop by the grocery store to take advantage of a one-plus-one-free promotion. I currently have 1.5 kilogram worth of chicken fillet which I have cleaned, separated into individual containers, and stored in the freezer. Chicken breast meat is a freezer staple in this household.

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