Thursday, June 17, 2010

Baked Salmon

I wanted to cook the salmon fillets. I was not sure what to do with it. So I flipped through my recipe books and none seems to interest me. I went online and checked out Found Baked Salmon II. It's just what I wanted... As recommended, I made some changes, and it turned out wonderfully.. I poured the little bit of the sauce over my steamed broccoli, carrots and crabmeat... ((yumyum)) This recipe will become a staple in our weekly menu. Thanks LADYBLADE for sharing the recipe. :o)

2 salmon fillets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp melted butter
3/4 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lemon juice
1 tsp dried parsley
dash of dill weed
1 stalk green onion, cut about 2cm long
a few slices of lemon

In a medium glass bowl, prepare marinade by mixing garlic, olive oil, melted butter, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, parsley and dill weed. Massage the oil mixture into the salmon. Place the salmon and the oil mixture in a zip lock bag. Marinate in the refrigerator about 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Using the aluminum foil; throw the chopped spring onions on the bottom then place the fillets, cover with marinade. Add slices of lemon atop each fillets prior to closing up the packets. Place sealed salmon in the glass dish, and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until easily flaked with a fork.  

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Grilled Cod with Lemon and Chilli

For one week, its gonna be fish and vegetables. No rice, no meat and no fried food. That is the plan. We'll see how it goes... My recipe tonight was very simple and healthy. The original recipe used hake fillets but I had to change it to cod. Here is my Grilled Cod with Lemon and Chilli. Steamed broccoli and spinach with my cream sauce as side dishes. The fish is ideal meal for occasions when something light is called for. :))

4 cod fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp crushed chilli flakes
salt and ground black pepper

Preheat grill(broiler) to high. Brush fillets all over with olive oil and place them skin side up on a baking sheet.
Grill(broil) the fish for 4-5mins, until the skin is crispy, then carefully turn the fillets over in the pan, using a metal spatula.
Sprinkle the fillets with the lemon rind and chilli flakes and season with salt and ground black pepper.
Grill the fillets for a further 2-3 minutes, or until the hake is cooked through. (test using the point of a sharp knife; the flesh should flake).
Squeeze over the lemon juice just before serving.

Any firm white fish can be cooked in this simple, low-fat way. Try halibut, hake or hoki.
If you haven't got any chilli flakes, brush the fish with chilli oil instead of olive oil.

Monday, June 14, 2010

ASAMADE - Air Asam

Here is a perfect cooling drink for warm weather. A friend in United Kingdom shared with me her recipe.

You'll need:
boiling water
4-5 asam-masin (dried red plums or sour plums) 
2-3 slices of lime. 
a little bit of sugar or honey

A jug or mason jars.

Dissolved the a little bit of sugar with some hot water in a separate glass to make the sugar syrup.  In the jug, add sour plums, slices of lime and sugar syrup or honey. Pour the boiling water in the jug and just let it brew... 

You can have it hot or cold. We like to have it with lotsa ice. 

Enjoy! :))

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Goreng Pisang Xpress (Bananas Fritters)

I was so happy when I could get banana plantains at our local Walmart. We love our fritters specially bananas fritters. This Tepung Goreng Pisang (Banana Fritter Flour Mix) from ADABI is really good. I really like this brand. <<<mum, please send me more of this... LoL!! >>> :))

Follow the instructions on packet to make batter. Use banana plantains. The firmer the bananas, the better. Peel and cut lengthwise or cut into 1 inch thick slantwise. Dip the cut banana in batter and deep-fry it in medium/medium-high heat until it turns golden. Drain on paper towels and dry well. Serve while still warm. :))

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Indonesian Prawn Salad

I have this 200 Delicious Low Fat Dishes Cookbook given to me by my little sister last year. Wondering why low fat??? She said I will gain a lot weight when I'm away so that is why she got me this low fat cookbook.. haha..

I have not tried any of the recipes since I got this book. So tonight's dinner, I whipped up something from this cookbook. After  checking through the recipes, I decided to go for Indonesian Prawn Salad. It does not take very long; preparation and cooking time only takes 25 minutes altogether. I really like the pickled cucumber. I used the potato peeler to slice the cucumber thinly.  My omelette is a disaster. Please excuse the ugly omelette strips.. I had this salad as a main dish for my dinner but hub had this salad with his main dish. Overall, we both enjoyed this salad. :)) 

Indonesian Prawn Salad (adapted from 200 low fat dishes  ~ hamlyn all colour cookbook)

4 oz (125g) rice noodles (I used cellophane noodles instead)
2-1/2 oz (65g) cucumber, thinly sliced
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
oil spray
4 shallots, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp grated fresh root ginger
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
8 oz (250g) cooked peeled prawns
1 tbsp soy sauce

To serve:
fresh coriander leaves
prawn crakers 
chopped roasted peanuts
2 spring onions, finely sliced

my additional:
fresh lime
chilli flakes

Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet. Drain, rinse well and set aside.
Pickle the cucumber in equal quantities of rice vinegar and sugar for 5 minutes, drain and set aside.
Mix egg and 3 tablespoons water. Spray a wok or large frying pan with il and, when it is quite hot, make a thin omelette with the egg mixture. Roll it up, leave to cool and cut into thin strips.
Combine the shallot, garlic, ginger and ground coriander in a large bowl. Add  some chopped coriander leaves, fish sauce, prawns and noodles and mix in, using 2 spoons to lift and stir, until they are thoroughly combines. Add the soy sauce, salt to taste. ((Squeeze 1 fresh lime.))
Transfer to a serving dish and serve with omelette strips, pickled cucumber, prawn crackers, chopped roasted peanuts, spring onions and a dash of chilli flakes. 

  • In the original recipe, they added 2 peppers (chopped) and 2 red chillies (sliced). I have to omit these because, hub do not like peppers and chillies. 
  • The dish has a little fishy smell from the prawns so I squeezed 1 fresh lime and the smell went away..
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