Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Cooking Escapades

It has been a while since I posted anything of my daily activities. I clearly wasn't in the mood, and nothing much is going on. Zah's gone to boarding school (and I know it sounds like an annoying song title, but my life would suck without you).

I'm clearly running out of ideas on what to cook, and I'm really bored of the same stuff. Apparently, I seem to have run out of cumin powder and black pepper from my spice rack (I have that?). Usually, when I have that black pepper and I don't know what to cook, I just whip up some masak kicap dish either from beef or chicken. Basically, it's a marinade, well, I guess I could call it that, of a mix of tomato sauce, kicap manis, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, oregano and that's about it. Tomato sauce gives it a sour taste that kind of reduces the sweetness in the kicap.

With black pepper also, I could make soup out of scratch. Just your regular soup, mind you, not anything fancy like chowder and stuff like that. There are also all this cinnamon, anniseed powder, cloves, star of anise, and some other unknown herbs, well, to me, that I don't know how to use and I'm not sure what sort of flavour they give to the cooking.

What I could say was that I was really proud of one time I cooked beef to accompany the mashed potato we had. It was the same marinade, but with less kicap, loaded with lots more herbs that I just threw in, the extras were dill, a bit of mint, and then added dried mushrooms wich were soaked in hot water, the mushroom's 'hot bath' was also added for the gravy, I added vegetables like cauliflower and tomatoes and carrots. Then added a bit of potato starch to thicken the gravy.

The rest were like stuff from packets, you know, like the ready-made spice paste, and I just throw in stuff into the wok. I posted all those pictures in my Facebook.

I've been watching a lot of stuff off AFC right now. Especially the cooking game show Chopped. I was thinking of getting myself more condiments, apart from those that have run out, as well as some fish, the next time we go out. Chicken nowadays is like, huh, tad bit expensive for me.

mm..I haven't tried any local-style cooking..though I would love to try that. What that stops me from doing so is the lack of ingredients, malas nak kisar-kisar bahan, these people in my house are not accustomed to eating those dishes, the small stove only provides a small flame, so I always ended up making simple out-of-the-packet dishes.

huh..I don't know what else to blog about, but I really need ideas on what else to cook. Pastries, cakes, cookies and confections are not on my plans. Too much hassle with the little kids around. I sound like an exasperated housewife.

Counting the days to PKTR and SPM results.

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