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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Rosemary Potatoes

I used to eat a lot of this at my friend Karmina's house. It's simple but so good.

What you'll need

Baby Potatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic, Minced
Fresh Rosemary
Salt

What you'll do

Heat oil, add garlic.
Put in potatoes, rosemary, and salt.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Walnut-Chocolate Balls

Biljana, my Serbian friend, prepared a version of this for our potluck lunch. Its Serbian name is Kuglice sa orasima I cokoladom (which I can't pronounce).
I like it because you don't really need to cook it.

What you'll need

1 cup ground plain vanilla cookies (tea biscuits) or honey grahams
1 cup ground walnuts
½ cup chopped chocolate
½ cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1-2 teaspoons apple juice, to moisten
For rolling: 1 cup ground walnuts or flaked sweetened coconut

What you'll do

Make cookie mixture: Mix together the crushed cookies, walnuts, chocolate and sugar. Work in the softened butter, then just enough juice to moisten the mixture and enable it to hold its shape into a ball.

Roll the cookies: Place ground walnuts or coconut in a shallow bowl. Pack and roll a tablespoonful of mixture between palms to make a ball. Dip the ball into ground walnuts or coconut.

Presentation: Cover cookies loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight is best. Serve cold.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Poppy Seed Salad

A sweet salad that almost makes you feel like you're also having dessert.

What you'll need

Poppy Seed Dressing
Lettuce or Spinach
Seedless Grapes, halved
Roasted Almond Slivers
Feta Cheese
Poppy Seeds

What you'll do

Mix everything together.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Breakfast-Turned-Dessert

I made up this dessert when I ran out of milk for my cereal. The end result isn't really breakfast, but the cereal had to go somewhere.

What you'll need

Cereal- something complex like Honey Bunches of Oats or Banana Nut Crunch
Chocolate Syrup
Peanut Butter
Whipped Cream

What you'll do

Mix everything in a bowl.
Eat when stressed.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tomato and Egg

This is the easiest dish to cook ever! My Chinese friends said this is a very common dish in their country. Something they whip up when they want a quick meal. I thought it was a good alternative to a tomato omelette, which tastes good with bread (Western version). This goes well with rice (Eastern version).

What you'll need:

Diced Tomatoes
Eggs, beaten
Vegetable Oil
Salt
Sugar

What you'll do:

Heat oil in wok, stirfry eggs.
When eggs start to solidify, add tomatoes, continue stirfrying.
Add salt and sugar.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Shrimp with Peas

My friend Yueyan from Shanghai cooked this yesterday for a potluck lunch of our International Women's Support Group. She said that in Shanghai, they often cook their dishes with sugar.

What you'll need:

Peeled Shrimp
Green Peas
Sesame Oil
Chinese Cooking Wine
Vegetable Oil
Starch Powder
Sugar
Salt

What you'll do:

Put together shrimp, wine, sesame oil, starch, and sugar in a bowl.
Set aside for 15 minutes.
Cook the shrimp in vegetable oil.
Add peas, then salt to taste.

Filipino option: Add boiled quail eggs and cashews.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Yang Zhou Fried Rice

Another Chinese friend of mine, Yuying, told me that Yang Zhou is a Chinese province, and that they would never spell it Yang Chow, as it so often is. Here is my version of this dish.

What You'll Need:

Pre-cooked Rice, refrigerated overnight
Peeled Shrimp
Artificial Crabmeat
Eggs
Green Onion, finely chopped
Garlic, minced
Vegetable Oil
Sesame Oil
Pepper
Soy Sauce
Chinese Powder
Chinese Wine


What You'll Do:

Saute Garlic.
Add Shrimp, cook till orange.
Add Crabmeat and half the eggs.
Add rice, mix very well.
Add all seasonings and remaining eggs.
Remove from heat and add green onion.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Shrimp Risotto

Shrimp Risotto was my absolute favorite dish at a restaurant called Aresi in Quezon City. The restaurant closed down because their lease was up and the landowners refused to renew it (probably envious of Aresi's success). At any rate, I really miss their version of this dish. I tried to recreate it, and though I'm no chef, I think I did a good enough approximation.

You Will Need:

Rice- Pre-cooked and refrigerated overnight
Olive Oil
Garlic
Onion
Mushroom Soup
Tomato Sauce
Grated Cheese, whatever kind you like
Peeled Shrimp
Basil
Thyme
Salt
Pepper


What You'll Do:

Saute garlic and onion in olive oil.
Add shrimp.
Add everything else.
Leave to simmer for around 30 minutes.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Tofu-Century Egg Salad

I got this recipe from my Chinese friend JingQian who comes from Sichuan province, an area known for their spicy food. It's very simple and easy to prepare. (Also good for low-carb disciples.)

You will need:

Soft Tofu (the type you can eat without cooking), cubed
Century Egg (also known as Preserved Duck Egg), sliced
Chinese Onion, finely chopped
Sesame Oil
Salt

What you'll do:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, gently, so as not to break the tofu.
Chill and eat.
You may also dip in a mixture of soy sauce and wasabi, for an extra kick.