For the last I don’t know how many weeks I’ve been pan frying Atlantic salmon. Tonight I thought about doing something different. I had noodles, red curry paste, lychees and pineapple pieces.
I heated the pineapple pieces and lychees with their juices in a fry pan and added some red curry paste. I also added a liberal sprinkling of chilli flakes. Once it reached a good vigorous boil I added a piece of salmon and put a lid on the pan. I cooked this on high heat for 5 minutes before removing the lid. I removed the salmon and put it in a bowl. I added the noodles to the fry pan and small amount of coconut milk. I also squeezed in a lime. Once the noodles were cooked the sauce had thickened I spooned noodles, pineapple pieces and lychees into a large bowl. I then flaked the salmon and added that. I then poured over a small amount of the sauce.
I’m not making a claim to understand the advantages or disadvantages of fusion cuisine and more because I can than being creative tonight’s dinner is a fusion meal. I crumbed some veal in fresh bread with mixed herbs and GOA beef curry powder and served it with a stir fry of onions, ginger, lup chong, asparagus, broccolini, coriander, spring onions and carrot. This was served with some noodles.
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Crumbed veal and stir fry
Of course the day started brilliantly with morning tea with Bron. She brought me a pistachio macaron from the Lindt café in Darling Harbour.
It’s been a long couple of days at work with a few issues taking all my attention. They were sufficiently different to make focus and concentration difficult. To help me focus better, I used a technique that I learnt many years ago. Whenever I felt a bit stressed I thought of something I wanted to do and built up a picture to appreciate. I knew I had a piece of steak in the refrigerator. By the end of the day I had a meal composed and cooked in my head. The problem was I had little time. I left the office at a reasonable time however, my bag was full of work and my e-mail inbox replete with unread messages. On top of that I had a week’s worth of ironing I had to do tonight.
In my mind this morning I started with a piece of steak that I diced. In the pressure cooker I put some roughly cut onion, ginger, potato and the steak. I also added a little red curry paste and water. I cooked this for 30 minutes. In a wok I sauteed onions and ginger in olive oil. When the onion had softened I added some diced tomatoes and then the rest of the red curry paste I had. While that was simmering I added peas, beans and carrots. When the meat was finished I added it to the wok and combined everything through. I added some coconut milk and while that was coming to a simmer I prepared some noodles. I added a little lime juice and coriander as I served the curry on the bed of noodles.
These thoughts kept me sane today. The meal turned out well and I’ve now finished the ironing and completed a good portion of my homework.
Today I woke up and just didn’t feel right. I woke with a head ache and felt really tired. I’m not sure why, I had slipped in the shower yesterday and hurt my back so I haven’t been doing anything strenuous.
I had been planning for a little while to make pancakes for breakfast. I’d never made them from scratch and so many friends seems to be able to whip them up and have fabulous pancakes. I used a simple recipe that required a resting stage. I don’t think enough carbon dioxide formed. They were a little flat but not too doughy which was good.
During the day I did a little work, mainly going through some e-mail and sorting out some other matters.
This evening I had a piece of fillet steak that I soaked in whisky, soy and oil. I also had some pak choi, celery, peas, mushrooms, and cauliflower. It was simple enough to quickly cook them in my wok. I love my wok. I don’t regard myself as a Chinese cook even though I’m Chinese, I just seemed to have absorbed some basic lessons from Mum.