Category Archives: cookordie

Stirfry with Mike Tsang

Mike wanted to know how to cook the sugar peas we received in last
week’s Good Food Box, so I suggested a stirfry. He bought chicken
breasts from Dominion, and we threw it all together in my kitchen.
Onions, garlic, carrots, mushroom, sugar peas, chicken, broccoli,
sesame ginger teriyaki sauce… It turned out to be a colorful and
flavorful dinner, and it tasted fantastic! I prepared ginger jasmine
rice to go with it, and the rice was wonderfully soft and delicately

Very good food. =) Happy girl.

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Random Japanese sentence: その子は猫の尻尾を捕まえた。 The boy caught the cat by the tail.

Fruit and crab salad

I remembered having a rather nice Asian salad that included mandarin
oranges, so I decided to see what mixing fruits into a salad would be
like. I peeled and chopped half an orange and one kiwi into bite-sized
bits, then sprinkled them onto a bed of romaine lettuce. I cubed two
crab sticks to add protein and a touch of saltiness. After tasting it,
I decided it lacked a little something, so I made a quick vinaigrette
by shaking balsamic vinegar, pepper, and olive oil in a small jar.

That wasn’t a bad lunch, although I suspect it might be better if I
used mandarin oranges instead of navel oranges, and if I could think
of a more Asian dressing…

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Comfort food: SPAM

Here’s incongruity for you: jasmine rice and SPAM. Yes, rice is rice,
but jasmine rice is soft and fluffy and sticky and wonderful, and SPAM
is SPAM. But SPAM is one of my comfort foods, and today I just didn’t
have the energy to cook anything fancier. Ah, SPAM. SPAM reminds me of
breakfast at home – fried rice, fried eggs and SPAM, SPAM, SPAM…

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Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table.

Chicken breasts marinated in red wine vinegar

I invited myself over to Quinn Fung‘s place for dinner. <laugh> She had a mac and cheese casserole, so I prepared chicken breasts marinated in red wine vinegar. I didn’t get to marinade them for long enough, I think, but I could taste a bit of the tartness of vinegar. It worked out pretty well. I wonder how white wine vinegar would work with it?

I splurged on the Joy of Cooking book yesterday, and this was the
first time I used it. The basic recipe for sauteed chicken breast
called for the chicken breasts to be lightly salted, peppered, and
floured. I added rosemary, too. I browned some butter and mixed in
some olive oil on a skillet, then added the chicken breasts and cooked
them for four minutes on one side at medium-high heat. Then I flipped
them and cooked them for another three minutes. I was worried that I
might’ve burnt the chicken because it was a bit black, but it turned
out nice, juicy, and cooked through.

Level up!

Quinn’s place is pretty nice. I like high ceilings. We had a lot of
fun chatting after dinner, too, and she gave me several ideas for a
few parties I’d like to hold sometime.

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When Steve called me up on my cellphone at around 8:00 and said only
“Help!”, I panicked and nearly fell off my bed. I slipped into my
kimono and went to the second floor only to find that he had conned me
out of bed in order to surprise me with pancakes for breakfast. How

When I learned that he was actually still okay and in one piece, my
non-morning-ness reasserted itself. He was so cheerful, though, that I
couldn’t help but wake up – and the honey-lemon tea certainly helped
restore my voice. He wanted help cooking the rest of the pancakes so
that they didn’t turn out like crepes, though, so I added more mix to
the batter and poured out neat little silver-dollar pancakes. I’m
getting better at them – I burned only two this time!

Hooray for instant pancake mix. Yes, I know, pancakes are so easy to
make from scratch, yada yada, but the recipe requires a whole egg, and
that’s hard to divide. =)

It was very nice of Steve to surprise me with breakfast. I usually try
to wake him up and cook breakfast. He doesn’t have an alarm clock
right now and he doesn’t wake up to his cellphone, so a human without
a snooze button can be pretty effective. Besides, it’s a good way to
force myself out of bed. <grin>

Ay, friends… what would life be without them?

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Random Japanese sentence: ここの家何匹猫がいる? How many cats are there in this house?

CookOrDie: Vegetarian virtues

After quite a hiatus from CookOrDie blogging because I’d either been
eating out or cooking simple things, I decided to experiment a bit
today. I had leftover vegetables from Saturday’s barbecue, so I
broiled them. The mushrooms got special treatment, courtesy of a
recipe suggestion from the Joy of Cooking: I tossed them with garlic
and olive oil, and _then_ I broiled them. Wonderful stuff. Zucchini,
green pepper, red pepper, and portobello mushrooms. I rounded off
dinner with corn on the cob. Yum yum!

Now I just need to figure out what to do with the eggplant…

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Random Japanese sentence: 犬が1匹、猫が1匹、カナリヤが3羽います。 We have a dog, a cat and three canaries.