Dec 24, 2012

Baked Chilean Sea Bass

Chilean sea bass is a kind of fish that I don't cook very well. It's so delicate that I worry about overcooking it. I have tried steam, and pan-fry before but neither of them works for me. This time, I baked it with breadcrumb with knob of butter on top. It was perfectly cooked! The richness of the fish and the crispy top was like a symphony in the mouth.

Dec 23, 2012

B├ęchamel Sauce Baked Cauliflower

Thinking about the heavy meals I am going to have in days, today's lunch featured a light vegetable dish: baked cauliflower with bechamel sauce. It is a simple bechamel sauce but I added additional basil (frozen cubes from store bought) to perfume it a bit. It will be better to have some parmigiano sprinkle on the top, but I didn't have any at hand. So the dish was baked for 45 minutes. Next time, I will add few more minutes to brown the top.  

Dec 18, 2012

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

The last bit of fresh vegetable in the fridge was used in making this sweet potato gnocchi. I like the natural sweetness in the gnocchi from sweet potato. Also, I added ricotta, which provided a litter bit of richness. The cooked gnocchi tasted like airy pillow, yum!!

Boeuf Bourguignon

Should I say too much about this? I was thinking the Julie and Julia movie that when Julie said to the butcher "I am making boeuf bourguignon, Julia Child's boeuf bourguignon", how delight her face was.
And me too, when the aroma of the wine filled every corner of the house, my hair, and everywhere. Needless to say, this is good.

Assorted Goodies

As can be seen obviously, if possible, my breakfast always involves fish and avocado. Croissant with them, home-made bread with them, cheese with them, all possibilities. I can't stop wondering, how people originally found avocado eatable, and why smoked salmon?

Breakfast Duo

When there is abundant avocado and banana, then duo sandwich happens. For weeks, I have been keeping eating avocados that were bought too many from many trips of the grocery shopping. Bowls and bowls of guacamole, avocado milkshake, avocado pound cake, and so on. Still the speed of consuming is way slow than buying. For this duo, one is banana with peanut butter, the other is guacamole with smoke salmon.

Homemade Panini w/ Brie and Dark Chocolate

Nothing tastes better than melted cheese. I particularly like panini with melt brie and chocolate. When I got brie on sale, that's how I ate the entire thing. It is great for an afternoon snack, and breakfast with a cup of black coffee.

Honey Wheat Bagel w/ Avocado and Smoke Salmon

Have I said that bagels at Wegman's are amazing good? I always get a dozen whenever I go there and freeze them for a week's supply.
My favorite sandwich combination has to be avocado+ smoke salmon+ cheese. In the morning that I don't work, I will make fresh soy milk to enrich the home-made breakfast.
So here I had a comfy and delicious breakfast that gave me energy for the day. 

12/04/2012

This was lunch back to a while ago that I forgot to post. Lunch in a regular day: brown rice, sauteed cabbage, broccoli, bitter melon with hot paste, yogurt braised chicken

Dec 17, 2012

Avocado Banana Yogurt Cake

December has almost finished but I haven't been posting since late November! How time flies! It doesn't mean I stopped cooking or baking, just that I have cooked the same food again and likewise baking.
So end of the year...I start to clean the fridge for any food I left before leaving for the holiday. The first to go are fresh fruit and diary. The cake I baked was based on the Flour's Famous Banana Bread recipe and halved the all ingredients, with additional half of avocado, 3 tablespoons of yogurt and some azuki bean. The baked cake was DELICIOUS! Heavenly good!!
Bored with regular banana bread, I think this cake will now became my go-to recipe for a long time!