Avocado

avocado

I have never learned how to eat avocado. Firstly, it is not a common fruit in Singapore and secondly, coming from a typical asian family, nothing beats a bowl of warm fragrance white rice over stir fried dish. We need our savoury starchy staple and we like our food HOT, straight from the wok!

But things change a little recently after we came over to France. Avocado is a pretty common fruit here and is relatively cheap.  In an attempt to ‘eat healthy’,  I googled for some avocado recipe and realized that avocado is mostly used as dip, dressing and salad. Driven by desperation, I did some improvisation and came up with this VERY SIMPLE, SUPER EASY, almost BRAINLESS recipe. I swear I am never this crazy over cold raw food, except maybe for sashimi and I can’t help but to wonder why didn’t I try this when I was in the States when avocado was in abundance. It’s hard to believe that I actually enjoy eating this healthy!

Ingredient

1 avocado, skin peeled, mashed or sliced

1 can of sweet corn

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar

and all you need to do is mixed the above ingredients together.

VOILA!

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You can eat this with meat dish or simply on its own as avocado is considered a complete food which is high in minerals, vitamins, dietary fiber, folate and is  very filling. More on nutritional fact of avocado.

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Baked Djon Salmon


Lately, my boy decided to add fish to his list of favourite food and since then he has been begging me to cook fish EVERYDAY! So other than mushroom, fish has become the next regular dish on our dinner table.

In Paris, it is hard to find live fish that is small enough to fit into a dish. They usually come in humongous sizes, enough to feed us a week and are way to big to fit into my fridge. So I end up buying slices of prepared fish most of the time. The names are usually foreign except for salmon.

I never like cooked salmon. The only time I enjoy salmon is when they are raw or smoked. Cooked salmon, be it steam, bake or fry has a fishy stench that puts me off even when served in a restaurant. I have accepted the fact that cooked salmon = fishy stench.

This has however changed since I discovered this recipe. For once, I craved for my baked salmon during our trip in Amsterdam. It is easy, tasty and healthy and I shall crown this the BEST salmon recipe ever!

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
salt and pepper to taste

1 lemon, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs and parsley.
3. Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the bread crumb mixture.
4. Bake salmon 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Served with steam broccoli and carrot

Tips : Pecan nuts can be added together with the bread crumb for a nutty twist
The Djon mustard gives it a spicy taste similar to wasabi. During the 1st time I tried this recipe, Mal who usually doesn’t take spicy food finished up the salmon with lots of water.
Now I prepare his portion separately with less mustard.

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5 EURO Western Dinner

By now, you should have guess that we are not very adventurous when it comes to food. Being here close to a month, we have yet to try out any French cuisine except for bread and pastry! It is expensive to eat out in Paris and my biggest concern is to end up paying for something that doesn’t go well with our taste buds. Many times, we would ‘chicken out’ from our plan to eat out and end up coming home for home cooked food.

Sometimes I think Daddy is a natural cook. He always joked that I am a survival cook, who cooks because someone needs to eat and not because I truly enjoy cooking. Daddy is able to whip out something different without a recipe and most of the time it pass our stringent taste bud test, it can be rather impressive. He calls it ‘cook by feel’. He has the ability to somehow mix the spices in his head and VOILA! a yummy delicious meal was served. Maybe it is by sheer luck or maybe it is perfect ‘argaration’ (hokkein for ‘estimation’) that only comes with a lot of practice and experience. Maybe he was an ingenious cook in his previous life, currently trapped in a ‘flying machine operator’ body! HA!

Last Sunday, Daddy cooked us a ‘5 EURO western dinner’. We literally licked out plates clean! Maybe this was Daddy’s ploy. We have just lost another reason to eat out!

his mushroom with onions side dish
Malcolm’s main course …pan seared fish with steam broccoli and carrot
our main course … grilled steak with roasted garlic and fried ginger. steam broccoli and carrot

Daddy advocates that REAL cook doesn’t need a recipe. So since I am not a ‘real’ cook, I shall need this …
Recipe for Beef Steak
Marinate beef with salt, minced garlic, pepper, basil, red wine vinegar and a bit of soya sauce
Pan seared at high heat to lock in the flavour
Transfer beef to oven
Grill at 180 deg celsius for about 5 to 10 minutes depending how well you want your beef to be cooked

Roasted Garlic
Drizzle olive oil over garlic
Wrap garlic in aluminium foil
Bake at 180 deg celsius for about 45 minutes

Mushroom side dish


Caramelize onions

Add mushrooms

Add sugar

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