20141020

Bass dishes

Over the summer I've been experimenting different kind of dishes for bass that Tim and I've been catching.

Tim suggested steamed fish that his parents always make. Then I thought of making donburi out of it so I came up with a recipe that goes well with it. A Steamed fish following the Chinese dishes served, with boiled bok-choy drizzled with soy sauce and sesame oil and rice underneath it.
Another dish is have your own fish taco at home with homemade tortilla. Fish taco is fun to eat, you can pick any kind of topping you like, but we kept it simple for this recipe. Also try making your own tortillas, it's simple and super easy!! After trying this I can't go back to buying store made tortilla any more!

These are the two dishes we keep going back to.

Steamed Fish Donburi:
- finely chopped ginger(as many you want to steam the fish with)
- finely sliced green onion(as many you want to steam the fish with), leave some for garnish
- 4 filleted bass
- 4 tbsp of sesame oil, piping hot in a sauce pan
- 1 Bag of Shanghai Bok-Choy, boiled
- 2 bowl of rice
- soy sauce (for drizzling)

1. In a steamer, make a pouch with tin foil to lay filet with ginger and green onion on top. Drizzle with soy sauce. Steam until fish is tender(about 8min)
2. Have your bowl of rice ready, and lay boiled bok choy on top.
3. Add cooked fish on top of bok choy with ginger, green onion and remaining broth from the pouch.
4. Drizzle more with soy sauce.
5. Very lastly drizzle piping hot sesame oil across the fish.(Oil will splash so keep it safe when you're doing this)

steamed bass

Fish Taco with homemade tortilla:

Fish
- 4 filleted bass
- Fish and Crisp seasoning
1. Deep fry Fish until cooked

Toppings
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- half onion, minced
- bunch of cilantro, chopped
- sliced lime
1. Season tomatoes and onion with pinch of: basil, oregano, sea salt, ground pepper, olive oil

Homemade Tortilla recipe:
click here

fish taco

20141005

homemade pasta

Tried my first time making homemade pasta.

I actually tried making this without the pasta machine and it took very very long time. Having no muscle I think I spend good hour just roll out the pasta. It did took a while but it was well worth it. This deserved pasta sauce from scratch too so I made quick and simple pasta sauce.

My favorite part of making pasta is to hand cut the dough into noodles.

homemade pasta

homemade pasta

20140927

Pictionary Chalkboard Art

Did a fun activity with Tim drawing on our chalkboard wall we have in our living room. Played a little Pictionary game where we picked words(from Word Generator) and drew the same thing together. Our goal was to fill in cute drawings in the wall space much as possible.

We're both artists and there still lot of things we just can't draw things properly, but interesting to see how each of us interpret things.

With this lovely backdrop we had a little photo session playing around with lightings. As for the cupcake, Tim got them for me to wish me happy birthday. Thank you!

wall art WIP 1

wall art WIP 2

wall art WIP 3

completed wall art

wall art

night light

night light with birthday cupcake


20140922

Jambalaya

Tried my first attempt to make Jambalaya with sausage and shrimp. It's probably not made correctly but I like how simple it is to make!

Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya
- 2tbsp butter
- 8oz Andouille sausage or other smoky sausage, cut into 1/4'' thick
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup diced tomato
- 1 large freen bell pepper, diced
- 2 rib celery, sliced 1/4'' thick
- 4 green onion, sliced thin
- 1 cup brown rice(pre-made for quick make)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1. Cook sausage(5min with butter). Add all spices. Saute for 1 min then add tomatoes. Cook until liquid evaporate.
2. Add bell pepper, celery, most of green onion and stir 5min.
3. Stir in tice, mix well. Add stock and bring to simmer.
4. When rice is tender add shrimp and cook for another 5min.


jambalaya

20140825

summer

It's been hard to blog weekly when there are so many things you can do in the summer. I've been enjoying my time making breakfast, trying out new recipes, fishing, crafting, and walking a lot under bright sun.

How's your summer been?

 breakfast3

fishing

breakfast2

light

Hamilton Bay Front

breakfast1

cloud

20140720

crochet socks

I found this adorable idea at LUTTER IDYL's crochet socks for furniture. I recently bought drawer from IKEA that's definitely going to scratch the wooden floor so this is best time to try making them.

So easy to make, I will continue making more for my other furniture that has feet!
I used thicker yarn for this but I will try finer string that will look more elegant like what Lutter Idyl has.

 chair foot socks

chair foot socks

chair foot socks

20140713

Chili

Made chili for the first time!
I like how easy and simple to make. It makes quite a lot so it can lasts few days. You can pretty much put anything you like is what I like the most.

Chili
- 2lb lean ground beef
- 1 box mushroom
- 1-2 onion, sliced
- 1-2 green pepper, chunks
- 2-3 celery, sliced
- 1 28fl oz/796ml tomato sauce
- 1-1.5 tbsp chili season mix
- 1 bottle of your favorite beer
- 1 cup of parsley

-1 green onion, finely slice(for garnish)
-2 large bun, for dipping or make into soup bowl.

1. Cook onion until tender. Add ground beef until fully cooked.
2. Add all veggies/herb with season mix, tomato sauce, and beer. Mix.
3. Simmer until the consistency that you like. (if it gets too thick just add more tomato sauce)

chili