Sunday, December 30, 2007

seafood feast

I forgot to mention that my parents came with two suitcases: one with their clothes and the other filled with hamachi, king crab legs, and unagi. That's a Chinese family for you.

hamachi & king crab
The bowls are filled with miso soup with the hamachi ends, and the rest of the meal was just decadent. It was so good. We're so spoiled.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

a post-christmas goose

We did a day trip to oxford, and while we were there in the market, we picked up a free-range goose.

roast goose with apples
I really like goose. It was a bit too big to fit in their oven whole, so I removed the legs and made a confit of those, while we roasted the rest of the bird. I thought about brining it, but decided it was too much trouble since it wasn't my house and it would require a whole new search to find a bin that would accomodate the duck and brine, not to mention trying to squeeze it in the fridge.

When it came to roasting, I apparently set the oven on broil and bake, which gave the top an extra crisp skin. (Well, I noticed it was browning a little too quickly, so covered it with foil. It wasn't until about halfway through cooking that my brother came in and pointed my erroneous oven setting. I blame it on poor icon design.) I stuffed the cavity with golden delicious apples, and also roasted some extra apples in the fat towards the end. They caramelized beautifully and were a nice side dish with the fatty goose. We also roasted carrots and parsnips, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts.

[goose, salt, pepper, apples]


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

midnight snack

My mom is amazing. We were all slightly jet-lagged and someone said they were hungry. That statement resulted in a whole pan of crab fried rice and a really tasty midnight snack.

king crab fried rice
Fried rice is best made with leftover rice, so I guess we had some leftover from a previous meal. I think this just had eggs, crab, onions, and rice. Very simple, but very, very good.
[leftover rice, crabmeat, green onions, egg, salt, pepper]

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Dinner

We spent Christmas in England with my brother an his family. Since air tickets were cheapest flying a red-eye on the 24th, we arrived mid-afternoon on Christmas day. In our family, there's no better meal after a long flight than hot pot, so we had a very enjoyable evening together dipping things into hot soup.

hot pot
Hot pot is great for groups because there's very little prep involved. Just boil some water, and everyone just cooks and eats as they want. Traditional ingredients include sliced meat, any sort of leafy vegetable, fish cakes, squid, shrimp, and anything else you can boil. Our family uses a raw egg, soy sauce, and sa cha (I think it's some sort of brill shrimp sauce/paste) as the dipping base.
[thinly sliced pork and beef, tofu, fish cakes, veggies, egg, sa cha, soy sauce, water]


Monday, December 10, 2007

curry house at home

Some friends gave us a gift card to Curry House, and for some reason, the gift card also came with a bunch of prepackaged House brand food items. Not one to waste things, I tried out the curry sauce.

chicken katsu with curry & roasted pumpkin
D's mom gave us a home-grown pumpkin, so I roasted that up with olive oil and salt and pepper. The katsu is a pounded chicken thigh, dredged in flour, egg, and panko and then pan-fried. Add the heated curry sauce, and there you have it, curry house at home! I'll have to say, the prepackaged curry sauce is not as good the curry they serve in the restaurant.
[pumpkin, olive, oil, salt, pepper; chicken thigh, flour, egg, panko, salt, pepper, oil]

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egg pants!

This is a classic case of "one for them, one for me" Christmas shopping. I saw these online, and had to buy a bunch for Christmas gifts, including myself in that list.

tin soldiers
I have a great fondness for soft-boiled eggs, so it's a wonder that I haven't bought egg cups before this.
[eggs, toast, butter, salt, pepper]