Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing | 自家製凱撒沙律醬 (No Mayonnaise!)

Can Caesar dressing be made from scratch? The answer is yes absolutely, and you'll never go back to store bought ones ever.

My earliest memory of Caesar salad was from lunches at the country club where my family used to go. A mix of crisp romaine leaves, bacon, and crunchy croutons tossed in the tangy, creamy dressing would be served in deep wooden bowls, finished with a  generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese. I always asked for more. Then there was the Caesar salad from bistros like Simply Life Cafe, where slivers of romaine hearts were served whole, stacked elegantly, and accompanied by anchovy fillets and runny soft-boiled eggs.

No matter the presentation and variation, the single most important element that makes a Caesar salad what it is is the dressing. When eating out, I cannot help but always contemplate whether the Caesar dressing in question was made in-house or came in huge commercial tubs, laden with all kinds of unwanted stuff. You would know what I mean when you pick up a bottle and read the label at your neighborhood supermarket.

Create a classic Caesar Salad with crisp Romaine hearts, pancetta, croutons and shaved Parmesan!
So, to take the guesswork out I began making and tweaking my own homemade Caesar dressing a couple of years ago. Using Greek yogurt, the dressing is naturally tangy, thick and creamy, so you can confidently ditch the guilt in mayonnaise. With minced garlic, anchovy, real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this homemade dressing is the real deal and will rock your classic Caesar salad, Caesar chicken wraps, or as a dip for Buffalo wings and celery sticks with a fraction of the calories.

Greek yogurt is a healthier alternative to raw eggs and mayo, giving the creaminess and tang!
What you'll need...
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (low fat or nonfat as desired)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
2 anchovy fillets, mashed, or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

In a mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Toss salad with dressing and keep any remainder refrigerated for up to one week. 

Suggested salad ingredients:
Romaine lettuce or baby kale
Bacon, pancetta, or proscuitto
Croutons or roasted chickpeas
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

《自家製凱撒沙律醬 》
Upgrade your classic Caesar with baby Kale, Prosciutto and garlic bread croutons!
到底可唔可以自己整呢?答案係 - 絕對可以!

希臘乳酪  100 克(脫脂或低脂)初搾特級純橄欖油  1 湯匙
新鮮檸檬汁  1/2  湯匙
喼汁  1/2 茶匙
法式芥末醬  1 茶匙
蒜末  1 茶匙
鯷魚  2 條(或鯷魚醬 1/2 茶匙)
新鮮磨碎的帕馬臣芝士  25 克
黑胡椒  適量



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kimchi Fried Rice | 韓式泡菜炒飯 | Kimchi Bokkeumbap

When you haven't got a lot of time on hand - which is most of the time - and all you have in your fridge is leftover rice and kimchi, Kimchi Bokkeumbap is your answer. A Korean household favorite, kimchi fried rice not only makes great use of leftovers but also provides a quick and super satisfying meal. As in most cases when cooking with kimchi, it is preferable to use well-fermented kimchi for the robust and rich flavor it develops. For extra flavor, add your choice of meat, such as beef, pork, bacon, or even spam - all of which are popular add-ins among Koreans.

So dig out the ripe kimchi that has been forgotten in the back of your cooler and some day-old rice, stir-fry together with some vegetables and optional meat and top with a fried egg for a lusciously tasty and inexpensive quick-fix (also perfect for the lunch box)!

To learn how to make your very own kimchi, click here for my step by step instructions!
Traditional Korean Napa Cabbage Kimchi (Bae-chu Kimchi)
What you'll need...
2 1/2 cups cooked rice, preferably day-old
3/4 cup kimchi, chopped
200g minced pork or beef
1/2 small onion, diced
1 small carrot, diced (optional)
3 tablespoons juice from kimchi
2 tablespoons Korean chili pepper paste (gochujang), to taste
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
Cooking oil for stir-frying
Salt and pepper

Suggested garnish:
Sesame seeds
Korean style seaweed (gim)
Scallion, chopped
Fried egg

1. Season meat with salt and pepper and set aside while prepping other ingredients.

2. Heat a lightly oiled large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the minced meat, breaking into smaller clumps while stirring frequently until just browned but not fully cooked. Remove and set aside.

3. Add the onions, carrots, kimchi, juice from kimchi, and gochujang. Stir-fry until the kimchi softens and deepens in color and allow the rich flavors to develop, 5 - 6 minutes.

 4. Return the meat to the wok. Add the rice along with a tablespoon of cooking oil, stirring constantly to break apart any clumped up rice and scraping up the brown bits from the pan until everything is well incorporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Garnish with sesame seeds, scallions, seaweed, and top with a sunny-side-up. Serve and enjoy!

Tips: Day-old rice is best for making fried rice. If the rice is hard from being in the fridge, warm it up slightly in the microwave. If you need to make fresh rice, be sure to keep it slightly underdone.


放工放學拖著疲累的身軀回到家裏, 雪櫃又只得隔夜飯和泡菜、點算?


冷飯  兩碗半
泡菜  130  克(切條狀)
免治豬肉或牛肉  200 克
洋蔥  半個(切粒)
甘筍  1  小條(切粒)
泡菜汁  3  湯匙
韓式辣醬  2  湯匙 
麻油  1/2  湯匙

芝麻 / 韓式紫菜 / 蔥花 / 煎蛋

1. 豬肉先用適量鹽和胡椒醃製。
2. 加熱煎鍋,加入油及豬肉,炒至半熟。備用。
3. 加入洋蔥、甘筍粒、泡菜、泡菜水和韓式辣醬炒勻,5 - 6 分鐘。
4. 豬肉回鍋。加入飯及約 1 湯匙油炒勻。
5. 加入麻油略炒後再作適當調味。
6. 上碟,撒上芝麻、紫菜及蔥花,配上太陽蛋即成!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Assorted Coco-nut Truffles | 什錦椰香果仁松露

Somewhere between a crossover of superfood energy balls and decadent chocolate truffles, these super easy "coco-nut truffles" make a great midday pick-me-up with a cup of coffee or - if you are tired of all things pink and heart-shaped this Valentine's Day - a thoughtful treat for your special someone.
Come to think of it, chocolate energy balls for Valentine's Day? Sounds like a match for me. If you know what I mean.
One batch makes roughly ten bite-sized "truffles" - make a full batch of the same flavor and toppings or experiment with an assortment of add-ins and toppings as desired! I believe that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. So if you want to impress your loved one, why not give him or her the gift of food?

What you'll need...
1/2 cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, etc.)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Suggested mix-ins:
Chocolate hazelnut spread
Cocoa powder
Espresso powder
Maca powder
Beetroot powder
Acai berry powder

Suggested toppings:
Desiccated coconut
Cocoa powder
Ground hazelnuts
Ground pistachios

1. Using a small blender or spice grinder, ground desiccated coconut into a fine flour. Remove, grind nuts until they resemble coarse meal. Combine ground coconut, nuts, coconut oil, and maple syrup.

2. Separate into batches as necessary and add mix-ins as desired. Roll mixture into bite-sized balls and cool briefly in the refrigerator to harden up slightly. Add toppings and keep in refrigerator.

Note: The finer the nuts are ground, the less crumbly the mixture will become, thus making it more pliable and easier to roll into balls. However, if you like a bit more texture, leave a tiny bit of larger pieces.

超級能量 energy balls 同朱古力松露的 crossover,

椰絲  30 克
果仁  75 克(可選用杏仁、腰果、榛子等)
椰子油  1 湯匙
純楓糖漿  1 湯匙

榛子巧克力醬 / 可可粉 / 咖啡粉 / 馬卡粉 / 紅菜頭粉 / 巴西莓粉

椰絲 / 可可粉 / 榛子碎 / 開心果碎

1. 椰絲和果仁分別用攪拌機磨成粉,再跟椰子油和楓糖漿拌勻。
2. 如欲製作多種口味,將混合物分批,並加入適量自選配料然後揉成小球狀。
3. 把小球放進雪櫃冷卻硬化數分鐘,取出後即可撒上自選外層配料。完成後可儲存雪櫃內,隨時享用!

可是打得太碎,咬落完成品時就可能會犧牲點 texture 喇。

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