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Too many things to do

09 Jan

Hello everyone! First of all I’d like to thank every single one of you of your complement and suggestions on my last post.

It is apparently hard to do the challenges but I’m determined to stick to it as much as I could. Of course I confess I am not 100% perfect, especially the not looking into the mirror to see how my muscles have developed…there were times I did take a peek but that only lasted for a second.

Anyway, I always think I could update my blog more often and could do at least a post on Saturdays and Sundays but that just not happening *sigh*

My weekdays are pretty much booked with full time job and there’s very little time to do after I got home. For weekends, I usually have too many ideas or recipes that just popped in my head uncontrollable and I just couldn’t stay away from my kitchen..HAHA.
That includes yesterday and today! Technically my inner OCD is not happy because I’ve been neglecting cleaning the house (wiping the furniture, windows etc..anything that look dusty to my eyes). And I still haven’t watched Inception….GRR…or re-read Harry Potter 7. Argh, why do I always have so many things to do???!

Anyway, I realize I’ve been always posting about recipes on each post, and it might get quite boring. I’ll save up those for next time. In the mean time, I’ll share you what I’ve been doing :D

Grocery

kabocha and another butter nut squash (last time I mistakenly labeled it as banana nut squash..)

fresh basil leaves

bunch of spices! I love collecting glass jars and they become handy when you need to store your spices, which aren't sold in a bottle.

cornish hen..this guy is super small!!

And I made homemade taco seasonings (courtesy of Food Lover’s Primal Palate)

another good use of glass jar

Taco chicken with homemade taco seasonings. No sugar added btw :D

And I finally made Beef Rendang (Indonesian Beef Stew) Miho – I used orange juice as the marinade…turned out great! :D

And a traditional Beef Stew (again no sugar added, all sweetness comes from the carrots and jicama (I discarded the jicama)

beef stew with steamed spinach and saute shredded cabbage

I do miss these guys tho – fish sauce, oyster sauce, kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and Maggi seasoning soy sauce

Made this Basil Minced Chicken with those guys for bro’s dinner to go with my aunt’s homemade noodles.

Smell so good and taste good too..but I can’t eat those – aint I a good caring sister, cooking stuff for brother but she herself won’t be able to have it? (*narcissistic mode on*) – ok bad joke.

Courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie, I made this salad dressing based on her agar base recipe!
Agar base:
1 1/3 cup coconut milk or other non dairy milk
3 tsp agar powder (preferred non sugar added) – mine had sugar added, urhg- no sugar challenge FAIL! But Only 3 tsp shouldn’t hurt, right???
Lemon juice (I used 2 lemons)

Directions:
Boil the coconut milk with agar until boiling, let cool and put in the fridge
Whipped them in food processor – resulting this creamy and ranch looking salad dressing with a mild sour taste from the lemon. Sweet and sour for mine (next time I really have to get the no sugar added agar powder!)

I’m loving my salad for my breakfast! :D

Plus loose leaf tea! The darker the better!

Finally I could add more variation to my non-grain/wheat/oats breakfast, so no need to always stick with this hardboiled eggs, spinach and avocado with lemon juice.

Do you like to collect glass jars? I LOVE COLLECTING THEM! From big to small ..haha..though I hate hoarding stuff, but glass jars are my weakness!

What’s your kitchen essential? Mine is the pressure cooker! I cooked beef stew under 1 hour and everything came out tender and tasty! Save my time, gas and electricity. Oh also my Cuisinart food processor!

Among all the food I posted today, which one interest you the most? If you have none, no worries just say it, I won’t bite! :D

What’s your typical weekends look like? Mine mainly cooking and cleaning! haha sounds boring huh?

Do you prefer loose leaf tea or tea bags? Loose leaf tea is my weekend treat and I’m always looking forward to it!

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14 responses to “Too many things to do

  1. Sagojyou

    January 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the shout out there! Great it worked out! :D Asians know these things – ha ha :D
    I had a time where I liked collecting jars, but my mom didn’t like it because we really didn’t have a place to put it.
    I would LIKE to be able to throw more things out, but again (mom…) ..Yeah :D

     
  2. lele

    January 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I love the taco chicken! Which reminds me to make my own taco seasoning as well :). I have waayyy to many glass jars hidden at various corners of my kitchen, it’s kinda embarrassing… but I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them away! You are definitely not alone there.
    And loose leaf > tea bag all the way!

     
    • Jos

      January 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

      LOL, I agree! I’d throw away plastics but not glass.

       
  3. Kath (Eating for Living)

    January 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I also collect glass jars for my herbs and spices!I have so many! :D

    Yay the ornage juice worked well in the marinade! Everything looks so yummy! :D Love the taco chicken! :D :D

    My new (old) pressure cooker is definitely a new favorite! I’ve cooked brown rice with it this weekend for the first time, and it didn’t give me stomach pain! Looking forward to do more with it now! Oh, and of course I also love my blender! And my skillet. :)

     
    • Jos

      January 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

      O yeah I forgot my skillet :P as well.

       
  4. lequan

    January 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    weekends are super busy for us as most of our errands are done those days. also trying to spend as much family time with the kids as possible. not to mention, trying to have a social life after kids and getting together with friends for dinner. weekends really need to be 3 days, 2 is just not enough. all your dishes sound lovely, but i’d have to say my favorite would be the basil chicken.

     
  5. Chocolate-Covered Katie

    January 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, coconut milk salad dressing sounds so good!! :)

     

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