Meat

Rolled omelette sidedish Gyeranmari 계란말이

 Adapted from Maangchi

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Ingredients

3 large eggs, ½ ts salt, a pinch of sugar, ½ chopped medium size onion, onion flakes, ground pepper, Jarlsberg cheese, nori sheets, olive oil, Korean zucchini (finely shredded).

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Directions

  1. Crack 3 large size eggs and put it into a bowl.
  2. Make egg mixture by adding and beating these ingredients: ½ ts salt, a pinch of sugar, ½ chopped medium size onion, onion flakes, ground pepper
  3. Heat up a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and spread a little olive oil.
  4. Cook the onions and the zucchini. Add to the egg mixture.
  5. Pour about ⅓ of the egg-onion-zucchini mixture on the pan and spread it thinly by tilting the pan.
  6. Layer cheese and nori over the egg pancake.
  7. When it’s cooked, lift the right side edge of the omelette and roll it with a spatula from right to left.
  8. Repeat this step of 4 and 5 until the egg mixture runs out.
    *tip: To make nice yellow rolled omelette, lower the heat and cook it slowly
  9. Make a long rectangle box shape by cooking 4 sides.
  10. When the omelette cools down, cut it into bite size and serve it with rice.

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Korean Fish Fillet Pancakes (전)

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Recipe adapted from Maangchi

Ingredients

  • Any White Fish Fillets (400 grams) – I used Snapper
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Minced Garlic/ Garlic Granules
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Eggs
  • Red Chili Powder
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Onion/ Onion Flakes
  • Sesame Seeds (Optional)

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Directions

  1. You can use fresh or thawed frozen fish – any white fish will do.
  2. Rinse the filets in cold water and gently dry them using a paper towel or cotton cloth.
  3. Slice fillets thinly and place into a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle 1 tsp of salt, 2 cloves of minced garlic (or 3 tsp of garlic granules – I used a combination), and 1 pinch of black pepper into the bowl of fish slices and gently mix it up by hand.
  5. Pour 1 cup of flour into the bowl with the cod, and mix it quickly with your hand so that the fish is lightly breaded.
  6. Beat 3 eggs in a small bowl and add a pinch of salt.
  7. Add 1 minced small onion (preferrably green, or/and some onion flakes) and red chili pepper pepper into the beaten eggs.
  8. Heat a pan on the stove over medium-high heat.
  9. Add 1 tbs of olive oil to the pan.
  10. Piece by piece, dip your breaded fish into the beaten eggs, and then place the pieces onto the heated pan.
  11. Lower the heat to medium and cook it.
  12. Turn it over using a spatula or spoon.
  13. Add more oil if needed.
  14. On a big plate, place green lettuce on the bottom and place the cooked fish on it for serving.
  15. Serve with a dipping sauce of 2 tbs of soy sauce and 1 or 2 tbs of vinegar and sesame seeds (optional). 

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Lamb Vindaloo

Ingredients:

  • 1 x sachet of Zest Vindaloo Blend
  • 500g diced lamb
  • 1 large onion
  • Olive oil

Directions:

1. Marinate diced lamb in vindaloo blend for 1 hour (if you have the time. I only waited 20 minutes – impatient ==’!).

 

2.  Stir-fry some diced onions in some olive oil.

 

3. Add the marinated lamb + sauce to the diced onions.

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4. Add water and let simmer, stirring  occasionally, until cooked through.


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5. Serve hot with plain (preferably Basmati) rice or naan.

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How to Make a Heart-Shaped Egg

 

Taken from Anna the RedHow make a heart shaped egg <3

[How to make a ❤ shaped hard boiled egg]
– Egg
– Milk carton or any juice carton (cut open, washed well and dried)
– Chopstick (round one is ideal)
– Rubber bands

Step 1: Cut milk carton and fold it in half lengthwise.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

This is all you need. (besides an egg) The milk carton is about 3″ X 8″.

Step 2: Make a hard boiled egg.

Step 3: While the egg is still warm, peel the egg and put the egg on the milk carton, place a chopstick on the center of the egg, and put rubber bands on the both ends.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

If you don’t have a round chopstick maybe you can put a skewer inside a straw and use it. (If you use a disposable chopstick, the middle part of the heart will probably look funky.)

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Make sure the egg is freshly boiled and warm. Otherwise the egg might break from the pressure.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

It’s hard to see but you want the chopstick to dig into the egg.

Step 4: Leave it for about 10 minutes. (Keep the egg in the fridge if it’s summer time.)

Step 5: Take the chopstick off and cut the egg in half.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Hard boiled eggs are so soft, smooth and easily modified.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

It’s cute as is.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

But the heart shaped yolk makes it even more adorable! Also every pair is very unique, so no other pair is like it! Kind of romantic, isn’t it?

How make a heart shaped egg <3

You can put them in the bento just as they are.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Or you can cut the bottom of the egg to make them stand.

Japanese Curry (with a secret ingredient to blow you away!)

Want to know how to make a *killer* curry? o.O

Read on… XD

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Ingredients:

  • Golden Curry Mix (choose one of the below) – 5 little cubes
  • Carrots (About 2 medium)
  • Brown Onions (About 1 large)
  • Potatoes (About 2 medium – brush potatoes are good)
  • The Secret Ingredient: Apple (1 large – sweeter is better; try Pink Lady) – YES, YOU HEARD ME! GO ON AND TRY IT! YOU’LL NEVER GO BACK!!!
  • Cubed/Diced Beef (about 200g)
  • 1 large bowl of hot water
  • Rice to serve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mild version

Hot version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Peel and cube EVERYTHING. Apple included!

Preferably very thin small slices for the onion…

2. Melt five little cubes of curry mix in 1 large bowl of hot water and set aside.

2. Stir-fry onions first. Next beef. Next potatoes. Then carrots. Finally apple.

3. Pour in curry mixture.

4. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until cooked to your liking. No salt or pepper required.

Simmer, simmer, simmer…

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Add some rice and perfect-o!

Add some rice and perfect-o!

 

 

OmuRIce

Omelette + Rice = OmuRice

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (x 2)
  • Carrot (1 *very* small)
  • Asparagus (4 spears)
  • Mushrooms (1/8 cup)
  • Onion (1 small)
  • Shredded Parmesan (1/4 cup)
  • Cooked rice (1 cup)
  • Olive oil ( 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • Pieces of ham (bacon or other deli meat can be substituted)
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Dice the carrot, broccoli and onion and set aside separately.
  2. Crack 2 eggs and whisk until smooth. Season with a pinch of pepper and salt. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour egg mixture into a large flat, round fry pan with 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pan. Try to make a nice round shape with the egg as it sets.
  4. Flip the pancake-like egg in the pan so that both sides are cooked *quite* well. Set aside on separate plate.
Egg pancake - for OmuRice

Egg pancake in anticipation of fried rice to make it complete!

5. In a separate pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then first the carrot, then the onion and finally the asparagus and mushrooms. Stir-fry until cooked through.

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6. Add the rice and ham to the vegetables and stir-fry until golden-brown at edges.

Ham and rice added. NB: I used mixed grain rice - hence the colour. White rice works just as well and looks prettier but this rice is kind of healthier... >.>

Ham and rice added. NB: I used mixed grain rice – hence the colour. White rice works just as well and looks prettier but this rice is kind of healthier… >.>

7. Give a good stir for about another minute or two. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Place the egg pancake in a rounded bowl so that it lines it.

Careful, now...

Carefully lining the bowl with the egg pancake…

9. Add the Parmesan into the egg pancake bowl.

Now for the cheese...

Now for the cheese…

10. Add the fried rice to the rounded bowl and compress.

Now comes the rice...

Now comes the rice…

Be sure to flatten the rice with a spatula so that it is tightly packed.

Be sure to flatten the rice with a spatula so that it is tightly packed.

11. Flip the rounded bowl upside-down onto a flat plate.

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Now all it needs is...

Now all it needs is…

 

 

 

Some garnish completes it!

Some garnish completes it!

12. Serve with tomato sauce, Tabasco sauce or any (if any) condiment of your liking. Enjoy!

Tip: A sprig of something green makes it even more appetizing!

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

Mustard-Crusted Tuna Steaks

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This cat knows he wants some!

 

Seasoning the raw tuna fillets…

If you serve it whole^ …

All’s well that end’s well. XD

Ingredients:

  • 2 sushi-quality tuna steaks, thick
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, plus more *if* needed for cooking
  • 1 small bunch mixed rocket and baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 2 limes, halved

Directions

  1. Grind mustard seeds to a coarse powder in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Combine ground seeds with salt and pepper, and spread mixture out on a plate.
  2. Dredge each piece of tuna in the ground mustard mixture, gently pressing the seeds against the tuna so that they adhere.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Let stand until the skillet feels hot when you place your palm just above it, about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoons coconut oil to skillet. Heat oil until it is hot but not smoking, about 1 minute more.
  4. Carefully arrange pieces of tuna in the skillet about 1 inch apart (it is easiest to cook 2 pieces at a time; if you do so, add 1/2 tablespoon oil for second batch). Sear tuna about 1 minute, until it releases easily from skillet and the seeds are deep golden brown. Continue process until the long sides are seared. (The tuna will be very rare in the center. If you want the tuna to be more well done, increase cooking time.)
  5. Serve whole or using a sharp knife, slice the tuna into squares. Arrange on plates with a handful of mixed salad and half a lime.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!