Posts Tagged ‘aubergine’

Chicken with roasted capsicum puree on a bed of enoki mushroom with bouquet of roasted aubergine couscous

June 17, 2011

                       Waaaa…when was the last time i really cook and take pic ah..hmm.looking back at my previous post..was somewhere in January?..haih…but anyway..i’m back now la..(don’t worry i got a few more dishes (yes..a few more)..to showcase la..so stay tune okie? Heeee.

The idea for this dish came from 2 source. The first is, during our anniversary dinner with my darling (yes, my 6th month old darling 🙂  at centrepoint, OneUtama –  forgot the name, something monster. My darling ordered roasted chicken with shitake. And this sauce that they use for the chicken looks like tomato sauce. Knowing me, i’ll taste and try to figure out what’s the ingredient, and thought it was special. Its actually bellpepper sauce. That’s why i came up with this version of mine (but missing another key ingredient – cream, haih nvm la, will do again next time). That’s why from the pic looks like sambal or curry paste rite? wakakka..

Enoki mushroom to substitute of shitake because, 1) it’s cheaper and 2) its cheaper lo 🙂 wakaka..cut cost ma..you know la nowdays, susah cari makan la…wakakka..

The 2nd idea came from this magazine that shows the bouquet of aubergine. I find that’s cool man, so decided to do it myself also lo. I love aubergine. The taste and the texture..hmmm..yup yup..Couscous also my another fav after pasta. IT’s easy to cook and it absorb what ever broth that you use to cook it. For this, i use my mom’s herbal soup. Heeee…If you look closely, i also put some chopped capsicum and tomatoes for colors. Raisin to add the sweet dimension into the couscous – macam Moroccan dish la konon..wakaka..

Well, the other special reason why i decided to write this blog besides my passion for cooking and taking pics is that, the best part..after cooking and getting ready to plate ..guess what happen next??. My camera battery died wo..KNS…i didn’t check lo..walau eh!!..so what i did was..i charge lo..while waiting for it to charge..i think again how to plate better lo..so i wait and wait..n wait..thought after 15mins ok already geh..but..still low ..then i tell myself..ok fine..i’ll snap the pic as fast as i can, as many as i can..and guess what..this is what i got.. consider impressive la..wakakaka…

That’s all for now la..the next one is a fish dish..:) something simple and yet elegant ..it’s call Steamed Fillet on a bed of broccoli with lemon garlic butter sauce with lotus root chips ..Till then..enjoy the pics 🙂

Grilled Eggplant roll with minced chicken

November 8, 2008

dsc04503Eggplant or aubergine or brinjal ..no matter how you like to called it..to me its the same..haha..its one of my fav ingredients to use. I saw this recipe from a magazine that my sis got it for free, and its in chinese (and yes, i don’t read chinese though i’m one..hehe..sorry ba..i was from a malay school ba..hehe ). Anyway, the original recipe was to use cream cheese and some herbs. As you already know by now that i always try to mimic the preparation but make my own presentation. Clever kan?hehe.. 🙂 And in this case, i substitute the cream cheese with minced chicken. I tell you, punya panjang itu process. I think kan, by the time you finish reading this, i don’t think  you’ll even want to try making this dish.. heh 😛dsc04502

dsc04501dsc04505So here it goes, ready? hehe..to start, i marinade the chicken with my favourite marinade, which consist of ginger, garlic, oyster sauce, sesame oil and some olive oil. In addition to that, i spread some butter underneath the skin of the drumstick and i use some dry herbs too, thyme. A lot kan?haha..you wait la, belum lagi i sapu some honey after 10mins of roasting..hehe..this is to give the golden crust on the skin of the chicken (though it doesn’t really matter since i’m going to minced it anyway kan..but it does add some sweetness to the chicken).

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dsc04511Right, after roasting the chicken for about 25mins at 200ºc and let it rest for about 10mins or so, then i start de-boning the drumstick (yes, i do know how to debone a chicken, well for this case, its just a drumstick ba 🙂 not that hard anyway) I used pestle and mortar to minced the chicken meat instead of a blender to create that rustic look when i spread it on the grilled eggplant (ha!, i still haven’t explain how i prepare the eggplant..aiyo, banyak kerja kan?hehe..wait la.). Anyway, nothing were added to the minced chicken except the fats and flavors from the chicken when i roast it. Fantastic sauce i tell u, rich in flavors. :p

dsc04528Well, the eggplant. Actually, its kinda simple. Cut it length ways. Not to thin though cause when you cook it kan, it’ll shrink ba. So, with one eggplant, you can only get a good 3-4 slices only ba. Before you start grilling in, sapu some olive oil on it and season it with some salt and pepper lo. To get the grill marks kan, i used my ikea grill pan, lama sudah didnt use. Lucky still usable.hehe.. 🙂 After grilling it, again, let it rest before spreading the minced chicken on it. The rolling part, i must say its the easiest ba, you’ll enjoy it so much that you wish you got lots to roll. LOL!. Anyway, to add some color to this dish, i serve with some chopped tomatoes yang ah muah bagi me, erm..few days back..ehhe.. still edible 🙂 Enjoy!

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