Another great week of culinary adventures! Let’s begin.
Meatball sandwiches, I might have said this before but I really never understood them. The concept of it doesn’t sound anything special. Until Sir Atticus made me one to crush my doubts, and it was so good. And now I find myself craving for it for time to time. I guess any savory meaty stuff you put between a baguette can’t go wrong. I had some slow cooker meatballs in tomato sauce leftover from my previous lunch meal prep so I made a great meatball sub out of it. So good!
I’ve been getting into soups lately, quick and easy, fridge-cleaning kind of soups. I got a piece of steak, different mushrooms so I made an Asian style beef soup. With some chicken stock, lots of ginger and Chinese red vinegar and lots of coriander. I should save soups like these for the winter cos I was sweating bullets while eating this. But it’s so warming and comforting and so good.
My mom’s friends are visiting from the US so there have been many dinner parties lately. This time, the main star dish is the traditional Cantonese roast duck. In Canton, they usually use geese cos they are fattier. The secret for a crispy skin is the layer of fat underneath the skin and ducks are in such a good shape in Finland. It’s still delicious, you can’t really go wrong with roast ducks. I really should get the recipe from my dad. The picture on the right you can see other dishes. From top left going clockwise, there are black pepper pork chops, steamed lotus root and pork, shrimps with salted duck eggs, the before mentioned roast duck cut into pieces and finally, a unique Southern China dish – fried beef and bitter melon. Yes, the infamous bitter melon of which so many had done challenge Youtube videos. I don’t like bitter melon at all, but for some reason I really like the beef in this dish. Mixed with garlic and black bean sauce, they are really delicious and had a mild bitter taste that is oddly addicting. But I would be very careful not to get any bitter melon in my bite of meat cos that thing is nasty.
On Sunday, another meal prep. This time I tried to make one of the Whole30 recipe chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker. It turned out tasting different, kinda like sweet and sour chicken. 😀 Well, I don’t care, it still tastes pretty good. I tried to eat low-carb but I was in the mood of eating the chicken with rice, so I compromised. I used a two person portion bag of Mexican rice (yes instant rice cos they were on sale), mixed with chili kidney beans, chickpeas, corn and coriander. I have quite a lot of paprika and onion and mushrooms in my chicken, but I still want something green. I happen to have two big bag of kale in my bridge so I wanted to make a Southern collared greens kind of side dish from the kale, so I just fried up some prosciutto and mixed in some butter and fried the kale in the glorious mixture. It tastes pretty freaking awesome.
Have a decent Monday and hope you have a delicious week!