Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Purple Cabbage, Orange, Walnut Salad 紫卷心菜橙子核桃沙拉

Purple/red cabbage contains more iron and antioxidants than standard white cabbage. The last time I had purple cabbage was in cooked form e.g. Purple Cabbage Udon Noodles Soup, Purple Cabbage Soup. Today I am going to prepare a summer-ready raw salad with purple cabbage and orange.

This Purple Cabbage, Orange, Walnut Salad is bright and crisp. If you are firing the grill for meat or seafood, this easy-to-make purple cabbage salad will be a great side-dish accompaniment to balance the heavier-tasting grilled food/ barbecue e.g. Kale Hot Dog.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Asparagus & Chicken with Turmeric Dressing

Just before we jump onto the "summer-means-salad" bandwagon (yes, I will be sharing more wholesome salad-as-a-meal in summer, stay tuned!), I thought I should take a step back and do a little introduction on salad dressing. A salad dressing can make or break a salad; and a homemade dressing is definitely way healthier than store-bought.

You know what? I used to think that salad dressing is out of my world, something that appears, kinda sophisticated. Well, it is not; especially when I K-I-S and found that Keeping-It-Simple actually works in my favor, and flavor. Something so simple that it does not bog you down when you want to prepare it. Something that will not make you go "nah, so difficult, I don't want to do it anymore".

It is definitely easier to form a habit when the task (of making it routine), is undaunted.

My go-to is always vinaigrette-based dressing, just because the base elements of extra-virgin olive oil and organic apple cider vinegar are the only ones stocked in my kitchen. Yes, my pantry stocks no other artisan oils and vinegar but it does not feel deprived.

It is not difficult to whisk up a salad dressing, at least the dressing that makes it to my salad bowl. It has gotta be quick, so the dressing makes it to my salad bowl. It has gotta be healthy, so the dressing makes it to my salad bowl.

Quick and healthy is this "Golden" Dressing that I am going to share with you today. Still, it is a vinaigrette-based dressing that gets it golden hue from ground turmeric, coupled with ground black pepper.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Tortilla Egg "Pancake" 新式玉米饼蛋饼

Stuck with leftover corn tortilla from making chickpea tacos? Give it a new twist. Use tortilla as the wheat flour-batter base to make egg pancake (蛋饼 Dan Bing) or scallion pancake (葱油饼).

These pancakes are like super-thin sandwiches, aren't they? They will be convenient on-the-go, and easy as no-mess quick-bites.

As these store-bought corn tortilla were on the thick side, the resulting egg pancakes were chewier, and crispier at the edge; compared to store-bought pancake that is typically softer to bite.