I found out that my insurance claim for my surgery has been approved, after more than 2 months of waiting! It was news I had been waiting for, for way too long.
And of course, my reaction was to celebrate with food!
I really do believe that the most important ingredient and aspect of meal preparation, is a jolly good mood. Everything just flows!
I even somehow got the inspiration to have a cheese platter at home.
In addition to my favourite cheeses emmental and gouda, I picked up camembert at the supermarket to try, and I am in love. It’s creamy and milky, without being too strong like blue cheese (which I just cannot get used to).
This is my dream cheese platter. Feta is there because the hubs likes it; I’m pretty neutral towards feta.
I also made spaghetti bolognese for the first time, although it’s such a basic dish.
The heavens must have been celebrating for me too, because the sauce looked too watery throughout the cooking process, but magically became the right consistency just as I wanted to toss it with the pasta.
This is a simple mixed greens salad with red wine vinaigrette. I wanted the entire meal to go with red wine, so I thought that red wine vinaigrette would make a lot of sense. Haha. Yes, my mind functions in the simplest of ways.
Last but not least, I saw a snail sausage at the supermarket for $1.70 and thought why not. So here it is! I added two blobs of horseradish mustard and american mustard on the side, as sauces.
Unfortunately, the taste was quite bland and the meat was tough.
But it was still a great meal, and even my eccentric dishwasher decided to cooperate, so I didn’t need to wash the dishes afterwards!
I was in the mood for sukiyaki the other night, but didn’t have a hot pot. I wouldn’t have wanted to set it up even if I had one, because it’s just not worth the hassle unless there’s a big group eating, and I was alone that night.
Being alone for dinner does not mean maggi mee or starvation ok! I’m not one for wallowing. I saw it as a great opportunity to experiment, or eat things that only I like.
I checked online for recipes and it turns out that “real”, “authentic” sukiyaki broth takes a whole lotta effort. All I wanted at 8pm was to finally eat, so I decided to improvise and whip up my own version of sukiyaki!
I winged it and decided to combine beef stock, mirin and sugar to form the broth. It tasted surprisingly like the real deal.
Instead of conventional additions, I added what was available in my fridge, which happened to be enoki mushrooms, and bok choy:
Amazingly, from start to end, I only took 20 minutes! I know, because it’s the time it took for the rice to cook. Haha.
Here’s the end result!
I also added a poached egg into the broth just for the nutritional value, and cooked the pork slices in the broth while it was on the stove.
The kimchi was a mistake though. The sourness did not blend well with the sweet theme of the rest of the dinner at all. Whoops.
Overall, I still consider this a success. Added to my repertoire!
What I made for lunch today. :)
A simple seafood somen with:
I just realised, 2 hours after the meal, that I forgot to add miso. Haha. It ended up well though, with a clearer and more delicate taste. Still good!
I sprinkled it generously with coriander and green onions, which my mum gave me yesterday. It’s also the reason why I cooked this in the first place – to use up the greens. ^_^;;