Having a glass of Sangria to cheer up myself on a working Sunday


It’s not a good feeling that you have to work over the weekend, work life balance is somewhat hard to achieve here in Hong  Kong. I try hard not to work over the weekend, but sometimes you just could not avoid it. It took me few hours to convince myself and move my arse, sitting in front of the computer and start working.

It would be nice to have a glass of something to keep me company, since it’s already 5 o’clock, perfect time for a cocktail. Or I would consider its already a bit late, as we should start drinking during brunch on a Sunday.

Sangria is something good to have during Summer time, that fruity sweety feel would just cheer you up in a hot Summer time, bring me back the feeling of watching sunset at the Cafe del Mar in Ibiza… day dreaming….

How to make a Sangria? It’s pretty simple. All you need is fruit, rum, brown sugar, orange juice or juice that you like and red wine. The most important thing is, the Sangria has to been cold enough. So, I would suggest, the trick is to keep all  the ingredients in the fringe for at least one or two hours before making the Sangria. In that way, you can make sure the drink will be chill enough. On the other hand, you better get a 1 Litre container or pitcher that can fit into your fringe, so that you can keep the ready made one always chill before you can finish it.

First of all, chop half orange and half apple into small cubes and place them into the pitcher. You can add or change to the kind of fruits that you like, but somehow the apple and orange kind of balance out the taste. Add 4 teaspoon of brown sugar into the pitcher and kind of smash them and mix them for one minute, then pour 80ml of rum into it, and mix them well. Then, add 200ml of orange juice into it, or the kind of juice that you like, something mixed like orange & passion fruit, mandarin & mango will also works well. Finally, add a full bottle of 750ml red wine into the pitcher, of course no need to use a nice bottle of red wine. Just something cheap and cheerful that will do. I like to serve it with more ice cubes, in order to have the really cool and chill feeling.

Cheers~~~

Fish Fillet and King Prawn with Potato & Lettuce Salad

My husband told me the other day, we eat far less salad. That’s true, I eat a good amount of vegetable everyday, but more in a Chinese way. Those typical boiled, steamed or fried vegetables. But when I cook a Western dinner, I seldom consider a salad dish, maybe too focusing on the main dish, and forget about the side dish. So, for tonight I am thinking about a salad to start with, and see what to go best with the salad.

My husband always loves cucumber salad with sour sauce or dressing, I saw this potato salad with yogurt and dill sauce at one of the cooking show. Thinking to do the same kind of sauce with a cucumber salad. What is the best to go with this salad? Instead of salmon, let’s see what kind of fish I can get at the supermarket. Eventually, I’ve got the catfish fillet and a prawn for each of us, should be good enough to go with the salad.

Let’s get the salad prepared, so that I can get it chilled in the fringe for a while to keep it cooler before serving. I would like to have a little bit of potatoes in the salad, but not a lot, as I would like to keep the cucumber as the major ingredients. I started with cooking the potatoes into boiling water, part of it for the salad, part of it for our doggies for their usual Sunday dinner with salmon. When the potatoes are done, let them sit aside and reduce the heat. On the other hand, let’s get the rest of the salad prepared. Chop half of an onion in really thin slices, chop cucumber into thin slides, and some romaine lettuce. Put all of them into a big salad bowl, mix them well together and put the bowl into the fringe. You can add the potatoes back in when they are not hot any more.  Let the salad chill until it’s time to serve. You can also get the salad dressing ready, and chill it in the fringe as well. Open the Greek yogurt and pour them into a bowl, season with some salt and pepper, add white vinegar and then mix them well together. As I don’t like too sour, I prefer to add some honey so balance out the taste a bit. It’s up to you to add honey or not. The key of this source is dill, finely chop a handful of dill, and mix them with the sauce. Let the salad dressing sit in the fringe, you can decide to serve the salad with the dressing already add in, or serve it separately. I tend to serve it separately, because we do have a different preference on the amount of dressing that we like to add into our salad.

Time to prepare the fish and prawn. Add a bit of corn flour on the fish for both side in the beginning, to make sure we will keep it nicer together when frying them. Season both the fish and prawn with salt, pepper, ground coriander, paprika and parsley on both side. Heat up the pan with olive oil, fry the fish and prawn and add a bit of garlic and red chili for the flavour. Make sure one side is already done before flipping the fish, and watch out the prawn because the cooking time should be a lot faster than the fish. When one side of the prawn turned red, just flip it and remove them from the pan when both side turned red. After flipping the fish, add some chopped tomatoes and spring onion on top of the fish. Serve the fish when it’s done, together with the prawn as a seafood plate and have the salad on the side.

 

Meatloaf Spaghetti


Why not having some comfort food for Sunday dinner, meatloaf spaghetti maybe one of the best idea! My husband likes meatloaf, we saw this on Jamie Oliver’s show, so let’s try it out.

Cut three carrots, slides them in quarter and place them in a pan with some olive oil, salt and thyme. Put that in oven under 200C for 10 minutes.

While cooking the carrots, let’s get the meatloaf prepared. You can use just minced beef or pork, but it’s good to mix the pork and beef somehow to get a better texture. Season the minced beef and pork with salt, pepper and oregano. Mixed them together, then add an egg, some feta cheese and some bread crumbs. Mix them well and put them in the middle of the pan with the carrots and place it in the oven for 25 minutes.

Let’s get the sauce done. In a hot pan with olive oil, put the red chilli without the seeds, get the flavour then remove the chilli. Fry some garlic, then add the onion, fry them until golden brown, then add the tomato purée and cook for 10 minutes, and season it with salt and a bit of oregano. Meantime, boil a pot of hot water and get the spaghetti ready. I like to use the number 3 here, the thicker one which go better with meat.

When the sauce is done, take out the pan from the oven, pour the sauce into the pan and sit together with the meatloaf. Put some more feta cheese and add some Parmesan cheese on the meatloaf, then add some rosemary and the fried chilli as well. Place the pan back to the oven, and cook for another few more minutes.

When the spaghetti is ready, serve it together with the sauce and the meatloaf. Perfect comfort food that you can have!