Spare ribs and mushrooms

It’s hard to write everyday. I am better in cooking than writing (obviously you already know that). And today, I don’t think I have the writing bug in me, just wanna show you my easy dinner. Maybe tomorrow? 

Anyhow, this is my humble and simple dinner

Ingredients:
1/2 lb of spare ribs (bite size)
1 tbsp each of preserved plum jam, koji and mirin
1 bag of mushroom (bite size)

Directions:
Mix spare ribs, preserved jam, koji and mirin. Marinade for 12 hours.
Preheat the oven at 375F. Add ribs on a baking sheet, top with mushrooms. Bake them for 30 mins.
Serve the ribs with broccolini and grilled rice balls.

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Fried chicken 4 ways!!!

This week is Mr.D’s birthday, all he wants is fried chicken, so today, I fried 3 chicken and 4 duck legs (yup, why not?!?!?!)

Brine them all for a day in this:

1 cup of pickle juice
β…” cup kosher salt
β…“ cup sugar
3 cups of pineapple juice
5 cups of water

After that, marinade them 4 different ways for another day –
1. Indonesian
2. Korean
3. Pickle-brine
4. Jerk chicken

On the 3rd day, remove them from the marinade and let them dry for 2 hours in the fridge.
Fry them at 360F for 6 to 8 mins each, and fry them at 380F for 40 sec.

Tomatoes with veggies and eggs

It’s Sunday. It’s funday. And most importantly, it’s brunch day!!! But, there is a sad part… I had 3 slices of bacon only, shared by 2 people…. 1st world problem…

My brunch has these:

4 eggs

1/3 onion (small chunks)

2 tomatoes  (small chunks)

2 Persian cucumbers  (small chunks)

4 baby sweet peppers (small chunks)

3 slices of bacon

Bake bacon at 400F for 12 mins.

Use 1 tsp of bacon fat to cook onions until soften over medium heat. About 5 mins. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and 2 tbsps of water. Cover and lower the heat, let it cook for 10 mins until stewy (yes, you know what I mean)

Add sweet peppers and cucumber into the stew. Cook for 3 mins. Make 4 small packages to fit the eggs in. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the lid and cook for 2 mins. Turn off the heat and let it rest for another 2 mins.

It’s ready to serve, with lots of bacon!!! (if you have it) and bloody mary, of course πŸ˜€

Salad for hot summer night

It’s hot. So hot I don’t want to go to the kitchen. So hot I don’t want to eat hot food. So hot….so, instead of slaving away in the kitchen, I made salad for dinner. I am still cool when I eat it. Lovely πŸ™‚

Salad with pear and pork

4 links of pork rolls (I got mine from my favorite Italian market, feel free to substitute with sausages)

1 bag of kale salad (my best friend when I’m lazy)

1 pear (cored and thinly sliced)

12 cherry tomatoes 

1 bell pepper  (thinly sliced, I found purple bell pepper at the farmers’ market, but whatever you can find)

2 bags of Popeyes hot sauce

Preheat the over at 400F. Bake the pork rolls for 20 mins, turn them and bake for another 20 mins. Until golden brown. Remove and set aside. 

Top the pear and tomatoes with hot sauce. Refrigerate for 10 mins or while the sausages are cooking. 

Once the pork rolls are cool enough to handle, slice them up.

Top the salad greens and bell pepper on top of pear and tomatoes mixture. Mix with chopped pork rolls. I didn’t add dressings, just some of the fat from the pork rolls. Season with some salt and pepper. I also added some pepitas and dried fruit.

Mock mole chicken

We had an amazing bbq on Saturday, my lovely boyfriend made some grilled fish, beef, corn, mushrooms packages… I am a lucky girl, he can always cook up a great bbq πŸ™‚

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To repay my debt, I try to make him some “mole” chicken. Let’s see how it turns out πŸ˜€

4 chicken legs
A handful each of basil, lemon mint, chocolate mint. Tear them into small pieces.
1/2 cup of strong coffee (cold)
2 tbsps of honey
2 tsps of salt
3 tbsps of chocolate powder

Mix all the ingredients together. Marinade overnight.

Preheat the oven at 375F.  Bake them for 40 mins. Skin side down. Then flip them mid way.

It’s not mole, I know, but it smells like it, taste kinda like it. It’s juicy, a little sweet, bitter and savory. Mr. D and I both like it. It’s super easy and simple, I hope you guys would try it too πŸ™‚

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