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Q: What did you eat for dinner tonight?

Thread about what you had and or cooked for dinner tonight.

List ingredients and tips if you cooked!

 

I did;

 

Potato, onion, garlic topped with sliced chicken breast, capsicum and tomato.

 

Some 'laoganma' spice, salt, oil, lots of black pepper and some dark soy for marinating the chicken.

 

one third can of beer, all in one tray in oven for about 45 mins at 200 Celsius

 

good taste and healthy!

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going against tradition here for the meal.

have got in a large leg of lamb for this evenings meal - a slow roast so it is already cooking for later this evening.

most of the family is getting together, including the in-laws (great folks).

Fresh steamed vegetables and home-made ice-cream.

 

sister-in-law, who is a great cook, is bringing her mince-pies 

 

MMMMMM enlightened

 

 

 

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Tonight Matthew I was mostly eating Sichuan...

 

 

酸辣鱼 (pickled spicy fish)

干锅虾 (dry pot spicy prawns)

 

both dishes 中辣 (medium spicy)

 

好吃!

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Fried spam... and egg

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My toes are cold, time for the winter "Colossal Cold Cookup" !!

 

Big catering pot (mine is about 25 cms high and the same across the top)

 

Pork ribs

(need to be able to tell the market guys NOT to 'smash cut them up', this to them is waaay not normal!)

 

bring almost full pot to boil -took about an hour!

 

wash the pork then pre-cook for around 10 minutes, dispose of all that hot water, and allow the pork to cool whilst waiting for the pot to boil again.

 

when boiling, put the pork ribs in with a whole onion or 2, loads of sliced ginger, salt, a whole piece of cinnamon bark, 5-8 field mushrooms.

 

medium boil for 2 hours or so.

 

then add;

 

potatoes, cut longwise into 3

sweet potato, cut to big lumps

Chinese yam, cut big lumps

Carrots, peeled and cut into 3 lumps

slavishly grind pepper in!

hard boil 8 eggs, peel and put in

 

bring to boil again and cook for around an hour

 

when done, remove the pork ribs and allow to cool a little then cut into separate ribs, return to pot except for the ones destined for the plate!

 

some stir fried green stuff to go with all that pork goodness, today 'black vegetable' and lettuce.

 

consume with a large glass of red or 3.

 

this should last me a few days to keep em toes warmed!

 

 

 

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Hong shao rou, chao bo he, rice.

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Roast spicy chicken breast.

 

1/2 chicken breast, bone removed, sliced into big lumps

3 potatoes, peeled and sliced around 1cm

1 large or 2 smaller tomatoes, peeled, diced

1 small green courgette [aka zucchini] cut half lengthways and pitted

1 onion sliced

1 whole garlic

teaspoon ground chilli

teaspoon salt

ground pepper

1/2 can of beer

 

Marinate the chicken with oil, salt, fresh ground pepper, dark soy. 20 minutes

 

in oven tray put the onions and garlic first

then in the centre place the courgettes pitted side up

potatoes around the outside

marinated chicken to cover the centre only

tomato on top with a pinch of salt and a bit more pepper

1/2 can of beer into base of tray

 

preheated oven, 190 Celsius around 50 minutes

 

side dish or 2 of greens

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Got avocados on the cheap, <2 yuan each!

small and just about done for, so I bought the lot, about 20 for 30 yuan

 

Made toasted ham, avocado and mayonnaise sandwiches.

 

A side of fresh spinach done with garlic and beer. yep, never get tired of that staple!

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I ate an MRE tonight.

The bacon cheese spread was fantastic.

They are a good emergency backup in case you come home to an empty fridge, and all the pots and pans in the house are full of the MILs boiling and cooling potions.

I need to order more.

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I done a deal and landed another load of avocados, just 1.5 rmb each, got 24 of 'em.

 

taking a crack at making guacamole for the first time ever!

 

will post the recipe result here in case you too can 'do a deal' and get <2 yuan avocados!

diverdude1:

guacamole,,,,  haha,,, thx for making me homesick ~

 when we were kids we would take the seed from the avocado and have it germinate, it's fun and easy.  just stick four toothpicks in it to suspend about half of it in a glass of water and the other half sticking out. Place it in some bright, sunny protected spot and in a few days, voila, avocado sprout ~

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ah, sorry to send you the homesickness!

 

Yes, I have 2 big avocado trees here, one is ~2.4 metres, the other at least 3 metres.

 

also have some baby ones wintering it out as they really do not like this frosty weather!

 

All are indoor!

diverdude1:

nice!  avocado trees are lovely.

 

my dinner tonight is not worth mentioning,,,, but here goes...  1 hormel hotdog on cheap whitebread, mayo, but at least some good French mustard.  Salad of store bought lettuce, chopped purple onion (very little), 1 sliced cucumber, 1 boiled egg.  Thousand Island dressing.  Cup of hot Lipton tea.

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My first Guacamole result;

 

2 lemons, squeezed and sieved

8 small avocado, mashed

3 cloves garlic, half a purple onion, cut fine.

a good handfull of coriander [aka cilantro] cut fine [wash very carefully!]

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon red chilly powder

1 large tomato, peeled and cubed

 

this is a real messy job to process them avos!

 

As it is not cooked, one must prepare some boiled and cooled water for rinsing and be very careful food safety wise to wash and DRY knives etc.

 

A bit of a pain, but the results worthwhile on occasion.

 

difficult to get corn chips around here, so I used 'pacific brand' saltine crackers. not the best match but still. might make some fresh bread to go with it...

 

haochi!

 

daxigua:

could do with one more lemon!

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Did the 'juicy chicken legs' again;

 

5 medium chicken legs

500 gram mushrooms

2 potato, cut about 1 cm slices

1 onion

whole garlic

3 teaspoons sweet chilly garlic sauce

1 tomato, peeled and cubed.

 

 

in oven tray, onion, garlic and mushrooms first, then chicken legs in the centre, potato around the edges.

 

spoon the chilly sauce onto the chicken legs, then put tomato on top, grind fresh pepper, put some oil on top and sprinkle with a little salt.

 

half a can of beer and some dark soy sauce into the base.

 

cook about 200 for about 40-50 minutes.

 

when done, take all out except liquid and transfer into a serving dish.

 

 

'Gravy'

bring liquid to boil in a wok for ~10 minutes to reduce

mix a handful of wheat flour with some beer. mix well!

sprinkle of salt, pepper.

turn down the heat and add the flour mixture, stir, stir, dont stop stirring!

simmer for around five minutes, pour on top into the serving dish, or serve separately.

 

 

side dish of greens

 

Stiggs:

That sounds really good, may give it a go next time I cook up chicken legs.

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yeah, fairly easy one and taste is awesome, plus healthy!

 

the gravy bit, while being a bit of a pain is worth the effort!

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apples were a good price. Time for 'Mini Apple Pies'

 

cannot get butter unless I get on a bus 2 hours and am prepared to spend 40 yuan per ~250 grams.

 

thus, down to the butcher, get ~1kg of pork fat to make into lard! [cost just 5 yuan]

 

boil pork fat for around 2 hours then allow to cool, skim off the fat.

 

strain it all, yielded about 400 grams of 'lard'

 

add flour to the bowl of lard then massage into, 'crumble it all up'

then add a little cooking oil and make into several balls.

 

combine then let it sit for a few hours, push into tart tins, for the 'lid' roll out on a board, cut with a jar lid [I used a coffee lid] of the right size to match the egg tart tin size.

 

peel and core the apples then boil for about an hour with some brown sugar and a piece of cinnamon bark. allow to cool then lightly mash

 

fill with slightly mashed apple mixture. add a few sultanas to each, top with piece of pastry.

 

make a small hole in each top to prevent blow outs!

 

oven 160c for ~20 minutes, Enjoy while still hot!

daxigua:

the taste is quite good, you would not know that 'pig fat' was used, zero taste of that.

the only thing is that the pastry is crumbly, it maybe the cook time or temp?!

another thing is that despite using oil in the tart tins, they all stuck. PITA, grr!

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