Basic Mashed Potatoes

Basic… probably too basic. If you have beef stew with this… or chinese bbq pork! Even just plain gravy works too (not making it unless you call JaJang gravy).

Time (including prep): ~15min

Serving: ~3 cups

Utensils:

  • 1 Sponge
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Pot
  • 1 Masher/Fork
  • 1 Spatula (optional)

Ingredients:

  • 250ml Cold water
  • 600g Potatoes
  • 62.5ml – 125ml Milk (Any type works fine here)

Method:

  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly. Use a sponge to scrub away all excess dirt.
  2. Cut potatoes into chunks (approximately 2.5cm cubes) and toss them into a pot.
  3. Add 250ml of water to the pot and bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Boil for 5 minutes lid partially open.
  5. Turn off the heat and and close the lid. Let the potatoes steam for 5 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce through.
  6. Mash potatoes into a paste.
  7. Mix in milk a little at a time until desired texture is reached.

*NOTE* Add garlic, herbs or butter to the pot before boiling for an infused flavour. Mix in any vegetables at the end for an more interesting flavour.

*NOTE2* If you are having trouble with the step 4. No worries, just find yourself a pair of chopsticks and place them on the edges of the pot and prop up the lid that way.

So hard right? Happy eating!  ^.^/

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Basic Icebox Cookies

Crunchy cookies lightly sweetened with honey. You can add whatever you want to suit your taste. Favourites: matcha, cocoa, coffee and pomegranate jam.

Time: 20min or less

Portions: 32 5cm diameter cookies

Utensils:

  • 1 Food Scale
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Knife / Spatula
  • Cling Wrap
  • Scissors
  • 1 Bowl / Cup with a flat bottom
  • 1 Baking Tray

Ingredients:

  • 120g Flour
  • 60g Honey
  • 40g Margarine
  • 3-4ml Vanilla Extract

Method:

  1. Cream margarine honey and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Add flour and mix until a stiff dough forms (the dough should come off the bowl cleanly in one big lump).
  3. Shape the dough into a log and wrap with cling wrap.
  4. Place the dough in the freezer and chill for ~5 min.
  5. Pull the dough out of the freezer and cut into 32 equal pieces.
  6. Flatten each piece to approximately 0.5cm thick with a flat surface.
  7. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  8. Place cookies in a baking tray and bake for 10-12min or until the edges turn light golden.

*NOTE* These cookies have no expanding feature. They turn out just fine even if they cook touching each other.

*NOTE2* Any cookies thicker than 0.75cm results in a rock. Trust me do not try it. It will be a pain to finish even if they are edible.

That’s it! Happy eating! ^.^

Honey Glazed Chinese BBQ Pork

Char Siu. Red honey coated juicy  pork. Best served on rice or on toast… That’s it. On to the recipe.

Time: 4.5hrs

Portions: ~4cup of cooked meat

Utensils:

  • scissors/knife
  • 1 food safe bag
  • 1 grill rack + drip pan
  • chopsticks/tongs
  • spoon or a basting brush

Ingredients (makes ~4 cups of meat):

  • 1kg sirloin pork roast
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Honey (to taste)

Method:

  1. Mix sugar, five spice powder and salt thoroughly in a bag
  2. Cut pork roast into approximately 2.5cm thick slices (The width of each piece should be no greater than 15cm for the best results).
  3. Coat each piece of meat evenly with the sugar mix.
  4. Place in a food safe bag and store in fridge until the sugar dissolves (If you are interested in the time, it should be done in about 1-2hrs).
  5. Once the sugar is non-existent, add hoisin sauce, water, and soy sauce into the bag.
  6. Mix until all pieces are evenly coated. place back into the fridge for 1-2hrs.
  7. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
  8. Place the pork on a grill rack and bake for 25min.
  9. Pull the pork out and glaze both size with honey. Bake for 5-10min.

*NOTE* If you hate waiting, go watch movie, play some video games, watch 2 episodes of your favorite drama or rave about Kpop or something. Time will fly faster.

*NOTE2* You can replace the pork roast with any pork cut or any type of light colored meat (chicken, turkey, or rabbit). It is equally as tasty.

Happy eating! ^.^