So last night I remembered that I had a food blog once, where I can post ingredient and not forget about it, and I can share with my friends in case they want it. I realized that I have not only one but two blogs! Both are Jolie’s corner, one in Blogspot and one in WordPress. One in Vietnamese and one in English. So I choose this one, the one in English, so I can also improve my English writing too.
So here I am, writing about my yesterday lunch meal:
2 slices of salmon (with bones)
2 tbs of brown sugar
2 tbs fish sauce
2 fresh thai chili and 2 dried red chili
a piece of ginger, minced
1 shallot, crushed
1 tbs of galangal powder (optional). You can use fresh one (it’s better), but I can’t find the fresh one here. I brought back one from Vietnam.
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tbs salt
1 stp of coconut oil
Making the caramelized sauce: in a saucepan add 2 tbs brown sugar. Turn on the stove in medium, wait until it melts. It will happen very quickly so you should be there all the time. Do not stir! When the sugar is melt and turns medium dark brown, turn off the stove and all a quarter cup of water.
Add all the spices on the sauce: 1 tbs sugar, the chili, ginger, shallot, fish sauce, salt and pepper, galangal and coconut oil.
If you want your fish really firm, before you add the fish to the sauce, pan fried it. It is optional. Add the fish to the sauce. You want the water to cover the fish. If not, add more water.
Turn on the stove again in medium, braise the fish for 15-20 mins, reduce the heat if the water is reducing too quickly. Your fish is ready when the sauce becomes thick.
Serve with steam rice. For a healthier version, I am using brown rice.
On a side, I made steam chinese broccoli with an egg and tamari sauce. It is very easy so I will not explain much. The secret for a green, crunchy steam vegetable is using high heat temperature, wait until the water is super boiled, then add 1 stp of salt. Do not cover the lid.
I want to have a sample of “La petit robe noire” ( The little black dress in English) because I have a lot of black dresses. I think it would be cool if I wear it with one of my black dress 😛 (By the way, every girl need at least one black- classic- little dress, I think it is very true :P)
It smells like Lolita Lempika EDP for the first second, but after just a minute it turn to smell like Angel from Thierry Mugler, with a strong smell of patchouli (which is nice for those who like the patchouli smell, but I think I prefer something more complicated :P) The perfum lasts quite long (for more than 5 hours) and would be suitable for the winter.
In the description it says: “A creation embroidered with the most beautiful “black” note in perfumery: Black Cherry, Black Rose, Patchouli, Smoked Tea. But sorry Guerlain, I only smell your Patchouli.
Tortilla is the bread that we use in Mexican food, such as taco, fajita and burrito. It’s easy to find tortilla in the western shops in Hanoi, but it’s even easier to make it at home, and it is much cheaper. So I will show you all the steps to make flour tortillas.
To make 10 tortillas you will need:
4 cups of flour
1tsp baking powder
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
2. Add in vegetable oil, mix well.
3. Add in water, mix well into a dough and let it set for 10 mins.
4. Cut the dough in to 10 pieces (each one in the shape of an egg)
5. Flour the surface and roll each piece with a rolling pin (or with a Vodka bottle like me :P)
6. To make it pretty: put a dish on the roll and run a knife around:
7. Put it in a pan and turn when you see some bubbles.
Then it’s ready for you to make tacos, fajitas or burritos. In the picture below is the fajita I made last weekend. I will write a note about it later 😀
Bubble milk tea is very popular with young people in Vietnam, but it´s Taiwan original. It is a combination of tea, milk and pearl or jelly. So you can eat the jelly when you drink the tea milk. It´s quite cheap here in Vietnam and you can find many places call ¨Pearl Milk Tea¨ all around the city. But people say it´s not good for health, cause you never know what kind of milk they use.
I like to drink milk tea very much, and I drink it every day. My favorite tea is Chai tea. But to make Milk tea I use vanilla black tea (which has real vanilla bean in it, great flavor!)
So here is the ingredient to make bubble milk tea:
2 tablespoons black tea (with vanilla)
1 tablespoon sugar
20 pearls (this is white jelly with coconut inside)
a block of black jelly, cut into small cubes
How to make it:
Bring water in a boil, add the tea. Add sugar and stir. Set aside for 5.10 mins.
Add milk and bring it to a boil, and immediately remove from the heat.
In another saucepan, bring the pearl to a boil and continue to boil for about 5 mins. Remove from the heat and put the pearls into cold water.
Put jelly and pearls into a cup.
Add the milk tea.
Add ice or you can put in the fridge. This bubble tea better drink within the day.
You can use green tea, or macha powder to make bubble green tea, it is great too!
If anyone asks me about what they should bake when they start baking, my answer would be banana bread. Many people I know in Vietnam would start with Tiramisu (so would I) because Tiramisu seems to be a symbol of baking (like when you think about Vietnamese food, you think about spring rolls), here in Vietnam when you think about cake many people think about tiramisu. However, banana bread is worth trying if you are just beginning at baking, because it is very hard to fail! I usually make banana bread when there are too many bananas in the kitchen, and they will be too old if you don´t use them immediately.
To make Banana bread you will need:
1. Dry ingredients:
1tsp baking powder
1/4tsp baking soda
100g walnut (optional, I usually skip it, because walnut is quite expensive here)
2. Wet ingredients:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
113g butter, melted and cooled
4 ripe bananas, mashed
(one banana, sliced, if you want decorate the bread)
1tsp vanilla extract
How to do:
Mix the dry ingredients separately.
Mix the wet ingredients separately.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients until well combined.
Put into a pan and bake for about 60mins at 180*C
Banana bread is also my parent´s favorite. It feels really good when you smell the banana and cinnamon in your kitchen on a winter day.