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Corn chowder

I’m very much a corn person. I eat corn on the corb, corn in cups, popcorn, creamed corn, corn kernels, frozen ones, soggy ones, corn with coconut, corn with chocolate, corn ice cream, corn sushi, with wasabi. Pretty much everything, except for baby corns, don’t ask me why.

Therefore when I found this corn chowder recipe, I didn’t want to screw it up, and triple checked the cooking directions with my mom. The rainy weather these days is just perfect for this recipe!

So here’s our version since my mom doesn’t believe in buying chicken soup stock:

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon sunflower or canola oil

4 cloves garlic

2 cloves shallots

1 inch ginger

1 large white onion, chopped finely

100g boneless chicken, diced

1 stick celery, finely sliced

1 medium potato, scrubbed and chopped into small dice

2 1/2 cups water

400g can light evaporated milk

1 tablespoon flour

400g can creamed corn

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Process shallots, ginger and garlic until finely blended. Heat oil in a non-stick saucepan; ad blended mixture until fragrant. Add onion and celery and cook for a few minutes over medium heat. Add potato, chicken and water, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.

2. Whisk evaporated milk and flour together and stir into soup mixture. Simmer for a few minutes until slightly thickened, then add corn and heat through. Season to taste and serve hot.

Personally, I think they are best eaten the next day, when the chicken and vegetables have absorbed the flavour overnight.

  • 1 teaspoon sunflower or canola oil
  • 100g lean bacon, fat removed and diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely sliced
  • 1 medium potato, scrubbed and chopped into small dice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 400g can light evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 400g can creamed corn
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • thyme sprigs

Tuna Filo Parcels

I’ve had a package of frozen filo pastry, sitting around in the freezer for the longest time. I don’t even know who bought it, or when. But whenever I want to use it, I realise I have to thaw it out for at least 3 hours before use, and then I would lose interest in working with it altogether because my Kitchen Muse would be long gone by then.

But this time, I prevail, in the spirit of Project ChilliChoc. I left it on the kitchen counter in the afternoon and went on to do whatever I do on Sundays, and before long, it was TIME.

I found the recipe somewhere in the world wide web, and tweaked it. So here it goes:

Ingredients:

8 sheets filo pastry

1 tablespoon melted margarine

1 can tuna

Directions:

1. Thaw filo pastry package for at least 3 hours before use. Once it has softened and ready for use, unwrap and work quickly. Filo pastry dries and harden quickly (which makes it very brittle and hard to work with), so prepare a damp dishcloth to cover unused sheets.

2. Gently remove 2 sheets, and brush a little bit of margarine between each layer.

3. Cut sheet into half, fill the middle portion with tuna and roll it to resemble spring roll. Use water to seal the edges, and brush with a bit of melted margarine. Repeat with other half.

4. Repeat process until tuna is finished, and all 8 sheets are used. Brush pastry with leftover margarine, and bake at 130 C for about 20 to 30 mins until golden brown. Serve warm.

Taste test: Needs improvement. The filo sheets tasted a bit floury and uncooked, so maybe they needed a little more time in the oven and a little bit more margarine.

Anyway filo sheets are usually used in place of puff pastries because of their zero fat content. How awesome is that? AND! They are so versatile, they can be used even as tart shells. I’m definitely going to try it someday!

Go Italian with Frittata

Frittata, omelette, scrambled eggs.. i think they’re essentially the same.. they’re basically eggs with other ingredients.. only difference is that a frittata is baked in the oven.

im always looking for recipes for lunch.. something quick and easy and most importantly, nutritious and filling.. basic recipe for Frittata here

but i didnt bother sauteeing the onions and red pepper and i added mushrooms. you can go crazy and add all sorts of ingredients.. ive seen one with asparagus and i might try that soon since i absolutely love roasted asparagus.

anw, my Frittata was yummy.. but i think next time i’ll actually add the herbs for more flavour. it makes a good breakfast or lunch or if you make mini ones it can be an appetizer too!