Another week just passed by too fast for me. It’s not all work and no play though. I work hard and play hard actually all the time. Had a great time with my friends as usual at pot luck lunch, went out with my daughters a few times just to hang around to chat and joke, my badminton games and of course lots of time in my kitchen trying out new food.
I made some mochi balls and a baked fish for my friends pot luck lunch. I had to rush with some appointments so I had to bring my fish to my friend’s place to bake. It was good though as the fish was served piping hot. My friends asked how I cooked it as they liked it very much. There’s really no fixed recipe. You can add in any sauce to it. I try to give the measurement here but there’s really no fixed recipe to it. Just add what you like from your kitchen cupboard.
The picture above is one with the coriander sprinkled over it after baking while the one just beneath here is with the coriander baked together. Both are equally delicious. Only that I think the one above looks better. So, choose whichever you like if you are cooking this dish.
Here’s my simple baked fish recipe which tastes like steamed fish. This is one dish that I always cook at home. It’s so simple and easy and no greasy kitchen to clean. It’s also a common item when I have friends over for a meal.
450g frozen cod fillets (defrost)
handful of coriander (washed and chopped)
Pour off the water from defrosting the frozen cod. Place the fillets in an oven proof dish. You can use fresh cod, too. You can also use other types of fish. I like to use frozen cod fillets because it’s very convenient. I always have a packet or two in my freezer. You can use the fillet types or the chunky types. Both are delicious. The chunky ones take longer to bake.
2T light soya sauce
1T oyster sauce
2T sweet chilli sauce
1T sesame oil
1T fried ginger oil
Mix Ingredients B in a bowl. Pour over the cod fillets. Sprinkle the chopped coriander over it and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes. These fillets are quite thin and cooks very quickly. Do not over bake otherwise they will become tough. You can also test for doneness by pricking it with a fork. It should be easy to pierce through and flake easily. If you like more sauce, just add more seasoning. we love the sauce scooped over rice.
Serve hot. It is especially good with rice. It tastes like steamed fish. Give a try. Hope you like this baked fish. Be creative with the seasonings.
Now, sharing with you what I have tried to make lately. This is a new food that I made last week after some thoughts. Chinese love a good balance of sweet and savoury taste. It’s not easy to get the balance right. For this one, which is my first attempt, I cooked some salted vegetables with other ingredients like nuts and seeds and then wrap it with some bean paste to be the filling for flaky pastry. I gave to a few friends to try and they liked it very much. Not my standard yet unfortunately. I think I need to make some further improvement to the filling, the size of the puff, glazing and maybe some topping with seeds. Very happy with my first attempt though…*big smiles*.
I love bean pastes like red bean paste, mung bean paste, lotus pastes, yam paste and chick pea paste to name a few. They are just so good wrapped in steamed buns, baked buns, baked puffs or in mooncakes. They are also healthier if you make the pastes yourself as you are in control of the ingredients used. Mine is always less oil and less sugar. The only downside is the amount of work you have to put in……LOTS of non-stop stirring….almost endless. But it’s all worth the effort. Give a try if you have some time on hand.
Now I made these pineapple cookies yesterday. I got up very early to make the pineapple jam. It’s as bad as making bean paste…..non-stop stirring until it becomes thick, then cooling down. I make a batch during noon time but they didn’t turn out well. The pastry was a little too crisp and sweet. It’s a new recipe that I tried. Not satisfied with it, I made again last night when everyone went to bed. They were very good. I baked 2 trays. When I got up this morning (a little later than usual), one tray was missing! Yes, missing! My girl packed and took along to share with her friends! Like mother like daughter…loves to share food….*smiles*.
I tried to make these cookies into pineapple shape as I have the mould. But see, they didn’t turn out to be like pineapples. I think they look more like fish…haha. Anyway, I really love this second batch….beautiful pastry and perfect combination of taste and texture with the pineapple filling. I think I will just stick to my usual tartlet shape the next time I make pineapple cookies again.
This is a very popular cookie during Chinese New Year back in Malaysia. It’s also a very popular cookie in Taiwan. I think no one leaves Taiwan without grabbing a few boxes of the pineapple cookies which are often in cube shapes. Back home, it’s often in the shape of little tartlets with criss cross on top. It’s labour intensive but they look really impressive and most of all, very delicious if you get it right. If you would like like to make, you can check it out at Popular Pineapple Tarts.
Oh, I also made another one. I had a lot of egg whites sitting in my fridge so I made my favourite seed crisps. They are addictive I must say and a healthier alternative to all the deep fried, salty potato crisps. For more about these delicious crisps, check out at Pumpkin Seeds Crisps (Tuiles).
Hope you are having lots of fun with your cooking and baking. And if you have not started a blog, I really hope you start one. You never know how fun it is until you start. Best of all, it is free to blog and you can blog at your own time. I am so glad I started 2+ years ago. Why not join me in blogging? I would love to read yours. Above all else, Keep Learning Keep Smiling!……*big smiles*
Other fish recipes that you may be interested in:
Chili Salmon With Hot Bean Paste
King Prawns And Salmon Curry
Salmon And Asparagus Stir Fry
Spicy Salmon On Spinach
Salmon In Hot Sambal Sauce
Healthy Miso Wild Alaskan Salmon
Easy Low Fat Fish Pie
Quote of the day……
” Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people. The difference is that strong people admit their mistakes, laugh at them, and learn from them. That is what makes them strong.”
- Richard Needham