Tuesday, May 09, 2006

My Latest Obsession

I am always obsessing over something. Weddings, jeans, baking, korean dramas, grad school. This time it's cooking! After several failed attempts at baking, I figured cooking might be easier :) Churned out 3 fun dishes in the past week.

1) Stuffed Shells - This didn't turn out too well. I forgot to season the turkey and add salt. Amateurish ... Oopsie :p

Stuffed Shells

2) Mutter Tofu - My healthy variation of the indian dish Mutter Paneer. I substituted the tofu for paneer and used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. I learned this from my old roomie and gal pal, A. It's surprisingly easy to make and very very tasty too (if I may say so myself lol). Spicey and great for a cold wet day.

Mutter Tofu

The modified recipe here. It's pretty simple!

Mutter Tofu Recipe

- 1 package frozen peas
- 5 medium tomatos (chopped)
- 1 package tofu cubed
- 1 large yellow onion (diced)
- 5 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 3 teaspoons garam masala (from indian grocer)
- 1.5 teaspoons tumeric (from indian grocer)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pinch cumin seads (from indian grocer)

- Heat oil, throw in cumin seeds and wait for them to pop (this is the scary part!)
- Stir fry the garlic and onions till the onions are translucent
- Add the rest of the spices and stir till it is evenly distributed
- Add the tomatos and bring to a simmer (approx. 5 minutes)
- Add 3 cups water and bring to a simmer
- Add tofu and frozen peas
- Simmer for 20-30 minutes depending on how you want the consistency of the sauce

3) Our attempt at gourmet cooking over the weekend. Hubs helped out with this one. The milder flavor of the scallops went well with the tart green apples. We loved it and scarfed it down!

Recipe courtesy of La Tartine Gourmande. Seared scallops with green apple sauce and sugar snap peas:

Scallops with Green Apple and Sugar Snap Peas


matreshka said...

The scallops look good!!! Incidentally, just crop the photo and voila, you can be a food photographer too!


And sell your recipe book! I confess I bought my one and only recipe book because of the photos -- and I haven't even referred to it for cooking ideas!

gracie said...

wow! looks yummy and especially impressed by the indian dish cos I have an indian cookbook but never tried cooking a single dish in there... each recipe has soooo many ingredients/spices that I get scared off just reading the recipe book.


mini said...

m> yeah I hate recipe books without photos!! i mean what kind of recipe book is that huh ????

g> indian cooking is actually quite easy (thanks to my friend A). they really use the same 4 or 5 spices all the time though the flavor of the food changes with the ingredients.