Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tomato and Salted Plum Granita

I am trying to cultivate my kids to take more tomatoes.  My mom swears by it that it gives great complexion which I totally agree with her, as her skin is very good even though she is already 70ish.

A pity none of us inherited her good skin and sharp nose.  Haiz.

Have a bag of tomatoes that I needed to clear before the weekend, I will see whether I can tempt my kids to eat this.  

Chanced upon my friend's Tomato and Salted Plum Granita and I immediately know that this will be great.

With this crazy humid weather, it will be superb to end a meal with this.


Findings: Oh gosh, this is so good that I couldn't wait for it to be ready.


You got to try it!

Modified from : Piggy's Cooking Journal

What you need:

8 salted plum 4-5 tomatoes 500ml water 3 teaspoons sugar (add more if you want your granita sweeter)
Method:
Cook salted plums, sugar and water for about 20 minutes. Turn off heat, discard the salted plum and leave to cool.


Serve immediately.

In the mean time, roughly chop the tomatoes.
Put the tomatoes and salted plum syrup into a blender. Blend to a pulp.  Strain.
Pour the mixture into a shallow container. Freeze for two hours, or until frozen. Break into portions and give it a blitz in the blender.

Return the frozen granita to the freezer to freeze for another one hour.





Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Snow Pear White Fungus Sweet Soup 雪梨雪耳糖水

For the past two weeks, the weather has been really dry as there is hardly any rain and as usual it is so humid in Singapore.  

Wanted to cook some sweet soup for the family as my daughter's skin looks "dried up" and lacks the healthy glow. I guess it is the stress that she is getting during this pre PSLE period.


Just can't wait to put all these behind us in Oct.





Cantonese loves sweet soup 糖水 as we believe that it can balance the yin and yang.  The components for making sweet soup normally has nourishing effect on our body parts.


Benefit of :

White fungus 雪耳 - has been know to be very beneficial to our body. They are known to fight infection, safeguards the liver, swellings and irritations slows aging process. It is also rumor to brighten face by diminishing age-spots, sun-spots, and wrinkles. It's know to have just as much nutrition as the birds ness which is an expensive delicacy in Asia.  It also nourish the lungs.


Sweet Almond 杏 - moisten the lungs (thus minimizing dry coughs) and reduce the production of phlegm


Bitter almond - just to bring out the flavor of Sweet almond.


Honey Dates 
大蜜枣 Replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly, prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties. Moderate sources of vitamin-A, protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful effects of oxygen-free radicals.

chinese pear 水梨 - good source of vitamin C and copper.  Also high in antioxidant nutrients


Important Note: You need to balance out the almonds ratio as Bitter Almond is toxic (smaller).   Correct proportion is 5:1 that is 5 portion of Sweet Almond to 1 portion of Bitter Almond


Thus based on the above, I cook a pot of Snow Pear White Fungus Sweet Soup 雪梨雪耳糖水.  In time for hubby have some tonight.


What you need:



1 pc dried snow fungus雪耳
2 chinese pear (I used 南水梨)
Sweet Almond 
Bitter Almond北杏 (this is toxic, so you cannot add more)
3 candied dates 大蜜枣
rock sugar to taste
1½ liter water

Method:

Soak dried snow fungus until soft.   Rinse and cut off hard areas.  Cut into small chunks.

Rinse and cut pears into quarter, remove the core.  Then cut into chunks.

Put all ingredients except rock sugar in a pot with water. Bring to a boil. Simmer gently, covered. Check after 30 minutes (for firm texture) or 1 hour for (for softer and gel like texture).

Season to taste with rock sugar.

Serve hot, chilled.

Note: I used a slow cooker.



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tomato Sour Plum

3 years ago when we first moved in, we invited our friends from the club to come over for a potluck gathering and H brought this interesting item.  Should I call it appetizer?

Though I don't really fancy sour plum on its own.  I do like it with lime juice or this Tomato Sour Plum.

I think this snack or appetizer was originated from Taiwan and it is extremely easy to put together that is if you find the sour plum.  

When you want it, you can't find and when you don't, it is everywhere!  I never dreamt that locating sour plum was tough.  Went into a supermarket, walked round three times and you won't believe that they don't sell any at all.  Then I cruise round the area and I cannot locate a shop that sells.  I had to make another trip to another heartland shop to buy it.  Of course then I wasn't given much choices.

There are two ways to do this.  Either you chopped up the sour plum, make a hole in the centre of the tomatoes and stuff as much chopped sour plum into it or like me I took the easy way out.

Nevertheless, both methods taste the same.



I finally put everything together and guess what, it is so addictive that I finished up the whole bowl before my daughter comes home.  

Okay I am off to prepare another batch for her to snack on.  Let's hope I can trick her to eat more tomatoes.

What you need:

Tomatoes (I used honey cherry tomatoes)
Sour plum (my only option was these seedless ones)

Method:

Wash tomatoes, slit it open.  Do not cut all the way.  

Cut sour plum into quarters. Depending on how big your sour plum.

Insert into tomatoes.  Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or more and it will taste even better.

Chill before serving.


Cheers!