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Friday, November 30, 2012

Prawn Festival at Howth

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Howth is one of the best tourist destinations in Dublin. It is surrounded with seafood restaurants that you really don't want to miss. Every year, they are organizing a Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. 

There are plenty of food stalls and fun activities. But before you get the chance to buy something to eat you need to exchange your euros to a money voucher. It is called Prawn Punts which is equivalent to 5 euros.  A food of your choice is 5 Prawn Punts per order.

Prawn curry, calamari and seafood pastry were very good. There were long ques on food stalls but that never stopped us to want those foods. 

Prawn Curry

Calamari Containers
Seafood Pastry
After filling up our tummies with delicious food, we watched the cookery demonstration of Chef Hazel of The Kitchen in the Castle Cookery School. She taught her audiences how to properly devein a prawn. Tricky but I got it. She said the technique is necessary to bring out the real taste of prawn and bitter after taste will be avoided. 

Chef Hazel
Chef Hazel in action

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Measure Equivalents

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In cooking, measurement is one vital information a person should not neglect. I found the following table very useful in converting one units to another. I had this printed and post it on my fridge door. Though I'm familiar with all these, still I want to make sure that I'm converting accurately because I really don't want to mess up with my cooking. Perfectionist? Not really. I just hate adding too much or too little of something. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Yaki Soba and Schichimi Squid at Wagamama

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Yaki Soba
Yaki Soba is one of my favorite noodle dishes at Wagamama. It is a tepan-fried soba noodles with chicken, shrimps, egg, beansprouts, peppers, white and spring onions. It is garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and mixed sesame seeds. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cooking Tips for Great Pasta

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I love to cook but I haven’t got the right timing in cooking pasta the first time. Though it always turned out great, still I don’t get it in one click. Sometimes following the package instruction will not save the day. It says 8 minutes, but still it feels and tastes uncooked. If you let it boil for few more minutes, then the pasta will be overcooked. As years go by and hundred times of cooking pasta, I finally got the technique. 

Here’s a video of the quick pasta cooking demonstration of Jamie Oliver.

  1. Boil water in a large kettle or pot (kaldero).
  2. Add salt in boiling water. Adding oil is optional.
  3. Hold the pasta in one hand, twist it and drop in a kettle.
  4. Mix and cook according to package instruction.
  5. Set aside a cup of the starchy water. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mr. Crabby

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I bought crabs at town. Three pieces of those for 5 euros. They were still alive when I bought so I needed my husband to clean them for me.

After cleaning, they were put in a large pot with cover. I poured 1 litre of water and 1 litre of Sprite. Covered the pot and cooked them in medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes.

For dipping sauce, vinegar and crushed garlic will be just fine. Of course do not forget your boiled rice.

Happy eating with your hands.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Buffalo Wings

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Preparation Time 15 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Grill in oven for 30 to 45 minutes
Serve 3-4 persons

1 kg chicken wings
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp of hot sauce (I prefer Tabasco pepper sauce)
1 tbsp paprika
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp black pepper

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Cut the wings at the joint and remove discard tip part.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. 
  3. Marinate the chicken wings for 30 minutes. 
  4. Pre-heat the oven for 10 minutes at 200° C. 
  5. Lay down chicken wings in baking tray. Grill the chicken wings in oven for 30 to 45 minutes.  
  6. Turn them half way of the cooking time. 
  7. Serve hot with garlic sauce or blue cheese sauce.