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Japanese rice with avocado

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Inspired by Japanese Sushi dishes, I’ve made the following recipe of white rice with avocado (avocado is very healthy!) Do not be fooled by its simplicity, it tastes delicious! Japanese Sushi dishes often contain the same ingredients as used below, and this dish tastes just like that! This recipe is vegetarian

Avocado 1Ingredients:

  • 1 large and ripe avocado
  • Boiled white rice (2 bowls for 2 people)
  • Mayonnaise (5 or 6 tablespoons, depending on your taste)
  • Wasabi (has a sharp taste! – choose the right amount for your taste)
  • Japanese soy sauce (4 tablespoons – or more if you like)

If you don’t have any Japanese soy sauce, then just use normal soy sauce mixed with some sugar

Avocado 4 Preparation:

  1. Boil the rice in a rice cooker
  2. Mix the mayonnaise with the Wasabi, SEE HERE
  3. Peel the avocado and discard the seed, then cut into small cubes, SEE HERE
  4. Then mix the avocado and mayonnaise with the hot rice. Add some soy sauce, mix it all up, then eat!

Wait… does this taste familiar? Well, it taste just like sushi doesn’t it?

Enjoy!

TIP: make sure that the avocado you use is ripe and soft! If needed, let it ripen (outside the fridge) for a few days

TIP: I have used mayonnaise without vinegar, if yours has vinegar in it, then add 2 teaspoons of sugar to the sauce

Okra with Thai yellow curry

Last weekend at the market I saw a basket with okra fruit, and it got my attention. I noticed that only foreign people bought this, so I became even more interested. Okra looks like and tastes a bit like zucchini, but different! The plant originally comes from Ethiopia, but nowadays is grown in most warm tropical countries. In most western countries it is quite unknown, although it is sold at markets or Asian shops. 

After some research on the Internet I came up with the following recipe: okra with Thai yellow curry. It is a spicy dish, because of the curry and chilies. If you want a less spicy version, you can add some cream or milk, or just leave the chilies out.

Okra met curryOkra is a popular health food due to its high fiber, vitamin C, and folate content. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants. Okra is also a good source of calcium and potassium. (Wikipedia)

Okra met curryIngredients:

  • Okra fruit (300 gram)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Thai yellow curry paste (2 tablespoons)
  • Union (1)
  • Coconut milk (a small can of 200ml)
  • Fresh chilies (green and/or red, 2 or more)
  • Water (5dl)
Okra met curryPreparation:

  1. Carefully wash the okra fruit and cut them in pieces of about 2 cm
  2. Cut the union in rough slices (see photo) and chop the garlic as small as possible, and cut the fresh chilies
  3. Heat oil in a pan or wok and fry the unions on low fire. After that add he garlic, chili and curry paste. Stir fry on medium fire, 1 minute, until everything is mixed well
  4. Then ad the coconut cream, the water and okra, and stir fry on high fire 3 more minutes

Serve with white rice
It’s as easy as that!

Tip: only buy fresh okra, and keep in mind that it stays fresh only a few days in the fridge. The fruit should feel hard and tough, if soft then don’t use it!

Tip: when cooking, some ‘goo’ will come from the okra. This is nothing to be worried about, but if you really don’t like it then add a few drops of lemon juice.

Stir fried chicken with shii take

shii take kipI have prepared a wonderful lunch with white rice, chicken and fresh shii take mushrooms. This dish is fast and easy to make, but is of restaurant quality!

shii take kipIngredients:

  • Fresh shii take (1 box of 120 grams)
  • chicken breast (200 grams)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Dried chili (or fresh ones if you like it more spicy)
  • Soy sauce light (1 tablespoon)
  • Rice wine (or Shaoxing wine) 1 tablespoon
  • Oyster sauce (3 tablespoons)
  • Corn starch (1 tablespoon)
shii take kipPre-prep:

  1. Cut the chicken and shii take in cubes of about 2×2 cm
  2. Chop the garlic in small pieces
  3. Marinade the chicken with 1 spoon of oyster sauce, 1 spoon of rice wine en let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes
  4. Then add 1 spoon of corn starch to the chicken and mix it well

Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in a cooking pan or wok
  2. Fry the chicken cubes until golden brown
  3. Then add the shii take, garlic and 2 table spoons of oyster sauce and stir fry 3 more minutes on high fire

That’s all! Serve with a bowl of white rice