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我也太久太久没更新网页了。是的是的,真是抱歉!!!

前三个月事情太多了,最近也在忙搬家,所来话长。

今天,我就说说我在六月份的 Basil Magazine 写的一篇关于以 En Papillote 烹煮方法, 做一道好吃有营养意大利面。 传统的 En Papillote 用烘烤纸把食物包起来,后放入烤箱烤煮/烤熟。我用相同的道理把蔬菜包起来清蒸。一来,蔬菜不在烈火中烹煮,营养不会轻易流失; 二来,水分也被保留。

这样烹煮蔬菜意大利面真的很容易,有好吃。你不妨试一试。

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The Magic of Parchment-Cooking (En Papillote) – by HL Tay

The popular technique of “En Papillote” that means “in parchment” in French, refers to a method of cooking in which the food is “sealed” in a carefully folded parcel or pouch, and then baked in the oven.

A sealed parcel of food

A sealed parcel of food

There is something alluring about parchment-cooking. The parcel that seals and holds in moisture (moisture may be from the food itself or from added moisture sources such as water, wine, or stock), that gently steams the food; and food not being directly exposed to heat within the sealed parcel. With such delicate form of cooking, the food almost always turns out perfect.  Being considered a delicate form of cooking, en papillote is perhaps suited to cook fish (salmon, trout, snapper, cod fish to name a few); and whether whole or fillet, the cooked fish turns out so succulent and moist.
The good news is: parchment-cooking can be adapted to steaming – working in beautifully as an alternative to baking; and you don’t even have to think of what oven temperature to set. Simply set your steamer to work, watch the time and let magic happens.
Now, the better news: parchment-steaming is also absolutely perfect for cooking (steaming) vegetables. From leafy greens to tender bell peppers, peas, to firmer squash (e.g. zucchini, pumpkin) and root vegetables (e.g. sweet potatoes) – the vegetables turn out tender, not overdone/overcooked; flavors light, fresh and refreshing.
Customize your veggie packet

Customize your veggie packet

With parchment-cooking, seasonings are often also kept minimal to preserve the delicate in cooking. The choice of herbs and spices (garlic, ginger, shallots, parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme, red chili flakes, turmeric power, extra virgin olive oil etc.) depend on the particular recipe.  If you are not a vegetarian, a complete entrée of salmon en papillote with thin asparagus spears and carrots ribbons can be prepared within minutes; and if you are a vegetarian, be delighted how you can easily create your own veggie packet that makes a worthy meal.

With firmer vegetables: (1) Thinly slice (julienne) bell peppers and zucchini, place them on the parchment paper; (2) Add thinly sliced garlic and finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley over the veggies; (3) Drizzle extra virgin olive oil; (4) Toss them gently to combine; (5) Fold and seal the packet; (6) Steam for about 8 minutes; (7) Allow it to rest for 1 minute before unwrapping; (8) Pinch of sea salt and pepper to taste for your own preference
You have already heard the better news.  So, will it be even better if a meal of Pasta Aglio e Olio (with a bonus of healthy nutritious vegetables) can be prepared in less than 15 minutes?
Before folding and sealing the packet (before step #5 above), add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water to the packet, sprinkle some red chili flakes over the veggies, then seal and steam the packet, as described above. When the veggies are cooked, toss them into cooked pasta (Note: Angel hair is suggested because the thin strands carry the light garlic-olive oil dressing really well), and voila! A healthful veggie version of pasta Aglio e Olio! And this was prepared and cooked without the use of a pan, or more strictly, without frying/sautéing in a pan.

Veggies Pasta Aglio e Oilo

Veggies Pasta Aglio e Oilo

You can also use leafy greens: (1) Prepare handfuls of organic baby arugula on the parchment paper; (2) Add thinly sliced garlic over the arugula with drizzle of extra virgin olive oil; (3) Fold and seal the packet; (4) Steam for about 3 minutes; and serve them alongside gently poached/steamed fish, or jazz up a typically “veggie-less” Pasta Vongole.
Fuss-free, healthy, nutritious and delicious – what’s not to love?

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Note: The complete article first appeared in Basil Magazine, June 2011 Issue

又到懒人健康营养餐的时候了!今天的主题是鸡汤。听起来容易,它肯定也不难。就简单说一说鸡汤在不同菜肴中以怎样的“形态”出现。洋人的鸡汤嘛,逃不了芹菜,胡萝卜和洋葱。印度人就常用番茄,黑胡椒粒,黄姜 (turmeric),蒜和洋葱煮鸡汤 。华人嘛,来一碗西洋菜鸡汤;

材料:鸡,西洋菜,枸杞子,姜片

材料:鸡,西洋菜,枸杞子,姜片

或冬菇枸杞子鸡汤

材料:鸡,冬菇,枸杞子,姜丝

材料:鸡,冬菇,枸杞子,姜丝

淮山鸡汤

材料:鸡,淮山,胡萝卜,茶树菇,姜

材料:鸡,淮山,胡萝卜,茶树菇,姜

黑鸡汤

材料:黑(乌)鸡,冬菇,红枣,姜

材料:黑(乌)鸡,冬菇,红枣,姜

我有时候也爱结合个材料的好处,偶尔来个创意鸡汤。比如,我就很喜欢在煮白萝卜鸡汤时,加点番茄和黄姜 (两者都有抗癌作用);或者用椰子水和鸡在椰壳里一起炖煮-椰子鸡汤

材料:鸡,椰子水,各种菇类

材料:鸡,椰子水,各种菇类

加点面嘛,鸡汤也很容易变成一餐 – 鸡汤面来咯!

鸡汤面

鸡汤面

又有营养(有肉有菜),又不难做。你也不妨试试看!

所以嘛,要做个“懒人”,却又要健康+营养,一点也不难。

22.02.2011

什么??? 连牛奶都要喝有机(organic)的?!?! 其实我转喝有机牛奶也是来了美国之后。听说牛需要供应大量的牛奶,乳房不停的“遭受”产奶机器的挤压 – 在这种状况下,牛不时会觉得有压力, 影起病痛,导致乳房发炎 (inflammation of the udders)。这时候,牛就需抗生素(antibiotics)了(要打针咯!) ! 到底这抗生素会不会进入我们所喝的牛奶, 我就不想在这文章讨论。重点是:病了,打了抗生素的牛 – 牛奶会“好喝” 吗?更恐怖的 – 因为需大量供应,牛也不断地被注射生长荷尔蒙 (growth hormone), 才会产出更多的牛奶。哎哟,这些“乱七八糟”的东西,结果都喝进我们的肚子里!

要打针咯!

要打针咯!

当然也有报道/研究显示(Source: msnbc.com 报道),有机牛奶 vs 普通牛奶没什么不同。报道指出生长荷尔蒙如果喝进人体内,我们人体的酵素 (enzymes) 自然的会把生长荷尔蒙消灭掉。还有,有机牛奶vs 普通牛奶生产的规则都需牛奶里不含抗生素。

其实选择在于你。我就觉得 USDA Organic 立下的有机家畜农业/养殖 (organic livestock farming) 规则是比较严格的。至少规则立出有机家畜农业/养殖(1)牛不可以被注射生长荷尔蒙 (no growth hormones);(2)牛奶不可含抗生素 (no antibiotics) – 就算打了抗生素针,牛也必须在打抗生素针后“休息”至少12个月;(3)牛必须吃100%有机饲料 (100% organic feed)等等。

牛奶含有丰富的钙质(calcium),对健康的骨质蛮重要的。不仅是小孩,就算是成人,也需要健康的骨质。所以,如果你有每天喝牛奶,喝不喝有机牛奶就更要想想了。为何我来了美国之后才喝机牛奶?哈哈!说来很奇怪,也许是因为这里的早餐选择不多,最简单就是麦片 +牛奶;牛奶就有常喝。常吃或喝进肚子里的东西,我就变得比较小心谨慎,选择了有机的。

在新加坡,早餐选择太多了,没想到要喝牛奶,不常喝就不需要去想牛奶的质量。有时也觉得奇怪,新加坡这么国际性的地方,外国人这么多,有机牛奶却很难找到。就算找得到,也贵的要命!3.785升也要16新元。

回到原点说有机牛奶,你是否尝过?其实,我喝了有机牛奶和普通牛奶,确实觉得有机牛奶来得更香醇,更好喝!不是心理做用,是真的!“开心”牛的牛奶果然不同!

还是味蕾太敏感了?



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