Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend Dining - Lazy Edition

Lazy because I didn't take any photos. :)

On Saturday, the family went to Grace Garden again. New items tried were Sichuan beef, chock-full of ma-la (spicy and numbing from chiles and Sichuan peppercorns); the hot and spicy smoky shrimp; 5-spice-scented wok-fried quail; Hakka-style braised tofu, and a very pedestrian chicken and string beans. We also re-tried the pork belly with mui-choy, and the vermicelli. Apart from the chicken and string beans, everything was flavorful and enjoyed by the entire party. Already planning our next excursion for sometime in June!

Here's a pic of the pork belly dish from the first time we tried it. It looked the same this time.

On Sunday morning, I made some orange/chocolate chip/walnut drop scones from a recipe in the Joy of Cooking. They blew up to amazing proportions and were somewhat muffin-y in texture. No matter, they hit the spot. (I was in the mood for donuts but wasn't about to leave the house in search of bad-for-me treats.)

For dinner, I had to make sense of the panoply of leftovers stocking up in the fridge. So I threw together a cup or so of leftover tomato-basil pasta sauce which housed chunks of sundried tomato chicken sausage, half a can of coconut milk, and about half a cup of clam sauce, with some shrimp and fish bouillon cubes, a tablespoon or so of Thai chile basil sauce, and some frozen tilapia. Oh, and a cup of leftover gemelli pasta and a roasted bell pepper, chopped up. It was spicy and rich and went well with some sunflower flaxseed bread from Atwater's schmeared with a bit of smoked paprika butter.

I'm looking forward to eating my leftover leftover concoction for lunch today.