家传秘方卤鸭 – 赞!!!

February 10, 2011

新年期间很多家庭都会用鸭子来做成美味的佳肴。妈妈也一样,虽然她本身不能吃鸭肉,可是每一年的华人新年她都会特地买了一只鸭子来煮给我们吃。今年妈妈特别准备了外婆家传秘方的卤鸭。。。哇。。。果然是家传秘方。。。好好吃哟!!!所以我也特地向妈妈偷师,放上来和大家一起分享。 🙂

这道卤鸭真的超级美味,连一向对吃很挑剔的弟弟也猛赞说很美味。。。哈哈。 卤好的鸭肉一定要配上卤汁一起吃,鸭肉被卤得刚刚好,卤汁的味道也恰到好处。。。真是绝配! 这道卤鸭让我们吃得不能停口,一块一块的往嘴里塞。。。呵呵呵。。。不知不觉我也吃上了好几块,噢。。。无法停止。。。

这么美味的卤鸭其实材料和烹煮的步骤都很简单容易,而且还能自行调配卤汁的味道,甜一点或咸一点都可以,口味要重一点或轻一点也不是问题。。。嘻嘻。。。来看看材料和做法吧!

材料:

A)

  • 鸭子一只,洗干净
  • 葱头和蒜米,切幼粒 (个人喜好,多寡自行准备)
  • 清水适量

B) 腌料

  • 豆瓣酱2至3汤匙
  • 五香粉适量
  • 胡椒粉适量
  • 蚝油2至3汤匙

C) 煮料

  • 椰糖3至4汤匙
  • 白砂糖一汤匙
  • 黑酱油适量

做法:

1)把洗干净的鸭子用叉子或筷子在整个鸭身上插洞洞。这是让腌料和煮料的味道渗透入鸭肉里。

2)锅烧热,放少许食物油,加入豆瓣酱稍微炒香,盛起。

2)把所有腌料混合后均匀的涂抹在鸭子表皮上和肚子里。放置一旁腌制越30分钟。

3)把锅烧热,放少许食物油,加入葱头和蒜米粒爆香。

4)然后放进鸭子用中火把整只鸭子的表面煎一煎至金黄色。取出。

5)剩余的油不需要拿掉,把煮料加入,稍微的炒均匀至糖溶化。

6)放进鸭子,然后加入清水。清水不需要把鸭子盖完,约到鸭子的一半就可以了。

7)大火把酱料煮滚后转去中小火,盖上锅盖慢慢的把鸭子煮软。间中要打开锅盖将鸭子翻转到另一面。

8)鸭肉煮软后,把它拿起等到稍微冷却了就可以切块上碟了(把筷子插进鸭身上,如果很容易就插得进去,那么鸭子已经熟透了)。

9)酱汁可以再煮浓稠一点,然后盛起,在吃的时候把鸭肉沾上少许的酱汁会更加好吃。

心得:

1)妈妈把鸭子的两个翅膀先切出来,那么在煎和煮的时候容易翻转。

2)黑酱油的分量 – 喜欢比较黑色外皮鸭肉的可以放多一点,不然就放少一点。

3)因为鸭子被插了洞,所以腌料和酱汁可以渗透入肉里,鸭肉不会淡而无味。

4)酱汁会比较多油,可以用厨房纸巾洗去所有的油份。

5)可以用同样的方法来卤鸡或猪肉。

 

 

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爱。开心便当のBEE Mine

February 9, 2011

Hi friends!!! 🙂

After one week Lunar New Year breaks…we back to normal routine life, and I am back to bento making life too…heheh…

Another four days to Valentine’s Day, therefore I start my bento today with this lovely Valentine’s Day theme bento, BEE MINE… 🙂

I use some rice seasoning mix to color the rice to purple color and placed the rice in the lower tier of the box.  Put in one pair of bees couple on top of the rice.  To make the bees…I boiled the quail eggs the put them into the yellow color water to color them with yellow color.  Then, cut some tiny stripes from a piece of nori and circle around the eggs, put in the eyes and mouth of the bees from nori too.   I used two pairs of green leaves food picks as the wings of the bees.  The heart shape trail were made of black sesame seeds and the words “BEE MINE” were cut from crab meat.

On the upper tier of the box, I have included some fried chickens, broccoli, grapes, mandarin orange and three cucumber flowers.

I bought this 2-tier box while shopping at the hypermarket yesterday.  The amount of food that can fit into the box is just nice and enough for my son…so decided to use it this morning, although the cover image is not so suitable with the theme…heheh…

Submitting this post to Shannon’s blog, “What’s for Lunch Wednesday, Week 37“.  Check out the others’ bentos in this post and share yours in this post too.


爱。开心便当のLunar New Year bentos

January 28, 2011

Hello,my dear friends.  🙂

It has been a few days I didn’t post up any bento…hehe…was busy with my Lunar New Year cookies making and the spring cleaning…finally, all these works have been done, and we are waiting for the actual day to come…yeehar…yahooo… ^.^

I made two bentos for my sons last night with Lunar New Year and bunnies themes.  This was for my youngest son…Gong Xi Fa Cai bento..hehe..

In the lower tier were rice and layered with red crab meat.  Then I used cheese, nori and crab meat to make some peach blossom flowers, a bunny and the wording to decorate the bento which full of Lunar New Year feel…hehe..

There are tempura prawns, tempura fish slices, broccolli, baby carrot and grapes in the upper tier of the bento.

Here’s the bento for my eldest son, a pair of bunny to wish you auspicious and propitious in the new year. 🙂

I mix the white rice with green color and used a rabbit cutter to cut out two bunnies and decorated them with ham, nori and black sesame seeds. For the heart, I used two different heart cutters to cut two hearts from ham and cheese. The word “吉” was cut free  hand from the cheese as well with the help of a toothpick. This “吉” mean lucky and auspicious. 

Other goodies in the bento, tempura fish slices, broccoli, minced meat with sausage rolls, baby carrot, cherry tomato and grapes.

These two bentos were my last Lunar New Year theme bento for this year…my son will starts his new year holiday from tomorrow.  Have a great weekend and wish all of you Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财) and Happy Lunar New Year (新年快乐)!!!


Almond Cookies

January 26, 2011

 

I got this recipe from Jess, thanks to Jess Kitchen.  

Ingredients (makes approximately 50 cookies):

  • 150g self raising flour
  • 80g icing sugar (reduced to 60g)
  • 80g ground almond
  • 80g diced almonds
  • 100g corn oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence
  • Egg yolk for brushing

Method:

1) Sift together flour and icing sugar, add in ground almond and diced almonds, mix well.

2) Mix almond essence into corn oil and stir well.

3) Mix both ingredients together to form a soft dough. (the dough will come together when you roll them so don’t worry about it being crumbly)

4) Shape into small round balls and place into small paper casing and press it slightly.

5) Brush with egg yolk and decorate with toppings of your choice and bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for 15-20mins or until slightly brown.

6) Cool completely on wire rack before storing into airtight containers.

 


爱。开心便当のPeach Blossoms bento

January 24, 2011

Hello, friends.  We meet again on this cheerful Monday. 🙂 I am still making bento for the coming Lunar New Year, and today’s bento features Peach Blossom (桃花).   I made a ham and cheese sandwich for my son, and used crab meat, cheese and nori to make several peach blossoms flower on top of the sandwich.

The peach tree with its peach blossoms (桃花) is a standard decoration for the Lunar New Year. Peach blossoms are highly prized in Chinese culture and because they appear before a single leaf has sprouted, the ancient Chinese believed the peach to possess more vitality than any other tree.

Other than the peach blossoms, there are three pineapples in the box too, which made of sausage and lettuce.  Pineapple (黄梨) in Teochew dialect sounds like ‘Wang Lie’ (旺来), which means imminent luck. The Chinese, being staunch luck-chasers love pineapples and love to use pineapple lanterns for decoration as well as for praying during Lunar New Year.

To make these pineapple sausages, first, cut sausage diagonally and put them into boiling water to cook (you can pan fry the sausages too).  Then, cut a small hole at one end of the sausages, put in the lettuce with the help of a chopstick. 🙂 As simple as ABC, right? Hehehe…

Put in some black grapes in the bento and a bunny pick to complete the bento.  Hope this peach blossom bento will brighten up your Monday and starts the week with joy and happiness!!  Cheers!!


爱。开心便当のCowBoy and CowGirl

January 21, 2011

Hello and good morning to all my friends. 🙂 I am back again after the Thaipusum holiday…How are you???  We are fine here although I still have minor running nose but feel better after the medication.  Thanks to all the kind concern and best regards from all my bento pals here. *hug hug* 😉

I bought some cute dorayaki from a bakery shop yesterday.  This type of dorayaki is different from what we had before, they are smaller and thicker in size, filled with icing cream and jams.  Taste is more like a swiss roll cake…hehehe.  But…excellent taste, we love to eat these type of dorayaki so much.  This is how it look like…after cut into half..like a mini hamburger…hehe.

 

Can you see the icing cream and blueberry jams?? There are georgeous, great taste!!! 😉 The dorayaki texture is just like sponge cake texture, so soft and tender. 🙂

Since I have these cute dorayaki, so I also decorated it as a cute CowBoy …hehe.  I used the bone and leaf food picks to make the cow horns and ears.  Then, used ham, nori and crab meat for the face details. 

I felt that the mini dorayaki will not enough for my boy, so I included a hard-boiled egg in the bento too, and changed it to become a CowGirl.  Again, i used the leaf picks to make the ears, and a heart pick as the horns.  Put in a red ribbon for the CowGirl too. The the egg was decorated with nori and ham to become a black and white CowGirl. 🙂

There are some grapes in the box too.   I will submit this post to Shannon’s blog , What’s for Lunch Wednesday, Week 34.  

Have a joyful day & Happy bento-ing!!! 🙂


爱。开心便当のLittle Chicky Bun

January 19, 2011

Hi friends, sorry for coming late and leaving my blog for so many days…and  for late comment replies of course..hehe. I was so busy recently with all the family issue and you know…Chinese New Year is coming very very soon, therfore, busy with the house cleaning and cookies baking too.  I still make bento for my son for him to bring school, some of the bentos were just simple and some just too busy to post up..will try to post them one by one later…hehe…actually just three only including this..hehe.

There was a long weekend for us last week, managed to go shopping at few places and bought some clothing not for CNY but rather for daily wear. 😦   While we were shopping during Sunday afternoon, I received an upset news that my father-in-law was sent to the hospital due to asthma attacked.  I totally lose my shopping mood after hearing the news, but thanks God that he is recovered now after admitted at the hospital for a night.   

Another “busy” reason is my eldest son cought a bad cold and coughs since Monday. I just made him some simple butter sandwich.  His viruses already been spreading to me and my youngest son. I am slowly recover now and my youngest son still having a bad cold..will have to bring him to clinic after fetching eldest from school later. 😦 Too bad…whole family infected…erggh! 

Opps…talking too much, back to my bento business…hehe. I made this bento last week for my youngest son. I was using the small baby bun which is same as the previous post, mushroom tuna buns.  My youngest love to eat meat floss, so I filled the bun with some meat floss and decorated it with nori and cheese to make a little chicky for him. I put in a heart pick as the comb.  Also included some grapes in the box, his favorite fruit. 🙂

I was using a new sandwich box which I bought in from Bento Craft recently which is from the Suzy’s Zoo collection.  I saw this type of sandwich box from few of the bento mama blogs and I wished I could have too…and now I wish came true…I got one too…hehe…but with my own money to get it…sigh. Anyway…I am still very happy!! 🙂

Another public holiday for us tomorrow, it is Thaipusam day, celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. So, we will see again after the holiday…have a wonderful day and Happy Thaipusam. 🙂