So, DiniBlini, is still a food blog in it’s essence. Just that I haven’t been repping that side of it that hard, recently.
PZ sent me a picture of some amazing risotto she had made a couple of weeks ago – which she had served with what looked like an enticing salad.
Since I’ve never met a salad I don’t like I was all “Hayyyy what’s that? Is it tasty? Can I get the recipe??”
PZ obliged and sent me her version – which I promptly adapted – and messed up.
The first time round I made it, it looked like this:
Which is to say – it was GORGEOUS but I forgot to put sugar in the dressing and left the onions I had marinated in vinegar on the counter and didn’t put it in the salad. I also added the quinoa which I had prepared to make it a full meal on the counter and only added it after I was halfway through. Which made me sad. It also made me hate my counter.
The second day I prepared the salad – I was ready. Onions went in! Honey (I didn’t feel like sugar), went in! Quinoa went in! And it was great. This was a salad on a budget (Let’s face it Chinese cabbage is a lot cheaper than those mixed salad leaves) and it does a body (and wallet) good.
Serves 2 – or 1 hungry girl, twice
1 chicken thigh
1/4 tsp salt
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 – 3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 head of Chinese cabbage, about 500gm, quartered, cored and cut crosswise into 1/4″ ribbons
1 carrot, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 bunch chopped coriander/cilantro leaves
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 to 2 chillies, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
Pinch of salt
1 tsp honey
4 Tbsps fish sauce
2 Tbsps lime juice
3 Tbsps water
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
Toss the chicken with a bit of olive oil.
Lay it on the grill bit and bake for 20 to 30 minutes – flipping once halfway through.
Remove from the oven and let cool. Chop into bite sized chunks.
Original recipe: Fill saucepan half full of water, add salt, let the water reach a rolling boil on high heat, and drop in the chicken. When the water bubbles at the edges, remove from the heat, cover tightly and let it stand 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and reserve the stock for another use. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it by hand and let cool to room temperature.
Dressing Pound the chili, garlic and salt into a paste. Scrape into a bowl and add the honey, fish sauce, lime juice and water. Combine well.
Place the sliced onion in a small bowl, add enough white vinegar to cover the slices and let sit for 15 minutes.
Drain the onion, add it to the chicken, along with the cabbage, carrot, coriander/cilantro and quinoa.
Toss the salad with the dressing just before serving.
I have embarked on a more-intense-than-usual training regime since I need to look good for an upcoming Valencia vacation. The picture above was taken after doing this workout. I’m smiling but I’m actually IN SO MUCH PAIN. Honestly though, it was a good challenge and you should try it if you’re bored with your current running routine.
Recently I’ve been feeling like some of the world’s problems could be solved if we kept an open mind AND ate some food together.
For some reason I can’t stop reading articles about the Orlando Bloom-Justin Bieber (almost) fight and then cracking up 😛
When I read food blogs I feel the way little kids do when they meet a cool grown-up.
I want my blog to be just like this blog when it grows up!
Thing is, I read a lot of food blogs so I have a feeling my blog is a little confused about its future.
Some blogs standout because of their witty writing, some with the best recipes I’ve ever made, some with stunning photography and the rare few with all of the above.
And the personality of each blog? Wildly different.
Still, since my blog is in its infancy it may be wise to draw inspiration from all these varied wildly talented people.
SO I give you the best food blogs on the Internet (according to me).
The Sugar Hit – All-Rounder
1) Lip-smacking in your face photos with none of that overdone faded effect (both pictures in this post are from The Sugar Hit)
2) Funny and very relatable. Bonus: the recipes aren’t overly descriptive (aka the blog assumes you have some common sense).
3) Flavor combos that have you slack-jawed and drooling at the screen – like chocolate and raspberry muffins and apple fritters and salted caramel.
4) I can’t comment on the recipes because I’ve never made one! (SORRY SARAH – FYI Sarah is the author and we’re totes best friends now because she replied to my email, ok?) Shall I start with the Salted Caramel & Macadamia Pull-Apart Bread???
Being sick has meant time at home to rediscover old TV favorites, like New Girl. I don’t have strong opinions about Zooey Deschanel (except her hair is AMAZING) but it might interest you that the carefree/zany/beautiful women that she typically portrays have a name – Manic Pixie Dream Girls.
Next time you want fancy take-out – consider hitting up PS Cafe Petit at Tiong Bahru. The PS Bolognese Pizza is yums. One tip though – get your wine elsewhere.
I watched Philomena last night – you know that Oscar nominated movie that didn’t win anything (apart from American Hustle) – and it was lovely. A very tightly told story which made it effective.
BTW going to bootcamp with friends is a really fun way to hang out. Especially love/dread battle rope!
I’ve been doing some really satisfying reading/watching/skimming and I’ve gotta share!
The Book Thief (the movie) just came out and is supposedly good and usually I’m not averse to watching movies about books BUT it’s a movie based on a book about books – so no I had to readThe Book Thief first. It’s a children’s book and it’s riveting – good pacing and a surprising narrator.
Here it is on my handy dandy Kindle in its awesome Timbuktu case (FYI they don’t sell that case anymore).
This morning I discovered the delightful i am a food blog – the title is too cute – and the photography and inspiring twist on food just makes you want to read and savor every post. I’m itching to make these Earl Grey Tea Latte Pancakes.
The Everygirl is a website targeted at 20 to 30 career woman. It’s laid out beautifully and basically I’m just all over the home tours coz dayamn.
Also a new obsession of mine – Couple Blogs. Can I be painfully chic like Susk and Banoo or amazingly put together like the Rockstar Diaries when I grow up???
Recently I’ve been really wishing that I was creative and crafty. But I’m not… so… DESIGN LOVE FEST is fulfilling that part of me right now 🙂
Also I finally listened to everyone around me and started watchingHouse of Cards. You should too. And then we should start a Robin Wright devotional group together.
Finally something a bit serious, which i know I don’t usually do, I read this article at xoJane (great website for women just generally) and it made me tear up. I think sometimes we don’t realize we really aren’t immortal.