Keeping it simple…

I have not been cooking very much these days now that I am spending a lot of time in my garden, a few hours in the morning and also in the late afternoon and evening.

However, I would make sure that I have a good breakfast but usually, it will be something very simple like if there is any leftover rice, I would fry it and eat before venturing outside. This was my ikan bilis (dried anchovies) belacan (dried prawn paste) fried rice…

Ikan bilis belacan fried rice

…that I cooked the other day.

Good Friday was a day of fasting and abstinence for us and we had one light meal in the evening for dinner. I just cooked some plain porridge and had that with salted eggs and fried thinly sliced french beans. It is amazing how with just one cup of rice, you can end up with one big pot of porridge…and the next morning, as there was some leftover, I cooked this sweet potato porridge…

Sweet potato porridge

…and I fried an omelette and grilled a slice of bacon, cut them thinly and threw them all in. It tasted really great but the next time, I think I would use the latter two ingredients as toppings instead of cooking them in the porridge – they seemed to have lost much of their taste because of that.

Saturday, we had a great lunch and in the evening, we went for my brother-in-law’s birthday dinner and on Easter Sunday, after the morning service in church, we dropped by here for brunch. That evening, my girl said that she did not want to eat out and would prefer having dinner at home. That was why, in the end, we decided to have a simple steamboat dinner as my brother-in-law from Bintulu did give us some very nice and fresh prawns…

Prawns from brother-in-law

that day when he came back for the Ching Ming Festival. We still had two big sea cucumbers in the freezer, left over from our Chap Goh Meh steamboat dinner with my dad sometime ago…and we made some meatballs and bought some quail eggs, sweet baby corn, golden needle mushrooms, some soft tofu and these curly green vegetables…

Khiew chai

…and we just threw all those into the boiling bone-stock soup that my missus prepared.

We also had some thinly-sliced beef…

Beef slices

…in the freezer so we dipped it ourselves in the boiling soup to eat and enjoy.

My girl wanted some of these Korean potato noodles…

Potato noodles

…to go with the soup and I boiled some for her.

There you have it, our Easter celebration – nothing fancy, nothing grand, just a simple steamboat dinner…

Steamboat dinner

…at home.

Author: suituapui

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13 thoughts on “Keeping it simple…”

  1. I like steamboat, all in one pot. Simple & yet delicious? Anything with prawns in it will taste great. It has its natural sweetness.

    Yes, can’t go wrong with prawns. Even when frying vegetables, just throw in a couple and it will bring the taste to a whole new level.

  2. i don’t think I’ve ever had sweet potato in a porridge before … now i’m inspired to! πŸ˜€

    It’s a Taiwan thing – first time I had it was in 1973 at a Taiwanese restaurant in Singapore, Orchard Road, Gold Leaf, no longer there, of course…with my late paternal grandparents. My grandpa told me then that the poor Taiwanese people who did not have that much money to buy rice would add sweet potatoes to their porridge. More filling, I guess…but these days, sweet potatoes are worth their weight in gold. So expensive!

  3. I’ve never tried those Korean potato noodles, seen them being sold at supermarkets. Always love an all-in-one-pot kind of dish 😊.

    Have to boil a long time to get it really soft, otherwise it will be very hard…or too firm. My girl likes it but personally, I think I prefer tang hoon.

  4. A well spent Easter with nice food on the table. Super love your fried rice.

    I remember for my Easter day, breakfast in Kim Joo then a quick lunch of sandwich at home. I cooked dinner that night. Been cooking a lot over the weekend actually since we did not go any where. Haha.

    Ahhhhh!!! Kim Joo!!! I like! πŸ˜€ My missus does most of the cooking these days, I do all the work in the garden. Nice, eh? My fried rice…and I thought my porridge looked real good too. πŸ˜‰

  5. I like your steamboat. Over here, winter is coming and we will start to have a few steamboats to warm us up!

    One good thing about having steamboat at cold places, there is no need for air conditioning…like that time when we went to the Cameron Highlands. So nice! πŸ˜€

  6. Porridge is good.. especially nice when it is so cold over here, I can take two bowls of porridge without any trouble… yes, don’t put the eggs into the porridge except for salted egg or century eggs… Just recently, we cook minced turkey meat porridge with dry scallops… sedap sedap!

    Aiyor! You eat porridge on cold days you will end up going to the washroom all the time, it’s all water! Oooo…with scallops, that would be so so so sweet, so nice!

  7. Beef with steamboat is yum!

    Yes, we love it too…and we can get this paper thin pre-sliced hotpot beef at the supermarket near my house, so convenient.

  8. It is raining heavily here now. Your steamboat is looking so tummy warming.
    BTW, I like how you made good use of the left over rice and not wasting them. πŸ™‚

    It’s a sin to waste…and I do not like overnight rice, has a kind of smell, light but it is there! πŸ˜‰

  9. I agree on the omelette being served separately instead of cooking it together. I have been doing it that way too.

    Ends up quite bland if boiled in the porridge but maybe it will make the porridge taste nicer?

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