Release me…

I’m a meat person and I must have meat for my main meals, lunch and dinner. Fish, prawns and other forms of seafood don’t count and if I have those instead of meat, later in the night, I would feel hungry and I may have a problem turning in for the night unless I go and have a bite of something first.

Having said that, my meat diet brings another problem especially when I have too much of it and not enough roughage. Frankly, I do feel that those few miserable slices of cucumber by the side of my plate of chicken rice or nasi lemak would not be enough to do the job to make sure that everything would be released smoothly and easily when the time comes. That is why I will always eat a lot of fruits on days when I do not get to eat a lot of vegetables, mainly our local bananas and sometimes, papayas or pineapples. I’m not into those expensive imported ones.

As for the vegetables that I will eat, I find that the green leafy ones work better than the rest. The problem is the former do not keep very well so you will have to cook them quickly if you happen to buy those.

Since I got rid of my sweet potato leaves…

…I only have my cangkok manis and Brazilian spinach…

…in my garden and even though I do enjoy the latter a lot, the ladies in the house are not fond of it so everytime, I would cook some and eat it all by myself.

I just harvested my cangkok manis the other day…

…so right now, I will have to wait till the leaves have sprouted again before I can have anymore to eat. Incidentally, they are selling those organic hydroponic ones, all loose leaves in plastic bags, these days. Perhaps it is psychological, all my imagination, but I find that those are not as nice as the naturally-grown ones, sold still on their stalks and stems.

Well, the other day, I felt the need for some green leafy vegetables so I went to the solitary plot that I have left to harvest my Brazilian spinach…

I used to have a lot but since nobody wanted to eat, I got rid of the rest. I had to harvest regularly and I gave it all to my neighbour everytime. She seemed so delighted and kept saying that her grand-daughters enjoyed them so much! I did not want to do that too often in case they felt that I always gave to them things that I did not want.

That day, I did not have any prawns or sotong (squid) in my freezer so I fried it with garlic and ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and belacan (dried prawn paste)…

…and I also added some thinly-sliced fresh chili and an egg.

Yes, it was very nice…

…and there was enough for me for lunch and dinner.

As a matter of fact, there was a bit left at the end of the day but I was way too full so I just threw it away – there wasn’t enough to make it worth keeping and yes, that sure helped that evening and the next day when it was time for me to go and do you-know-what at you-know-where. LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

8 thoughts on “Release me…”

  1. I find that these two types of vegetables, sweet potatoes leaves and cangkuk manis can help to release everything easily. Like you, I prefer our local fruits such as bananas, papayas and pineapples. You can easily grow your own papayas. For bananas, I only take pisang keling, pisang emas and pisang ambun (Cavendish).

    I only take pisang keling but I’ve stopped lately as it makes me cough and they say the sugar content is very high. I’ve a few papaya trees growing but not bearing fruit yet…and a pineapple too, not come to one year yet.

    I like bayam as well and it is so cheap, RM2 for one big bundle, enough for 2 meals.

  2. I am a meat person too but I make sure I always add the same amount of vegetables to the dishes we serve at home. That spinach dish looks delicious, the sauce would work really well on other leafy veg too

    Yes, one size fits all. One recipe and we can cook quite a few of those greens that same way.

  3. I find coffee to help me release everything smoothly. LOL 😀

    Having said so, I love eating meat as well.

    Coffee? With milk? Are you sure you are not lactose intolerant? It sure does not work for me.

  4. My favourite veggie. No matter what put in, it will turn out good.

    I love yours. Yum yum.

    Brazilian spinach? Dunno why the ladies in the house would not touch it at all. Everytime I cook, I have to eat it all myself.

  5. Good to eat more greens than meat at our age now… hahahaa… Like you, I must have meat but nowadays, I can go without… I also have Brazilian spinach at the backyard… I used them to boil soup, add in some meat balls and one egg… One big bowl… good enough for my dinner!

    That’s a one dish meal, there’s protein, greens…can add noodles or eat with rice if you want some carbs.

  6. My favourite fruits are watermelon (juicy and sweet), mango (rich and flavourful), jackfruit (rich and flavourful) and durians! My favourite veggies are broccoli, Kai Lan, Xiao Bai Cai, sweet potato leaves and kang kung. Carrots, brinjals and lady fingers I also like. I eat vegetarian on the 1st and 15th of the Chinese Lunar Month for religious and health reasons, as during normal days, sometimes I don’t get to egg veggies often, so I discipline myself to eat more veggies and refrain from meat on these two days.

    Your cangkok manis with prawns look so yummy!

    I don’t think I had eaten Brazilian Spinach before.

    By the way, social gathering has changed from max 8 persons to 5 persons just a few days ago in Sg. Things are constantly changing, we can only play by day, wait and see nowadays. Nothing is permanent now.

    I hate it when they keep changing like what they do here. Can be so confusing.

    Wowww!!! You sure do like a whole lot of vegetables! No bitter gourd and beans?

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