Postulant Cook’s Guide to Choosing Cheeses

 

Cheese for afters, photo by JMorton

Postulant Cook

Postulant Cook’s Guide to Choosing Cheeses

Now that Christmas is almost upon us, we have to start thinking what cheese or cheeses will grace our dining table.

Of course cheese is popular all year round but there is something special about nibbling on a selection of cheeses, wash down with a glass or few of red wine during the Christmas holidays.  (Please note though that we do not promote drinking and driving!!!)

Below is my favourite cheeses, which I hope will help in making your own selection.

Blue Cheese

Brie

Cheddar Cheese

Goat Cheese

Emmental

Feta

 

Music Compilation: 90s Favourites

Music Compilation: 90s Favourites

Below is a music compilation of my favourite 90s sound.

The Drugs Don’t Work Anymore – The Verve  I have to say this song is the true anthem during the sad days of the death of the Diana, the Princess of Wales.  I was aghast when Elton John just recycled Candle in the Wind, an iconic song originally meant for another iconic woman, Marilyn Monroe sang during the funeral service of the PoW.

Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morissette  1995   Alanis ruled!

Nothing Compares 2U – Sinéad O’Connor  1990  This song was written by Prince.

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice 1991

Love… They Will Be Done – Martika 1991 This song is also written by Prince

Genie In A Bottle – Christina Aguilera 

 

 

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

True, Spandau Ballet were gods to me during the 80s.

I loved them so much. To Cut a Long Story Short I lost my mind!

I have to thank God that Duran Duran existed at the same time for my sister, Marilou.  To be honest,  I Don’t Need This Pressure On competing with my sister’s adoration of the same band.  Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, John Keeble and Steve Norman of SB were mine.  🙂  My sister and I had a very good Communication.  She told me news about Duran Duran and I told her about Spandau.

There are also times when she saw merchandise of SB, she would generously buy them for me.  My sister was a Lifeline.

The 80s was Gold.    The New Romantics were in.  A lot of great bands were breeding in the UK and the US was producing the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.

Though Spandau Ballet did not make it really big in America, they were so popular in the Philippines.  Highly Strung girls, like me, would scream our head off when one of their songs were played.

Sadly seeing Spandau Ballet nowadays would be Through The Barricade, this is from my point of view as a purist.  Tony Hadley, the band’s vocalist has left the group, again.  It’s going Round and Round. Who knows, Tony might rejoin again in the near future. This is my Instinction.

Mongolian Noodles Recipe

Mongolian Noodles, by Bless Mercado

Another noodle recipe to try at a Mongolian restaurant near you or better yet at home. 🙂

Mongolian Noodles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 300 g udon noodles, 
  • ¹⁄3 cup water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated finely
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped finely 
  • 1 large onion, sliced finely
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 100 g bean sprouts
  • 1cup soy sauce
  • 1tsp chili paste
  • 1 bar firm silken tofu, cut into cubes
  • 2 bok choy, sliced, 

 

Method of Preparation:

  • First of, bring a large pan of salty water in to a boil.
  • Add the udon noodles and cook until just tender (Follow the packet’s instruction)
  • When cooked, drain the noodles and then set aside.
  • Heat a large wok over a medium to high heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Mix until fragrant.
  • Stir in the chicken breasts and cook until golden brown.
  • Add the bean sprouts and bok choy, stir.
  • Pour in 1/3 cup water.
  • Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the soy sauce, and chili paste. Continue stirring.
  • Add the tofu cook for 2 minutes.
  • Finally add the udon noodles and stir for a minutes.
  • Add chopped flat parsley if you want.
  • Serve immediately.

Deep-Fried Spare Ribs Recipe

Deep-Fried Spare Ribs Recipe

This is truly delicious, a real treat to those who like a bit of meat, just like me.  The ribs are crunchy and spicy, perfect as a buffet dish for a party this Christmas.

Ingredients

  • 700 g pork spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp rice wine or substituted with the same amount of dry sherry
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Chop each spare rib into  3-4 small pieces
  • Using a large bowl mix together the curry powder, rice wine, salt and black and pepper.
  • Mix in all the spare rib and thoroughly cover all the pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, make a batter by mixing in the beaten eggs with the flour.
  • Heat a wok or a large frying.
  • Add the oil.
  • Take a  few ribs and coat with the egg batter and then carefully drop into the hot oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden all over.
  • Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain over kitchen paper towels.
  • Repeat with the rest of the spare ribs.
  • Serve immediately with some salad.

A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)


A Love So Beautiful (Chinese Drama Review)

This is such a cute drama.  I have seen about 9 12 episodes, in which only 8 so far are subtitled in English.  Despite the language barrier (can’t understand Chinese), I still found the drama quite engaging.

I love the main girl, Chen Xiao Xi.  She’s so lovely, full of vim.  She knows what she wants and goes for it.  At the age of 16 she wanted Jiang Chen, the genius boy of her class.

Episode 1 

Chen Xiao Xi was without any qualms in pursuing Jiang Chen.  She told him she liked him in which he replied “I don’t like you.”  This hardly made Chen Xiao Xi stopped on her track.  In fact she researched on the internet how to make someone like you back.  So funny.  love it.

I love the characters.  Chen Xiao Xi is a least a foot shorter than Jiang Chen but somehow they looks so cute together.

Episode 2

This is story about children and parents.  Appreciate your parents while you still can.

Episode 3

This episode is about Chen Xiao Xi wanting to be the class monitor.

Episode 9

This episode is cuteness overload.  Jiang Chen and Xiao Xi riding the same bike together is just the cutest!  It is a bit sad though for the second male lead.  He is rather adorable in his own way because he always put Xiao Xi first before himself.. all the time!  The main topic of this episode is joining the class debating team.

Episode 11 is a rather sweet.  Finally Jiang Chen is showing a romantic interest in Xiao Xi. I wish I understand Chinese so I would have enjoyed it more; nevertheless action speaks louder than words.  And it was cute and romantic.

Episode 12, their class was going on a field trip.  During the trip Xiao Xi and her friends prepared for her confession again to Jiang Chen.  They brought fireworks with them which they would lit up as she was confessing.  Unfortunately, it did not go the way it was planned.  Another girl was confessing to Jiang Chen when the fireworks burst into a myriad of colours. Xiao Xi witnessed Jiang Chen hugging the girl. Thank goodness Wo Bu Song(second male lead) was there to take the crying Xiao Xi away from the scene.

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Crispy Seaweed

Peter and I love crispy seaweeds.  We always order it as one of our starters when we dine out in Chinese restaurants.

There is something about its crispy texture that is rather pleasing to the tastebuds.

Of course we are well aware that this seaweed is not really seaweed as we know it.  It did not come from the sea. 🙂  In fact it is made from finely shredded spring green cabbage.

Peter asked me why is it then called a seaweed?!!! To hazard guest, I think because it does look like a seaweed when it is being prepared and cooked. Its corrugated crispy texture is like seaweed.

Anyway, as I have said, it is quite delicious and here a recipe for it.

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 250 g Spring green cabbage (Kale is a good substitute)
  • 1½ tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp shrimp powder (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the spring green by washing it completely and ridding it of grits and little insects, you never know!  🙂 .  Trim off the tough stalks that run through each leaf.  Drain the leaves thoroughly with kitchen paper towels.
  • Using a good chopping board and an equally good and sharp knife, sliced the leaves into thin ribbons.
  • Spread them in a flat surface for 10-15 minutes to allow them to completely dry.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or a deep-fat fryer.
  • To cook the finely shredded cabbage evenly, they must be done in batches.  Carefully lower a bit of the spring green shreds into the hot oil.  When they have been cook they would crinkle and float.  Remove them with a slotted ladle and put them over kitchen paper towels to soak up excess oil.  Do the same thing with the rest of the batch.
  • For the topping, mix the the sugar and salt with the shrimp powder and sprinkle over the cabbage.
  • Serve immediately as a starter.
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