Thursday, 3 May 2012

Here's one for you!

Getting ready...

I hate to say this but many, many people have asked for recipes.
Since we operate a
Store & Cafe
Kuala Lumpur,
and it's an on-going business concern, it's just hard
to give away trade secrets.
Anyway, here's a recipe for
Broccoli and Potato Soup
with bacon.
Preparations are key to making food.
All diced up and ready to go...
Are these the secret ingredients?
Or these?
Heat up some olive oil...

Cook with your heart.
Work with your hands.
Think with your mind.

When in doubt...
" Whistle a happy tune!"

Now that it's sweating in the pot,
yourself with...
a cup of Java.
Don't sweat.
We're not cooking with this today.

I have an old saying,
"If you know how to eat, you can cook!"

This soup is easy to prepare.
It's nutritious.
You're getting your greens.
Your carbs.
And some meat.
What else do you need?

You certainly don't need...
Just peel those potatoes and like the
saying goes...
the rest is history!
This apparatus is crucial though...
Stand by...
Law of physics...turning it from one

Now you are at a cross road.
You can either freeze it.
Or have it today.
This recipe is for 6 hungry individuals.

3 heads Broccoli
6 good size potatoes
3 onions
5 stalks celery
6 medium carrots
6 cloves garlic
Olive oil
1 cup Chicken stock
Water...depending how you like the consistency
3 bay leaves
Black pepper to taste
Sea salt to taste
2 packets streaky bacon
Finely julienned leek for garnish

Finely dice carrots,celery,onions and garlic.
Shallow fry in olive oil in stock pot.
These are your aromatics.
Fry on medium heat for about 20 mins. Do not brown.
This will give rise to some amazing flavors.
Add cubed potatoes.
Fry for another ten mins.
Add broccoli in small batches.
Mix well.
Stir and fry until greens are slightly soft and translucent.
Add enough water to cover everything reasonably.
Toss in bay leaves.
Turn up heat to a boil and lower once it boils.
Simmer, what a nice word, for
25 mins.
Turn off heat.
Remove bay leaves.
Once cooled,
blend it all till smooth.
Return to stock pot.
Bring to a boil.
Add one and a half cup of liquid chicken stock.
Add salt to taste.
It's done!!!
Gently fry bacon till it's crispy-soft.
Cut it up into desired cubes.
Garnish it over the soup together
with the leeks.
How beautiful is that? the way, 
is from Oslo and 
here are some photos of 
lovely items found in his
Nordic ceramic with enough
crackled glaze
to tell the history of
Scandinavian glass,
 as clear as
Just look at how the objects are
Scribbles never looked so good!
Clean lines at it's best.
Metal from the far North.
Now...why don't I have this?

Or this?
I'll settle for this.
Hand made cushions, according to 
Me like !
One more time...
me like!
Drank from these cups.
And the tea tasted

"Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Way above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me..."

Now...go cook up a storm!