Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

Three Days of Soups

I have been taking this soup thing rather seriously and in three days I seem to feel some results. For one, I don’t feel all gluggy, two, he who said I looked fat on Monday reckons suddenly I look normal…. whatever that may mean.  But yes I do feel normal and lighter and for some reason just sprightly. 

This may all be just something chronic and in my head but lets see how it goes. The fact that I have to do something like this everyday makes me think of it all the time and so I feel this has stopped me from eating nonsense, which I am very good at doing.  I actually think about it when I am about to pick up something not too good for the body.

I must admit though, I am eating other lighter things and the occasional biscuit or cracker but nothing that will make me feel uneasy and uncomfortable.  I wonder if I am going in the right direction. So lets see how things go after one week.  I am curious myself. Maybe in 50 days time I can have a before and after photo 🙂

Today I met someone at the gym whom I have not seen for ages perhaps two or three months, and she is tiny. So of course busy body went up and asked her why her bum was so small and she said she had a Diabetes scare and so she cut down all sugar and she lost weight. I love my sweets although I must say I have cut down heaps but still, its hard to resist.  Hopefully I will make myself more healthy with this current fad I am trying out. 

On Monday for some reason during Body Combat I just wanted to die, i had no strenght, I had no power yet since Tuesday, its been different. I don’t know what it happening to the old body but after three days, I see and feel something.  Ok I wont write to much. Thing could change, but I would like to blog down everything for more people to read. 

Heres wishing me luck!

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Day 3 – Going Going Going…. SOUPY!

It’s baffling that I am a caterer and at times there is nothing in the fridge of interest to my palate. In other words, there is no food in my fridge except bits and pieces and this and that that does not interest me at all.

Don’t ask me to go to the market although I live just 2 minutes away. I could send the girls but its just too tedious so today, its simple, I found two Celery Sticks in the fridge and a bit of lettuce leaves. So today its just greens. Could be another ingredient soup or perhaps even less. Am really not in the mood to cook, but I need my soup, and also I need vegetables so there is no choice.

I am a lazy cook, and worst still a lazy eater. So lazy days will always outnumber full on power crazy days in my life… just warning everyone in case they notice slumps here and there. Eccentricities you see. All Cooks have it. Well today is one of those days. I have cupcakes to make and hopefully I can squeeze in gym at mid day. So I better upload this quickly and then later will add the photos once I am done.

Today’s Soup of the Day                                                                           

Soup Celery a la Minutes (plural)

Celery 2 sticks – to be sliced
Lettuce Leaves a few – to be torn randomly
Ginger 2 slices
Chicken Powder ½ tsp
Black Pepper to taste
Water 3 or 4 cups

Method:

1. Boil water and add in Celery and Ginger. Leave to boil and simmer till it is about half the amount.
2. Add in seasonings and Lettuce Leaves . Leave to simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes. We do not want the lettuce leaves to be too soft.
3. Serve…

There you go, easy peasy, breezy Celery Soup!

Shokudo – Armada Hotel PJ

It was one of those days when I just did not feel like going to the gym. The weather was too hot, and I was just not in the mood at all to do anything strenuous. It was just one of my moments which I might admit that I have too many off. So one call to BFF and suddenly we found ourselves at the newly opened Shokudo at Armada Hotel. Well actually BFF saw the sign from his office window while waiting for the lift.

We called to make reservations and was told it was fine to walk in and yes the 50% discount was valid and so we thought ok lets go, it was a last minute thing, we talked on the phone at 6.30, made reservations at 6.40 and 7 pm I was waiting at the lobby.

So with 50% off we could order a lot more items as well I thought. I mean it cannot be that bad at all being in a hotel. So I actually walked in the sun mind you, and this is the person whom in the last paragraph said the weather was too unbecoming and here I was trudging away to Armada Hotel.

We reached, we walked up the staircase, and low and behold, the restaurant was in a little corner of the hotel, it was just a space they used up, not a bad thing I should say, easy to change if things don’t work, look comfortable enough, nothing special or opulent about the place. We got in and my name was sung out by the chef and he came to tell me there was no 50% discount as it was only valid for lunch. So ok that went off badly but still let’s be positive, we were there, it was a last minute thing so let’s make do.

There was one elderly waitress who was very sweet. We had her undivided attention because we were the only ones in the restaurant at that time. She even told us what was good value for money and what was not, so we decided on me having a Beef Teppanyaki and I insisted the vegetables be almost raw, and BFF ordered a Seafood Tempura Set. Then suddenly chef and waitress disappeared.

The place was noisy as it was opened and there was a function taking place, so we saw a lot of action from where we were seated. We saw a lot of rather scantily dressed girls sauntering out of the place with different men, and then leaving with different men and mind you it was not even 7.30 pm yet.

Ok food arrived. Starters first of course, Chawan Mushi. It was nice, smooth and silky as it should be. I guess a Japanese Chef cannot call himself a chef if he cannot make a mean Chawan Mushi. So that went down well. Then my Beef Teppanyaki arrived.

My Beef Teppanyaki looked ok, not over the top and not pretentious like a lot

Succulence on a plate

of places, I thought that was not a bad thing. I told them no rice and no miso soup so that was removed. I have to say the beef while not being the most expensive wagyu beef was nicely cooked. The beef was a perfect medium rare. I must say it was tasty especially based on the fact that Teppanyaki is often cooked with the most basic ingredients, butter, salt and pepper being the most common. It was good, just the way I like my beef to be.

Close up of my Crunchy Vegetables

Now my vegetables, they were under cooked to an extent though I would have preferred it less cooked but what irked me was the fact that they used margarine to sauté my veggies. The taste of margarine was quite strong and I thought cost effectiveness aside and the fact that we did not get the 50% discount, butter or good oil should have been used. I ate it anyhow because I just felt like eating vegetables but I was kind of disappointed. Alas I finished everything so I cannot complain. Anyhow forgot to mention while I was describing all this BFF’s food hadn’t come yet.

So ok it came… Seafood Tempura

Seafood Tempura Set

Set it was. With Tempura Prawns, a piece of Squid and believe it or not Tempura Dory Fish. So there you go, Dory Fish is quite universal. I like Dory fish by the way, simply because it’s always filleted, skinless, and does not taste like fish.

I had a tastes of course. Frankly I am not a fan of tempura because I am not a fan of oil. I will eat my Maids wonderful fried chicken and mind you she has a few recipes that will totally drive you crazy, but somehow when I am out, I try to stay away from fried foods because I know how it is prepared. I guess this is a curse of being in the food business.

I digressed… stop me next time!

Well Tempura Vegetables are oily. I do not understand the concept of making something so healthy so unhealthy. It’s not like I lead a healthy life all the time but I feel Tempura Vegetables are so unnecessary. It was crunchy but only in the first few minutes that it appeared on the table. So when you order tempura, don’t talk, just eat!

The prawns were big. Am not a fan of prawns unless it is breaded. I had a piece of Squid which was nice, not to rubbery. So there you go, I think my Beef Teppanyaki Set won hands down.

Please do not get me wrong, Shokudo, in a nice little quaint place with no thrills and frills, no pretense, just Japanese Food and that’s it. Don’t expect too much for the price.

As BFF and I went on talking through the night, the place did fill up, in fact just as we left I think there was only two tables left, quite a few Caucasians as well. We did not have dessert, it was nearly 9 pm when we left.

So there you Go, Shokudo! Kind of rhymes doesn’t it 

Try it though, give it a chance. The Waitress( I forget her name) was a sweetie.

Day 2: The Journey is continuing

Today is a busy day, lots of orders and lots to cook and so there will be a lot of tasting and if something taste nice you taste it again, and again and again. My work hazard I should say.

So after the tasting and tasting, I decided on something light, and refreshing, something without a lot of hassle as I already cooked more then 15 items of food earlier in the morning. But I must say having soup for dinner I is a nice feeling, its light and wholesome, though I did have a cookie from Coffee Bean courtesy of another BFF. So right before bed I had soup… a small bowl though.

I must say though that the first days soup did overflow to the next day, because I put too much ingredients, so today, soup is just for one person for two meals at the very least.

So here are  my four ingredient soup. I used Torch Ginger simply because I love the smell and have never tried it as a soup ingredient before.  If you guys don’t know what Torch Ginger is, it’s Bunga Kantan in Malay.  Here is a photo.

Torch Ginger

Tangy Tomato Torch Ginger Soup

Tomato                                             1 – to be roughly chopped
Torch Ginger (Bunga Kantan ) 1
Garlic                                                 1 clove – to be sliced
Tamarind Slice                               1
Water                                                3 cups
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chicken Powder                            ½ tsp *
*careful with the salt if you use chicken powder

Method:
1. Just use the flower of the torch ginger. Wash and place in 3 cups of water and boil it till it is fragrant. Add in garlic. Simmer for about 20 minutes or so
2. Add in chopped tomato, tamarind slice and seasonings. Leave to simmer for about 5 minutes or so. If you want a little more soup add in a bit more water. Remove tamarind slice.
3. Serve hot.

Wonderfully easy isn’t it and the taste is just divine, because it’s fresh, it’s tangy and most importantly light. You can have it with crackers as well.
I was quite shocked with the result as I really did not want to do anymore cooking but because I was blogging I thought I had to keep my word. So there you go, blogs do keep you disciplined.