Easy Recipe – Gazpacho

It’s time to share my recipe again since talking so much on art and cultures.


Here I would like to introduce my secrete recipe of Gazpacho – a soup originating from Andalusia of Spain.  It’s a very low cost, high in nutrient and yummy recipe! Sometimes I have left little vegetables like half of cucumber, bell peppers, then you can just buy some more tomatoes to make Gazpacho. 

Gazpacho serves chill so it is ideal for summer.   


Ingredients:  (for 2 pax)

 

8 large tomatoes

1/2 cucumber

1 clove of Garlic

1/4 of green bell pepper

1/4 onion

1/2 slide of day-old white bread


Seasoning:

Olive oil (Extra Virgin)

Salt

Black pepper

Basilic leaves / mint for garnish


Luxury version: add Spanish ham on top (optional)


Cooking Method:

1) Cut a cross on the bottom of tomatoes and boil under hot water, to remove the skin of tomatoes

2) Cool down the tomatoes in a room temperature

3) Wash all vegetables and cut into cubes , leave some vegetables cubes for garnish

4) Use a blender to blend all tomatoes, bread and vegetables, seasoning with salt and pepper

5) garnish with mint/basilic leaves or Spanish ham for topping , with extra virgin olive oil.

6) Lastly, chill them before serving


Volia! Let’s try ! Really good for summer and it can keep up to 2 days.














Easy Recipe – Flan Caramel Home Style

One of my favorite desserts is Flan Caramel! Flan caramel

It is so easy and just spent you 15 minutes to make, just using milk, eggs and sugar!

Ingredients: (for 2 persons)

2 eggs

250 ml fresh milk (use cream for rich and tasty for option)

1-2 tablespoons of white sugar

few drops of vanilla essence (optional)

For caramel:

2-3 tablespoons of white sugar


Method:

1) Warm up the milk and sugar in a casserole (not boiling)

2)  In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs well and smooth

3)  Pour the milk mixture to the egg mixture, vanilla essence and mix well

4)  Use a casserole to melt the sugar into caramel

5)  Pour the caramel in the container preferred for the base

6) Pour the milk and egg mixture into the container

7)  Cooking

Option A) Use a bain marine (water bath) method, bake the flan in a 180°C for 10 minutes.

Option B) Water steaming in a Chinese Wok, for 10-15 minutes.

It’s ready! Serve it hot or chill !!

Bon appetit!

皇室餐桌禮儀兼學西班牙語 (Colocación de la mesa)

不少家長會為兒女安排一系列的暑期活動。有出國的、有留港學習的,也有上網,無論以什麼形式和方法,有樂趣的我都希望透過這個旅遊飲食文化blog去分享一下。

這篇文章就講解有關皇室飯局餐桌禮儀的文章 (Colocación de la mesa),當中也有普通的餐桌禮儀及用餐時的擺設 (Table setting)。

用餐前

每位賓客都有名牌 (tarjeta) 。

傳統的擺設由外至內使用,左邊放麵包碟 (Plato para pan) ,上面會有把牛油刀 (cuchillo de pan) ;右面多是放飲品,酒杯等,要視乎有多少酒類和款式,如有3款酒,就會有3隻杯,而且不同的酒會放不同的杯子,這裡只談酒的分類 : 紅酒 (vino tinto) 、白酒(vino blanco)和氣泡酒 (espumosos)  ,copa 即是杯子,copa de agua 是水杯,這很重要吃飯當然要喝水,不過在此講講西班牙人不會喝熱水 (agua caliente) 是很不普遍的。吃甜品時,咖啡杯會放酒杯旁 (plato y taza de café) 。

皇室飯局第一道菜會有海鮮作頭盤,所以要使用右邊的小叉 (Tenedor para frutos del mar) 起動;第二道菜是湯 所以跟着用Cuchara para sopa 。之後會有魚 (Pescado) ,肉類 (carne) 及沙律 (ensalada) 。當然,最後要吃女士最愛的甜品 (postre) ,餐具是cuchara (勺子)及Tenedor( 叉子),要注意,不要使用Pala (餐刀) 吃甜品啊!

酒的分量

有時出外吃飯點了白酒,待應好心地倒很多給你?在此希望各飲食從業員看看以下的圖片:  由於白酒是冰涷飲最好,少過半杯為妙。紅酒方面比較複雜,除了陳年佳釀要用decanter 外,new world wine 也好,1/3 為佳。另外espumosos (即氣泡酒) : 3/4 並使用窄身酒杯令bubbles 可持久一點。

用餐後

用餐後,餐具的擺放是很講究的,亦是一種跟服務員講通的語言。一般常用是暫停 (Pausa)或完畢(Terminó),不過,還有其他如十字型即表示下一道菜可以呈上 (Siguiente Plato);刀叉水平放指着3點和九點的代表這道菜式非常好 (excelente) ;但如圖 (no le gusta) 的擺放,就是不喜歡這道菜了! 可能這些語言在香港不流行,就當是知識吧!

原文及圖片 (Source: Original Post)

 

Spanish Seafood Paella (Paella de Mariscos)

I love Spanish food and I do like cooking them. One of the signatures of Spanish cuisine should be Paella, the rice with saffron and garnishes with the mains on  the top. In this article, I would like to share the recipe of myself for a Paella de Mariscos. Mariscos means Seafood in Spanish. So I do select some fresh prawns, mussels and squids for this recipe.

 

Paella de Mariscos
(Seafood Paella) 

Level of difficulty: easy
Cost: less than HK$100

Serving: 2-3
Ingredients:
2 cups of Spanish rice (it can be bought at Gourmet or City Super HK$29 for 500g)
Fish stock
8 king prawns
50 grams squids
Little peas and chopped carrots
6 Mussels
1/2 lemon
Saffron
Some chopped garlics and spring onions

1) in a paella pan, pour some olive oil and sauté the king prawns and seasoning
2) remove king prawns as set aside, put rice and stir-fry for 2 minutes with spring onion and garlic
3) add hot fish stock and let simmer for 10 minutes with saffron
4) add peas, carrots, squids, mussels and bring back the king prawns to the top and cook until the rice is done
5) garnish with lemon wedges and serve hot

 

cooking paella

Easy cooking steps

Paella Marsicos

Paella de Marsicos

¡Buen provecho!

 

Selection of Saffron (Azafrán)

Saffron, the most expensive herb in the world, is the key ingredient to make paella, so it shouldn´t be skipped.

You can buy in a pocket of Saffron in powder form or in herbs at grocery stores or supermarkets.

Azafrán en Hebra (Herb)  – the most superior

Saffron Herb

 

 

Azafran en Moulu (Powder) – average one you can grab at HK Supermarkets

saffron powder

Paella Seasoning with Saffron  – it is a ready seasoning pack, available at Spanish grocery stores.

Paellero

Traditional Paella Pan

I used to buy one from the Supermarket in Spain, but now you can get it at Citysuper! Great! Substitute of Paella Pan?  Yes, you can use a large pan.

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Paella Pan display at El Corte Ingles