Simple Stir Fry Minced Pork with Garlic

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:41 AM ~

For this post, I am sharing my next food recipe, Simple Stir Fry Minced Pork with Garlic. I am not a fan of pork until I married my hubby in 2007. Hubby tried to teach me to cook this dish end of last year but only recently I gave it another go after stumbling onto a picture of it in a cookbook I bought from a book fair. It is a simple and easy to make dish so without further ado, here is the recipe for Simple Stir Fry Minced Pork with Garlic:


Ingredients:  

* Minced pork (quantity up to you)
* Garlic (about 3 cloves slice thinly)
* Oil (about 1 tsp for frying minced pork)


Marinade:

* Light soy sauce 
* Brown sugar
* Worcestershire sauce
* Salt & white pepper


Methods:  

* Marinade the minced pork with the marinade ingredients listed above.
* I usually mix the minced pork with the marinade with my hands. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
* In a heated frying pan, add oil.
* Add the garlic and stir fry until you can smell the fragrant garlicky smell.
* Add the minced pork, break and gently toss the meat with your spatula (I use my trusted chopstick) until all cooked.


Outcome:

 

It is very easy to make this dish, little ingredients, easy to follow steps. Our kiddos especially our 2nd one loves this dish! This recipe is definitely for keeps!

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My Cooking Utensils and Equipments...

~ Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM ~

Few months back, I wrote about a look back into my homecooked journey so far. Prior to this year, my mother-in-law cooked for our dinner mostly and since buckling up and slapping myself back into senses to take up the cooking task, I'm pretty happy to report that I'm getting more confident with my cooking skills now hahaha...

It wasn't until few months back that I overheard my hubby telling someone that some of his clients and friends asking him what are the gadgets and equipments I used for cooking and he told them the answer that made them surprised and wondered. I asked my hubby to tell me more on why they reacted that way and was surprised with what I hear from hubby.

So surprised that I feel I should write a post on my preparation when cooking.

Firstly, I have always been holding back from posting a picture of how our kitchen looks like and I don't think I will ever post it. It's definitely nothing like how Martha Stewart's or Nigella's or Jamie Oliver's kitchen would look like. As for gadgetry and equipments, what I normally use when cooking:

- steamer to steam rice (use every weekday) ** Philips food steamer

- frying pan to stir-fry vege, meats etc dishes (use every weekday) ** Cooka brand RM40 bought online

- single gas stove to cook dishes (use every weekday)

- slow cooker to make soup (use once or twice a week)

- metal pot for braising meat (use probably once a week?)

- airfryer to roast chicken (use probably once a month?)  ** Takada brand RM600 bought from Parkson during year end sales

 

Nothing fancy. No branded stuff. Really.

Right before I start to cook, my gas stove counter will look something like this:

Like I said earlier, I won't be posting picture of how my entire kitchen looks like so this is the most I can allow myself to show to the public. Frying pan all ready on gas stove (I've been looking to get a 2 gas stove instead of the single one we've been using since we shifted here 7 years ago). My trusted wooden chopsticks that I use to stir the ingredients in the frying pan. I don't like to use wooden spatula or the wok spatula as I feel clumsy and uncomfortable holding big utensils like that hahaha.

On the right side, you can see the ingredients in plates and bowls all ready to be tossed into frying pan based on what dishes I planned to cook. I will also have plates ready on the left side of the frying pan (not shown in picture above) so that I can easily and gently tossed the cooked dishes onto the plate to be cooled down before serving.

That's all. This is a typical look on how it is when I'm cooking most of the time. Again, no fancy smancy gadgetry or equipments. Just plain old greased up frying pan on a greased up single gas stove.

To be honest, I used to feel embarrassed with the condition of our kitchen but after listening to hubby's story that surprises me, I feel happy that I can churn out delicious food for the family without all the fancy smancy gadgets and equipments that people used to think I am using or relying to do my cooking. So, there you go, a tiny peek into my cooking utensils and equipments and my cooking preparations :)


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Ways to Get Your Child to Concentrate...

~ Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:29 AM ~

I wrote about what to do when your child gets distracted earlier, and today, I want to share on one of the ways I do to get our kiddos to concentrate hehehe...

We went for the Big Bad Wolf Preview Sales on 4th December and bought lots of books. You can take a look at the pictures I took during the preview sales on my FB fan page album. Anyway, one of the books that caught my attention was this:

Yup... Disney Super Look & Find Activity Pad. I got this originally for our 3 years old girl who is very into princessy stuff and pink colored stuff. So I thought why not? This activity pad is very pink, has princesses on the cover and inside as well and most important, I get to let her play and teach her concentration skills hehehe...

So I started with the easy ones, looking for bigger and easier to find clues. Get her interested in looking for the hidden objects and complimented her with shocking surprises that she can find them (she did find them fast really!) and we moved on to harder ones where the clues get smaller and the picture gets smaller and more objects inside as well. Even our 5.5 years old boy can't resist and joined in the search as well!

In this situation, our kiddos get to play while learning to concentrate and focus longer by looking for the hidden items. Win - win?

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