How "interesting", huh? Yesterday, one of my friends commented that I am a very disciplined person. I let out a huge guffaw because of late, that is certainly not the case. Granted, I thrive on order and timeliness most of the time, but the moment the school holidays begin, my whole routine (what routine??) goes awry.
This is the time of year when my Apollonian self goes into hibernation, and the Dionysian in me comes out to make merry.
I have been eating out so much, it's beginning to show. OK, I jest. But I am starting to feel sluggish, and that bothers me. To make matters worse, a relative came over to visit recently, and she brought an entire roasted duck for us. For the past few days, I have been eating duck with rice, duck with noodles, duck with porridge, and duck with duck. Sigh, my cholesterol level! See why I have to start reining myself in? So, it's back to the kitchen again, to cook up some light meals that fill, not fatten.
I had this with a bowl of plain white porridge ... very light, very comforting and very Teochew.
This is a refreshing and crunchy veggie dish that I like a lot. Do you like cabbage? I love stirfried cabbage! My granny cooked cabbage very frequently for me when I was young. Every time I eat this dish with white porridge, I will inadvertently reminisce about my childhood days.
Usually, I fry it with dried shrimps. But today, I skipped that in lieu of shredded duck (for obvious reasons). That was the last of the duck, by the way ... thank goodness!
(if this can even qualify as one!)
- Round cabbage (cut into shreds)
- Bean sprouts (optional)
- Minced garlic
- Sliced chilli, deseeded
- Chicken stock
- Shredded leftovers (anything you want to finish off)
In a skillet, heat up some oil. Fry garlic and chilli till aromatic. Throw in cabbage and sprouts. Fry till they soften (over a medium flame). Add chicken stock and allow veggies to simmer till cooked. Toss in the shredded duck meat or any leftovers you want to finish off. Add a pinch of salt, if desired. That's it!
Typical simple fare I eat at home (usually without the duck). No matter how good the food is outside, homecooked food still reigns supreme for me.