Apart from the blender, I also bought another useful set of kitchen apparatus. While the blender is sort of a planned purchase, this one is entirely unplanned and a spur-of-the-moment thing. Ladies and gentlemen, today, I present to you, the steamer!
If you have noticed from my previous cooking posts, I sometimes steam my food, but actually it has been a pain to do it frequently due to the relatively small and shallow size of my pan. I always used my big mixing bowl as a makeshift lid when I do steaming, but it is actually quite troublesome to handle, especially when you want to remove it. So when I spotted this set of steamer, I was immediately pulled in. And when I saw the price, I knew I had to get it. It is actually a 3 layers steamer, the other layer was sitting at a corner, and it costed me a grand total of wait for it… wait for it… … … RM 25.90!
So what did I steam with it for the first time?
Yeah, I bought the same cod portion that I bought and poached before Chinese New Year. Why? Because they’re cheap, obviously…
And I finally discovered why they are cheap. You see, the expensive cod fish that we are usually accustomed with are the Atlantic cod. There is another type of cod fish that are sold at a few times cheaper called the Pacific cod. Some people call these fake cod. They’re not actually fake, technically they are cod fish, just a different species of cod. The ones that I bought, although the packaging is branded Atlantis, they are in fact Pacific cod.
Anyway, back to my dinner. Basically, what I did was just:
- Place the 2 pieces of cod topped with sliced garlic on one plate.
- Place one head of broccoli, cut up into pieces, on another plate.
- Lightly season them with salt and pepper, and then each plate goes to one layer of the steamer.
- Bring some water in the pan to boil, then place the steamer onto the pan, and steam for 10 minutes.
- While the fish is cooking, time to prepare some awesomesauce.
No, I did not refer to any recipe from others. This is a Lazy Man’s original mix. I actually made this dinner on Wednesday, today is Saturday and I am still alive with no signs of diarrhea, so I think the mix is safe for consumption.
If you are interested with this awesomesauce’s recipe:
- Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil,
- One tablespoon of light soy sauce,
- One lemon’s juice,
- Generous amount of pepper,
- Pinch of Moroccan seasoning powder (my saffron and paprika substitute),
- One tablespoon of Nando’s Hot Peri-Peri sauce.
Fish is done cooking, sauce is mixed, time to plate up. I am eating in front of my laptop, so ideally I need my meals to be in a single plate. So I transferred everything into my big plate. And then drizzled my awesomesauce all over the food.
Perfect! If I do say so myself…
And I have already thought of something else that I want to do with the steamer. I’ll give you a hint. It’s got something to do with what my mom said to me before I came back to Penang from my CNY holidays:
“肥仔 不要整天做 cake 来吃 很肥的!” (Fatty, don’t bake cakes to eat so frequently, it is very fattening!)
I am going to heed her advice. I probably won’t do it until the coming weekend, so you guys can keep waiting to see what it is. And hope that I will not forget about it until then. 😉