Let’s see… I shared this picture on Instagram last week (or was it the week before last week?) and it got a lot of undeserved applause…
It’s not that I have not been cooking for a long time. I did and do still cook on a regular basis. It’s just that I
have been lazy to blog haven’t been cooking anything new and adventurous that warranted blog space, so you don’t see them show up in the blog.
But it is true that I haven’t been using the pan in quite a while. Most of my cooking involved the oven and the rice cooker.
You know, the pan is the most Lazy Man unfriendly cooking utensil in the entire universe…
Okay, well, not the entire universe. Could be worse. Could be the BBQ grill or even the campfire in the great outdoors…
Let me re-phrase. The pan is the most Lazy Man unfriendly cooking utensil in a typical kitchen of a Lazy Man. Because usually when you use the pan, it involves oil, and oil = popping around mess + troublesome to clean up. So, as a general rule, I try to avoid the pan as much as possible.
Still, you gotta make use of things once in a while, don’t you? After all, I can’t possibly flog off my cheapo pan the same way I did my camera, and it would be wasteful to just throw it away.
By the way, I just realized that I have written a few short paragraphs of bullshit. Hey hey, seems like my blogging mojo is coming back in bits, hehehehe… 🙄
Anyway, okay, so… last week (or the week before last week), on my grocery run, I bought ingredients that (I think) are a pan/wok’s best friends. I bought:
- Red chilies,
- And chicken breasts.
I bought enough for 3 portions, so the week was pretty much pan meal dinners week.
What I did with these ingredients was:
- Peel onion and garlic and potato,
- Fruit ninja-up onion, garlic, chili, broccoli, potato and chicken breast in whatever order,
- Heat up the pan with pure olive oil (Pure olive oil for cooking, extra virgin olive oil for salad dressing or if you are TM Anay then for extra virgin olive oil for drinking).
Saute onion and garlic until fragrant, Add chili and continue saute-ing, Add chicken breast and sear the surfaces until golden brown, Add potato and sear until the surfaces turn golden brown, Add broccoli and seasoning and then braise on low heat for 10 minutes,
- Throw all the ingredients into the pan, season with a tablespoon of light soy sauce, a few drops of Thai fish sauce and loads of pepper, and then cover with lid and braise for 10 minutes,
This was how the thing looked like…
If you noticed, there’s some noticeable char marks with the chicken and the potato slices. It wasn’t intentional. After all, I did not perform the steps above that were slashed off.
What happened was that I was distracted by a phone call and forgot to add a quarter of a cup of water into the pan before covering with lid for the braising part. When the 10 minutes was up and I uncovered the lid, it got rather sticky at the bottom of the pan and after some scraping, this was the result.
So step 9 should actually be:
Throw all the ingredients into the pan, season with a tablespoon of light soy sauce, a few drops of Thai fish sauce and loads of pepper, and then add a quarter of a cup of water into the pan, and then cover with lid and braise for 10 minutes,
The following day I was not distracted and did better, and this was how it turned out to be.
The third time looks exactly like the second time, so no need to show here.
So you see, apart from the onion, this is something that you’ve seen before in the blog, haven’t you? Nothing new or special. The taste was also nothing new or special. Not gourmet stuff, but good enough for Lazy Man…
Okay maybe the fish sauce is kind of new here too. It was okay. I guess a few drops of it is not enough to make much of a difference. But I was afraid to drizzle a lot. The smell was quite pungent.
Oh yeah, the onion… I made a somewhat belated discovery about onions. I think the reason why I hated onions was because I mostly eat it at home, and I think my mom is a huge fan of under-cooking onions, so the raw nasty taste is always present in any of her onion infused dishes. I probably overcooked me’ onions, to the point that it became totally transparent. As a result, the raw nasty taste was non existent and I didn’t notice them at all. Since onions are good (according to my mom) and I don’t notice them, it is tolerable so I probably will eat more onions from now on.
Also, some might argue that the first version above is better than the second version. I guess I agree, heh… 😛