having my Cake, eating it – and not counting every last calorie

because food should taste good, not complicate the Wii-addicted ass’ life March 4, 2007

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  • weight day 6: pre-dinner 69kg, post-dinner 70kg (yes, i weigh myself at least 50x a day)
  • breakfast: 1 custard donut (thanks, Anita, you’ve singlehandedly sabotaged my “healthier” life plans)
  • snack: 2 toasted wholemeal bread slices with labneh
  • lunch: 2 toasted wholemeal bread slices with labneh and Baco Bits + 1 banana + Orangina Rouge
  • dinner: nasi goreng ikan bilis + stir fried vegetables + orange juice
  • burned: zero, jilo, NIL, nada, absolutely nothing unless you count chopping onions as a cardiovascular workout

Le Caveman’s back today, yahooooo! and immediately all my healthy eating and gym plans go out the window. since he’s been gone so long, thought he might appreciate his favourite nasi goreng ikan bilis (fried rice with anchovies).

some of my friends have asked for recipes but the recipes are so basic and simple (because too many words and punctuation in a recipe put me off), i’m almost embarrassed to share them. but here goes one, the basic fried rice, Indonesian style. i grew up with Indonesian nannies, hung out a lot with my Indonesian granny (because grandparents are free nanny labour) and my mom’s Indonesian Chinese – so one would expect that i’d inherit their gusto and talent for Indonesian cooking. my granny can whip up a storm even if there’s only onions and tomato ketchup at home.

the only thing i’ve inherited is gusto and if all i had was onions and ketchup, you can be sure i’ll be dipping the onions in tomato purgatory.

i’d also learned that trying to cook for the first time without a recipe when you’ve never done it (or watched anybody peel onions for that matter) – is a big, giant, screaming NO-NO. i attempted to fry noodles (to surprise Momma with yet another hidden teenage Dali talent other than pulling out an underwear wedgie in public) and after an hour slaving at the stove, i had to throw away the entire wok because it was that unpalatable, it had gone beyond the point of no return – nothing could have saved it.

i’ve come some way since then, and maybe one day, when we get a bigger kitchen, i’ll upgrade to more complicated things like crème brûlée.

easy fried rice, Indon style

Easy Fried Rice, Indonesian style

please excuse the photo quality, i’m left with only my N73 since the passing of my A80, *wails*

  • 2 cups rice (pre-cooked measurement)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 chopped medium onions
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2.5 tsp dried shrimp paste
  • 3 sliced chillies
  • *meat/dried anchovies
  • 2 tbsp chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1.5 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2.5 tbsp soya sauce (sweet)
  1. cook rice. let cool, set aside and separate grains with a fork.
  2. heat oil in wok over medium heat. add onions, garlic, chillies and shrimp paste and fry till onions are almost translucent.
  3. add chilli and tomato pastes.
  4. add cooled rice into wok, portion by portion, mixing as you go.
  5. once most of rice is covered with the mixture, pour the fish and soya sauces over the rice and mix well.
  6. best served steaming hot with a fried egg, omelette, Indonesian prawn crackers, sliced cucumbers or good ol’ chicken wings.

*if you’d like to include meat into the fried rice, you should cube them and fry with the onions, garlic, chillies and shrimp paste before you add the chilli and tomato pastes.

*to include ikan bilis, you should first soak the dried anchovies in water for 15 minutes to remove dirt and some saltiness. drain the anchovies, then fry them to a crisp (not burnt) before you cook the fried rice. add the anchovies right at the end, after the rice is covered with fish and soya sauces.

i eyeball everything and measurements differ from hemisphere to hemisphere, fish sauce to fish sauce and onion to onion, the best judge is your tongue. i’ve used green chillies because the damn mini-mart ran out of reds. what sacrilege, they don’t even have lemongrass! that stuff in the back of the photo is some stir-fried vegetables Ravi-style cos he only eats vegetables stir-fried and only long beans, french beans, baked beans, green beans, red beans, kai lan/pak choy and cabbage. put anything else in the dish and The Little Boy Who’s a Vege-ist emerges.

basic stir-fried vegetables

  • 4 cups of veggies (your choice)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 part fish sauce : 2 parts soya sauce : 2 parts oyster sauce

fry onions with garlic in some vegetable oil. add vegetables according to “hardness” of each vegetable i.e. carrots first, cabbage last. add sauces. voila!

just like the general rule of thumb that if you double portions for a recipe, you do not double the salt, the same goes for fish sauce.

i’m now gonna have myself another banana because the guilt of not going to the gym and eating mostly labneh the entire day is just killing meh.


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