These are some of the dishes that I rolled out on super busy days. On these days, I just didn't feel like stepping into the kitchen. But when the clock showed 6:30 pm already, I would get myself in a tizz. With super fast moving hands and legs working at full steam, I almost never disappoint the girls and even the fussy King of the house with my creations, ha ha ha!
Cooking indeed needs practice. No wonder the mil can easily wok up a feast fit for 20 people in under 2 hours with decades of cooking for a big troupe. The Yaps are from a HUGE family living in a big bungalow in Ipoh. Practice makes perfect.
Dinner For Busy Evening #1:
1. Free-range chicken stew with celery, carrots, tomatoes, dried flower mushrooms, baby peas, loads of onions and garlic, bay leaves (I LOVE bay leaves. They add SO MUCH flavor to a dish) seasoned with organic shoyu, Lea & Perrin sauce, ground black pepper and organic brown sugar. Basil leaves for decor are from our little garden.
2. Sauteed organic 'por choy'
Dinner For Busy Evening #2
Soupy meehoon and dark sauce sesame oil meehoon. Soup was boiled using anchovies, garlic, fish bones, carrots and tomatoes. Pork balls, homemade fish paste, squid rings and organic veggies were blanched with the soup just before serving.
Dinner For Busy Evening #3
1. Colorful and healthy fried rice with parboiled low GI rice, loads of garlic, onions, eggs, grated carrot, sweet corn kernels, baby garden peas and kafir lime leaves. Seasoned with organic shoyu and pepper.
2. Taiwanese style chives with minced pork, garlic and shredded carrot.
Dinner For Busy Evening #4
1. Stir-fried brinjal with organic 'lai park' veggie, organic miso, minced pork, tomatoes, scallions and kafir lime leaves.
2. Steamed minced pork with eggs, salted egg and organic wood fungus strips.
My budget for each dinner costs no more than RM40 (sometimes RM50) for 3 big-eater growing girls and 2 adults. If the hubs doesn't come back for dinner, the portion will be saved for lunch for Cass and me the next day.