Monday, June 25, 2007

Star watching - Scorpio

I'm going to start writing about the constellations, starting with the 12 that everyone most familiar with, the horoscopes. Basically will update once a month, about what you can see early everynight during the month. This month featuring the Scorpio.

It's not hard to know the scorpio as it's one of the few that really take the shape of what it represent. Most of the star in that constellation is pretty bright and the one at the "body" of the scorpio appear to be reddish. It's called Antares, it's a big red giant star. For those who still remember a bit from secondary school astronomy chapter, u know what it is.

It's even easier to spot the Scorpio now as the biggest planet in our Solar system - Jupiter is just right beside it. Just look to the East about 9pm at night, you'll see a bright star, almost not blinking at all. (I know some of you were told those that're not blinking are satelites, I was told that too but it's not true).

Next: Sagittarius

Monday, June 18, 2007

坊太与你: Green Curry Chicken

This dish has a very delightful shade of green, the type of green that used to be my favourite colour when I was young. It's not hard to make green curry from scratch. But if you are really an eventful person that you wanna save the hassle as much as possible, you can always get the readied green curry paste at the supermarket. Bear in mind that green curry paste that made by hand has a really vibrant flavour that a commercial product can never hope to achieve.

Sexy shade of green

Green Curry Chicken

500g any chicken parts of your preference
250g potatoes, halved
1 cup chicken stock
1½ cup coconut milk
3 kaffir lime leaves, lightly crushed

Green curry paste:
4 long green chillies, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 stalk lemon grass, smashed
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp peanut oil

Coriander leaves

Yield: feeds 4 stomachs

1. Place all the ingredients for green curry paste into a food processor and process until smooth. Paste is ready and set aside.

2. Heat a frying pan with a little oil over medium heat. Add green curry paste. Cook, stirring, for approximately 5 minutes or until the paste is fragrant.

3. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and cook, stirring to coat, for 2 minutes.

4. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, potatoes, kaffir lime leaves and a pinch to salt to taste. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the curry is thick.

5. Garnish with some coriander leaves.

Green Curry Chicken

If you are able to scoop out some time to make your own green curry paste, it's well worth the small effort required. And you will be amazed how flavoursome this dish turns out with the effort you spent.

Lastly, I personally think that GREEN curry is really sexier than the ordinary red one. :)