I’m currently working on some small DIY festive cards. They’re really simple to make and nothing is warmer than handmade gifts and written wishes!
I’ll admit that I can be a lazy and sometimes impatient eater/maker in the kitchen but if there’s one thing that bothers me, it’s to be completely sloppy and disinterested with what goes down the tummy. Instant and frozen seafood are mean to make things easier and nothing is more satisfying that turning them into more than just, you know, plain food. So here’s my take on a quick and easy to make Fish Salsa Sandwich. I swear I got hungry again after reviewing through my photos to post. The photos, altho only shown one here were taken with VSCO camera – so simple!
What you’ll need
1 piece Frozen breaded fish fillet
25g Salted butter
2Tbsp Olive oil (I used walnut oil for a nutty flavour)
2 Slices Bread or Pain de Campagne
2 Stalks Cilantro
1 Stalk Mint leaves
3-4 Mini tomatoes
Lettuces or mixed greens
Salt and pepper to taste
Chop tomatoes, cilantro and mint leaves into tiny pieces, combine and mix with 1 or 2 teaspoon of lemon juice depending how sour you want your salsa to be. Set aside.
In a skillet or non-stick pan, heat butter and oil until butter starts to bubble. Carefully place in the fish fillet and fry each side for about 3-6 minutes till brown and cooked inside. Season with pepper and let fry again for another 2 minutes each side. Remove from heat.
Prepare bread with some lettuces or mixed greens and then the fish on top. Carefully spread the salsa on top of the fish and place the other slice of bread and we’re done!
You can also serve as an open top sandwich. Either way they’re so good and healthy!
Unless you work a 9-5 job, living in the concrete jungle with a career that takes up 80% of your weekday means having little time to grow your own greens at home. These days I’ve been looking at indoor plants and buying fresh flowers (sit pretty and disposed after a couple of days) that doesn’t require much of an effort. Then cactus.
Couple of days later I found myself illustrating succulents and cactus at 3 in the morning on a midweek. And then I thought to myself, why not turn these plants into home products. Like real cactus, they require occasional wash and the best part, they won’t prick!
These would also sit well on your rustic dining seats and in the living room,or bed room, or the balcony, or your backyard .. well anywhere really I mean, it’s cactus – they are pretty adaptive.
They are available only at Society6 at the moment and range from mini 8″ Prints ( canvas print and framed ones available too) to Shower Curtains. I’ve also received requests from friends asking if the cactus and succulents will ever go on phone cases – well I might consider and release that one soon because, why not. So here’s to my first tiny home interior collection, Prickly Little Things.
By the way, check out these cactus decorating tips and ideas here! So inspiring my imagination’s pricked.
There is so much to blog about. I’ve been gone for almost one year and I’ve never felt so irresponsible in my life before. Since getting a job last June, I have neglected blogging, researching and sharing my inspiration all together. I honestly admit that this is my fault and from bad self-time management as well as lack of initiative.
Working as a designer in the advertising industry is a tough role most of the times. Deadlines are constantly in my face and by the time I come back by midnight or later sometimes, I’d be too beat to even undress. I’m not complaining although lately I’ve had thoughts about where exactly I want to be in a years time. I’m trying to make it a habit of writing at least once a week but at times I just run out of ideas, out of energy. Aside from blogging I’ve managed to make sure my Instagram is well fed – which I’m not 100% proud of.
So anyways, I made a 2014 calender at the beginning of the year but then was swarmed with a HELL lot of things that I totally forgotten about it and then only found it laying in my computer recently. I know it’s a quarter year later but I’ll still post it up for free downloads. Insane, who starts the calender midway right? But I feel like it’s better to post than feeling sorry about it on the last day of 2014. What a shame, dear self.
Best for prints A4 or smaller. To save, click on the image, right click and ‘Save Image As..’
I created a set of monochromatic handmade notebook and postcards and illustrated the lettering and details in watercolor.
See more after the post at Behance
The first time I made Oeufs En Concotte(Eggs in Pots) ,it was pretty simple following Rachel Khoo’s recipe(I adore her and her recipes, and her sweet little Parisian kitchen). Then I noticed myself making it for breakfast, lunch and dinner quite too often(of course not all in a day) until I realized, I’m tired of it all.
Yesterday,after many months, I found myself wanting to make another for dinner and so I thought I could alter the taste a little by adding sauteed mushrooms and some salty/sour dried plum tomatoes(love/hate it) and throw in whatever ingredients I had laying around. Alas! Oeufs En Concotte with Mushrooms and Toast. OK,well it’s nothing new but I was pretty amazed with how it turned out – so flavorful!
Recipe follows below!
(By the way,my digital camera ran out of battery so I took these photos with my iPhone camera instead and did post-processing on the computer after. Quite impressive quality!)
Oeufs En Concotte with Mushrooms and Toast
- 1 Large Portobello Mushroom,chopped(Or 6 of small ones)
- 1 Red Onion,chopped
- 1 Clove Garlic,chopped
- 2 Eggs(I used 2, 1 is enough,but I was quite hungry)
- Sour Cream
- One piece sun dried plum tomato,chopped.*optional
- Olive Oil
- 3 pieces white bread(I’ve had it with wholegrain and french bread,
you can go with whatever bread you want)
- Salt and Pepper to season*optional
Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
Heat about 5 tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick skillet pan with medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sautee for a minute or two till fragrant, then throw in mushrooms and cook until they reduce in size,about another 3-5 minutes. Remove everything but the pan(don’t wash it yet),we’re keeping it for the bread.
Next you want to prepare your ramekin by buttering the insides. Take a spoonful of the sauteed mushrooms and fill the ramekin, follow by a dollop teaspoon of sour cream,some chopped dried plum tomatoes* (the tomatoes are optional,because I wanted some saltiness and sourness to it) then crack an egg above and repeat with another layer of the mushrooms,a teaspoon of sour cream,chopped dried plum tomatoes and the egg again,careful try not to break the yolk.Finish the layer with tablespoon of sour cream, chopped chives and dill.
To cook in the oven, place the ramekin in a baking tray filled with 1/3 of boiling water and bake for 15-20 minutes.(Depending how cooked you want your eggs to be,15-20’s perfect, a little half cooked with the yolks runny!)
Toast time! While waiting for the eggs to cook,slice the bread in thirds, making 9 medium strips. With the same pan used for the mushrooms, toast the sliced bread in medium to small heat till brown each side. The reason for keeping the pan is that the toasted bread will absorbed the flavors from oil,onion,garlic and mushrooms. This makes it more .. nicer and add a little bit of zip to it.
When done, carefully remove the ramekin from the hot tray and water(please be careful on this part! if you’ve poured too much water or used a shallow tray the water might spill,ouch!)
Serve immediately and indulge alone or two! ;)