This probably sound really annoying...considering there are places which are not literally freakin' cold...like -40C cold.
But I really can't stand both summer heat and winter cold. I am the kind of creature which survives in super pleasant temperature of 17-23C. In summer, my home is where my AC is...and in winter...my home is where my heater is. I generally start using heater when the temperature hits below 10C (boy, I am NOT good for the environment).
In teeny tiny Hong Kong flats, we don't generally have oil radiators, they are too gigantic. If I were to place one in my living room...I'll have to jump over it/the sofa to get to the other rooms. So, we normally get one of those tiny fan heaters (about 20 x 20 x 10 cm), which are not the safest of all, but at least it leaves me a bit of space to trip over its cable. Since it is tiny, it is not really strong enough. Good thing I can lug it around the flat, so it follows me wherever I move.
Recently, I learn a couple of new ways to keep me warm....
1. Eat more
2. Eat more
3. Eat more
Seriously. I get hungry every few seconds, it is getting ridiculous!
I hope this spicy and filling dish could lower the frequency of my hunger...
Spicy, Sweet and Tangy Beef Brisket Stew
- 1 lb beef brisket, defrosted, washed, excess fat trimmed, cut into bit sized chunks
- 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, cut into chunks
- 3 cm ginger, crushed
- 4 tomatoes, cut into chunks
- 1 bunch of fresh corriander, chopped
- 3 red chilli, chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 piece of palm sugar
- light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, white pepper, sugar, rice vinegar
- olive oil, hot water
Heat a pot, saute garlic, ginger, and onion with a bit of olive oil, add brisket, add tomatoes, add hot water just to cover the content, add soy sauce, palm sugar, pepper, sugar, rice vinegar. I used a pressure cooker, so I just put the cover on and cook for about 20 minutes. If you aren't using pressure cooker, cook for about 2-3 hours until the brisket pieces are tender, add water when necessary. At the end, add chilli, lemon juice and chopped corriander. Perfect with steamed rice...go the extra mile by adding kerupuk udang (Indonesian prawn crackers) and fried shallot ^_^
Holiday snaps of the day...
Faking it: A fake Christmas feast...at Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong.