Haven’t been in tiptop condition as I’ve been sick for these 2 days. Still today, I actually made myself dinner (YAY!) I LOVE cooking though I don’t really have time to do it often. And since my brother didn’t have to work as well, I decided to drop by the supermarket and make both of us dinner. In SG, it makes absolutely no sense to make yourself food since it’s cheap and convenient to get cooked meals. Yet the thing is, I don’t fancy eating out cos most of the food that I can get outside is mainly oily and very meat-based.
Anyway. I love trips to supermarket though I still have to say that I still love Japanese supermarkets the best as there are SO many things to see. Made a trip to the supermarket and ended up buying a good number of things and spent around $40. I’m not going to show you what I bought but I did make a simple dinner for 2 and a cake. LOL~
Hahaha, you might think why cake? I had been thinking of making a cake since I had watched Jun make a cake using a rice cooker. And a couple of months, a colleague of mine made a cake using her rice cooker as well. So I’m extremely tempted to make one.
So I finally made one today. Ta-da! My first matcha cake! Haha, I was too anxious and cut the cake before I took a pic ;P
It didn’t taste as good cos I didn’t put enough matcha powder. Didn’t realize that the matcha powder ain’t that strong so the cake didn’t have much of a matcha taste. On top of that, I think unlike the newer models of rice cookers which allow the users to input the time to cook things, mine doesn’t have this function. As a result, I had to come up and check on the cake to make sure it turns out fine. Still, I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
If you are interested, I would suggest you take a look at Jun’s video on how to make a cake using a rice cooker. It’s really fuss-free and you don’t have to worry about so much cleaning after your baking.
Other than this, I attempted to make a salmon teriyaki with mixed vegetables over rice today. I got the recipe from Zojirushi. Zojirushi is a Japanese company which sells household products like vacuum bottles, air pots, rice cookers and so on. Anyway, Zojirushi has some of the most awesome rice cookers, check out the rice cookers on the page if you can.
Oh yes, I was talking about my attempt to make the below simple dish.
Turned out that my supermarket didn’t have the mixed vegetable pack so in the end, I bought corn from the frozen section instead. Due to this, I made some slight changes to how I cooked the corn. I used butter instead of vegetable oil to cook the corn as corn tastes better with butter. On top of that I don’t have sake, and sesame seeds and dried chilli flakes so I made do without these. I also added butter mushrooms to my rice cos I really love mushrooms.
YAY! It tasted better than I thought it would be~! Actually, it tasted good, all thanks to the fantastic recipe. I made slight changes to the recipe like I sliced the salmon to slices so it’s easier to cook since I had to cook them in a pot. A pot, can you imagine? I need to get a frying pan to cook. It’s ridiculous? Who cooks with pots? Maybe just me. HAHAHA.
Anyway, I feel extremely accomplished today cos of these two things I made. So proud of myself, especially the salmon. I think I managed to cook it in a way that it’s not overcooked, so it tasted just right. If I’ve made you interested in making this easy meal, you can check out this page.
I heavily recommend the rice cooker recipes from Zojirushi. Do check it out for some good recipes that you can do with rice cookers. The salmon dish was really easy to do. Took me less than 30 mins to do it. I’m assuming the other dishes will probably take around the same period of time.
HAHA, this post has almost nothing to do with Japanese language. Still I hope you enjoyed reading it. And if you do cook, do give out Jun’s Kitchen channel and the Zojirushi website a go and try out the recipes mentioned. Have a great weekend!