Over the weekend, I made "Chicken ham." It may sound weird, though. There are three methods I tried.
1. Put one tbs of sugar and a half ts of salt on surface of chicken meat. Leave it for a few hours;
2. Wash it first and then put a half ts of salt and a bit of pepper. I also added mashed peel of lemons.
3. Cut some vegetables (Onion and Carrots) and wrap it in the chicken meat.
4. Make it like a big candy as above, and put it on a heat-resistant glass. I added some celery and lemon, so that it smells good.
5. Steam it in a large pan for 30 minutes.
Then, you will get:
Carefully take it out and cut them. Decorate them with some vegetables:
The second method is a bit more involved.
1. One litter of water, a few pieces of ginger and four tbs of vinegar. Put them together. Put two pieces of chicken breast meat into the mixed ingredient and bring it to a boil.
2. Cook it on a low heat for another 15 minutes or so. Then, remove it from heat. Leave it for 30 minutes or so.
3. Mix 1 and 1/2 cups of soy sauce, 2 tbs of sugar, 1 tbs of vinegar, 1 tbs of sake (white wine is Okay), and 1 tbs of brandy. Put the chicken meat in it. Leave it for 6 to 8 hours.
While waiting for the meat, make sauce for it.
1. Chop onion, green onion, garlic. Mix them.
2. Add 4 tbs of soy sauce, 1 tbs of vinegar, 1 ts of sugar, 1 ts of sesame oil.
Then, you will get:
It is very nice for lunch box. Yes, I said, "three methods." I am still waiting for the third method, chicken. I have to leave it for a few days.
I wanted to make good Tofu. I adopt a "chick pea method."
Leave dried ones in water for one day or so. Take out peas from water as above.
Put the peas and water (the amount of water you put with the peas decides how tough your tofu is going to be) into a blender. I would say, one cup of peas plus two cups of water is probably okay. After that, separate crushed peas and water. The water part is the one that you use for making tofu.
I used coarse clothes to separate them. Also, we will not use the crushed peas part but probably they can be used for making salads or hummus.
Boil the water part. In the beginning, it is very much liquid. However, soon it becomes more "solid." You need to continuously stir it, otherwise it would get burned. Once it becomes solid enough that you can write a letter on it, take it out from the oven. Cool it down a bit and put it into a container. Leave it in a refrigerator for 30 minutes to one hour. Then, you will get:
There are many ways to use this tofu. I put some in miso soup or grilled them and so forth. Depending on the amount of water, you can get more tough ones, which might be better for Chinese cuisine.