Souvenir From Cambodia

I had amazing holiday in Cambodia which I spent most of my time with my family. I didn’t do so much things, yet those little things were so precious.

I couldn’t discribe the feeling being with my sisters, brothers and my parents. I had to come back home for lunch and dinner with them almost everyday. I just enjoyed foods and their company, it was just more than perfect for me. People asked me why didn’t you do other things rather than staying home? I just could not discribe the feeling how this home fill my emptiness. Anyway, I didn’t need to explain.

I also want to dedicate this post to few people who I had chance to be with and they had tried so hard to catch me up to get into their schedules. I am appreciated for their efforts. I felt the support and strong connection between us.

First of all Boramy, my cousin, she did lots of things for me to make me discovered the Phnom Penh nowaday. Without her, I might couldn’t live another luxurious Cambodian lifestyle again. She created appotunity for me to meet another two amazing people, Nana and Piseth.

Second Piseth, a young Cambodian guy, he had spent so much time to drive me to Kompot and took us to different places to see different views. What was more, he reminded me to the quality of Cambodian men again, elegant, sweet, responsible, funny, respectful, generouse. Ps- old fashion Cambodian men, the precious!!! I was almost forgot these good qualities of them. Only the luckiest woman will have him.

Third Nana, a young lady of my age, the owner of Iora Cambodia. She is amazing, simple, funny!! I like the way she speak so gentle with her sweet voice. She has good taste in fashion which is easy to go shopping with and also get advices when you do shopping in her places. Really intelligent and strong woman. I would never thought she was an easy going like this.

Forth my Tepy, a friend from high school, We laughed at our crazy things; it looked like we didn’t grow up yet. 14 years old again.

Last but not least, Kimleang, my best friend. We still enjoy spending time to do same things like 17 years ago. Time flies with her.

Now I am in Lyon. I need to get back to my solitaire life. I miss them so much…

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Veggies bourguignon

Beef bourguignon is one of French traditional dishes. It needs time to marinate meat and slow cook. I could say it’s so delicious. By the way, Veggies bourguignon is quite delicious as well, I have to admit that. The ingredients are the same as beef bourguignon but you replace meat with veggies. In my recipes I used ancien vegetables… I actually made vegetable in the oven, I had so much left over so I turned it into viggies bourguignon. I just added some red wine and laurel, salt, sugar and black pepper then some cooking time.

Here we need

1 parsnip

2 carrots

3 potatoes

half of pumpkin

1 rutabaga

1 celery rave

garlic, shallots, olive oil

Bourgogne red wine

seasoning

2tbp of wheat flour

sugar ( I used it to adjust the taste of wine )

salt, black pepper

thyme , laurel, 2 cloves

How to make it

  1. Pre heat the oven to maxi for 15 mins
  2. I cut my veggies in pieces added salt, black pepper, olive oil, garlic, shallots, thyme, laurel all in one then seasoning as your taste and put in 30 minutes in the oven. ( you can enjoy your veggies like that and add some balsamique venegar or you can continue to the step 3 )

     

  3. Transfer the veggies in a hot pan, stir with some olive oil then add 1 or 2 tbp of wheat flour ( corn flour). Keep stirring to cook flour with veggies.
  4. then added red wine, keep stirring. You can add some veggie broth if you have or water. keep stirring about 5 mins then lower the heat to the lowest.
  5. now you can add some sugar , then cover the pan and let it cook for 20 mins. Ps- keep your eyes on it cuz it can burn so keep stirring from time to time. you can cook longer if you think it’s necessary.

Now here you have it mmmmm

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Cep wild mushrooms

Such a beautiful day that I had a chance to go to Flee market which is just right in front of my apartment. I walked around then a stand which full of mushrooms caught my eyes. I grabbed some cep mushrooms to make as side dish with my grilled chicken. This would be wonderful. Mmmm

It’s so French, lol… Cèpe persillé…

Here I needed

200g of cep mushrooms

Half brunch of persil ( minced)

2 cloves of garlic ( minced)

Chicken cooking sauce (Since I also grilled my chicken,  I use some chicken cooking sauce for my cep mushrooms recipes)

A pin of salt and black pepper for seasoning

How to make it

  1. Cleaned up mushrooms and throw few second in hot boiling water to clean the dirt from them, then rinse with cold water.( advice from the seller lol)…  cut as you desire then set aside.
  2. Heat a frying pan wait until it turns hot then put chicken cooked sauce in. Next add minced garlic and persil. stir well until you smell fragrance from the mixture then put your mushrooms in. stir well, salt and pepper. stir again for couple of minutes the voila.

Oh gosh… heaven is just in front of you… mmmm

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This is amazing 

Brasserie Georges

What’s a nice Sunday afternoon! Today is different, I am free from cooking. I am invited to have my Lunch in one of very famous brasseries in Lyon, Brasserie Georges. I’ve always heard about this restaurant. So yeahhhhh!!!!

I walked down the street which was not so glamour, suddenly I found myself in front of an immense entrance, I was welcomed by charming waiter in very old chic fashion. Mmmmm I felt back in old French era. He guided me to my table. Very high ceiling, lots of red benches and white table, few great big chandeliers and the decoration is simple yet so elegant , but somehow my first impression was factory.

The service was good, they gave me menu and I ordered the suggestion of chef, for me that would be the best of the day.

To be honest the dishes were ok, that’s Lyon foods, but there are alot better in town. I still enjoyed it, even though I couldn’t finish my dish.

I love the small old machine which made birthday songs. That’s so cool!!!

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One of the restaurants in my list is tasted. I am happy!!!

Lunch with friends

Foie gras Poelé

Hello Hello!!!! Such an honor to be invited by my friends who love cooking. I have such a great Sunday with great foods. OH gosh, What else should I expect?!

Today menu are amazing, what I could say was mmmmmmm,, so delicious! apéro as French called them, something you eat before your meal. I actually didn’t like Foie gras poelé but the one which my friend made was so so delicious!!! I share you one of my favorite food for today.

It’s actually so simple to make he gave me the tip to make it well.

after cutting your foie gras, you keep it in the freezer for about 15-20 mins. Then you heat up your pan. Wait until it’s really hot, you don’t need oil ( so cool )… Then put the Foie gras in the pan, turn over after 1 min or so and you serve on toast with little bit sea salt, that’s nothing you can say more than Oh gosh,,, the heaven is just in front of you…

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There are so many more but this week is enough just for Foie gras Poelé 😉

Have a great Sunday

 

Turnip and carrot soup

Eating vegetarian is really good for your health. If you can’t be a real vegetarian, my case 😛 , you can eat vegetarian foods from time to time. It will give your organs a break to digest some of messy you’ve done to your body. Try it before you say you can’t do it.

Here is the recipe of the long white turnip soup in my vegetarian version. hehehe…

we need

500g of Long white turnip ( cut in the shape you like )

200g of purple carrot ( cut in the shape you like )

70g of celery about ( cut in the shape you like )

400g of Tofu ( cut in small cubs )

20g of ginger ( crush it )

4 gloves of garlic ( minced )

1 L of water

Green onion to garnish

Seasoning

half tsp of sea salt

1 and half tsp of brown sugar or honey ( optional, I add it cuz my asian blood needs it 😛 )

2 tbsp of mushroom sauce

2 tbsp of soy sauce

4 tbsp of vegetable oil

pepper

Cook

1 – Heat the oil and put minced garlic, stir well till it turn golden brown. Set aside

2 – Take some oil from fried garlic to fried the Tofu till it turn golden brown * add more oil if necessary* . set aside

3 – Put water in a pan and set it to boil. Add crushed ginger, celery and salt. Wait until it’s boiled

4 – Add carrot and turnip wait until the water is boiled again then put the seasoning. Wait until the water is boiled then shimming down till the vegetables are cooked.

5 – Add fried Tofu and cook for another 5 mins then add fried garlic before serving

6 – Garnish with green onion. Bon Appétit

recommend to eat with white rice 😉

Here you go a delicious dish to satisfy your belly. Love your body and your body will say thank you to you. MMMMM Oh dear,,, heaven is just in front of you…

Have a great Sunday everyone !!

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Tofu, long white turnip, carrot