Behind The Kitchen Curtain 01: Salmon Escabeche

posted on 30th July 2014 under Blog, Food

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I love to cook and my Instagram account is littered with photos of food I made. I usually get asked for recipes and was planning to compile everything in a digital booklet of sorts. Since I’m blogging again, I decided to collate the recipes I learned or created here in my blog. I will call the series as Behind The Kitchen Curtain.

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Salmon Escabeche

Escabeche according to Wikipedia is the name for a number of dishes in Mediterranean and Latin American cuisines which can refer to a dish of either poached or fried fish (escabeche of chicken, rabbit or pork is common in Spain) marinated in an acidic mixture before serving, the marinade, or a marinated salad of various vegetables.

I remember having escabeche, growing up in the tropical islands of the Philippines and also a former Spanish colony. I usually watch my grandmother or the maids preparing this dish out of curiosity and being one of my favourite dishes down there. The spicy and tangy marinade just titillate my tastebuds!

Note: When it comes to cooking I mostly rely on intuition, olfaction and my tastebuds, rarely on measurements (unless if it’s baking). I suggest you do the same, because food is always about the taste and taste is subjective. Make this recipe as your own. You’re welcome!

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets or any type of fish will do
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Apple cider vinegar or just plain vinegar
Soya sauce
1 large piece of ginger julienned
2 large carrots julienned
4 cloves of garlic crushed
1 large red paprika julienned
1 red onion julienned
1 bundle of scallion chopped
Brown sugar
1 cup of water
1 tbs. cornstarch

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper then drizzle it with olive oil before baking it in the oven for like 10 minutes. Make sure the fish is not overcooked. Set aside on a serving plate.

3. In a frying pan on relatively high heat, sauté garlic, onion, ginger, carrots and paprika with the olive oil.

4. Add water, vinegar and soy sauce followed with salt, pepper and brown sugar to taste. Just control the amount according to your taste. Bring it to boil.

5. Dissolve the cornstarch in a half-cup of cold water and add it in the pan. The cornstarch thickens the sauce or the marinade. Lower the heat and let it simmer for like 5 minutes.

6. Pour the marinade over the fish and serve!

I hope you guys like this recipe. That’s all!

Staycation

posted on 27th July 2014 under Blog, Design, Interior, Personal

After spending a week in Turkey, I spent the remaining two weeks of my vacation at home while Odd had to go back to work, being that he’s running his own business and all. With lots of free time on my hands, I had to use it wisely by still following my daily routine with a slight adjustment. I also took this as an opportunity to continue blogging and working on my book project as well.

It’s been around two years since I took a hiatus from blogging and a lot has changed just like our home. Take our kitchen for example, it looks like this when we just moved in:

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Before

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After

The thing that surprised me the most was that I became quite handy like building my own furniture or light fixtures. Like the drawer turned into a kitchen island, a dining table and a lamp to name a few.

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DIYed a dining table and a kitchen island.

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The lamp I made called “The Horse”.

Staycation or staying at home vacation was equally fun as the out of the country vacation we had earlier (It sounded quite a mouthful, I know). Bergen was its loveliest as the temperature soared to tropical degrees. We also had Tall Ships Races, which attracted a lot of people meaning the city centre was so crowded with both tourists and locals alike. It was vibrant and we loved it! It had this 17th of May feeling (our Constitution Day for the uninitiated) and both me and Odd wished it was every year that Bergen should host Tall Ships Races.

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Lovely ships.

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Vibrant atmosphere and a lovely sunset.

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And yes, I got myself a new tattoo.

It’s really nice to be blogging again and there will be recipes, DIY and other stuff in my future entries soon. That’s all!

In The City of Pirates

posted on 21st July 2014 under Blog, Personal, Travel

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View from the fortress of Alanya.

Alanya, a city in Turkey bustling with tourists and merchants alike. Once a wedding gift to Cleopatra from Mark Anthony before it became a city of pirates and now a tourists’ haven or trap. Still, the city retained its pirate roots in the form of almost every store we’ve seen were selling fake items. Replicas of designer labels from Armani to Versace blatantly displayed on the streets was quite a surreal sight.

If you looked past the fake designer stuff or the nagging touts, Alanya has lots to offer. Beautiful beaches that stretch for miles, delicious food and great hospitality. We loved it!

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Overlooking Cleopatra beach.

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The remains of the fortress.

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Fresh produce from one of the bazaars we visited in search of local products to buy as gifts.

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Odd looking satisfied after a cool dip.

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A romantic evening on the beach. Photo taken from our hotel room’s balcony.