Easy Buckwheat Masala

Today I finally cooked my buckwheat. I have some Indian spices mix in my kitchen, so I decided to use it for my buckwheat. I used a spice mix for Chana Masala (Chickpeas Masala), it has dried mangoes in it so it tastes a little bit sour. It worked perfectly for my buckwheat, my husband also loved it! I ate it with grilled shiitake mushrooms and stir-fried zucchini and red bell pepper.

Please feel free to try the recipe below!


Buckwheat Masala

Serves: 3-4 servings, Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of buckwheat, clean from any debris and then rinse with cold water
  • 2 cups of mineral water/filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon of Chana Masala spice mix
  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • Salt to taste
Direction:
  1. Put all of the ingredients (buckwheat, water, Chana Masala spice mix, virgin coconut oil,  salt) in the rice cooker’s pot. Stir everything until it mixed well.
  2. Cook the buckwheat with the setting to cook rice (for about 20 minutes)
  3. When the rice is ready, fluff with fork or spoon. Serve warm.

 

Baked Salmon with Carrots, Napa Cabbages, and Cherry Tomatoes

 

Today’s lazy person cooking is Baked Salmon with carrots, napa cabbages, and cherry tomatoes. It will only need about 35 minutes of cooking time, including the preparation. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 100-150 grams of salmon 1 piece of small carrot, cut into bite-size
  • 1/2 piece of small napa cabbage, cut into bite-size
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped (I might use too much garlic because I really like it, you can tone it down to 1 clove)
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend
  • Half lemon 10 grams of chopped parsley
  • 6 pcs of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • Salt to taste
Direction:

  1. Wash salmon under running water, set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius (320 Fahrenheit).
  3. Rub the salmon with half portion of the garlic, Mrs’ Dash blend, parsley and salt to taste
  4. Put some of the napa cabbage at the bottom the glass baking dish. Put the salmon on top of it.
  5. Put the carrot, napa cabbage, and the rest of the parsley surrounding the salmon. Drizzle salt, Mrs. Dash blend, and garlic on top of the carrot and napa cabbage. Squeeze the half lemon and drizzle on top of the salmon and the veggies.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. After 25 minutes take it out from the oven, add cherry tomatoes. Serve warm.

 

 

 

 

Whole Grains Fiesta

I have stopped consuming white rice for about 3 weeks now. It’s hard at the beginning, I have been eating white rice all of my life. I love the taste, I love to eat warm white rice with fried fish, sambal, raw veggies and basil leaves. It reminds me of my home country 😭 But I gotta do what I gotta do 😑

I tried to buy organic food as much as I can when I can find it and I have money for it, then I’ll buy it. I found a good supplier of organic grains on Taobao.com, the price is not crazy expensive, so it’s a very good deal for me!

For organic food in China, you can tell from the special label that being attached to the packaging.

I replaced my white rice stock with some varieties of grains. I prefer brown rice, black rice, millets, and buckwheat for now.

Organic Brown Rice: RMB22.90(USD3.61)/1.5kg
Organic Black Rice: RMB29.90(USD4.71)/1.5kg
Organic Millets: RMB21.90(USD3.45)/1.5kg
Buckwheat: RMB12.90(USD2.03)/450grams

For brown and black rice, you have to soak it at least 7 hours. Usually, I will soak it in the morning and cook it for dinner.

Cooking brown rice can be challenging for a person who has never cooked it before. The first couple times cooking it was disastrous, I put too much water, it was mushy like a porridge 😆

Tonight, I got it right. I mixed a half cup of brown rice and a half cup of black rice with 2 cups of water. I also add 3 tablespoons of thick coconut milk and a half teaspoon of salt to make it tastier, and tadaaaa… it was perfect!

I had a better luck with cooking millets 😆

For millets, you don’t have to soak it. For 1 cup of millets, you have to add 2 cups of water.

I haven’t try to cook buckwheat yet, I will let you all know when I do 😬

So far, I love my new varieties of grains!😍

Sleepless Night, Thank You Pain!

My period started earlier this month, I think it’s because of too much fish in my diet. It’s down from 27 days cycle on Nov-Dec 2017 and 28 days on Dec 2017- Jan 2018 to 24 days on Jan-Feb 2018. Darn fish! 😡

Pain wise, it’s  about the same as my last period. Until yesterday (Day 10). Well, it’s my own mistake, I ate sambal (Indonesian traditional spicy salsa-like sauce) with my dinner because I barely feel pain all day (cocky!). I had to learn the hard way, again! 😰

I stayed up late to make a big batch of fruits and veggies juice. Around 11:30 PM I felt cramps on my right lower abdomen, I took 1x500mg valerian root capsule (It works as muscle relaxer) I thought it will help to relieve the pain, but I was wrong. When I finished my juice around 00:50 AM, my pain escalated so fast. I had rectum pain (3-4/10), right lower abdomen pain (2-3/10), and lower back pain (2-3/10). Around 1 AM I took Serrapeptase+Nattokinase, it usually helps to relieve the pain that was not that severe, but the thing was it continues for hours, I couldn’t sleep at all. I cried because I felt frustrated, none of my medicine worked. At 3:50 AM I made a coriander+ginger decoction, I felt slightly better around 5 AM. I took diclofenac+pantoprazole around 6 AM. I feel much better one hour later. It’s official, I didn’t sleep at all last night! It’s the first time in my life it happens. 😭

I need to stop doing stupid things that hurt me >_<