Quick Courgettes and Garlic

There is a quick thing you can do with zucchini and garlic – or leave the garlic out – that is an instant supper. Cook some rice to go with it,  if you like,or some pasta with butter and black pepper, and your hunger will be satisfied.

I always wonder – what is the proper name for these beauties – courgette or zucchini? Both names are slightly romantic – I try to stick to zucchini because it’s Australian, but sometimes courgette sounds better. Courgettes and Garlic, a quick and utterly delicious dish, perfect on its own and also perfect with pasta.

Similar recipes include Grilled Zucchini and Fennel, Pasta with Zucchini and Parsley Pesto, and Zucchini Thoran.

Browse all of our Zucchini recipes and explore all of our Late Spring dishes.

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Cumquat and Pea Shoots Salad

A quick snack or salad.

The day before Xmas, I was doing some pre-prepping of food for Xmas lunch, and I needed a snack badly. I had been shopping during the morning, and picked up some pea shoots on a whim. As I continued to work, I threw together a couple of quick dishes to keep the hunger at bay. The surprise was the cumquats with pea shoots. This is how it went: Continue reading “Cumquat and Pea Shoots Salad”

Collection: How to Use Deep Fried Tofu

A perfect quick meal or snack!

Versatile Deep Fried tofu can either be store-bought in packets, or made at home.

Deep Fried Tofu is available from any Asian or Chinese Grocery, where it might be called Tofu Puffs, or Fried Tofu Squares. As the name suggests, it is a tofu that has been deep fried. It is quite firm in texture and therefore is easy to slice and dice, to include in wet dishes, or simply serve as it is. It is definitely a delicious way of using tofu.

An alternative is to deep fry your own tofu. The texture and taste is quite different to store-bought deep fried tofu, and is worth the effort involved. See below for instructions on how to deep fry your own tofu.

All of our Tofu recipes are here. You might like to browse our Asian recipes too, our Chinese recipes are here and our tempting Snacks here. Or simply explore our easy Mid Summer dishes.

You might also like to try tofu dishes without deep frying. Try Two Marvellous Tofu Recipes (Tofu Napoleons, and Tri Coloured Stuffed Tofu), Marinated Tofu with Sweet Peach Salsa, Cucumber and Tofu Salad, Tofu, Herb and Sesame Salad, and a dipping broth for tofu.

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How to Cook Rice Rolls | Vegetarian Banh Cuon

How to eat Vegetarian Banh Cuon – Rice Rolls – Chinese and Vietnamese.

One of the typically Asian things that I love is their rice rolls. But it can be confusing – how are these lovely rice rolls used?

Rice rolls are very common in Vietnam (Banh Cuon) and in Thailand (Goi tiew lohd).  It is a light dish, and is generally eaten for breakfast everywhere in Vietnam, or as a snack in Thailand. In our house, this dish is a wonderful summery lunch. It is a light dish, and is generally eaten for breakfast everywhere in Vietnam. They are generally filled with non-vegetarian ingredients, and use a non-vegetarian dipping sauce – the vegetarian versions are harder to know how to use.

In Vietnamese Bánh means pastry and Cuốn means rolled, so as far as indicating its origin or how to use them, the name is quite enigmatic. The rice sheet is extremely thin and delicate. It is made by steaming a slightly fermented rice batter on a cloth that is stretched over a pot of boiling water.

You might also like What to Do with Deep Fried Tofu, Thai Eggplant with Sesame and Soy, Black Pepper Tofu, Asian Style Greens with Garlic and Sesame, Chinese Scallion and Orange Zest Pancakes, and Spicy Crunchy Herby Salad with Asian Dressing.

You may like to browse our other SE Asian recipes, and our other Mid Summer recipes.

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