Sunday, March 2, 2014

2 Mar 14 (Sun) - Cordyceps Flower Steamed Chicken Thigh and Orange Sunriser

Still on the cordyceps flower bandwagon and today I used it to steam chicken thigh. The end result was really good and I think maybe next time I can add a bit of Chinese wine towards the end of the steaming to make it more fragrant.

Again the recipe is based entirely on my own estimations.

1 chicken thigh
8g cordyceps flower
4 red dates
1 tsp wolfberries
1 small ginseng, break to 3 parts

1.  Clean the chicken thigh, remove all visible fats and marinate with some salt for 15 mins
2.  Soak cordyceps flower in hot water for 15 mins and drain
3.  Soak red dates for 15 mins and cut to 3 parts each
4.  Rinse wolfberries and ginseng parts
5.  Place chicken thigh on steaming dish, arrange cordyceps flower, red dates, wolfberries and ginseng on top and around the chicken thigh
6.  Steam chicken thigh over med-low heat for 15 mins or until meat is cooked
7.  Remove from heat and serve warm

Saw an interesting recipe called Orange Sunriser in a catalog featuring Philips electrical products and decided to give it a try since I have the necessary ingredients. The result didn't turn out the way I had imagined it to be. Perhaps I had added too much orange juice when I blended the frozen strawberries or my blender just wasn't meant for this. Though it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to be, fortunately the taste was good.

Ingredients (Serves 1):
2 sunkist 3107 oranges
5 frozen strawberries*
1 tsp sugar

1.  Juice the oranges and set aside
2.  Blend the frozen strawberries with sugar and 1 tbsp of orange juice until the consistency is that of a frozen slush
3.  Fill a glass with orange juice till 3/4 full and fill the remaining 1/4 with the strawberry frozen slush
4.  Serve with a straw

* Remove the leaves before freezing

Saturday, March 1, 2014

1 Mar 14 (Sat) - Spare Ribs Cordyceps Flower Soup and Steamed Osmanthus Red Snapper

Saw Ellena Guan of Cuisine Paradise posting photos of dishes cooked using cordyceps flower and got curious about that ingredient. Happened to be in Chinatown for an excursion last Thursday and popped into a shop to check that out. Bought a small pack to try and then went on to check on the various recipes using cordyceps flower.

Cordyceps Flower

Found a few soup recipes that use chicken as the base so in the end decided to follow Cuisine Paradise' Double-boiled Cordyceps Flower Herbal Soup recipe. As I don't own a double-boiled pot nor a slow cooker and I didn't want to use chicken as base, I had to do some modifications to the recipe. So the end result was entirely based on my own estimations which fortunately didn't turn out too bad.

$2 worth spare ribs
8g cordyceps flower
4 rice bowls of water
1 tsp wolfberries
8g dried longan
4 red dates
1 small ginseng, break into 3 parts

1.  Clean, rinse and blanch spare ribs in boiling water for 2 mins then rinse and set aside
2.  Rinse all the herbs and set aside
3.  Bring water to a boil and add in all the ingredients
4.  Boil the soup over med-low heat till left with two bowls of soup
5.  Season soup with salt according to taste and serve warm

Attempted the Steamed Osmanthus Cod Fish recipe from Cuisine Paradise again but this time I used red snapper fillet instead. Cooked some vegetables with oyster sauce and all these became my  meals for the day.

A little basic knowledge of cordyceps flower - Its actual name is called Cordyceps Militaris. It is not the flower of Cordyceps Sinensis but is a cultured mushroom fungus that has similar medicinal value as cordyceps. It is believed that this herb helps to strengthen the lung; kidneys and liver thus improve the body’s immune system as a whole.

Some said health benefits of the Cordyceps Flower:
  • Improve respiratory function to treat asthma, cough, emphysema, bronchitis
  • Improve kidney, boost energy and improve brain memory
  • Improve liver function to treat hepatitis
  • Reduce blood sugar, urine sugar
  • Reduce blood pressure and ease hypertension, thrombus diseases
  • Reduce heart disease risk, numbness of hands or feet
  • Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer
  • Antioxidant and anti-aging
  • Enhance overall immune system