Has anyone been watching Master Chef? I’ve missed a couple of episodes but I love this show. It’s so inspiring and it makes me wanna try new things.
My mum is a great cook and of all things she passed on to me, her culinary talent didn’t quite make it through the umbilical cord. I did have many opportunities to learn from her but I was a lazy daughter. I’m Thai and I can’t even make Tom Yum soup. I’ve tried a few times and it never tasted right, my last attempt involved a jar of pre made paste ‘cos I’ve given up on trying to make it from scratch. Oh how my mother would be so proud.
I can’t cook anything that is too complicated or has long list of ingredients. I love looking at all the pretty pictures in cook books and just wish I could snap my fingers and have it appear right in front of me. Sure I’ve tried recipes but sadly, I don’t follow instructions well. I’m definitely not a calculated type of cook, I am more intuitive…but with um…bad intuitions.
Anyway, being inspired by Master Chef, I was determined to try something new. I came across this rather simple looking recipe in a magazine – Haloumi & Zucchini Fritters. I love love love haloumi, it’s my favourite cheese. I’ve never made fritters but I have haloumi and zucchinis in the fridge so why not, let’s have a crack.
Now, the smartest thing I did was to halve everthing ‘cos I knew there was a high chance of failure (eventhough this looks VERY easy). Recipe said to grate zucchinis and haloumi:
After that, I read that I’ll also be needing eggs, plain flour and spring onions. Umm perhaps I should’ve read ALL the ingredients before I started ‘cos I didn’t actually have flour. Argh fine, I’ll get off my ass and go buy some flour.
Then you just mix it all up (with a bit of pepper) to make a batter and then fry it.
Notice how it looks kinda burnt? Well, here’s the thing…you know how the stove has a dial where you turn the gas on. One end is low heat and one end is high heat right? So I figured, if I put it in the middle…then it’s medium heat which is what the recipe required. Wrong! Go on and laugh, I already got laughed at today and a question to boot “well, if you leave an empty pan on low heat for an hour, is it still low heat?”. I’m such a doofus.
The verdict: They were so freaking salty but that ain’t my fault ‘cos I didn’t add extra salt. A bit burnt on the outside (due to my medium heat geniusness) and a little soggy on the inside ‘cos I couldn’t leave them on the pan any longer. BTW, half and egg and one egg is the same diff right? Hmm the batch was meant to make 12 but I only got 7…maybe I made them too fat.
Looks like I won’t be auditioning for Master Chef next year =p
P.S. I feel ick. That’s a very sizable chunk of haloumi in there.
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