Coleslaw and Carnivorous Me.

I love eating (who doesn't?) and I am a passable cook myself. Usually I prepare food for myself and seldom cook for others. This is because I hate to listen people criticizing my dishes. My friends who had the fortune to taste my food know to keep the comments to themselves (I am infamous for being brutal to unwanted critics). Hey, I never said I am an amazing chef! That's why humbly I admit I am only passable. 

Maybe because I am more interested in easy food preparations. Can't understand why we need to slave hours at the stove and oven. It's hot over there!
 I cannot say I love western food that much. But once in a while I made coleslaw out of scratch. The one in KFC is rather good and I was inspired to make it better by adding more stuff that I like. White cabbage, carrots and mayo might be the usual ingredients, but I added bellpepper, cherry tomatoes and onion. I also substituted the regular mayo with the Japanese one (Japanese soy sauce and mayo taste a lot better than regular, try them).
So that's why my coleslaw looks way more colourful. Once I tried purple cabbage, and found out while the stuff is more expensive, the taste remains the same. So why bother? 
 I love meat. I could have it with everything (except cakes, that would be silly). Beef, veal, mutton, lamb, buffalo, yum! (I don't do pork or any of its derivatives because I am a Muslim). 
Every month I'd buy a huge hunk of meat from Tesco, and sometimes snatch some bargained portions too, and these usually would be cooked the same day. I'd cut the huge piece of meat into portions that I can cook later and freeze them. 
Slowcook, soup, stirfry, with veges, with pasta, in chilli, (Not roasted though, because amazingly I don't have an oven) I put meat in anything I fancy. I do love my meat to be a bit raw, because that's the second point I like about meat, other than the taste - its texture. (So I am so perplexed WHY people overcooked their meat till the meat falls off the bone / butter-soft / fork-tender?!! Why don't you just put it in the blender and obliterate it to mush instead?)
I love my carbs to be overcooked though.
Anyway, the pieces of meat above were drenched in lime juice. I read it somewhere that this is a way to preserve without refrigeration, and tenderize the meat a bit. Before cooking, I have to wash the pieces of meat or they will taste bitter. [Anyway, it does work. The acidity in the lime stop microorganisms dead] 
And this artery clogging meal above is actually a rarity. I had some lamb in the freezer and decided to have a fry up. I added some sliced raw onion and a huge dollop of the coleslaw I made. From the crusts in the pan, I made some gravy with black pepper. 
Notice the black steak knife. I have it for several years and even bring it whenever I try steaks outside. (I was never satisfied with the knives provided, they are either dull or just flimsy. Once I got a butter knife to eat my steak with! Steaks are still new in the food scene here).

p.s. - I am not very adventurous with my food, and prefer to stick to the same dishes, even when ordering in restaurants. Maybe because most of the time when I tried something new, I was a bit disappointed with the taste. Yes, i am judgemental, and i don't want people to judge my food too. Hahahahaha!


Abby said...

Mmmmm, this all looks tasty. And I don't usually prefer dark meats. Living in Colorado, we have quite our share of steak houses. I can't imagine only having a butter knife to eat at a steak place!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Drenched in lime juice. Yes! I love that. I have Mediterranean roots and that lemon/lime flavor is everywhere. Good for you for cooking. Homemade stuff is the best. I like to make and try new things at home, but I'm not as adventurous at a restaurant. Because you have to pay quite a bit and if you don't like the food it's a real waste!

Ramzu Zahini said...

Hello Abby;
Lucky you for having steak houses galore :) I love my meat but I don't enjoy the lengthy preparation time. I never heard anyone here bringing their own steak knife, other than me. And maybe I might upgrade to a switchblade soon. (Bringing an uncovered knife in the pocket is hazardous)

Ramzu Zahini said...

Hello Martha;
Cooking is a hobby I try to do at least once in a few days. Mainly people cook for me, because I am bossy.
Eating out is a luxury and during this economic downturn, I try to do even less.

Tenchi Loh said...

Watch your diet for the sake of your diabetes n its complications...sincerely from your truly evil dietitian.

Ramzu Zahini said...

Dear Tuck Wai;
I hetchu! I do try to eat less carb n sugar la. And wanna find a bike for exercise too.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks good! I'm not the world's biggest salad eater but I like coleslaw too. I have a nice recipe for slaw that also uses walnuts and cranberries, along with green and purple cabbage.

Ramzu Zahini said...

Hello Debra;
I was pondering to put nuts in my salad too. But other than peanuts, the others are rather expensive here. My sister do import nuts from overseas for her baking business. Sometimes she gives some to me.

Tenchi Loh said...

Just get a simple gelek will do...I'm sure is just hangit hangit tahi ayam saja.

Tomoko said...

Your post made me laugh! I have never thought that spending time for cooking means slave. All meals look delicious. Enjoy your cook!(*^_^*)

Ramzu Zahini said...

Dear Tomoko;
Spending SOME time cooking is ok. I just don't like spending too much time cooking. For example, 3-4 hours of roasting meat is way too long, and they do it overnight too.
I believe Japanese cuisine is not like that, where everything is fresh and rather quick.

Ramzu Zahini said...

I wanna e bike!

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