Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I've been a little under the weather. Probably because of the change in the seasons, with the daytime being hot and the nights cool, it is hard for me to know what to wear.

Growing up in Hawaii we don't have seasons and you would think living here for 9 years that I would be able to gauge what to wear but I still can't, I'm either over layered or under layered and if it is in between of seasons, well...

Anyway, thank goodness my tastebuds are still intact, though they've been craving for things sour.

One night, I made a stir-fry of veggies and topped it with the sweet and sour sauce my mom uses for her pineapple shrimp.

Made me wish I had bought some shrimp.

Here is the recipe for the sauce if you'd like to try.
From "Wisteria Delights"
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup pineapple syrup
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2.5 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon catsup
2-3 drops Tabasco

Heat until the sauce thickens, stirring frequently so as not to get lumps.

NOTES: I used pineapple juice because the canned pineapple here is quite nasty. Also, I omitted the salt and added more drops of Tabasco.

The other night I threw together a hot-sour soup.

I am reading "How To Cook A Dragon" by Linda Furiya and one of her recipes that she introduces is for Hot and Sour Soup.

She says, "This is a nourishing and hydrating soup to eat when you come down with a cold."

I didn't follow her recipe just the part for the soup seasoning.

Hot & Sour Soup adapted from "How To Cook A Dragon" : Serves 2
400 ml chicken broth
2 cups water
1 chicken consomme cube
1/4 chinese cabbage, cleaned and sliced
1/2 carrot, sliced
2 packets instant kanten (agar-agar) soup with mushrooms and green onions
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 dashes of white pepper
1 teaspoon of chili oil
1 egg, beaten

Add ingredients except soup packet and seasonings to a pot.
When cabbage and carrots are soft, add seasonings and when soup comes back up to a bubble, stir in beaten egg.
Take off heat.
Put contents of one kanten soup packet into a bowl and ladle hot soup over.

NOTES: this hit the spot, soothing with a little kick.

I've given in and bought cold medicine, I usually don't take medicines but am finding that being sleep deprived due to coughing isn't fun.


Tamakikat said...

The recipes sound delicious. Hope you get better soon. TK

Jude said...

Oh, thank you so much for sharing the recipe, despite feeling under the weather! Hope you get better soon!

The sauce is really similar to something I make sometimes, but for chicken! :) It's got a nice little kick and taste, depending on how much Tabasco. Can't wait to try with shrimp.

Take care of yourself and feel better soon!

genkitummy said...

Feel better soon Kat!

K said...

Hope you feel better soon! I tend to like spicy wonton/noodle soups when I'm feeling sick myself.

Rowena said...

Soup always comes to the rescue when feeling out of sorts. This looks great and I hope you get better soon. Us islanders and our issues with the weather!

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - I'm hoping you feel better pronto! When the temperature and the weather bounces around, it's easy to fall prey to it.

better days said...

Hot and sour soup..yum. These all look so good.

K and S said...

Thanks TK

Thanks Jude, chicken sounds good with this.

ooh wontons sound good K!

issues indeed Rowena :p

I'm prey Kirk :)

thanks BD!

Take care everyone.

Deb in Hawaii said...

The hot and sour soup looks and sounds delicious. Hope you are feeling better. ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii OTC meds are wonderful ;)

Take care.