Zuppa Toscana

Hearty Soup For Dinner

This is another soup that my family loves, it is loaded with Kale, bacon, potatoes and hot and spicy sausages. It is very easy to prepare and satisfying. The spiciness of the sausages just give an extra oomph to the soup. My family always goes for second serving hence I always make one big pot to satisfy their appetite. This recipe is about 8 big servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 big bunch kinky Kale (leaves only)
  • 200 ml cooking cream
  • 3L Chicken Broth
  • 300g bacon chopped to 2 inches size
  • 1 pack hot and spicy sausage (6 pcs) chopped( I used Johnsonville Brand)
  • 4 medium size potatoes (cube)
  • 1 1/2 medium size yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 minced garlic bulb

Method

  • In medium high heat, cook the bacon until crisp using your pot or dutch oven, no need to add oil. Let the fat from bacon render out. Set aside the bacon. Leave only about 2 tablespoon of oil from the bacon
  • Add the sausages, cook for about 5 minutes, add in the garlic and yellow onion, cook until the onion is translucent. Stir the pot constantly.
  • Add the broth, followed by the potatoes
  • Bring the soup to boil, continue cooking for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add the bacon, followed by the kale. Cook until the kale softens.
  • Lower the heat, add the cream, and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve the soup on a bowl, topped with some crispy bacon.

Wheatgrass Egg Tofu with Shrimp and Broccoli

Today I decided to make this dish again after so long. My best friend of 30 years is coming over to visit me, and this is one of the dish that I prepared, because she is a tofu lover! Apart from this dish, I still have other dishes prepared like Salted Egg Yolk Prawn, Seafood clear soup with Fish Maw, Steamed Seabass and Black Vinegar Chicken. One of these days, I will write out the recipe for the Black Vinegar Chicken to share with you too.

Vegetable Ingredients

  • 200g broccoli

Method

  • Prepare some ice water and set aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt into a pot of boiling water, blanch the broccoli for 2 minutes. Drain and put it into the ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove from the ice water after a minute, drain and set aside.

Egg Tofu Ingredients

  • 6 eggs (55g each)
  • 16g wheatgrass (chopped)
  • 400g unsweetened soy milk (200+200g)
  • pinch of fine salt
  • aluminium tray lined with cooking paper ( I bought the cooking paper from Phoon Huat, see photo below)

Method :

  • Using Blender blend the wheatgrass with 200g of soy milk. Sieve the wheatgrass, set aside the wheatgrass juice. Dispose the grass.
  • Beat the egg until the egg yolk and egg white are well combined. You should not see any coagulation of the egg white.
  • Add the wheatgrass juice and the remaining 200g of soy milk and salt, mix again until well combined.
  • Use a sifter to sieve the mixture. Pour your mixture onto a tray lined with cooking paper, steam at medium heat for about 20 minutes. Kindly note that the steaming time depends on how thick your egg tofu is. The pan I used is 7″ pan. There is no definite rule to this because everyone’s burner are not the same. Material of the pan and other factors might contribute to the timing. The important thing is just keep an eye on it, and when you see the top of your mixture solidifies then it means it is already cook, unlike cake that you still need to use a skewer to poke and check if it is all well done.
  • Turn off the heat, and let it cool.
  • Flip and pat dry, cut to your desired size.
  • Pan-Fry each pieces and set aside. Lay it neatly on a plate. Lay also the blanched broccoli on top

Ingredients for the toppings

  • 1 pack bunashimeji mushrooms
  • 100g shrimp
  • 1 small minced shallots
  • 1 small minced garlic
  • 15g red bell pepper (chopped into small pieces)
  • 15g yellow bell pepper ( chopped into small pieces)
  • 245g chicken broth ( Swanson brand)
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 5g cornstarch + 10g water to make slurry

Method

  • In a heated wok, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil. Sauté the spices like garlic, shallots and bell peppers. Sauté until you can smell the fragrance coming out from the spices
  • Add the the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushrooms become soften
  • Add in the shrimp, followed by the broth, mix and let it boil
  • Add Salt and Pepper to taste (I didn’t add any more salt, because my chicken broth is salty enough for me, but do it according to your preference)
  • Add the Slurry, and let it boil for a minute or two. Drizzle the mixture onto the broccoli and egg tofu plate.
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