Amateur Food Porn 2016 [General]

2016 Feb 24
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MMMMmmmmm. Chinese bbq pork tenderloin. This is 3 of the 4 pieces that I did. They marinated in the fridge for 3 days, then baked in the oven for an hour and 5 minutes under the broiler. No red dye, and a hell of a lot less sugar and salt. The Dragonlady calls it a major success. I have to agree.

2016 Feb 25
Hey Rizek,

Can you share the recipe? Are each piece about half a pork tenderloin?

2016 Feb 25
That was 4 full sized tenderloins with the ends tucked under so they cook evenly.

I used the recipe here:

The only item I didn't have was the oyster sauce, and I don't think it would make a huge difference.

I've made this twice now, and think that the extra few days marinating made all the difference.

It was only in the heat so long because my oven seemed to turn off after the timer did. I must have hit timed cook instead of timer. By the time I figured that out, it had lost a lot of heat, so I cranked it back up to 400 for another 20 minutes until I hit the right internal temperature.

Next time I'm going to add more honey to the glaze before the last stage so it sticks better. Don't get me wrong, this has all the flavour I want. I just think I might be able to get it a bit stickier so it stays on when I baste so it'll caramelize.

2016 Feb 25
Except for the Hoisin sauce which I don't know the nutritional value of, this would be a lot lower sodium and sugar then the regular version so will try it for my parents. I have bought the Chinese BBQ pork loin ready to cook packs at Loblaws before and it was okay but not truly authentic but it seemed to be less sodium than the traditional Char Siu..

Thanks Rizak, I will give this a try.

2016 Feb 25
I've made this same recipe quite a few times but on the BBQ and using pork shoulder cut into tenderloin size strips. I like the char that is attainable on the BBQ, especially with the added fat in the shoulder. From what I recall I also omitted the sugar in lieu of all honey which turned out nice and sticky.

2016 Feb 28
BBQ pork - yum!!! And I like Stewtine's idea of using pork shoulder pieces and the bbq.

tonight's food porn: pizza with Indonesian chicken with a rich, dark satay sauce, caramelized onions, tomato, red peppers and mozzarella on a crust made using the recipe from "Flour Too" by Joanne Chang. It's a great crust, thin, crispy, bubbly and good, and has become my go-to since reading Laura Robin's article about it ( It also makes a nice focaccia - I made one last month with preserved lemons, Berber spice and ricotta mounds - maybe it was more pizza-like, hmmm - I froze half the dough from that batch and used it today for the pizza.

2016 Mar 1
Maamoul bi Ajwa (date cookies).

I've bought maamoul often in the past but decided to make some yesterday to take to our refugee committee meeting last night. These were much better than those I have bought, fresher, more date filling, better texture and with a lovely smell from the mahlab. They turned out really well and were well-liked. I used the recipe from and subbed some whole wheat flour for some white flour and butter for the ghee. I kinda wish I had one of the traditional molds used for these cookies - they would look better, perhaps, but taste the same. Interestingly, this recipe uses yeast to leaven the dough.
Good with my cup of morning coffee.

2016 Mar 1
Andy, that pizza looks delicious! Care to share the recipe for the chicken?

2016 Mar 1
Thanks felinefan. I cook the chicken cubes and add the sauce, and added extra sauce on the dough. Here's a pic of some chicken and asparagus in the sauce, and the recipe.

It is from “Put A Lid On It! Small-Batch Preserving for Every Season” by E. Topp & M. Howard, a delightful gem of a preserving book. My sisiter makes it and doesn’t can it and says it keeps weeks if not a couple of months in the fridge. I usually can it and make some changes - see notes .

Indonesian Satay Sauce

2 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup soy sauce *see notes*
2 tsp hot pepper flakes
2 tsp minced peeled gingerroot
1/2 cup peanut butter

Heat oil in a non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat and sauté onion and garlic for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
Add vinegar, molasses, soy sauce, hot pepper flakes and gingerroot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Blend in peanut butter; boil gently 1 minute.
Cool and store in the refrigerator, or can:
Remove hot jars from the canner and ladle hot sauce into jars to within 1/2 inch of rim. Process 20 minutes for 1/2 pint (250 ml) jars and for pint (500ml) jars.
Makes 2 cups.

Note: I usually quadruple the recipe and get closer to 10 cups (ie 10 x 250 ml jars). I use about 1/3 cup soy sauce per single recipe to reduce the saltiness and make it more palatable for my taste buds. I have added finely chopped hot and/or sweet red peppers with the onions to total 1 cup per single recipe.
Note: I usually quadruple the recipe and get 10 to 12 cups . I use about 1/3 cup soy sauce per single recipe to reduce the saltiness and make it more palatable for my taste buds; I replace the missing liquid with some OJ. I have added finely chopped hot and/or sweet red peppers with the onions to total 1 cup per single recipe.
New note: For the last 10 years or more I've replaced the cup of molasses/soy sauce with 1 cup of Indonesian Kecap Manis sweet soy sauce (a mixture of cane sugar and soy sauce that can be bought in bottles at Asian markets; it’s absolutely delicious on plain rice too).

2016 Mar 1
Andy, that looks yummy. I have everything I need to make it including Kecap Manis. I love that stuff. Did you know there is a salty version called Kecap Asin? Manis meats sweet, Asin meats salty. To my taste it is not as salty as Chinese soy sauce.

2016 Mar 3
Meat and cheese spread because snacks :) (from hintonburg market, nicastro, and seed to sausage)!!!

My favourite was the blueberry cheddar (hm) and the chorizo (s2s)

I'm going to die from a spicy meat coma and this was last weekend.

2016 Mar 5
Pig trotters bee hoon, a Singapore noodle dish. It's a bit of a chore to braise the pig trotters, but worth it!

2016 Mar 5
Tonight 's dinner - Chicken, Shrimp and Mango Salad.

2016 Mar 5
Nice ff..

2016 Mar 23
More porn fun, our first homemade fatayer with spinach and feta, beautiful and so flavourful with onions, lemon, sumac and allspice adding to the spinach and feta. I made the dough and filling and rolled out the dough as my dw filled and sealed all the fatayer.

2016 Mar 23
Beautiful, Andy!

2016 Mar 23
nice Andy :D

2016 Mar 24
Looks delish

2016 Mar 24
SushiStevie, that plate of deliciousness just needs some crusty bread, red pepper jelly, pate, mustards and I'd be in heaven! Loving your posts!

2016 Mar 28
I prepared the traditional Easter meal of kimchi fried rice.

2016 Mar 29
My Easter dinner was kinda same-ol same-ol.

2016 Apr 6
Love those easter dishes! Vibrant colours looks tasty:))) well done Pete and CC. The fatayer are also pretty awesome! Love the golden pastry!

Tried a few recipes/dishes for spring.

2016 May 13
Did a Duck Confit salad using King Cole duck Condit, Farm boy spring greens, yellow cherry tomatoes on vines, blackberries, Lebanese cucumber, avocado, cashew and fig balsamic dressing... King Cole duck confit is not as good as the canned duck confit I used to get from paris but considering the time it takes to do duck confit, does the job for a tasty salad.

2016 May 14
Did a Duck Confit salad using King Cole duck Condit, Farm boy spring greens, yellow cherry tomatoes on vines, blackberries, Lebanese cucumber, avocado, cashew and fig balsamic dressing... King Cole duck confit is not as good as the canned duck confit I used to get from paris but considering the time it takes to do duck confit, does the job for a tasty salad.

2016 Aug 20
I made Szechuan eggplant because there's a heat wave and I'm going ALL IN.

2016 Oct 22
Taiwanese fried rice noodles. The ingredients that make this Taiwanese are dried shrimp, white pepper and black vinegar, apparently:

2017 Feb 7
I prepared the traditional Cantonese Superbowl Sunday meal of beef brisket and daikon braised in chu hou sauce.

2017 Mar 18
Dry fried beef in the Szechuan style.

2017 Mar 19
Meatball sandwich.

2017 Apr 2
Tuna kimchi jjigae. I got the clay pot at Kitchen Hut Housewares on Merivale, where they took the time to provide advice on how to safely use it on an electric stove top element.

2017 Apr 22
Fried chicken with rice and gai lan.

2017 May 16
I wish this were a food truck dish somewhere in Ottawa (but it isn't that I know of), it's (still) one of my favourite (quick) meals, balila, with warm chickpeas in a lemon-cumin vinaigrette with onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, sorrel leaves, and haloumi fried in olive oil with cumin seeds and a squashed clove of garlic. Yummy!

2017 May 26
Minced pork cutlet in the Polish style (kotlet mielony) with mushroom gravy.

2017 May 31
porterhouse courtesy of the Glebe Meat Market

2017 Jun 4
I had some leftover crepes so i made it look beautiful.

2017 Jun 5
Older photo but 3 of my fav things together - scallop, salmon roe, sea urchin.

I wish there was somewhere to get fresh west coast sea urchin in Ottawa - some dreams will remain dreams forever.

2017 Jun 6
Bangkok street vendor inspired fried marinated chicken breast with garlic chives and fermented hot pepper sauce.
Stir-fried green beans & onions with sliced almonds, pepitas and dried cranberries.
Smoke salted grape tomatoes.
Sushi rice with Seto Fumi Furikake.
Nuoc Cham slightly thickened with Xanthan & Guar gum.

2017 Jun 10
Yummy! Both of these looks delicious! I really like it so far and definitely try to make out in the weekend.

2017 Jun 17
With the hot and muggy weather it's cold Soba noodles lately.

Re-hydrated mushrooms, red peppers, wood ear fungus, Chinese Fragrant sausage garnished with cilantro and chive flowers.

2017 Aug 27
Char siu rice.

2017 Sep 23
I prepared the traditional Oktoberfest meal of Singapore noodles.

2017 Sep 23
Do you mean Septemberfest?

2017 Sep 23
Satay pork shoulder, stir fried peppers & onions, green peas & crispy shallots, sushi rice and fermented hot pepper sauce.

2017 Sep 23
New York strip steak, grilled Yukon gold potatoes & sweet onions, yellow beets, purple carrots, sauteed sweet peppers, snow peas and tomatoes.

2017 Oct 13
Thanksgiving roast turkey, cooked on a Traeger with applewood pellets.

2017 Oct 17
Corn tortillas with thinly sliced BBQ pork tenderloin, green onions, diced tomatillo and tomatoes, roasted poblano and tomatillo salsa, cilantro, Jack and cottage cheeses, and ground hot chilies. They were some good. Washed down with Collective Arts Sour Harvest Saison, yum

2017 Oct 21
Beef noodle soup. The glob in the centre is ya cai (fermented mustard leaves).

2017 Oct 28
Club sandwich made with leftover Thanksgiving roast turkey.

2017 Oct 28
Garlic butter & cilantro shrimp, Basmati rice, ginger sweet & sour peppers, onions and eggplant with homemade fermented chili sauce, smoked coconut and fried shallots.

2017 Oct 28
Grilled Chicken with all the usual fixings.

2017 Nov 13
Ma po tofu

2018 Apr 22
Sous vide steak dinner

2018 Apr 23
Dammit sourdough, it's not even 10am and now i want a steak.

Actually, i want THAT steak. Also, those potatoes. You can skip the asparagus, but i'll have the wine too.

...what? ...look, it's Monday....

2018 Apr 24
Shrimp and Cashew Stirfry.

2018 Apr 24
Homemade sandwich bread.

2018 May 12
Made braised lamb shanks for a friend's birthday dinner. Used PC frozen Australian lamb shanks, which turned out well.

2018 Jun 2
Hamburger curry rice. If anyone knows where I can get fukujinzuke pickles locally (instead of having to resort to mail order), thus making my curry rices legit, please let me know!

2018 Jun 3
Sweet & Sour grilled kimchi dusted chicken breast with sesame-soy-mustard pickles, heirloom yellow tomatoes and leaves from a plastic box found at the local indep. :/

Three outta four ain't so bad...

2018 Jun 3
Fried rice with peppers, bean sprouts, egg and ham.

Topped with fried shallots and fermented yellow lantern & pumpkin chili sauce.

2018 Jun 9
Dry fried green beans. My visit to Yunnan Gardens in Las Vegas has motivated me to make more Szechuan meals at home.

2018 Jun 15
Basil chicken. Got the Thai basil from Manphong: 1 buck for a small bag of perfectly fresh basil with no blemishes on the leaves.

2018 Jun 22
Szechuan eggplant (aka eggplant in garlic sauce, fish fragrant eggplant, etc.).

2018 Jun 26
My mom made this: lotus root and bean sauce ribs stew

2018 Jun 27
This site only lets me give 1 'like' per post, instead of multiples:(