Accidental Recipe

Accidental Recipe.
Accidental Recipe.

I made a mistake with my cooking and I thought that was an embarrassing and terrible moment, but wait! As you know, It could be a moment you could create a new recipe if you use your sense of creativity!

Alright fellas, this is the story. That night I was so so damn tired reached flat at 9pm after a looong day but at the same time my tummy wanted a fill up. I had the urge to make something a bit special and so I chose to make meat ball soup. I searched through my kitchen to find ingredients that I needed to make my desired recipe.

I found beef meat and eggs in my fridge, flour and spices on my spice shelf. I used my blender to mince the beef, put the minced meat in a bowl with 3 eggs and kneaded the mixture. Then I added my spices – salt, white ground pepper, minced garlic, pinch of sugar for taste, and coriander as well. Then, I poured water into it. It seemed to be going fine, but then, I had this scary feeling that I might have added more water than I should have. Damn! my meat dough was too watery, soft. In my panic I decided that I had to put more maize or starch in my ‘too-soft’ dough and wished that it would make it all better.

But I was unlucky. My dough was still soft even after I added so much starch. I decided to go ahead and start molding my dough using 2 spoons and put them into pan full of boiling water. I wished that the meat balls would be floating after 5 until 10 minutes – a good sign that they are well done. Needless to say, I was disappointed when I saw that meat balls didn’t float. Then I decided not to give up and I chose to put my meat ball dough in the fridge overnight. But I still had 1 loud question in my head, how about my tummy? There was nothing I could do at this point, so I went to bedroom hungry. I was so upset really.

So, the next day, when I opened fridge, I saw my meat ball dough, and was still thinking of cooking again. While my dough became harder after being chilled, I took my pan, poured vegetable oil and Yes! I did! I fried the meat balls!!! And you know what? I tasted them, and seriously, they were really good. What a delightful surprise!

Then I remembered that I had tofu, chicken fillet, and paprikas. Without thinking twice I took garlic, onion, chillies, the basic spices I always for cook with. Then:

Step to step!
Step to step!
The last thing I did, paprikas! Lovely colors!
The last thing I did, paprikas! Lovely colors!

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* I poured some vegetable oil about two tablespoons and let it heat up enough so I could stir-fry my basic spices. Onion and garlic first, then, I added chillies. I stir fried for just 5 minutes – my basic spices smelled good. Then I stirred in the chillies and let them fry for 2 minutes.

* I added cubes of tofu and stir-fried for 3-5 minutes, poured in 2 tablespoon of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of chilli sauce, and small water.

* Next step? I added black pepper, salt, pinch of sugar for sure *wink* my little secret*, and nutmeg.

* I fried chicken fillet before and I added them along with the fried meat balls. I let them mix for about 5 minutes and then I added soya sauce – put as much as you like. And for more flavour and colour, I cut some paprikas. I made sure I reduced the heat on my pan of meat balls while I was cutting the paprika. I didnt want my sauce to get dry. The last thing I did was spinkle some paprika to give more spicylicious taste and because I love red and orange colour of paprika.

Tarra! Feast your eyes on this accidental but perfect recipe on my sushi plate. I thought it would be prettier if I had sesame seeds and fresh leeks sprinkled on top of my freshly cooked meal.

Nyum nyum nyum, spicylicious!
Nyum nyum nyum, spicylicious!
That is the fried meat balls!
That is the fried meat balls!
Can you see the chicken? O gosh it makes me hungry immediately!
Can you see the chicken? O gosh it makes me hungry immediately!
Tofuuu!
Tofuuu!

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I need to name this dish, any ideas? I keep thinking…hehehe…

O yeah, do not ever be nervous fellas if you make a mistake in cooking fellas, just relax be adventurous and think about creating something else and let your creativity work!!!

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Cheers,

Azis.

Memasak itu fun!

Saya masih ingat pada suatu malam berdoa untuk bisa pergi dari kota kelahiran. Sempat terpikir Jakarta. Hidup jauh dari rumah. Jadi anak kos. Pasalnya, sejak kecil hingga sempat setahun tujuh bulan kerja setelah lulus kuliah, saya tetap tinggal di Surabaya.

Saya ingin merasakan tantangan lebih. Tantangan hidup yang lebih mandiri. Jika tak salah, doa itu terucap setahun yang lalu. Dan Tuhan tak tanggung-tanggung mengabulkan apa yang saya harapkan kala itu, bukan ke Jakarta, tapi ke Lagos. Afrika. Alamak, jauh sekali. Ya, Tuhan mengabulkan dan memberi kesempatan hidup di benua sebelah.

Sejak memutuskan pindah ke Lagos mau tak mau saya harus serba mandiri. Hampir semua aspek hidup harus saya urus sendiri. Sangat berbeda dengan hidup sebelumnya yang masih bisa dianggap santai. Jauh dari rumah, jauh dari keluarga, tak ayal harus bekerja lebih keras.Tinggal di flat pun ternyata tak mudah. Kadang berperan seperti seorang ayah, tak jarang pula sebagai ibu rumah tangga. Dulu sepulang kerja, selalu tersedia masakan rumahan ibu saya. Ibu jago masak, turunan dari almarhum nenek. Beliau semasa hidup terkenal jago masak di keluarga besar saya. Masakannya memang yahud.

Sejak hidup di Lagos memasak seperti sebuah ritual penghilang stress. Kegiatan yang ampuh mengusir kejenuhan. Dan memasak telah menjadi salah satu cara menghemat pengeluaran bulanan. Lagos memang lebih mahal dibanding Surabaya. Apalagi dari segi makanan. Sebagai gambaran, biaya hidup disini tiga kali lebih mahal dari Surabaya. Saya memang tak melulu makan masakan hasil sendiri, ada kalanya saya makan di luar untuk melatih indera pengecapan dan penglihatan. Namun tak sering. Jika saya tak cermat dan hemat, tentu saya akan kelabakan di akhir bulan.

Saya menggemari masak memasak sejak SMP, saya ingat suatu siang saat bel masuk datang dengan sekotak jajanan pasar yang saya masak sendiri saat it, Klepon. Kegemaran yang satu ini semakin menjadi kala saya duduk si bangku SMA. Teman-teman dekat saya sangat hapal menu apa saja yang ada di kotak makan siang. Mereka taster-taster setia. Dulu saya masih suka memasak cemilan manis dari jajanan pasar hingga roll cake. Sekarang? Lebih banyak memasak lauk.

Setahun tinggal di Lagos membuat saya lebih excited mengasah kemampuan ini. Sebagai perantau, memasak harus bisa menjadi salah satu keahlian dan bentuk kemandirian. Paling tidak itu yang saya rasakan.
*Saya akan mencoba membagi resep-resep mudah yang bisa dicoba di tulisan selanjutnya. Can’t wait to post it! ;)