Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cooking a la Nintendo DS

When we gave our youngest the Nintendo DS for his birthday, the idea was that although ownership officially belonged to him, the DS was in fact for everyone's enjoyment. Everyone, of course, includes me! And that is why I have my own game...well, it's not really a game but this Cooking Guide. It's absolutely wonderful! Not only does it have 245 recipes originating from different countries, explained thoroughly with matching pictures and audio, it also has loads of helpful cooking tips as well. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves to cook (and has a DS of course).

I've tried two recipes so far, one from Indonesia and another from Mexico. The Nasi Goreng we had for dinner two nights ago was so yummy, not a morsel of rice was left! It wasn't surprising as we all love our food hot and spicy.

The Mexican breakfast we had this morning was specifically chosen by my second son, Joseph. He has been asking me to make it since the weekend. This was something I won't usually think of preparing for breakfast but what can I say, it was another winning recipe. Here it is, so you too can start enjoying it!

Tortilla with Huevos Rancheros
(a filling, authentic Mexican breakfast with egg and salsa)

Ingredients (for 4 servings):
4 tortillas
olive oil
4 - 8 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
for the salsa ranchero:
400 g tinned whole tomatoes
1/2 onion
dash of chilli sauce
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of finely chopped parsley

1. Peel and chop the onion finely.
2. Heat olive oil, then fry onion over moderate heat until transparent.
3. Add tomatoes. Mix in while crushing them with a wooden spatula.
4. Cover the pan and simmer mixture for about 10 minutes over a low heat.
5. Once liquid is reduced, add chilli sauce, salt and pepper. Turn off heat.
6. Take a new frying pan and heat a dash of olive oil over low heat.
7. Place one tortilla in pan. Cover with some salsa ranchero, then break one (or two) eggs on top. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
8. Cover pan and cook thoroughly until the eggs are set, according to taste .
9. Transfer tortilla to a serving dish and garnish with some parsley.
10. Do the same for the rest of the tortillas.
11. Serve hot.


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