Cooking with a microwave

We finally moved back just this past weekend. It is great feeling to sleep in our own beds after 6 weeks. There are still walls to paint and things to clean and unpack but we love our house now. It is not luxurious but it is very special for us. We finally have a kitchen with space and room. And we have a bathroom that is bright and proud of. Our friends that came over always laughed at our old bathroom. It was not even a bathroom, it was a cubicle with a broken door and most likely built for not very tall people.

Renovation site

Renovation site

We have learnt so much from this whole experience and it was a good one to share together. The thing that is missing from our brand new kitchen is the rangehood. I was very hesitate to use the stove without a rangehood and we were really tired from eating out all of the time. Plus, it was expensive! So I decided that we will do microwave cooking. Back in the uni days where cooking was alien tome, we microwaved almost everything but then most foods came in boxes. This time, I wanted to use only fresh ingredients so I turned to tweepies again. I had pretty cool suggestions and it had been fun making it up as I went along.

The first night, I decided to make something soupy as suggested by @tammois. She suggested that I microwaved the stock and just chuck anything I like into it. I did not have anymore chicken stock in my freezer so I used boiled some water and added miso paste to make the soup base. I chopped and marinated the pork belly with light soya sauce and white pepper. I popped the marinated prok belly with the thinly sliced baby chinese cabbage. I did an initial 6 mins on high. I broke the ramen noodles into halves and added it into the soup mixture and microwaved it till the noodle is tender.

Simple marinated pork belly

Simple marinated pork belly

To spice it up a little, I cut some nice fresh red chillies and topped it once the noodle soup is cooked. Mister said that it actually tasted then Momotoro! I think he just misses home cooked food. So did I! There was heaps of slurping sounds from the both of us. We were just happy to be home :)

Microwave miso noodle soup with pork belly

Microwave miso noodle soup with pork belly

The second night, I used the suggested from @cloudcontrol. I bought some veal and pork mince instead of making them myself as my gadgets were still in a pile somewhere in the house. The minced meat were marinated in light soya sauce, salt and white pepper. I beat 4 large eggs (70g each), season well and mix it into the marinated mince. Add a little water, give it a good stir and pop it into the microwave for 4 mins and then keep checking and adding 1 min until everything is cooked through.

Microwaved egg with veal and pork mince

Microwaved egg with veal and pork mince

As for the vegetables, I boiled the sliced carrots first and then added the sliced Chinese cabbage and microwaved the whole lot for 2 more minutes. Drain the water, add seasoning and finely chopped garlic and microwave for another 1min 30secs. Add a little more light soya and stir through. Voila! Serve all the dishes with rice. It didn’t look a million bucks but it tasted fantastic to us. Nothing beats home cooked food.

Microwaved carrots and chinese cabbage

Microwaved carrots and chinese cabbage

Another weekend without the rangehood but we can manage. The renovations is almost done and we are so excited. The place is so much brighter and airy. We just want to stay home and enjoy it now.

What would you have cooked in a mircowave for dinner? Please do share! I need a few more recipes till next week :)