Tuesday, July 29, 2014

[Recipe] Grilled Squid in Teriyaki Sauce & Ginger Paste

I had been meaning to have my grilled sotong (or squid or ika) fix from home, for the longest time. Whenever someone mentions cumi cumi bakar, an Indonesian grilled squid dish, I just go completely weak in the knees! But just before I venture into grilling the sotong in the cumi bakar way, I decided to experiment on the sauces I have in my refrigerator - teriyaki sauce and with another surprise ingredient - ginger paste*! I love how it added a flavorful zest in the grilled squid!

*The ginger paste I've used is one that is concocted for the samsui chicken in Soup Restaurant. So there are additional flavors in the bottle that helps enhance the taste of the squid. It is also completely optional to use ginger paste for this.*

Be prepared for an out of this world aroma from grilling squids!

Ingredients you need are :
- 2 medium sized squid (approx.7" in body length)
- 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce (I used store bought)
- 1 tbsp ginger paste (store bought)
- a little cooking oil for grilling

1) First up, clean the squids. Here's how to do it.
2) Make slits on the squid, about 1.5cm apart, without completely cutting the rings. This way the rings are intact and will look better in presentation when it's served.
3) Pat dry.
4) Marinade the squid with the teriyaki sauce and ginger paste. Put it in a ziplock bag and let the flavors set into the squid. Anytime between an hour or two.

5) I've used a griddle pan (not shown) for this. Using medium fire, heat up the pan with very little oil on the pan.
6) Place the squids into the pan with all the remaining marinade from the bag.
7) Grill the squid for about 4-5 minutes.
8) Turn the other side and grill for about the same amount of time. Lower the fire if need to.
9) Continue to grill and turn the squid to get an even color, for another 2-3 minutes. A little char is nice!
10) Remove from pan and glaze the squid with more teriyaki sauce, if you like.
11) Serve while it's still hot and enjoy a chewingly good time!

Till the next post, have a blessed week!

Friday, July 25, 2014

[Product Review] Dyson Cool Air Multiplier Bladeless Fan AM08.

The weather, of late, has been very unkind. To be constantly surrounded by the hot and stagnant air is a terrible feeling, especially when we are at home. Even though we have a ceiling fan in our living room and standing fans in every bedroom in our apartment, it does not really improve the air flow quality. 

It was extremely timely for the good people at Dyson to invite me to review their bladeless pedestal fan, model AM08, just when we were thinking of upgrading to a better quality fan for our study room. This is probably the only room where we spend our afternoons together during the weekend and use our computers concurrently. I have seen and ogled at Dyson's bladeless fans at the electronics store for a long while now and it still amazes me how a bladeless fan works to deliver cool wind. A window fan without any blades is certainly the most eye-catching and interesting invention!

Assembly Of Fan

Assembling a fan should always be a simple and straightforward experience. The setting up for AM08 only consisted of  aligning the parts with arrows indicated, then "clicking" them together - the base and the loop amplifier. It didn't take us more than 10 minutes to get the fan ready to supplement our very humid home with a smooth flow of cool breeze.

Need For Speed

The average pedestal fan has limited speed settings - usually low, medium and high. The Dyson AM08 has an impressive 10 precise airflow settings!  I am pleased that we can each find a suitable fan speed to suit our preference at different times of the day.

Image captured from Dyson's website.
Here's A Little Bit Of The Technical Stuff

The Dyson bladeless fan is now 35% quieter, with streamlined airflow system. The Air Multiplier technology allows air to accelerate through an annular aperture, drawing in surrounding air to project smooth, powerful, high-velocity airflow. No blades = No choppy air.

And there it is - the very handsome Dyson pedestal fan that has found a permanent place in our study room!

Image captured from Dyson's website to show it's oscillation and tilt feature.
As you can see from our seating arrangement, you would probably be able to imagine how the previous sharing of a traditional tower fan could not serve our individual needs to keep us cool due to the limited oscillation feature. However, the Dyson's AM08 has proven to be able to channel powerful streamlined air which delivers a decent amount of wind to each of us. Better yet, this technology produces 15% less energy consumption which will definitely be kinder to our monthly electrical bill. We may not see it now but in the long run, I'm looking forward to the significant savings.

I have also heard and read about Dyson fans being rather noisy so I had to hear it for myself. In all fairness, anyone should be able to figure that the higher the speed of any kind of fan, the more power is needed to deliver the wind, hence some 'noise' will be generated. I tested the highest speed at level 10 and listened but it is nothing like any noise a traditional fan would make. In fact, the current generation of Dyson's fans are apparently up to 75% quieter across their fan range, compared to those made before. In any case, it doesn't affect us at all.

What I Like Best

Perhaps one of the most incredible feature of this fan would be it's safety feature - the absolute non-danger of someone sticking their hands into the fan. Cleaning has also been a breeze! (pun intended) Just a quick swipe along the exposed surface with a cloth or a duster would suffice. Where have you been all my life?

Our Family's Verdict : 9/10

It is a great fan and proven to be the best one we've ever known, own and enjoying - although the price tag is much steeper than others which can be the main setback when making a decision to purchase a fan. The simple, sleek and modern design will look great and fit into any part of the home and the bladeless design helps move the air around effectively. It is safe and easy to maintain - which is my personal plus point. Buyers should consider the quality and efficiency of this fan that can be hard to beat.
Till the next post, have a blessed week!

Disclaimer : The Accidental Mom Blogger was given the Dyson Cool pedestal fan, AM08 model, to be tested and reviewed. All opinions stated in this post are 100% my own.


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