Monday, June 4, 2012

Impatience can cost you

Don’t you hate it when someone rings the door bell continuously and when you rush out, the person  is already getting ready to “cabut” (leave)? ARRG!! I shouted for him to come back and told him that he had to allow time for old people to respond lah. Instead of giving me a smile or acknowledging what I told him, he stared at me as if I was an alien, or perhaps he thought this old aunty was talking too much and was wasting more of his time? His stare told me to hurry up and sign the receipt. I felt like being naughty. LOL!Know what I did? As I was taking my own sweet time signing the receipt, I gave him some advice. I told him that old people's hand shakes a lot so cannot be fast and I also have to take time to think what my identity card number is. So he has got to be patient. I could see his face by then, it was soooo looong that it could have almost touched the ground. He had no choice but to keep silent and wait patiently. I guess he wished he had not hurried me in the first place. Hopefully, this guy learned not be so impatient and realised he did not save anytime by being so. On the contrary, he had wasted more time setting off this long winded, slow moving Aunty Lucy. LOL! 

Let me make a confession. I used to be a very impatient person myself but as I grow older and wiser, I have improved because I learned that impatience can cost me.

In the past, I often tried to engage in more activities in the allotted time than I could handle. By the same token, I did not allocate enough time for the things that needed to be done. I did not like to wait for things to materialize so I failed to spend adequate preparations to have a satisfactory result. I got upset easily if things did not happen soon enough. When I got impatient, usually, I appeared curt, abrupt, hasty, and presumptuous when I spoke. Due to my impatience, it appeared to others that I was impolite and not a nice person to be around. Not a good way to win friends.
So, to be patient is definitely a better choice in life. Due to my being patient that day wondering how to use up the "hitam masak" paste given to me by my good friend, Arthur of Still Crazy All These Years when I went to Sibu few months ago, I took time  to carefully look through what ingredients I had on hand and came up with a delicious fusion dish for lunch. This resulting dish satisfied both Asian and Western paletes so Quay Lo and I were happy. With a little more patience, I managed to take some nice photos of the dish to share with you. Being patient does draw positive energy and emit the same, agree?

Saffron Risotto with chirizo and hitam masak prawns
This dish is featured on Asian Food Channel (Official) Facebook page on 10th Octobeer 2012


Ingredients:
1 box instant saffron risotto
4 chorizo
1 medium onion, sliced
6 medium prawns, deveined and remove shells
1 heaping tablespoon hitam masak paste, 
1/2 tbs for marinate prawns
Stir fry vegetables of your choice

Method:
Marinate the prawns with 1/2 table spoon ofr hitam masak paste for 1/2 hour in the refrigerator. To make the Risotto, follow the instruction on the box.  Pot some holes in the chirizos and fry till cooked. Heat the wok with 1 table spoonful of oil. Add onion and fry till translucent. Add hitam masak paste and stir well with the onions till fragrance.  Add prawns and stir fry till cooked. Add cooked risotto, fried chirizo, hitam masak prawns and stir fried vegetable to the serving plate and serve immediately.

73 comments:

  1. You are absolutely right, Quay Po. Impatience gives us stress, make us angry and unhappy and this negative energy rubs on to other people, creating more negative energy. You were very cheeky to lecture that guy, he deserved it! Your saffron risotto with the sausages and prawns look absolutely scrumptious (I'm eyeing the sausages). Its only 11:15 am and thanks to you I am suddenly so hungry.

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    1. My dear, go get the chorizo from B.I.G. They are the best! For the prawns, you got to go to Sibu to get it. I don,t see sold in any supermarket in KL. Bummer!

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  2. The masak hitam not hitam at all wor, 2nd time read about this cooking style but never try before :P

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  3. You definitely have patience in the kitchen! I do not. That's why my meals are nothing like yours!! :)

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    1. I was not before I started my blog. I am now cos I enjoy cooking, baking and seeing friends and family enjoy my food and bakes.

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  4. We definitely mellow with age :-).

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  5. I hate people who keep telling me "I wan fast! I wan fast!" and it is all the elderly keep telling me that lol

    well Cant help much because printing industry field is like that zzz

    anyways, can use any prawn right? hehe feel like cook it with big fat prawn :X

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    1. Working with people breathing down your neck is no fun at all. Sure, go ahead the biggest and fattest prawns. Lol,

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  6. He stared at you cos he could not believe his eyes - you said you're old but you look like in your 20s or 30s. LOL!!! Now you owe me one, eh? Wink! Wink!

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    1. Arthur, ok ok, write that in your book. WINK!

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  7. Food looks so good... Next time I must go to your house for your own-cooked dinner. You don;t invite also, no problem. I will invite myself.

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    1. Hello my dear friend, don't you dare say that. I invited you to have dinner at my home the last time you were in KL but you don't want to come? Have you forgotten that already? Send in your application to be the first male member in the Lucy Club. Muhahaha

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    2. this is so funny...Arthur getting old di :p

      Btw Veron, your are clever to use the paste to marinate the shrimps it must taste good :)

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  8. Like you, I am an impatient person, I still am.. at least you are not.. I like to do things fast fast..that is why I make mistakes often... oh, talking about weak points, mine is endless...hahaha...Ok, I think I better take a break by imagining your fusion dish here instead...

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    1. It is so true that we make more mistakes when we rush things, defeat the purpose right?

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  9. Woww, i love everything on that plate - so yummyyyy! I want!

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    1. How about an exchange? I cook you this for one more of your yummy ba chang?

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  10. haha.. well, the guy did deserve a lesson!! Good things come to those who wait right?

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  11. I love how I can relate my self to your stories... being impatient is one of my Achilles' heel too! I m still trying to be more patient in life... =D

    btw.. that delectale plate of yummies is certainly not helping me be more patient as I cannot wait to get my hands on one! ;D

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    1. Hehe, looks like there are many of us here said they are impatient here. Like you, I am still impatient when come to seeing delicious food. I want to eat it straight away. Lol!

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  12. Thanks for sharing. I also realize I have toned down a lot over the years, I used to be labelled as "quick tempered" in my early 20s.

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    1. You are welcome. Like my mum used to say, we lose fire as we aged.

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  13. Friend, you are getting better and better in your cooking nowadays, thatswhy you know how to invent new recipe, this sound like a delicious and tempting dish.

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    1. Sonia, I am working hard to attain the standard of your culinary skill. Looks like it may take a hundred years. Hehe

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  14. Lol! That's exactly what I would have done. But honestly, I believe it's an age thing. I used to be such an impatient brat (my hubby says the "brat" part, I still am, huh) but now am so much more tolerant of things happening around me... Not worth the stress, unless it's a life and death situation.
    A wonderful fusion dish, Lucy. And I've always thought those things were called chorizos!

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    1. Lucy dear, good advice and thank you for calling those things correctly. I have made the correction:D Oh, your hubby must be right about the "brat" part, yet to see that with my own eyes. Lol!

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  15. I love you shooting skill~ will make me feel that i can smell the dishes here~ :)

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  16. Haha your story of impatience definitely sound familiar. Those postman in particular always ring the doorbell and cabut before we manage to run downstairs. Usually we just run to the front room and shout "TUNGGU" before they run away.

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    1. Unfortunately, I can't see him from our front window.

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  17. Good thing our postman is always very nice lah ! ;D ..... Tempting , colorful and absolutely scrumptious dish ... what more could you ask for ?!

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    1. You are lucky. We do get lucky once in a blue moon too.

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  18. Sometimes these people are really too much! Ring the bell once and then just leave straight away. Makes you wonder what the point is to come all the way anyway?

    I love the look of the dish and it's certainly very fusion but I can imagine they would work well together too. :)

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    1. Kelly, they only want to throw the letters into the letter box. It is obvious they hate delivering letters or packages that need acknowledgement.

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  19. Ho ho sik ah! lol...no wonder I'm so stress cos I'm the one of it..sigh

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    1. Wish I can share the food with you:D

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  21. Sometimes, I wish some people will have some patients not only postman.

    I never try risotto before, taste like rice?

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  22. Hi Quaypo,
    Your this dish look so delicious and flavourful especially the chorizo. And also I loves brussels sprouts. That's brussels sprouts, right? It is not easy to get brussels sprouts here and also quite costly at times. Saliva drooling now.

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    1. Oh I LOVE chorizos especially those from B.I.G. Yes those are Brussels sprouts. It is extremely expensive.

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    1. It is a delicious meat:D Will do this again soon.

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  24. My grandmother and mother would quote to me "Patience is a virtue" when I would be impatient. How true!
    Beautiful bangers! What a great dish to suit all.

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    1. Mothers and grandmothers always know best.

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  25. Hi Quay Po, I loved serving all the food in 1 plate [sort of 1 Dish Meal]. Get to see all and the quantity that goes into our tummy. Less cleaning and washing to do too. Yours gave me the idea that I can add seafood with meat next time. Last Sunday, I cooked the same vege with pan fried Hoisin sauce meat fillet served with rice. Was too hungry to take the photos, so won't be posting the recipe.

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    1. That's the beauty of a one fish meal. Better still served on a paper plate. NO dished to wash. Lol!

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  26. Quay Po, I'm here to ask for a free & delicious dish from you!1st time of seeing risotto cooked with prawns & chorizo in such a way. Normally, "hampalang" ingredients are used to cook a risotto & it tastes like the not so cooked rice porridge!Very creative!

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    1. Jessie, if you stay near me, you don't have ask, I would haves invited you over for many meals with us.

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  27. Yes truly agreed. Cooking and baking does requires alot of patience. Many a times, we need to have many trials and errors before we get the perfect recipe. And this alone needs much patience. :)

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    1. Joyce, so when one get to love cooking and baking, one will probably learn to be more patient? That makes sense.

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  28. I totally agree. Patience is important. Especially in cooking. And especially when we encounter some difficulties, some dishes do not turn out as we wanted them to be (I'm talking about today's experience I have had ;-) ) but we have to keep on trying.
    Your dish looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks Sissi. I am so happy to see you again. I am sorry that your dish did not turned out the way you expected. It happens. It will if we don't give up trying.

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  29. Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

    By the way, What a great food story you have here :-) ... You have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. You can check out the details at my site ... http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/ ... Have a great foodie day!

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    1. CJ, many thanks for the nomination. I don't think t can get my post posted within June. I have send you an email to explain.

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  30. You are giving an lesson for him and us! I definitely need to remember to slow down sometimes. Well I need to tell my husband so! He tends to do everything so fast and he's capable of doing it. But when he explain things, he does it so fast that I can't comprehend.... so frustrating! Anyway..what a fabulous meal! I love your saffron risotto and the shrimp here.

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    1. People who are quick and efficient like your hubby need to be reminded to slow down now and then. They think so quickly and expect others to think the same. It just does not work like that:D

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  31. well, those courier guys or delivery men must make sure they clear their deliveries and meet all the pick up requests on the same day, otherwise they will be questioned, that's why they are always in the rush and impatient especially the younger chaps. However, many have forgotten that they are also the so called front liners to the customers, an image maker of the company and also themselves. I must admit too that i was a very impatient person when i was much younger..getting much better now but hv to tell you that i still get impatient when have to wait very long with a hungry stomach! Your hitam masak prawns look delicious...hmmm..at the same time i think you must be missing our local food here very much! so did you bring your 'daddy' mee along?

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    1. Oh no one can be patient when they are hungry. Like the saying goes, a hungry man is an angry man. Stay far far away! Hehe you bet I MISS my food BIG time! I forgot to bring my Daddy curry mee. Luckily I found some really nice spicy instant me here. Eating them to stop my craving. Kesian me or not? Sob sob

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  32. That's not only patience, that is genius! You are just a natural. Can come up with a dish like that.

    You know my mum experienced the same thing like you. She said the courier guy rang and rang while she was bathing and she thought what happened. She couldn't even dry herself properly and have to quickly put on her clothes. Even though they have to clear their deliveries, they should practise patience a bit lar. hehe.

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    1. Thanks my dear. What happened to your mum happened to me before. That's why I thought I need to teach that young chap a lesson.

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  33. I must learn to be like you and be more patient but really, having a conversation with the boys can test anyone's patience! love the look of those prawns and the chorizos of course! Wonderful photos!

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    1. Jeannie I know what you mean, been there, done that. I have a boy too, now a fine young man. Now it is the other way round, e got be more patient when he talks to me. My turn to test his patience. Hehe, you will have your turn. Thanks for compliment on the dish and photos.

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  34. that looks incredibly good! I'm such a fan of thesde type of recipes, I love the combination

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    1. Nice meeting Beti. Thanks for your comment. Hope to see around often.

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  35. I've to agree with you. Should give him some good advises.lol. Good advises are priceless that not many people willing to give you either. Right?
    Kudos to your yummilicious meal. The sausages look so inviting. haha....
    Kristy

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  36. Yes, I do agree. It seems that the ways things go now a days, youth seems to want everything right now. I have always taken my time to make sure I do things right, so I don't have to do things twice. Years ago when I worked in an electronics plant I worked in a clean lab tearing down airplane parts and replacing what ever parts are bad then building them back up and doing all the finishing work before we had them inspected. Some of the work was for commercial airlines and some were government, who had their own inspectors. Well when I got my review from the foreman she said my work was a little slow...so I asked her how much rework I got back from the inspectors...she had to agree that it was quicker and better to do it right the first time. I think back to that often when I need to rush!

    Now on to the food, it looks amazing and would like some right now! Can I get it in a hurry? :D

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