Baked / Grilled Squids

I bought a bag of calamari (squid / ‘sotong’) from the pasar malam yesterday. My three piranhas are big  fans of the ‘sotong’.  No wonder they can be quite a ‘blur sotong’ at times 🦑

I told the girls that I’d like to try baking the squids in the oven but we would have to wait for another day as their grandma had already cooked dinner.   But my drama queen could not wait to try  out prepping this new dish.

Once we got home, I cleaned the squids before storing them in the freezer. But this eager beaver chef wannabe quietly removed one squid from the freezer, cut it into rings and off she trotted to her phone to Google for an easy recipe to bake/grill the squid in the oven.

She found a very simple Mediterranean recipe for baked squids and only a few basic ingredients are needed:
1. Salt
2. Olive oil
3. Black pepper
4. Lime juice

Direction:
Just marinate the squids in the above seasoning, place the squids on a rack (rack over an oven-proof tray) and grill/bake at high temperature (200C) for 5 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake the squids or they will turn chewy and rubbery.

Remember, only 5 minutes at high temperature.

And the baked squids were PERFECT : al dente, not chewy at all, juicy and the lime juice gave it a very zesty tang.

Yummy, the girls and I love the baked squids! This recipe is a brilliant back pocket recipe for busy nights.

Sorry, other than this picture, I don’t have a close-up picture of the baked squids. Had I not quickly snapped this picture, there would  not even be a single piece of squid left for me.  Remember, they are merciless piranhas when it comes to food!

Not even a minute out from the oven and the 3 piranhas dashed over to the tray to attack the hot sotong! Thank God no one had burnt tongue 😛

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Shopping For Women’s Boots And Cheap Coats

I have never owned a pair of women’s fashion boots and I would really love to own an over-the-knee boots or a mid-calf boots. But it is crazy to put on a pair of leather boots in our country where the weather is sizzling hot almost every day. When I next go overseas during winter, I think I am going to get myself a pair of boots.  I regretted I didn’t buy a pair of boots when I visited New Zealand three years ago. We were in Auckland in summer (December) but that summer’s temperature was hovering at 15C.   I was a tad unprepared for the chilly weather with rain almost everyday. I had packed along plenty of summer dresses and a pair or two of leggings with thin sweaters. Thankfully the mil loaned me her mink cardigan which kept me warm for two weeks.

For those of you who know me well, long pants (jeans, leggings, jeggings, etc) are not my thing. I find wearing long pants pretty uncomfortable. I am always in  dresses, skirts or short pants.  Even when I go overseas during winter, I am pretty reluctant to pack along some long pants. I remember wearing short pants and a bra singlet under a thin sweater in 15C temperature in Auckland and got stares 🤭

Recently I got some ideas from a fashion website on what models wear during fall / winter.   At Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2017 show, the gorgeous Bella Hadid strutted the runway in a blazer, a shirt and a pair of red over-the-knee sock boots where pants would normally be. It’s an effortless yet surprisingly warm combo that she wears rather regularly.

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You see, you can survive the fall/winter without pants but with over-the-knee boots.  Think about how sexy it’ll look layered under a shirt dress or a skirt with a slit even though you’re showing just a sliver of skin. Think about how it’s going to keep you warm, sans pants.  So this is one of the ways on how skirt / dress lovers can ditch the pants for over-the-knee  boots during fall/winter.

Women’s  boots can be very expensive. Recently I found an online fashion retail store that carries affordable women’s fashion boots and cheap coats. For those of you who love wearing different coats and boots during fall/winter each year, you can check out BerryLook.com for affordable winter clothes, boots, shoes and more.

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