Meals for the homeless

Meals for homeless – saute mushroom with bacon, onion, capsicum and green shallot

Posted on Updated on

I used rescued vegetables to cook for our homeless friends last week. There were some lovely button mushrooms, which I made a simple dish with bacon, capsicum, carrot, onion. They devoured it.

Meals for homeless - saute mushroom with onion, capsicum and bacon

Here are the easy cooking steps:

Read the rest of this entry »

Meals for homeless – poached chicken with oyster sauce (FODMAP friendly)

Posted on Updated on

This is a simple and delicious meal with whole chicken(s) and a few other ingredients –  oyster sauce, sesame oil, ginger, shallot and corn flour.  For a FODMAP friendly recipe, use only green part of the shallot.

Meal for homeless - slow poached chicken with oyster sauce and green shallot (FODMAP friendly)

Here are the easy steps:

Meals for the homeless – summer ice tea, and John’s first night as a rough sleeper

Posted on Updated on

I met John at the homeless feed.  He was a regular volunteer at the weekly street buffet. Newly settled in social housing, John cooks delicious desserts for his street friends. A warm and witty man,  John was a lawyer at a major bank before he became a rough sleeper. 

‘I was a lawyer at a major bank before I became homeless,’ John pointed to a corner next to a shop front, ‘that was my sleeping spot“.

‘My first night on the street,’ he smiled, ‘Hunter gave me her bedding. She slept on the concrete floor that night.

‘The guys here accepted me unconditionally.’ He said, ‘Guys here, so many of them are willing to pull their shirts off their backs and offer it to you.’ 

‘Many think homeless people are drug addicts, alcoholics or have mental illnesses. I don’t smoke or drink. A car accident and circumstances put me on the streets among these guys.’ J said humbly. I was a corporate lawyer before that’

‘And I love your ice tea’, he said.

Ah, I made delicious ice tea to bring smiles and cheerfulness. Perfect for the hot summer days – chilled English Breakfast tea, with lychee, pineapple, sliced oranges, lime, honey and mint. 

I wish for a simple world of kindness and acceptance for all souls.

Summer ice tea, with chilled lychee flavored Chinese tea, lychee fruit, pineapple, cranberry, orange, lime, honey and mint
dsc08205#1

Meals for the homeless – Indian spiced chicken

Posted on Updated on

This week, I made some Indian spiced chicken drumstick fillets for our homeless friends.

I marinated the chicken thigh fillets with garlic and ginger paste, yogurt, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, garam masala, mustard oil, sesame oil, salt and black pepper. Then I grilled the chicken pieces until they are cooked.

Pan fried spiced chicken fillets

Meals for the homeless – chicken siumai dumplings

Posted on Updated on

Winter is here, and it rained most days last week. It was very uncomfortable for our rough sleepers. So I made an extra effort to make them some chicken siumai dumplings.

Although time-consuming, chicken siumai dumplings are very easy to make. My simplest version has only a few key ingredients – wonton wrappers, chicken mince, chicken bouillon powder, salt and white pepper, and cooking oil for pan-frying.

Meals for the homeless - chicken siumai dumplings

I first made the meat paste, then wrapped the dumplings. I steamed the dumplings, following by pan-frying the dumplings slightly, so they won’t stick during transit to the homeless feed.

The easy method is illustrated as follows:

Read the rest of this entry »

Meals for the homeless: stir fry pork with soy sauce, lemon juice, tomato sauce, port wine, turmeric and cumin

Posted on Updated on

I bought two pork shoulders, which gave me about 3kg of good quality meat after I trimmed off the fat and skin. I marinated the pork slices with dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, lemon juice, tomato sauce,  brown sugar, port wine, turmeric, cumin and white pepper. I also added a few table spoons of corn flour.  I then left the pork in the fridge overnight, covered.

The next day I pan fried the pork in small batches, using a generous amount of cooking oil.  I used the highest temperature possible, so I could achieve an intense ‘dry fry’ texture and taste.  After I finished cooking the pork, I added some saute capsicum slices and saute green shallot (scallion) for colors.

It tasted delicious.

Stir fry pork with soy sauce, lemon juice, tomato sauce, port wine, turmeric and cumin (gluten free option)