~ 3 in 1 Apple & Fig Soup with Steamed Raisin Brown Rice and Seaweed Pumpkin ~
In this day and age, many claimed that they have no time and energy to cook. Are these really the 2 main reasons that drive people to resolve with eating out or there are other factors too? How about a lack of motivation to cook due to the imperfect cookware gadget at home? What if the evolution of cookware gadget is similar to those of mobile phones? With the launched of the fully automatic AMC Premium Cooking System in 2010, I actually think that there has been a revolution in the cooking methodologies, moving away from the stone age cooking ideology inherited from our ancestors.
When I was single, very much tied up to the corporate world with the word “workaholic” labelled on my forehead, I often resolve my 3 meals a day at any eateries conveniently available out there, just like many others. It is really convenient but the queue, waiting time as well as the limited choices are not necessarily a pleasant experience to endure. I certainly feel more stressful at times having to put up with eating out. Let’s not even get me started with those times when I was sick.
A more consistent cooking journey for me has begun when I got married and more so, when I have a child. When I started to lose hair and looked aged at some point in life, I begin to realized that me and my family’s health and well-being depends on me, whether I like it or not. Hence, I started to experiment more cooking with the fully automatic AMC Premium Cooking System.
The AMC system enables cooking done fully automatically while leaving much flexibility with room for creativity. With that said, there comes the range of questions on what to cook, how to cook, how long to cook, how much to cook etc. The more I cook, the more I feel like cooking with the system as it feels like I am constantly doing some science experiment. The system with an in-built Sensotherm measuring temperature by degree celcius readable on it’s Visiotherm allows cooking to be done with precision.
With the system, I have tried 3 in 1, 60 minutes cooking method where a soup, brown rice and vegetable were perfectly cooked with the AMC Premium Cooking System all at a time. In the midst of a busy lifestyle, I have stolen so much time from cooking whilst food is being cooked on it’s own. I get to attend to anything and everything that I needed or wanted to do, rather than keeping an eye on the cooking process. The 3 in 1 cooking method makes it :-
- QUICK, as soup, rice and vegetable were cooked simultaneously;
- CONVENIENT, as the 3 dishes were cooked at once rather than separately and
- ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLIER, as there was energy saving when 3 dishes were cooked from the same heat source.
Given a choice, I believe no one love eating out on a permanent basis more than home-cooked meals, unless one has never tasted a “home-cooked meal” before. With the right cooking gadget, I believe one would not mind cooking at home which is definitely a healthier and tastier choice for the family.
3 in 1 Apple & Fig Soup with Steamed Raisin Brown Rice & Pumpkin Recipe :
A. Apple & Fig Soup (Serves 3)
- 180 grams Chicken Breasts (clean, scald & slice)
- 2 Fuji Apples (deseed & wedge into 8 slices)
- 5 Dried Figs
- 15 grams White Fungus (soak till soft)
- 12 grams Sweet Apricot Kennel
- 8 grams Bitter Apricot Kennel
- 12 grams Mai Dong or Radix Opiophogonis
- 1.8 liter Water
B. Raisin Brown Rice (Serves 3)
- 1 1/2 cup Brown Rice (soak for 30 minutes)
- 2 1/2 cups Water
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 50 grams Raisins
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, optional (add when fluffing cooked rice)
C. Pumpkin Slices with Dried Seaweed Strips (Serves 3)
- 200 grams Pumpkin (wedged into 2cm thick, 3cm long)
- 30 ml Water
- 2 tablespoons Seaweed Strips (garnishing)
AMC Healthy Cooking Method :
- Prepare brown rice ingredients. Add rice ingredients into an AMC 24cm Softiera Bowl unit. Place the Softiera Bowl unit into the AMC 24cm Steamer unit. Set aside to soak rice for 30 minutes.
- Scald chicken breast with boiled water to remove scum and fat. Rinse chicken breast under running water to remove any impurities and slice into 1 cm thick. Prepare all other soup ingredients. Add all soup ingredients into an AMC 24cm 5.0 liter Pot unit.
- Stack the Steamer unit with rice onto the Pot unit with soup.
- Wedge pumpkin into 2cm thick and 3cm long. Place pumpkin slices with water onto the Serving Dish unit.
- Stack the Serving Dish unit with pumpkin onto the Steamer unit. Cover with lid.
- Switch on Navigenio to “A” to bring soup to boil/simmer. Turn on Audiotherm, place on lid knob, indicating 80°C or “Carrot Window” and set to cook for 30 minutes.
- As Audiotherm beeps after 30 minutes, turn off Navigenio and Audiotherm.
- Garnish pumpkin with seaweed strips, fluff brown rice with a drizzle of olive oil and serve soup whilst hot. Serve with or without additional dishes of choice.
- To cook fully automatically on the AMC Navigenio, ALWAYS set the AMC Audiotherm on “Carrot Window” with the combination of time setting (i.e. “n” no. of minutes) to activate the automatic mode. Navigenio will switch off automatically when time elapsed and turned to keep warm at 60°C for an hour.
- It takes 30 minutes for the Visiotherm indicator to reach 80°C or the “Carrot Window”. The 30 minutes time set on Audiotherm will elapse when the indicator reaches 80°C or the “Carrot Window”. Total cooking time, 60 minutes.