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Magic Recipes



Actually, these pages have nothing to do with magic.

They are dedicated to the hungry magician!

The dishes explained below are simple to prepare with

no difficult manipulation or complicated sleight of hand

and you can prepare them with a minimum amount of practice!

Tofu in Oyster Sauce


Tofu is a very healthy food with a high protein content and no cholesterol. Tofu by itself has not much taste but can be very tasty when cooked in various ways. Tofu can be bought fresh or canned - both taste good anyway.

Here is a simple and tasty tofu dish which can accompany boiled or fried rice.



* Tofu, fresh or canned

* Sliced meat:  pork, chicken, veal

* Thick soya sauce

* Salt

* Cooking oil



Cut the tofu in rectangular pieces and chop up some small onions and garlic. Slice some meat (pork, veal or chicken) into thin strips.

Heat a tablespoon of corn, peanut or olive oil in a frying pan then add in the chopped onions and garlic. Fry briskly until slightly brown then add in the meat. Fry again to cook the meat then add in the tofu. Stir occasionally (taking care not to break the tofu) until the tofu has taken colour then add in some thick oyster sauce. Add a bit of salt. Stir fry for another minute then serve on plate as an accompaniment to your rice dish.

Serve hot with white rice.

Soya Chicken Rice


Here is a simple yet nutricious dish. The recipe serves two (depending on your portions!).



* White rice (depending on the type of rice, a glassful should give two portions).

* Half a chicken

* Dried Chinese mushrooms - available in Chinese supermarkets

* Olive oil

* Dark (sweet) soya sauce

* Soya sauce, salty or salt

* Ham or bacon

* 2 or 3 cups of warm water



Put some dried chinese mushrooms in hot water to soften. Depending on the type of mushrooms, this can take between 10 - 30 minutes).

Cut half a chicken into roughly eight pieces then leave them to marinate in a bit of dark (sweet) soya sauce for a few hours.

When you are ready to cook, fry the pieces of chicken in a bit of olive oil until they are slightly browned. Add the mushrooms and ham/bacon and fry a bit more then add 2 - 3 cups of warm water, some additional dark soya sauce, some light soya sauce or salt and leave to cook until done.

Serve hot with a sprinkle of black pepper and accompanied with chilled white or rose wine.

Grilled Sesame Prawns


Try out this simple recipe. If you like the taste of sesame, you will like this!



* Large prawns (King or Emperor)

* Salt

* Sesame oil



Heat up your grilling pan with some sesame oil then place the prawns on it. Let the prawns grill for a while until they have taken a bit of colour. Now brush them generously with sesame oil. Sprinkle some salt on top. Let them grill until they have taken on a nice red colour and some burnt marks.

Serve with cold white or rose wine.

Stir Fried Vermicelli with King (or Tiger) Prawns



* King or Tiger Prawns, fresh

* Meat (chicken, pork or turkey) cut into strips

* Garlic - chopped up

* Spring onions, chopped up

* Sesame oil

* Soya sauce, both sweet and salty

* Bean sprouts

* Carrots, cut into strips

* Lettuce, torn in pieces


Heat up your frying pan with some sesame oil (or you can substitute with olive oil). Put in the chopped garlic and fry for a little while and before they turn brown, add in the strips of meat, which can be pork, chicken or turkey and carrot strips and stir fry till meat is cooked. Now add the prawns and fry these till they turn red. Add the bean sprouts and lettuce and soya sauce (both sweet and salty) and fry a bit more then add the chopped up spring onions. You can add salt and pepper as usual during the last stages of frying.

Serve with chilled white or rose wine.


Garlic, Olive oil, Chilly and Tiger Prawns Spaghetti




* Spaghetti

* One piece of garlic

* Olive oil

* One red or green chilly chopped into rough pieces

* 5 or 6 large prawns

* Parsley

* White wine



Bring to boil a pot of water and add in about 150 gm - 200 gm spaghetti. Let the spaghetti cook (check with the instructions on the box for cooking time) until it is just done ("al dente"). Normally, this can take between 3 - 8 minutes depending on the brand of spaghetti you buy so check the instructions.

In the meantime cut a piece of garlic into thin slices. Put a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic under small fire until it is slightly coloured. Add in the cut chilly.

Fry for another minute then add in the prawns and some white wine. Let cook another minute until the prawn changes colour - do not overcook the prawns or they will shrink and the meat will be tougher.

Add in the cooked spaghetti with some parsley and mix eveything for a few seconds. Serve hot accompanied with a glass of chilled white wine.


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