Monday, July 31, 2006
One dish meal is great for Monday after weekend feasting, this Monday is Curry Beef Don, with loads of potatoes for Britney, white radish and carrot for me, and beef for Nicky.... Daddy Dearest? He ate the Japanese Rice, haaaaa! Just so they won't complain, added a ginseng chicken soup and mixed vegetable dish to complement the curry!
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Did not have time to look for recipe to find out how to make this Sticky Rice with Durian dessert, just rely on my taste bud and use what I THOUGHT should be inside to replicate it.
After taste test: very similar to what the restaurant served, only I cut down on the syrup part, less sweet... VERDICT by my kids: YUMMY, yeah....
Another version of this Sticky Rice dessert is mango, I used Taiwan Honey Mango here because Thai mangoes are not in season at the moment.Personally I prefer Thai mangoes because the taste is more intense and sweet. I put some coconut milk on top of the mango and only used a bit of syrup to cut down on the sweetness.
Khao Neaw Mamuang (simplified)
250g glutinous rice, soaked overnight
1 tin coconut milk
100g brown sugar or gula melaka if you have it
3 mango, diced
1. Soak glutinous rice overnight, drain dry before steaming.
2. Steam for 15 minutes, stir, steam for another 10 min (if you find it too dry, sprinkle on some water)
3. In a pan, melt brown sugar with coconut milk; adjust the sweetness of syrup, u might need more or less acc to your pref.
4. Take out glutinous rice, stir in sweetened coconut syrup and adjust taste.
5. Keep warm
6. Before serving, put on chilled mangoes on top of rice, drizzle some coconut milk on top.
***The glutinous rice should be soaking in syrup, but due to calories, I didn't dare put so much sugar in , so it is up to you. The texture of the rice should be CHEWY, not soggy or mushy.
*** For the durian version, it is the same, except you can cream the durian flesh with some cream and sugar so it will be smooth. I did not do that as I like the original durian taste.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
蓝雨介绍我去珠海买muffin纸杯,回来己一个多月还未派上用场,太唔俾面了吧! 一大清早爬起床找食谱.就试一下吧! 食後觉得很柔软,很香,因用芥菜油,一点都不肥腻，可说是成功了！！
Crawled out of bed at 7.30am just to try my hands at making muffins, it really is ridiculous but then again I am famed to be unconventional! Don't know what put my mind to muffins, something I have not done before but heard so much about. Guess it is a nice change from all the cakes and heavier desserts。
Found this recipe from my recipe file, source unknown. After tasting the final products: very fluffy, fragrant (I used banana and fresh strawberries) and not oily at all。。。
Britney had to go to school for College Day; since the muffins were hot from the oven, she took two to bring to school, hope she likes them!!!
I can't remember how many years ago, when Singapore didn't even have the simple Doritos nacho chips in the supermarket. Whoever comes over to visit me from the US, their hand luggage will be a full cabin bag of these chips in different flavor. But we have progressed, plenty of Doritos, but still didn't have my beloved tortilla for Fajitas. Never mind, whenever I go to LA, will pack back a few pounds of those freshly made chilli tortilla from the Mexican Supermarket. But WAIT, do I see those lovely tortilla in Singapore supermarket???
YES, they have them in Cold Storage; my lovely tortilla wrap; what a discovery! To honour the discovery, we had Beef Fajitas for dinner (what an excuse). Of course, to go with it, I made salsa with double portions of jalapeno; yum yum!
Friday, July 28, 2006
A bunch of mumble jumble above just to tell the story of this oreo cheesecake, heeee.... But it is true, my kids are getting from bad to worse in choosing their cakes. Britney has announced that she ONLY likes my cheesecakes and brownies; but she will condescend to eat my other cakes as a favor to her mommy. How kind of her, I am sure!
Britney wanted an Oreo cheesecake as a change to the normal plain one; well, the Princess' wish is my command. Always find it strange to have cookies in cheesecake, but then again, as long as the kids like it, WHOCARES !!!
After taste test: so happened B bought us Starbuck Oreo Cheesecake the day before; get to compare the two Oreo cheesecakes together, one bite Starbucks' one bite mine.
VERDICT: Everyone says mine is better and creamier.... YEAH！！！
Thursday, July 27, 2006
See what Daddy Dearest brought back from Amsterdam... Poor darling, the return flight was so full that he had to take economy seat, didn't get to sleep at all. Oh well, at least he took today off to recuperate from his whirlwind 3 days trip to Holland.
And I got what I always want, BREAD BREAD n BREAD. This time is my favorite pickernickel and multigrain...tried the raisin stick already, very nice and dense; just the way I like it.
香肠是我的儿子的最爱，爸b必定记得买回来比宝贝囝囝，肥死。看中右边个条，可做比沙 pizza supreme 呵，唔知乖仔肯唔肯呢？
Bratwursts or German sausages have always been one of Nicky's favorites; way to his heart...if not for its fat content, I love them too. Great for pizzas or with mashed potatoes, yum yum!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Hot, hot, hot, everywhere is HOT.... Read from Leisure Cat about watermelon and mango smoothies, what a good idea . After work today, immediately made one iced cold honeydew smoothie to soothe away the boredom of the office.... yawn....
Monday, July 24, 2006
My sister Alice says I copied her idea of mini cakes, yeah, it is true. But the important part is to copy and enhance and recreate then become ORIGINAL CREATIONS... yeah...
Actually it is a great way to use up leftover mousse or sponge cake, easily done and just as tasty. For these two, I just used cranberries on one, and the other is just some cream and a cherry.
VOILA, Bon Appetit, les amis!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
I was told that the birthday girl is crazy about brownies, to the point of travelling hours to reach THAT illusive perfect brownie in Novena... Of course my brownie can't be compared to the professionals, but in view of her love for it, I use my brownie as her birthday cake base for this fruity mousse cake to celebrate her big day.
Happy Birthday Rogaya, God bless you !
Saturday, July 22, 2006
What a lovely heart shape, bought the mold from LA Outlet store last November！
This cake is made specially for Britney's Godma Ling Foon。。。to commiserate the fact that LF has a new god daughter Britney (wonder if LF knows what she has gotten herself into), heeee....shhhhhhhhhhhh.......
Too greedy, wanted to put four of my favorite recipes and put into one cake with a new technique too.... Result: BEEP， NEXT。。。。
Bottom is walnut brownie, then baked NY cheesecake, on top are checkered honeydew and strawberry mousses. What went wrong? The brownie and cheesecake were not cooked, just creamy, not solid. That cheesecake recipe was supposed to be from Hilton Hotel, argh. argh. argh.... Should I try again?
For first try, this dish did not turn out too badly. Don't know when this dish started to have a prominent place in local Chinese restaurant menu. Most kids and adults like it because it is sweet and varied a bit from the normal sweet and sour pork. For myself, I rather have the normal 京都骨; but then a change of taste is not a bad idea neither.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I love to eat this steamed Empress Chicken, easy to make and seems good to the body too. Marinaded with lots of ginger powder and normal seasoning; added 杞子, red dates, ginseng, almond seeds, and lotus seeds for the herbal flavoring. Steam the whole thing for an hour and what a nice dish to go with either rice or porridge. Yummy!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Ever since saw Popo's 棋盘on her blog, really ITCHING to try it out.... the other great one is her 太阳花，WHEN will I be able to pipe such nice lovely flowers????
The colours white and yellow are just not contrasting enough...I used pineapple yoghurt flavor for the yellow part and original yakult flavor for the white mousse. Tastes good but the colour combination can be improved upon ! Any suggestion？
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Calamari or some call it squid has such a nice chewy texture, I just love it.This time I fry it with tomato, onion, garlic and leek to give it a tangy flavor instead of the normal garlic and ginger ... any style that it is cooked, I just LOVE it....
I also made Ginseng black chicken soup for Britney, but the black chicken looks so horrifying in the picture that I better don't upload it or else will scare everyone away. For the brave and adventurous ones, it is put under my Chinese Asian food photobucket sub-album. Go and have a peek!
Just outside my kitchen, there is this pot of honey dates growing and growing silently. The branches are just limpily leaning on the fence; continue to crawl. Look at all those white tiny flowers, all starting to turn into green honey dates. They are also called "fake apples", maybe because their texture feel and taste the same. But in terms of size, it is a bit smaller than a kiwi..
Looking at the fruits give me such pleasure that I have no heart to pluck it to eat, just enjoy and thank God for His wonderful creations! Thank You God for Your Love, not only for me, but for anyone who calls upon Your Name!
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tired of normal dinners, so tonight will have something easy and suits all types of taste. Malay Nasi Lemak and Bee Hoon Soto; one soup and one rice, shouldn't have any complaints
This is actually Vermicelli with chicken soup, Malay Style. The trick is all in the soup base with lots of spices and herbs; lemongrass, cummin, nutmeg, shallot, garlic, tumeric and many other stuff to make the rempah. Lots of grounding and blending, but really worth the trouble, it is SEDAP...excellent...
Popo喜欢的马来饭菜，Nasi Lemak...伴菜有 煎蛋，炸鸡，咖喱菜，马来鱼肉片（otah), 日本黄瓜，小鱼花生，和椰子饭。
This is actually a breakfast rice for Malays, but with so much ingredients, good enough for dinners too. Another dish that most people add in is fried fish, but I had too much food already, so put back the fish for another day.
Blue Rain and Popo, can you see the little fish and peanuts? I made another two jars on standby... 来引你们两个,哈哈!
Saturday, July 15, 2006
I used pineapple yoghurt and added pineapple chunks and nata de coco inside the mousse to give it some bit. Turned out real well if I may say so myself! 好好食呀！
This THING was taught by my sister, Alice, when I visited her last Thanksgiving. It is called Smore, what a name...whatever! She explained that because it is SO good that everyone asks for MORE, thus the name "smore". 更多更好
It is actually a walnut brownie with melted marshmallows on top 棉花糖布朗尼. The marshmallows don't look like melted, but they are, melt in your mouth..... Yummy....
Thursday, July 13, 2006
This is one of my childhood favorite dishes from Hong Kong. The restaurant normally serves it with shredded chicken in two types of sauce, tomato and white sauce. But here, I used pork chop with tomato sauce and shredded roasted chicken in white sauce. That should satisfy Nicky the carnivore.
I actually put some mozarella cheese on top and baked it for awhile. so it actually should be Baked Pork chop rice in disguise.
Bon Appetit! 请慢用,唔好客气!
Roast chicken chunks in white sauce
3tbsp canola oil or butter
5-8tbsp plain flour
1 can button mushrooms, sliced
2 onion, strips
1 cup frozen mixed vege
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup roast chicken chunks
1. In nonstick pan with low fire, put in butter, slowly SIFT flour and stir to make roux. Do not use big fire as it burns easily, USE SIFTER to add in flour bit by bit.
2. When the mixture becomes clumpy, stop adding more flour (u might need more or less than 8 tbsp as requested).
3. Slowly pour in chicken stock and stir continuously.
4. The mixture will be lumpy so use beater so it becomes creamy
5. Stop adding chicken stock once you get the desired consistency of the gravy; if want creamier, add some cream.
6. Add in browned onion, mushrooms and mixed vege (brown with little oil beforehand)
7. Adjust seasoning, add black pepper, mixed herbs to get the fragrant.
8. Add in chicken chunks.
9. Serve over fried rice or pasta.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The search for the perfect cheesecake recipe began a few months ago when I found out that my hubby LUVS cheesecakes. Can you believe that I never knew that he loves it to the extent of having it for supper a week in a row if it is available? But then again, it doesn't stop him from being fussy about the quality of what goes into his mouth. So the search and experiments continue till....
Still, it is incredible!
After taste test...
Hubby: softer than last time, not as sweet, not bad
Nicky: you used yoghurt ah? hmmm (after I refuse to leave without further comment), good
Britney: a bit soft, but can
Bryan: not sweet enough, soft too
See, I told you they are VERY discerning critics. I didn't have enough cream cheese at home, so I used more yoghurt to compensate the difference, that's why it is softer. Little they know that they passed THEIR test as food critics with flying colours.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Ever since last week after Bryan told me it is his dad's birthday today, I have been in a dilemma as to which type of cake I should make for him. Thanks to Sherry with her helpful tips, Truffle is IT. That's great, time to try out my beloved 70% dark chocolate from US; thus presenting...
'吐露芙'这个名是创意無限的'我愛你'想出来的, 然后加上我喜欢的东洋味'の戀', 我太中意了!
hAPPY bIRTHDAY mARK, n as you always say,
Monday, July 10, 2006
Loaded with tons of mushrooms, pepperoni, green & red capsicums and cheese on this pizza; till looked more like a mount. They all love it very much, except carnivore Nicky complained the capsicums spoilt his pizza ): .
看到那些芝士吗? I had to put in lots of swiss and mozarella cheese at the edge and rolled it in so I can have the effect of cheese edging. Really reminds me of cheese bun.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Pho Bo is one of my family's common favorite, so that is easy...
When I went to Ho Chi Minh last year, ate many times of this beef noodle there in hope of tasting the authentic Pho in its native land. Personally, I find the local ones very oily and not as tasty (had it in various hotels and restaurants); guess I was just too opinionated... or personal preference prevailed.
Menu: Chilli Crab a la Cindy served with buns, Sambal Cockles de Cindy, Cereal Prawns, Bean Paste ZhuZhu clams, Mixed Vegetables pot, Cindy's famous chicken wings, Stirfried baby bokchoy, C Tom Yum Vermicelli, Mee Goreng, Almond Jelly n Sugar cane drinks to douse the fire in the tummy.
The day before, Liz requested for Mee Goreng and LOTS of chillis too; HMMM.... mee goreng, never done it in my life because it is a Malay fried noodle, I normally just eat it outside. But since Guest of Honour asks for it, guess I will just have to make it just for her. Chilli is the tricky part, children can't take spicy food and we already have Tom Yum Bee Hoon, guess just have to make do with lots of red big chilli that are not hot then. According to feedback, it was very good and definitely a surprise to me as I was just clueless and cooked it according to my memory of how the dish tasted like.
This is for Liz to take home, two mini cakes for her actual birthday next week!!!
What a nice evening, and I hope Liz and the rest of the guests enjoyed themselves as much as I did.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
It will be my girlfriend Liz's birthday next week, and a few of her prayer partners are having a "SELFISH" Birthday party for her!!! ???? "Selfish"? Haaa, Cindy and I named it such because we are going to serve all the different kinds of SHELLFISH for the party. More of that in another post....
Many many months ago, Liz saw this mango cake that I made for my pastor's wife, Katrina's birthday. SO, she special requested that I make a replica for her birthday... OF COURSE, Liz, your wish is my command! A crown of glory for dear Lizzie!
Hope you like it and GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Friday, July 07, 2006
Just thinking of what type of cake to make for the kids (actually by size they are not that small, but they will forever be my KIDS =D ) is starting to give me a headache. They give very detailed and sincere critiques, n that makes my job of choosing dessert more difficult.
Fortunately, Popo always gives me great inspirations and her creativity is just "wow"... this crispy base was taught by her, and in HK they use a special crispy flakes, but since I don't have it here, I use cornflakes to replace. It works the same; and more importantly, Brit, Nick & Bryan all love it...so that's good enough for me.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Called home and find out there is almost NOTHING at home, not even the basic cream...oh dear. Never mind, think think and think, surely there is a way.
Oh dear! The only thing I have at home is - CHOCOLATE.... Get the chocolate sponge cake going first... by the time I get home from prayer meeting at 10pm, it should be cooled and ready to be sliced. Thanks to my buddy Cindy who bought the cream n took it to church for me; otherwise this mousse cake will never come to pass. How can I disappoint my princess !!!
Voila, Chocolate Mousse Cake, everybody ! 唔知好唔好味?
Woke up at 6.30am to unmould and decorate the cake n sent Britney to school at 7am... phew, what an exciting life this mommy has !
Happy Birthday, Melanie, hope you like this speedy cake !!!
God Bless You !
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Menu: Nachos w Salsa; Pepperoni & Cheesy Mushroom Pizza, Spanish Rice Pilaff with honey roasted chicken and Honey Baked Ribs.
西班牙炒反﹐我很喜歡吃的一道食品﹐今次用雞柳配. My comfort food, Spanish Rice, easy to make and very tasty too.
2 cups brown rice 糙米2杯
1 onion, diced 洋蒽1个,切粒
1 can mushroom, sliced 磨菇1獾,切片
1 green and red bell peppers, diced 红青登龙椒各一,切粒
5 tomato, diced 蕃茄5个,切粒
2 cups roast chicken chunks 鸡肉2杯
4 cups chicken stock (maybe less, check doneness of rice)鸡汤4杯
4 tbsp tomato paste 蕃茄膏4汤匙
2 tsp cummin 茴香粉2茶匙
1 tsp garlic powder, black pepper, mixed herb, paprika 蒜粉,黑胡椒,香料粉,辣椒粉各1茶匙
2 bayleaves x叶2片
1.Use 2 tbsp of butter, fry the rice for about 3 minutes, add in onion , mushroom and tomato.
2.Fry for about 2 minutes, add the spices and tomato paste
3.Add in 3.5 cups of chicken stock first, boil then turn down fire to low.
4.Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
5.Check for doneness of rice, if not done or too dry, add in rest of chicken stock, take away the bayleaves after 5 minutes.
6.When almost cooked, put in roast chicken chunks n diced bell peppers, and adjust seasoning to taste.
6. 要全熟前,加鸡肉和 红青登龙椒
** The texture of the rice should be a bit chewy and the taste ought to be a bit spicy n fragrant.***You can substitute chicken with any other meat or even seafood if you wish. ****This is my modified version of Spanish Rice, very easy n fast to make
Nicky & Britney love to eat pizzas, and recently they fell in love with Pepperoni & Cheese pan pizza. Used another recipe last week, but a bit of disappointment because its crust was not as thick as I wanted. Upon Blue Rain's recommendation, I tried Mabel's recipe; what a treasure.... !
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
2006 – 4th of July Party
Country pork pate with crackers
Exotic Thai spring rolls
Udells’ deviled eggs
Grilled yogurt marinated chicken breast
BBQ country style pork ribs
Chardonnay poached salmon
Pineapple/Roasted pepper salsa
Lemon basil pasta salad
Spicy chicken salad
Marinated cauliflower salad
Boston baked beans
Cheese bread stick
Amy’s lemon bar
Chocolate flourless cake
Mango sponge cake
Raspberries & blueberry tarts
Sharon’s pineapple goat cheese cake
Before you have mistaken this as MY party menu, IT IS NOT... I am only here to show you what a great party I am missing at the Perch, my uncle's residence in Pasadena, USA... and I heard there will be fireworks too in the evening ...
Monday, July 03, 2006
正宗泰國小茄子, Thai brinjal... very important ingredient for an authentic green curry. My maid got a sapling from another Indonesian maid friend in the neighborhood. Now, it is the pride n joy of Britney... whenever there are enough for a dish, she gets her green curry, yeah!!!
Looks funny? YES, do turn your head to your right and look at my basil plant.. So much can be said about my photography, but that is besides the point. I use the basil leaves to make Britney's favorite dish, can only say, it is as FRESH as you can get... 好似叫 千層塔
Ta Ta!!! Voila!!! C'est bon, n'est pas? Wait, take a good look at that bowl; my hubby hand-carried a whole dining set in that pattern for me from Chatuchuk, Bangkok... it took two trips to complete a whole set... 真好乖
Saturday, July 01, 2006
What a great party, few close friends and family, just the way I like it !!! Don't u just love our Mickey Mouse T-shirts!!!
Oh yeah, the complete menu: Nachos with salsa, Caesar Salad, Short linked sausages, BBQ ribs, Rosemary roasted chicken, Quiche Lorraine, French fries, Bread basket with garlic spread, Carrot Cake, Peach Cobbler, and Mixed fruit punch....
真開心﹐個個都話排骨好食。。。BBQ ribs and chicken, can't have a party without them.
Do you like the Mickey Mouse container?
Appetizers: Nacho chips and salsa; Sausages, and of course the cannot miss French Fries. Oh yeah, the bread basket too.
一定不可少的甜品,今年我做了Peach Cobbler, 太懶做蘋果派,就這個吧﹗