Thursday, August 31, 2006
Tomorrow is Teacher's Day! It has always been a tradition that celebrations are held on Thursday and school holiday on Friday itself. That translates to two days of no lessons, yippee to all the students. Hey, it is hardwork to be a teacher; to nurture the future pillars of our society, three cheers to all teachers.
Britney had decided last week that she will give homemade cookies to her teachers as a token of appreciation. After a few trial runs, she has decided on these walnut cookies which are low in sugar, healthy and taste great :)!
Salutation to every teacher who has taught Britney and Nicky, your care and concern is much appreciated by every one of us in the Tan family ....
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
In Singapore, it is hot hot hot round the year. Just talking to Yoyo, Bottle n Mui yesterday on summer cakes and suddenly remember what I saw on Kraftsfood website of this ice cream cake. Just the thought and sight of it refreshes me, of course must make one immediately!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Today is Childlam's birthday, she is one of the two "youthful" friends I have met through Leisure cat. Amazing at such tender age, she can make such nice bread and lovely cakes. Even though I can't send her this cake, hope she likes it as it is made in her honour. It is a Kahlua cream with NY Cheesecake and Brownie!
Happy Birthday, Childlam! GOD BLESS YOU!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Have not eaten fish roe for donkey years, who can afford the cholesterol? I remember when I was very young, my grandfather used to own fish trawlers in Macau, so whenever we go back to visit him, he will make sure we have the best and freshest seafood. One of the things he will make us bring back home is salted fish roe, I used to slice it thin and just enjoyed the little eggs bursting in my mouth. How time flies, that would be at least 30+ years ago!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Live Bamboo Clams I have seen a lot in all the seafood restaurants around town, but can you believe I saw them at Sing Siong Supermarket yesterday? LIVE, SWIMMING ones... wow, incredible considering how expensive they are in Seafood Restaurants. Hubby loves anything live, so he insisted that we buy back some to try even though we were having Western food for dinner.
Great decision, everyone loves this dish as I steamed them for 5 minutes with lots of minced garlic. Au naturelle! Yummmm...
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Don't they just look like fireworks??? I mean the decoration on top of the cheesecake, I think they are just LOVELY, don't you? They were sent by Popo and Louisa, all the way from HK, muack muack!
To go with the dessert, tonight I served Ribeye steak with mushroom & onion sauce... I am not going to tell you what I served as soup, you will laugh your heads off!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
自从在澳门食过正宗的木糠布丁后,回来念念不忘,今日就整俾家人吃吧! 当然晚餐也要配西餐,不然唔三唔四,成何体统! 鱼柳配薯条,可以吧!
This morning made this Macanese Pudding cake for tonight's dessert. Ever since I tasted the real thing in Macau, have always wanted to make it for my children who didn't go to Macau with me. When i bought the pudding for my colleagues to try in Macau, they all loved it so much, really yummy!
To complement this Portuguese dessert, made Fish & Chips for dinner! Can't say I didn't put enough thought to it!
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Seldom my hubby will ask for anything specific to eat, and he has mentioned how much he likes to have my banana muffin for his breakfast. Finally, today after work, no matter how tired I was, still roll up my sleeves and made a double batch of banana muffins; some for my hubby and most for Britney to bring to school to share with her friends. That actually is a greater compliment than my hubby's... heeee...
Monday, August 21, 2006
Monday dinner is always a headache! After cooking n baking for the whole weekend, the kids sure want something different for dinner tonight. With that, a simple fried noodle with fish borscht soup will suffice!
This pizza was part of Saturday's dinner, using the same cookbook that Blue Rain sent me. I used double portion as I wanted to make a big one; but I added another 85g of milk to make the dough. The result was better than I thought, a bit doughy but not as hard as I expected it as the recipe didn't call for yeast. Oh well, Britney, Bryan and Nicky enjoyed it, so no complaints there except could have put in more sausages according to Nicky ;)
Saturday, August 19, 2006
How do you like our dinner? Since I have been making chicken pies whole afternoon, might as well make a big one for dinner. For this pie, I used roast chicken and mushrooms as filling and used the lattice pattern for the top. Besides the pie, followed the pizza recipe from Blue Rain's recipe book and made this sausage and mushroom pizza.
蓝雨,你睇下这些鸡批得唔得呀? 师傅Ter,你话pass 唔pass 呀? 似唔似呀?
Blue Rain has been asking me to try making pie, pie, and more pie; and of all things she sent me that great recipe book on tarts and pies as you saw earlier. Of course, not to disappoint her, must go and grab the pie mold from the store and bake bake bake... Followed Ter's recipe and here they are, what do you think?
Friday, August 18, 2006
Britney special requested to have porridge for dinner tonight, but that is definitely not Nicky's cup of tea. In order to make both of them happy, take a soy sauce chicken drumstick and put together with some hor fun for Nick's dinner. Even I won't complain about that, will you?
Thursday, August 17, 2006
唔怪得蓝雨这两天问我有无tart模啦! 鬼马又细心的蓝雨寄了这本饼干塔派食谱给我! Yeah yeah yeah! 感激,多谢,吖呀,你知我想讲什么哪!
Look at what Blue Rain sent me all the way from Macau???? YES, a recipe book on pies and tarts, as well as pizza.... how sweet of her... I really really really appreciate it and LOVE IT. I am going to try it this weekend. Now is to go and get the pie mold, the detachable pie mold as she instructed.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Blue Rain !!!
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Cousin Ricky came to Singapore for a two days seminar, and this is his first trip here; so must bring him out to eat something that HK doesn't have. That really is quite a problem as HK has all types of cuisine and they taste better too. Fortunately, Ricky likes curry and Indian Curry Fish Head is one of the must try items in Singapore. Little India here we come!
For 5 of us, I ordered curry fish head, chicken masala, mutton briyani, murtabak, masala thosai,onion prata, mee goreng and wash it all down with masala tea/ginger tea. Needless to say, we couldn't finish all the food but the variety was great.
Look at what Ricky brought for us from HK, isn't Mickey the cutest mouse you ever see on earth?
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The whole family was invited out for dinner, but suddenly Britney realized she just had too much homework and couldn't go. How about her dinner? Just throw whatever there is in the fridge and whip up a bowl of her favorite Korean ramen with seafood and vegetables. Should be quite a balanced meal, at least she enjoyed it!
Monday, August 14, 2006
请睇下那些可愛的心心,是Popo从香港寄来给我的...用这个浓浓的朱古力蛋糕来配搭,隆重个绍我愛你的心心.... 心心の蜜语 !
Besides Nicky & Bryan, another chocolate fan is Popo; this truffle cake is specially made for Popo's HEARTS, yes, the hearts on top of the cake. Can't see them very well because of the cocoa powder, but whenever I think of her I think of truffles; so it just can't be helped. Popo sent them to me from Hong Kong; and besides that, lots of other lovely colour sugar too; but that is another story!
Thanks Popo, don't they look lovely?
Little Hannah shares my same birthdate, something that I always treasure; another special asset of hers is her very sweet nature. Last week when she saw me, she said,"Aunty Sophie, I love your Yakult Cake." Hmmm, that was one of the first cakes I have ever made since I started my cake journey and I haven't done it for months. But she insisted that she likes my yakult cake and yakult cake only. Well, in that case, must make one JUST FOR HER. Decorated with her favorite little silver balls in her favorite pink colour, she showed her approval by finishing her big serving in record time.
Muack Muack, Hannah!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
What do you think of this cake decoration? It has always been my dream to make BEAUTIFUL decorations on my no fuss cakes, but with the hot weather here and other obstacles, always a problem. From Cheerfulkiki, saw the method of making weaved basket, something I have always wondered how to do. With the attitude of "never try, never know", try my hands at it in the aircon room.
When Britney saw what I was doing, she just took over and completed the cake decoration. Amazing, I just did about few rows of the basket and 80% was done by her, and she did the top too. Wow, blow me down, not bad if I may say so myself.
What a relief it is to hear Bryan has passed his Chinese O level...something SO many of us worldwide has been praying for and thank God for answering our prayers.
太开心,煮一餐海鲜宴慰劳各老师 (老公和Britney)及考试的Bryan;再加一个假Oreo Cookie蛋糕添! 我太喜欢布朗尼和芝士蛋糕,这个就是两全其味的方法!
In honour of such happy occasion, had a seafood dinner! First of all, I cooked: clockwise from front, Tendy's save green Sharkfin Soup, Chilli Crab, Crab Vermicelli, Spinach with mushrooms, and braised Tofu.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Disappointed?It is only green curry inside the pumpkin...cehhh...and you thought it was something grand??? Heee, actually I needed the pumpkin pulp to make the prawn dish and remembered someone used the pumpkin shell to hold beef stew which looked beautiful. So I tried my hand at carving the pumpkin, and make it a rehearsal for this year's Halloween Jack O lantern! Not too bad, right?
Thai Green Curry with Chicken
chicken fillet 500 g, diced
green curry paste 3 big tbsp
onion 2, minced small
Thai brinjal 200 g
coconut milk 125g
rock sugar 3 big cubes, to taste
lemon grass 3 stalks, bruised
basil 5 stalks
1. Season chicken with soya sauce, sugar, sesame seed oil and pepper.
2. Fry the green curry paste with oil till fragrance, add in onion and fry for awhile. Add in rock sugar, lemon grass and fry till smells nice; if too dry can add a bit of water.
3. Add in chicken and cook till almost done, then add in brinjal.
4. Add in basil leaves and coconut milk and adjust seasoning to your taste.
1. The spiciness of this curry depends on the brand of green curry, so adjust the amount yourself.
2. Paste tends to be very salty so quite a bit of rock sugar might be needed, taste test.
3. You can replace coconut milk with milk or evaporated milk, of course it won't be as nice.
难得与国家分享同一曰乞曰,就决定做个国旗做形的Cranberry Mousse Cake, 因想要红色做旗身,可惜白色星星和月亮不显眼,唔紧要,见到所有小孩说喜欢吃就开心满足了!
Yesterday was my friend Cindy's mom's birthday, how nice, she shares the same birthday as Singapore. Not many people can say everyone in Singapore gets a holiday with firework on her birthday bor!!!
Great opportunity to use the square mold that Louisa sent to me all the way from Hong Kong, and appropriately TRIED to make a Singapore flag cake, but the decoration was totally disappointing because the cranberries that I used didn't give the red tint that I wanted. Oh well, fortunately the taste compensated the look, so at least that is a little consolation!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Happy Birthday, SINGAPORE!! Singapore has been my home for the past 21 years, the longest period of time I have stayed in any of the four countries I have spent my entire life in. Thank God for her stability, her freedom of religion and her security!
In her honor, I have created this dish to commemorate the occasion, guess what exactly is it? The clue is in the picture itself!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Last week, Popo made me promised her NOT to make any more cheesecake till the TIME has arrived, what time? Time that her love parcel arrives from Hong Kong. That was so nice of her to send me all those goodies which you saw in the earlier post.
I asked my maid to look out for the postman and call me in office once it arrives; why? So I can rush home to make my first brown NY cheesecake. The call came at 3pm yesterday, and at 5 on the dot, rushed out of the office and went home to tear apart the love box and look at that magical ingredient. Oh, it is molasse cane sugar, how clever of Popo!
Haven't eaten it yet as it is chilling in the refrigerator, but it sure looks like the ones that all the Hong Kong Leisure Cat friends have been churning out with sourcream and all that. What do you think, everybody?
Monday, August 07, 2006
谢谢你，宝宝和咕嚕, 我好中意所有的鵝毛， 哈哈！
Look at all the lovely things Popo and Louisa sent me from Hong Kong! Every item has a story behind it , I think I better start with chapter 1 TOMORROW !!!
Thanks Popo and Louisa, I love the gifts very much, muack muack!
Due to a dinner appointment at Cindy's, has to fix up a quick dinner for the kids. They always want to try something new, so thought of making an easy seafood pie for them. I did not even get to see the final product till I got home from dinner, so this is a piece of leftover.
Must thank my courageous friends who dared to try my first durian cake; even I don't know what to expect. The moment of truth comes and fortunately they all liked it. Did not bring a camera so can't see the inside, but it is two layers of durian puree with sponge cake in between and topped with cream. Quite easy to make!
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Every year, Serene and I will remember each other's birthday and hers is tomorrow. Knowing her love for durians, made this durian cake for her, praying hard that it turns out ok. First time that I try to make durian cream cake, spent almost an hour to get the flesh out from 12 durians to make the durian mousse. It smells very fragrant, hope it tastes as good as it smells.
16 years has gone by so fast, and that is the number of years I have known Serene since the first day of work at Phillips. What a great gal, our eyes met at the downstairs lift lobby and didn't even know that we would become colleagues and then good friends; now we are neighbors. Incredible!
Happy Birthday Serene, may all your wishes come true and GOD BLESS YOU !
Saturday, August 05, 2006
When I was in the University, soya sauce chicken is one of the most frequent dishes I cooked. Why? Because with that one pot of sauce, can use for many MONTHS if kept well. For a busy student, that is one of the best asset besides it being tasty.
Didn't feel like having rice with the soya sauce chicken, just do a simple yaki ramen with vege so can skip making a vegetable dish too. Shortcut shortcut, heee....
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
As you can probably tell by now, I have MANY favorite food. As one of my friends commented, just tell me WHAT you don't like, it will be much easier... Heee... that is true, I am just NOT fussy, that's ALL！！！！
Hainanese Chicken Rice, something that you won't be able to find in Hainan Island, China, itself. Everyone who comes to Singapore will definitely eat this dish, and must say that it is very good and fragrant. Don't under-estimate that dish of chilli sauce, the x factor can well be in that little dish.
Of course the most important part of this ensemble should be the chicken itself. Most of the restaurant will use 2kg big chicken as they will be more tender, but I prefer to use Kampong chicken because of its leanness and its bite; not to say about its nutritional value and better taste. I always feel that when it comes to healthy eating, some sacrifices must be made.
How to complete the dish without its fragrant rice? The trick is actually in the loads of garlic, ginger, lemon grass and pandan leaves that is used when you cook the rice with chicken stock. I skip frying the rice with chicken fat as it goes against my principal of healthy lifestyle. It tastes just as good and in fact less oily is more palatable to me.
4. 让水煮滚, 转细火煮十分钟
7. 斩件, 淋上小小麻油及蒸鱼豉油(随意)
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Surprisingly, the harvest is quite bountiful; the plant flowers all year round and fruits also quite a lot. When it gets to be certain size, my maid will use plastic bags to wrap them till ready to pick so to avoid birds eating them.
See how nice the flesh is, and very very sweet too!