Saturday, October 31, 2009

banana bread

I was frantically looking for the banana bread recipe (100% fool proof) given to me by Norbi... no luck... the mind just went blankety-blank.... luckily I found an altenative from Ms Janelle, and decided to try her version of banana bread... not bad at all.... but I must keep on trying to look for Norbi's recipe...



  • 4 ripe bananas - mashed
  • 4 tablespoon of golden syrup (or honey)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 cup of self raising flour
  • a pinch of salt
Mashed banana in a mixing bowl then add syrup, sugar and stir in. Add egg, sifted flour and salt. Lightly mix until combine.
Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake @ 180C for 40 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
Serve warm or toast it and enjoy it with butter......

Friday, October 30, 2009

Smoked Fish Pie

This is a fabulous meal.... especially when the aniseeds and leeks are in season.... one could buy both in market for less than $3 each. And the leek photographed below is only half the size....



  • 600g white fish fillet
  • 300g smoked fish... I am using Smoked salmon
  • 1 leek (or half in my case) ~ thinly sliced
  • 1 aniseed or 2 baby aniseeds ~ thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup fish stock
  • 1/2 cup cooking cream
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon horseradish cream... alternative dijon mustard
  • pepper
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a baking paper on a baking tray. Spray some oil. Cut up the puff pastry at least 5cm bigger than the ramekins used. Place it on the baking tray and brush with the egg wash and sprinkle some pepper and salt. Baked until the pastry puffed up. Cool on a rack.
Heat up a large pot with 2 tablespoon of olive oil, Add leek and aniseed and stir until the vegetables softened. Add plain flour and coat it well. Remove from heat, and pour in cream, fish stock and horseradish cream. return to the stove. Simmer for at least 5 minutes. Then add in lemon juice and fish fillet and smoked fish. Stir until the fish is half cook. Spoon into 4 ramekins, cover with foil and place in the oven at 160C for 20 minutes.


Serve with the puffed up pastry on top of the ramekins as shown above....
Bon Apetit!!!
Note: To have a beautiful nice crispy puff pastry....always heat up the baking tray in the oven before placing the pastry on top....
~sfi

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jacket Potatoes

Love the spuds.......


  • Large potatoes
  • sour cream
  • rashers - cut into strips
  • chives - finely chopped
  • tasty cheese
Choose quite a sizeable potatoes, make a X marking on the potatoes with knife. Coat with a little bit of olive oil, wrap with aluminium foil. And bake at 200C for at least 40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Unwrap the aluminium foil, and push in the potatoes where the X marking was... Option: either fill up with cheese and back under the grill to melt the cheese or just serve with sour cream and chives with rashers....

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rempah Kari Ikan or Fish Curry Mix

Those were the days when my mother and her mother would used the freshly grounded spices to make fish curry...it tasted so good.... this is my version, after a quick lesson from my sister....


To make fresh rempah (spice) for the fish curry... ground all the ingredients....
  • 6 tablespoon of coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablspoon of fennel
  • agak-agak... tumeric powder and chilli powder
Then blend together with red onion and garlic... and tumis or saute until fragrant....
The rest of the steps ...follow fish curry published on 1st July 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lemon Cheesecake

Did I mention that Miss E loves to make dessert that is rich in taste as well as rich in calories? Yes.. she loves to 'torture' her parents who tried their hardest to have a slimmer waisteline...hahaha! hmmmmm


  • 250g digestive biscuit - crushed in the food processor
  • 125g butter - melted
  • 250g packet cream cheese
  • 395g can sweet condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon gelatine or agar-agar powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
Line base of 20cm springform tin with foil or baking paper
Add butter to the processed biscuits until combined. Press biscuit mixture evenly over the base and the side of the pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until firm.
Beat cream cheese in a small bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in condensed milk, rind and juice; beat until smooth.
Sprinkle gelatine over the water in a small heat proof jug. Stand jug in a small saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the gelatine dissolves. Cool for 5 minutes.
Stir the mixture into the cream cheese mix. Pour mixture onto crumb crust. Cover the cheesecake and refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
~Fast dessert

Friday, October 23, 2009

Za'atar

This is a fantastic dish to serve as entree.. the combinations of the spices is just magnifico!! You have to try this and tantalised your palate... Awesome!!!
How to eat: First dip the bread into the olive oil then into the spice.... yummmm...



  • 1 packet of sumac (Spencer's)
  • 1 teaspoon of roasted cumin
  • 1/4 cup sesame (roast half of the amount)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Mix all up in a bowl and serve with baguette or artisan bread and olive oil....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beef Kheema

A nice dish to go with savoury rice. Serve with papadum and tomato chutney....


  • 700g mince beef
  • 2 tablespoon cumin seed- grounded
  • 2 tablespoon coriander seed - grounded
  • 3 potatoes - cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1 onion - chopped
Heat up the wok with 2 tablespoon of canola oil and saute the onion until soft. Add the grounded spice. Keep stirring until fragrant. Add mince beef, and lastly add precooked potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wild rice fish jambalaya

Lovely crunchy taste of the wild rice... and very easy to cook. The only problem is... to get the wild rice! Some supermarket may stock up ... but then ... wild rice is imported from Canada ... it can be quite costly ...


  • 450g white fish - skinned and deboned and cut 3cm
  • 1 brown onion - chopped
  • 2 garlic- crushed
  • 1 red capsicum - chopped into 2cm
  • 1 green capsicum - chopped into 2 cm
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup wild rice mix
  • 150g rashers - chopped
  • 1 3/4 cup of stock.
  • coriander leaves to garnish.
Heat up the wok and spray some oil. Saute onion, rashers and garlic until soft. Add taco seasoning and capsicums. Stir for awhile. Then add the stock and diced tomatoes. Season to taste. Mix everything into the rice cooker. Add fish the last 10 minutes before the complete cooking time.
~sfi
tip 1: for stock... boil the fish bones and skins, Season with salt and pepper or use the commercial chicken stock.
tip 2: If ready mixed wild rice mix is unavailable... then mix 1 cup of long grain rice with 1/2 cup of wild rice.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Chocolate Mousse

Another of Miss E fabulicious dessert.. which can be so unkind to our (adult) waistline!!! She just love to make anything with cream, chocolate and all her desserts are rich in flavour and taste!!


  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 50 g butter
  • 300ml cream
  • 2 eggs - separate the white and yolk
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
Melt the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan (preferably by using double boil method). Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl....add in egg yolk one at a time. Stir in well each time. Then pour in cream. Mix well.
In another mixing bowl.... using electric beater, beat the egg white until fluffy... add 1 tablespoon of sugar at a time, beat until it form a 'peak' or if you turn the bowl upside down the egg white will not drop....
Mix in gently into the chocolate mix. Pour into a 125ml glass....Chill for 2 hours in the fridge... Serve.
~AWW fast dessert
Tip: Use metal spoon to stir the chocolate mix as the wooden spatula retain moisture!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

tomato salsa

The last dish to compliment my Mexican meal week....



  • 1 ripe tomato - chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt
Mix all the ingredients and season with salt.
Tip: add corn kernels and a little bit of sweet chilli sauce
the complete Mexican Meal....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Guacamole

Avocado can be found all year round in the Wanneroo Market. There are many species.. the most common is Hass. Avocado has a lot of 'good' ness for health (I will not go into details...I am not an expert ...)


  • 2 ripe avocado
  • 2 garlic - crushed
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt
Mashed the avocados, add lemon juice and crushed garlic. Season with salt.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chunky Chilli Con Carne

This is a lovely Mexican Meal... 'Old el De Paso' Chilli Con Carne sachet is not needed here...
Next... I'll be posting guacamole (Wednesday) and tomato salsa(Friday)...


  • 800g gravy beef - cut into 2cm
  • 2 tablespoon of cumin - grounded
  • 2 teaspoon of coriander seeds - grounded
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1 brown onion - chopped
  • 2 garlic - crushed
  • 1 bottle of pasta sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can of red beans
  • 1 can of 4 mix beans
Cooked the beef in a frying pan till slightly brown (to seal the juice). Put aside in a plate. Saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add the grounded spice and cook for further 5 minutes or until fragrant. Return beef to the frying pan. Add te pasta sauce and water. Bring to boil. Then transfer to slow cooker and cook for at least 2 hours on high or until beef is tender. Add the beans in the last 30 minutes. Serve with corn chips, guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa.
~sfi

Saturday, October 10, 2009

strawberry gallette

Strawberries are in season... and we'll be able to get nice big juicy strawberries for less than $2 per 250g punnet. Next project ~ would be homemade strawberry jam....yum.... but then I have to make a trip to the nearby strawberry field to look for 'seconds' strawberry tray, lucky if I could get 2 trays for the price of 1!!


  • sweet pastry
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond meal
  • fresh strawberries or other canned fruits like peaches etc
  • caster sugar
Mix strawberries with caster sugar in a bowl. Roll out the pastry... into a thin layer.....not to worry of the odd shape. Spread the almond meal on top, leaving about 4cm border. Place the strawberries on top of the almond meal. Wrap up the pastry.... bake at 180C for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream....

Friday, October 9, 2009

Baked Chicken with Kalamatta Olives

Easy and tasty dish... before we welcome the hot summer months ....I would be mad to even start the oven !! Imagine... the outside temperature can be in the high 30s or sometimes in the 40s!!! and here we are cooking using the oven... no way! Not only the food will be cooked...we'll be cooked as well!!!


  • 4 chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives
  • 1 brown onion - chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped parsley
Place the flour in the zip lock bag, add salt and pepper. Shake the bag. Place the flour in a plate and coat the chicken breasts. Shake the access flour. Heat up butter in a frying pan. Cook the chicken breast till it just turn golden brown. Place the chicken breasts in a casserole dish. Using the same frying pan, saute the onion until soft. Add the diced tomato. Season to taste. Pour the tomato mix into the dish, cover and bake at 180C for 30 minutes. Add the kalamata olives the last 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with steam potatoes and broccolli.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chilli Brinjal

A simple dish... enjoyed by Mr H and I...
The kids? They were not so keen on this meal...as there is no 'meat' for my carnivore, Mr H Jr and for the petite Miss E - she's allergic to brinjals... she'll ended up with 'Angelina Jolie's' pouty lips!!



  • 3 garlic chopped
  • 1 red chilli - chopped
  • 2 medium size aubergines or brinjal - cut into chunky pieces
  • oyster sauce
  • soy sauce
Saute the garlic until fragrant, then add in brinjals and sauces. Cook until slightly mushy. Season to taste. Lastly add in chilli.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Beef Stew

Eventhough we are into the second month of spring.... the weather can be quite chilly sometimes.... this Beef Stew or Bouef Bournignon (if I get the spelling right!) is an excellent meal to serve with crusty rolls...


  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic - crushed
  • 1 carrots
  • 2 celery stalk - thickly sliced
  • 750g of gravy beef - cut into 3cm cubes
  • 200g button mushroom
  • 8 baby potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of red sparkling grape juice (or 1 cup of dry red wine)
  • 1/4 cup of beef stock (used Massel - vegetarian)
Coat a 2 liter flameproof casserole dish with spray cooking oil; cook beef in batches to seal the juices. Transfer to a plate. In the same dish, saute the onion and garlic until soft. Return beef to the dish with the remaining ingredients, bring to boil.
Bake covered @180C for 2 hours. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes until beef is tender and sauce has thickened. Serve with pasta or crusty bread.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Passionfruit Eton Mess

The passionfruits are abundant... from our backyard. We'll be having passionfruit with ice cream, passionfruit with cakes and this is Miss E's Eton Mess ... and with passionfruit too! We freezed some in the small icy poles bags (Malaysian Ice Cream~ small longish plastic bags) for later use....

This is Miss E lovely dessert....
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 passionfruits, plus extra to serve
  • 1/2 cup pure cream
  • 1 cup thick Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6x10g meringue nests, broken into 2 cm chunks
  • 2 bananas sliced
Stir half the sugar with 1/4 cup cold water in a pan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium low and simmer, without stirring for 1 minute. Set aside to cool. Stir the passionfruit pulp into the cooled syrup. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whip cream to soft peaks with whisk or electric beaters. Fold in yoghurt, vanilla essence and the remaining sugar. Fold meringue into yoghurt mixture, then stir in bananas and half passionfruit syrup. Spoon into glasses and top with remaining passionfruit syrup and serve with the extra fresh passionfruit pulp.
~delicious 2007
Lovely for the coming hot summer month...

Wishing my sister~ Kak La, A very Happy Birthday.... :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Crispy Fried Fish with Red Curry Sauce

Having Deep Fried Fish for dinner is a luxury for my kids... I don't often deep fry anything especially fish, as the 'fishy smell' will stick to everything, eventhough you have the ventilation fan on! ... But with this dish... there is no alternative but fry....



  • 1 whole fish - deep fried
  • 1 brown onion
  • 4 tablespoon of red curry paste
  • fish sauce
  • 1 can Coconut milk
  • 3 thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves
In a saucepan, saute the onion with the red curry paste until aromatic. Add kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk and fish sauce with a dash of sugar. Bring to boil, and pour over the fish. Garnish with sprigs of coriander.