Showing posts from 2011

Gingerbread Macarons

December 14, 2011
  Gingerbread Macarons with Orange Intense Dark Chocolate Ganache recipe. A delightful and an excellent sweet treat for Christmas.

Lisa's Guest, Post # 1 ~ Malaysian-Thai Chicken Curry

December 06, 2011
I came across Leemei and her famous blog ~ My Cooking Hut , in early 2008. I was her silent reader... who would browsed through her blog, looking for recipes as well as admire her amazing photos; food she cooked and places she travelled to. Then in 2009, I 'broke my silence' ... and started to communicate with Leemei through her blog... followed by email, Facebook and Twitter... we became friends in the cyber world...  lets hope that one day, we'll  meet in the 'Real' world... I am so thrilled to have Leemei as my first Guest... Thank you, my dear Leemei . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ About Leemei ... She is a Freelance recipe contributor, food stylist and photographer...  Her cookbook ~ Lemongrass and Ginger  will be available in April 2012....   am so proud of my fellow 'Anak Kedah'... " Lemongrass and Ginger Cookbook : Vibrant Asian Recipes,  It contains 224 pages, published by Duncan Baird. There are more

Kuih Cara Berlauk/ Savoury Bites

November 30, 2011
Hi... I am back...  with another Malaysians favourite finger food... Kuih Cara Berlauk or in plain english Savoury bites . But before that...let me tell you what happen!

Turkish Delight Slices

November 09, 2011
Turkish delight reminds me of...

Blood Orange Marmalade

November 02, 2011
Delicious Blood Orange Marmalade made from scratch recipe.  When you read a book ... do you have that feeling... that you ARE in that book? Living, breathing, eating with the characters? I do... I meant 'story' books/ novels, not text book... the later makes me go to sleep...

Lentils and Drumsticks

October 25, 2011
October is coming to an end... which means its Halloween time... While everyone is busy cooking, baking... setting the mood for Trick or Treat , I am falling behind and unable to keep up with the theme.... due to a very busy schedule... I have nothing to offer ... sadly.. but I have a story to tell... Have you heard of Moringa Oleifera?  It is commonly known as Indian drumstick and Malays (from Kedah) would call this... Kacang Munggai. Just imagine if you grow Moringa Oleifera in your backyard... It will not only gives you, your nutritional benefits, purify your water, it can also protect you from evil spell. And that is why... it is called ~ Tree of Life, or in East Africa... it is called "Mothers' best friend ". The benefits are endless... you can Google 'Moringa Oleifera' and read about it.   I would like to add another one to that numerous list... with the story I am about to tell... As a young girl... I would sit quietly and list

Lavender Macarons

October 11, 2011
My first tell-tale signs that Spring is approaching... is when my lavender bushes starts to flower as soon as the weather warms up. I am so thrilled to spot the tiny purplish buds hiding within the greyish green leaves... Spring has always been my favourite season... I love waking up to sounds of birds chirping... then having a walk round the garden to admire and breathe in the fragrance of the early Lavender bloomers... Everything comes to life... New Beginning Spring... reminded me of a friendship between 2 teenage girls that lived in 2 different parts of the world. One in Canada and the other in Malaysia. They would write to each other, exchanged cards and photos. Good old days...the art of communication...using pens, papers, envelopes and stamps ... and oh!!! and Mr Postman too ... They were "Penpals" for years until one left to UK to pursue her dreams... she lost contact with her Canadian penpal ... Then one day, she received a me

Middle Eastern Fish Casserole

October 04, 2011
Middle Eastern spices for Fish Casserole recipe.

Nonya Curry Laksa

September 28, 2011
If someone offer you a bowl of good laksa... would you politely decline or would you have a Cheshire Cat smile and accept whole heartedly?

'Cocoa' Tiramisu

September 20, 2011
'Cocoa' Tiramisu recipe is easy to whip up for unexpected guests. It is good for children too as no coffee was included.

Guest Post # 3~ Lemang/ Glutinous Rice wrapped in Banana Leaf

September 16, 2011
I am so excited to be invited by Rosa of Rosa's Yummy Yum  to write and share with everyone about a traditional Malaysian delicacy, Lemang ... (pronounce as Le-Mung ).  Lemang is a 'must-have' dish during Eid celebration. Being far away from home, with only glutinous rice, coconut milk and banana leaves easily available, I managed to re-create Lemang at home... To my fellow Malaysians who reside overseas...and at times have that 'craving' for Lemang... fret no more... you too can make Lemang without bamboo and a huge bonfire in your back yard. So let us head over to Rosa's Yummy Yum   blog to enjoy my Homemade Lemang. And while you are there, do check out Rosa's exciting photographs of her mouth-watering food and her beautiful homeland of Switzerland... Everytime I look at her beautiful photos .... I was somehow lost in the land of my imagination... and kept on seeing Maria singing away with Von Trapps children... (nevermind that  Sounds of Music

Chicken Coated in Yoghurt and Sourdough Breadcrumbs

September 13, 2011
This post will be my 'Almost Wordless' post.. After 2 lengthy posts..and another due soon... I think my brain and fingers deserve a break.... Spring 2011... Eucalyptus Macrocarpa ~   Red Pom-Pom flowers  Chicken Coated in Yoghurt and Sourdough Breadcrumbs  Recipe 1 tub of light natural yoghurt 1kg chicken breast - slice into 1.5 cm thick 1 Sourdough baguette 1 teaspoon dried herbs salt Marinate the chicken strips in yoghurt for at least 3 hours or overnight in the fridge. Process sourdough baguette in food processor into breadcrumbs. Season breadcrumbs with salt and some dried herbs. Heat up frying pan and pre-heat the oven to 200C. Coat chicken strips with breadcrumbs. Spray oil onto the chicken strips and place onto the hot frying pan. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side to seal the juice. Arrange on baking tray and baked for about 15-20 minutes until it is cooked. Serve with roasted vegetable.

Nasi Minyak/ Savoury Rice

September 06, 2011
In my previous post, I mentioned that Ayam Masak Merah is a special dish for Malay weddings... a nd I shall continue with another 'Wedding Dish' ~ Nasi Minyak or Savoury Rice to compliment Ayam Masak Merah . 

Selamat Hari Raya 2011/ Eid Mubarak 1432

August 27, 2011
Wishing my Friends and Readers …. Kuih Bahulu To those who are making the long journey...  through the horrendous traffic jam ...  to your respective hometown ... be safe on the road. Your loved ones are waiting with open arms to celebrate this joyous occassion. And to those who are away from family ... err.. like my family and I , we'll make the best of our Raya/ Eid by celebrating with friends... and Raya cookies, lemang and rendang... Pineapple Tart Our Raya/ Eid Celebration will be incomplete without the presence of Kuih Bahulu , Pineapple Tart , Kuih Makmur and I could add Samperit   previous post to my list of Raya Cookies...  note : click on the bold blue words to link to recipes... of respectives cookies... Kuih Makmur Maaf Zahir Batin... jika ada terkasar bahasa... Save Save Save Save

Biskut Semperit

August 23, 2011
These are gorgeous 'Melt in the mouth' Biskut  Semperit / Custard Cookies ,  one of many 'favourite' traditional cookies, in many Malay households during Eid Celebration in the 70's to 80's.

Sago and Brown Sugar Syrup

August 17, 2011
  Time flies and another week just flew out of the window... and soon Eid Celebration will be at our door steps... I have to start my cookies baking soon... If one were to visit some hotels in Malaysia for their Ramadan (Fasting Month) Buffet Spread ... one of the desserts that you are likely to find is Sago Pearls served with dark brown sugar syrup and coconut milk... And that was where D had his first taste of this gorgeous dessert and has not forgotten about it eversince... it was like ~  love at first taste for him... With a packet of sago in hand... I asked him... and knowing what his answer would be  ... "Which would you prefer: Kuih Sago  or Sago with dark brown sugar syrup and coconut milk...?" Without a second to waste...I got his reply... Enjoy this dessert either as it is or chilled for a couple of hours in the fridge. Like D , you will craving for more . Sago and Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe (serve 4-6) 2 liter of water

Pecan and Chocolate Tart

August 09, 2011
When I announced... that I wanted to bake Pecan Pie for the weekend...

Goan Beef Curry

August 03, 2011
In Bahasa Melayu... 'Saya mengambil kesempatan untuk mengucapkan kepada semua sanak saudara, rakan taulan, sahabat handai  yang jauh maupun dekat ~ Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadan yang mulia... semoga segala amalan di berkatiNya  _______________________________________________ I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and readers Ramadan Kareem. May this Ramadan brings us peace and joy to the world. Aameen...  ______________________________________________

Apple Fritters with Ice-Cream

July 20, 2011
Decadent, more-ish, easy to cook  Apple Fritters with Vanilla Ice-cream.

Flu Tea

July 15, 2011
Herbal recipe of Flu tea is an excellent, using natural herbs and spice to combat cold and flu. The ingredients used such as honey, lemon, garlic and ginger and chilli have natural healing effect Thyme was added to help with respiratory.

Gomoku Yakisoba / Five Flavours Noodles

July 12, 2011
Yakisoba takes me back to my 'rat race' days... The days that I would be less domesticated... the days that we would often eat out or ordered take aways...  the days that I piled on kilos ..

Seasalt Chocolate Marshmallow Swirls

July 08, 2011
Yay... Time to celebrate and do my boogie-woogie dance...  ... with  Seasalt Chocolate Marshmallow swirls in hot chocolate in hand

Hakka Bamboo Dumplings/ Soon Pan

July 05, 2011
Have you tried or heard of Soon Pan (pronounced as soon pun) or Bamboo Dumplings?

Chicken Tikka

June 29, 2011
Enjoying Chicken Tikka or Tandoori Chicken served with Naan , takes me back to my 'exercise' days with my besties ~ Melinda, Steph, Judith and Shirley. Once a week, we'd organised our ' Ladies' Night'... we'd meet up at Judith's place in the evening... went for our brisk walking... about 5 rounds around the block... a good 45 minutes walk... burnt out 'excess baggage', worked out buckets of sweat...  We enjoyed the walk... each other company... it was fun and we did all the exercise in the name of 'Keeping Healthy' and being 'Healthy' together...  but then... After the exercise we adjourned to the nearby 'Sri Neela' Indian restaurant or Mamak Stall Indian street hawker ... only to gain whatever we burnt off... during our walk...    We'd order our Garlic Naan, Tandoori Chicken, Tosai, Iced Lemon Tea... and so forth... and we'd sat there chit-chatting... catching up on our daily

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

June 21, 2011
It feels great... to know that someone out there... enjoy reading my post...  to know that my 'virtual kitchen' has inspired someone to try out some of the recipes posted... With all the comments I received... taking in every word... never fail to put a smile on my face... The feeling is indescribable. I love... cooking and trying out recipes, taking photos... although, most of my recipes aren't from famous chefs or best-seller cookbooks...  plus I have yet to learn the rope of food-photography ... nevertheless ~I enjoy what I am doing... Recipe (for 2) 2 bunches of asparagus 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vinegar Hollandaise Sauce 50g butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 egg yolk - lightly beaten 1/4 cup cream 1/2 teaspoon mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt Asparagus Clean and cut-away the harden end of the spears. Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes. Check... and if the asparagus is not quite done, microwave again on HIGH for another 2

Puah Kiam Ti Chang/ Nyonya Glutinous Rice Dumplings

June 16, 2011
We forgotten all about Dragon Boat Festival..until E asked her dad ... Click. here to know and read more about the Dragon Boat Festival and glutinous rice dumplings. 

Pan Mee/ Tearaway or Pull-apart Noodle

June 07, 2011
"What would you like... for Mother's Day next week?" asked H , early last month... and I went.."ermmmm... let me think and I'll let you know"... Gave a good Mother's Day treat.... Pan mee or tear-away /pull-apart noodle would be lovely A meal to be shared by all...


June 03, 2011
Yay... Winter is here!!!!

Black Quinoa Salad

May 31, 2011
'The Gold of the Incas' ~ Quinoa ... wonder grains from South America. I will not elaborate further on this wonder grain. These tiny grains contains so many 'properties' that are beneficial to our 'well being ' ~ it helps eases migraine headaches good for me , cardiovascular and many more. I wanted to try Quinoa ... but held back as I wasn't sure whether I would like the taste and texture of Quinoa... since it is categorised under 'Health Food' ~ the price was a lot dearer than any grains or legumes. To buy or not to buy? is always the question...  Finally... my golden opportunity came... It was nearly lunch time... and the lunch crowd was growing by the minute... no hope of us getting any seats anywhere in the Food Court ... so we decided to grab some lunch at David Jones instead.  My lucky star must be shining so bright on that day ... DJ's Salad Bar had Black Quinoa Salad...  I had to have that salad!!!  I wa