Monday, September 15, 2014

Baby Octopus Salad With Tangy Hot Mint Dressing

Even though I know the fact that octopus has high cholesterol value, I  still use them in salad such as this :p This is a easy to prepare salad . First ,I will pickle the raw shallots slices, bird's eye chillies and chopped garlic and young mint leaves with calamansi juice and fish oil and a pint of salt for half hour.  Then pour over the cooked baby octopus and mix them well.  Serve this dish as an appetizer or side dish...I am sure you and family will enjoy this appetizer.   I DO ! :) 

to make dressing , pickle together shallots, garlic, chillies and mint leaves
with calamansi juice and fish oil

 appetizing dish to serve as appetizer or side dish..

Yummy !

Baby Octopus With Tangy Mint Dressing  - WB Kitchen


6 pieces of baby octopus - steam it for 8 mins over hot boiling steamer - cut into bite size pieces

Dressing Ingredients:  ( mix all the ingredients together and pickle for half hour )

4 calamansi - extract juice
a handful young mint leaves - you can chopped them but I prefer not chopped
4 shallots - slice thinly
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp of fish oil
juices from the steamed octopus


Clean the octopus and drain off water.  Heat up steamer and when water is boiling, put int the octopus and steam for 8 mins. Off heat and take out the cooked octopus and placed into a mixing bowl.  Keep aside the juices from the octopus .

Mix the dressing ingredients together and leave it to pickled for at least half hour.  Pour dressings over the cooked octopus and mix well.  Serve chilled  if you like a chilled one and serve as appetizer or as a side dish.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Garden Salad With Karnia Garden Herb Salad Seasoning

Who doesn't love salad ? I do :)  I love munching on these greens alone if possible but then of course I will be hungry 3 hours later LOL!  My cute Piggy Cuz went travelling and she bought from Greece some stuff back for me . She gave me sachets of Garden Herb Salad Seasoning from Greece.  Cool ! I added some chopped Italian parsley , lemon juice and olive oil to the Garden Herb Salad Seasoning. Gave it a whisk , and they are ready to be poured into the garden salad.... Mmmmm yummy !  Thank you Piggy Cuz ,for your thoughts even when never fail to bring home something for me...either food or piggy collectibles !  I feel so loved and  blessed having a cousin like you :)   Travel more ...Cousin dear :p

an assortment of garden greens

all the way back from Greece :)


I can't read Greek language so I just make my own concoction
with chopped parsley, lemon juice and olive oil
it was yummy good !

Enjoy and have a great weekend !

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Burlap Tablecloth

I am looking for checkered linen tablecloths but my sister in law is looking for burlap tablecloths :) She like the fresh burlap scent.  An old friend of hers gifted one to her - a 60 round  for her birthday two years ago and she loves it to bits. Till todate she is still using it and she was telling how good it was and asked me to order one for myself since I am busy searching for some linen tablecloths.  It does give the right touch of casual elegance to her home and many of her friends from church compliment on her burlap linens :) Well, I think am sold by her to get some for myself :)  

I can't wait to start off my hobby of food photography but I need to get some nice linen tablecloths before I start my photography sessions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sambal Tumis Stingray Fish With Stink Beans

Mmmmmm...looking at this dish makes me salivate away...hahaha stink beans is my all time favorite food. I used stink bean in my fried rice, in my sambal tumis prawns or dried shrimps....and today I want to share with you stink beans in my Sambal Tumis Stingray (Ikan Pari)  Of late , I noticed that my taste in cooking has changed. I prefer my sambal tumis to be thicker and drier .  I blamed in on menopause syndrome LOL! Anyway not to digress further, lets head on to see the recipe for this dish :)

Sambal Tumis Stingray With Stink Beans - WB Kitchen


2 pieces of Stingray
200 gms of stink beans ( halved)
2 tbsp of tamarind paste mix with 1/4 cup of water
a tsp of sugar *optional
a pinch of sea salt to taste
1 tbsp of vegetable oil

ground ingredients

8 dried chillies - cut into halves, removed seeds and soak in warm water
1" fresh turmeric
10 shallots
2 cloves of garlic
1" belacan ( shrimp paste)
1 stalk of serai- sliced

Pound all the ground ingredients into a  fine paste


Heat up 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil till hot, add in the ground ingredients and stir fry till fragrant and the oil surfaced . Add in the stink beans and continue to stir fry till it is cooked. Add in the fish and the tamarind water. Cover wok with lid and let it simmer till the gravy thickens. Add salt and sugar to taste. Dish up and serve hot with rice.


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I Love Linen Tablecloths !

I am looking for some nice linen tablecloths for my food photography sessions.  I met an old classmate and she told me she got hers from . She asked me to check it out from this website as they have many designs and they have gingham checkered tablecloths too.  I need a lot of props and tablecloths for my new photography.  As I will be retiring soon, getting my props ready is top on my list !

Josh my son, will be coming back to give me some hands on training on food photography LOL! And I hope I will be able to master the art of taking  good shots :)  Wish me luck !
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