Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009


A very Happy and Healthy New Year 
to all my blogger friends and all my blog readers!!!


Time flies and today is the first day of year 2009 . Every year I will be making a list of new year resolutions but I have to admit here that I can NEVER keep to them :p but this year I have added two new items....one - to continue to bake and improve my baking techniques and two - to continue to blog and improve my photography.  Hopefully , I will be able to keep these two and fulfill them 100% :))))).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who has been continuously encouraging me and supporting me through out this one year of my blogging. Another twenty days from now is Elinluv's Tidbits Corner  1st year anniversary. I have truly enjoyed my this one year of blogging and hope to blog on . Sharing out tested recipes is indeed a joy and nothing gives me more pleasure than this.  :0 :0 :)))

Have a good day and have fun today..the beginning of a new year!!!!



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Monday, December 29, 2008

Daddy's Special Pot Roast



Happy Holidays to all my friends , my blogger friends and my blog readers..hmmm sounded long winded a bit though but I know for sure I am having a wonderful year end long holidays with my Piggies ^ *
I did not cook much during this holiday season coz most of the time we ate out or we were invited to eat together with friends….a get together sort of parties :)
I have to post up Daddy’s special dish for us on Christmas Eve dinner…long overdue though ^ * This dish is specially prepared for us…heehee he loves to cook western for us. Adapted from the Pot Roast recipe. He used lamb shoulders instead of beef chucks. While it was cooking in the pot, the aromatic smell from the mixed herbs infused into the pieces of lamb shoulder was really mouthwatering. He stewed it till the lamb shoulders was tender and the gravy absorbed into the carrots and big onions. It was a dish that my Piggies looked forward to. Haha, I wish there were many Christmases in a year (“,)
Thumbs up for this wonderful dish that Daddy took the time to show off his skills in cooking for his Piggies. When we were courting , how come he never cook this dish for me :( ….juz kidding. Thanks Daddy for such a wonderful dish! New Year Eve’s dinner …..what are you cooking for us???



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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Greetings To All ^ ^



Wishing all My Friends and Readers 
"  Merry Christmas n  A Happy New Year  "


I had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner prepared by Daddy and I heart his cooking . Really, even our Piggies say he cooks better than me ....* Daddy, you can take over my role in the kitchen starting 1st January 2009.  I officially hand in my resignation as from today.....** LOL

Seriously, he can cook and for most festive dinners he will want to showoff and cook something delicious for us all and we love festive seasons coz we get to discover his talent each time he takes to the kitchen. Will post up the photo of the dish when I have uploaded it...stay tuned!


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Colorful Glutinous Rice Balls



Yesterday was the day the Chinese celebrated the winter solstice . In ancient times, the Chinese people celebrated the Winter Solstice Festival (Dong Zhi) by visiting relatives and friends, in much the same way as the Chinese Lunar New Year. There is customary feasting, and businesses will close up for the day. Glutinous floor balls known as "tang yuan" are consumed as a symbol of family unity and harmony on this day .


I took the opportunity to teach my two Piggies how to make these colorful glutinous rice balls aka ‘ tong yuen ’ in Cantonese. We love to eat these colorful balls ( the authentic one is the one without any fillings ). Now they have come out with peanut and red bean paste fillings. People are more adventurous and creative nowadays :) Next time I will try durians fillings :))))

I taught them the plain one or rather the authentic one which my mom taught me when I was young. And here are the colorful balls they managed to produce after they pinch my selection of food colors from my pantry meant for making sugar icing :)

Now, my Piggies are good at making them…and had lots of fun making them , reading from their expressions , I suppose it reminded them of their younger days during playtime…similar to PLAYDOH :p Guess what ? And all the colors are Barney colors !!! ^ *



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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tofu Pizza














I have to thank Robert Gilles for sharing this wonderful tofu pizza recipe with me . Simply delish! A healthy food indeed.

This is the comment Robert wrote sharing the tofu pizza recipe at the same time :p

Dear Elin!
Greetings!
You are becoming Japanese!
One simple recipe for tofu:
Put one slab on a a piece of baking paper on the oven plate. Cover it with hot tomato/ketchup sauce, some very finely cut vegetables and covr the lot with shredded cheese:
Tofu pizza for vegetarians!
Cheers,
Robert-Gilles



These are the ingredients I used for my Tofu Pizza

Ingredients:

1 slab of silky tofu
salt to taste
tomato paste,
1 tablespoon olive oil

My choice of vegetables

1/2 capsicum- cut finely
1/2 aubergine - cut finely
a few oyster mushrooms - cut finely
crabstick filament - shredded
a few cherry honey tomato - cut into slices

lots of shredded cheese ( I use mozzarella )

dry oregano * optional


Enjoy!
Have a nice weekend :)

*** I am most happy when my Piggies are back for the weekend***


Friday, December 12, 2008

Cheese And Smoked Streaky Bacon Twists


At last, I am back to baking again and this time round, I tried out this recipe from dailydelicious , Cheese & Salami Twists. I have no salami available in the fridge so I substituted it with smoked streaky bacon, chopped them up and lightly fry them in a non-stick pan to get the aroma of fried bacon..hmmm really mouth watering while frying this chopped bacon. 


As usual, her Cheese & Salami Twists is another award winning recipe :) really , it turned out really soft and light and the aroma of smoked bacon really can get me intoxicated. Especially while it was being baked in the oven. A keeper for sure and I will definitely bake this again. Haha, please do not compare mine with hers...my handiwork is truly horrible..I can't even get a good twist...I guess the saying goes again for this...practice makes perfect. I must confess, my skill in twisting it, despite following her step by step demo , was simply horrendous...but I promise you I will practice till I have mastered the art  in  twisting it to perfection :)))) Meanwhile, just drool as if you are looking at a master piece.  Okay, I know, I am not doing justice to dailydelicious. Hers was simply marvelous..she can turn a piece of dough into something marvelous and delicious!!!

The texture of the bun is soft and light...the smoked streaky bacon and mozzarella cheese blends well and the end result, a bun you will not forget and you will hunger for more after taking the first bite.


Thanks, Pook for sharing yet another wonderful bun recipe. I love it and I am sure my Piggies will love it too. At the time of baking this wonderful bun, my Piggies  were away in college but I will make again for them when they come back for their Christmas Holidays!



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hot Sweet Sour Crabs


Lately , we have been consuming in too much seafood :( not good for health especially for Daddy and myself….what to do , we are Piggies all right (“,) But one consoling factor is , whatever we eat, we eat in moderation ^ * .


I prefer mud crabs to blue flower crabs…their meat are sweeter and tastier though their shells are harder compared to blue flower crabs. I don’t mind how they are being cooked, they taste good in anyway. At times, I just steamed them and eat with dipping sauce , pounded garlic with fresh red chilli , light soy sauce and some lime juice would make a perfect dipping sauce for the steamed crabs. At times , I will cook them in hot sweet sour sauce …Piggy gal’s favourite dish :)



Today, I am going to share with you , my family’s favourite crab dish…hot sweet sour crab. Hope you will like this dish too :)

Ingredients:

1 kg mud crabs – cleaned and cut into halves

(A)
1 tbsp ground dry chilli paste
3 tbsp sweet sour plum sauce
1.5 tbsp fermented soybean / *tau cheong*
5 pips of garlic – chopped finely
2 tbsp of cooking oil

1 egg
2 tbsp of cut spring onions
Salt to taste
a pinch of fine sugar * optional

Method:

Heat up the oil in a wok, add in the ingredients A and stir fry till fragrant. Add in the crabs and stir fry till the crabs are coated with the ingredients A. Add in a cup of water and cover with the wok cover and cooked under big flame and when the crabs has turned red and cooked thru, lower the flame ,add salt to taste add in the egg and off the fire. Do not overcook the egg or the egg will curdles . Add in the cut spring onions and dish up. Serve hot.


* Note: the egg is for thickening the gravy and add oomph to the gravy.

Enjoy!


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Monday, December 8, 2008

Dry Curry Shrimps


I have not been blogging for the past one week due to attending some family matters and now I am back again to post up some of my lastest cooking and baking adventures :)
Recently , I learned to cook this dry curry shrimps from a friend. She gave pointers which were valuable in cooking this curry dish. :) It was one fantastic dish and I managed to cook it to the right consistency and the taste was extremely delicious… the combination of the curry paste with added curry leaves, lemongrass , pounded shallots and last but not least the most important ingredient, the coconut milk, has given the curry a uniqueness only the tongue can describe.


Dry Curry Shrimps

Ingredients:

½ kg medium sized shrimps – cleaned it and leave the shell on
½ cup of fresh curry paste – from the wet market
½ cup of pounded shallots
a few sprigs of curry leaves
2 stalks of lemongrass – lightly crushed
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup oil

Method:

Heat up oil in a wok, add in all the ingredients above except the coconut milk and the shrimps. Continue to stir fry the ingredients under small flame till the oil separates and surfaces. Slowly add in the coconut milk and keep stirring and cook till the fragrance of the curry paste has been released. Add in the shrimps and cook till the gravy has thickened and the shrimps is coated with the curry paste. Dish up and serve hot with rice.
Note: This dry curry shrimps goes well with yellow glutinous rice too.

Enjoy!


Monday, December 1, 2008

SausageTomato And Cheese Bread




I had a wonderful weekend! Piggies were back for the weekend and a weekend full with baking and cooking and also a time of gluttony :)))

As I have said many times, baking makes me happy and on top of the world ;p nothing gives me more pleasure than baking and especially when the bakes turn out well ^ * very therapeutic indeed. Saw this recipe from dailydelicious and I just have to try it out because she makes beautiful and delicious bread/cakes…mmm and her blog is aptly named ! Daily dose of deliciousness and mouth-watering bakes photos are addictive enough to send waves of desire in me to try them all out ^ * and here is one goodness bread that has been in my mind since November 17th.





Sausage ,Tomato & Cheese Bread…a real heaven sent one , and one bite through the soft and fluffy texture of the bread plus the savory sausages, tomatoes and the richness of those melted mozzarella cheese is GOODNESS a thousand folds :) Really I am not exaggerating , try it out and you will know what I mean. My Piggies love it and have asked for more…that’s what I want to hear from them (“,)


SausageTomato And Cheese Bread - taken from Dailydelicilous

200 g
Bread Flour
3 g
Instant dried yeast
20 g
Sugar
3 g
Salt
20 g
Unsalted butter (soft)
140 g

whole milk
Sausages
Tomatoes (cut into small dice)
Mayonnaise and Ketchup
Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preparation:

Put the flour, the sugar and yeast in a bowl, whisk to combine, add and salt whisk again. Pour the milk into the bowl.
Use large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together, and knead briefly to bring all the ingredients together.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead, you will see the dough will be elastic after about 2 minutes.
Add the butter and knead by using the heel of your hands to compress and push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself. Give the dough a little turn and repeat. Put the weight of your body into the motion and get into a rhythm. Keep folding over and compressing the dough. Knead for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny.
Or you can also try stretching part of the dough, if it can stretch into a thin sheet without breaking, you've kneaded enough.

Put the dough into a light buttered bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size (can be 1 hour or 1 hour and a half check often depend on the temperature).
Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate by touch it lightly.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Butter 10 small tart pans (9 cm.).
Divide the dough into 10 pieces , rest for 10 minutes.
Roll the dough into circle 12 cm., and place the dough into the tart pans.
Use your finger to press the dough until the dough is up to the rim of the pan (without shrinking back)


Brush the base of the dough with the ketchup, put the sausage on top and sprinkle with cheese.
Place the diced tomatoes, sprinkle again with cheese.
Squeezes the mayonnaise over the bread.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the breads are golden brown.



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