Monday, November 30, 2009

Ginger Braised Chicken Legs



Sometimes I just don't know what to cook for dinner especially for just two person :p To make things easy , I took out two chicken legs from the freezer , thawed it and braised them with ginger and sesame oil. Wow....the aroma of ginger and sesame oil can tinkle your smell sensory and send your salivary glands into action. Believe me , this is an awesome dish and it reminded me of those times when I was in my confinement, my mommy used to cook this everyday for me. Of course that was 21 years ago :p Even Daddy loves the aroma and he came into my domain kitchen and said " whoa...like people in confinement....what are you cooking ? " heehee I answered him this " we eating confinement dish today...coz I miss my mommy ! " He rolled his eyes and walked away :))

delicious and aromatic ginger braised chicken legs

served with brown rice and fresh celery
topped with thousand island sauce
simple and delicious!



Ginger Braised Chicken Legs




Ingredients:


2 free range chicken legs – cut into smaller pieces

1 thumb sized ginger – crushed and chopped coarsely
2 tbsp of sesame oil
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
½ tbsp of corn flour
½ tsp thick soy sauce
a dash of white pepper

Preparation:

Marinade the chicken pieces with oyster sauce, pepper , thick soy sauce and corn flour for 10 minutes. Heat up sesame oil in a wok, put in the chopped ginger and sauté until it is aromatic. Add in the marinated chicken pieces and sauté until half cooked . Add in ½ or 3/4 cup water and braised the chicken pieces till tender and the gravy has thickened. Dish up and served hot with brown rice .


Quote of the day


" In the childhood memories of every good cook,
there's a large kitchen, a warm stove, a
simmering pot and a mom "

~ Barbara Costikyan ~




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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baked Dressed Potato Halves




I love potatoes cooked in any way...boiled, baked, fried or mashed...name it and I will gobble it down :)) Yup I am a big fan of potato * wink but becoz of its starch content, I cook them once in a blue moon. For this once, I boiled it till cook, cut into halve , scoop out the potato from its jacket and mixed with mustard & dill sauce, chopped parsley and rosemary, grated cheddar cheese, black pepper , cajun powder, olive oil and sea salt. Fill the potato mixture into the jackets and topped with more cheddar cheese. Drizzle more olive oil on to the filled up potatoes and baked in a preheated oven at 200 C for 25 minutes or till golden brown. Simple yet delicious.



scoop the potato out of its jacket and mixed it with
mustard & dill sauceblack pepper, chopped parsley
& rosemary, cajun powder ,olive oil
and sea salt and let it stand for 15 minutes
till the ingredients have infused into the potato


cajun gives spiciness and cheddar cheese adds flavor
to the potato fill back the potato mixture into its jackets


topped with cheddar cheese and drizzle lots of olive oil ...mmmmm



mmm...this is one favourite style of baked potato...well dressed :p



every mouthful is cheesilicious-ly delicious! yummm


Baked Dressed Potato Halves


Ingredients :

2 large potatoes - boiled and halves

(A)
1.5 tbsp of mustard & dill sauce
1 tsp of toasted black pepper - crushed
1 tsp of cajun powder
3 tbsp of grated cheddar cheese
few sprigs of fresh italian parsley & rosemary - chopped
2 tbsp of olive oil
sea salt to taste

Topping:

extra grated cheese & some rosemary for deco


Preparation:

Preheat the oven at 200C .

Scoop out the cooked potato out of its jackets. Add in all the ingredients A into the scoop potato and mixed till well combined. Let it stand for 15 mins. Filled back into their jackets and topped with more grated cheddar cheese and decorate with sprigs of rosemary. Placed them on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil on to the potatoes ready for baking. Bake in the oven at 200 C for 25 mins or till golden brown. Serve as an appetizer.


Quote for the day


" It is wonderful, if we chose the right diet, what
an extraordinarily small quantity would suffice "

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

I Came, I Saw, I Bought !




Guess what??? yessss..... I added two cookbooks to my collections of cookbook on my shelf. I know, I know...I told you guys that I don't want any more cookbooks as Xmas pressies and here I bought two more myself :)) I saw this cookbook all on oats....biscuits, cookies and cakes ...whoa...how could I resist it :p and another one on baked and steamed buns ...ohhh as you guys know that I am now itching to knead and when this fever comes I am stricken....dead if I don't knead LOL! just kidding.. I am a sucker for cookbooks.... especially attracted to the cover of this Oats Delicieux ! Bookfairs everywhere.... My Piggy gal , Joanna , she bought 60 over books from the " Big Bad Wolf booksale " in KL !!! She beats me to it :p I bought two and she bought 60 over !!! @@



nice cover but the inside contents is much nicer LOL!


Oats goodness....healthy grains... good for health



Baked and Steamed Buns is another good one...haha
so I carted them backhome...so stay tuned....
lots of goodies will be posted up soon LOL!


I am the happiest person today.... I got 2 new books to keep myself occupied with :))


Have a great weekend !



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Friday, November 27, 2009

Organic Oat Cereal Soy Noodle In Konbu Soup





I am not really a health freak but I do plan my meals properly…a well balanced diet and everything in moderation is my motto in life. I visited an organic shop the other day and had bought some dried organic noodles made of different ingredients and this oats cereal soy noodles looks good…has lots of nutritional values . I cooked them for dinner last night and wow…it did taste good….texture is exactly like the fettucine and has a subtle cereal and soy fragrance mmmm I will definitely buy more in my next trip there :) It is a versatile noodles..you can have them in soup or fry them with veggies and meat fillets/shrimps. It will taste just as good. But for me, I cooked a konbu soup base with lots colorful veggies, like the carrot, fresh baby corns, wakame, curly lettuce/ little gem and on second thoughtsadded some shrimps to the soup for a more balanced diet. It is indeed a delicious bowl of noodle soup….serve with a plate of chopped chilli padi and fresh garlic with light soy sauce…Mama mia ! how could one go without this flavorful fresh chilli dipping . It is a must in my family to have this chilli garlic sauce when eating a bowl of soup noodle. A delish and a well balanced one dish meal !




dried organic oat cereal soy noodle made from organic oat and soy flour



Slurp slurp…. yummy !





Konbu gives out a very nice fragrant
when making clear soup for noodles





the colorful veggies make this one dish meal
a balanced diet...thumbs up!




you get the oomph eating this noodles with
the chilli garlic sauce...mmm my tongue is smiling again :p




simple and yet a great sauce for the noodles..we cant eat without this sauce :))



Organic Oat Cereal Soy Noodle In Konbu Soup



Ingredients:

2 pieces of dried organic oat cereal soy noodles
Soup base:
1 small piece of dried konbu
3 bowls of water
3 chinese red dates
Sea salt to taste
Veggies:
5 fresh baby corns- cut into halves
1 small carrot – sliced
2 stems of curly lettuce/little gem
1 tsp of dried wakame – soaked
5 shrimps – deveined but leave shell intact

Preparation:

Cook the organic noodles in hot boiling water till al dente. Strained and arrange noodles in a noodle bowl. Leave aside and meanwhile boil 3 bowls of water in a soup pan under medium heat. When water boils add in konbu and Chinese red dates and boils under low heat for 25 minutes until you can sniff in the wonderful aroma of the konbu. Add in all the veggies, wakame and shrimps. When the shrimps turned red, add in sea salt. Boil for another 3 minutes. Off the heat and pour the soup over the cooked noodles and serve hot with the chilli garlic sauce.


Enjoy and have a great weekend !


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Matcha Buns




Whoa...it's been a long time since the last time I baked buns. And the bun baking craze is back again..I can feel it in my bones...the hands are itching to knead and at the same time massage my knuckles :p Well, actually I just wanted to finish up my matcha powder. I have not been making ice cream too for quite a while now, come to think of it , haha too much cream not good for my arteries and heart and my waistline of course.... yea I can be vain at times like this....going downhill is not fun at all :p shhhhh... I meant 25 going 26 * heehee , see how vain I am when it comes to revealing my age ! Sorry for the digress....back to this bun...I took the same recipe from Cheese & Salami Twist just add in the matcha powder....that's it! Garnish with sunflower seeds ....it is crispy on the outside , moist inside and slightly compact though. Daddy likes the texture and I love the matcha fragrance...mmmm so refreshing and yummy :)



bun making is a good therapy for me.....
it is so soul refining hahaha



waiting for it to proof is the best patience testing ever!



wow...the finale...out of the oven..well- shaped buns
and the fragrance is so good...mmmmm
my tongue is smiling!



before eating them I always parade them for my
food pornography photography session :p

a close up of the well baked bun :))



slightly compact texture but nice just the same
as long as my tongue is smiling ....it is okay with me



parading them in a row waiting to be executed LOL!

last glimpse before execution !!!



Click here for the recipe


** if you want matcha buns just add 2 tsp of japanese matcha
to the milk mixture.




Enjoy and have fun making them :))




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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fried Chinese Rice Cake aka Char Koay


I love this delicious chinese rice cake fried with preserved radish and lots of garlic . I went for my evening walk and saw this road side stall selling this and whoa...I told myself I am not going to cook dinner...we shall have this for dinner instead. Luckily , I brought out some ringgits with me and thus bought back 2 packets ...one for the other half and the other for myself. I told the man to add eggs and requested for extra radish. I cut short my brisk walking and walked as fast as I could...like in a marathon race , carrying these deliciousness with me , sniffing in the aroma of these fried rice cake as I took a detour back home....LOL! Very typical of me....when there is good food...I will cut short my brisk walking :p

We can get this dim sum dish from the night market * pasar malam * but this stall is still the best for me. Hot and garlicky aroma...who could resist such as simple and yet delicious mouth watering fried rice cake. Just look at the famous Ipoh bean sprouts and lots too...ohh, by the way , Ipoh is famous for its bean sprouts or 'taugeh ' :)


this fried rice cake is full of bean sprouts and garlic.....



the garlicky aroma with the dried radish...simply
mouth watering....:))

a light and hearty dinner for Daddy and Me



this is what Malaysian hawker food is all about......cheap yet delicious :))
and the best thing is I don't have to cook but
someone out there, for once ,
cooked for me.....LOL!




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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cooling Winter Melon Dessert




After all the deep fried , hot and spicy dishes taken the last few days, I steamed this winter melon for 2 hours with dried longans and cane sugar to cool down the body system as we chinese are fond of observing such belief. Straight after work, I put the winter melon to be steamed under medium heat for 2 hours and it was just in time for a after dinner dessert. It was so delicious and I took two bowls of this sweet cooling dessert. I was surprised Daddy took two bowls too * wink ( it must be good for him to want another bowl of this delicious sweetness )



Wash the outside of the melon clean..cut off the top and scoop out the seeds



put in the dried longans and cane sugar and
add in hot water..3/4 full and
cover back with the cut off top. Let the melon sit on
a big bowl and steamed in a steamer over
medium heat for 2 hours.


this good for health..take off the heat from our
body.....


I love dried longans so I put in more :p


a bowl of deliciousness to die for ...



Cooling Winter Melon Dessert


Ingredients:

1 medium sized winter melon - washed and cleaned

50 gm of dried longans
2 pieces of cane sugar or rock sugar
3 cups of hot water

Preparation:

Wash and clean the winter melon. Cut off the top and scoop out the seeds. Put in the dried longans and rock sugar/cane sugar and top up with hot water till 3/4 full. Cover back the top and let the melon sit on a big bowl . Put in the steamer under medium heat and steam for 2 hours. Constantly check on the steamer and see that there is enough water for the steaming.


Scoop the melon pulp together with the sweet soup when serving. Serve it hot or chilled.


Enjoy!


Quote for the day


" ...planning a brilliant menu and preparing it
beautifully doesn't guarantee a recipe for
success. It's pointless giving painstaking thought
to food, if you haven't given food to thought
The truth is, people are the most
important ingredient. "

~ Kathy Lette ~



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AN ICED CAKE FOR CLAIRE



I can't believe it!!! I iced a birthday cake for Claire....LOL! a funny looking one too! Well, I really sucks when it comes to icing a cake but the most important is the thought...right Claire ?

I just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday and many more to come...by then I will be good in icing a cake...so don't worry the next one will be better designed than this :)) I think I really need to go for cake decorating course soon !!! But rest assured the outside may not look appealing but the inside is moist and fluffy , the best butter cake ever ! LOL! So never judge a book by its cover applies in this case :p

Claire....this is made with love....thanks for the
warm friendship extended to me :))

haha...i found a flaw here....but who cares as long as I
know this cake taste good :p


I would like to dedicate this birthday poem to you , Claire


Birthday Blessings

Instead of counting candles,
Or tallying the years,
Contemplate your blessings now,
As your birthday nears.

Consider special people
Who love you, and who care,
And others who’ve enriched your life
Just by being there.

Think about the memories
Passing years can never mar,
Experiences great and small
That have made you who you are.

Another year is a happy gift,
So cut your cake, and say,
"Instead of counting birthdays,
I count blessings every day!"


By Joanna Fuchs



Have a wonderful day with your loved ones, Claire :))




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Monday, November 23, 2009

Crispy Chicken Wingettes


This is something so appetizing and truly finger licking good crispy chicken wingettes. I got this recipe from Angie's blog - Seasaltwithfood. I didn't know that periperi sauce can be used as a marinade for these wingettes and the flavor is awesome. I have a bottle of Peri Peri sauce from Nando's and it has been sitting in the fridge for a while ( wow..6 months to expiry date ) so this recipe came in time...save my dollars and Daddy is most pleased with the crispy chicken wingettes. Using the sweet potato powder is also something new. I could not get hold of this powder but I managed to get the potato powder and it works well. The chicken wingettes turned out crispy . Delicious and finger licking good! Lucky for me, I have a bottle of peri peri sauce at home so I can try this recipe out.....I will be making this again for sure for the coming Xmas dinner ! Thanks Angie for sharing this delightful and mouthwatering crispy chicken wingettes!

this flavor is awesome...try this out if you have a bottle of
periperi sauce at home, if not try getting them from Nando's :)
marinade the chicken wingettes overnite for best result

coat them with sweet potato powder
before frying them in hot oil

finger licking good crispy chicken wingettes
with a glass of cold beer or red wine...mmmmm



Crispy Chicken Wingettes ( adapted from Angie - Seasaltwithfood)


Ingredients:

30pc (1.2 kg) chicken wingettes
2 bottles Peri Peri sauce
200gm sweet potoato powder
2 tbsp lemon juice
Sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method:

Put the chicken pieces in a large bowl. Add the peri peri sauce, lemon juice and season with sea salt and black pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and put into the fridge for at least 4 hours. Turn the chicken pieces once or twice to distribute the flavors.

Pour at least 2" of oil into a large frying pan over medium heat. Heat until the oil is hot. Pat the chicken in the sweet potato powder to coat it on all sides, making sure all the nooks and crannies are covered.

Add the chicken into the hot oil and fry till until it is crispy and golden. It is important that the chicken is cooked right through to the bone - use tongs to turn the pieces over a couple of times until you are satisfied that they are dep golden and cooked through. Lift out onto a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. Serve immediately with lemon wedges to squeeze over the top, if desired.


Hop over to her blog for more deliciousness :)


Enjoy!



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