Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meat Roulade With Cranberry And Croutons Fillings

Christmas is barely 3 weeks away and I am sure many of us will be either dining out in restaurant or slogging in the kitchen for hours preparing a scrumptious dinner for the family :)  For the Piggy family , meat is a must have item on the table. I am going to introduce you to this wonderful Meat Roulade  ( French term for ' rolled ' )with lots of fresh cranberries and fresh italian parsley as a finishing coat for the roasted meat roulade.  Roulade can be either savory or sweet.  Besides the fresh cranberries, I added a layer of ' turkey stuffing ' to give an extra flavor to the meat roulade.  I have two more packets of fresh cranberries in the freezer and I love the tang bitterish after taste of this berries and it is truly a great filling for this pork loin roulade.  A great dish to serve for the coming Christmas.  And if you are still blank as what to cook for the coming Christmas dinner...try this....flavorful and fragrant !  

Friday, November 25, 2011

Curried Chicken Peppers And Peas en Papillote - French Fridays With Dorie

Today's FFWD is cook's choice . We can pick any one of the recipes from  Around My French Table !!! and knowing me...I will definitely go for anything cooked  en papillotes.  I heart food cooked in en papillotes ...I can't even count the number of times I have cooked food in parchment paper.  Instead of roast turkey with stuffing for Thanksgiving, it would be a great idea to serve this in individual pouches to family members .  We can serve this parcel dish with white rice or cardamom rice pilaf or couscous or even quinoa as suggested by Dorie herself. I served this with a combination of Brown rice and Basmati rice cooked with screwpine leaves and garlic.  This dish is full of flavor, fragrant, colorful and each family member will have the pleasure of opening the packet and sniff the aromatic steam. And the best thing is , it takes just 5 minutes to assemble and needs absolutely none of my attention while it cooks . And that leaves me time to prepare dessert for the the both of us  :)  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tortilla Pizza With Runny Egg And Sweet Basil

Sharing with you guys something simple and yet delicious and nutrituous for a light brunch.  I made this Tortilla Pizza With Runny Egg & Sweet Basil for Wild Boar on one of the days while resting at home ( medical leave for a week )   A simple and hearty brunch for him....I don't give him this everyday so don't worry about the sinful stuff in it.  I decided to pamper him something he enjoys much...bacon and runny egg and cheese loaded tortilla pizza !!!  don't worry, I make sure he sweat them out later :p

I have not been posting much lately ...reason being I was down with tonsillitis and followed by subconjunctival hemorrhage . I am much much better now after a week of resting at home :)  No exertion from now on as advised by the doctor but this Momsie is damn stubborn....how not to bake and cook...it is my life !!! * Oinking away *  well anyway, I did overdo my exercise at the Polo Ground....brisk walked as though I am a 25 year old lady LOL!  Okay !  " I heard you Claire...slowing down now but it is your birthday so I just have to bake something special for you "   I baked a lovely cake for Claire my close buddy yesterday and I shall share it with you guys in my dessert blog Elinluv's Sweet Delights ") 

Today is Claire's Birthday and I want to take this opportunity to wish Claire of Caring Is Not Only Sharing  -  " a  Joyous & Happy Birthday !!! Hope she enjoys eating the cake as much as I enjoyed baking it for her :)  "
Sorry for the digress.....and now back to this brunch I was talking about........

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving & Christmas

The holidays are just peeking around the corner with Thanksgiving in the lead. It’s scary how time flies so fast sometimes, just slipping through your fingers and leaving shadows of memories of the year past. Soon, the halls will be decorated with boughs of holly, mistletoes and the quaint whaft of home cooking scenting the festive air. Whilst this is the busiest time of the year when the entire family gathers together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or all three, it is also the busiest time in the kitchen if you’re thinking of entertaining and throwing holiday parties.

Fortunately, we all live in the age of technology thus granting us access to wonderful recipes all over the internet. At the simple click of the mouse, you open up a cookbook brimming with chicken recipes, casserole dishes, fresh garden salads, drool-worthy pies and mouth watering desserts. There are so many variations to a simple chicken dish that you’ll be blown away at the number of choices available to you for your holiday planning.

Planning for the holidays does not necessarily need to be stressful and dreadful. Plan well ahead of time so that you have an ample amount of time to prepare for any changes in your initial plan and still pull off fantastic gatherings. As you tuck into your Christmas puddings and fruit cakes, impress your guests with your excellent culinary skills as you swap funny poignant memories of the past year and welcome the new year with open arms. 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pan Grilled Cinnamon Flavored Red Wine Sauce Drumstick

I have some leftovers of homemade cinnamon flavored red wine sauce from making Red Wine Pear Cake. Instead of wasting the red wine sauce, I decided to use them for my  pan grilled drumstick for Wild Boar's dinner.  He is not a fisherman  fish man so this very aromatic pan grilled meat is a welcome for him.  He loves it especially the cinnamon flavored red wine sauce .  The flavored red sauce infused well into the meat and when you pan grilled it....wow...the smell is darn good ...believe me * drooling this thinking of it.  Arrrrgh...I wish I could have a piece for myself but NO ! I have to be satisfied with my piece of salmon  which I will share with you guys later :)  Meanwhile be happy with this Cinnamon Flavored Red Wine  Sauce Pan Grilled Drumstick !  There is no boundary for me where cooking western food is concerned LOL! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pan Fried Organic Pumpkin Tofu With Sour Plum Sauce

Each time I visit the organic shop, I will surely take home a few slabs of their organic tofu. There are two types , one is with seaweed and the other one is with  pumpkin.  I am sure whether the tofu is made from organic soy bean or the pumpkin is organic. I  assumed that both are organic since it is from the organic shop :)   Well, this is what I will cook for our dinner when I am rushing for time...like if I have a cake to bake or bread to bake...dinner will be simple and this is one easy to prepare dish.  Seriously , this is delicious and appetizing at the same time.  Can store them in the freezer for a month.  Thaw them first before cutting them in slices.  If I know I have to do some baking that night, I will thaw this tofu on bottom shelf of fridge so that by the time I come back from work, it is ready for slicing :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dinner @ Kok Thai Restaurant, Ipoh

Whenever we dine out at this restaurant, we will surely order this dish...Kok Thai's signature dish...sorry, I am a yellow banana and they give fancy name to the dish. Many times I had ordered this, I still can catch the name of this dish.....I have to describe the dish to the lady Captain.... " you know you have this dish with the roll meat cured in wine and served in slices with a layer of pickled jellyfish as base "  then the captain will nod her head and say..... " oh this dish is called .................. " till today I still cannot remember the name of this dish  "   LOL!  don't even ask the rest of the Piggies...they are worse than me when it comes to the Cantonese language.  We only know that we love this dish and I wish I could make this myself....then I can renamed it to a name I can remember easily :p  And we have to either go there early to eat or order this dish in advance. Once , we went there at 8pm and this dish was sold out !  This dish comes with this garlic, chilli and shallots in vinegar....beautiful sauce ! I don't think I can replicate this sauce....look simple but the taste is awesome ! I really dont know what vinegar they used...simply delicious with this awesome " rolled meat dish " :)   You can read on to see what we had for my birthday dinner :p   Birthday lunch at David's Diner , Greentown Business Center and a simple birthday dinner at Kok Thai Restaurant , Ipoh  :)   Thanks Wild Boar for a scrumptious birthday treats !!!!!  The Piggies and I were well fed on that special day :p   And you know what,  the apron was in the washing machine ! yea.....rest day for Momsie Elin ....she deserved the day off , sat back and rested her trotters LOL!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fresh Cranberries !!!!

I could not believe my eyes when I saw a few packets of fresh cranberries at the fruit section at Tesco, Ipoh !!! I  was practically jumping up and down on my trotters   and  I must have oinked out loud coz Wild Boar asked me " what is wrong with you ?  " Seeing me...grabbing packets of  fresh cranberries  off the rack into the trolley , he thought I have gone crazy ...!!!  He is not a fan of fresh cranberries unlike me, I yearn for it most of the time ....When I can't get the fresh ones, I used dried ones for my bakes which lack the bitterish taste.  Dried ones are sweetened so they are not my cup of tea but fresh ones comes with a slight tang and bitterish...that makes me like it so much.  There were about 5 packets left on the rack and I wanted to take them all but on second thoughts where am I going to store them in the freezer...there is hardly space now that I am almost making fruit popsicles everyday :p  So I  grabbed 3 packets of them.....they came just in time for my Xmas cooking !!!  Cranberry sauce is good for roast chicken or turkey and now I am thinking of cupcakes, cakes and muffins with these  'hard to get' fresh cranberries .   Yay ! Fresh cranberries now filled my dreams...and I noticed that Tesco usually have them in the month of November nearing to Christmas and boy ! I am one lucky Momsie ! Ain't   I ???  And they were fresh and big too !  I will be watching out for great recipes that uses fresh cranberries in the next few weeks and if you happened to have a good one please share with me by leaving your link here for me :)  Thank you and I am so excited now...LOL!  I have to pinch myself a few times to believe that I really have them in my freezer !  And you know what, I regretted not taking the whole lot back home with me , then I could have fresh cranberries all the year through ! 

Watch out for more cranberries goodies in the next few weeks.......
and have a nice day  :)

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Walking Down Memory Lane - Elinluv's Tidbits Corner

I was tagged by Kristy of   My Little Space , to do this 7 Link Challenge....how true..I find it challenging for I love every single recipe found on my blog....of over 784 posts and each post was done with so much passion in it.  So to pick one for each topic is really heart wrenching....so many popular ones and so many that deserved attention yet not LOL!  Okay, the biggest reason being , I have been pretty busy lately and also procrastinating all the year :p So it is time to do this before the year ends.  My sincere apology to Kristy for taking such a long time to do this up :)

Let's reminisce some of my past posts that I think needs mentioning again :p

1)  The Most Beautiful Post......"Ferrero Rocher White And Dark Chocolate Cake" . It was hard ...really hard to pick one from the 784 posts but I think this is the most beautiful cake I had baked for my birthday with those mouth-watering white and dark chocolate !  Yummy  :)  

Ferrero Rocher White And Dark Chocolate Cake

2)  The Most Popular Post......" Fruits de le mer Pasta In Papilotte "  ...well, I guess I had many visitors for this particular post , so does this make it popular ? :p   This dish is popular not just with friends and readers and my family love this sinful indulgence :)  all those mouth watering seafood in the pasta and the aroma and flavor trapped in the papilotte....a wonderful one meal dish which I am sure will be popular with busy momsies or working people :)

Fruits de le mer Pasta In Papilotte

3) The Most Controversial Post......for the time being I do not have one that has a debate over it yet :)

4)  The Most Successful Post......" Salmon In A Jar " .  After joining French Fridays With Dorie, I have mastered many new dishes with a touch of french style cooking and have succeeded in making my first cured salmon chunks !  And I have make many friends from all  parts  the world. Cooking together the same dish on a Friday makes it fun and challenging besides the exchanging of reviews on the dish.  Sharing the same passion for a particular dish by Dorie Greenspan :)  A link to many food bloggers around the world !

Salmon In A Jar

5)  The Post That Did Not Get The Attention It Deserved..... " Apple Pannenkoek " . This is a light meal that is healthy and that I think many would love it but it did not catch much attention though.  For me , this is the most easy to whip up meal for the day...for breakfast , for supper or even for snack in between meals. Easy digestable and tasty and I would like to bring to your attention once again so that you may like it too and make this for your family for their breakfast or serve this for a light brunch :)

Apple Pannenkoek

6)  The Post I Am Most Proud Of  ......" Roast Chicken Breast With ' Turkey Stuffing ' " ...I think this is one chicken dish that I love and I think it is a successful one for I won  the 1st Prize  from Swee San     :)  a Nigella Lawson Christmas Cookbook was the Prize for the cooking competition.  Yay! my first participation and I won ! so I can consider this as a successful post :)   Xmas is just around the corner , so maybe you would like to try this recipe for this coming Xmas !

Roast Chicken Breast With ' Turkey Stuffing '

7)  The Most Helpful Post......"  Homemade Kimchi " . I realised that knowing how to my own Kimchi is an added plus point in my whole cooking experience.  I love kimchi and being able to make my own and sharing and teaching others how to make this korean kimchi a blessing.  I sincerely wish this kimchi post is helpful to those who wants to make their own homemade kimchi... I know Lena of Her Frozen Wings had made some herself after reading my Kimchi post :p 

Homemade Kimchi

Thank you Kristy for giving me this opportunity to reminisce on
all my old posts and once again being able to share with my readers and
friends on these few worth mentioning posts 
and thank you, my readers for walking down memory lane 
 together with me :)))

Have a nice weekend !

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