Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tofu And Snow Fungus Soup

I love the clarity of this soup.  It is a double boiled chicken soup .  The soup is made up of chicken stock,  some goji berries , chinese red dates and a few strands of ' pao sum ' roots added for some herbal fragrance.   It is easy to whip up as long as you have the chicken stock ready.  Just double boiled the chicken stock and the herbs ingredients for 40 minutes. After which, add in the snow fungus , silken tofu and oyster mushrooms and continue to double boil the soup for another 20 minutes.  Add a pinch of sea salt to the soup before serving.   To prepare the chicken stock, I boiled a whole chicken ( remove skin ) and 1.5 liters of water in a slow cooker for a few hours.  Strained the chicken stock and store them in air tight container and keep in the freezer . It can keep for a month , and I find it very convenient to have ready stock at home. This soup is delicious !

Enjoy !

House Warming Party :)

My colleague was given a piece land by the government under a special scheme some years ago and today, he finally got a double house built on that piece of land .  We are all invited to his house warming party which he called it a ' jamuan kesyukuran ' for the new house.  We are all excited because we have not been to the new house nor seen the design of his house.  He is good in interior designing and we know for sure the house must be well designed . We can imagine how beautiful his house would be .  After much discussions , we decided to do a collection and get a house warming gift for him and his family. I was appointed to do a little investigation to see what else he needed for his new house .  He told me maybe we could give him a poulsen lighting as a gift. It is better to get him what he needed rather then giving him something he doesn't need or already has. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Spinach In Oat Porridge

I have this twice a week for dinner.....something healthy and Wild Boar disapproved saying why in the world do I need to skip eating rice when I am not a diabetic  LOL!   he will grumbles and complains that it is not good to eat this when I am not sick.  He said oat porridge reminds him of sick people !   BUT he doesn't know how delicious this is !  You can serve oat porridge with steamed fish and some stir fry veggies of your choice.  For me, I like to add baby spinach into my oat porridge .  Two in One concept, less one plate for washing :p  I am eating for the next few days reason being , I will be meeting up with Piggy Jo this coming Friday and will be spending a few days with her and that means eating out most of the time now you know why I have to go on a diet till I meet up with her LOL! 

Eat Healthy 'N' Live Longer :p

Have a blessed day !

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Youths Music Ministry 2013

The Youths in our church are active in many activities. They are the ones who played the worship songs during Sunday worship. Our Pastor is very happy that worship music brings the young and old closer closing the generation gap. Our older members are also beginning to accept the modern worship with the electric guitars and drum beats. Our sanctury is big thus we need to have amplifiers to boost the power since we have so many instruments playing at the same time. Someone from the worship committee suggested getting the Marshall Amps for the church music team. He has a similar one at home and he is pleased with the performance. Let's hope the rest of the music worship team will approved and this will please the youths. They will be the future worship leaders and our Pastor are supportive of any ideas that will lead the youths to be future leaders :)

Pastor Thomas has invited a professional christian singing coach to come and give training to the worship team and the music team.  He is a Pastor that we all love every much.  May God bless the music ministry and the worship team.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Grilled Fish Wrapped In Banana Leaf

It has been a long time since I last grilled fish on stove .  My Muslim colleague gave me some banana leaves harvested from her garden and thinking that since I love cooking, these banana leaves would be useful for me :)  I told her,  " yessss it is useful. I am going grill fish wrapped in these leaves " .  I normally steam the fish plain or with plum sauces but grilling them in banana leaves sent my salivary glands in full force :p  A great dish for buka puasa and I see a lot of grilled tilapia being sold at the Stadium food bazaar :)   Smell good too.  What I did was to rub curry powder and enough salt on the fish.   Wrapped the seasoned fish with the banana leaf, big enough to cover the whole fish.   Heat a tava or flat skillet that is used to cook the chapati , till hot.  Place the banana wrapped fish on the flat skillet and grill 6 mins on each side on medium heat..   Serve with tamarind chilli sauce with lots of onions  ....Yummy !

Vacation Bible School 2013

We will soon be having our VBS for the kids in our church.  The teachers are working hard on the lessons and programme for the kids.  We are expecting 400 plus children and we are thankful that there are many voluntary helpers from the church for this coming VBS.  We pray that things will work out and the teachers will be blessed with wisdom on choosing the appropriate lessons to preach to the kids..  I am sure the kids will have a great time this coming year end.  There will be lots of work for the teachers and  preparation for this VBS has already started .  Meetings after meetings and I am sure the teachers are worn out by the time the VBS actually begins :)   We pray God will give the teachers and helpers the strength to see the VBS through.  Taking care of 400 kids is not a joke.   Phamplets have to be distributed in early September and the youth have been given the task to design the phamplets :)  And the supervisor of  our Kids Ministry will have to look for cheap printing.  It will be cheaper if he can get prints wholesale  cause we need to print in bulk for this coming VBS.  I am sure the kids will have a swell time this year !

Monday, July 15, 2013

Open- faced Corned Beef Sandwich

We normally have sandwiches for lunch during the weekend.  Open-faced sandwiches would be ideal for lazy people like Wild Boar... LOL!  He whipped this up for us last Sunday after the kids water games.  Too tired and too hot to eat out , we went straight home to rest and after an hour of rest, WB opened a can of corned beef and cooked it with cabbage and red onions and chilli as a spread for our open faced sandwiches.  Simple and yet delicious.  We spread the corned beef over a slice of bread and sat in front of the TV watching our favorite movie from Astro.  We scheduled our movies for the weekend by recording them and replayed them when we are free to watch them like last Sunday. Chomping down the sandwiches as we watched the movie " While You Were Sleeping " starring Sandra Bullock and Peter Gallangar.  This is what I called Bliss.  This is how we spend our Sunday afternoon.  Movies plus food makes a blissful Sunday .

 Wild Boar has no recipe to share with you guys
for he simply put everything in the non stick pan
and cooked them over low heat till the onions and
cabbage has softened.   No seasoning required as
the canned corned beef is well flavored.

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Oh, The Sun Hurts!

The whole of last week, the sun was really burning hot.  We just don't feel like going out for lunch. Claire and myself just could not bare to go out in the hot sun yet we have to go out for our lunch coz our cafeteria is closed for the fasting month.   We left our ray ban shades at home and thus we had to endured the sun ray burning into our eyes.  Poor Claire was suffered the most.  She had to drive us out for our lunch.  Poor poor Claire! Since then, we make sure we had our shades with us whenever we go out for our lunch.  The weather is scorching hot and humid.  At times like this, we wish we had winter the whole year through :p

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Deep Fried Turmeric Chicken

I dislike using turmeric powder for this dish...I prefer to use  fresh turmeric as it has a stronger fragrant and the fresh orangey color make it more appetizing. Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.  Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric is used as a powerful anti inflammatory in both Chinese and Indian system of medicine. Turmeric was traditionally called " Indian Saffron"  because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout history as a condiment , healing remedy and textile dye.  For this reason , I used them often in my cooking and even planted some in my small garden :) The leaves are used in rendang recipe .  I managed to harvest some for cooking this dish. This dish reminds me of my confinement period.  My grandma cooked this dish for me during my confinement :) Love this and last week, I could not help making this with Wild Boar's help.  He was annoyed with the yellow stain on his trotters  hand ...LOL!  I bet you he won't do this for me anymore unless I get him the disposal gloves to wear while he pound the turmeric for me :)

Kids Water Game And Guitar Lesson :)

This morning we had water games for the sunday school kids.  They had a wonderful time as I see them squealing happily as they participated in all the water games.  Some came in swimsuits and others came in the Tees and shorts.  Wow...Wild Boar and I had such a great time with them :) These kids really make both of us feel young again.  After the kids water games, the older youths had their guitar lessons and Wild Boar and I joined them for a cool session :p  This is how we spend our Sundays....spending time with the kids and the youths taught us a lot too.  The guitar lessons taught by one of the sunday school teacher and it is for free.   All they have to bring with them is their guitars. The teacher brought with him to the church his newly bought exceptional fender acoustic guitar at musicians friend. The sound from the acoustic guitar is so good that even Wild Boar is thinking of getting one and join the youths for their lessons...well , if only my arms are well...I would not mind joining them too :)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

White Oyster Mushroom Fritters

These are really great finger food.....addictive and you won't be able to stop after the first bite.  Crunchy on the outside and moist soft on the could it be possible ? yet it is true :)  The batter is made up of rice flour, potato flour and all purpose flour , a pinch of sea salt to taste and a dash of white pepper and chilli powder ( I used the Dominoes pizza chilli flakes  :p )  I saw a lot white oyster mushroom selling in Jusco and could not resist bringing back a kg pack home.  I am a shroom lover so what not to expect of me....lugging back a pack that will last me a least a week.   I stored them in air tight container and keep in the can keep till a week :)

Inspire Your Kids To Make Music :)

Music makes the world go round and it is so true. It is said that music is truly a universal language. People of all ages have an appreciation for music.  From tiny tots that naturally bop their heads to a beat and for us we jam in our cars as we belts out our favorite songs all the way to our great grandparents that sing songs that rocked their generation. Music truly sets the background theme to the chapters of our lives.  Because of this , I sent my Piggies for music from a young tender young of four, starting with the piano and in their primary, I send them for extra lessons in playing other musical instruments like the recorders and the guitar.  And today, they are able to relax and destress themselves when are are stressed with work :) So do inspire your kids to make helps boost their brain power, improve their memory, thrive socially, build confidence, learn patience, build connection skills with others, continuously improve their skill, setting a good pattern for life, better express themselves, learn discipline and the kid will grow up to be more creative.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Almond Crusted Meat Patties

WB loves meat patties especially nuts crusted ones :)  So I taught him how to make some for himself.  My elbow tendon is still hurting when I bend the fingers :(   But whatever it is a blessing in disguise.  WB can cook better now especially finger food like the meat patties he made for himself.  I gave him some of my almond slices which I kept for baking and he is a clever boar ...first time making this and he passed the test ! LOL!    Read on for my recipe :p

Kitchen Aid Burner Range. My Christmas Wish?

The other day while browsing through some websites for household item, Kitchen Aid products came to mind and I clicked on Kithen Aid - kgss907sss . I quite like the stainless steel gas-slide in sealed burner range with an even heat convection true oven....mind, this is my dream stove !  Wishful thinking but I do need a new stove as old one is soon going to die on me.  I hope WB is reading this and our fairy Godmother is looking down and will wave her magic wand to make my dream come true for me :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Our Pearl Anniversary - July 2, 2013

Today is a special day, Wild Boar and me celebrated our Pearl Anniversary....yesss...30 years of wedded bliss and we pray with God's grace many more to come :)   

We took this vow 30 years ago and we renewed it again today :p  * with my tennis elbow and frozen shoulder...this vow will surely benefit me.... LOL!

 " I ,WB , take you Elin to be my wife , to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish ; from this day forward and until death do us part "

Our wedding program card is still in good condition after all these years :)
"LOVE endureth all things"

the contents were type written on each
and every card which were to be distributed to our wedding guests

Our kids are not in town , so celebration will be at a later date when we are able to meet up again . Meanwhile WB and me had a simple delicious meal at David's Diner..serving ' truly American food' :)   Read on to see what we had for our simple meal at David's Diner  :)

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