Sunday, April 27, 2014

Stewed Chicken In Beer


This recipe is from Yum Yum 65 Issue 2010.  Loved the fact that beer is used to slowly stew the chicken.  The result is a yummy chicken dish with beer aftertaste.  Love it ! And I recommended this to my chinese colleague and she was sold straight away :)  A can of beer and black fungus and ginger and 3 chicken legs is all it takes to make this dish.  Easy to prepare and it tastes good. If you have run out of idea what to do with your chicken meat at home, try this. Of course this applies to my non muslim friends and readers only.  


























love the beer in this dish.....a new method of cooking your chicken



























Stewed Chicken In Beer - adapted from Yum Yum 65 Issue 2010


Ingredients:

1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp of sliced  garlic
1 tbsp of shredded ginger
20 g black fungus, soaked and cut into pieces
3 red chillies, sliced
3 pieces chicken whole legs, cut into pieces
1 can beer (325ml)

Seasoning:

1 tbsp rock sugar
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt

Method:

1. Heat up sesame oil, saute garlic and ginger until fragrant.  Add in black fungus, red chillies, chicken and stir fry until lightly browned.

2. Pour in beer, seasoning and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 mins . Serve hot.


Enjoy !

Mother's Day Gift To My Piggies

When I saw this quote on facebook, I knew I had to send this short quote to my Piggies . To let them know how much I love them :)  This verse would be my Mother's Day gift to them.  I know my Piggies love me very much and they wish they could do more for me .  A call from them would be suffice for me and they do not need to do anything more than a call everyday is more than sufficient :)


I do not know why people have to plan to take their mother out to dinner and buy gifts only on Mother's Day.  To me everyday is mother's day LOL!  Some children would want to splash generously on Mother's Day to buy jewelry for their beloved mother.  If you are that child who wish to pamper your mother with a jewelry gift , you can check out here on http://www.joyjewelers.com/  .  Lots of beautiful pieces of jewelry you can choose from.  To my Piggies, send your love to me everyday with a call. Your voices are all I need for the time being :)  Love you Piggies oink oink !


Enjoy and spend more quality time with your mother!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Ganmodoki - Japanese Tofu Balls



Saw this tofu recipe in  The Japanese Kitchen cookbook by Kimiko Barber which I acquired during the last BBWS.  An interesting book with lots of information on Japanese cooking.  I made a few alteration where the ingredients are concerned and came up with one that is delicious....nom nom crisps on the outside and soft and savory on the inside. Tofu is recognised as being healthy but it tends to put people off especially the men because of it softness :p  But with this recipe, it will change the mind set of the men. Ganmodoki can be served as a delicious healthy canape or starter.

It would have been 100 percent japanese if I had added in the konbu and mushrooms. I substituted these two ingredients with home planted spring onions and sweet jalapeno ...gosh they was one awesome tofu balls or ganmodoki.   You can make a dipping sauce with just soy sauce, rice vinegar and grated ginger but since WB and myself prefer spicy dips, we omitted the real dipping sauce for ganmodoki and replace the sauce with chilli sauce :)  I served them before having our usual dinner LOL! reason being it smell so good that we just wanna eat them before our dinner.   We prefer to eat it while it is still warm though ganmodoki can be served hot or cold.  WB is one of those men who doesnt fancy tofu much but with this recipe, WB certainly change his mind set about tofu after having tasted such wonderful tofu balls LOL! 

























crispy  on the outside and soft and savory on the inside...lovely ganmodoki



those spring onions were from my garden
I planted them on pots ...now I can have supply of organic
spring onions anytime I want :) enough for everyday cooking

























I prefer to mesh the tofu coarsely so
that we get to feel the bits and pieces of tofu
as you can see in the pic above :)

Ganmodoki- Japanese Tofu Balls - adapted from The Japanese Kitchen

Ingredients:

1 block cotton tofu ( firm variety )
1 piece konbu * I replaced with spring onions
2 dried shiitake mushroom -softened and chopped - * I replaced with sweet Jalapeno
2 oz carrot, peeled and finely chopped *  I omitted this
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 egg white beaten to soft peaks
1 tbsp light soy sauce * I omitted this
1 tsp of mirin
1/2 tsp sea salt
* for crispness , I added 2 tbsp of rice flour to the tofu mixture
vegetable oil for deep frying

Dipping sauce:

4 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp grated ginger

Method:

Put the block of tofu on a chopping board, place another small chopping board or plate on top and put a little weight on top of it and tilt it at an angle to drain off the water from the tofu. Leave it for at least 45 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, mesh the compressed tofu corasely, add in all the chopped ingredients and seasonings. For my version, I add in the rice flour last.  Using two tablespoons, shape them into balls and put them into hot oil and deep fried them in batches.  Take out when they are golden brown.  Place them on paper towels to absorb all the excess oil from the tofu.  Serve them hot or cold with the dipping sauce.



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DSLR Nikon D5000...Should I ?

It is high time to think of getting a DSLR Nikon D5000.  That is when I retire in 8 months time :) Time to learn to move on to using a DSLR camera ! That was what my Piggy Josh was telling me on his trip back last January . Well, I have been dwelling on it since and the more I think of it , the more I want to take it up, the challenge I mean :p  .  He told me that I should improve myself as years go by and move out of my comfort zone.  I am comfortable using my old camera which is a Canon and the thought of changing to a DSLR Nikon...well it is indeed a challenge he has put to me.

After my retirement, I will be travelling more than now, thus having a DSLR is good idea.  And the nikon d5000 charger is good for travellers.  The Nikon D5000 digital camera travel battery charger will be great for me . It is convenient to take along wherever I am going and it includes universal 110-240 volt AC battery charger, 12 volt car adapter and European adapter plug.  With this features, I will definitely get this model.  I have no worry about charging the camera then especially being a foodie, food photos are important as I travel away :)



Monday, April 21, 2014

Linguine With Fresh Mushroom Coated With Ao-nori


I know it is linguine again LOL!  With a fresh packet just opened, I thought it would be better to have linguine for dinner again.  Surprisingly , WB has no complain whatsoever over linguine again for dinner.  I have some leftovers of Ao-nori ( seaweed flakes ) which I had opened for making some muffins last month and the amount left was just perfect for making this delicious pasta.  Ao-nori are great for adding to Okonomiyaki , Yakisoba noodles and  Takoyaki.  Kept some for making takoyaki  tonight for our midnight snacks .  Alright...before I digress further, lets head back to this pasta .  This is so easy to whip up and it taste absolutely delicious with the ao-nori .  Every strands of linguine is coated with it...mmmm so good that I had a big portion for dinner.  It is healthy dinner for the both of us  :)


All you have to do is boil the linguine till al-dente. Drain off excess water.  Stir fry the fresh mushrooms with garlic till soft and cooked, add in some cherry tomatoes and add sea salt to taste.  Add in the cooked linguine and pour in ao-nori ( add in amount enough to coat all the linguine  )and give it  a quick stir so that all the strands of linguine is evenly coated.  Off heat. Dish up and serve while it is hot.


























Linguine With Fresh Mushroom Coated With Ao-nori

ingredients:

linguine enough for two persons
1/2 packet of Ao-nori
sea salt to taste
15 cherry tomatoes - halved
fresh mushroom of your choice - rinsed and dry with kitchen towels
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
a tbsp olive oil

Method:

Cook linguine in boiling water till al dente, drain off excess water, keep aside.

Heat up wok, add in olive oil and saute garlic till fragrant, add in mushrooms and stir fry till soft, add in tomatoes and sea salt ( amount to taste ) and give it a quick stir.  Add in the cooked linguine and Ao-nori and continue to stir till the linguine is evenly coated with the Ao-nori. Dish up and serve hot.


Have a great day !


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Wedding Event And WB Is The MC :)

WB is appointed as MC for my nephew's wedding this May 10th. And he is excited and I can see him preparing his speech and event for the wedding every night. He will edit and edit the whole night. LOL!, even with his own daughter's  ROM , I don't think he exuded this feeling of excitement as he is having now. And he keep asking about his attire that he will be wearing on that night....gosh he can be vain at times!  So , I told him that I will get ready his suit and tuxedo and ties for him.  Assuring him every now and then that he need not worry a thing about his dressing for that night. I  told him that I have ordered his tuxedo from http://www.tuxedosonline.com and it will be arriving soon.

I am sure his tuxedo will arrive in time for the wedding and I told him that he should not outshine the groom on that night :)  Gosh * shaking my head *  he is so VAIN !

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Linguine With Mushroom Topped With Fried Salmon Skin


Dinner was simple last night.  Boiled linguine till al dente, drained off the water and mixed into the stir fry fresh mushroom. Throw in a pinch of herbed sea salt  for taste.  Added some chilli flakes and ground black pepper for some hotness.  Pan seared salmon , a squeeze of lemon on it and tada...dinner is ready in less than 40 minutes.  Yummilicous and we eat this facing the idiot box watching my favorite programme of the night...yea watching Angel's Revenge which I had recorded in the morning before going to work.  I love one dish meal for just this reason.  Each of us holding a plate of pasta and multi tasking away.  Chomping down the pasta and the eyes glued to the idiot box LOL!  

love one dish meal especially pasta like this...mmmm yummy

























garnish with the fried  salmon skin 
and this pasta tasted so good that WB asked for second helping


Enjoy  !

Retirement And Having A Pet Cat ?

WB is thinking of having a pet cat at home.  I told him I want to travel and I do not wish to have another pet at home :( but he can be quite the stubborn Wild Boar at times.  I told him , he needs to spend a lot on the cat if he intends to take in one.  He is thinking of adopting one from the RSPC Ipoh.   Well, of course he is doing something heroic by adopting the cat from the RSPC but we will have to incur extra expenses when we travel.  Not to mention the supplements and food to be given to the cat and what about our two doggies at home.  For the cat, we need cat shampoo, cat food and to even get kidney medication for the cat when the cat needs it.  To keep the cat healthy is important and my two doggies are getting the best attention ever. My dogs are fed supplements too and it is not a joke at all. It is like feeding two kids :)  

But if WB is keen to adopt, well , I will not object as I will be retiring in another 8 months. I don't mind if he takes care of the cat himself and I will take care of the doggies. Infact , I love dogs more than cat :p  But I truly hope he will change his mind by then and just keep to having two doggies!

Stir Fry Fresh Shiitake And Oyster Mushrooms With Sea Prawns


I am a fan of fresh mushrooms :p and most of my meals consists of kimchi and stir fry mushrooms :) WB always complain that I live on mushrooms alone LOL!  but I always cook a meat dish for him or our Piggies will think I bully their Daddy Boar :)  Today I am sharing another mushroom dish . This dish is flavorful because I added deep fried whole garlic the dish.  It gives a stronger garlicky taste in the gravy and the deep fried garlic melts in the mouth...mmmm I can tuck in all the fried garlic and WB surprisingly loves the fried garlic too. 

























can you see the cloves of deep fried garlic in the dish
it just melts in the mouth...lovely. I think I will add more of deep fried garlic
in all my stir fry dishes :)


Stir Fry Fresh Shiitake And Oyster Mushrooms With Sea Prawns

Ingredients:

250 gm fresh shiitake  - rinse and drain dry
250 gm fresh grey oyster mushrooms - rinse and drain dry
10 pieces of fresh sea prawns - shelled and devein - season with a pinch of sugar 
                                                and a dash of  light soy sauce
5 cloves of garlic - deep fried
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 slice of ginger
spring onions - cut into 1/2" inch length

thickening sauce - mix together till well combined
1 tsp of corn flour
1 tsp of oyster sauce
1 tsp of chinese cooking wine
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of water

Method:

Heat wok , add in a slice of ginger and saute till fragrant.  Add in the seasoned sea prawns and stir fry till it turns pink and cooked.  Add in the fresh mushrooms and continue to stir fry till soft and cooked.  Add in the deep fried garlic and thickening sauce and spring onions.  Once the gravy thickens, dish up and serve hot.

Enjoy !




Office Sports Day

Our office will be having their sports event in May and the office staff are busy preparing for the event. I am in charge of getting the sports tees for the women netball team.  Every year it will be the same tee-shirts but for this once, I am going to get the best design for them as this will be my last official duty as I will be retiring in 8 months time :)  I want to give my girls the best tees-shirts for them to remember me, LOL! just kidding. This year we have a bit more allocations for getting the shirts so I am going to scout for the best for them.  

I will be having a discussion with my head of department and our netball girls next friday to decide on the color and design for the team. I am sure with the new tees shirts, my girls will do well in the competition :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CG Dinner @ Sun Lee How Fook Restaurant ,Ipoh


























This post is long overdue. Almost forgotten until I was about to format my thumbdrive :p and I saw this folder with restaurant dishes. I remembered we had a cell group dinner at Sun Lee How Fook , Jalan Kampar.  The CG normally celebrate the members birthday once every two months.  This dinner was held to celebrate two members birthday.  I can't remember whose it was... LOL!   Have a peep to see what else was ordered for that dinner.   Read on to see what you can ordered from this restaurant.  Most of the food there are tasty and delicious.  Prices are quite affordable though I would not say it is cheap either :p  The food we ordered came to about RM500 plus :)  I can't remember the name of the dishes but I know they are delicious..mmmm yummy !


Senior Housing Care

Don't we worry about our old age especially when the time comes when we are too frail to look after ourselves. We do right? But with new senior housing care sprouting everywhere, our children need not have to worry much if they are living overseas and cannot bring us along to stay with them. We have to face fact . Living overseas may be too cold for us when it is winter. Living in tropical country is better for old people. Thus with us putting up in a well run senior home care is a better solution especially one that is being run by people who are advance in technology and using software to help run their center.  A software that links residents and  pharmacy in real time so that the right resident, medication, dose, time, method, and documentation is delivered, every time. And the senior housing care centre using senior housing software here can retrieve clinical data quickly and securely.  

The children need not have to worry about settling their aged parents to senior housing care centre that uses this software to run their home.  I for one will not have to worry for sure :)

For A Higher Ranking Blog

My wish for this year is to make my blogs of great interest to my readers.  I want to achieve high ranking on google and yahoo. To achieve this, I need to have quality posts and guest posts with great backlinks. And another way to increase traffic is to have guest posts utilizing perfect post technology and to get high quality websites and blogs to link back to my blogs. Building SEO friendly backlinks that will increase search to my blogs.  And it is also important that I have relevant contextual backlinks that are safe for all search engines.

I had a chat with a friend who had recently consulted a iblbuilder to help her with her seo optimization efforts and boost her backlink profile.  The company that she engaged has done a great job and now her google ranking has gone up compared to her previous result.  Their seo tools and techniques allow website owner to chose the level of risk versus reward the owner is willing to take to build high quality 1 way links to owner websites and this literally means that owner receive permanent, inbound links from a wide variety of methods the owner chose and a variety of techniques.  After hearing this , I will consult iblbuilder to help me build my blogs to a higher ranking blogs and have quality backlinks back to my blogs.




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Homecooked Bak Kut Teh


The name ' Bak Kut Teh' is translated as ' meat bone tea '.  It consists of meat pork ribs simmered in herbs and spices ( star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic ) for hours.  I don't know they called it tea though there is no tea in the dish itself.  Additional ingredients such as offal, varieties of mushroom , pieces of dried tofu or fried tofu puffs are added to the dish.  WB bought a packet of A1 brand bak kut teh spice that comes in two sachets.  We used up the two sachets for one cooking.  It is so convenient to use ready packed bak kut teh spice.  All we need to add is required water, light and dark soy sauce and lots of garlic and of course the meat ribs and whatever ingredients we favor.  This is a versatile dish , you can add any meat you like.  I added coriander leaves for extra flavor.  Love this simple to prepare and delicious homecooked bak kut teh.   Oh, I added lots of tofu puffs and fried beancurd skin.  Serve this with piping hot rice and of course not to forget chopped bird eye's chillies and garlic sauce.  I can eat two bowls of rice at one sitting.





























Bak Kut Teh


Ingredients:

1 packet of ready packed Bak Kut Teh spice/herbs - I used A1 brand
1/2 kg meat ribs
* optional - offal of your choice
dried mushrooms - soak and cut of stems
tofu puffs
dried beancurd skin
coriander leaves - amount up to individual
water
light soya sauce
dark soy sauce
sea salt to taste
1 head garlic - crushed

enough water to cover the meat


Cook the  meat ribs and offals in hot boiling water for 10 mins.  Pour away the water. Drain off excess water.  

Put the  A1 satchets of  bak kut teh spices,  garlic, the parboiled meat, and water in a deep pot.  Put to boil under high heat for 30 mins.  Add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and mushrooms to the soup and simmered for another 1 hour under medium low heat.  When the meat is soft and tender, add in the tofu puffs, dried beancurd skin and coriander leaves and continue to simmer for another 20 mins. Add in salt to taste.  

Serve with piping hot rice.


Enjoy !



Benefits Of Apricot Kernels

I just came to know that apricot kernels are good for health.  Apricot seeds can be consumed raw or ground into a powder. It can be added to soups, vegetables, curries , fruit juice or cereal.  Apricot Kernels can be roasted for the oil and is used in salad dressings, cooking and facial lotions. We can get best apricot kernels from this website.  I have listed below some of the benefits of apricot kernels. 

Apricot Kernels Benefits:-

1. Skin Scrub - Gives a glowing complexion and renewed radiance.

2. Cancer - It contains Vitamin B17 that helps prevent cancer.  Apricot seed oil helps to kill cancer cells as bone cancer, skin cancer and cervical cancer.

3. Blood Pressure - Vitamin B17 helps maintain blood pressure and also lowers high blood pressure.

4. Arthritis - It helps to reduce arthritis symptoms and soothes and relief pain.

5. Colds and Flu - Helps maintain the immune system and strengthens the body's ability to fight infections such as colds and flu.

6. Cooking -  Apricot seed oil is used for cooking and flavouring of traditional Italian liquor and can also be used as salad oil that has many health benefits.

7.  Nourishes -  Natural apricot seed oil contains gamma linoleic acid that is useful to firm and tone your skin.  This also contains Vitamin A and E to soothe and slow down the aging process.  It has nourising properties and an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe eczema.

8. Cosmetics - Apricot seed oil contains high fatty acids, Vitamin E and A which is used to moisturize nourish dry and mature skin.  This oil is used in cosmetics like  soaps, creams and skin lotions. And the oil gets absorbed into the skin easily without leaving any oily residue.  This oil is used for massage and as a sunbathing oil. And this oil is use as a base with other aromatherapy oils.

9.  Hair Health - Used with other oils like Amla , coconut and olive to cure dry and flaky scalp. Helps restore shine to hair.

10.  Moisturizer - Used as a moisturizer for dry areas such as elbows, knees, feet and hands. Make the skin extra soft and smooth.

11. Night Oil - Mix it with any other essential oil that suits you and massage gently on skin. It helps moisturize dry skin.



Enjoy reading !



Friday, April 4, 2014

Oven Baked Spring Roll


I saw this healthy version of crispy spring roll from MyKitchenSnippets.  Baking them is much more healthier as not much oil is used, just a drizzle of oil on the surface.  The disavantage is,  it doesn't keep its crispness for long and it doesn't brown evenly.  But I still prefer this version though the fried ones would be crunchier. The chinese turnips filling is .packed with flavors and the wood ear fungus give the rolls the crunch it deserved :)  If you are making this as finger food for a party, it is adviseable to deep fried them so that they retain their crispness longer.  I finished them all within minutes and for once I don't have to feel guilty...nom nom away :)


























Oven Baked Spring Roll - adapted from My Kitchen Snippets with some alterations

Ingredients:

1 medium size jicama/bangkuang/yam bean
1 small onions – slice thinly
2 carrots – julienned
6 pieces of dried chinese mushroom – slice thinly
1 big piece of wood ear fungus - soak and slice thinly
3 cloves garlic – finely chopped
a few sprigs of coriander – chopped up coarsely


1 egg - beaten
1 packet of spring roll wrappers

Seasonings:

1 tbsp oyster sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp of sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup of water

Method:

1. Thaw the frozen spring roll wrappers.
2. Heat up the frying pan with a tbsp of olive oil. Add in chopped garlic, onions and stir fry until fragrant.  
3. Add in jicama and carrots and wood ear fungus. Stir fry for a few minutes and add in all the seasonings and 1/2 cup of water. Continue cooking for another 7 minutes or until the jicama is soft. Check seasoning and lastly add in the chopped coriander leaves. Set aside to cool.
4. Prepare a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Lightly brush it with some vegetable oil.
5. Peel off a piece of wrapper and place it on a flat surface. Place some cooked filling in the center of the wrapper, pull over both ends and roll up the wrapper. Brush the end with some egg to seal.
6. Line all the spring rolls on the baking sheet. Lightly brush the spring roll with some vegetable oil.
7. Bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 25 minutes or until lightly brown. Serve warm or room temperature with some chili sauce.




Enjoy !


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Solution For Hair Loss

I should have taken good care of my hair when I was young.  Who bothers when they are young so I was one of them and today I realized that I should have taken good hair of my scalp and hair. Eating a healthy diet and popping in multivitamin should be steps taken when younger but now in my mid fifties, this step would not take any effects.  My hair line is getting wider and hair getting thinner. Oh well, nothing can be done except to apply tonic to my scalp daily.  And hopefully this treatment will help to maintain the hair growth and helps prevent hair drop.  My Piggies told me not to worry so much as there is such a thing as wigs.  They even asked me to purchase one for fashion sake and to get used to wearing one as it would boost my image . Fashion wigs will are trendy today as compared to two decades ago.  They come in different styles and color tones. Out of curiosity, I checked out their website and to my delight , I found that the wigs are fashionable and they are some with short hair cuts.  Just click here for wigs if you are looking for one yourself :)
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