Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wishing All A Happy 2016

We had a simple New Year eve dinner at home......

English Roast for Wild Boar


a simple chicken drumstick marinated with glutinous rice wine
with ginger and wood ear fungus for yours truly

Looking back into the year 2015

2015 had been a wonderful year despite the ups and downs in our lives....three wonderful things happened - (1) in early March, I opted for early retirement and (2) our son Josh got married in June and he gave me a wonderful new daughter Elaine and (3)our daughter Joanna graduated in August and is now taking a year off to do what she loves doing which she deserves :) 

During the earlier months of 2015 , I suffered pains from my frozen shoulder and Hallelujah I am healed now - I believe sometimes God give us pain is to make us strong and God has been gracious by giving me Wild Boar aka hubby and BFF to help me through my discomfort and pain. Cooking for me when I am not able to do it and supportive kids to encourage me to do what I love to do most....baking, cooking and to be a shutter bug too :)  

My early Christmas gift - Nikon DSLR D3200 is a good start to be coming a shutter bug comes 2016 and I will face 2016 with positive attitude. One is never too old to learn as long as the will to succeed is always present. 

I  wish my loved ones, friends and readers a Happy 2016 and that you all will have a positive attitude too :)




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dried Curry Pork Ribs


Oh gosh, this is the most delicious dried curry ribs I have ever cooked till date.  I bought this cookbook just a few days ago and I knew I had to tried it out ! Wasting no time , I cooked it for our dinner this evening .  I tweaked it a bit...opt out the galangal and instead added in turmeric leaves.

Boy, wasn't I thrilled at the end results... succulent ribs coated with a layer of luscious aromatic curry. I enjoyed seeing the way WB tucks in the  ribs.  A keeper for sure and I will surely cook this dish again .  I am sure my sons and daughters would love this !  WB will pester me to cook this again and I don't mind as the ingredients are easily obtainable and easy to whip up unlike other curries which entails a lot of preparation. 

meaty pork ribs , pounded ' rempah ' ( a combination of 
fresh turmeric, shallots, garlic, lemongrass,fresh chillies
and dried chillies  )  brown sugar
curry powder and coconut milk

so aromatic...love it !


Dried Curry Pork Ribs  

Ingredients A

1.5 kg pork ribs
3 tbsp of vegetable oil

* I added 1 turmeric leave - roll up leave and cut it into fine strips

Ingredients B ( to be pounded )

100 gm  shallot
3 -4  cloves garlic
5 red chillies
8 dried chillies
1 inch turmeric
2 stalks lemongrass
50 gm galangal * I opted out

Ingredients C

300 gm coconut milk
400 ml water
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp  meat curry powder
salt to taste

Method:

1. Wash pork ribs and blanched in hot boiling water , drain well and set aside.

2. Heat oil in wok, pour in ingredients B and stir fry until fragrant and oil surfaces . Gradually pour in some coconut milk and stir fry till fragrant. Add in pork ribs and stri fry until fragrant, followed by remaining ingredients C, mix evenly. Cook over medium heat until gravy is almost dried up and ribs has soften , add in thecut  turmeric leaves. Dish up and serve.

Enjoy !


The Perfect Digital Mixer - DJM-T1

Time flies and soon it will be Christmas...another 3 weeks and everyone is busy preparing their Christmas eve menu.  We will be having our CG christmas dinner this weekend and we are having potluck this time .  Food is my department and the night programme after food is WB's department. He will have to prepare some songs and games.  He is thinking of having a session of karaoke and he wants it to be like a real performance.  Joe , his buddy will lend him his Digital Mixer-djm t1, a complete solution , a hybrid mixer that has a controller and audio interface in one unit.  Wow, I am sure, we will be have lots of fun this coming weekend . Food and a good sound system brings us all together more closer and I can't wait for the weekend to arrive.  

I will be cooking a dish that will make my cg friends drools before they partake of the food before their eyes....hehehe wicked me alright !
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