I was young, my friends and I enjoyed outdoor games during our school holidays,
weekends and whatever free time we have. In our present days, most kids and
young people are staying indoors glued to their ipads, smartphones, tablets,
etc. Have you noticed that the modern kids and young people hardly join outdoor
activities or sweat out playing games with their friends? You can just look
around in public places especially in eateries.
waiting for their food to be served, it is normal nowadays to see those around
the tables focusing on their smartphones or ipads in their hands, hardly
speaking to another. Young parents will be on their smartphones and their
little toddlers will be given ipads to occupy them so as not to disturb their
feel that we as parents or adults who have children under our care, to create
more opportunities for our kids or young people to encourage them to be more
involved in healthy activities. We need to organize fun games to attract the
are some exciting games to consider that are both fun and hilarious. One is the
Human Bowling Ball Game using inflatable Zorb balls. This
bowling game can be played in the open field or spacious indoor hall. These
zorb ball games are suitable for team building events, family or children’s
camp where players get to have fun activities or healthy exercise. Water games
using zorb balls are both fun and exciting for both adults and kids with adult
game to consider is the Bubble Soccer
using inflatable big bubble balls. With proper adult supervision these games
are great to encourage our kids or young people away from their modern gadgets.
the inflatable zorb and big bubble soccer balls, you can also plan games using
other inflatable products which are easily obtainable online. To help with your
planning of these fun games, you can check out the products at inflatable-zone.com. These are
great products to invest in when we are thinking in terms of health of our
This is my first time making Baek-kimchi , literally translated as white kimchi in English . It is not made with hot pepper flakes and gochujang paste, which is why it called white kimchi . And it is a Non spicy kimchi. It is made with ingredients like chestnuts,jujubes, pine nuts and a whole range of vegetables. I omitted using salted fermented shrimp , so you can call this kimchi a vegetarian Kimchi. It has a lot of fresh flavors , and is incredibly refreshing and colorful too. A great side dish to serve your family. I have two friends who shared my love for kimchi . After making this white kimchi, I gave them each a tub to try out and I am sure they will love this white kimchi . Healthy side dish and easy to make too.
* I did not follow Maangchi style of stuffing the vegetable fillings, I cut the napa cabbage into bite size pieces and arrange them alternately one layer of napa cabbage and one layer of vegetable fillings in a pyrex dish until all the vegetables are used up.
I am a great fan of Maangchi and I love all her recipes , I want to try out each and every one of her korean dishes that she shared on her official website . She always make me drool before sleeps take over :)
the vegetables used are carrots, radish, leeks, spring onions, red chilli and jujube
to ferment the kimchi - blend together korean pear, garlic, onions and ginger
add the blended seasoning into prepared brine water. Let it sit for 30 mins
sieve the blended seasoning and brine mixture before adding to the layers of napa cabbage and vegetable fillings
arrange them alternately ,one layer of napa cabbage and one layer of vegetable fillings
once all the vegetables are used up, pour brine
onto the kimchi till it is all submerged
make sure all the vegetables are submerged in the the brine
Cover and let it sit at room temperature until it starts fermenting, which should
be 1 1/2 days to 3 days depending on how warm your room is.
Keep an eye on the kimchi and taste it now and then,
once the brine turns sour, it is fermenting
Keep in fridge and it will slow down the fermenting process.
1 large napa cabbage
1/3 cup, 1 tbsp plus 2 tsps salt
1/2 pound korean radish ( daikon) cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup carrot, cut into matchsticks
3/4 cup buchu ( Asian chives) cut into 1 inch * I replaced with leeks and spring onions
3 jujubes, seeded, cut into strips
2 fresh chestnuts, peeled and cut inot thin strips * I ommited
2 tbsp pine nuts * I ommited
1/2 of red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into thin strips * I replaced with red chilli
1 medium Korean pear, peeled and cored
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup onion
1 tsp ginger
Salt the cabbage
1. Cut the cabbage in half, then cut a slit through the core 2 inches above the stem, so the leaves are loosened but still attached.
2. Rinse the halves under running water, or soak them in a basin for a few seconds until all the leaves are wet.
3. Put the halves in a large basin and sprinkle 1/3 cup of salt evenly between the leaves. Let them sit for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, turning them over every 20 mins.
4. Rinse the cabbage under cold running water a couple of times to get rid of any dirt or salt. Split each half under the running water, to divide the cabbage into quarters. Cut out the remainder of the core. Drain and set aside.
Make the vegetable fillings:
1. Combine radish, carrot, jujubes, chives, chestnuts and red bell pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
Make seasoning mix for brine
1. Blend pear, garlic, onion and ginger in a food processor until creamy. Set aside.
1. Mix 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp of salt in abowl with a wooden spoon. Stir it well until the salt is thoroughly dissolved.
2. Put the blended seasoning mix into a cotton pouch, or wrap it a couple times in cheesecloth and put it into the bowl of brine. Press it down with a spoon so the delicious blended flavors seep through. Squeeze it a bit and stir the brine for a while. Remove the pouch.
Make the kimchi
1. Spread the vegetable fillings between each leaf of the cabbage. Fold the stuffed cabbage quarters over and put them into a container, glass jar or korean earthenware pot.
2. Pour the brine over the kimchi so its submerged.
3. Cover and let sit at room temperature unti it starts fermenting, which should be between 1 1/2 to 3 days depending on how warm your room is. A warmer room will ferment faster. Just keep an eye o the kimchi and taste it now and then. When the brine turns sour, it is fermenting.
4. Move it to the fridge, which will slow down the fermentation process. It will keep for about 1 month. Serve cold.
Chilli Crabs...my mom's signature dish. My siblings and I grew up eating crabs cooked in this manner. And I copied cat my mom's signature dish. I managed to get fresh mud crabs from the outside fish stall near my housing estate. Normally , I have to get them from the UTC wet market and it is really pricey . I enjoyed cooking this dish but I did not enjoy killing them...oops I will not go into further details. I bought two meat mud crabs and two with roes.
This dish is easy to whip out and it tasted wonderfully delicious. Hubby and I cleaned up every single drop of the flavorful gravy with bread. With each mouthful of the gravy, the flavors just burst in the mouth. So good that I can't stop licking up the gravy :) everything is forgotten, the artery clogging roe from the crabs in the gravy making it so sweet , I felt transported to another part of heaven on earth! So yummy delicious that I am happy to share the simple recipe with you guys :) Try it to believe me !
saute the prepared chilli mixture with rice bran oil till fragrant
and the oil surface to the top
add in the cut crabs and continue to cook till it turned red
add in 3/4 cup of water and 3 tbsp of thickening
and continue simmer till gravy thickened
dish up and served hot, garnish top with sliced spring onions
the best part of the crabs goes to hubby...he doesnt know how to eat the body
even that I have to crack the pincers for him ..he is spoilt by me :p
Chilli Crabs - My Mom's Signature Dish
4 medium sized crabs - removed shell, cleaned and cut into half
3/4 cup water - for simmering
2 tbsp of rice bran oil to saute the chilli sauce mixture
2 tbsp of thickening - ( 2 tsp corn flour and 1 tbsp of water )
chilli sauce mixture for 4 medium sized crabs
2 tbsp of chilli paste ( dried chillies , soaked and pounded )
5 cloves of garlic- finely chopped
3 perserved sour plum + 2 tbsp of the sour plum water
3 tbsp of fermented bean paste ( tau cheong )
1 tsp of sugar
sliced spring onions
Heat up 2 tbsp of rice bran oil in a wok, once the oil is hot, add in the chilli sauce mixture and saute till it is fragrant and the oil has surfaced on top. Add in the cut crabs and stir fry till it turned red. Add in the water and thickening. Cover wok with lid and simmer till gravy thickens and the crabs are cooked through. Dish up and served hot . Garnish top with sliced spring onions.
Most modern wigs are made of synthetic fiber and they are now very affordable and stylish. You can still get wigs made from human hair. During my younger days, people wears wigs only when they are bald or their hair are thinning, but today people wear wigs for fashion sake. It is a lot easier to have different hair look every day with wigs. You can choose to have long hair for today or short bob hair for the next day. A stylish and beautiful hair styles can help uplift a person's image. For me, a wig is not just to cover human's greatest fear - baldness , but it made us feels good . We can choose the colors we like, from dark brown to light brown or even black . As for me, I will choose a color that is suitable for me. A bob look style will look good on me...making me look much younger.
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Eggplant can be cooked in many ways. I prefer simple one like this...easy to prepare and doesn't take much time to prepare. Homegrown eggplants are the best as they are not only organic but near at hand too...just pluck them when they are in season :p Okay, back to making this simple yet delicious appetizer dish. Minty, tangy and some heat from the bird's eye chillies made this dish so good that I have put in my to-make-again list :)
I learned from a cooking book that give tips on how to cook eggplant so that the inside wont turn dark color. First ,lightly cook the eggplant as a whole in hot oil. Take it out, then boil in hot boiling water till cook. I guess it worked as you can see the inside doesn't change color, making the eggplants looks refreshing. The eggplants, mint leaves and calamansi are from my lil garden space . I whipped out a simple appetizer using homegrown stuffs :) Hope you like this recipe too :)
first fry the eggplant in hot oil, then boil in hot water
so that the inside will not turn darker color, it works as you can see
the inside is refreshing and maintain its color :)
Add lightly sauteed chopped garlic to the eggplant
the minty, tangy plus the sauteed garlic really give
flavors to the bland eggplant and the chillies gives heat to the dish
what can I say, the flavors just explode in the mouth ...mmmm
excellent appetizer dish!
Minty , Tangy Eggplant Appetizer
5 eggplants -wash and wipe dry
oil enough to fry the eggplant
3 cloves of garlic- chopped
3 tbsp of chopped mint leaves
2 bird's eye chillies - sliced
2 calamansi - cut into halves and squeeze juice
1 tsp of rice bran oil
1 drop of sesame oil
salt to taste
Heat oil in a wok and fry the eggplant till skin is lightly brown. Dish out and put the fried eggplant in boiling water and cook till soft. Dish out and let it cool down before removing the skin. Cut into 1.5 inch length wise strips. Place the cut eggplant in a bowl.
Lightly saute chopped garlic till lightly brown and crisps. Dish out and leave aside. Chop mint leaves and slice chillies . Cut calamansi into halves and squeeze juice into a small bowl.
Add the mint leaves, chillies, a drop sesame oil and 1 tsp of rie bran oil to the cut eggplants. Mix well together and add in salt and calamansi juice to taste. Add in the sauteed garlic as garnishing last. Serve this appetizer cold or warm
Time flies , it has been one and half years since my son had a garden wedding . He had his wedding held in one of the resort at Genting Highlands. I remembered how busy both families were just organising the wonderful event especially my in-laws. They did most of the hard work :) Thank you to the in-laws for helping out in order that the wedding event went through smoothly.
Now it is my cousin's turn to be busy. Her daughter wanted a beach wedding. Whoa, a beach wedding is something I really looked forward to. It will be my first time and I am excited. She is smarter than me, she got a wedding planner to do the organizing. Thus, all she need to do is to pray for fine weather comes end of December :) She told me she bought all her dresses needed for the occasions fromwww.modabridal.co.uk and her daughter Emily has ordered her cheap beach wedding dresses uk from there too. I will check out the website and maybe order two beach party dresses for the beach wedding come December :) Below is one that my niece has ordered for her wedding ...simple, and yet elegant !
This is Wild Boar's all time favourite dish. Whenever we eat out at those Chap Fun shop, he will be looking out for this hairy gourd dish. This is also my mom's signature dish. When I was young, my mom used to cook this for the family. I watched her cook this , I was fascinated by the beautiful color of this dish then. And I watched every step taken to cook this dish. My family grew up eating this and I am surprised that Wild Boar loves this dish too.
So today, I will be sharing how to cook this simple and easy and delicious stir fry hairy gourd with dried shrimps. The carrot gives the dish a refreshing and uplifting look. The vermicelli or glass noodles is a perfect combination to this dish giving texture to the dish. It absorbs the flavorful taste of dried shrimps , making this dish very sought after by my hubby. I am happy when he said mine tasted better than the one from the shop. The one sold has a more soggy texture whereas mine has more texture...reason being it was not overcooked and I added less water and giving it a quick stir fry and lightly braised:)
sauteed garlic and dried shrimps gave this dish
the aroma that makes this dish much sought after by hubby
add less water so that the vermicelli is not soggy
1medium sized hairy gourd - pare off skin and cut into strips1 small carrot - cut into strips
1 small bundle of vermicelli/glass noodles - soak in water till just soft, drain off water
2 tbsp of dried shrimps- wash, clean and soak for 5 mins till soft
3 cloves of garlic- chopped
1 tbsp of rice bran oil
a pinch of salt
a shake of white pepper
1 tsp of oyster sauce
1/2 cup of water/ stock
Heat up wok with 1 tbsp of rice bran oil, when oil is smoking hot, add in chopped garlic and dried shrimps and sauted till fragrant. Add in the carrot and hairy gourd strips and continue to stir fry tillthey soften slightly, Add in soften vermicelli/glass noodles and give a quick stir, add in water/stock and seasoning and give it 6 mins braise under medium heat till water has evaporate a bit. Dish up and serve with piping hot rice.
Wow, time really flies. In less than a month, it will be Christmas and hubby and I will be spending an early Christmas together with our daughters and son in Singapore. Killing two birds with a stone. My daughter Joanna will be having her first oversea calligraphy workshop in Singapore a week before Christmas. We took the opportunity to be there too . We are opportunists....the family can be together for a short break before Christmas. Singapore is lighted up with Christmas decorations now and this is great time for me to be there . As many of you knows that photography is my new hobby. This trip to Singapore would be a great opportunity to learn night photography from two sifus. One is hubby and the other is son Joshua :) I am most blessed to have them as my photography sifus ,
Okay, back to main topic. Now this the time to shop for Christmas gift for the family. I have been searching online for gifts that will please the whole family. Shopping online for gifts has made life easier for me and hubby. Since I will be spending time with the kids in Singapore, I will give them each an early Christmas pressies. We can have an early Christmas celebration . It is easier to get gifts for the girls but for the guys, it is harder.
My son Josh loves anything music...we will never go wrong if it is music related and we finally found sometime good for him. A psp software is a signal processor software that can converts digital information into sound. Once the info is processed, he can shape the sound however he wants. The plug-ins and downloads found are affordable, easy to install and an absolute blast to use. This software will be great for him as he loves to make his own music :)
One gift solved and now . Light and easy to take with us to Singapore :) Josh will get his early Christmas pressies all the way from the US. So happy that they ship to Malaysia now. Makes shopping online easy for us. If you still not know what to get for your music friends, check out their website for more ideas what to get for them this Christmas.
I can't believe I made Terengganu Lekor !!! Inspired by Kathy of Small Kucing and Kristy of My Little Space....I took some from Kathy's and some from Kristy and guess what, I got a good combination and the lekor turned out wonderful. I thought the making entails lot of work but actually it was the washing up that is tiring :) but it was worth all the efforts. It was really a delicious snack and what more homemade ones are much more healthier . Homemade ones are not so fishy as to the one being sold by the traders, reason being those sold ones, they use all kinds of fishes thus giving them the unique taste and aroma :p I suppose it is the unique taste and aroma that people prefers those sold ones.
I used Ikan Mambong thus my lekor doesn't have that unique fishy aroma but the texture is almost the same. Infact I prefer the texture of my homemade ones...has a springy feel that is perfect for me and hubby. Too chewy , it will be hard for us to chew on. On the whole, I give myself 8/10 rating :p
For my overseas readers who have not heard of this Lekor, here is an excerpt taken from Wikipedia for your information.
Lekor or Keropok lekor is a traditional Malay fish cracker snack originated from the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. It is also called fish sausage, fish stick, or fish fritters. It is made from fish and sago flour and seasoned with salt and sugar. It is slightly greyish in colour and tastes fishy. The fishy smell increases when it cools down. The origin of the word "Lekor" is said to be derived from Terengganu Malay which means "roll".
It is usually made by grinding fish or vegetables into a paste, mixing it with sago and then deep-frying it. It comes in three main forms: lekor (which is long and chewy), losong (steamed) and keping (which is thin and crispy). It is frequently served with dipping sauces.
There are two types of Keropok Lekor; Keropok Lekor Goreng and Keropok Lekor Keping. Keropok Lekor Goreng is shaped into sausage size and tastes more chewy, whereas Keropok Lekor Keping is shaped into slices and has crispier texture. Keropok Lekor is eaten with Terengganu’s homemade chili sauce.
step 1 - remove guts , wash and slice two sides of the fish
step 2: use spoon to scrape off meat from the bone and fish skin
step 3: place fish meat in blender, add in salt and pepper and a few pieces of ice
and blend into smooth paste, take out the fish paste and put into a mixing bowl
add in the flour mixture and knead until the fish paste leaves the side of the bowl
step 4: Divide fish dough into several portions
roll them into rope shape and coat them with cooking oil ( I used rice bran oil )
arrange them on greased pan.
step 5: Cook them in boiling water and once they float up, they are done,
coat with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Frozen them for future use
You can eat them either boiled or deep fried. I tried both method and
it was GOOD eating them boiled or deep fried.
crispy on the outside and springy chewy on the inside...YUMMZ!
This is my first time being introduced to JBL PA speakers. Hubby and I were searching around for music related gifts for our son Joshua. But this jbl pro is not suitable for him but maybe this is great for our music friend Joe. JBL has a wide range of speaker options for music artists at every level. From aspiring DJs to professional stage engineers touring with chart-topping bands and whatever the scale of production and pro audio may need, it is the perfect PA speakers for this group of people. Thus we strike this out of our christmas gift list but has put it under KIV in case we need to get something for our friend Joe :)
They have a great range of speakers that is right at home in any venue, delivering the flexibilit needed to cater to any audio setup. Good news for our musician friend Joe. He has his own band and he might want to change his old set for a more powered model :) It is no secret that JBL makes truly world class speakers ! Check it out at their website to know more about about their portable multimedia speakers :)
Btw, we found the most appropriate Christmas gift for our son. Will share in my next coming posts :) stay tuned!
Its been a long time since the last time I cooked this dish. Saw the balitong ( sea snails ) being sold at the UTC market and who could resists it..of course I could not and bought home 1 kg with mud and all. WB is against me eating but temptation is just too strong for me. I failed when it comes to food. The glutton me , huffing and puffing away preparing this dish in the kitchen while the man of the house kept coming to the kitchen and nagged away. " dirty looking and bad for your health " The woman of the house replied " No worries , don't we always ask God to bless the food before eating, sanctify it and make it good for our body? " LOL ! That was part of the conversation recorded in my brain in my kitchen last Saturday :)
Eating these balitong reminded me of my childhood...my grandma used to stir fry with hot fiery rempah :) and we had the thrill of sucking out the meat from the shell :p And my grandma was the one who taught me how to suck out the meat from the shell. Kids learn fast and when I first introduced to my daughter, she learns fast too and till today, she loves to eat these too. My son doesnt like balitong ....too scary for him as in he doesn't know what is inside the shell hahaha he is scared of worms :p
I tried to replicate this dish, Spicy Hot Balitong With Kangkung (water spinach ) that is being served in restaurant :) And I know mine taste good :p Serious !
Anyway , this is one of my favourite dish. Homecooked ones are still the best :)
Here is another link for another balitong dish that I cooked some time back
ingredients to make this flavorful and delicious dish
love the aroma of the rempah and dried shrimps
wafting out from the wok while it is being saute
adding the water spinach makes the dish more complete
a kg all to myself :)
Spicy Hot Balitong With Water Spinach
1 kg Balitong - wash off mud, wash and rinse until clean,
chop 1/4 inch off end of shell with the back of a cleaver
and wash off the chippings of shell before cooking
a small bundle of water spinach - wash and pluck the tender leaves and stem for use,
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
3 shallots - chopped
3 tbsp of dried shrimps - soak and pound coarsely
3 tbsp of fresh rempah ( from the wet market ) * use 1.5 tbsp of fish curry powder if fresh rempah is not available.
1 stalk of lemongrass - crushed
a tsp of sugar
salt to taste
2 tbsp of rice bran oil
Heat up wok, add in oil. When oil is hot , add in the chopped garlic and shallots and saute till fragrant. Add in the fresh rempah and dried shrimps and saute till oil separate from the rempah. Add in the balitong and stir fry for 5 mins. Add 1/2 cup of water, sugar and salt to taste, cook with wok cover on over medium high heat. Remove wok cover after 15 mins, add in the water spinach and stir fry until the water spinach is cooked. Dish up and serve hot.
I collected only 4 okras from my okra plant at a time. I pinch myself that I should have planted more :p okay I can't cook anything fanciful with just 4 okras. I decided to make a simple salad with some cut tomato. Gosh...this is so good that I will definitely make this again. So healthy and delicious. I make a simple dressing of soy sauce , sesame oil, sugar and wasabi..yea you heard right! Wasabi adds heat to the dressing...so yummy that I had to share this simple to make and taste so good salad :)
homegrown okra taste sweet and tender
the moment the rice is cooked, just place the okras on top of the cooked rice
and leave it there till needed
stir together the wasabi in soy sauce with a pinch of sugar and a drop of sesame oil
before pouring over the okras and cut tomato
Okra And Tomato Salad
4-5 okras - steamed over cooked rice, cut into halves
2 firm ripe tomato- deseed and diced
dressing: stir the dressing ingredients in a sauce dish till well combined
1.5 tbsp of soy sauce
a drop of sesame oil
1/2 tsp of wasabi powder - mixed with 1 tsp of water
a pinch of sugar
Wash okras.. steam for 5 mins in boiling water or just place on top of cooked rice and cover lid till needed. Cut steamed okra into halves and arrange on salad plate. Diced tomato into bite sized and placed in center of plate .
Stir the dressing ingredients together in a small sauce dish till well combined
I have been indulging in seafood the last two months. I don't understand why I have this sudden cravings like a pregnant woman...thinking of seafood day and night. I woke up early yesterday morning and I was still having this stupid craving for Lala ( sea clams ). I pestered Wild Boar to take me to the wet market (UTC building) and he was so kind. We were there quite early and managed to get large sized Lala which costs us RM24 per kilogramme. Bought half kilo back and I whipped out this delicious savoury stir fry clams. Very chinese style and trust me, homecooked ones taste lots better than store bought ones. My piggies and Wild Boar love my savoury stir fry. So appetizing and delicious and this really satisfied my cravings :)
simple and easy to whip out dish
the ingredients are fermented beans (tauchu), 2 pickled sour plums,
chopped garlic, bird's eye chillies and julienned ginger
spring onions for garnishing
Savoury Stir Fry Sea Clams (Lala) Chinese Style
serves 2 persons
1/2 kilo sea clams ( Lala) - soaked in salt water for 10 mins - rinse and drain off water
1 tbsp of chopped garlic
3 bird's eye chillies - chopped
3 slices of ginger - julienned
2 pickled sour plums
1 tbsp of fermented beans ( tauchu)
a pinch of sugar
1/2 cup water
1.5 tbsp of rice bran oil
spring onion and coriander for garnishing
Heat up 1 1/2 tbsp rice bran oil in a wok , add in ingredients (A) and saute till fragrant. Add in the sea clams and stir fry till it turned pinkish. Add 1/2 cup water and cover wok with lid and cook for a further 7 mins. Open lid and when all the clams has opened up, add in a pinch of sugar. Dish up and garnish with spring onions and coriander leaves.