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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jelebi 【印度油炸甜甜圈】



I have made a point to make one or two types of Indian sweets every year during the Diwali time in the past years. 

This year, it is Jelebi, a type of sweet similar to funnel cakes, it is just much smaller in size comparing to funnel cake.  It is made by deep-frying the batter in circular shapes and then soaked in sugar syrup until it is all coated with syrup. 

This sweet is particularly popular in the Northern part of Indian. it can be served warm or cold. 

过去十年间只要我工作不是特别忙碌,我都会在排灯节(Diwali)前自己做一两种印式甜点过节拜拜用。

今年排灯节前两天刚好我不上班,就做了这款比较复杂的油炸甜甜圈Jelebi。这款甜点材料其实很简单,却是非常难做的一个甜点,两天里我做了三次才算是比较满意了。它的难度在于熬制糖浆的温度和炸圈圈时的手势,完全的纯手艺要求呢!

这道甜点可以冷热两吃,各有各的风味。

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sirap Selasih【兰香子玫瑰饮】



One of my favorite drinks during the Ramadan month is this Sirap Selasih drink. This refreshing drink not only replenish sugar and liquid the body needed during the fasting month, the Holy basil seeds/Selasih/Sabja seeds added to it makes the drink very nutritious.

According to this website:

Sabja seeds, or basil seeds, are full of fibre content, which keeps your stomach fuller for longer time (reduces your appetite), further prevent overeating and unnecessary cravings. They are also a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that comes from high levels of omega-3 fatty acids present in the seeds. These acids help in stimulating the fat burning metabolism in the body. In fact, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, daily consumption of linolenic acid results in fat loss

. Besides this, basil seeds are low in calories and high in nutrients. A teaspoon of sabja seeds would not pack up more than two to four calories and will ensure that your body is loaded with vitamins and minerals - including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron along with vitamins A, B-complex, E and K - all of which are essential for weight management.

兰香子玫瑰饮是我家乡穆斯林斋戒月的时候最常见的饮料之一,它香甜解渴,又特别营养。

根据百度百科的记载:

兰香子,学名明列子,为唇型花科、罗勒属、一年生、芳香性亚灌木状、草本植物。原产于印度又名罗勒子、奇异子、南眉籽。当地土著称“达卡”从西元3500年前阿兹迪卡古文明已经开始种植食用,是一种带来健康及体力和耐力的食物。 兰香子可以作为饮料的种子,具有排毒、清热、健脾、养胃、减肥保健等功效。

兰香子是罗勒之成熟果实,其大小如芝麻,内含于果实中,颗粒饱满圆润,在东南亚曾一度被认为是稀有的草药。

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Loofah Egg Mee Sua 【絲瓜蛋酥麵線】



A parent from my son A's Chinese school gave me a seedling of loofah in spring. It took the plant a very long time to bloom and I almost thought that there will not be any harvest this year. 

The plant finally bloomed and bear fruits sometimes end of summer/beginning of fall. Homegrown loofah is so tender and tasty and I made so many different dishes with it. One of my favorite ways to cook loofah is this Mee Sua soup, quick, simple yet very hearty in this cold weather, a perfect way to use my last two loofah of the season!

春天种下的丝瓜在我左顾右盼几个月之后终于在夏末开花结果了, 自己种的丝瓜非常鲜嫩好吃。有天跟我妈聊天时她说丝瓜煮面线最好吃了,刚好冰箱里还存着收成的最后两根丝瓜,就拿来做了丝瓜蛋酥面线,今年的丝瓜收成就算完美收官了~~


Friday, October 26, 2018

Vegetarian Taiwanese Mooncake 【纯素绿豆椪】





I made the Taiwanese Mooncake (绿豆椪)last year and was loved by my many of my Taiwanese friends. A few of my vegetarian friends requested that I try to make a vegetarian version of it, so I make a batch of these vegetarian Taiwanese Mooncake and it turned out just as good! 

去年中秋节我做了两批台式月饼绿豆椪,朋友们都很喜欢,今年慈济功德会的师姐们就问我看看能不能做一批素食版的,中秋节那几周我比较忙,一直拖到节后才有时间做了一批纯素的绿豆椪。出来的效果很好,一点都不输传统的绿豆椪哦!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Steamed scallion Sausage twisted rolls 【葱花火腿花卷】



My scallions are still doing great even though the weather is getting colder, so I picked a bunch to make this Steamed Scallion Sausage Twisted Rolls. I am going to miss using my homegrown scallion during the winter months!

这几天降温了,前后院的菜基本已经整理干净休耕,只剩下一丛青葱仍然郁郁葱葱的,剪一把来做这个葱花火腿花卷,真是咸香好吃。

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Stuffed Pumpkin Blossoms 【南瓜花酿】



Sometimes during the winter last year I bought a Japanese Kabocha pumpkin to cook and buried the seeds and rinds in my raised bed to compost. The seeds germinated and gave me 2 seedlings mid-spring.

I transplanted one of them in my front yard and was doing really well, the plant began to bloom around the end of June/early July with only male flowers, when the female flowers finally showed up (flowers with tiny fruits attached below the flowers), the pumpkin was officially in full bloom.

When one pumpkin plant was about to take over my entire front yard, I had to start trimming some shots and leaves to make it manageable. With that, I also harvest some male blossoms to make this stuffed pumpkin blossoms soup.

冬天的时候我家前院处于休耕状态,我会在天气比较暖和的时候翻翻土把厨遗埋到土里堆肥。去年冬天堆肥时埋下的日本南瓜种子今年春末时钻出土长出两棵小苗,我把一棵给了朋友,自己留了一棵种在前院里。

殊不知夏天时它越长越壮,不但把我前院覆盖满了,还开始蔓延到邻居的地里。某个周末趁有空我就把分支的苗修剪了炒蒜蓉吃。南瓜的雄花摘了做南瓜花酿,做汤非常清甜好吃,连俊宝都很喜欢呢!


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Preserved Radish Omelette 【菜脯煎蛋】



I made Preserved Radishes/Chai Poh last year and it turned out just perfect! Much better than the one I found in the shop. 

There were a few hot sunny weeks this year when the price of radishes in Asian supermarket was also right, so I made two more batches of Chai poh and used some to make topping for this delicious Chwee Kueh. Though the recipe of Chwee Kueh was posted before this omelette, Chai Poh omelette is actually the reason I made these preserved radishes in the first place!! I love Chai Poh Omelette to go with congee.

So here is my simple Chai Poh Omelette recipe. 

去年这个时候我晒了一批萝卜干/菜脯,成品非常好,所以今年亚洲超市的萝卜上市打折又刚好又遇上一周的艳阳天时,我又制作了两批的菜脯。

虽然我写水粿食谱时也是用了自己晒的菜脯做的铺料,其实菜脯煎蛋才是真正让我去制作菜脯的动力哦!只要家里煮白粥,就不能没有菜脯煎蛋。自己晒的菜脯做出来的煎蛋真的比买来的好吃太多太多啦!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pork Satay 猪肉沙爹



A town called Tampin near my parent's house has a small Satay stall that sells pork and chicken satay from midnight to dawn hours. It is a very busy stall even though its hours are not ordinary, it is so busy that sometimes the customers had to grill their own satay to avoid hours of waiting!

I made satay for our Malaysian gathering not long ago, half of them Chicken satay and another half Pork satay, it turned out pretty legit!

鸡肉沙爹和牛肉沙爹是大家比较熟知的两款沙爹烤肉串,其实马来西亚的猪肉沙爹也非常好吃。我家乡附近有个小城叫淡边,那里有个沙爹摊是半夜出摊一直卖到凌晨的。

小摊的生意非常好,我和家人好几次半夜经过要去宵夜都得等上大半个小时甚至一个小时才能吃上他家的猪肉和鸡肉沙爹。有些和摊主相识的食客甚至自己动手烤沙爹呢!可见他家的生意有多火了。

不久前和同乡聚餐时我带了鸡肉沙爹和这款猪肉沙爹,味道很是不错哦!
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