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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lemon Mint Drink




It was crazy hot in New Jersey the last two weeks that all I wanted was a glass of cold drink, and chill!!

The only good news is that the mint in my garden is growing so well, and it is great for making this chilly refreshing drink!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

French Bean Braised Noodles (扁豆焖面)



A friend of mine got a small piece of land from her husband's company as part of the company's social responsibility programme, it is only meant for activities that could enhance the environment. They then decided to plant vegetables, I guest she got this bug called gardening from me.... LOL.

Last two months were interesting for most gardeners in NJ, my friend and I shared information and progress, and now.. in July... we share our crops!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Roasted Baby Potatoes with spices




The first batch of Potato I put in my garden are flowering now,its about time to check out some baby potatoes to make this really delicious dish.

There is no comparison to fresh potato from your own garden, really!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Goan Fish Curry




Goa is the smallest state located in south west of India. Its culture is  a mix of east and west due to the Portuguese ruling in 1500s. The eastern influence is not just in the culture, also the cooking.


Seafood is the main cooking ingredients there, as well as major source of protein.


As I grew up eating seafood, Goan dishes was one of the very first Indian dishes that I liked, and still do!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ma-Po Tofu (麻婆豆腐)




I love a bowl of Ma Po To Fu over hot steamy rice, a good plate of Ma-po tofu is usually very spicy (as in chilli heat) and has a strong characteristic of "Mala", the numbing sensation came from Sichuan Pepper (花椒) used in preparing this dish.

The combination of these two spices are so addicting that I always have a box of Sichuan Style minced meat ready in the fridge, so that I could always cook this dish in under 20 minutes!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cucumber Mint Lassi 黄瓜薄荷酸奶昔


It's mid summer and it's also harvest time for cucumber. It is fascinating how nature has it, the coolest produce's harvest time is also the hottest of the seasons!

When the temperature outside reaches 90-ish these days, I decided to go out to my garden, pluck a cucumber and a handful of mint leaves. Chill them a little in the fridge. And blend them into this cooling and ever so refreshing Cucumber Mint Lassi, and I thank nature for what it provides!

盛夏,院子里的黄瓜进入盛产季节。大自然真是奇妙,天气最热的时候长出来的瓜果却是最降温的好东西。

九十几度的午后,院子里摘来新鲜的黄瓜,一小把薄荷叶,洗净冷藏一会儿,做成这个清凉养胃的黄瓜酸奶昔,喝下,很舒服喔!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Glutinous Rice Wine Ginger Chicken【姜酒鸡】



This is a traditional confinement dish for the Fujianese/Hakka clan of Chinese. We the southerner add glutinous rice wine in all our confinement foods. It is believed to be good for the mother and help to recover from childbirth.


Though it is mainly meant for confinement, my mum will sometimes make this dish for our meals.


It's been quite sometime since I had this dish and since I have a couple of bottles of Red Yeast Rice Wine I made in the pantry, I made this dish for lunch to share with a friend, both of us enjoyed it very much.


马来西亚的闽南和客家人坐月子一般都要吃糯米酿制的酒。姜酒鸡,姜酒面线,姜酒猪肝,姜酒猪腰,姜酒瘦肉,姜酒蛋,是月子里天天都得吃的。所以一般家里有待产的孕妇都会准备几十瓶的红麴米酒/黄酒。


我从小就特别爱吃姜酒鸡,就连我妈生我弟坐月子时我都会去向妈妈讨鸡腿吃!


我不久前做了两次红麴米酒,就一直想着要做姜酒鸡,昨天一不小心就吃撑了。

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Homemade Fish ball Amaranth Soup




Its summer time and my Amaranth at the back yard is growing so well, I have been thinking of a bowl of fish ball Amaranth soup since the day I sow the seeds!

I waste no time to make this soup with the Fish and Turkey Fish paste I saved up from making Stuff Chilli the other day.

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