Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vegetable Fruit Cupcake With Yogurt Frosting

Baby A turned 1 two weeks ago, we had a great party with love ones and close friends over the weekend.
I was still yet to recovered from the preparation of party, there actual day came and I was thinking of taking the shortcut to just get some shop bought cupcakes and candies for his celebration in Daycare.

So I went to the supermarket to look for something ready for babies... After reading like 20 labels with chemical terms that I can't even pronounce, I decided that what I cannot give to my own child, I cannot serve them to the little pumpkins in the daycare!

So I went home and baked a dozen of mini vegetables and fruit cupcakes with greek yogurt frosting... I also manage to made some chocolate coated strawberries for the kids!

The babies loved the cupcakes and we had a blast at the daycare that afternoon!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Seafood Crispy Rice Noodle

Last week was a very bad week for me and baby A, it was Friday afternoon and he started showing signs of fever, his fever spike up to 104 F that night, we brought him to his pediatrician first thing Saturday morning, apparently my poor baby had ear throat double infections, no wonder he refused food and nursing completely. 

Worrying that he will be dehydrated I had to forcefully give him liquid, he swallowed with great difficulty and lots of tears.

To cut the story short, it was 5 days and nights of no sleep and lots of tears for both mommy and baby. When he finally nursed after 5 whole days of nursing strike... I sigh with relief and promise to myself that I will never complain about his night time marathon nursing again!

So today after sending the baby to the daycare, I decided that I want something that could comfort me and compensate the harsh week I had! I set out to make this crispy rice noodle. 

There is this restaurant near my parent's house that made the best crispy rice noodle ever. I tried to make this as close to the one they made back home as possible. This recipe tastes slightly different than the one I liked, but not bad as a home cook version, not bad at all.



Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mooncake Golden Syrup -- The first step of making Cantonese Mooncake

The Mid-Autumn festival (中秋节)is approaching again. It is time to make the famous mooncake!

A group of us in NJ get together around this time of the year every year to make mooncake together, some of us will prepared the fillings and some of us made the skin dough, we made so many different kind of mooncakes, ranging from Shanghainese meat/salted mooncake to the sweet treat like Cantonese mooncake.

The debate of which should be official -- the salted version or the sweet version is always one of the heated debates during our get together, the debate will continues to the next few weeks when we meet again to eat our mooncakes and celebrate Mid-Autumn festival together with a lot of yummy pot luck dishes. We can never remember who won the debate,but the memories of celebrations, good time, good foods and food friends are always in our mind.

This year I decided to make a batch of golden syrup, even though I could not make it to the mooncake making get together due to personal reason. 

The Chinese Forum - Wenxuecity that I was honored to be appointed as a moderator (版主) is currently running a Mid-Autumn Festival activity. I figured if I can't write a post about mooncake, maybe I can submit this Golden Syrup as part of the show/Activity.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

【南瓜椰子酱 】Pumpkin Kaya(Pumpkin Coconut Jam / Vegan Kaya )



I went out to the pharmacy to pick up a few things yesterday and was surrounded by Halloween decorations in the stores! It is a good reminder that pumpkin season is here again! I am a big fan of pumpkins and would love to try just about any recipes that called for this golden color treat!

This particular Coconut Jam/Kaya recipe has been circulating around bloggers for a good couple of years, I have read about it and thought it was such a smart and brilliant way to make this renown coconut Jam vegetarian friendly! I bumped into this recipe again not long ago, and since I have a big piece of pumpkin sitting in the fridge, guess what I did yesterday?

Yupp! I made this jam and the outcome is so great that I can hardly take my eyes off of it! I hope my pictures do justice to its beauty. 

I also enjoyed a piece of toast with butter and Kaya right after I was done making it. Now the idea of fall approaching is not that depressing anymore.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

【阿多博卤鸡】Chicken Adobo

好吃到不行-- 阿多博卤鸡 (Chicken Adobo),终于知道菲律宾人为什么老夸他们这款卤鸡了,香浓,软糯,入口即化的鸡肉配上热腾腾的白米饭,减肥的人请自行绕道而过!

As I mentioned in my previous post that I was reading a couple of Filipino food blogs and could not but to notice that everyone of them rave about their yummy national dish -- Chicken Adobo. I made a mental note that I definitely have to try making it once. And how glad am I that I did! This dish is super yummy and I had to drag N and baby A out for a 3 miles walk to burn off the extra rice I had for dinner!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

【焦糖核桃】Candied Walnuts




It has been raining cats and dogs today, it really is not helping with my mood. Baby A has been waking me up several times every night for more than 2 weeks now, I have ruled out teething, sickness and even growing spurt... It is really tough living with broken sleeps every day nowadays.

This morning after sending baby A to the daycare, I came home planning to work on some paperwork. So I turned on my laptop and begin to work, out of sudden I just could not proceed anymore, I could not even look at my computer screen. 

All I wanted was to rest. I turned off my laptop and went to bed, after about half an hour of tossing and turning, I got more irritated and tired. I was probably so severely sleep deprived that my body doesn't know how to relax and just rest anymore.

So I get up and made this candied walnuts, cooking is always therapeutic for me, seeing my own creation just makes me forget about things in life for a bit. 

When I was done, I went to bed relaxed and manage to nap for 45 minutes. Life is all great again!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

【黑椒鸡扒】Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce ala Malaysian Style



想念那个诱人的味道,我忍不住今天就做了这个鸡扒。NS非常欣赏,下午给做了4 oz的还吃不够,晚餐又让做了两块 4 oz的才过了瘾。吃完还问以后可以经常做这个鸡扒吗?

I was reading a couple of food review blogs from the Philippines and was amazed by the similarities between Malaysian and Filipinos cuisines, some of the name of dishes were similar if not exactly the same. I had a lot of fun peeking into the day to day lives of the people in my once neighboring country, was completely immersed in the wits and humors of those bloggers too! 

Odd enough, after plenty of reading, it wasn't the typical Malaysian/South East Asian food that caught my attention. It was somewhere between Chicken Adobo (which I fully intended to try soon), Afritada, Crispy Pata, Lechon and Pancit that I started craving for this particular Chicken dish -- Chicken Chop ala Malaysian Style.

This is a "Western" food as far as Malaysian are concerned, it is sold in most restaurants, cafe or even hawker stalls in Malaysia. A steak house without Chicken Chop? Not a good steak house!

As I was standing in the kitchen chopping, seasoning, stirring and reflecting on my past life, I realized that I have never seen this Chicken Chop anywhere in the menu of restaurants here in the States let alone in Europe! 

Then I started thinking of the reasons behind and slowly it started making sense! Malaysia is so diverse in culture that the Malay (Muslim) doesn't consume pork and many of the Indian and Chinese do not consume beef due to religion and beliefs. So it is only natural that the restaurants find the need to create a chicken dish that suits the majority! 

So I think the Chicken chop was a derivation of pork chop, well, I could be wrong though. This Chicken "western" dish was a marriage of the west and the east, a western dish with a local twist!

Today's recipe of my chicken chop was an impromptu and it turned out exactly the way I liked! 
I made this for lunch and NS requested for it again for dinner, I doubled his portion in the evening with lots and lots of vegetables, he managed to clean his plate too! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Blueberry Buckle

I have to say that today is really not my day, I woke up this morning with stuffy nose and crushing headache, I guess a few nights with little sleep to care for a sick baby finally takes its toll. So I cancelled my morning walk and lie down with Baby A, he was surprisingly cooperative today so we both got like 2 more hours of eye shut before sending him to the daycare. 

Woke up feeling much better and baby A away in the daycare. I thought I will blog about this beautiful pastry that I made over the weekend for a get together at our friend's. So here I spent about an hour typing and composing the post and god know what get into me, I cluosed the page without saving the work!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pudina Dal(Mint lentils Soup) 薄荷豆子汤

I have a pot of mint at my front yard, I must have planted it when we moved into this house in 2008. It went dead the first year during the winter. So I thought that it was gone for good like many of my plants. 

To my surprise, it show up again the next spring, flourish as ever and never failed to showed up ever since.

So if you follow my blog closely, you will see that every summer I have to find ways to make use of my mints. Here is another one for this summer, mint lentil soup/Pudina Dal.

I have to say that this dal is not quite the ordinary dal we used to have at home, it is very refreshing, nonetheless.



Monday, August 5, 2013

Chocolate Coated Strawberries

We were invited to a pool party last weekend. The host made it clear that we need not bring any food but dessert is welcome. So I made this beautiful chocolate coated strawberries that I had so much fun making and the kids had so much fun eating!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Baby Cereal Pancake

I have been giving Baby Arjun solids since he was 6 months old, he loves whatever I gave him so far. With 8 teeth and few more on their way, he has been chewing pretty well when I let him tried our food. I had mean to make his finger foods as much as possible at home.

So here is one of them, homemade baby cereal pancake...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

【牛油果鸡蛋三文治】Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich


We love egg salad sandwich as breakfast or snacks. As much as I love the taste of mayonnaise in the salad. I have been thinking of making a healthier version using Avocado, part of my eating right and losing weight plan.(Well, that deserves a whole new post I figure).

So I finally made this sandwich as we always keep some avocado at home for baby A. The creamy texture of mashed avocado is just perfect for this sandwich! I must say I really liked it! Yumm!

Kari Kapitan (Captain's Curry) 甲必丹咖喱

When I was young I often think that Kapitan is a mysterious Malay word that means someone in power or royal sort of character. Not until much later that I figured Kapitan is nothing but "Captain" in English. 

That makes the name of this dish all the more interesting, here is the version of the origin of the name of this dish I heard from my pals in Melaka:

It was said that in 18-20 centuries, the British colonized the then Malaya. 

Many of the British officers (a.k.a Captains) were based in Melaka for its world famous seaport. These officers often keep the local Chinese or Baba Nyonya as domestic helpers, most often time, Nyonya as a cook for they are known for their culinary skills.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Spicy Sausage Lentil Soup【意大利香肠豆子汤】

We love Carrabba's Sausage Lentil soup so much that I decided to try it at home. This recipe is my third attempts and it is so delicious and satisfying!



Saturday, June 29, 2013

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

It's summer again!! All I could think of is some cold sweet sourish dessert!

I got hooked to the frozen yogurt last summer, this year I decided to try a homemade version, it turned out sooooo yumm!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Masala Kaju (Spiced Cashew Nuts) 【香辣腰果】


I made this Masala Kaju for a get together at our friend's house, it goes so well with beer and some drinks!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Green Chutney Ice Cubes -- A brilliant way to store your chutney!

It is kind of hard to prepare chutney in small quantity and when I do prepare in bulk, storing is always another challenge, the taste and color of the sauce will change over time.

One day when I was doing my routine squeezing lemon juice to make ice cubes for my daily lemon water. I suddenly thought, maybe I could do the same for Chutney!

So the next time when I make green chutney, I made sure that I had enough to fill a ice container! It turned out to be very beautiful, the best part is, every time when I defrost 1-2 pieces, they always look and taste like fresh!

Monday, April 15, 2013

【泰式粉丝虾煲】Koong Ob Woon Sen (Thai Claypot Glass Noodle With Shrimp)



This Clay-pot noodle is one of my favorite Thai dishes, a must have every time we visited Thailand.

We normally ordered the crab version in the Chinese restaurants, and since I don't like to prepare crab at home, I made it the shrimp version, it is a dish full of flavor, a good blend of Chinese and Thai culinary culture, the result is very satisfying and not at all difficult to make at home!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

【泰式绿咖喱】Thai Green Curry Chicken (Gaeng Khiao Wan Gai)


The Kaffir Lime Tree That I planted two years back has been thriving, though it was kept indoor during the winter, it still grows like crazy....

There is no better use of Kaffir Lime leaves than In green curry....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Indian Sweets-- Rasmalai (Cheese balls in sweetened milk) 【印度奶汤圆】

I often jokingly called Rasgulla, Gulab Jamun and Rasmalai the three musketeers of Indian sweets. They are well loved by many and are part of celebrations many a time.

I have made Rasgulla many times and was always thinking of making Rasmalai at least once, the reason why I have not attempted to make Rasmalai yet is because Rasmalai has to be eaten fresh and consume as soon as possible. On the other hand, Rasgulla can be kept in the refrigerator for much longer time.

In conjunction of Diwali celebration this year, I have made Rasmalai and it turned out really good!

这个甜点在印度东部非常出名,和Rasgulla,还有Gulab Jamun齐名,都是奶香十足,香甜可口的甜点。


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Braised Trotter with Mee Suah

As I have some braised pig trotter, I made this Mee Suah for lunch, this thin noodle is traditionally consumed in the southern part of China-- The Fujian Province, and widely used as cooking ingredients in Taiwan  Singapore & Malaysia.

This dish is to be eaten for good luck in Taiwan, normally after something bad happened, or when one wishing for luck, so now, lets all get some good luck!

Friday, March 22, 2013

【百叶结烧猪手】Braised Trotter with Tofu Knots


I bought two trotters thinking of making soy soup -- the famous Chinese lactogenic food, with just one attempt and took me 2 days to finish one pot of soup, I just can't think of having the same soup again !

So the remaining trotter pieces were made into this dish with my favorite tofu knots, the tofu knots taste way better than the meat after soaking up all the gravy !

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

【印度奶酪软糖】Peda/Pheda/Pera -- Indian Milk Fudge


Sweets are part of celebration in Indian culture, we used to buy sweets from "Methai Shop", you could choose different kind of sweets and they charge by the weight, the last few years I have made it a point to make at least 1-2 types of sweets at home for the celebration.

This peda is one of them this year, not to mention that it was over wayyyyy before diwali!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

【香蕉炸糕】Mashed Banana Fritter (Cucur Pisang/Cekodok Pisang)



I used to get 40 Cents for pocket money everyday when I attended primary school. Back then 40 cents is good enough for a kid to buy morning snacks and some tidbits.

One of my favorite snacks to buy during school days is this Cucur Pisang, a Malaysian version of Banana fritter.

It is pretty easy to make it at home, a good way to use overripe banana beside baking into banana bread!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Applesauce Bundt Cake

As I said, I made the applesauce to bake a cake! Here it comes my Applesauce Bundt Cake!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Crockpot Applesauce

A good friend of mine once told me that applesauce is a good substitute for butter in Cake, and makes very moist cake.

As I have so many cooking apples lying around in the house, I decided to make a batch of applesauce, and later when I have time bake a applesauce cake!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Egg and toast -- a good simple breakfast

Breakfast will be the simplest during most days in my house. Simple doesn't means lesser in taste and nutrients... here is one of my favorite, cool looking yet tasty, it has got everything I need to kick start a day!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Simple Dal (Moong Dal)【简易绿豆糊】

Dal is comfort food for many Indians, and this simple dal recipe could be made and serve in under 20 minutes, time saving healthy food indeed.