Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Candied Walnuts

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

This morning after sending baby A to the daycare, I came home planning to work on some paper. So I switch 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 switch off my laptop and went to bed, after about half an hour of tossing and turning, I just got more irritated and tired. I was probably so severely sleep deprived that my body doesn't know how to relax and just rest.

So I get up and made this candy, cooking is always therapeutic for me, seeing my own creation just make 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 great again!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce ala Malaysian Style

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) don't consume pork and many of the Indian and Chinese do not consume beef due to religion and believes. 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 cleaned his plate too! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Grilled Potato Chips

I saw a picture of this grilled potato chips long back on FB and thought, woww this is really neat! 

So this morning I got up with such craving for a good juicy Chicken chop with Black Pepper Sauce that I thought I just have to make it no matter what! 

Together with the chicken chop, I made some steam vegetables and this yummy grilled potato chips as side dish. Lunch was really great, and NS said it reminds him of our days back in Malaysia. Both of us are a little nostalgia today I guess......

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...