Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Red Wine Chicken Stew & Pandan Rice

I have made this recipe once not long ago and my kids love it, especially my son. He actually requested me to make this again. Glad that I finally found another great recipe for him!

Ingredients for Chicken Stew :

3 whole chicken legs (I used 1/2 chicken)
Salt & pepper
2 carrots, cut small
2 potatoes, cut small
1 large onion, cubed
3 tomatoes, cubed
1/2 cup tomato paste
3 tbsp tomato sauce
1 cup red wine
1-1/2 cup water (or you can use 2-1/2 cups red wine instead)
1 tspn crashed black pepper
salt to taste

Method :

- marinade chicken with salt & pepper, then fry untill golden brown.
- preheat a pot with enough cooking oil.
- stir in onion and saute untill fragrant.
- add in tomatoes, carrots and tomatoes paste simmer for about one minute.
- stir in wine & water and finally place in the fried chicken.
- let gravy brings to boil and simmer the chicken & carrot untill tender.

Ingredients for Pandan Rice :

2 cups rice, rinsed thoroughly
water for cooking
2 tbsp concerntrate pandan leaves juice
2 drops green colouring (optional)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp corn oil/olive oil
a few pandan leaves
a pinch of salt
- combine all ingredients into the rice cooker and leave to cook.

Simple Boiled Bean Sprouts :

300gm bean sprouts

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1-1/2 tbsp cooking oil

1/2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce

Method :

- rinse bean sprout and have all the skin removed.

- run bean sprout through boiling water, do not boil it, then drained.

- preheat frying pan with cooking oil.

- stir in garlic and saute untill fragrant.

- off the heat, stir in bean sprouts & oyster sauce and mix well then serve.

Ta.... da.... Dinner is ready! Sorry guys, I have to rush over to fetch my kids from school in awhile. So, enjoy and will catch up with you all later.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sweet Crisps

Now, this is my second New Year recipe! Simple and yet very very yummy.... trust me, you guys are going to love this. This recipe is not only simple and yet perfect for any occasions or football night. So, here's the ingredients.

Ingredients :
50 sheets springroll skin (1 pkt)/phyllo sheets
1 egg white, slightly beaten
2 cups icing sugar for coating
cooking oil for frying

Method :
- roll up a springroll skin (or place in a chopstick to help in rolling process).
- brush on some egg white to one end for sealing.

- then cut them in desire shapes.

- finally, fry them over low heat untill light brown.
- leave to cool a little before going for sugar coating.

No jokes, I can finish this up within a minute! It is so flaky which you can see from the pictures. And the whole process is so simple and fast to make. Even your kids can do it! So, have fun!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Butterscotch White Bread

Yay... This is my 200th post! Oh wow, unbelievable! I've been wanting to make this recipe long time ago but was unable to find the butterscotch chips here. So, I have to make my own butterscotch sauce instead.

Ingredients for Butterscotch :

4 tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tspn salt
Method :
Please follow the original recipe.
And here's my first batch of homemade butterscotch. Truely yummy!

I need easy to handle texture so I chilled it. I used only about a quarter of them.

Ingredients for Bread dough :

340gm Bread flour
20gm milk powder
1/2 tspn salt
240gm warm milk
1/2 tspn vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
1tspn yeast
40gm butter
1/2 cup butterscotch chips (omit the sauce if you found the butterscotch chips)
Method :
- combine all ingredients together into the mixer.
- mix untill form a soft dough and leave to proof for an hour.
- repeat the kneading process to release the air from dough.
- roll the dough flat and spread on the cold butterscotch.
- roll up the dough like a Swiss roll and place it to a baking tray.
- then leave to proof for another one hour.
- and bake at 190'c for 40mins.
A very nice loaf of bread!
Wow, well done! Of coz, to ME! haha... Frankly, the sauce turned out not as strong as I expected. Quite light! Still trying to look for the butterscotch chips. Hopefully, can get some here!
HAPPY 200th POST, to me!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

London Chocolate Cookies

Frankly, I don't have any traditional home bake recipes cause my mom never baked. haha... So, I never bake my own new year cookies as well not untill now! This year, I'm going to try out lots & lots of new year cookies. And this would be my first recipe! Since we're celebrating both Chinese New Year and Valentine's day on the same day, so I'm making these lovely chocolates for the coming celebrations! By the way, I received many happy feed back regarding my last posting about 'my 10 favourite things' especially on issue number 10! HAHAHA.... Did I mentioned I love sex? NO, I'm sorry! I only mentioned about I love sexy instead! GOT YOU!!!! But I'm truely happy that you all have a great time and have a good laugh as well. I'm sure that will make your day a little easier.

Ingredients for dough:

125gm Butter
75gm icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tspn vanilla essence
225gm all purpose flour

* 335gm whole roasted almonds
* 400gm dark chocolate, melted
* some roasted crashed almonds, for decorations

Method :

- beat butter and sugar untill fluffy.
- add in egg yolk and stir well.
- fold in flour to form a soft dough.
- use about 3/4 tpsn dough and wrap in an almond nut.

- repeating the process untill completed.
- bake at 150'c for 10 mins, then leave to cool.

- place them to mini-paper cups and arrange nicely.
- drizzle the melted chocolate on top.
- finally, decorate with crashed almonds.

Wanna have a try? All I can say my kids love it and I have to seal the containers to keep their hands off. Hopefully, it can last untill the new year day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ayam Penyet

Hey, sorry guys! I know I've been missing for a couple of days. Terribly busy for the past few days! However, I'm posting a quite interesting recipe today. Hope you will like it! Ayam penyet is originated from Surabaya, Indonesia. The unique feature about this is that the chicken meat is flatten - smashed with using a pestle or wooden mallet. That's why this dish is also refer to as flattered chicken. I just found out this from a review. Quite excited! Can't find this special dish around my living area. So, I've got to try this myself.

Ingredients :
3-4 whole chicken legs

Seasoning (blended) :

2/3 tbsp cumin powder, slightly roasted
2/3 tbsp fennel powder, slightly roasted
3 tbsp coriander seeds, pounded
1-1/3 tbsp curry powder
1-1/3 tbsp turmeric powder
1/2 tspn ground pepper
3 cm ginger, pounded
3/4 tbsp salt

* 1 cup corn flour/starch for coating

Method :

- preheat a pot of water with large onions, carrots, ginger & crashed peppercorn. (do not throw away the water, can be used for making soup)
- boil chicken legs over medium low heat untill cooked.
- remove chicken legs from hot water and leave to cool a little bit before marinade with the blended seasonings.
- then wrap the marinated chicken and leave in the refrigerator for overnight.

- preheat wok/pot with enough oil for frying.
- coat the marinated chicken with corn starch and fry the chicken leg untill golden brown.

- smashed the fried chicken immediately after remove from cooking oil.
- and serve with rice and sambal.

These fried spicy chicken legs look really really crispy and smell terrific too! Definitely, I'll be making this again. Unfortunately, I don't have the sambal with me today. Yet, my family enjoyed it very much!

And before ending this, I would like to thank Deanna @ Cooking And Baking With Deanna and Chaya @ Sweet and Savory for passing this wonderful award to me. I am honoured and really appreciate it. I'll try to follow the rules as requested. hehe....
First of all, I would like to share this award with 10 others foodie friends of mine.

(1) Lyndsey @ The Tiny Skillet
(2) H @ Heavenly Housewife
(3) Jeannie @ Baking Diary
(4) Mary Moh @ Keep Smiling Keep Learning
(5) Divina @ Sense & Serendipity
(6) Claudia @ What's Cookin' Italian Style Cuisine
(7) Reeni @ Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
(8) Shirley @ Enriching Your Kid
(9) Cheah @ No-Frills Recipes
(10) Penny @ Jeroxie

Please feel free to drop by to collect your award. Thanks!
And now 10 things that I love the most:

(1) I love dancing.
(2) I love blogging.
(3) I love jokes.
(4) Love window shopping.
(5) Enjoy baking very much.
(6) I love eating my own cooking & baking.
(7) I would love to slim down another few more pounds.
(8) I love watching the sky. It reminds me of the journey of my life.
(9) I love making friends and I'm enjoying it right now!
(10) I love SEX..........Y! haha.... Oh yeah, that's what we all wanted to a hot sexy housewife huh!

Oh well, hope you all have a wonderful time! And for those names are not listed, please do not feel sad cause there's more coming after this. Cheer up and have fun!

Best Wishes to All,

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tom Yam Kung Cookies

Check out this interesting recipe! Can't wait to give it a try once I found it and wondering how was it like. At first, I think I'm not sure about this. You know, making tom yam flavour cookies, you must be kidding me! Surprisingly, the cookies turned out to be really light and fragrant. Herewith, I've the recipe as follow.

Ingredients :

125gm butter
110gm brown sugar
pinch of salt
2 tbsp tom yam paste
10 lime leaves, shredded finely
1 tspn garlic powder

2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp milk/coconut milk

200gm oats
380gm all purpose flour
2 tbsp coconut milk powder (omit this if using coconut milk)
1 tspn baking powder
1/2 tpsn baking soda
1-1/2 tbsp corn flour

Method :

- combine all ingredients (C) and mix well, set aside.
- cream ingredients (A) untill fluffy.
- add ingredients (B) into (A) and mix untill well combined.

- then stir in ingredients (C) to form a dough, leave dough aside for 1 hour if you want soft oat texture. (leave the oats to absorb moisture)
- roll 1/2 tbsp dough into a ball and place to baking.
- press dough with a fork untill get the shape you wanted.

- finally, bake at 180'c for 15-20 mins.
- leave to cool before storage.

I even having it with mango yogurt! hmmm...mmm... yummm.... Oh well, don't just drool over the picture. Make a quick move and get all the ingredients needed, honey! Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Potatoes Stew With Noodle

This potatoes stew always my favourite dish when I was little and still is! This is also my first recipe in cooking. My mom used to cook this with pork chop and it tasted absolutely fantastic. Now, it's my turn to cook for my children! Yeah, time just flies by huh.
Ingredients :
200gm boneless chicken breast, sliced into bite size
5 potatoes, cut into wedges
1 large onion, quartered
Seasoning :

3 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tspn dark soy sauce (optional)
2 cups water
ground pepper to taste
* Thickening : 1/3 cup water + 1 tspn corn starch (optional)
Method :
- marinade sliced chicken breast with some HP sauce/Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper and 2 tspn corn starch.
- preheat frying pan/wok with enough oil to fry the potatoes.
- fry potatoes untill golden brown and set aside.
- remove oil from the previous frying pan and leave only about 2 tbsp cooking.
- stir in marinated chicken meat and saute untill cooked.

- add in onion & fried potatoes once the chicken meat is ready and simmer for about one minute.
- switch to low heat, add in seasonings except water and stir well.
- now add in water and switch to medium heat.
- let it simmer untill the potatoes became tender.
- omit the thickening if the gravy already thick enough.
- off the heat once it's ready to serve.
Now, here's the potatoes stew. You need to prepare more gravy if serve with noodles. Probably, add in an extra 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp oyster sauce. Normally, I cooked extra and save some for the next day to go with noodles.

- boil any kind of noodles as desired and veggies untill cooked or soft. (suggesting instant noodles)
- then place noodle to a plate, add in 1 tspn sesame oil and mix well.
- finally, top with potatoes stew and boiled veggies.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pear & Blueberry Slices

School reopened today and I was so busy running around fetching my kids, and so is cooking, house chores..... many more. Finally, I've my cup of coffee sitting at the corner of my house with the computer. Trying to relax myself a little before cooking time again. hehe... Ahhh...... this is the recipe which I did a couple of days ago but still craving for it! Though it's just a simple recipe, love the combination flavour and the melting texture very much. How I wish I have a slice of it with my coffee right now.

Ingredients :

125gm butter
120gm sugar
1 tspn vanilla essence
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tspn baking powder
2 pears (sliced about 1/2cm thickness)
1 cup blueberry jam

Method :

- beat butter & sugar untill fluffy.
- beat in egg and vanilla essence untill combined.
- fold in flour & baking powder to form a soft dough.
- press half of the dough to a 9x13" baking tray.
- wrap the other half dough with plastic sheet and refrigerate both for 30mins.
- preheat oven to 180'c.
- arrange sliced pear onto the dough base baking tray.
- then cover with blueberry jam, and top with remain dough.
- bake for 35mins or until light brown.
- leave cool before lifting. just look at those filling! So juicy yummilicious. Now, you know why I'm still craving for it LOL!=D

Friday, January 1, 2010

Simple Long Beans Dish

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my foodie friends! Another year to go, hopefully this is a good and blissful one! Try to post this dish on the first day of 2010 and let us go for green.... to better health.

Ingredients :

400gm long beans (washed and cut into about 2" long)
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tbsp chopped scallion
1/2 tbsp chopped ginger
2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce
handful of fried anchovies (optional)

Method :

- preheat wok or frying pan with enough cooking oil for frying.
- stir in the long beans and fry untill became soft over medium heat.

- off the heat, remove the beans from the pan and set aside.
- preheat the pan again and reduce the cooking oil to about 2-3 tbsp.
- stir in chopped garlic, ginger & scallion, simmer untill aromatic.
- add in fried long beans and simmer for about a minute.
- off the heat, add in oyster sauce & fried anchovies and stir well.
- And serve.

This is a very simple dish. Yet it's still nice to go with any plain rice or pasta. For me, I would have this with a fried egg and some plain rice, then top with a little caramel dark soy sauce. Yumm.... I told you so! Simple is nice.... So, enjoy the new year!
Best wishes,
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