Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mexican Tacos With Homemade Seasoning

Now, I can finally enjoy this Mexican Tacos ~ with SHELLS! ha.... Yes, with shells! Remember I had my taco sandwiches weeks ago and Veronica @ Quay Po Cooks suggested to send me some taco shells. She actually FedEX me a box of taco shells a couple of weeks ago. No jokes at all ! Veron has been searching high & low for this taco shell purposely for me. Finally, the taco shells arrived safely and the best thing was they are still in one piece. Hooray!

Ingredients for taco fillings :
Please refer here.

TO ASSEMBLE :
(1) arrange taco shells into a standing position.
(2) for base,  place in cabbage coleslaw.
(3) then add on taco fillings, tomato cubes and shredded parmesan cheese.

(recipe adapted from Drick)
Ingredients for tacos seasoning :
3 tspn  chili powder
1 tspn  paprika powder
1 tspn  coriander powder
1 tspn cumin powder
1/2 tspn  cayenne pepper
1/2 tspn  oregano powder
1 tspn  garlic powder
1 tspn  onion powder (optional)
1 tspn  salt
1 tbsp  maize flour (corn flour)
2 tspn  brown sugar
(combine all ingredients and mix well)

The seasoning I've added in is a bit spicy. For mild flavour, reduce chili powder to 2 teaspoon instead of 3. My kids polished everything up. Thanks again for everything, Veron. You're super sweet.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Roti Naan ~ Jasmine Flavour


Do you believe this is actually my first attempt? Yeap, it is! And I am really excited about it cause roti naan is one of my favourites, other than roti canai, chapati & dosa. Roti naan is less oily and more healthy to consume and the absorption is good when dipping to any kind of gravy. Ooooo....doesn't it sounds irresistible? What about naan with jasmine flavour? I bet you can't wait to try this either.

Ingredients for Naan Dough :
500gm   all purpose flour
1-1/2 tspn   salt
3 tbsp  sugar
1 tspn  baking powder
100gm  yoghurt
1 tbsp   yeast
300ml   hot milk (200ml milk + 100ml water)
2 tbsp  dried jasmine flowers
2 tbsp  margerine

Method :
(1) soak dried flowers into hot milk till turned lukewarm, then withdraw the flowers.
(2) add yeast & sugar to lukewarm milk and set aside for 5 minutes or till bubbling.
(3) combine flour, salt and baking powder into a big mixing bowl.
(4) next, stir in milk mixture & yoghurt into flour and mix to combine.
(5) finally, add in margerine and mix well, then leave to rest for an hour.
(6) once it's ready, place dough onto a slightly floured working table and knead to release air.
(7) then divide dough into 10 portions and set aside for 5 minutes.
(8) now flatten the dough and coat with cornmeal to prevent sticking.
(9) bake at preheated oven 240-250'C for 5 mins and then turn dough around, and bake for another 5 mins or till brown.

Jasmine flower is a pretty common little white flowers which has such beautiful scent of aroma especially the fresh ones. But the dried jasmine smells differently, it's softer and more acceptable in making food. Even the Chinese used it in tea making. Why I called it as 'molly' earlier? Well, 'molly' is actually the Chinese name for Jasmine.
Can you imagine your beautifully flavoured naan bread in curry, pumpkin soup, mushroom chowder and more? The yogurt in this recipe which gives the dough such incredible flavour as well. And the texture is really soft and delicious. So, what are you waiting for!
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I'm sending this to Shaz @ Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.
(bread)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Northern Indian Spicy Chicken

There's so many kinds of Indian food available all around Malaysia but there still more to learn about other than the most commonly eaten like Indian flat bread, dhall curry, samosa etc. Frankly, I'm not quite familiar with most of the Indian cuisines but I do know there are differences between the Northern & Southern Indian cooking. Southern Indian cooking are mostly vegetarian and the Northern cooking is more meaty. And this spicy chicken dish is one of those Northern cuisine which I wanted to try out today. So, here we go.

Ingredients :
700gm   boneless chicken thigh, cut into bite size
1 large onion, sliced
1 tbsp  ginger, minced
1 tbsp  garlic, minced
a few cardamom pots
150gm   yogurt
100ml    full cream milk
1 bell pepper, cut in small chunk
salt & pepper to taste

Seasoning Paste :
4 tomatoes, blanched & skinned
4 tbsp  tomato puree
1 tspn  cumin powder
1 tspn  coriander powder
3 tspn   chili powder
1 tspn  garam masala

Method :
(1) preheat pan / wok with 1/3 cup cooking oil.
(2) stir in ginger, garlic, onion and cardamom pots, saute till fragrant.
(3) add in seasoning paste & chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.
(4) now, stir in bell pepper, yoghurt, milk and salt & pepper, let to cook for another few more minutes with lids on.

Oh yes, this is such flavourful dish. Just imagine those spices. Simply amazing!

 
You can either enjoy it with briyani rice, dosa or anything as desired. I love mine with some homemade roti naan. So, stay tune for my upcoming post ~ homemade molly flavour roti naan! Enjoy & have fun.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wholewheat Vegetarian Char Siew Steamed Bun

It's rainy season again! What other better food to enjoy on this kind of weather? Something warm and comforting, of coz. Remember, I had something similar to this wholewheat steamed bun a week back. My neighbour bought it from somewhere (vegetarian shop) and gave me a packet of it. My boy loves it so much that he requested me to make this for him. So, here are they.....straight from the kitchen of My Little Space.

Ingredients :

Starter Dough
100ml lukewarm water
2-1/2 tspn yeast
1 tbsp sugar
130gm flour

**Main Dough
(A)
320gm flour
70gm wholewheat bran
100gm sugar
1/4 tspn salt

(B)
100ml water, room temperature
2 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn vinegar

(C)
2 tbsp shortening

Method : Please refer here. 
 (it's best to let the dough rest for an extra few more mins before steaming if room temperature lower than 30'C)


This kind of vegetarian BBQ meat can be easily found at any cold storage and is inexpensive at all. Hope you will love it too!

Ingredients for Vegetarian Char Siew Fillings :
250gm   vegetarian char siew, cut in shreds
3 tbsp   cooking oil
5-6 tbsp   sugar
1 tspn   dark soy sauce
1/3 cup   light soy sauce
*thickening : 1/4 cup water + 1 tspn corn starch

Method :
(1) preheat frying pan with cooking oil.
(2) stir in vegetarian char siew and saute till well coated with oil.
(3) add in all other ingredients and simmer till thickened.
(4) off the heat once it's ready and leave to cool completely before use. (best to keep refrigerated)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Blue Cheese Soft Rolls

Life has been pretty hectic lately. I was quite behind the schedule and still trying to catch up with everyone of you. Before going further, I would like to introduce you this Korean drama series which I've been aftering lately. It's such a meaningful drama. The drama is all about bread, love and passion, and as well as dream. Here's the link to the drama (Title : bread , love and dreams). There's one episode where the master baker or 'sifu' said to one of his students: "talent isn't all cause talent can be beaten by hard work, and hard work can be beaten by passion......there's nothing can be done if without a passion"! Oh yes, that is so true. Life is meaningless if without dream & passion. So, food blogger don't you ever let anyone get into your way!

And my dreams will go on with this blue cheese bread rolls.
(recipe adapted from Alex Goh & here)

Ingredients :
280gm   bread flour
100gm   all purpose flour
4 tbsp   sugar
1 tspn  salt
2-1/2 tspn  yeast
120ml  cold milk
100gm   heavy cream
1 egg
40gm  blue cheese, thinly sliced
40gm  butter
#gelatinized dough :
(120gm bread flour + 85ml boiling water)

For Topping :
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp  sugar
egg glaze

Method :
(1) prepare the gelatinized dough the night before by combining the flour & boiling water together to form a dough ball. Knead till smooth and then wrap with plastic sheet, then keep refrigerated overnight.
(2) next, combine all ingredients (butter add in at the final step) in the mixing bowl for machine and remember to tear the gelatinized dough into pieces and then mix till a soft dough is formed.
# for hand mix dough, combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast, cheese, milk, cream and egg, let to mix till a soft dough is formed. Then add in gelatinized dough mix to combine and then finally add in butter.
(3) let dough cover and set aside to rest for an hour or till double the size.
(4) bring our the dough and place it to a slightly floured working table, pouched dough and knead till smooth to release air. 
(5) divide dough into 12 portions, roll into ball shape & place it to a 9" chiffon cake tray with butter coating.
(6) again set aside and let to rest for about 40-50mins.
(7) brush with egg glaze and then top with some shredded cheddar cheese & sugar.
(8) finally, bake at preheated oven 190'C for about 15-20mins or till brown.
(9) leave to cool completely before slicing.

These soft bread rolls are simply amazing. I am a big fan of cheese and so this is totally speechless. Hope you guys will love it too. Enjoy!

And before ending this post, I have something to annouce here. Yeseterday, a few of our blogger buddies have been featured in The Daily Meal for being the 7 most creative mooncakes. And I am very happy that my Sun Dried Tomato Mooncake Biscuit happened to be one of them. :o) Thanks to Jessica Chou for including me.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blue Cheese & Nori Flakes Shanghai Mooncake...& A Surprise!


Hey, Happy Mooncake Festival everyone! Yeap, today is our mid autumn festival and many of the Chinese families here are going to celebrate it with loads of food, fruits and mooncakes tonight. Guess what! I'm going to have something different this year.... instead of having the traditional kind of mooncake I'm making something fun to enjoy tonight.

Here's my shanghai mooncake with special blue cheese flavour & nori flakes flavour crust and a twist of the fillings with the addition of pineapple jam instead of using salted egg yolks.

Ingredients for Nori Flakes crust :
250gm butter
150gm icing sugar
1 egg
380gm all purpose flour
60gm custard powder
3 tbsp nori flakes

Method :
#Refer here and add in nori flakes after the dough is formed, knead till combined.


Ingredients for Blue Cheese crust :
250gm butter
150gm icing sugar
1 egg
380gm all purpose flour
60gm custard powder
20-30gm blue cheese, thinly sliced

Method :
#Refer here and add in blue cheese after the dough is formed, knead till combined.




FOR ASSEMBLE :
(1) use a portion of douyong/lotus paste wrap around a portion of pineapple jam.
(2) divide crust dough into 70gm per portion each (around 13pcs).
(3) then wrap filling with one portion of crust dough and seal nicely.
(4) brush on egg wash and top with either nori or cheddar cheese.
(5) finally, bake at 180-185'C for 20 mins.
(6) cool completely before slicing.

#you need around 520gm of pineapple jam for 20gm each portion & 1.1kg of douyong paste/lotus paste for 40gm each portion.

I have given away some of these mooncakes for testing and the feedback is totally unbelieveable. As anyone whoever tried blue cheese before, I'm sure you're going to fall in love with it and for non cheese lover....still nori is another refreshing flavour for all. Oh oh and not forgetting about the sweet & sour fillings.....mamamia.....you will sure salivate! haha..... Hope you guys will love these. Enjoy & have loads of fun!

WISHING ALL A VERY HAPPY MOONCAKE FESTIVAL !
#I'm sending this to Shaz @ Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tum Ayam @ Steamed Wrapped Chicken

Tum ayam is one of the many famous delicacies of Bali, which the chicken meat is being steamed together with some really fragrant and flavourful spices and also with coconut milk. Just imagine how delicious it is! Some may also use duck meat. Well, you ....of course, may as well grill them. Tum ayam is quite similar to one of our local delicacies called otak-otak @ steamed wrapped fish, which is very famous around the Northern part of Johor.

Ingredients :
500gm chicken fillet, sliced into strips
2 tspn tamarind paste
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp shallots, minced
1/2 tbsp garlic, minced
1 red chili, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 tspn salt
2 kaffir leaves, thinly sliced
# 4 banana leaf sheets (9 x 6 in) ~ softened in hot water for wrapping

Ingredients for blended paste :
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tspn black peppercorns
4 toasted candle nuts, crashed
2 red chilies
4 shallots
3 cloves garlic
1 stalk lemongrass, thinly sliced (bottom white part)
1 tspn turmeric powder
1 inch fresh galangal/ginger root, thinly sliced
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tspn salt
(blend all ingredients into fine paste)



Method :
(1) preheat a frying pan with cooking oil.
(2) stir in blended paste and simmer over medium heat till fragrant.
(3) remove paste from frying pan and leave to cool.
(4) in a big bowl, place in chicken fillet and all other ingredients included cooled blended paste, then mix well.
(5) wrap mixture with banana leaves and seal nicely.
(6) then steam for about 15-20 mins.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sun Dried Tomato Mooncake Biscuit

Gosh, here comes the mid autumn festival! This year the mooncake festival is fall on the 12th of September, Monday. Just imagine how time flies! Remember I made quite a number of goodies for the celebration on last year..... for example, Bamboo charcoal & cinnamon baked mooncake, chilled mooncake, jelly mooncake, shanghai mooncake and also fruity mooncake biscuits. So far, mooncake biscuit has the biggest request and am planning to make some more this year. Come on, let's join in for some fun!

Ingredients for pastry crust :
430gm all purpose flour/HK flour
1/4 tspn baking soda
250ml golden syrup/ honey
110ml peanut oil
1 tspn alkaline/lye water

Method :
(1) combine syrup, oil and alkaline water into a big bowl.
(2) mix well and then leave aside for an hour.
(3) next stir in flour & baking soda, mix to combine and again leave aside for another hour.
(4) finally, divide into sizes as desired and wrap in the fillings.
(5) then mould out the shape and place it to the baking tray.
(6) brush with egg glazing and bake at preheated oven 170'C for 10 mins.
(7) remove tray from oven and brush on egg glazing for the 2nd time.
(8) again bake for another 10mins at 160-170'C or untill golden brown.

There's 2 sizes for this mould and mine is the largest one.

Ingredients for Sun Dried Tomato Fillings :
500gm lotus paste
1 cup sun dried tomato, roughly chopped
2 pieces preserved kumquat, roughly chopped
3 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
(combine all ingredients and mix well to form a soft dough, then divide into the size as desired)
#the ratio for wrapping the dough is 50:50, meaning if you used 20gm of filling then the dough should be 20gam as well.

The manual moulding went pretty neat and nice. Yet, I still prefer to use the mooncake stamping mould. It's easier and quicker.

But turned out quite blur....due to longer heating time! I'm still not quite familiar with my new oven. Need some time to get along with it. :o)

#I'm sending this to Suresh & Shaz @ Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The 7 Links Challenge

Guess what? I've been tagged for the 7 links challenge more than a week ago but still scratching my head to finalize this post. Yeap, it's definitely the most challenging post ever. But before that I've to thank Veronica @ Quay Po Cooks and Shirley @ Welcome To Shirley's Luxury Haven! for including me. Phew..... let me see, what I've here.

(1) The Most Beautiful Post :

Maybe some of you may think Old Fashion Strawberry Butter Icing Cake is the most beautiful post here but NOT for me! The most beautiful post has to be Rainbow Wonder Loaf because it was from the inspiration of passion which lead me to this. It is also my favourite post.

Don't you think simple is beautiful !

(2) The Most Popular Post : Traditional Ma Lai Go @ Malay Cake
# This is the most popular post untill up to date and also my favourite kind of kuih or cake, but not exactly my favourite post. And this is also the most challenging recipe Ive ever tried.


(3) The Most Controvesial Post : Not sure ! Please do let me know if you think I have one !

(4) The Most Successful Post : Crispy Skin Chiken
#This was chosen as my most successful post because the chicken turns out 100% perfect eventhough it's my first attempt. Well, first thing first....have to thank the fantastic weather. It was a sunny hot day and the chicken skin was perfectly dried out before roasting.

(5) The Post That Did Not Get The Attention It deserved :
Spinach Steamed Bun With Sweet Corn Custard
#This is a very healthy and delicious recipe I've ever tried out but too bad it didn't get much attention indeed.

(6) The Post I Most Proud Of : Roxanna
# This is definitely the one I most proud of ! This post was specially dedicated to Roxanna, a food blogger buddy from Foodbuzz who didn't owned a site nor camera and still have such passion to write in all her recipes.

Oatmeal Cake

Crispy Lemon Fried Chicken

(7) The Most Helpful Post : Homemade Soybean Milk & Milk Yoghurt
# I supposed this is the most detail and also infomative post so far, which is pretty helpful to most of you out there. Hope youu will like it as well.

So now, to keep the challenge going~ I would like to tagged the following blogger buddies to join in for some fun. Don't be stressed out~ just do whatever you like and have fun.
(1) Elin @ Elin's Tidbits Corner
(2) Lyndz @ The Tiny Skillet
(3) Megan @ Foodalution
(4) Gertrude @ My Kitchen Snippet
(5) Taste Hong Kong
(6) Sutapa @ Tips For Delicious & Healthy Cooking
(7) Cathy @ Wives With Knives

Before ending this post, I would like to draw your attention to this fellow blogger named Jennie. She just lost her husband recently and need our help desperately. For further information, please go to A Fund For Jennie or here.
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