Monday, July 25, 2005
These are her latest pictures. She is growing up, just look at her 6 months old picture on the right, she looks different isn't it? How her facial feature change since birth until now is amazing. When I looked back at her old pictures or video, I was like she looks so different now. And how weird that she has brown hair instead of dark? People said it's the weather here that made her hair brown. She is talking up a storm, keep adding new word or sound as the months go by.
She had her first camping trip over the weekend. Glad to say that she did good, slept through the nights and enjoyed walking around the bushes. Got a few scratches on her knees though because I couldn't keep an eye on her all the times as she loved to walk around. Hmmm...should have put her on long pant but it was sorta hot in the day. Anyway, she loves camping!!
Thursday, July 21, 2005
~Yield one medium jar, adapted from Jo's recipe.
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cup sugar
300 ml thick coconut milk
1/2 tsp. pandan paste
1. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add sugar and whisk until sugar dissolved. Add coconut milk and pandan paste. Mixed well.
2. Sieve kaya mixture into a stainless steel saucepan (twice) and place on stove top over medium heat and stir occasionally with a whisk until mixture started to thicken. Scoop out any bubbles that formed while whisking. Switched to low heat and stir continously until kaya reached the desired thickness or consistency. Remove from heat and cool completely before storing in a glass jar. Refrigerate afterwards. Kaya will be thicker when it's cool and even more so when refrigerated.
~Will produce a smooth kaya.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
1 whole chicken
Salt to taste
dried sage herbs (can omit if you don't have it)
extra virgin olive oil
1. Rub the salt all over the chicken, under the skin and in the cavity.
2. In a bowl, add (A) together and mixed well.
3. Next, use a brush to brush (A) mixture all over the chicken, under the skin and in the cavity. Place the chicken on a wire rack or a roasting rack.
4. Bake in preheated 350'F oven for 1 hour & 45 mins or until the thermometer inserted in the thigh area registered 180'F. Cool for 10 mins before chopping into pieces.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Cornish Hen is a small chicken. The size of a black chicken.
1 cornish hen
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/6 cup brown sugar
1 Tbp. oyster sauce
1/8 cup sherry
2 Tbp. dark soy sauce
1/4 tsp. 5 spice powder
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. cloves
1 2cm piece of fresh ginger, crushed
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1. Mixed all ingredients in a large bowl with the hen overnight in the fridge. The next day, pour all the marinade without the hen in a wok and turn on the heat. When boiled, add in the hen and simmer for about 40 mins on each side, covered. Keep adding water if it's dry out. Remove and cool before cutting into pieces.
2. Pour the thicken marinade sauce over the cut out chicken before serving.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
For Chicken Stock:
-2 drumsticks or chicken carcass, some celery, 1 onion, 2 carrots, a piece of ginger and some ikan bilis. Boil this for several hours. Then, drain it to get the clear stock. This produce very sweet stock, no seasoning required.
-Some flour, one or two eggs and water. Knead until a dough like consistency. Add flour as needed. Roll it flat with a roller and tear it with hand and drop it in a hot boiling water until it float to the top. Dish out and put it in the chicken stock when ready to serve.
For Minced Meat and Mushroom:
-I used ground turkey instead of ground pork, either way is fine. First, marinate the chinese mushroom that has been soaked soft with oyster sauce, chinese rice wine and a little sugar (make sure you squeeze the juices out first). Then, add a little oil in the wok, and stir-fry the ground turkey until cooked and add in the mushroom, stir-well to mix and then add seasoning: oyster sauce, soy sauce, chinese rice wine, a dash of sugar and pepper and lastly a little sesame oil. Stir-well and dish out and set aside.
For Crispy Anchovies (ikan bilis):
-Wash anchovies with water, dry it and then deep-fry in oil until crispy. dish out and set aside.
For Crispy Shallots:
-Sliced the shallots and deep-fry in hot oil until crispy. Set aside. Or put the sliced shallots in a microwave safe bowl and add in enough oil to cover to microwave until brown.
Other side dishes:
-Greens and fish balls. I used collard greens because that's the one I have in the fridge. You can use chai sin, or spinach as subsitute. You can omit fish balls if you don't have it on hand. Add those lastly in the chicken stock when ready to serve.
-Dish out a good amount of noodle in a bowl with some fish balls and greens, and then top it with minced meat and mushroom, add the crispy anchovies on top and lastly the crispy shallots. Serve warm with chili padi. YUM!!
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Did this a while back. Thought I would share the recipe here. :)
8-10 leaves of napa cabbage, washed and cut into 1 inch wide strips.
2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped.
2 dried scallops, soaked in hot water to soften (about 1 cup), reserved the water.
3 jumbo sea scallops, washed and cut into half.
1 egg white.
salt to taste.
1 tsp. chicken granules.
1 ~ 2 tsp. potato starch / cornstarch mixed in some water.
1. Heat up some oil in the wok, when hot, add in garlic. Stir until slightly brown, add in the napa cabbage, stir to mix until napa cabbage is soften, add in some salt. Dish out and set on a plate.
2. For the scallop sauce, heat the wok and add in the scallop water with the dried scallops, then add in chicken granules, salt and when boiling, add in the fresh scallops. Let it boil until the scallops are cooked (turned white in color) and turn off the heat and stir in the egg white and potato starch mixture. Stir until thicken in gravy and egg white is cooked, pour on top of the napa cabbage to serve.
Friday, July 01, 2005
I made Green Tea Buns the other day. Just use any basic sweet bun dough recipe and add 1 tsp. of green tea powder into the flours mixture. The green tea flavor is real subtle which is good for those who don't like the smell being too strong. I added mung bean paste as filling just because I have some leftover mung bean paste in the freezer. For stronger green tea flavor, add 2 tsp. green tea powder.