Monday, June 30, 2008

Sesame Wheat Cookies



I saw this cookie posted in auntie Yochana's blog and quickly asked her for the recipe. It looks very good eh? I was delighted when she posted the recipe and I have all the ingredients on hands. So, waited no further, I made her sesame wheat cookies.



You can get auntie Yochana's recipe here. I'm not sure how to describe this cookie. It's neither sweet nor salty. Kind of light and "song song" ( pronounce in Hokkein) with butter and sesame seeds flavors. I think it is suitable to serve this as cookie for cream cheese spread or jam. We just eat it like this though and surprisingly both my girls like it. I gave a bottle away to my friend and the rest my girls finished it in two days!

By the way, I baked mine in 325'F for 20 minutes.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Triangle Spring Rolls



Evy has been asking for my seaweed spring roll. Every time she sees my blog and saw the seaweed picture at the title of my blog, she has been asking, "Mommy, I want to eat that, can you make it again?". After numerous requests from her, I finally made her some. Reason being I tried to stay away from deep-fried food if I can, deep-fried food is delicious but can't really eat it too often. This time instead of the wontan wrapper, I used the spring roll wrapper and make it into the triangle shape. I provided a step-by-step pictures guide for those who doesn't know how it was made. Remember to seal it with cornstarch+water mixture (it acts as a glue).



Friday, June 27, 2008

Excellent Award



I would like to say a big THANK YOU again to Rainbows for awarding me with this Excellent Award. Now I would love to pass it to:

Lily's Wai Sek Hong
Soy and Pepper
Beachlover's Kitchen
Camemberu - Blogging Food from Singapore, Malaysia and Japan!

for the excellent job they did and still do on their blogs, great job ladies!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cost Saving Dinner



With the high gas prices these days, home cook dinner is the way to safe. Due to the hike in gasoline, the grocery we buy at the store is more expensive too. Cooking dinner at home can be easy and it doesn't need to be TV dinner or frozen pizza. Just throw a Tilapia fish fillet (about $0.65 each, $2.50 a pound at WalMart frozen seafood section) in 450'F oven for 10 minutes and you get yourself a delicious dinner. For us, I prepared a simple eggs fried rice to go with it. Another suggestion is, you can make some instant white rice with mango salsa to go with the fish too.

For preparing this fish, I just lined the baking pan with a piece of aluminum foil so that after we done eating, I just threw away the foil. No washing necessary. First, I sprayed the fish with cooking spray. Then, I seasoned the top of the fish fillet with Bay seasoning, a little mixed peppers and lastly some homemade bread crumbs (yup just the top). Then it went into
preheated 450'F oven for 10 minutes. Viola, you have yourself a healthy, cheap, delicious, fast and easy dinner.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rose Flavored Konnyaku Jelly



What these three ingredients combine into? A pretty in pink Konnyaku Jelly with kiwi seeds. As for konnyaku powder goes, I still very much prefer the Red man brand. The texture provided by this brand is more chewy as opposed to the other brand that I had tried. I bought these Red man kiwi seeds and konnyaku powder on my last trip home. I always fascinated by the kiwi seeds and so glad that I saw it on the shelf. Now that I have tasted it, I can let you know that this seed is for decoration only. You can't really taste the seeds while eating the jelly. But it sure add a little something to the jelly and makes it very pretty.



I made this rose jelly before and really loved the flavor it gave. So, I decided to share it with my readers. Of course you can omit the kiwi seeds if you don't have it. For the above, I just wanted to showcase the new Konnyaku jelly mold that I acquired at Ng Ming Huat, JB. I simply love the bears and turtles! I heard so much about Ng Ming Huat that while I was in JB, I just had to ask my hubby to bring me there. Luckily he still know the way after these many years. One thing I like to say about this shop is, it seriously needs expansion (or a bigger shop) and organization. The way I had to dig through some products, walked through that shop and came out with dirty hands, I also don't want to say more.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Braised Chicken with Dried Bean Curd Sticks



I love to cook this dish for my family because it is healthy and delicious. This is one of my home cook dishes that I think is also one of yours. I think this dish is pretty common in a household that cook every day. The only different is I used skinless and boneless chicken breast instead of the whole cut out chicken. Sharing with you my way of cooking this dish.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Stomach Flu

What is a stomach flu? I have no idea before until it strikes my daughters. Out of the blue, Edda started to throw out one night. We thought it was a one time thing, cleaned her up and put her to bed. Then, the next morning the same thing happened again. Whatever she ate, out it came, even my breast milk! So, the next day we made an appointment and brought her to see her pediatrician. Then, the pediatrician explained it was a stomach flu, it was a virus that has been going around. Asked me not to give her milk, ice-cream and greasy food. Just something light and mostly water or Gatorade, just let her body cleaned or cleared itself. So, I mainly gave her fluid the next day and no vomit from her. The following day, she started to show interest in food again so I gave her a little here and there and watched what happen. Well, it turned into diarrhea, so she had been diarrhea the whole day. On the third day, she was back to her normal self again. And then it was her sister turns to throw out. Luckily we knew the pattern already, so only fluid for Evy the next day and she did well, no vomit. The following day, she started eating and she diarrhea the whole day and on the third day, she had recovered. I guess I got infected as well because I too got diarrhea for a day and felt like vomiting the next. This stomach virus flu is indeed infectious and messy (as in cleaning after your little ones). Too bad I have no idea how to prevent it, washing hands all the times?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Scramble Eggs with Sweet Snap Peas and Preserved Veggie


I was left with some sweet snap peas, not enough to make a dish, just enough to use it as a side to a dish. So, I was cracking my brain again and decided to try it in scramble eggs. I love this crunchy snap peas and thought it would be great in scramble eggs or an omelette. I also have some preserved veggie (chai por) that I needed to finish so it went into the scramble eggs.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Healthy Baked Donuts


Chocolate chips baked donuts, simply divine and oh so healthy! Made with yogurt and just 1 Tbsp. of oil!!


Closer look!


Coconut flakes baked donuts, want some?


Hello pretty!

I bought two donut pans recently at a trip to the outlet mall. It was at a steal for $4 each, it was buy one gets one free deal you see, so without any hesitation I just grabbed the last two. I have been eyeing baked donut recipe for awhile and so glad that I finally got to make it. The original recipe is from My Culinary Journal. Thanks Peony for graciously sharing her baked donuts recipe. Below is my modified version with my signature twist to the usual baked donuts with icing topping. Each of my topping gave a little something special to this soft baked donuts and it was so easy to put together too. By the way, it would be delicious with peanut butter chips as well. Do not bake with any sprinkles or color coated chips as the color would run and the donuts would turn out looking ugly. See, why the other four of my donuts went missing? I used the color coated peanut butter chips and I learned a lesson out of it. *wink*

*Click here too see more variety of my baked donuts*


Monday, June 16, 2008

Stir-Fried Bean Sprout with Fried Beancurd



This is my all time favorite way of cooking my bean sprouts. As I don't buy salted fish, I substitute it with dried anchovies. I posted my recipe in 2006 and now I re post it again by adding dried bean curd. It added protein to this delicious dish, very suitable as a vegetarian dish as well and it combined protein with fiber.

Ingredients:

~ 1 big bowl of bean sprouts
~ 2-3 cloves garlics, chopped
~ 2-3 Scallion, cut into 2 inches length
~ 1/2 pack of fried bean curd, cut into thin slices like shown above
~1/4 cup dried anchovies, washed and drained

Seasoning:
Salt to taste, 1 tsp. chicken stock granules & 1/4 cup water.

Method:

Heat oil in a wok. When hot, add in dried anchovies, stir-fry until anchovies turned crispy and brown then add in garlic. Stir well and add in the bean sprouts. Give a few good stirs and add the fried bean curd, seasoning and water. Let it simmer a little while and then add scallions in the last few seconds. Stir well and dish out. Serve hot.

Note: Do not overcook the bean sprout. It should remain crunchy.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Strawberry Toast



Strawberries are abundance these days. In fact all the berries are in season and all are on sales. If you love berries, this is the time to buy and enjoy until you drop. With the strawberry tarts and mixed berries tarts popping every where in the supermarkets and blogs, I got inspired to make my easy Strawberry Toast.

You only need four ingredients to make this delicious toast.
1. Whole wheat or whole grain bread
2. Nutella spread
3. Philadelphia whipped mixed berries cream cheese spread (or other flavor)
4. Strawberry, cut into slices


1. Toast the whole wheat bread in the toaster until toasted. Slice off the sides.


2. Spread generously with Nutella spread.


3. Top with whipped cream cheese spread (flavor to your liking).


4. Top with slices of fresh and sweet strawberry. And then enjoy each bite of this delicious toast.

I served this to my parent in-laws and got rave reviews. Do give this easy morning breakfast or afternoon snack a try.

8 Million Clicks Needed.....



This is an urgent tag I recieved from a blogging friend of Rainbows. It is an ongoing campaign in The Breast Cancer Site to get as many clicks as possible by end of June to reach their target of 8 million clicks in order for their sponsors to donate $10,000 more for free mammograms.We can do our part by just clicking at the pink button as many times as you can. Remember each click you gave will give hope to a poor woman in getting free mammogram. I would like my buddies here to help out by spreading word about this campaign and link it to The Breast Cancer Site.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Scallops Mapo Tofu



I was trying something new. Instead of the usual ground meat, I replaced it with chopped sea scallops. I know I shouldn't use sea scallops in this dish, a bit wasted to cut the beautiful big scallops into small pieces. But then again, everything still go into the tummy, so it didn't really matter. But of course it's cheaper to use bay scallops as you don't even have to cut it into small pieces but to just use it as it is, cost wise, it's so much cheaper too.

I bought the LKK mapo tofu spicy bean curd paste recently and decided to give it a try. Hmm... I haven't gotten use to the paste yet and it needed more to make it tasty. I added some sugar, sweet dark soy sauce and some spicy chili bean paste and still find the flavor not to my liking. I will post the recipe once I perfected it. First time using this paste and I still need to play around with it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Daily Blogger Award



Recently I received a Daily Blogger Award from Jthorge's Kitchen.

"This award is to be given to blogs that have at least 3 posts per week. I appreciate their kindness and generousity of sharing their wonderful recipes with us rain or shine". Quoted jthorge.

I would love to pass it along to:


Please do pass it along and share the love ya!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Trip to Pikes Peak


We took our parents (my in-laws) to Pikes Peak recently. I really experienced shortness of breath while at the summit. The oxygen here was less and I could really felt it. And my father in-law had painful ears (because of the air pressure). Thus, we didn't spend a lot of time at the summit.


View from the Summit. It was very windy and COLD! We wore an extra fleece and a winter jacket and still felt the chill because of the strong wind.


My in-laws with Evy. This was taken on the way up to the summit. We also spotted two skiers ski down the thinly snow packed slope at the side of the mountain. See, no jacket here because it was not as cold yet.


On the way down, we stopped by the reservoir. Beautiful isn't it? A lot of people fishing here. They caught a lot of Trouts.


Evy posting for daddy by the reservoir!


Edda took a little snack at the reservoir rest booth.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Friends Around the World


Start Copy HERE.

Rule:

1. Copy from ::Start Copy Here:: through ::End Copy Here::.

2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. Just make sure to post this to each of the blog you added in the list.

3. Tag other online friends you know.You don’t need to be tag in order to join. If you want to join just post this one in your blog.

4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.That way, everyone is happy and can meet new friends too!

5. Come back once in a while to get the master list! Let’s see how this makes our Technorati and PR goes up! :D

6. DO NOT REMOVE THIS: scrap page made by Yen. Using alphas and tapes from Kate H., flowers from Ida,paper by Catrine.


Would love to invite My Kitchen Snippets, SueSue - Cooking Momster and Teczcape to play along.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

More Evy Drawings

As promised, here are more recent drawings of Evy. I think she did all these when she just turned four.


She tried to draw some ants. Not sure why she wrote SHEEP at the bottom, doesn't look like it connects to the drawing.


Don't ask me what is VVLLA because I have no clue!


Her garden of flowers.


I see flowers and possibly a Caterpillar, no idea about the rest.


She knows how to draw shapes and said it correctly.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Back in U.S.

We safely arrived in COS yesterday. I had to dress Evy in long pant, long sleeve shirt, socks and also covered her hands with socks all the way home. We got a scare in the Hong Kong airport as the officer asked us to remove her socks on her hands. Luckily when my husband explained that it was some rashes, she didn't pursue it. *wipe sweat* Evy was still having painful throat and mouth sores on all the flights home, thus she hardly eaten anything. Luckily Edda was feeling better and able to eat and sleep. My parents in-law came with us and they will be here for two weeks. Right now we are all suffering from jet lag, some more severe, some just mild. After this update, I need to go get some sleep too, I woke up at 5am this morning and I don't think I get enough rest. I can't cook because I cleared my fridge before I went back, so later we will have to do some grocery shopping. Edda is back to her usual self again and happily eating and requesting for food. She is able to play and run around again. Evy is getting better, at least her throat and mouth is not painful anymore. However since she is getting hit hard on her hands and feet, it will probably takes a while for her scars to disappear. Right now all her sores, blisters, red spots were turning dark red and dried up, and very scarely looking. I hope it won't leave her with ugly scars!