Saturday, November 15, 2014

No Egg Cake

A recipe without using egg, milk and butter and still turned out soft and fluffy, not to say easy to whip up too.  The recipe said just mixed everything in the baking pan, but I would advice to mix it in a bowl first before pouring in to bake in the pan.  As, the cake stuck to the pan even though I had greased it before hand.  Other than that, this is an awesome cake to try and very easy to make and delicious to eat.  It is not a sweet cake so don't bother to cut down on the sugar.  I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup and ended out have to glaze the cake because it was not sweet enough.  Hahaha...we all gain from my experiment.  *smile*

If I am out of eggs and still want to eat cake, this will be my to go recipe for sure.  My girls loved this cake as well and I bet they would request me to make this often along with the fudgy brownie that they liked so much.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Spicy Crispy Chili

I can't leave without chili on the side.  Especially if I cooked stew meat or chicken, it just felt empty without spicy chili as a condiment.  So, I was experimenting with a new kind of chili, I would call this spicy crispy chili. Next time I would chop my dried chili finer and would add dried shrimps and compare the difference.  I think it would be more fragrant.  If you like chili as a condiment to your meal, give this recipe a try!  It will sure to satisfy your taste bud.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Chia Seeds Bar Cake

Modified this from the Best Pumpkin Cake recipe I posted few years ago.  Now, I added ground flaxseed and chia seeds for a healthier approach.  I should try it with whole wheat flour next, but I am not sure of the outcome and afraid to give it a try.  I was experimented it with a 9x13" pan instead of the bundt pan because that took a long time to bake.  Luckily this turned out well and it only took 35 minutes to bake.  I freeze half for later and the other half I just store it in an air-tight container and place it at room-temperature on the kitchen countertop.  My girls had this as breakfast and for their afternoon snack.  

Nothing better to bake some pumpkin treats at this pumpkin season.  It's also a great time to stock up on canned pumpkin when it goes on sale, so that we can enjoy it throughout the whole year, not just at the end of the months.  *wink*

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chicken with Cabbage

Since I started helping my friend in her restaurant, I don't have much time to cook.  Hence, less update compared to before.  Also because of that, my cooking has been much easier and preferably one dish meal.  The veggies that I bought these days, also have longer refrigerator life such as cabbage, celery, napa cabbage and romaine lettuce.  I made this dish because I was left with a bowl of glass vermicelli from the previous hot pot/steamboat dinner.  Guess who dish out most of the glass vermicelli to eat? Haha...if you guess my girls, you were right!  :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Jalfrezi Chicken

Another easy one pot dish to be shared with my readers.  The only work is to chop the drumsticks into pieces, or save the work and just use the whole drumsticks.  One bottle of Seeds of Change Jalfrezi and a canned of Garbanzo beans/ chick peas and you are done.  My girls loved the garbanzo beans in it and kept scooping it out to eat.  If you want, you can add chunk of carrots too!  No harm in adding some veggies when you see fit.  Enjoy it with brown rice or Jasmine rice!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

养生海燕窝 (Healthy Sea Bird's Nest)

养生海燕窝 (Healthy Premium Sea Bird's Nest) is a natural seaweed, a red algae and because it resembled coral, it is also called 珊瑚草 (Shanhu Cao).  It is packed with nutritional values as it is a natural alkaline food, rich in minerals, a natural soluble dietary fiber, is a plant collagen, has sea enzymes,etc.  You can read more about the nutritional values here.  The texture is like agar-agar, jelly like, the less water you add, the more jelly like it gets when cold.

A relative introduced this to me when I was in Singapore not long ago.  I really loved the texture of this delicious drink and she gave me a packet for me to make here in the U.S.  Her husband got it in Taiwan, so I am not sure whether I can find this in the U.S. or any where in Malaysia.  You just have to ask around or search online.  If you can find it, make it a regular drink as this drink is great for women, hello collagen, will keep your face looking beautiful and young!  ;)  Not only that, as it is also rich in mineral and a natural alkaline food, any health food in my dictionary is a great food to have in your refrigerator.  I keep this refrigerated, you can also keep it frozen.  Thanks CK and Angie for introducing me to this fantastic drink.  :-*

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Raspberries Preserves

My simple homemade refrigerator raspberries preserves.  No pectin required!  I reused the jam jar by washing it in the dish washer.  I have since made variety of preserves using this method and none of the jam had gone bad on me.  It didn't last that long in the refrigerator for me, but at least 6-8 months before I finished all. This preserve is delicious and nothing beat homemade!  Just remember to keep it refrigerated.

Our King Sooper has 6 oz. raspberries on sale for 88 cent each this week, which mean it's time to make raspberries preserves.  Just so happen that I only left with one jar of homemade blueberries preserves, so it comes at the right time.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stir Fried Shrimps with Green Beans

This is one of our favorite green bean dishes, besides the one that cooked with sambal belacan. Sometimes I cooked it without adding shrimps because it had dried shrimps in it.  But adding shrimps certainly made it more balance.

The trick to cook a crunchy and green color green bean is you need to fry it in oil first.  You can deep-fry it for better result.  But I usually trying to save oil and just stir-fry it in oil instead of deep-fry it.  This dish is very easy to make and I hope you like it as much as us.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Yummy Food at Genting Highland Resort

Steamed Fish, the fish here is very fresh!

四大天王 (Four different kinds of veggies cooked together)

Boneless Fried Chicken in Thai Sauce

Jumbo Soft Shell Crabs

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thai Food in Malaysia

I don't know why but whenever I go back to Malaysia, I want to eat the Pandan chicken at a Thai restaurant.  Perhaps the Thai restaurants in the U.S. do not sell Pandan chicken.  Sure, I can attempt to make it here but I never try that because I can only get the frozen pandan leaves here.  Guess, I am not really craving for it but it is just something that I want to eat whenever I go back.  Do you have something that you must eat when you visit Malaysia?

Steamed whole fish in sourish sauce, what a treat!  Living in Colorado, we are so used to the frozen fillets, we hardly have excess to fresh fish unless we want to pay a lot for it.  So, steamed whole fish or fried whole fish was such a luxury for us.

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, Kang Kong Belacan, Egg Fu Yong for my girls as they loved fried eggs.  Oh, the water is not free in Malaysia, expect to pay 50 cent or more in any of the restaurant. I have cut sugary soft drink from our diet, and the best healthy drink for us is water. But sometimes, I will let them have fresh fruit juice instead of water. But most restaurants charged ridiculous prices for their drinks, you can actually order a plate of small dish with just few dollars more.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

More Malaysian Food

Alkaline Kuih (Tee Ya kuih?).  On this trip back, I wanted to try this kuih because my late grandma always made it during the Chinese New Year.  Hers was yellow in color and she would made a big rectangular size tray and we had it throughout the CNY.  She would also pan-fried it to eat it with soy sauce three-layers pork.  I wasn't too crazy about this back then, but this kuih managed to stick inside my memory and it was something that I wanted to revisit again.  My dad also missed his mom's kuih and would go to eat this occasionally.  I was happy that I got to eat it again but somehow it didn't taste quite the same.

The alkaline kuih was served with this braised three layers pork.

This fried lor bak was delicious!!

Fried broad rice noodle with eggy sauce  (wor tan hor)

Hokkein noodle, just got to have this at least once when we go back.  (sorry the picture turned out a bit blurry)

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Malaysia Yong Tau Fu

When I went back last month to Malaysia, one of the food I wanted to eat was Yong Tau Fu.  My girls enjoyed this tremendously too, they ate whatever I gave them.

My mom said it used to sell for 70 cent each but now the price has increased to $1.20 each.  Since I haven't eaten this in a while, it tasted delicious just liked I used to remember.  My wish was granted thanks to my dearest parents.

Nothing beat the Malaysian food, so many things to eat and try.  I didn't get to eat all the food of course but I tried to eat what I really missed the most.  I will have more delicious food pictures that I ate to share with you, some fancy, some just what I had missed.  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Chili Black Bean Chicken

Sigh, it does come at a time when I have no idea what to cook anymore.  I like to try new things, cook new food instead of the same old same old.  Furthermore, I can't post the same recipe again in my blog so I had to be creative!  Colorful super-food will always be my priority in preparing my food, the above is just a usual home cook meal.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lemony Lemon Brownies

When I saw this recipe shared on my Facebook page, I just had to make it.  My girls loved anything lemony such as my Lemon Sables, Crispy Lemon Cookies and Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins.  Needless to say, I have been making lots of lemony dessert lately.  This brownie got my girls approval too, is a change from the usual chocolate brownie, but I like the fudgy brownie better.  *wink*

I modified the methods in making this lemon brownie from the original version because I remembered I only needed a hand whisk to make the best brownie ever recipe.  So, I improvised and experimented with it and glad to announce that it worked!  So, you are free to use my lazy method or follow the original recipe.  I also cut down on the sugar and changed the glaze recipe, as the glaze recipe provided by the original poster yields too much runny glaze and hence resulted my brownie looking like the above.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cocoa Almond Butter

As you know, I have been making my own jam/preserves and learning that making homemade nut butter is also very easy hence I set it out to give it a try.  My girls loved Nutella so I added cocoa powder into my experiment.  It didn't taste very good at first so I tried adding some brown sugar and gave it a taste.  It also felt a bit thick so I added a little peanut oil to make it smoother and the above was the result of it.

We really liked it and when I am out of the almonds, I might try it with peanuts since peanuts is a lot cheaper. I bet you can experiment with different nut for a different nut butter taste as well.  Happy trying!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hijiki Seaweed Cold Side

I have to eat seaweed regularly to keep my Hypothyroidism under control.  2-3 times a week is sufficient for me.  The most regular seaweed that I consume is wakame, cook in miso tofu soup.  I also add wakame when I prepare my kimchi ramen, any chance I have for seaweed, I would use it.  When I am too lazy to make the miso soup, I will switch to Hijiki seaweed since this can be prepared pretty easily.  Right now, I would do a blood test once a year when I visit my OB/GYN to see if there is any changes.  I noticed that if the reason of your hypothyroidism is the lack of iodine, you can easily modify your diet to keep it under control.  For me,  the regular consumption of seaweed really helped.  It might not be for everyone but it works for me.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Turmeric Spiced Chicken

This dish was me trying on something new.  I was inspired by Phong Hong's Chicken Garam Kunyit and wanted to give it a try.  But knowing me, I didn't go and shop for the ingredients but just made use or substitute what I had at home, this dish came out looking nothing like the post that I was inspired with.  I think using the chicken breast in my part was a mistake as the meat didn't turn out juicy and tender.  For this dish, the skinless and boneless chicken thigh would be much preferred.  Oh well... Certainly learnt from my mistake.  I still want to thanks Phong Hong for the recipe though!  :-)

Friday, May 02, 2014

Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins with Lemon Glaze

I don't know, I love to buy lemon when it's on sale.  And if it is 3 for $1, I would buy 3 instead of 1 even though I only needed one.  Often time when that happen, I have no idea what to do with the lemons.  I just realized that I can just cut it into slices and put it into an air-tight container in the fridge and take each slice out for use in my water (to make it alkaline).

Anyway, for these 2 lemons that I was left with, I decided to make Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins.  I created this recipe because I want to make it into a recipe that is easy to make and less thing to wash.   No electric appliance needed, just a bowl and a hand whisk!  It turned out soft, lemony and delicious, even my hubby that normally doesn't eat sweet had 3 in a day!  Of course the rest my girls walloped it up, now I will need to buy more lemons to make more of these yummies.

Soft and fluffy with the flavor of lemon and the crunch from the poppy seeds!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Baby Bok Choy Kimchi

When I went to a Korean BBQ buffet, there was one vegetable kimchi that I really liked and that was bok choy kimchi.  I was surprised at how good it tasted and I always want to make it in the back of my mind. This is a short cut version as no glutinous rice paste was used as well as no food processor.  So, no onion, no apple and no pear.  As you know, I am famous for the short-cut version.  However, adding fruit and onion would provide additional sweetness to the dish.  I heard that the glutinous rice paste is to give the kimchi extra shine.  Anyway, I am too lazy to make those today so I am settle with this.

Verdict:  I would try adding an apple or sweet pear next time.  I bet it would taste better with the additional sweetness from the fruit.  I would probably use 1 Tbsp. of fish sauce first and if it is not salty enough, at least you can add more and season to taste.  Otherwise, if it is too salty, then it would be harder to adjust, just have to eat it with lots of rice.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Homemade Strawberries Jam without Pectin

Hey, it's Spring, with the abundance of cheap strawberries on sale, what are you going to do with it?  You can make strawberry jam that last through the summer!  I used to spend a ton on organic jam but not anymore!  I have learned to make my own jam by following the simple rule of 1 lb.of fruit to 1 lb. of sugar (almost 2 cups).   However, I do cut down on the sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit, not a whole lot but some since we need the sugar to preserve the jam.  If you click under my label on Jam/Preserve, I have since made kaya (Malaysian coconut jam), clementine marmalade, orange marmalade, pear jam, blueberry jam, blackberry jam and raspberry jam.  Now adding to the collection is strawberry jam!  I should stick to 2 lb. of strawberries next time, since it was my first attempt, I have no clue how much it will yield.

3 lb. of fresh strawberries yield almost 7 jars of strawberry jams for me.  Sweet and oh so yummy!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easy Stir-fried Celery

This dish was created because I needed a vegetable side dish for my Korean dinner and my refrigerator only had an organic celery and a tiny bit of cabbage.  So, I picked up the celery, thinly sliced it and started working through the recipe while stir-frying it and doing the taste test.  I added black sesame seeds for the color contrast and the celery was crunchy.  I am quite happy with the result and would certainly make this when I am out of other green vegetable again!

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Version of Vietnamese Dessert

We loved Vietnamese dessert.  Often time when we went up to Denver, we would go to a Vietnamese bakery shop to buy some of the kuih (Asian steamed cake), "tofu fah" and cups of sweet dessert like the above.  It came with several variety and it was hard to pick a favorite, but often time I would pick one loaded with beans, sweet potato, sago and taro.  I don't know how they really make theirs but I know it is sweet and covered with coconut milk.

This is my version and it tasted just like the one sold at the store.  It is not difficult to make but involved a few steps like cooking the tapioca pearls or strips first and steaming the sweet potato or taro if used.  Then, you just mix it all together and place into an individual serving bowl or cup and refrigerate until serving.  It is best eaten on the same day as the tapioca strips might harden when kept in the fridge for too long.  If you make this, please feedback to me ya!  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Assam Sambal Prawns

We loved nasi lemak or Malaysian coconut rice.  One of the dishes I missed the most when I first came to the U.S. would be nasi lemak.  In my 20s and totally a newbie in cooking, I thought nasi lemak was very hard to make.  It was like eating it would only happen in my dream.  Then one day, a friend taught me how to make it and I was really surprised at how easy it was to make one.  I remembered I once made some nasi lemak and asked my husband to bring it to his school to share with his Malaysian male friends and how happy and thankful they were.

For this nasi lemak, I added turmeric powder thus the yellow color (Since the curcumin in turmeric is good for us so I wanted to incorporate it more into our diet).  The recipe I am sharing here is the assam sambal prawns as I bought some medium size shrimps and I wanted to make a dish that pair well with it.  I was referring this recipe to Nonya Flavours Cookbook and will be sharing the cookbook recipe with some of my changes.  I wonder why the photo in that cookbook looks so oily and red whereas mine looks completely different?

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Stir-fried Shredded Potatoes (Kamja Bokkeum)

Frankly I have no idea whether this is originally a Chinese dish or a Korean dish.  We were served a big tray of this shredded potatoes in a Chinese New Year party that we attended.  I was seriously surprised that a dish that looked so unappealing and plain can be so tasty.  I didn't even want to try it at first but I told myself that I have to try every dish there and be adventurous.  I tried it and couldn't help but went back for a second!  Interestingly this dish is also served as a banchan in Korean restaurants.  Evy fell in love with this banchan and I wished I know how to make it.  I always looking for easy banchan to serve with my Korean meal, but I think nothing is easy when you have to make a few in a day.  Anyway, this is my version and it tasted a little bit different and I have no idea why, do you think they par-boiled the shredded potatoes first? Outcome is all of us loved this plain potato dish and that's what matter most.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mexican Squash Pancake (Jeon)

When I starts, I couldn't stop!  I have been cooking tons of Korean side dishes lately and I have no idea what's gotten into me.  I made this to bring to a Korean friend's house and just so happen that she was making the exact same thing!!  Down to the same Mexican squash!!  Talk about coincident as zucchini pancake is more common.  I bought this because I have no idea whether the store that sells the zucchini is GMO or non-GMO unless I buy organic, so I picked Mexican squash instead.  I couldn't tell the difference between these two anyway except one is dark green in color.  This is one popular Korean side dish and serve on special festivals.  It is not hard to make at all just the pan-frying part is a bit troublesome.  We all loved this so next time I would have to train my Evy to make this!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Seaweed Rolled Eggs

I have learned this version of rolled eggs from watching a Korean variety show, "Dad, Where are you Going?".  Haha...from now you have known that I watch quite a few of Korean variety shows right?  It provided me with a good laugh and it was fun to watch.  I liked those with kids, for example this and "The Return of Superman", it was just too cute!

Anyway, one of the dads cooked this for the kids and it looked good to me and what's best was it was very easy to make.  Without hesitation, I made this for my girls and got their approval.  Sometimes I made this for their lunch boxes, easy and nutritious!  They loved to open it into a strip and eat it like that too.  The eggs won't stick because of the seaweed.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Toast Pizza

I saw this Pizza using bread in someone blog before, but couldn't really remember where (Maybe Tigerfish?).  I have also seen pizza using tortilla and pita bread.  It just so many lazy and easy variation out there these days, and some even made dessert pizza.  I made this for my girls' school lunchbox.  I wanted to give them a different variety of lunch boxes instead of the same old thing.  So, I toast it and make it looks like mini pizza instead of making it into a sandwich.  

This was made in a different day without the spinach and cooked chicken breast.  All packed in their lunch box.  They preferred it this way instead of wrapping it in foil.  I would add a cutie into their lunch box too.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Arugula Elk Garlic Pasta

I love the Sweet & Spicy Tuna Arugula Pasta that I made earlier.  But this time I wanted to try it with ground elk meat ( of course you can use any ground meat of you choice as a substitute) that I bought at Sprouts.  Got to say, this combination tasted better with the sweet and spicy tuna, but it was not too bad either.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2 Ingredients Pancake!

When I first read about this 2 eggs and 1 banana pancake, it was shared on a health website on my Facebook page.  They called it Paleo pancake.  I was like okay it was interesting.  And then I saw it again on a Chinese cooking page on my Facebook and I got really interested then because I like simple and easy recipe, furthermore I have frozen banana in my freezer calling me to use it.  So, this time I thaw one banana in the refrigerator and set up to give this recipe a try because I was quite skeptical.  In my mind, I was like would it really work?

I wish I can trace it back to the original creator and give him/her the well reserved credit, but it's just too much work.  So, I just want to say that this idea was not created by me.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Korean Style Cold Tofu Banchan

There is a reason why I like to eat at a Korean restaurant, I will get to sample their banchan/ side dishes and then discover new banchan to cook at home.  There are some Korean restaurants that serve up non-traditional banchan that use mayonnaise, fruit salad and salad.  But I like the traditional banchan more especially those that I am not familiar with.  I find it great to sample food that I have never eaten before from another culture.  My husband is the least adventurous of all as he won't touch some of the banchan such as kimchi.  Luckily I have exposed my girls to kimchi early on and they all love kimchi now and three of us will finish the kimchi in the restaurant.

This spicy cold tofu dish is the replica of what I had recently.  I am not sure whether this is the right way of doing it but this is my way of making it and I think it turned out pretty good.  I think it make a quick and easy banchan.  My hubby didn't like it, he didn't even want to try it at first but took a tiny bite after I asked him. Oh well... more for me then!