Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Deepavali Cookies 2015

Deepavali is just around the corner and as usual, I've been busy baking, shopping n thinking on what else need to be done.. and the house cleaning of coz.

So, this year so far me n my sis baked a few cookies and made murukku...Here's what we've made so far..will update this post once we've done all the baking ;)

Belgian Choc Almond Cookies

Semperit or Custard Cookies

Coconut Butter Cookies


My collection of cookies magazine

Friday, 30 October 2015

Birthday Outing 2015

October has always been a special month for me and we usually plan a vacation around my birthday. This year being a long one with the husband's Masters exams, moving to a new house (that reminds me that I still have a 3rd floor to decorate) and all the other things between, we decided to do something simple. So, we stayed a night in KL city and made the most out of it.

We started off the day with a drive to PJ BluInc Media office to collect my cheque for HerWorld Best Home Cook 2015 (will post soon on that) and headed to Jaya One which was just nearby. Parking was so easy as it was Fri, no crowd at the mall and the little one was so happy as we went about shopping for new toys and clothes for her (hmm..it's supposed to be my birthday).

We then had lunch at this Mexican place : http://www.fronterabar.com/
Review : Awesome food. We loved the Chicken Tortilla Soup which was so flavourful, grilled salmon, chicken burrito and of coz, my margarita ;).

Tummies filled, we drove to Sheraton Imperial KL and checked-in. The little one was so excited that she was practically jumping up and down and started enjoying her mini vacation.

Quill City Mall is just opposite Sheraton though you have to cross a very busy road. We took a walk and eventually got stuck in the rain that evening and somehow managed to cross over with a little help from a KTM officer.

That night we decided to go for Chinese food and after searching through Trip Advisor, we checked out Hakka Restaurant. It's opposite Pavilion, ample of parking, child friendly and full of people. The waiters were attentive and the food was yummy. There' s outdoor and indoor seating available too.

The next day we enjoyed the hotel breakfast and checked out their pool. At 12pm we checked out and headed to Levain Boulangerie to check out the place and get some pastries. The place was bustling with people enjoying a lazy Saturday afternoon and we joined in.

Check out the strawberry lover who could't wait to get her hands on it :

Feeling satisfed, we headed to Klang and had to stop to collect this awesome birthday cake the husband ordered for me from a fellow homebaker. The strawberry lover was in fruity heaven looking at the cake topped with her fav fruit. It was indeed a lovely celebration and I had too much outside food for 2 days that I couldn't wait to start cooking ;).


Monday, 5 October 2015

Lemon Blueberry Loaf Cake

It has been some time since I baked something special for dessert. So when I was out grocery shopping yesterday I bought a pack of fresh blueberries, a couple of lemons and a pack of edible flowers (I've been hunting for this for some time now and was too happy that I couldn't resist not buying them).

I started prepping the dessert the minute I came home after work and in 30 mins, it was in the oven, filling the house with that lovely smell...then I started on dinner which was Tofu and Vege Jalfrezi (I'll update that recipe later). The cake was cool by the time we finished dinner and I whipped up a simple lemon glaze and decorated it with the edible flowers...and it looked so LOVELY ;)

Do give this yummy, moist and easily impressive dessert a try. Feedbacks are welcome.

Ingredients :

1/3 cup unsalted butter (soft)
1 cup castor sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla
1 1/2 cup Cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
lemon zest from 2 lemons
1 cup fresh blueberries, coated with some cake flour

Method :

Preheat oven to 170C.
Prepare a loaf pan by greasing and lining the bottom and sides with baking paper.

Beat butter and sugar using electric mixer and then add in the eggs one by one.Add in vanilla. Beat well.
In a bowl, mix together flour and baking powder. Add this to the egg mixture alternately with milk.
Now using a spatula, fold in the blueberries and lemon zest.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 40-45 mins or till skewer comes out clean.

Lemon glaze :

1/2 cup icing sugar
Juice of half a lemon

Whisk both ingredients using a hand whisk till sugar dissolved.

Pour or drizzle glaze on cool cake.
Top with edible flowers.

Ready to serve.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Asian Style Orange Chicken

Hi everyone! Yesterday I made this yummy orange chicken recipe, something you can whip up for a quick weeknight dinner. Do give it a try ya.


Here's the recipe :
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed, 
seasoned with some sea salt and ground garlic and pepper. Set aside.
Mix together:
rind and juice from 2 small oranges
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
some freshly ground pepper
2 stalks spring onion, sliced
Method :
Heat some oil in a non-stick pan and pan fry chicken pieces till lightly brown and keep aside.
In now empty pan, add the orange sauce mixture . Cook and stir in medium heat till thickened. add in the chicken pieces, coat well, cover and let it cook in the heat.
Turn off fire, dish out and sprinkle spring onion. Serve hot with rice.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Eggless Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake using Palm Oil

Hi everyone!! Today I would like to share with you all a video I made for a contest that I'm joining and the theme of the contest is cooking with Palm Oil.

I made an eggless Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake with dark chocolate ganache. This cake was done using red palm oil. It gave the cake a golden colour as you can see from the video. It's the first time I baked using palm oil and was happy that it turned out beautifully.
Do check it out and try out the recipe too. Have a great day :)


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Lemongrass Pepper Chicken Masala

It's been a huge relief after settling down in my new place and having the freedom to cook whatever I want, whenever I want.
I do hope I could keep the posts coming ...

Here's a chicken dish I made yesterday. It's an Indian based dish with a hint of Asian flavour. I would say it turned out pretty good. Do give it a try and leave ur feedback here.

Now for the recipe..

You need :
1/2 kilo chicken, cleaned and cut to pieces
1 big tomato, sliced

Blend together:
1 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
2 lemongrass (white part cut into small pieces)
1 big onion, sliced
6 cloves garlic
3 cm ginger, sliced
1/4-1/3 cup water

Keep aside.

1 tsp black pepper ground
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

2 cardamons
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 tsp aniseed, pounded
2 sprigs curry leaves

salt to taste
some dark soy sauce

Method :

Mix blended ingredients with turmeric, ground pepper, coriander powder, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Add this to the chicken pieces, rub all over and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer.

Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon, cloves and aniseed. When fragrant, add onion slices and curry leaves. Once onion turns lightly brown, add in the chicken pieces and tomato slices and mix well to combine.

Add some water if too dry and cover to cook, stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through. Add a few dashes of dark soy sauce. Mix well and turn off heat.
Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Quick Sambar Rice

At last we have settled down in our new nest and the best part is the huge kitchen. My very own kitchen after 2 yrs of moving about. Yup it's big, more than 20 feet long and I just love it..haha...so you can see me doing more cooking n more yummy posts ;)

Now, to the dish of the day... a quick Sambar Rice cooked using the rice cooker. It tasted great and a great option for a quick dinner fix on weeknights. Since I've been doing more weeknight dinners lately, I thought of compiling it all in a category for easy referral in the future. So you can check out the tab 'Weeknight Dinners' for other yummy recipes.

 I used :

1 cup ponni rice
1/2 cup toor dhal (soaked)
1 large onion, sliced thinly
1 small carrot, sliced
a handful of french beans, sliced
2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tsp asoefatida
2 stalks curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
some tamarind, dissolved in some water

Method :

Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add mustard seeds and cumin. Saute and add onion and curry leaves. Once onion is soft and fragrant, add beans, carrot and cook.
When vegetables are half cooked, add in sambar powder, asoefatida, and season with salt. Mix well and let it cook. You may add a little water here if needed. Once vege is 3/4 cooked, turn off heat.
In a rice cooker pot, add in washed rice with enough water according to the rice you choose.
Now add in the soaked dhall, cooked vegetable, tamarind extract and some salt.
Mix it and press or choose setting to cook. ( I used a digital rice cooker and chose White Rice setting).

Garnish cooked sambar rice with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with your favourite side dishes and raita.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Gd morning!! Today I'm sharing with you My breakfast for today : Strawberry Overnight Oats.
Let me tell you..This was GOOD..I mean, really really good..you'll love it even if you're not a fan of oats. Like me...haha..

Super easy and yummy...

All you need to do is blend together 1/2 cup of plain or strawberry greek yogurt with a handful of fresh strawberries (sliced) and 1/2 cup of milk.

Pour this into a bowl, Add rolled oats, abt 1/2 a cup (can add more or less according to your liking). Mix it and pour it equally into 2 glass jars. Top it with a tbsp of pure honey and sliced strawberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You may also add nuts, sliced bananas and chia seeds...YUMMMM

That's it....Strawberries Overnight Oats ready to be eaten! Do give it a try.