Thursday, June 19, 2014

Father's Day Thai Fiesta

It's been ages since my last post...with the change of job, the temporary move back to my hometown after nearly 12 years...orient myself geographically and dealing with the little one's needs has been the main agenda this past few months. Now that we have sort of got the hang of it all, and things are starting to roll much smoothly, I've started a part time baking business with my sister and we call it Cake O'licious.
You can check out the FB Page ;).

We have slowly picked up the pace and I'm happy to say that it's running pretty smoothly too.... ;). This gives me the pleasure to bake and try out all kinda new stuff that I've been saving at the back of my mind all this years and definitely solves the issue of who will be eating all those sinful baked goodies....and gives me more reason to do therapeutic baking...yes you heard me right, baking is therapeutic to me...haha....

Now, enough of my musings....

The past weekend being Father's Day, I managed to cook up a feast for the dearest husband....and it was Thai food..being a fan of Thai food, I wanted to try out things from the scratch....I would say a simple version of it but it did take me a couple of hours to get it all on the table...and as usual the husband loved it all...and me too ;) ..so here goes.....

Mixed Vegetables in Red Curry

Thai Fragrant Prawns

Thai Style Steamed Fish

Delicious and Refreshing Fruit Soup


And my, we both enjoyed the food including the little one but she could only try out the steam fish...

Here are the links to the recipes and do give it a try ;)

Fragrant Thai Prawns

Thai Style Steamed Fish

Vegetables in Red Curry

Will post the fruit soup recipe in a different post soon...happy cooking ;)



Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Little Angel Turns One !

Before I realized, my little one has reached the one year milestone...it only felt like yesterday, when we went on shopping sprees for the newborn, dedicating day and night to be at her side....
It has been a super busy year with the husband going off to do his Masters and end up being a weekend father, me resigning my 5 year job that I loved and taking up an offer nearer to my parents with better working hours so I won;t be tired when I come home to an eager little one......
So, it definitely called for a celebration. People say 1 year olds won't appreciate birthday parties..well, to me it's a party to celebrate her reaching the 1 year mark and being a wonderful kid and mainly for both of us to have done an excellent job holding on during the ups and downs of this 1 year....
My daughter is a princess in the making...trust me, she does behave like one..so, I chose the little, cute Princess Sofia as the theme party....with early planning, I managed to pull off the simple yet lovely party. Here are some of the shots....











Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chicken n Mushroom Shepherds Pie


I made this yummilicious shepherds pie for dinner last week and the husband truly loved it ;)
There was nothing left at the end of dinner when I actually thought I've made loads and will have leftovers...haha...


You need :

300-350 gm boneless, skinless chicken meat, diced small
1 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 can of button mushrooms, sliced thinly
some olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika (or more)
1 tbsp flour
1 cup water

5-6 medium size potatoes, boiled, mashed well without lumps
1 tbsp butter
salt and ground pepper to taste

mix together the mashed potatoes with butter, salt and pepper. It has to be smooth. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Saute onion till soft, add in carrot. Let carrot cook a bit. Then and add in chicken meat and mushroom. Cook a little and add in the flour. Mix well and pour in the water. Let it cook well. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and paprika. The gravy should be thick, you can add more water while cooking if needed. Turn off fire. Now transfer it to a heavy oven proof casserole, spread it evenly.

Top it with the mashed potatoes, spread evenly, covering well. You can make simple design on the surface with a fork. Then drizzle some olive oil on the surface.

Heat oven 180 C. Bake for about 30-40 minutes. Serve with some salad.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fried Radish Cake

This is my second favourite hawker food in Malaysia....available for breakfast and dinner..I still remember the Chinese uncle with a big wok frying this deliciously smelling dish at the entrance of the morning market near my parents; house.....the only thing about this dish is that I find it a little too oily for my taste and so I decided to actually try making this at home and it resulted in my kitchen smelling gloriously delicious ;) and it tasted just like the one that you can get at the hawker stalls (maybe a little better , hehe)..so here goes, my fried radish cake :

 

 

 



Serves 3-4 persons.

1.Making radish cake :

1 medium sized white radish - grated thinly
200 gm rice flour
200 ml water
water for steaming
a bit of salt

Place grated radish in a heatpoof plate. Heat water in a pot and steam the radish till it turns translucent. You can also use a steamer. (whatever method convenient for you).

Remove  and let it cool. Add radish into a metal cake pan. In another bowl, mix together rice flour and 200 ml water. Add the solution to the steamed radish. Mix well.

Steam again on high for about 30 - 40 mins. It will be a bit firm to touch. Remove pan from heat. Let it cool and then place in the refrigerator for 7-8 hrs or overnight so it firms up.

2. Frying the radish cake:

1/2 tbsp. non spicy chilli paste (chilli boh)
2 eggs, beaten
3-4 cloves garlic , minced
a small bowl of beansprouts, rinsed
2 tsp fish sauce
dark soy sauce, accordingly
salt and white pepper to taste
spring onion, chopped
canola oil for frying

prawns (optional)

Remove radish cake from refrigerator about 10-15 mins prior to frying. Cut it into small pieces.
heat some oil in a non-stick pan. Stir-Fry the radish cake pieces till slightly browned. Add in the garlic and chilli paste. Add some salt. Fry till aromatic.
Add in the beansprouts, stir.
Add fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper, mix well. Now, pour in the beaten eggs, all around the radish cake. Let it set a bit and then flip over from side to side till it is all well mixed. Add more pepper and salt if needed.
Serve hot with spring onions...;)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tandoori Chicken Pizza with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing

A flavourful indian style pizza.......deliciously mouthwatering...and the yogurt dressing compliments the pizza so well....




Pizza base :

Use ur best pizza base recipe
Use a frozen ready pizza base (follow packet instructions)
Try out this pizza base recipe :

Smitten Kitchen

If ur making ur own dough, follow the recipe above, roll out onto your pan, bake for about 5 minutes till slightly cooked at 200C. Then remove from oven, assemble the pizza and bake again.

I bought freshly cooked tandoori chicken from the restaurant nearby (I love their tandoori chicken..succulent) for this pizza (less time consuming)....but you can always make your own..here is a recipe for it :

grilled-tandoori-chicken

To assemble the pizza :

tandoori chicken pieces
1/2 yellow bell pepper , sliced thinly
1 onion, sliced into rings
1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
a handful of low fat pizza cheese
 Leggo's tomato and mushroom pasta sauce / any pasta sauce of your choice

Spread a layer of sauce over your dough evenly. Sprinkle low fat pizza cheese..Then add sliced tandoori chicken pieces, yellow bell pepper, onion slices and red chilli slices. Sprinkle some salt and enough dried oregano....Bake at 200C for 10-15 mins or till pizza is cooked.

Serve with cilantro yogurt dressing :

2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1/4 tbsp. minced ginger
juice of 1 small kalamansi lime
1/3 cup low fat greek yogurt

Blend all together...a delicious dressing...suitable for biryani as well...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Moist Banana Bread

The texture of this loaf is between a bread and a cake....moist, crumbly, prefect for breakfast or tea...

 


 

You need :

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup fine sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 medium bananas (ripe), mashed

Preheat oven 180C and prepare a loaf pan (grease and dust with some flour).
In a mixing bowl, stir together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, vanilla and mix well. In another bowl combine flour, soda and salt.
Add flour mixture to butter and mix till smooth. Fold in sour cream, mashed bananas and walnuts. Mix well.
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake for about 50 min - an hour. Toothpick inserted should come out clean. Cool in pan for about 15 mins. Then remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Best served warm.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sour Cream Pancakes

So the little one decides to sleep early today, giving mummy some selfie time :)
This awesome recipe is a must try....made these perfect pancakes for breakfast a couple of days ago...very quick and by far the best pancakes I've made....and the husband agrees :)
I had some sour cream left from baking a Banana Bread loaf (recipe will be coming up soon) and so decided to use it and mdke pancakes ... I'm so glad I did...original recipe from :  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/04/edna-maes-sour-cream-pancakes/

 



You need :

1 cup sour cream
7 tbsp. all purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
some butter for greasing (I used non-stick pan)
butter and honey to serve

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
In a separate small bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to sour cream until just barely combined (don't overmix.) Whisk in the egg mixture until just combined.
Heat a pan over medium-low heat and melt some butter in the pan. Drop batter by 1/4 cup servings onto the pan. Cook on the first side until bubbles start to form on the surface and edges are starting to brown. Flip to the other side and cook for another minute. The surface will be golden.
Serve with some butter, honey or maple syrup.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Indian Style Chicken Mushroom Pasta

Bored with the usual tomato based pasta sauce? Here's one with a touch of spices to give it a new taste altogether....not as easy as opening a bottle n warming up the sauce but surely worth the extra effort..



You need :

Pasta (shell type / macaroni / bow tie pasta) - enough for 3 - cooked, drained and kept aside

1 small boneless, skinless chicken breast - cut into bite size pieces
5-6 button mushrooms - sliced
1 onion - sliced thinly
1 tomato - sliced thinly
a little turmeric powder
2 sprigs curry leaves
salt to taste
coriander leaves - garnish

For masala :

coriander seeds - 2tbsp
black peppercorns - 1 tsp
3 green chillies - chopped
5-6 garlic cloves - chopped
1 tsp olive oil

Heat oil in a non-stick pan and roast coriander seeds, peppercorns, garlic and green chillies. Let it cool and later grind the ingredients together till it makes a smooth paste by adding some water.

Next heat olive oil in pan, sauté onions till soft, add in chicken, mix well...later add in tomatoes, mushroom. Cook till tomato is soft. Add in ground masala, curry leaves, turmeric powder, salt and some water. Stir well and cook till chicken is cooked and gravy is a little thick.
Then, add in the cooked pasta and stir well. Taste and add in salt if needed.. Mix till well combined. Serve hot with coriander leaves as garnishing.