Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wonton Mee...

I'm quite famous for buying things on a whim and then leaving them in the fridge until I decide what to do with it... Of cos' due to my impulsiveness, many vegetables have perished... but luckily frozen products have managed to escape this horrible fate by having longer shelf lives.. So last night, while in bed, I remembered that I had bought a chicken carcass from Giant and it had been sitting in my freezer for over a month... It was time to make stock.....
So, today morning, I dumped the chicken, onion, celery, garlic, ginger and coriander in a huge copper pot and let it simmer for hours. And since I had some wilting chye sim in the fridge, it seemed like a good idea to make wonton mee... And that's what we had for lunch!
The pictures aren't great cos' I just piled all the stuff on... was too tired to dress it up.. So, this is how it will look like on most days :P
This is my own recipe... I'm sure it is not authentic and might not be for everyone's taste... But what the heck... Food is creativity right?

Recipe for Dry Wonton Mee

1 packet of wonton mee noodles
1 packet of cooked dumplings (I got mine from Seng Siong... these are not the fried ones)
Chye sim (to preference)
Prawns (happen to be going for a song at Seng Siong (no pun intended))
Chicken stock (enough to boil the above ingredients)

For the dark sauce base: (This was conjured by me)
2 red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped
1/2 thumb of minced ginger 
Oyster sauce
Dark soya sauce
Light soya sauce 
Sesame oil
1/4 C water


1) I made the dark sauce base by heating up a small pan with a mixture of sesame and canola  oil. Saute the chili and ginger over low heat until brown.
2) Add water, oyster, dark soya and light soya sauces to taste. If you like it sweeter more oyster sauce and if you like it smokey and more dark soya sauce. 
3) Once it starts boiling, turn off the fire and set the mixture aside.
4) In another pan, add some chicken stock and let it come to a boil. 
5) Add the shelled prawns and chye sim and let it cook quickly. Remove
6) Add the dumplings and let them boil in the chicken stock. Remove
7) Wash the wonton mee to remove the flour on it and add it to the stock (I tried it before without washing it and the stock started to thicken because of the flour). Let it come to a boil, test for doneness and remove it.
8) Place the cooked wonton mee in a bowl, stir in the dark sauce and assemble the wonton noodles, prawns and chye sim. Serve with sambal belachan.

Good old choc cake n a juice...

I hadn't baked for a very long time and that is cos' (like I said before) I don't have a convectional oven even though my MW is suppose to double as one. This is cos' the heat comes from the side and not the top and bottom so the cake does not bake well. 
So, I came across this wonderful recipe for steamed choc cake that had been getting rave reviews at kitchen capers (you definitely need to check it out), and so I decided to try it out. I used my wok to do it and through out the entire steaming process I was so worried that the cake is not gonna turn out great cos I don't have a full fledged proper steamer. Fortunately, the recipe seems quite idiot-proof and it turned out to be a pretty yummy cake. Especially so after I kept it in the fridge.. it tasted like sara lee pound cake... yum! The recipe can be found here

The next day was Friday and I didn't cook anything cos' G is vegetarian on Fridays and mum will usually cater for the whole family.. So instead, I made a orange-pineapple juice using canned pineapple and oranges (left over from CNY)... both which had been lying around for a bit. It's pretty easy, I just deseeded some mandarin oranges (left the white bits on for morefibre), added some chunked pineapples (draining away the syrup) and pureed it the mixture with my handheld blender. It was a little sweet even after adding ice cubes. Could have been better if I blended the ice together.. For that I would have to lug my big blender out which I was not interested in.....It was quite tasty... but G founded a tad too thick for him. I think he would have preferred it strained.. but I'm not gonna get rid of the fibre!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Noodle mania...

Ever since we came back from our trip from Malacca, I have not posted the stuff that I had cooked. Of course, it is mainly one dish meals and not a 5 course meal. On Monday I made spaghetti  with tomato base. It was really simple and tasty. I started off with a can of campbell's pasta sauce and I added some chopped chicken breast to it to make it like a Bolognese. Since I am a sucker for vegetables, I added celery,onions, garlic and bell peppers. Usually, I would have added tomatoes but I didn't have any on hand so I omitted it and I also didn't feel like using canned mushrooms since I was just cooking for two. My hubby loved it so much that he ate the remaining sauce on its own... Something he has never done before. :) For me, I piled on the Parmesan cheese... I just love strong flavours!

On Monday night while waiting to be picked up by G, I wandered into NTUC and bought some fish cakes and udon noodles. I have never tried udon before but always been so fascinated by it, so it was a really good opportunity to do so. So on Tuesday I made my own version of udon noodles with fishcake, cabbage, green vegetable, onions, garlic and straw mushroom. For seasoning I added a Knorr cube (I think ikan billis), pepper and soya sauce. It turned out pretty good I must say!


Recipe for Spaghetti with chicken tomato sauce

Spaghetti for two.
1 can of Campbell's tomato pasta sauce (I have tried with Prego and other brands..)
1 onion, diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 stick of celery, chopped
1/2 a bell pepper, chopped
1 can of mushrooms (optional)
1 tomato, diced (I didn't use it here, though normally I would)
a handful of pitted olives, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
some dried rosemary, oregano and basil, according to ind. preference

1) Saute onion in olive oil. When it is softening, add the chopped celery, bell pepper and garlic.(You can add tomatoes at this instance too) Cook until the vegetables are soft. I also added some of rosemary, oregano and basil for it to cook with the vegetables.

2) Add diced chicken and olives. Let it cook through until the chicken starts to turn white. Add in the pasta sauce and simmer for about 10 mins. Adjust the seasoning and herbs according to taste.

3) In another big pot, boil enough water to submerge pasta. When the water is boiling, add some salt and oil. Add spaghetti and cook until al-dente. 

4) Serve cooked spaghetti with some pasta sauce and top it with some Parmesan cheese.

Udon With Vegetables

1 packet of Udon noodles (enough for two)
A few cabbage leaves, finely sliced
One packet of enoki mushrooms (chopped into three)
A few leaves of kai lan
One onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 chilli padi
Fishcake, sliced
1 cube of Knorr ikan bilis stock
Some pepper 
Soya sauce


1. Saute onions, garlic and chilli in some oil.

2. Add enough water to make soup for two. Let it come to a boil. Add ikan bilis stock cube and fishcake.

3. Add udon and vegetables at the same time (so that the vegetables don't cook for too long and lose nutrients). 

4. Add seasoning to taste. Top off with some spring onion and serve. 


A foodie trip to Malacca

Finally, my hubby G had an opportunity to review a hotel. So, after a quick packing of the bags, we headed down to Malacca on Saturday - not exactly the smartest thing to do considering that it was only the third day of CNY. 

 N-S highway up to Malacca was very smooth except for a huge jam in Malacca town itself which took us about an hour to clear. The hotel we stayed in is called Majestic Malacca ( It is a really nice and beautiful hotel and at USD 200++ a night, it better be. Of course, for us it was sponsored. So that's great. The room we stayed in was so beautiful with an open concept bathroom and a huge bathtub. I'm hoping for something like this when we buy our new house! Sadly, we didn't have time to try the tub but it looked really pretty. 

After unpacking we had dinner with the Manager of the hotel, Mr Robert Hunter. He recommended the Nonya food but to both G and me it was quite so-so except for the chicken cincaluk which was made with fermented shrimps... not belachan but the other type that you can get from bottles. I guess we like our food a little bit more fiery. The dishes were quite mild in flavour. 
We also shared a bubor cha cha dessert that was made from gula melaka instead of the normal white 
sugar. It had bits of sweet potato in it and was fresh and delicious. It also had a very nice smoky flavour but the only downside was that it was a bit too sweet for my liking. But it was nice...

Next day we finally had a lovely meal with what they call the cascading breakfast. This is
not your normal buffet but they have a list of items you can choose from. This is good because there is no wastage and at the same time you receive a fresh batch of piping hot food. Hubby had egg omelette while I had scrambled eggs. It came with freshly made hashbrown topped with grilled tomatoes, chicken sausage and baked beans. The hashbrowns were very good as it was made in the hotel and not the frozen type that you get normally. They also serve really fresh watermelon and orange juice. Really yummy!

The picture on the left was a beautiful display of homemade jams they had - bitter orange marmalade, strawberry jam and pineapple jam. I just thought that the containers looked so elegant! 

I also had a chance to go for their one of a kind spa.. the only one in the world that uses Pernakan healing properties for treatments. Normally it costs 600RM per person but since I was reviewing the place it was free! 

After an invigorating time at the spa it was 
time for lunch! Since we were rushing back to Sg I ordered a club sandwich and G ordered a chicken burger. It was a very tasty meal topped off with chocolate mousse for dessert. G absolutely enjoyed his burger as he never had a chicken patty so huge! 

We were so excited about the chocolate mousse that we even forgot to take pics! Absolutely rich, chocolatey and divine! So you get to see the empty cups after we licked it clean! hahaha

In all, we had a very satisfying trip and if it is all paid for... We will definitely do it again! hehehe!


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Garlic Bread

I've been itching to bake the past few days but since my digital weighing scale has died on me I'm unable to do any baking until I buy a new one. (Call me a snob but I just don't want to use the analog ones anymore)

So, anyway hubby wanted me to make him some garlic bread so I just threw some minced garlic, margarine and parsley together and toasted it on my griddle.

Again this has no fixed recipe. Just use any amount of garlic (depending on how strong you want it to be) and scoop some margarine. Mix it well... When I'm toasting it, I just sprinkle some dried parsley for colour and flavour. 
Another lazy way of getting things done. 

Just a tip* Try not to burn the garlic on the griddle because it leaves a bitter after taste.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

When you don't have anything at home....

My hubby asked me to make stir-fried instant noodles for dinner tonight and I have not done my grocery shopping in a very very long time. 
So, I scavenged around and found an onion, a packet of hot dogs, two tomatoes, half a carrot and a head of cabbage.
So, I made a very simple stir fry of it with some soya sauce, oyster sauce and freshly ground pepper.
I also had a never before craving to have bulls-eye with it (for the uninitiated it is fried egg with watery yolk) so I made that in my cute egg pan.
I don't even think this dish is worthy of a post much less a recipe. It is just a case of dumping everything together. My only lazy man tip is to add hot water to the stir fry and add the noodles together. Let the noodles soften in the wok together with the seasoning and vegetables. Usually, I know most people will boil the noodles separately... Like I said.. I'm lazy and hungry so didn't have time to take a good pic.


Monday, February 4, 2008

White Bananalicious Choc Pancakes

My hubby promised to bring me to McD for breakfast yesterday but that didn't materialize... Since then I have been craving for some pancakes (added crunchy hash browns would have been good). Last night at my mother's place I saw some ripe bananas hanging freely and I decided that it would be a good opportunity to make the much craved pancakes...
So, today morning I set about making them only to realise, after I whisked all the ingredients together, that  it was not quite sweet enough (and alas I didn't have any P.cake syrup too)... So I dug into the dungeon of a fridge and came out with some white choc and bitter choc... of cos' bitter choc is only gonna make the situation worse.. So i decided to go down the unfamiliar path of white choc...

How did it turn out? Well the pancakes were good... nice and fluffy.. hubby commented they tasted like McDs but the white choc was something he didn't quite care for... For me it was alrite... something different but I think we both still prefer the bitterness and nuttiness of the dark choc... Which reminds me... I better go n stock up on some semi sweet at the least.


Recipe for White Bananalicious Choc Pancakes     

1 cup plain flour ( I used 3/4C plain + 1/4C whole wheat)
1 tbsp white sugar (I found that it was not sweet enough)
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
1 cup milk 
2 bananas chopped (you can puree it if you want. I like the chunkiness)
handful of white/dark choc
Some oil/butter for the griddle (I didn't use any cos' mine is non-stick)

1. In a bowl, add flour, sugar, B.P., salt.
2. Whisk in milk, V.E., egg.
3. Whisk in chopped banana and choc
4. Heat the griddle, oil it and pour the p.cake batter on it. The size of the p.cake is up to you. You can make a big one or many small ones.
5. Once bubbles start to appear and it starts to look dry, flip it over for a minute or so
6. Remove from griddle and serve hot.

Welcome to my blog!

Hi all,

Welcome to my blog. One of my new year resolutions was to cook more and document that process of cooking. So, I have decided to join the thousands of food blog and add to the already available recipes.

I used to be a teacher and now currently I'm pursuing my Masters in Education. I am also doing real estate and hope to make big money! Haha! In my free time, I'm giving tuition to a bunch of lovely international students... 

I'm married with no kids on the horizon. So, I do have some time in my hand to do baking and cooking and other household chores (which I detest)

Anyway, once again... welcome to my blog and I do hope to meet a lot of wonderful people out there :)