Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pan Fried Salmon with Cream Sauce

I was having such a headache trying to decide what to eat tonight. A friend suggested salmon & so salmon it was. Enough brain cells sacrificed over dinner tonight. I usually cook salmon with teriyaki sauce but today I decided to try it with cream sauce. It was nice! Hubby told me he actually prefer cream sauce over teriyaki sauce.

What I did was to rub the salmon with salt & pepper and let it marinate for a couple of minutes. I then cut a few cloves of garlic into thin slices & fried it in a few tbsp of oil till crisp. Set garlic crips aside for later use. Using the garlic oil, I pan fried my Salmon till golden brown. Set aside Salmon & drain oil from wok. Add cream to the wok, add a tsp of chicken powder and a good dash of parsley flakes. Stir till it thickens, pour over salmon & top with garlic crisps. Yumz.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Strawberry Milk Pudding

This is a really simple dessert and was done in a matter of minutes. This recipes uses only 3 ingredients: milk, gelatin powder & water. Some recipe uses agar agar powder; It gives a firmer texture. For me I like the gelatin version, soft and wobbly =). Fat cheeks likes it very much. Next time I'll make the chocolate version. I didn't add any sugar to the pudding at all so I topped my pudding with a tsp of Jam for more flavour.

(I made 3 small cups)
- 200ml strawberry milk
- 3tsp gelatin powder
- 30ml hot water
- 1tsp strawberry jam (I used blueberry jam)

- dissolve the gelatin powder in hot water & allow to stand for a few minutes till powder is fully dissolved
- pour gelatin solution into milk & mix well
- spoon into cups & chill, it should set in about 2hrs
- serve chilled & top with a tsp of strawberry or blueberry jam

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Baked Meatballs with brown sauce

Once again it's the weekends. I had a peaceful morning coz Fat cheeks was downstairs with her Daddy at the playground. For lunch today, I've decided to make meatballs. Fat cheeks loves it and we usually have our fill at Ikea. Ikea's Swedish Meatball recipe can be found here but since I didn't have all the ingredients, I modified it a little. To make it healthier, I've choosen to bake it instead of frying it. The baked meatballs were tender, moist and delicious. I served my meatballs with fresh Focaccia bread I baked this morning and edamade. Fat cheeks can't have enough of it, she finished every single crumb on her plate and kept asking for more =). This will be another frequent dish in our home.

This is what I did:

Ingredients for meatballs:
- 250g mince beef
- 250g mince pork
- 1 egg
- 2 chopped onion
- 3 tbsp wholemeal flour
- 3 tbsp instant oats
- 5oml of milk
- a good dash of dried parsely
- 1tbsp of oyster sauce
- salt & pepper

- stir fry onion in a little olive oil till brown, set aside to cool
- mix wholemeal flour, oats & milk till it forms a thick paste
- mix browned onion, flour paste and rest of ingredients
- shape into balls & placed on lined baking tray
- drizzle a little olive oil over meatballs
- bake at 190 deg for 20-25mins or till golden brown
- serve warm with brown sauce

Ingredients for sauce:
(these made alot of sauce, next time I'll half it)
- 4-5tbsp butter
- 2-3tbsp plain flour
- 100ml milk
- 200ml beef stock
- salt & pepper

- melt & brown butter slightly over low heat
- add flour & mix well (at this point, it will thicken & be slightly lumpy)
- add milk then beef stock, use hand whisk & mix well
- season with salt & pepper
- serve warm & drizzle over meatballs

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kueh Dadar

Hubby loves kueh dadar and this is made specially for him. =) This recipe is from Zarina's Home Cooking & once again I scored success with her wonderful recipes. The pancake skin is soft, tender & pliable. The filling is sweet & fragrant. Very yummy, hubby loves it much.

Ingredients for coconut filling:
-250g brown sugar
- 200ml water
- 300g grated coconut with skin removed
- 2 pandan leaves

- boil water with sugar, when sugar dissolves, add coconut & pandan leaves
- cook till thick & slighty moist
- leave aside to cool

Ingredients for pancake skin:
- 200g flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 large egg
- 250ml fresh milk
- 250ml water
- 2-3 pandan leaves, pound to extract juice
- 1 small drop of pandan paste (optional)

- brush small pan with oil
- when pan is hot, pour a ladleful of batter in to pan & spread batter thinly
- when bubbles appear on surface, flip pancake over & cook for a while
- to fold pancake, place pancake on a flat plate
- put a large tbsp of coconut mixture on the edge, fold edge over filling, fold sides inwards then roll
- Note: put filling in immediately after each pancake is made

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Muah Chee

I saw this Muah Chee recipe from one of the cookbooks I borrowed from the library. Have always wanted to try to make this. Since I'm in the mood today, I gave it a go. The ingredients and method is fairly simple but do not try this recipe if you hate washing up. Cooking the muah chee is a sticky gooey affair. Be prepared to scrub your pots with some elbow grease. Overall, my muah chee turned out not bad, I was pretty pleased. I roasted the peanuts & sesame seeds myself, so it was really fresh & fragrant.

- 240g glutinous rice flour
- 50g castor sugar
- 2tbsp cooking oil
- 350ml water

For dusting:
- 1 cup peanuts (roasted, skinned & milled till fine)
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds (toasted & milled till fine)
- 3tbs cooked glutinous rice flour or koh fun
- 41/2 tbsps caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt

- Bring water to a boil, add sugar, oil & glutinous rice four
- use a pair of chopsticks to mix them together
- place dough in steamer & steam for 25mins
- remove from steamer, using a pair of chopsticks again, stir in one direction (this will help dough become Q)
- combine dusting ingredients, place dough in dusting ingredients, cut into small pieces, serve

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cheese Buns

Hubby is outstationed so it's only me & fat cheeks at home over the weekend. For a simple & stress free breakfast, I decided to make these buns. They are simple & fat cheeks love them especially when it's served with her favourite soft boiled eggs. It's very soft & fluffy, yummy enough to be eaten on it's on. The recipe is adapted from Happy Home Baking's Sweet Buns recipe.

- 150g bread flour
- 150g cake flour
- 5g instant yeast
- 3g salt
- 125g milk
- 1 egg
- 60g caster sugar
- 50g butter
- grated parmesan cheese
- 1 beaten egg for glazing

- mix dry ingredients
- add milk, egg, sugar knead for 5-10 mins
- add butter & knead for another 20 mins till dough is shiny & does not stick
- proof for 1 hr or till double in size
- punch out gas & divide into 60g portions
- shape dough into balls
- arrange in a greased or pan lined with baking sheet
- rest 15mins
- glaze buns with egg wash
- sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese
- bake at 190 deg c for 15-20mins
(*Note: the cheese burns easily, so check buns frequently & when it's browned nicely, cover buns with aluminin foil & con't cooking)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mee Soto

After the success of Mee Rebus, I've decided to try another of my fave malay dish Mee Soto. It was surprisingly easy. Just grind up ingredients, throw them into the pot with chicken & tadah...Mee Soto! Once again the recipe is from Zarina's Easy Home Cooking. I love that cookbook. Very authentic, very delicious.

(enough to serve 3-4)
- 1 chicken
- 6 cups of water
- salt to taste
- 600g fresh noodles
- 300g bean sprouts

* To grind into paste:
- 1.5 tbsp of coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 1 thick slice lengkuas
- 4 candlenuts
- 8-10 shallots
- 1 tsp white peppercorns

** For garnishing:
- spring onion & local celery, chopped finely
- potato cutlets (I was lazy, I simply added cubed potato into the soup & let it cook till soft)
- shredded chicken

*** Chilli Padi sauce
- 1/4 birds eye chilli
- wash, remove stalks, grind fine & add dark soya sauce over it

- Put whole chicken, ground paste, water & salt in a large pot
- when boiling, remove chicken & keep stock
- put chicken on tray & roast for 20mins at 190 deg c, untill light brown
- shred chicken when cool
- to serve, blanch noodles & bean sprouts in hot water, place in a bowl
- sprinkle shredded chicken & garnish then add soup
- serve hot

- I didn't roast my chicken, I simply left my chicken in the stock let it simmer for half an hour
- then I took out chicken to let it cool before shredding it
- after shredding, I returned the chicken bones to the stock & let it con't to cook in my thermal cooker.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Japanese Light Cheesecake

I was in the mood for cheesecake yesterday & I baked 2 cakes at one go! One for my precious darling fat cheeks & one for my dear friends. Fat cheeks loved the cake much and kept asking for more. Hope my friends will enjoy it as much as she did. The cake texture was soft, creamy & fluffy. It's not too sweet and the lemon juice adds a little tang to it. Next time I shall try the vanilla version.
Here's the recipe from The Ultimate Indulgence Cheesecake:

(makes an 8" cake)
- 400g fresh milk
- 250g cream cheese
- 60g plain flour, sieved
- 5 egg yolks
- 20g lemon juice
- 5 egg whites
- 100g caster sugar

- preheat oven to 180deg c
- line cake tin with grease proof paper
- double boil milk & cream cheese till cheese dissolves
- add flour, stir & cook till smooth & thick
- remove from heat & leave to cool
- add egg yolks & lemon juice, stir well
- in a seperate bowl, whisk egg whites till foamy
- add sugar a little at a time & whisk till soft peak is formed
- slowly mix egg whites into cheese mixture
- pour into cake tin & steam bake at 180 deg c for 20mins
- after 20mins, reduce heat to 140 deg c & bake for 1hr 45 mins
- leave to cool in oven with door ajar for 1 hr then chill in fridge for 4 hrs
- remove cake fm tin, cut & serve chilled

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

I made these for brunch last weekend. We love nuggets but instead of indulging ourselves in the unhealthy fried ones, I decided to try this. Turned out not bad. Fat cheeks says it's yummy & gave me thumbs up. Honestly, dunno if she's just trying to make me happy coz initially she took a bite and made a face. When she saw my disappointment, she quickly ate up and tells me it's yummy. Isn't she the sweetest thing?! It can't be compared to the fried ones ofcourse, but for a healthy alternative it tasted pretty ok to me. I also made some into burger patties for hubby & he had no complaints. If you would like to try, here's the recipe:

( I managed to shape 2 burger patties & about 10 small nuggets)
- 1 tube soft tofu, mashed
- 200g mince chicken
- 1 boiled potato, mashed
- 1 samll onion, minced finely
- 1 clove garlic, minced finely
- a pinch of dried parsley
- salt to taste
- pepper

- mixed all ingredients & shape
(I oiled my cookie cutters & place them on baking tray, then shape a tbsp of mixture into a ball & pushed it into my cutter. Press down mixture with fingers, then lift cutter)
- bake at 200deg c, at least 10mins on each side till golden brown
- serve warm