Sunday, May 15, 2016

Steamed Yam Cake


Everyone in the family knows I am a yam fan :p  I cooked them in soup, make fritters, braised with roast pork and today I am going to share this delicious yam cake recipe.  Yam cake is Wild Boar's all time favorite kuih.  He loves how generous I was with the aromatic garnishing.  He especially loves the preserved ' tai tow choy ' and crispy fried shallots and crispy fried dried shrimps. These three ingredients are the co-stars of the yam cake.  Five spice powder adds flavor to the yam cake too. Smells really good .  The preparation takes a bit of work but on the whole it was great making this savory cake. Hope you will agree that this is good.

these are the ingredients for the toppings

weighing out the rice flour and tapioca flour

cook the rice flour batter with the steamed yam till mixture thickens
before steaming 

take out after steaming for about an hour 
 while still warm , add the toppings- fried shrimps,
tai tow choy , fried crispy shallot and lastly the spring onion and chilli

spread out evenly the mixture of fried shallots and 'tai tow choy'
on the surface of the steamed yam cake

followed by spring onions and chilli

make sure the cake has totally cooled down before cutting























Steamed Yam Cake adapted from Goodbites

600g yam, peeled and diced and steamed
100g dried prawns, soaked and chopped 
1 tbsp Tai Tow Choy - chopped

1 tbsp of  fried shallots
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
1 chicken stock cube
1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper
4 Tbsp oil


For the batter:Mix and strain
300g rice flour
75g tapioca flour

1 tsp of five spice powder
5 cups water

Garnishing:

4 red chillies, diced
1/4 cup of presered tai tow choy
1/3 cup of fried dried shrimps
1/3 cup of  fresh spring onions, chopped
1/3 cup of  fried shallots



Method:

  • Heat up oil in wok, stir fry chopped garlic and dried prawns till fragrant. Dish out one-third for garnishing.
  • Add diced yam, 1 tbsp of preserved ' tai tow choy' and fry till yam is three-quarter cooked.
  • Pour the strained batter into yam mixture. Mix well. Add chicken cube, salt and pepper to taste.
  • When batter has thickened, pour into a greased steaming tray and steam for one hour or till cooked.
  • Turn off fire and sprinkle with the fried dried shrimps, preserved ' tai tow choy ', fried crispy shallots and lastly the spring onions and chilli.
  • Let it be completely cooled down before cutting.
  • Serve with a garlicky chilli sauce

Enjoy !

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Planning a Hog Roast For Your Event Is Easy. Here’s How You Do It

If you need to plan an event then you will need to do everything you can to make sure that you time everything correctly. This is easier said than done when you have so much to think about and you may have guests arriving at different times as well. That means you don’t know when to have the food ready by and this can cause even more issues for you as well. If you want to get around this then your best bet would be for you to hire a hog roast Derbyshire. If you do want to hire a hog roast then all you need to do is contact your local provider. They will be able to tell you how you can make the most out of your roast as well as advising you on the size of hog you need.






















Then, all you need to do is place an order for the hog you want and they will deliver it for you along with all the equipment required. They will also set it up, and cook it for you on the day so you don’t have anything to worry about there either. The best thing about hiring a hog roast caterer is that they can cook the food for the exact moment you want it so all you need to do is concentrate on how you are going to entertain and look after your guests.



















It really is as easy as that and you would be surprised at how quickly you could get everything sorted. If you want to get everything sorted then all you need to do is contact your local provider so you can discuss the date and the time of your event.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Savory Chicken Pie



Making these delectable pies can be tedious...so I will only make these for my Wild Boar when I have energy left :p  Ever since  my retirement, I have been involved in visitation, bible classes and some social outings plus my newly acquired hobby...photography outings, and the travelling to and fro just to see my children, I hardly have time to bake  :)       

Pies are WB  all time favorite comfort food and I really really feel bad not having time for him :p so okay la..guilt took over and I just have to make some for him before we go on our next trip to see the children :)  Took my favorite chicken pie recipe from here and managed to make 6 big muffin sized chicken pies for him.  The crust is slightly different..with yogurt added.

I made some salad with sweet balsamic vinegar dressing to go with the chicken pie.  Bursting with flavors , the chicken pie with the delicious and refreshing salad was an instant hit with Wild Boar... Wait...WB, you have to wait till the next time when I am energized to make some for you...for the time being be happy with the remaining 5 pieces :p

when the pies were taken out of the oven,
the aorma filled the whole kitchen :)

mission accomplished but wait
let me make some delicious salad to go with
the delectable pie

for the balsamic vinegar dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar with 1 tsp of sugar..boil till sugar melted
once cooled , add to the salad of your choice

the crust of the pastry is really commendable,
a keeper for sure


























Savoury Chicken Pie 

Pastry:
this dough is enough to make 6 half-cup muffin size pies.

150 gm butter
250 gm plain flour
1 tsp sugar
1 egg yolk
A pinch of salt
100 gm yoghurt

Put all the ingredients, except yoghurt, in a mixing bowl. Rub butter into flour mixture until like breadcrumbs. Add in yoghurt and mix to a dough.
Dough will be very soft so need to keep it refrigerated for at least 30 mins.

Filling: ( adjust to own preference)
1 big onion diced
diced cooked potatoes * optional
mixed vegetable  * I use carrots
Sliced button mushrooms
2 chicken breast, diced
oil
½ cup water

Seasonings :
1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
salt n pepper to taste

Heat abt 2 tbsp of oil and fry potatoes until golden. Set aside.
In a clean wok, heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry the onion until transparent. Add mixed vegetable, mushroom, chicken. Add in potatoes.
Add in water and cook for abt 5 mins. Add in seasonings.
Add in the cornstarch and stir to thicken mixture. Cool and set aside.

Roll out the dough, cut the size required and place in a pie dish. Poke holes at the base using a fork. Put 2 - 3 tablespoons fillings in. Cut another piece of dough to cover the top. Poke a few more times using fork on the cover of the pie. Brush with 1 beaten egg. Baked in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25 - 30 mins.

Enjoy!


Keep Cozy This Coming Winter


My brother and his family stayed in New Jersey for the past 25 years and he loves NJ weather. Winter can be harsh at times and he and his wife are well prepared for those harsh winter. They always make sure their children are kept cozy and warm throughout the winter season.  The kids love the snow and my sister-in-law will keep them warm with  Cozy Winters heated products .  They have a wide range of warm products to keep cozy this winter. From heated blankets to crocheted mug cozies to keep your cup of coffee warm during the winter season :)  She loves their range of  warm products that she recommended all her friends to check out CozyWinters .
Now I know where to get winter stuff for my nephew and niece come Christmas :) CozyWinters is the answer! Cozy Winters has the best heated products to warm your life this coming winter :)







Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Toast Bread With Soft Boiled Egg

Bought a cute toast bread press from the Japanese shop and can't wait to use on our toast bread this morning. We had toast bread and soft boiled egg for our breakfast and this cutie face surely put a smile on our face. WB makes the most perfect soft boiled egg :)  I prepared the toast and he prepared the egg.  Great teamwork ....I took the picture and he does the washing LOL!  A great breakfast at home to start the day.  Off to gardening after a break in KL with my partner-in-crime :)

WB's perfect soft boiled eggs

nom nom

this toast bread press is great for kids and senior citizen like WB and myself :p


Enjoy!



Heavy Duty Drawer Slides

Being a food blogger, I have a lot of  props which were collected in my eight years of food blogging. And now going into my nineth year and is still buying more and more kitchenwares and bakewares from online shop and places like Ikea.

At present my kitchen cabinet drawers are not strong enough to hold my props and kitchenwares collection so WB suggested that we look for heavy duty drawer slides and have them fixed to the present drawers so that that can slide easily.  Mmmm the best suggestion thus far.  We came across OVIS which specialises in heavy duty slides.  Checking out their website, we discovered that they do stock sizes from 10" up to 60" with a weight capacity up to 500 lbs.  Well, that is more than enough to hold all my kitchenwares :)  




Tuesday, March 15, 2016

llaollao - Natural Frozen Yogurt @ Mid Valley


My daughter Jo , also known as my partner-in-crime introduced this delicious natural frozen yogurt to me and wow, it was really good.  Healthy because it is made from skimmed milk at the moment of serving and combined with the finest toppings - you can choose from freshly-chopped seasonal fruits to cereals, fun crunchy toppings and delicious sauces - making it even more delicious and healthy.

My daughter and I shared similar taste when it comes to food and needless to say dessert too.  I am glad that I did not reject this opportunity to test this frozen yogurt.  Mine is topped with wild strawberry sauce and Jo's topped with mango sauce.  Heavenly to slurp this down in our crazy hot weather :)

 this frozen yogurt is perfect in our hot crazy weather :)





























quite a long queue :) but worth the waiting !


Enjoy !


Music Lifts The Spirit And Brings Joy To The Heart

Music lifts the spirit and brings joy to the heart.  You can strum the guitars , you can play the keyboard , beat the drums...music has the power to make you smile, to make you laugh or cry. It touches everyone in some way or another.  And it does lifts our spirit and brings joy to our heart.



Our family friend, Joe , is a hair stylist by day and a  musician by night.  WB and myself and another close friend , Rodney , will patron the hotel lounge most Wednesday to hear him sings . Ladies loves his deep sexy voice. He is indeed talented, he can sings and plays at the same time.  Listening to him sings as he plays the semi hollow electric guitar, brings joy to our heart and we look forward to every Wednesday night.



























The hotel provides semi-hollow electric guitar and keyboard to him during his contract with the hotel He will be given 15 -20 mins break and during his break he will normally mingles with the crowds. He is really famous among the ladies patrons :)  Wednesday night is the night we  chill out with friends. What better way to relax after a hard day work  and get our spirit lifted up....yes ,just listening to Joe playing the keyboard and sometimes at the semi-hollow electric guitar and singing away truly brings joy to our lives :)