Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Steamed Banana Muffins



















Muffins! What more banana muffins !  I love anything banana ...I love them in cakes, muffins and cupcakes and in pancakes too.  Banana packs with a big nutritional punch.  And they are free of fat , cholesterol and sodium and provides a variety of vitamins and minerals and I am trying to import more banana into my diet :) It is freaking good for health and I am a banana nut.  But bananas are expensive nowadays...mmmm maybe I should plant it container in my small space. Leaves can be used to wrap fish for grilling :) not a bad idea to grow my own banana :p  Ok back to these delectable, moist banana muffins, it is easy to prepare and it takes only 30 mins for the whole process.  These banana muffins are healthy for adults and children.  Will definitely make them again :)


















aahhh.... 6 yummilicious banana muffins waiting to be devoured :))




















soft and moist, easy to digest
I mashed the banana coarsely so that one can
taste the fruit as you bite into the muffins
mmmmmm...mouth watering muffins....

Steamed Banana Muffins ( 6 muffins )

Ingredients:

150gm self-raising flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
200gm mashed bananas ( I used 4 ‘pisang emas’ )
100 gm castor sugar ( I used 70gm only)
2 eggs
75 gm oil ( I used corn oil )

Methods:
  • Sift together self-raising flour and baking soda, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar till ribbon stage.
  • Mix in mashed bananas ( coarsely ) beat till well combine.
  • Gently fold in flour mixture and oil alternately, taking care not to deflate the eggs and sugar mixture.
  • Pour batter into muffin cups 3/4 full.
  • Steam over high heat for 15 mins or till cooked.

Enjoy!


Quote for the day

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen, nor touched…but are felt in the heart.

~ Helen Keller ~

iPrice - Your One Stop Shopping Destination

Like mother like daughter. My girl loves online shopping like me. Well, I guess she has more my genes than the dad :)  Before we know about iPrice, shopping online was quite difficult as we have to search for the best offers and promotions through many websites. Though it was fun back then, it was time consuming and at times we can feel lost in the e-commerce jungle.  

But now with iPrice -your one stop shopping destination, shopping for the best buy has been made easy.  We just have to log in to shop online with their offer coupon. iPrice stays away from the e-commerce jungle and they aggregates all the products from the most trusted e-commerce shops in Asia and globally onto one platform.  They are always looking for the lastest coupons, deals and voucher codes in Malaysia in order that we may save big on every purchase. I love their Lazada vouchers and coupon codes. Lots to shop from Lazada.  My girl loves their Lazada coupon codes coz she can get to save big :) needless to say their clothings and shoes are fashionistas most sought after. For me, it is the best one stop shopping destination with just a click away.



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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sausage Cheese Rolls


















Baking and happily baking away….in my little sanctuary where peace and happiness surrounded me and the heavenly aroma of baked Sausage Cheese Rolls wafting out from the oven was enough to make my heart sings joyously last night.

I have this burning desire to try out this bun recipe by dailydelicious and I just have to try it out. Sausage Cheese Rolls….oohhhh I know one person in the Piggy clan who will love it and I told myself this “ for Wild Boar's sake, no matter how tiring it can be , to be palm wrestling with the piece of dough, I have to succeed and make the best bun ever ” . And I noticed WB's waistline has expanded further) (“,)





This is the fun part of the whole bun making. As you can see from the photos, it was great and I had so much fun braiding the rolls. Frankly speaking I was a bit nervous when doing this for I am not sure whether I followed the instructions correctly or not. But I know that Pook always shares the best recipe and I have confidence that it will turned out nice. God Bless her for sharing such a wonderful cheese rolls recipe…after baking the rolls for 10 minutes…I couldn’t believe my eyes…the rolls turned out PERFECTLY like those sold in bakeries (",) and the best part was it tasted BETTER than those sold in the bakery!!! Jokes aside…for those who love buns and would like to try making your own buns, this is one recipe that should not go unnoticed. Thumbs up!!!
















Quote for the day

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
~ Vaclav Havel ~



Mother's Day Gift 2

WB asked me what gift would I like to have for Mother's Day and I told him anything will do as long as it is from the heart.  Every Mother's Day, WB will take me out for dinner :)   I will be exempted from cooking and baking for the day ! And this tradition has been observed since I became a mom.  My kids will send wishes and gifts from wherever they are if on those occassion they can't make it home to celebrate with me.

Last year, I received a beautiful 'Carnival' magnetic copper  bracelet specially choosen from these magnetic copper bracelets on this website from my Piggy girl. It was colorful with fluid design, and inspired by the Carnival dancesmeant to capture the movement and carefree attitude of the largest party in the world.  I love the fact that it is a copper bracelet using silver ,brass and copper. It is not just a beautiful piece of bracelet but the copper bracelet helps in the treatment of  hand, wrist, shoulder pain. I had tendinitis before I had my surgery done last year and gosh it does help.  I love my Mother's Day gift and I am looking forward to receiving gifts from my kids this coming Mother's Day :)  And WB.....maybe to the best restaurant in town since I am not allowed in the kitchen on that day :p






Garlic Bun With Garlic Parsley Butter Toppings














The smell of freshly baked buns emanating from the oven is the best aromatherapy for me and WB. We love the aroma of freshly baked buns whether it is a simple plain bun or flavored buns like these garlic parsley buns....mmmm the aroma is so good that I have WB hovering around the oven waiting for the buns to be ready for eating , like a little boy and this brings a smile to my tired face after all the kneading session. Worth every ounce of energy spent on making these buns. The aroma fills the whole house and it lingers for hours. I love making bread and bun and it is therapeutic for me :)

"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight... Breadmaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells... there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread." by MFK Fisher.














love shaping them into rolls
and the garlic and parsley butter mixture
topping is to die for



Soft & Fluffy Buns With Garlic, Italian Parsley  Butter & Cheese Topping 

Ingredients:

195g bread flour
90g plain flour
12g milk powder
30g caster sugar
6g salt
6g yeast
60g beaten eggs
65g water
45g unsalted butter

mix together the ingredients below
chopped garlic,
chopped fresh italian parsley
butter

cheese topping  * optional
grated cheese topping


Methods:

1. Put all the buns ingredients for kneading until smooth and elastic and the dough no more sticking at the side of the mixing bowl. Let it proof for 40 minutes in a clean bowl cover with cling wrap.

2. Divide the dough into even size of 9 portions and shape it into smooth ball shape. Let is rest for 10 minutes.

3. Flatten each dough with your hand and roll it out in longish shape. Roll it up to a sausage shape and seal it tightly. Place on a baking tray and let the dough proof for 40 minutes.

4. Egg wash the dough , cut a slit on the bun and add some garlic,parsley and butter mixture into the slit ,   sprinkle top with some grated cheddar cheese and bake at 180C for 20 minutes


Enjoy and have fun making these soft and fluffy buns



Mother's Day Gift

Time flies and soon it will be Mother's Day . Many  will be rushing to get a gift for their mothers at the last minute due to busy schedule but some will have the gift ready months before Mother's Day. If you are those who wants to plan ahead and not wait till the last minute , you can have a look at these mother's ring designs .  These are unique rings with personalized birthstones and designs.  I am sure mothers will love these specially selected and designed rings as gifts .  Not just for Mother's Day but can be given as birthdays gifts too. I am sure all mothers will love it ...I am one for sure " hinting to my kids " :p  Make this coming Mother's Day more special with this gift besides taking her out to dinner at restaurant.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crispy Baked Cod Fish Strips



These are so addictive.  I can finish one whole container of it LOL! They are so crunchy and healthy. Oven baked!!!! Yes, oven baked and not deep fried like those sold by the store.  I took this recipe from Anncoo Journal and truly it was so yummy good.  I ate without any guilt.  Easy to make and cheaper to make yourself than buying from the store.  I make a few tubs and gave them as gifts to my brothers during the CNY when I visited them during the 1st day of CNY :)  My nephews and nieces love them !   


all you need is white sesame seeds, roasted nori seaweed , fish fillet strips
and egg whites


just arrange them nicely in a row on parchment paper


baked them in oven temp of 140C for just 8 mins























cool them and keep in air tight container

Crispy Baked Cod Fish Strips - adapted from Anncoo Journal

Ingredients

200g Cod fish strips
8 pack Nori Seaweed 
adequate egg white and toasted white sesame seeds

Method:
1. Cut the nori seaweed into 7 strips
2. Fold 4 cod fish strips together into half. Brush a strip of nori seaweed with egg white and roll it over the cod fish strips at one end.
3. Dap a a little egg white on the nori seaweed and press on the sesame seeds
4. Bake at preheated oven 140C for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
5.Leave them to cool and store into an airtight container

Chaco , My Furkid

Chaco is my most loved furry son. He recently developed some skin problem and we thought it was mange.  But it was not and  our local  veterinarian told us that a course of mange medicine will do but alas, the skin problem came back after a few months.  After another test, we found that Chaco has some micro organisms bateria on his skin thus causing him to scratch all the time and his fur came dropping off like nobody business.  On a friend's recommendation this time, he asked us to get simplicef for Chaco's skin problem.  And thank God , after a course of Simplicef, he is now back to normal and his fur are growing back.  He looks handsome now.

Simplicef is an antibiotic belonging to a class of drugs called cephalosprins that fight bacteria in the dog 's body and can be used to treat many different types of infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia as well as ear, skin, and urinary tract infections.  Wow...it works for Chaco !