Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kerabu Mangga & Nenas

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Our mango tree has been hiding another bunch of mangoes, away from the prying eyes of naughty primary school students; these are the ones who threw sticks and stones at the fruit just to get at them!  And also well-hidden from the beaks of hungry birds!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wantan Tarts

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i.  TGIF!

Hmmm!  What to do with the remaining wantan wraps I have lying in the fridge?  I have used some for making wantan soup, where I filled the wantan wraps with shrimp and fish meat.  The thing is, you would only need a quarter of the wantan bundle for one cooking session.  On top of that, I find that the use of wantan wraps is so limited (any suggestions for other uses are most welcome!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Masak Cili Api Maman Jeruk & Ikan Tenggiri

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This entry is not so much on the recipe because I'm sure everyone knows how to prepare Masak Lemak Cili Api; plus people use every type of fish, sea or fresh water, to be included in the dish.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kerabu Mangga & Ikan Bilis

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The mango tree in front of our house has been bearing fruits for the first time since it was planted seven years ago.  Quite a few were stolen by some (and the same!) Indian school children almost every day after they were dismissed from primary school.  So, we were left with the few unripe ones that we could salvage because waiting for the mangoes to ripen would mean exposing them to more thefts by those kids.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mango Cheese Tarts

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I've been keeping about fifteen sweet pastry shells in my Tupperware for almost a week now.  The missus has been nagging me about the possibility of the shells turning bad, and that it would be a total waste.  I knew she was right, but I was too lazy to make anything.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chinese Curry Laksa

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Going to an all-boys school like Sekolah Sultan Abdul Samad in Petaling Jaya after oh-so-many years in co-ed schools was a thrilling experience, to say the least.  There are tonnes of experiences that I still cherish even until now, one of which is the food I ate.  Of course back then, there were no qualms about Muslims eating food prepared by Non-Muslims and they could sell food to all races in a government school.  Aaaah! Those were the days of racial-unity bliss!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chili Lemongrass Crabs

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I had no intentions whatsoever to buy crabs at the Saturday market last week.  But, I was rather taken aback when the fishmongers there were continuously screaming that the price of fish and other seafood had gone down.  It had been spiraling upwards since before the fasting month.  The price of crabs was RM30 per kilo then, but last Saturday it went down to RM19 per kilo.  I bought two kilos!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Coffee & Walnut Fudge Cupcakes

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Two weeks back (yes, I'm late with my entry!), my wife's niece and her husband plus two boys dropped by for a Hari Raya Visit.  They were on their way back to Manjong after visiting the hubby's parents in Johor.  As usual, I found that as an excuse to try out another cupcake recipe from one of my recipe books; this one from Ann Nicol's For the Love of Cupcakes!  Actually, I'd use any reason as an excuse to try any recipe from my recipe books!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Marshmallow & Strawberry Mousse

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My daughter eyed the huge Australian strawberries I had bought earlier.  She asked for one and I gave her.  I knew she'd ask for more because the strawberries were sweet.  She had also been munching on the half kilo of marshmallows I had bought for her earlier.  I knew she'd make them both disappear and we won't have a share.  So, I decided to do something about it!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lunch Box #2 : Streaky Beef Wrap

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I have completed the six-day non-obligatory fasting during the month of Syawal.  So, this morning it was back to thinking of what to bring (tapow!) for brunch at school.  It's a good thing we just came back from Seremban yesterday and had stopped by Jusco 2 (now AEON) and Seremban 2 Tesco, where I managed to get some of my favorite things!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bakso Nasi Impit

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There comes a time when you come to a mental block and you simply cannot think of anything to cook.  With picky eaters (like one of my kids), cooking is always a challenge to the point that you give up thinking about what to cook.  So, when all else fail, the missus and I would usually resort to something simple.  Sometimes simple works best!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

More Fruit Tartlets

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I had a fun time making these.  As usual I had made the shells earlier (two days earlier) and last night I made the custard.  This morning, I assembled the fruit tartlets and delivered them to a friend who ordered them.  Sounds simple even though the making is quite tedious.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Brownies with Chocolate Topping

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I'm not good at making brownies, I must confess.  But when my sister called saying that she and her family of eight were coming over for Raya, I immediately thought of making these brownies.  These are quite different from the ones I have made before.  These ones are softer and moist while the ones before were a bit crunchier and crispier around the edges!

Watermelon Infused Pineapple Juice

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It's been a hot few days and fasting during Eid when every body is eating and drinking merrily to their hearts' content is an awesome challenge.  I have decided to do the non-obligatory six-day fasting during Eid and I have four more days to go!  Seeing my colleagues drink and eat, got me to thinking about this juice that I made for Iftaar during Ramadan.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Beef Dendeng

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This year's Raya celebrations has been a busy one with guests coming over almost every day (Thank God, they came in small groups!)  It was not much of a challenge trying to think of dishes to prepare for our guests.  In fact, I enjoyed thinking of and preparing menus for them.  I can't say the same for the missus because she is the one who spends most of the time in the kitchen!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pineapple Coconut Puddings

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This is one of the puddings I made for Iftaar during this year's Ramadan.  I am not apologizing for this late entry because as with other desserts, this pudding can also be prepared for any other occasion!  I have been wanting to try this recipe ever since I saw it in the June issue of New Idea, mainly because the dessert uses many local ingredients.