The whole family was actually looking forward to a simple dinner! Fried flat noodles (or Char Koay Teow) is something we usually have for breakfast. But when the kids, there would be cockles and prawns in the dish, they cheered with joy!
Today is Idul Adha, and unlike Idul Fitri celebrated two months back, we are celebrating it here in our own home. I guess it is a different feeling to celebrate Raya in your own home, especially being the elder in the family, you wait for your children to come home, to celebrate the festivity with you and your better half.
This Friday the 26th of October will mark yet another religious festival for the Muslims. It may not be as grand as Idul Fitri which was celebrated in August, but it is still a celebration nevertheless. And when it is Raya, kids (and the kids-at-heart!) will want cookies to usher in the celebration.
This is the last of my 'Dari Kebun Ke Dapur' (from the garden patch to the kitchen) series. And I am ending it with another recipe using pumpkin. The thing is, there's only one pumpkin plant, but it bore 4 too many pumpkins for our family's consumption. And none of our next door neighbors (after asking them) wanted any. When in season, pumpkins are not as popular here as in the US where fans get crazy with new recipe creations using pumpkins!
This is one of my favorite dishes mostly because it is an all-in-one dish (suitable for lazy people like me!) and secondly because there isn't a single fat or oil or what-so-ever related to it (suitable for lazy people like me; lazy to exercise that is!)
This is another recipe using yet another part of the tapioca which we planted in the small patch of land in front of our house. After the Tapioca Cake recipe using the tuber of the plant, this time is a recipe using the tapioca shoots.
The small patch of garden (kebun) that we have in front of the house, has been very faithful in providing with small but steady stream of crops. There may be only a few types of plants there, but every time we gather the small harvest, there is always that feeling of fulfillment.
It was another potluck session this morning! But this time around, the brunch which consisted of 'Soto Nasi Impit' was sponsored by the person who is going to retire! Strange! Usually other colleagues would hold a potluck for a friend who is retiring! However, over here it works both ways and we eat twice!
This is the second installment for this edition of 'Dari Kebun Ke Dapur'. This time I'm using the pumpkin from my small garden patch. As you can see from the picture, the pumpkin itself resembles the patch; small! However, even though it is small, it's got that bright orange color that is so pumpkin-ish!
I have always had a few Rendang dishes in my repertoire including Rendang Tok, Rendang Cili Api and Rendang Selangor. So, the other day when I was feeling peckish about having some rendang for dinner, I chanced upon this recipe in the 2007 issue of Flavours magazine (incidentally, I prefer the old version as opposed to the new one!)
I have been asking around for a recipe for Thai-style fried fish, but, until now, no one has given me any replies, because those whom I've asked have either kept a low profile after that or feign forgetfulness every time we chanced upon each other! In fact I've been waiting for one such recipe from a particular friend for almost a year now!
I'm so used to eating Beriyani, Nasi Minyak, Tomato Rice and Coconut Rice, that too many good things too often can make you feel, well, tired of them. That means it's time to search for other creative ways of preparing the ubiquitous rice!
It's off to matriculation college for another visit. My daughter called the missus earlier this week and she was wondering if we could come and visit her. At the same time, she also gave a menu of the dishes that she wanted us to prepare and bring over. Demands, demands!
The preparation of this dish has been long overdue and my better half has been sulking due to the delay. She has, in fact, been asking me to prepare it since way back, ever since she had the less than satisfactory verstion of this Spaghetti Carbonara at one of the so-called famous Pizza outlet! In fact, after one mouthful, she shoved the plate to me, and I, in turn, shoved it to one corner of the table; forgetting about it forever!
Okay. This entry is definitely not about food! But it does have something to do with one of my tiny corners. In this case the tiny corner is in the teachers' common room in school. In my seventeen years here, this is the fourth room that I have moved into; in other words changed teachers' common room.
Last Saturday, during my weekly visit to the Saturday morning market, I chanced upon this new fruit seller who was selling oranges! Not that there was no other people selling oranges, but this guy was literally giving his oranges away. Navel oranges which usually went for RM5 for 10, was sold at the same price but for 25 oranges!
I don't usually take recipes from local magazines to try out in my tiny kitchen. I specify local magazines because I have had a few disasters where the recipes did not result in similar looking dishes or cakes shown in the magazines. In fact, some were totally inedible.