There are some things I make only during special occasions. Some I make only when there is a special request by someone, especially when you only get to see that certain someone once in a while,say every six months or so.
A few weekends ago I was literally left alone to my own resources at home. My missus had gone to Tanjung Malim with her sisters, nieces and nephews to attend her brother's wedding reception. And on the day that she was supposed to come home, I got a call from her asking me to cook something.
As I have mentioned in my earlier entries, I have been inundated with courses for the past eight weeks or so, so much so that the food I ate at all the venues have caught up with me in more ways than one. Firstly, there is my increase waistline and secondly, there is that slight distaste for any dish that resembles hotel food. In short, I miss simple, home prepared food.
My wife had made a batch of currypuffs the other day and she purposely made the filling more than the pastry because one of our family members really love to snack on the curry filling. However, she made the filling a little bit too much because that family member of ours decided she had had too much of the filling to snack on.
It has always been a bad habit of mine to buy things that I don't want to use immediately. I always buy things, foodstuffs especially, at the spur of a moment, thinking that I may not be able to buy the things especially when the things I buy I not readily available.
During the second half of this year I was fortunate enough to have been asked to attend three phases of courses which enabled me to get to know a couple of interesting people from the different states in Malaysia, including some very interesting individuals from Sarawak.
I always find excuses to try out new recipes, and the arrival of a guest to our home is one of those excuses. Actually I had been helping my wife prepare all the dishes for lunch and the only thing left was dessert, so I guess it was my duty to prepare it.
As with every recipe which is created out of necessity, this banana recipe went through the same process. We had a comb of ripe bananas hanging near the window sill for a few days and no one seemed to want to eat them.
I am a weekend baker! And it has been quite some me since I baked because my weekends have been occupied with tonnes of activities. There was a weekend when my family and I went all the way to Seremban because someone wanted to buy a new pair of clothes. Another weekend we went to Seremban to visit my father-in-law who was admitted to hospital. All these plus the fact that the weekends seem to be getting shorter and shorter to me.
There are monthly editions of cookery magazines offering readers opportunities to try their recipes. I must admit that I have tried a few of them but most times I am skeptical about the list of ingredients of most of the recipes given.
Last week Aidil Adha. Initially we did not make any plans to go anywhere for the long weekend. We did not even make arrangements to go back to our home towns. We were contented to just stay home and celebrate Aidil Adha together as a family. However the phone call made us change our minds.
Last Saturday, from the early hours of the morning, our whole house was abuzz with activity. The reason for this was because we were expecting a very important group of people to come over to our house for lunch. The hustle and bustle did not end until our guests had their lunch and left.
Recently, there was a small gathering in conjunction with Eid Mubarak held at one of our neighbor's house. Prior to the gathering, nearby neighbours were encouraged to come over to help with the preparation of food and drinks.
This is the roast chicken which I served with the Parmesan beans (I shared the recipe in my previous entry in the 'simple' theme!) I call this Super Simple Roast Chicken because it really is super simple. In short preparing the roast chicken was literally stress-free!
Hot on the heels of my previous entry titled Sometimes Simple Is Best, I have decided to prepare something really simple that did not need any tending to. I merely left the food in the oven to take care of themselves while I took care of some unfinished work.
Ever get te feeling that you simply just don't know what to prepare for lunch or dinner for your family? Ever had that feeling that you at a loss for ideas even though you have a long list of recipes in your repertoire? Well, there is bound to be one of those days!
Whenever I go to the morning market on Saturday, I always think about what my children would like to have for lunch or dinner. And as I pass by the stalls selling different kinds of vegetables, fish and poultry, I imagine myself preparing special dishes for them. Sometimes I buy some ingredients just to put in the freezer; to be at the ready whenever my children come home.
Last week I was supposed to visit a school with two of my colleagues. We had visited one school earlier and the prospect of driving another 50 kilometres didn't really appeal to me. But my two colleagues insisted on going there, so off they went. It was just their luck I guess; when they got there they each got a helping of fresh oyster mushrooms as token of appreciation to take home.
This is another dish that uses whatever ingredients that have been lying in the fridge because there were too many of them. This usually happens when I buy in bulk due to the cheaper prices of the ingredients or sometimes I buy them because I just fancy how they look; usually due to their freshness or their sudden availability in the market after a long absence. Well, like local fruits, vegetables have their own seasons too.
Well, Ramadhan is here again and since all are at home once again, seeing that most local universities are having their long three-month holidays, I can expect to get many requests from my kids for me to prepare certain dishes or anything that captures their fancy.
I have been wanting to make this version of fried chicken for quite some time now; one because I had some grated parmesan cheese lying idle in the fridge and secondly because it's the weekend and it's the only time of the week when I can do some cooking.
I made this cake quite sometime back when I was one of the invigilators for the STPM examination. It was the last day of the exam which was in SMK Seri Perpatih and even though I was not the chief invigilator, I decided to give my friends a treat.
It is always a happy occasion when my in-laws call up to say that they will be visiting. Happy because it is not often that my in-laws have the opportunity to drive down to this neck of the woods. Most have their own jobs and to get everybody to actually find time to travel together is something that does not come up very often.
This is the Garlic Roasted Tomatoes which I made to accompany the Prawn Aglio Olio. I saw this being prepared on the Barefoot Contessa and thought that it would go well with the pasta, and it did! In fact it was so delicious, I forgot myself and ate almost half of the roasted tomatoes!
There are a few types of food that I cannot eat and have forced myself not to consume them. It is not so much that I cannot consume them but for health reasons, I have forced myself to avoid them. But that doesn't mean that my family has to be denied the pleasure of enjoying the types of food that I can't have.
This week is the mid-semester break for most universities and for this whole week my daughter who studies in Perlis is back. My son who is studying in Serdang has decided not to come back for the holidays since he has a few more lab work to do. He'll be coming back next weekend though.
This is another dish which I prepared along with the Murtabak Biskut Lemak. It has become a routine for me to cook on weekends not least because my kids (and the missus!) want me to, but mostly because I find the activity rather therapeutic.
There seem to be a lot of things in our freezer but when the missus went through the things, she was dumbstruck and couldn't think of a single thing to cook. True, there were fish of different types, beef, prawns, chicken and calamari. All frozen, and staring back at her. "Why don't you cook?", she said to me finally after a long unfruitful stare into the freezer!
Today I decided to prepare two dishes, the first was Penne with Chicken Meatballs in Roasted Peppers and Tomato Sauce and the second one, Murtabak Biskut Lemak or Cream Crackers layered with Chicken. First I shall be sharing the recipe for the Murtabak. I have made this many, many years ago when I was young(-er) and still living with my parents.
Okay. It's the first week of March and two months have gone by so quickly. January and February passed by so fast, that when I turn to see where the days have gone, it's already too late. It brings the proverb 'time flies when you're having fun' into a new meaning.
Besides Spaghetti Carbonara, another one of my kids favourite pasta dish is the simple Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce. The only thing about this is, my kids prefer to have it not so simple by having the meatballs in their tomato sauce rather that minced meat. And they often suggest (with praises to their dad's cooking so that they get their way!) that I make the meatballs myself rather than getting them from the freezer compartment of the supermarket!
This is my second weekend working in a new environment, and I felt exactly like how I felt last weekend. I felt like I should make full use of this weekend; quality weekend with my family. And since using my spare time with trying new recipes is how I find most enjoyable doing, so I did!
It's the weekend and all my kids are home. The two that are in university are back for their mid-semester holidays. So, the kitchen has been a hive of activities with people moving in and out, taking plates, dishing food, chatting, laughing and what-have-you. The kitchen almost never closes, especially since my second child likes to have her dinner very late at night.
Here's another situation where I have to come up with another roast chicken recipe simply because we have exhausted the ones we have in our repertoire. It's chicken again since all the kids are home and chicken seem to go down well with everyone in this household; well, depending on the recipe of course!
It's the third week of the new school year and there has been quite a number of public holidays dotted along the week. This week itself, there were three public holidays. So, when you add the two-day weekend, you actually have five holidays and only two school day! Yay!
My wife's niece called from Seremban this morning saying that she would be dropping by on her way to her mother-in-law's house in Labis. It is natural for her to be a bit frantic when she is informed about someone's impending visit, especially with regards to what to serve to the guests.
This is the Fish curry I was talking about in my previous entry which I said would go well with the four-angled bean salad or Kerabu Kacang Botol. What makes this curry so special that I wanted to immortalize it in my blog is because I finally got my late mum's recipe to a 'T' (at least I think so!)
Once in a while I have to have something traditional and this salad or kerabu is as close to traditional I can muster today. Too lazy to make anything else to go with the Fish Curry I am making today (next entry!), so I thought this kerabu would go well; and in fact, any local kerabu usually goes well with our local curry.
I remember having my first ever jacket potatoes when I was with some friends at Leeds Market way back when. The autumn weather was quite cold (to us at least!) and even though we had already had our breakfast before visiting the market, we were already feeling very hungry. The sight of heavy steam coming from the stalls selling food seemed as if they were beckoning for us to come near.
I definitely believe that there is always something for me to learn every day when I read. It doesn't really matter what I read; it can be magazines, newspapers, novels or even blogs or journals. And the things that I learn from these materials that I read don't necessarily have to be something that changes the world. It can be something like food nutrition.