Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Special Wholemeal Coconut Pancake with Chive


Assalamualaikum ...

Suddenly I'm craving for coconut pancake on this rainy and cold evening. But I have limited opened stock of multipurpose flour and plenty of wholemeal flour. And the rain showered my herbs garden give life to my chives in the pot. Sound like a good combination to me ....Therefore, let's make an innovation.


But what is there in Chive?
Found this from a google search:

Livestrong.com
Allicin 
A content in chive which is also found in garlic and onions. Allicin might lower cholestrol and blood pressure and improves heart particularly. Allicin aids in cholestrol management by reducing the LDL levels and increasing the HDL levels. It might cut down the blood pressure and prevent blood clot.

Antioxidant
Chives might also helip in the fight against cancer because they contain antioxidants that help destroy free radicals and discourage the growth of cancerous cells and tumours.

Wealth of Nutrients
A tbsp of chives alone supplies
- 9 mg of potassium
- 3 mg of calcium
- 78 mcg of beta carotene
- 3 mcg of folic acid
- 6 mcg of vitamin K
- and traces of several B vitamins, iron and magnesium

Enough about chive ....now back to our recipe.

My ingredients:
1 cup grated coconut (preferably young coconut which gives tastier and sweeter taste)
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
About 1 stalk of fresh chive (minced) - happy to announce, fresh from my tiny herbs garden. :-)
1 table spoon butter
1 cup plain water
pinch of salt to taste

How to:
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Using a spatula will do.
Heat the griddle.
Once heated, spoon the batter onto the griddle and spread the batter thinly onto the surface.
Let it brown and flip over.
Let it brown and ready to be served.

You may enjoy it with spicy gravy, or honey. But i enjoyed it as it is.

Bon Appetite!!

Wassalam.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pratha Wraps


Assalamualaykum,,

Hrmm...  sekali sekala tukar selera sedap jugak, asyik-asyik makan nasi saja ... (tapi rasanya selalu jugak tukar seleara ni). Sebelum balik kerja, singgah dulu di dapur-dapur orang famous ... my frequent visits will be to Cik Mat Gebu,  Diana's Sky Blue Kitchen (Love the photos there), MamaFami's ... to name a few. Bila singah-singgah kat dapur orangni, memberikan sedikit inspirasi untuk memasak.

On one fine evening, I happened to drop by at Diana's whom talked about this Pratha Wrap. It seems that (from her blog), she took the idea from Cik Mat Gebu, I was definitely attracted to it. It looks deliciously yummy. Here goes my version:



Ingredients:
3 ready made pratha (bought from hypermarket)
3 slices of Pacific Fish Fillet (bought from the hypermarket)
Garnishing: Slices tomatoes, salads, pickels, olive
Sauces: Vegetarian mayo (ini je pun yang ada kat rumah sebab dear Sabrina is allergy to eggs) and thousand islands

How I made it:
Deep fried the fish fillet. Sliced it horizontally.
Reheat the pratha (I reheat it on the pan over the stove)

Wrapping process - 
Place the salad, sliced fillet, tomato, pickles and olives. Spread the sauces. Wrap.
I used the toothpick to hold the wrap. Make sure to let your family know about this to avoid unwanted circumstances.

That's all. Easy. Delicious. Fast to prepare.

Wallahua'lam.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Purple cabbage pancake.

Salam alaykum.

Ni gara-gara cabaran kawan-kawan untuk menguruskan badan. To take up the challenge I gradually reduce my rice intake. I have not reach the level where I can live only on fruits and soups. Therefore I created this filling, but still carbor diet however less starch as compared to potato or rice.





The ingredients:
1 cup of general purpose flour
1 egg beaten
Thinly sliced cabbage
Half cup of fresh milk
Salt to taste.


  1. Add all the ingredients together to form a batter. If the batter is too thick, add water to it.
  2. Laddle the batter and pour onto the pan. Let it turn golden brown and flip the other side till also golden brown.
You may choose to it either with syrup, honey or the sambal bilis. My Malay taste preferred the spicy sambal bilis.

Bon appetite.

Baked pasta


السلام علیکم

Thinking about what to cook is always a pain in the neck. And tonight i was at a dead end thinking what to serve for dinner. Our routine on weekends is not to eat rice for dinner. Everybody was hoping for something that is simply delicious

After a thorough search on the net, after reading through several cooking sites and blog, I opted for "Baked Pasta".


Hmmm... delicious and simple in the making.

It requires 4 processess of making: 
1) preparing the white sauce
2) preparing the gravy
3) boiling the pasta
4) bake


Preparing the white sauce :
This is how I make my roux:
1 table spoon of butter
1/2 cup of general purpose flour
About 3 table spoon of thickened cream
1 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in the gridle. Quickly add the flour and stir well. Next, add the milk and water. Stir consistently till no lumpy is visible. Add salt and pepper. Add more water if the sauce is too thick till you get the correct consistency (which do not drip easily from the ladle you are using to stir)
Once done put aside.

Preparing the pasta sauce:
Minced beef
1 Onion diced
3 cups Tomato puree plus pasta sauce
6 Mushroom - sliced
1 Tomato - diced
1 stalk celery - diced
1 table spoon Cooking oil




Preparing the pasta:
First, place the pasta at the bottom of your pan (first layer)
Second, layered the pasta with tomato sauce
Third, layered with the white sauce
Fourth, sprinkle some cheese
Fifth, repeat the first, second, third, fourth and fifth steps till all ingredients done.
Make sure the top layer is well covered with the white sauce because you do not want to burn your pasta.

It's mouth watering, i can assure you.

Happy eating !!!

Wassalam.

Nasi ulam

Assalam,

Dah bersawang blog ni.... tapi dapurku tak lah bersawang seperti ni. Cuma masa tidak mengizinkan untuk berbait di sini. Tapi hari ni rasa terinign nak berkongsi... sebenarnya untuk peringatan pada diri sendiri. To be honest, when viewing my past post, it refreshes my cooking mood as well. Also, there are recipes that I only I have it here for future references.

And today, it is going to be nasi ulam.  Hmmm.... I love it. Delicious and healthy too.

Mak memang suka makan ulam-ulaman. Dan kalau mak bertandang ke Shah Alam, masa tu lah ulam-ulam di 'herbs garden' comelku dituai. Dan ketika itulah, pelabagai ulaman dan kerabu menjadi hidangan keluarga. Bukan aku tak suka ulaman dan kerabu ni .... tapi proses pembuatannya agak mencabar masaku. I am making it today as my assistant is here to help ... Atikah is back from hostel, and she loves ulaman as well.


From top-left: fresh ingredients from garden, sliced ingredients. Bottom: the nasi ulam

The ingredients:
Those picked from my garden:
- kadok
- cekur
- daun kunyit
- sirih cina (as my mother in-law calls it)
- beluntas

Others
- onion
- ginger
- grated coconut (kerisek)

** Slice all the above ingredients thinly

Seasoning
- salt
- pepper
- sliced dried fish (fried and pounded) or you may also use fresh fish (steamed and de-boned)

Main: one bowl of rice (cooled)

How to:
1. Prepare the rice.
2. Mixed all the sliced ingredients and grated coconut with the rice
3. Add and adjust the seasonings.
4. Ready to be served.

I had it with some sambal ikan bilis and fried dried anchovies. I had two plates of rice for this ..... sebab tak boleh buat selalu. Its healthy, but too many of it may caused excessive carbohidrates in the body ---- gemok wehhh....

Till then .... enjoy trying.... enjoy eating...

Wassalam.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nasi Lemuni Sambal Sotong

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

Musim-musim hujan macam ni, sedap kalau makan nasi lemuni panas-panas.
This what I cooked days before. The rice was cooked together with this special leaf known as 'lemuni' in the northen part of Malaysia. You can see how the leaf looks like on the left side.


Making it is simple. Just like cooking any nasi lemak except that you need to add some blended lemuni leaf together when cooking the rice.

So, here is what you need to cook this lemuni rice:
3 cups of rice grains - rinse
1 handful of lemuni leafs (only the leaf, remove the stems) - blend with 1 cup of water
1 inch of ginger - sliced
1 onion - sliced
3 cups of coconut milk. I used 'Khalif' the palm milk.
Salt to taste

How to: (using the rice cooker)
1. Put all ingredients into the rice cooker pot.
2. Add salt. Stir to mixed all ingredients well.
3. Set the rice cooker to cook.

And whalla! the rice will cook to perfection.

To add taste to it. Eat with boiled eggs, fried anchovies, cucumber and chilled grated coconut.

Preparing the chilled grated coconut (sambal kelapa):
1 onion
3 fresh chillies
1/4 teaspoon of tamarind paste (I used Adabi)
Salt to taste

Blend everything together using the dry blender till the coconut is fine. Make sure it mix well. Ready to serve.

Wassalam.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sheperd Pie

Assalamu alaykum.

Never occurred to me that I will be baking sherperd pie even though I had looked through the recipes several times. It seems so difficult at first. However, my loving friends made it sound so simple that encouraged me to try baking this. And I made this for visitors who came for the last Eidul fitri.



Ingredients

Top
3 large rousette potato - peeled, diced, boiled till tender
2 table spoon butter
2-3 table spoon milk
salt to taste

Base
About 1/4 kg ground beef
2 tomatos - diced small
1 carrot - diced small
1 large onion - diced
2 table spoon tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Making it:

Prepare the base

  1. Saute the onion till brown.
  2. Add tomato, ground beef till cooked.
  3. Add carrot, and all the seasonings.
  4. Cooked well.
  5. Place in a caserole.
Preparing the top
  1. Mash the potato (best done while hot)
  2. Add butter, milk and seasoning.
  3. Spread the potato on top of the ground beef base. Use a fork to make a pattern for a more appealing outcome. You may also pipe the mashed potato using the icing nozzle.
  4. Baked in oven for about 2o minutes till slight brown.
It's ready to be served. Alhamdulillah another recipe tried and succeeded.
Happy to share it with others.

Wassalam.