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.


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.


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

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.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gulai Telur Ikan Duri

Hari ni rasa nak puji diri sikit tapi sebelum tu ku panjatkan kesyukuran dan puji-pujian hanya pada Allah kerana hanya Dialah yang layak dipuji. Bersyukur kerana Allah mengurniakan kudrat untuk menyiapkan juadah ini.

Laaaa.... masak gulai je pun. Kenapa nak kecoh sangat? Kecoh la jugak. Maklumlah pukul 1130 pagi baru selesai perbincangan dengan pelajar. 12tgh masuk dapur dan juadah terhidang sebaik selepas zohor. Apa tak kecohnya, sebab pada hari-hari kebiasaan, aku dah ajak ke restoran bila balik kelas tengahari ni, mengenangkan telur ikan ni, ku gagahi jugak. Alhamdulillah.

Istimewanya telur ikan yang menjadi kegemaran kami adalah kerana kami mendapatnya ketika membeli anak ikan duri terbabit. Sebaik membelah perut ikan tersebut semasa menyiangnya, suamiku mendapati keempat-empat ikan duri kecil tersebut mempunyai telur. Inilah rezeki namanya. Alhamdulillah. (Macam bunyi karangan sekolah tak?)

Macam mana nak masak? Mudah. 

Cuma sediakan bahan-bahan berikut:
Ikan duri dan telurnya yang telah siap dibersihkan
3 sudu besar rempah ikan - dibancuh dengan air menjadi pes
2 Bawang merah - tumis dan rebus
3 ulas bawang putih
1 sudu kecil halba campur
1/2 sudu kecil asam jawa extra
1 sudu susu cair
Tomato dibelah empat
2 sudu besar minyak masak untuk menumis

1. Panaskan minyak dan tumiskan bawang besar dan bawang putih yang dihiris. Juga halba campur. Biar kekuningan.
2. Masukkan rempah ikan. Tambahkan air.
3. Biarkan rempah betul-betul masak sehingga 'pecah minyak'.
4. Tambahkan air. Masukkan susu. Asam jawa dan garam. Biarkan mendidih.
5. Masukkan ikan. Masak sehingga ikan masak.
6.  Masukkan tomato. Dan siap untuk dihidang.
Petua: telur ikan sebaiknya dikukus terlebih dahulu untuk mengelakkan ia pecah dan menjadikan kuah pekat.
Senang saja kan. Tempoh penyediaan dan memasak lebihkurang 30-45 minit.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Spaghetti Goreng Sayang Selasih

Salam alaykum.

What is something that is easy to cook, delicious and very generous to your stomach? To me, its the fried spaghetti. You can create variety of flavors. And today it's basil flavors.

Basil or 'selasih' has a strong and wonderful taste. I like it even fresh. Growing basil is easy. It grows on seed but at times I simply replant it by planting the cut stem.

And today here it is. Simply fried as usual and basil just before turning off the heat.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Crustless Kai-lan Quiche

Another healthy eating. Mixed and baked it before leaving for office at 8am this morning. A very easy, healthy and most importantly filling recipe.
What is needed
2 eggs beaten
2-3 table spoon milk
Salt and pepper
2 stalks of kai-lan (or some call it chinese kale or chinese broccoli)
I got this easy weezy recipe from my old friend from school. The wonders of technology made it possible for us to communicate despite being miles away.
How to make it.
Heat the oven. Prepare the mold.
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into the mold. 1/3 of the mold as it will rise.
Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
While the quiche is in the oven, quickly get dress for office.
In no time, your lunch is ready.
Do not forget your Basmalah. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Simple Salad

Salam alaykum

Healthy eating. This is the longest discussed topic in our whatsApp group. The most interesting and important topic. Healthy eating leads to healthy living. Insha Allah.

I made this simple salad as my healthy food for today. Simple and easy to make, yet very delicious.

You only need some
cherry tomato - halved
handful of mint - whole leaf
cucumber - diced
lettuce - sliced

Put everything in a bowl. sprinkle some extra virgin olive oil, salt n pepper. Mix well. 
Ready for consumption.

Bismillahirrahma nirrahim.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pizza o Pizza

Salam alaykum.

Pizza anyone?
This is the instant version with the ready made ingredients. This was an overdue post.

A group of Sabrina's friend came over for a short break from school on one Friday afternoon. Each brought their own lunch pack from school so I need not prepare them anything. But, be it children or adult, they are still the guest of our house. And guest must be treated accordingly as prescribed by Islamic teaching. To provide them with hospitality and serve them with good food that we have. Feeling guilty not serving them anything, I dig into the fridge to find anything that could be served. Preferably is to the children's liking and found enough ingredient for and instant pizza-like dish.

What I found from the fridge:
The plain Kawanku flexi
Ready made cooked  minced beef
Pizza sauce
Vegeies - tomato, broccoli
Cheese - mozarella and cheddar

Spread the sauce onto the Kawanku. Topped with the minced beef, vegies and cheese. In you go into the oven.

Alhamdulillah in less than 20 minutes the pizza like dish is served and it was finger licking good for them.

Note: the minced beef were earlier cooked with some kurma powder and salt to taste. I made it earlier for this type of  ad hoc circumstances.