Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lempeng Nyoq


Peningnya memikir nak masak apa.
Rasanya macam masalah sejagat. 
I always thought of preparing a week's menu. But it never happen yet. Perhaps one day it will.

This is my fast solution for tonight's dinner.
Lempeng kelapa @roti nyog @lempeng nyoq @lempeng nyiur.
Those are the synonyms. Variety of names referring to one product.

'Nyog' is coconut pronounced in the the northern states of Malaysia.
Nyiur or nyior is coconut pronounced in the eastern states of Malaysia.
In Bahasa Melayu, we called it 'kelapa'.
Lempeng is similar to flat bread but it is a batter rather than a dough.

Enough blabbering. 
Now with the recipe:
I get hold of a small packet of grated coconut about 2 cups. (Preferably only the white is used). Put in a bowl.
Next I added 1 cup of multipurpose flour.
I added 1 beaten egg.
A pinch of salt to taste.
And finally about 1 cup of plain water.
Mix everything well.
The batter should be runny. Add more water if it does not.
Then, spoon the batter onto a hot griddle. Flatten it just like making a pancake. 
Let it cook on one side. Then flip to cook on the other side.
Once ready, serve it.

You can enjoy it with curry, sambal ikan bilis or even the brown rice.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stir Fry Asparagus


Having kakak at home for her semester break is a blessing.
Happy to see food for dinner is ready.
She made spaghetti bolognaise this time round.
Ibu just feel like having some greens in the diet.
A very fast solution is to fry the asparagus.

I made it differently this time:
I had my asparagus cut (not really cut, but i break it using the bare finger) into about 1 inch.
I put it on a hot grill, and sprinkle some olive oil, salt and pepper.
The garlic chopped and also dumped onto the grill.
When soften, mixed the two together and enjoy it with the spaghetti.
It is really fast and tasty.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nasi Arab in the houz and Beef Korma in Noxxa


We have guest today. My cousin and family is coming over for lunch. Its their son convocation day. Its a day when family celebrates it together. And they decided to celebrate it at our house. We are honored. Alhamdulillah. Thank you Allah for this close ties.

We decided a nasi arab would be fast and good for this special day. And ayah agreed to give a hand into this.

To spice up, ibu will make some beef korma and roast chicken. Plus some salad and the tomato sauce.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chicken Pot Pie


Care for a western dinner tonight? We had Chicken Pot Pie for dinner. This is not my first attempt. Made it several time before. I used the store-bought pastry, normally sold at the bakery. First what we need to make is the filling. You can have a variety of filling to your liking.

My filling had chicken (as it is called chicken pie), celery, mushroom (diced), carrot (diced), onion (diced), fresh milk, multipurpose flour, salt and pepper.

First, heat the cooking pot on stove. Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil or olive oil or butter.
Fry the onion till tender. Add chicken (I used the breast, cut into small pieces). Then add in carrot, mushroom, celery. Let it cook for a while,
Second, add some water and fresh milk to tender the ingredients. 
Third, prepare the flour - water mixture. This will thicken the gravy.
Once cooked. Ad the flour-water mixture. Keep stirring.
Turn off the heat.

Preheat the oven to 180 celcius.
Ladle into a small bowl.
Flatten the dough pastry and cover the bowl thoroughly with it.
(Atikah likes the cheesy taste, so hers was sprinkle with some cheese before covering with pastry dough.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or till brown.
Whalla! Ready to it.

Try it. It's delicious.
The recipe? It's a trial and error exercise.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Baked pasta in white sauce


"Meal for three, please."

How I wish it is always as easy as this. Simply place an order, and the food that you wish for is served in front of you. --- Only in Jannah (heaven), insha Allah, my destination and you too.

I had a tough time deciding what to cook for dinner last night. I raked through the fridge and storage for something that I can cook. I saw some curly pasta in the storage. Then, I remembered purchasing some shitake mushroom from the market the other day. And the chicken is thawed at room temperature.

I started to slice the mushroom, still unsure of what to do with it. I was thinking of just to saute it and keep it refrigerated. Slice some onion, and get the griddle ready with some olive oil for saute.

Then my daughter asked, "what next?". Next, I am going to boil the pasta. "What are you making?", my daughter asked again. "Not sure yet", was my simple answer.

I asked her, "Can you make some white sauce?". "Yes", she said. "But, with some cheese", she added. "Whatever', was my answer, lazily.

For the white sauce:

She melted 2 tablespoon butter in a pot. Then add 3 tablespoon of multipurpose flour. And mix well. Next, she added some fresh milk (about two cups). Whisking heavily to break all the lumps. She added some cheddar cheese. And added some salt and pepper to taste. She keeps on stirring to the correct consistency that she wants. Adding plain water when need to.

I prepared some filling:
Chicken breast diced. Onion diced. Saute both in olive oil, with salt, pepper, oregano, dried parsley, and mixed herbs. Cooked till done.

Then we decided to bake the pasta in the oven. We layered everything in a sequence - pasta, mushroom, chicken, white sauce - repeatedly, being the pasta and white sauce the top. Sprinkle with some cheese (pitiful, we ran out of cheese) before baking. 

I asked my daughter to cover the pasta with aluminium foil, and baked for 10 minutes in 170 celcius oven. Later remove the foil and baked for another 10 minutes. My daughter did not wait till it gets golden as she did not want the pasta to be harden as some parts are not fully covered with the white sauce (we ran out of the white sauce too)

Well, Alhamdulillah.. it's delicious. It's heaven for cheese lover. But not the kampung folks appetite like my hubby and me. We enjoyed eating it, but we cannot have too many of it.

Adios .... wassalam