Thursday, October 15, 2009

Malaysian Style Fried Spaghetti


This is a simple recipe I cooked for my kids, for their lunch (sekali-sekala tukar selera, kalau tiap-tiap hari makan nasi, ada la yang mula menunjukkan kurang selera). Preparation time - approximately 1 Hour or less (depending on the readiness of your ingredient).

The ingredient:
Spaghetti (boiled, tossed)
Shallot & garlic - for frying
Chicken (you can also put beef, prawns or anything that suit your taste bud, i used chicken as that is what my kids love)
Ground black pepper
1 table spoon of Chilli paste (do not put too much as we are going to put black pepper later)
Carrot
Any green vege
Salt
Dried parsley

How to:
1. Fry shallot & gralic till brown and fragrant. Add chicken.
2. Add chilli paste. Cook till chicken is soft, and the chilli is well cooked.
3. Add carrot.
4. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
5. Add in the spaghetti and green vege.
6. Finally, sprinkle dried parsley.

This is a 'trial & error' recipe (but of course ada le jugak meninjau laman web lain, tapi tak le pulak menyalin resepinye), but alhamdulillah, it turns out fine and delicious (kalau tak jadi, tak masuk blog hehe). My kids love it too, especially Atikah, so-so for Sabrina as she dislikes the pepper, and OK for Hakim as he eats when he is hungry.

SOME HEALTHY FACTS ON PASTA
(Source: http://www.ilovepasta.org/health_facts.html)


Pasta Health Facts

Pasta and Health

  • Pasta is a “good” carb. Carbohydrates are the source of most of the body's glucose, which is the crucial fuel energy source for the brain, red blood cells, muscle and organs. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates.
  • Pasta is not a “white” food. Pasta is golden or amber because it is made from semolina flour, which is ground from durum wheat. White flour used to make white bread is ground from common wheat.
  • Pasta is nutritious. Pasta is a good source of B vitamins, iron and niacin. It is very low in sodium and is cholesterol free.
  • Pasta has a low Glycemic Index (GI) so it does not cause sugar in the blood to rise quickly. The Glycemic index measures how rapidly a carbohydrate triggers a rise in blood sugar; the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response.

Healthy Pasta Meals and The Mediterranean Diet

  • Pasta meals are efficient “delivery systems” for healthy foods. Pasta is eaten with its plate partners, such as vegetables, fish, olive oil, cheese, tomato sauce, beans, poultry and meat. By pairing pasta with ingredients, the complete pasta meal is nutritious and satisfying.
  • Pasta meals are central to the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by abundant variety of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, other forms of cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts, and seeds), olive oil as the principal source of fat, dairy products (mostly cheese and yogurt), fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, zero to four eggs consumed weekly, red meat consumed in low amounts, and wine consumed in low to moderate amounts.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Cereals, which include pasta, are an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet.

Monday, October 5, 2009

1-hour plus Baked Makaroni

At almost 2pm, Sunday (4th October), I received a call from my x-classmate, Liza Salleh, she's coming for a visit, jalan-jalan raya, Alamak.... what should I serve her? Takkan kuih raya je kot .... tak best la ...

A search in my food cabinet found me with a packet of half opened makaroni, eggs was already on the cabinet (as I planned to bake a Prune cake ...tapi tak jadi le pulak sebab resepi lupa nak bawa balik dari opis). So I thought, a Baked Makaroni is a great idea. Further more, I have wanted to eat this for quite sometime. Ini la masanya, selalu masak, makan sorang je, because other member of the family did not like this so much.




I used to cook Baked Macaroni with chili paste, but I remembered eating Baked Macaroni made by my MIL which uses 'rempah Kurma' and it tasted good, so, I decided to try it. Resepinya ingat-ingat lupa tapi hentam je la .... but deep in my heart I was praying that the 'hemtam je lah' recipe works ...... Amin.

The ingredients:
Elbow Macaroni (Boiled till soft and drained)
'Rempah Kurma'
Minced chicken (meat if you like)
Onion (finely chopped)
Few stalks of parsley (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
5 Eggs
Ideal Milk (1 cup)
3 tablespoon of flour


Pasta:
  1. Fry the chopped onion till brownish and frangrant.
  2. Add Rempah, cook fro a while.
  3. Add minced chicken.
  4. Add some water and cook till chicken is tender the spice is cooked, add salit to taste.
  5. Finally, add the cooked makaroni and chopped parsley.
  6. Put aside.
Preparation for baking:
  1. Greased the baking pan.
  2. Add egg, milk and flour together, stir well. (Milk and flour are used in order to reduce the egg consumption - watchout your cholestrol level!)
  3. Add the fried macaroni. (Make sure the egg mixture covers the macaroni, or else you will get loose macaroni after baking).
  4. Ready to bake at 140C for about 35 minutes.
When my friend arrived at 3pm, the macaroni was almost ready. Thanks to Atikah who helped me to prepare the drinks. The macaroni was served hot from oven for my visitors. Alhamdulillah.

I like it 'hot' so I ate it with some left overs chili that I made for Chicken Rice (our lunch for that day).

Monday, September 28, 2009

Nasi Ikan on Day 1 Raya in Shah Alam @2009

Sorry, the photo is a bit blurr, snapped in the midst of a lunch by Atikah. Everybody was already very hungry to wait for photography session to take place.

From top left: clockwise: Nasi Ikan, salad tomato, daging rempah masak serai (contributed by Ainul aka Mak kecik), Dalca daging, papadam.

Preparing for Nasi Ikan.

Ingredients: (Maaf yek, dalam Bahasa Melayu, penat nak translate)

7 cawan beras (Basmathi lagi umph!)
Ikan (apa2 pun boleh - ikan tenggiri paling best!) - digoreng sedikit (jangan sampai garing)
(Bahan A)
4 batang Serai & 1 1/2 inci Lengkuas - dikisar, ditapis untuk mendapatkan jusnya sahaja
(Bahan B)
3 biji tomato
2 labu bawang besar
1 inci halia
- kesemua bahan dikisar bersama
(Bahan C - utk menumis)
Bawang
Rempah 3 beradik - kulit kayu, lawang, cengkih
Sedikit minyak sapi (supaya wangi)
Minyak masak.
(Bahan D - perisa)
4 sudu besar susu cair
1 sudu kecil gula
Garam sesedap rasa

Cara-caranya:-
1. Panaskan minyak dan minyak sapi, tumiskan Bahan C sehingga kekuningan dan wangi.
2. Masukkan Bahan A dan Bahan B.
3. Kemudian masukkan pula Bahan D sesedap rasa tukang masak.
4. Biarkan mendidih seketika.
5. Tuangkan kedalam periuk nasi yang sudah tersedia beras dan air secukupnya.
6. Bila air nasi dah kering, masukkan ikan yang telah digoreng dan digaulkan bersama nasi yang hampir masak (supaya ada la rasa air ikan tu sikit-sikit)
7. Bila dah masak, siap untuk dimakan bersama lauk-pauk yang sewaktu dengannya.


tetamu kehormat menikmati hidangan ... sampai tak angkat muka



Berbuka Day-20


This is our menu for berbuka on 20th Ramadhan (rasanya la ... malas nak tengok kalendar, tapi ingat masa tu dah nak hujung-hujung Ramadhan).

Top, clockwise: Kari tulang, roti jala, asam pedas daging, apple, fried broccoli and shrimp in oyster sauce, sambal kentang.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Masak Kicap Pedas


The name of the recipe was given by Hakim. Mak cooked the dish for them. I've tasted it before but my children loves it so much. So, I asked Mak how to prepare it.

Sonang je rupanya ..

Ingredients

Onion - sliced
Beef/ Chicken
Dried Chilli (blended)
Tomato Sauce
Soya Sauce
Cooking oil

How to:
  • fry the onion till fragrant/ tender
  • fry the chilli
  • add in the beef/chicken
  • add tomato and soya sauce
  • pour in some water
  • cook until the beef/ chicken tender
  • add some salt to taste (not too many salt as soya sauce is already salty)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kerabu Belimbing Buluh

This can be considered as mouth watering dish (for me) ..... meleleh air liur. I'm not sure what 'belimbing buluh' is in English (nak kena tanya cikgu Bahasa Omputih) but it's not always available at the market. I usually will not miss the opportunity to buy this if available. But this time, the belimbing buluh was given by Ustaz Hakeem (Imam Surau al-Mawaddah).

Simple to prepare!

- Slice the belimbing buluh and soak in the salt water (to reduce it's sour taste)
- blend (use the blender for the finer texture of the coconut) grated coconut with fresh chilli.
- Mixed both; and ready for consumption.

Nyum! Nyum!

Berbuka Day-4



Hmmm .... plan tak nak berbuka mewah, nak latih diri untuk bersederhana, tapi penuh jugak mejanya. Actually, looks like many but all are basic.

From top left: Sup tulang, kentang goreng wedges, senangin masak cili, otak-otak (beli)
Bottom left: Goreng pisang, ikan goreng, okra goreng, buah-buahan.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Telur Dadar Special

This is a very simple and quick recipe.

An adaptation from a cooking magazine. RASA or SAJI, tak sure.


























Ingredients


Cooking oil (I used Olive oil)
3 eggs - beaten(kalau nak makan ramai-ramai, boleh tambah sesedap hati)
Potato (sliced thinly)
Onion - sliced
Leek
Salt & Pepper to taste.

1) Pour a tablespoon of olive oil onto the pan.
2) Arrange the sliced potato onto the pan.
3) Fry a while, then pour in the beaten eggs and onion.
4) When the egg is almost cooked, add sliced leek, and sprinkle some black pepper to taste. (Add salt into the beaten egg before pouring the egg onto the pan)

HAppy EaTiNG!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Home made Minestrone Soup

Best nya ......

Finally, I made my own minestrone soup and my family loves it.

"Lebih best dari yang selalu kita makan (It's better than any that we used to eat)", that was the remark from Atikah.

Ayah make me promise to save some more for him to eat after the game (he played badminton every Tuesday after Isya'). I am delighted.

I started looking for the recipe when ayah decided not to eat rice for dinner.




Ayah's dinner: Minestrone Soup and Garlic bread

The first time I tasted it, it was horrible. I was frustrated. I know I always fail to follow a recipe exactly. I like to add and remove lots of items from a recipe. But most of the time when I did that (add and remove), the taste is not so bad, but why is it soooo bad this time.

Sadly, I just keep on adding salt, pepper and chopped parsley, hoping to add more taste. I tasted it again, ALHAMDULILLAH, it taste delicious this time.


The recipe.

Olive oil.
Chopped Garlic
Sliced Onion
Celery - sliced
Carrot - cubed
Tomato - cubed
Beans - ( I did not put any any because Sabrina is allergic to most beans, should try chick peas the next time)
Vegetable broth (prepared it very much earlier and refrigerated)
Tomato paste
Pasta or broken spaghetti
salt, sugar, pepper - to taste
chooped dried parsley and oregano

The process
  1. Heat the 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot.
  2. Saute the garlic till brownish.
  3. Add onions and celery. Fry till tender.
  4. Add the rest of vegetables. Fry till slightly tender.
  5. Add vege broth and tomato paste. Let it boil.
  6. When all are well cooked, add the broken spaghetti or pasta.
  7. Season with salt, pepper and a bit of sugar.
  8. Sprinkle parsley and oregano.
  9. Ready for consumption when the pasta is soft.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lala goreng



Masak lemak ikan masin tanpa santan


Kari tulang with button mushroom



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nasi daging

Suatu Ahad.
Tiba-tiba terasa nak makan nasi daging. I call mak (as I usually did) to get some tips and also browse the internet.

Coupled with my own experience (pernah buat tapi dah lama - ingat-ingat lupa), here is my version:

Ingredients:

Beef - boiled to tender, and for stocks
Basmathi rice - washed
Milk
Tomato paste (1 table spoon is more than enough)
Rempah kurma ( 1 table spoon is more than enough)
Black pepper (not grounded yet)

Menumis:
Shallot
Garlic
Ginger
Cinnamon, clove and star anise

How to cook:

Just saute all the ingredients for menumis till fragranced.
Add the rempah kurma
Pour in the milk, beef

the cooked rice (the photo is bit blurred due to the steam)

ready for consumption (dont forget the papaddam)


Dalca


kerabu tomato (just like the tomato salad but a bit spicy)
Sliced onion, sliced tomato, chilli also sliced, tomato sauce, salt and sugar. Mix and taste.

Fried capsicum with minced beef in oyster sauce
(the recipe was created based on the dish that I have tasted during my trip to Beijing some years ago)


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A very simple menu for kids

chicken ball soup


ayam goreng kunyit




Everything on the dining table

Everything on the plate!

Sabrina enjoying her lunch

Nutritional facts:

Carbo from the rice, potato
Protein from the chicken
Vitamin A in carrots
Protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C from the long beans.

Steamed fish

The steamed fish is Atikah's favourite. She seldom eats fish, but when I make steamed fish, she will be the last to leave the dining table. She'll it everything, but of course not the bones.

The recipe is simple.

Main ingredient:
The fish - The picture showed a garoupa (kerapu) but most of the time I used siakap. Wash, marinate with salt and white pepper to taste.

Other ingredients:
Ginger - sliced
garlic - crushed
Onion - sliced
tomato - sliced
cili padi (apa orang putih cakap ye???) - ketuk2 je
some 'daun limau purut' (kena bukak kamus nih ...)
serbuk asam boi (yang biasa makan dengan buah jambu tu...)

Dah tu ....

Put the fish in a container that is big enough for the fish but athe same time can fit into your steamer.
Put all other ingredients over the fish (you may arrange it as u like).
Put into the steamer and steam until about 30 minutes.

Ready for consumption.



Fish Facts for Healthy Nutrition

(from http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/oehas/fish/default.htm)

Eat Fish, Be Smart, Choose Wisely

Fish is brain and heart food - but trying to balance its health - boosting benefits with concerns about contaminant level can leave you floundering! Sad and true, contaminants are in most foods, but don’t give up on fish, because fish are still an excellent health choice.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week. Why? Because fish are a great source of protein, vitamins, and nutrients. Fish are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which provide protection from heart disease and are great brain food for you, your children and if you are pregnant, for your unborn child. It is important to continue to eat fish to gain the healthy heart and brain benefits. The key is to make smart choices and choose fish that are low in mercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and other contaminants.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pumpkin

What can we do with pumpkin?

Image taken from the following site:
fogcity.blogs.com/.../10/halloween_and_c.html

Definitely not this!!! (It's cute though....)

Image taken from
www.students.stedwards.edu


Before going into cooking, let's read some healthy information about pumpkin. Got this from: http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhealthinformation/a/pumpkinhealth.htm

PUMPKIN & HEALTH

Pumpkin and Health Pumpkins are a tasty source of vitamins and minerals, particularly beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. It also helps prevent arterosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to strokes and/or heart attacks.

Pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and unsaturated fatty acids which are effective help for prostate ailments.

A study by the USDA indicated that diets high in pumpkin as a fiber source tended to curb the appetite, yet provided more food for the same calorie count. The subjects in this study also absorbed less fat and calories from their food.

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Interesting isn't it?

What do you think we can do with pumpkin? I made these:


sayur lemak and cekodok


The recipe will come soon ....



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mee Rebus


Again, this is a recipe that I learnt from my mother. Well, most of my cooking knowledge comes from mak. Make sense isn't it? Kemana tumpahnya kuah kalau tak ke nasi. But I have not acquired all. There are many more to learn.

Anyway, this is my first time cooking the mee rebus for my own family since got married. Phew! That's so looOOOOOOng ................ Apo nak buet, kadang-kadang Rajin tapi kadang-kadang juga Malas.



These are some of the MUST HAVE ingredients:





Boiled beef bones.











Boiled and mashed sweet potato.









Fresh prawns. (cut off its head, blend the head and strain for the 'juice', betul ke? hentam je lah)





Other ingredients will be:

chilli paste
tomato pure (tomato sauce pun hentam je lah)
shallots and garlic
peanut (fried & blended or boiled & blended - pick your choice) - but i did not put this into my cooking as my beloved daughter, Sabrina is allergic to this -meaning to say, the gravy 'menjadi' even without the peanut.
tamarind juice
cooking oil
salt and sugar for seasoning.

The process:

Sonang jo tu .............

1) fry garlic and shallot till brownish
2) add in chilli paste (to your preference) and some water, boil till the chilli is well cooked (I normally cooked my chilli earlier to be used at any time and shorten the cooking time - well, that's how working moms survive, I guess)
3) add in the boiled beef bones and its stock, the extracted 'juice' from the prawn's head, mashed sweet potato, (peanut, if you plan to put it in), and tomato puree - let it boil
4) add in prawns (and squid too, if you like)
5) let it simmer until the gravy is thicken
6) add tamarind juice, salt and sugar - taste it.

And ...... whalla ...... it's ready for consumption!



the ready product


to be eaten together with these ... baru ada umph!
boiled potato (sliced), beancurd, bean sprout, boiled egg, tomato, spring onion and cannot leave out the most important thing that will add the umph! .... the cucur udang (its in the separate bowl - in the photo)


get set ... 1, 2, 3 ....
Allahumma barik la na fima razaq tana waqina a'zabannar
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim
GO!



The 'finished' product.