Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tomarot Rice

Salam all,

This was cooked on Monday when the kids are off school in conjunction with the Maal Hijrah celebration. I cooked the rice early in the morning before leaving for the office for their lunch. For the lauk-pauk, sorry kids, this all I have time for you "The Two Sauces Chicken Ball".


The name TOMAROT is actually a combination of the two main ingredients I put in the rice. It's the tomato and carrot, and become TOMAROT.

Making it requires:
2 cups of washed Basmathi rice
2 large onions
1/2 inch ginger
1/2 carrot
2 tomatoes
1 cup of Fresh milk
1 tablespoon of sugar
Salt to taste
the three stooges spices (bunga lawang, kulit kayu manis, and cengkih)
3 tablespoon of cooking oil

Preparation:
Blend the onion, ginger and tomatoes.
Coarsely shredded the carrot
Onion for saute

Cooking:
1. Saute the onion and the three stooges till you can smell the aroma.
2. Add the blended ingredients.
3. Add the shredded carrot.
4. Add milk, sugar and salt. Let it boil.
5. Add the rice grains. Add enough water for cooking the rice. Cover the pot with the lid.
6. Turn the stove to lower, cook the rice slowly.

My way of doing it: Cooked all the ingredients in a rice cooker pot on the stove. Add the rice grains, mixed it well, and transfer it into the rice cooker. Add enough water and let the rice cooker to do the rest. Easy isn't it.

Happy cooking. Wassalam.

some more onion for frying

French beans Pizza

Salam all,

Yiihhaaa .... my third blog update in a row!!! Not bad huh for someone who did not regularly update her blog. And now it's Pizza time.

I made it last week, Tuesday (yes, I remembered the day very well because it was ayah's badminton day). The kids refuse to eat rice, they just had 'goreng pisang' and some 'kuih muih' after returning from school and said that they were full and do not want to eat anymore. Ayah, as usual will not eat rice on his badminton's night. Therefore, at 8pm, I started to prepare the dough and two hours later, the pizza is already in the oven. Hmmm .... fresh homemade pizza! Fresh from the oven!!! Wonderfully delicious!!! You can pick your own toppings!!!


For me, why french beans? Let's read what I found about french beans from here:

Consumption of French Beans helps in

  • toning spleen and kidneys
  • Increasing haemoglobin count and provides energy to the body without adding calories.
  • alleviating swelling stomach ,bad appetite
  • curing frequent urination
  • improving intestinal absorption
  • improving eyesight
  • improving bone structure, and so is good for osteoporosis
  • Preventing deposit formation on the walls of the arteries and so is very helpful in cardio vascular cases.
  • Recovering from an attack of jaundice and is also a good diet for those suffering from jaundice.
  • reducing risk of arteriosclerosis
  • reducing the severity of asthma
  • A good diet for those suffering from diabetes.
  • Reducing and preventing inflammation of the joints in case of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Promoting good colon health and aids in preventing colon cancer.
  • preventing constipation
  • lowering high cholesterol


The dough:

300gm plain flour
2 tablespoon of olive oil
5 gm of salt
5 gm of sugar
10gm of dry yeast
Approximately 1 cup of water

Mix all the dry ingredient well. Add in the olive oil. Followed by the water. Mixed well (I used the food processor). Once mixed, put aside, let it rise to double the size.

Once doubled, take it out from the bowl. On a clean surface, punch the dough to remove any trapped air. Then, start rolling (mencanai la tu) or you can use any skill that you have to flattened the dough to the shape and thickness that you like (nak menebar macam roti canai pun boleh).

For toppings:
1. 3 -4 table spoon of spaghetti sauce
2. 1 sausage - sliced thinly
3. tomato - sliced thinly
4. the french beans
5. shredded mozarella and cheddar cheese

Spread everything in the order from 1 to 5. The amount really depends on you.

Next, just popped it into your oven at approximately 175 degree celcius for about 15 minutes.
Yummy, yummy .....hot fresh pizza for supper!!!

Happy cooking. Wassalam.

Black Pomfret in Tauchu

Salam all,

Nothing much left in the fridge. Tomorrow will be 'shopping day' or 'fish market day'. What's left is this black pomfret (bawal hitam lah tu!!!). Black pomfret will make a delicious curry, but I don't feel like eating curry at the moment. I guess, I am the only Penangian who does not crazily likes curry.



If curry is not to my desire, what's cooking??? Well, a simple Bawal Taucu is delicious too. Taucu? Anybody here does not know what taucu is? Taucu is made from black soy bean, fermented and salty. How's cooking?

Simple, all you need are:
2 table spoon of taucu (easily bought from any groceries shop, either bottled or packed for single use)
1 large onion, sliced into rings
tamarind juice (I used adam jawa xtra - nak cepat)
fresh chillies (I used the cili paid - small but spicy chill for a hotter taste as my husband likes it)
2 table spoon cooking oil
About a cup of plain water
No salt please as the taucu is already very salty.
Do not forget the pomfret, fried.

What you need to do is just:
1. Heat your wok or pot with the oil. Saute the onions and chillies till aromatized.
2. Add the taucu.
3. Add the water (the amount is deepening on how much gravy that you want).
4. Add the tamarind juice
5. Add the fish.
6. Let the gravy boil and it's ready.

It's delicious with the hot rice on this hot weather.

Happy cooking. Wassalam.

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Floating Spinach

Salam all,

Sunday is a day when I would like to try out new recipe or new ideas for cooking. I am trying this one today. I watched the program called "5 Rencah 5 Rasa" on Astro yesterday and was trying hard to memorize the recipe to try it out. And here it is, today, I tried it. It's crunchy and very filling. You can just eat it just like that or dip into any sauce of your like.

The name given by the chef was something else but I changed it to "Floating Spinach" as it floats when you fry it. Besides spinach, you can fry any other vege using the same batter. I tried with mushroom and it was yummy too.

Getting the kids to eat vege is not an easy task. By doing this, they enjoyed it. This is not my first time doing this vege coated recipe, however, my earlier trials was just using the simply bought of the shelfs tempura flour. This time, with the homemade batter, I guarantee you the taste that will make you want more.


A quick search on the internet found me with this interesting facts about eating ( http://www.livestrong.com/article/2700-facts-health-benefits-spinach/)

1. Spinach Is One of the Most Nutritious Foods Available

Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. It is a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein. And yet, 1 cup has only 40 calories! Spinach is an excellent choice for nutrition without high calories.



2. Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants Abound in Fresh Spinach

Spinach contains more than a dozen individual flavonoid compounds, which work together as cancer-fighting antioxidants. These elements neutralize free radicals in the body and thus help to prevent cancer. In fact, one study of New England women showed less breast cancer cases among those who ate spinach on a regular basis.


3. Fresh Green Spinach Improves Cardiovascular Health

According to research compiled by Whole Foods, spinach is an excellent promoter of cardiovascular health. The antioxidant properties of spinach (water-soluble in the form of vitamin C and fat-soluble beta-carotene) work together to promote good cardiovascular health by preventing the harmful oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol is a danger to the heart and arteries. Magnesium in spinach works toward healthy blood pressure levels.



Now, to preparing the batter:

As I memorized it from yesterday's show:

2 cups of rice flour
3 cups of multipurpose flour
black pepper (to your liking - more if you like it hot)
salt to taste
enough water to form a batter
1 tablespoon of ENO (original)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl except the ENO. Place it to cool in the refrigerator.
Separate the leaves from the stem. Wash and dry all the spinach leaves.
Just before frying, add the ENO and mix well.
Deep fry the leaves till golden brown.

Happy cooking.

Adios, wassalam.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Another blog

Registered another blog for email uploads. I wonder how does it know to which blog it will go.

Trying now.