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

Shepherd 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

Therefor, I decided to:
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.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Web web Web

Salam Alaykum all,

I guess this is how my blog looks like.

Google image

Hope to make a come back soon, insha Allah.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bawal tauchu dan sambal terung


Salam 16 

Menu berbuka di hari yang paling sibuk ini
bawal masak tauchu dan
terung dengan sambal udang kering.

boleh la kannnn untuk orang yang masuk dapur pukul 6pm

and you can see giving a peek is the cekodok pisang.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Healthy oat pancake with corn and nutella

Clam Bamboo

As salam alaykum.

I urged to go to Pasar Tani instead of our usual wet market at Section 6. My husband was curious because we normally go there only to get red meat supply and we had some recently (trying not to take too many red meat in our diet). I told him that I wanted to get something different and tired of buying the same mackerel, black pompret or jenahak, or sea bass. He agreed.

Reached there early, throngs of people are already there. We scout for prawns and clams and landed me with baby lobster, mussels and bamboo clam. Never cook the bamboo clam before, I searched the internet for possible recipe.

Here goes the ingredients for the Chilli Bamboo Clam.

Washed bamboo clam
1 onion - blended
3 cloves of garlic - blended
Lemon grass - knocked
3 tbs chilli paste
1 tbsp oyster sauce
Salt and sugar to taste
Kaffir leafs for the aroma

Just saute the lemon grass and blended ingredients in a wok till you can smell the aroma.
Add the chilli paste and oyster sauce. Let it cook.
Add the bamboo clam. No additional water is needed as the clams will release its liquid.
Let it cook and season it to taste.
Once cooked, put in the kaffir leave, turn off the heat and cover the wok.

It's delicious and extremely easy to prepare.

Bon Appetite.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Savoury Crepe

As salam alaykum.

Crepe for breakfast, crepe for dinner. Care for crepe anyone?

I had crepe for dinner last night. A light dinner, enough for a middle aged appetite. Healthy too.

What's inside?
*1 cup of general purpose flour
*1 cup of fresh milk
*1 cup of plain water
*3 table spoon olive oil
2 inches Carrots - shredded
3 tbsp prawns
Enough solentro and onion spring
Salt and pepper to taste.

Making it.
Mix all the * ingredients. Mix well.
Then add the rest of the ingredients.
Ladle a batter onto a frying pan. Wait till cooked and flip.

Ready to serve. ENJOY.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kerabu Kacang Kelisa

As salam alaykum.

Perhaps i should put my theme as 'Healthy food'. Here is another healthy food that I would like to share. It's the "kerabu".s

Some calls it "kerabu" while others call it "urap" and westeners might want to call it "salad". It is fresh vege mixed with other ingredients to give an appealing taste.

I call it "kacang kelisa" but some calls it "kacang botol or botor". "kacang kelisa" is known to northen part of West Malaysia.

Preparing it is easy.

What you need are:
About 10 stalks of kacang kelisa
Grated coconut - preferably only the white
2 red chilli
1 onion
Tamarind juice and salt to season

Slice the kacang kelisa finely and put aside.
Put all other ingredientvin the dry blender and blend till all the ingredients are finely blended.
Mix the blended ingredients into the sliced kacang kelisa. Mix well.

Ready for consumption.
Bismillahirrahma nirrahim.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Healthy chicken sandwich & citrus manggo salad

As salamu alaykum.

It's labor day today. We, labors are supposed to sit back and just relax. ... Wonderful isn't it.

However, a labor to where I am employed and a second minister in my beautiful home, tonnes of chores awaits accompkishment. But. ..... I believe those things can wait. I just want to wake-up my dozing blog.

By the way, I have just discovered that theres an app for blogging. Got no time to explore before this.

Let's start with today's menu. I made this chicken sandwich for dinner last night. As usual, Tuesday is Mr Hubby's badminton night, a light dinner is essential.

This is how I made it:
For the sandwich:
2 chicken breast
Marinated with salt, pepper dan mixed herbs
Vegeies for garnishing - green lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced cucumber, pickles

Grilled the chicken till cooked well. And later sliced for filling.

I used whole meal bread. Spread some butter on one side. Place the sliced chicken. Lay a piece of cheese on top. And toast till the cheese melt.

Layered with vegies and topped with another sliced bread.

For manggo salad
3 riped manggo- peeled n cut
1 tomato - diced
1 orange - diced
Some fresh basil leaves - chopped coarsely
Olive oil

Mixed everthing together. Add some orange zest. Mix well

Happy eating. Enjoy!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lemon Grass Chilli Prawn

Assalamualaikum all,

Ready for some hot and spicy!!!
How about this Lemon Grass Chilli Prawn?
Looks delicious!
Taste delicious!
Serve it with hot rice .....mmmm .... yummy... yummy
Feel like eating it now.

This is a fast to cook dish provided that you have a pre-cooked chilli paste. I pre-cooked mine ahead of the week to minimize my cooking time. I seem to like the lemon grass in my cooking. Beside giving aromatic scent, it also has a special taste that is un-explain in words.

Lemon grass is classified as herbs for its benefits in use. Among the benefits of this herbs are:

  • reduce toxins, excess fat, cholesterol and uric acid in the body.
  • it detoxify the digestive tract, bladder, kidney, pancreas and liver.
  • it stimulates lactation, blood circulation and digestion. 

Apart from cooking, lemon grass is proven as insect repellent. I used it at home and it work miraculously. Chemical-free insect repellent. You can get it from the major supermarket, sold in liquid form. It smells good too. It is also being used in aromatherapy. Boil them and use it to bathe ... umm ... what a soothing experience. However, be very careful with the leaves. The long leaf can be a sharp razor if not handle properly. For my cooking, I normally use only the base.

For this dish, here are my ingredients:

Prawn, washed and marinate with salt and turmeric
1 large onion - chopped
2 stalks of lemon grass - just smash it
3 tbs chilli paste
1 fresh tomato - diced
2 table spoon cooking oil
Salt to taste

  1. Fry the prawn half cooked.
  2. Use the frying oil and saute the onion and the lemon grass.
  3. Once tender, add the fresh tomatoes.
  4. Later add the chilli paste. If the chilli is well cooked, you need not to wait long at this stage.
  5. Put in some water to let the mixture boil.
  6. Next add the prawns.
  7. Season it. (You ay add a little bit of vinegar if you like it sour).
Ready to be served!!! 

Don't forget to say 'Bismillah' before you eat, and 'Alhamdulillah' when you finish eating. Let's show some gratitude to Allah for this great food.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pek Nga

Assalamualaikum all.
Jangan lupa jawab salam ye ....

Sounds weird isn't it, the name? That is what we called it in kampung. PEK NGA. Short for 'temPEK di belaNGA'. 
It is also called 'Lempeng Nyiur' in the east cost and perhaps 'Lempeng Kelapa' elsewhere. 
I like eating it, and it is very easy to make too.

What you need are:
The basic:
1 young coconut - grated
Multi purpose flour
Pinch of salt

1 egg
2 tablespoon of olive oil or butter

The making is so simple. Just mix all the ingredient together in a bowl. It should not be too runny. Just enough liquid so that you will be able to 'tempek' in your pan. The mixture should be something like the pancake except this is with the grated coconut in it. On a heated pan, you can start making the PEK NGA.

Serve it hot and enjoy it in variety of ways. Some have it with fish curry, my husband likes it it brown sugar, but today we are having it with the Sambal Bilis.

Bon Appetite.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nasi lemak (Santan-less)

Assalamualaikum all,

What's for breakfast today?
What's for lunch today?
What's for brunch today?
I had nasi lemak - packed from home. I had nasi lemak for breakfast and lunch. I had nasi lemak for brunch.

As usual, the cook never had time to enjoy the meal on time. 
So I had to pack the nasi lemak and enjoy it in my office.
This is the Santan-less nasi lemak, specially made for Sabrina.
The recipe can be viewed here. 


Chicken Madras

Assalamualaikum all,

Don't ask me how the recipe got it name.  I do not know. I am sorry if people from Madras says that they have never encounter such a dish in Madras before. Perhaps because it uses many curry leaves, therefore it is called as such. It is a passed down from my husband's aunty who is a great caterer in Sg Petani, Mak Nun. She made it for one of the wedding ceremony, I like it and asked her to teach me how to cook this. It's pretty simple and can be considered as a fast cooking meal - provided that you have all the ingredients ready, like I always did.

The ingredients

1/2 Chicken - cut into 8, washed and marinate with salt and turmeric powder
2 large onions - diced finely (using a blender is not adviceable as it will result with a too watery dish)
4 tbs chilli paste
Tamarind juice
1 handful of curry leaves
Salt to taste
Cooking oil.

It does not require too many ingredients. All are almost readily available in most kitchen except for the curry leaves as not many people have a stock of curry leaves at home.

How to:

  1. Fry the chicken till half cooked. Remove from the heat and put aside.
  2. Remove some of the oil used for frying as you do not want a very oily dish. Just enough for cooking of about 2 table spoon.
  3. Saute diced onion till tender.
  4. Add the chilli paste. Add about 1/2 cup of water to help the chilli to be cooked. Cook till the chilli is well cooked. As I always have my chilli paste pre-cooked in long hours during weekend, I need not wait for long at this stage.
  5. As the chilli paste thickened, add the tamarind juice.
  6. Add the half cooked chicken and curry leaves. Add another 1/2 cup of water and simmer till the chicken is well cooked and the gravy is thick.
Delicious to be eaten with hot rice or with bread. Bon Appetite!!!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Home 'mixed' chocolate

Assalamualaikum all,

Are you the chocolate lovers?
My kids are...
It was Shamimi's birthday (Sabrina's friend) and she wanted to give her something that she can make by herself, so, she opted to 'mixing' the chocolate (as I would like to call it). 
It's mixing alright as what she did was just melt the chocolate bar using the double boiler technique and later combined it with the different chocolate flavours.

First she melted the mint flavour. As I told her not to put too much mint (because Ibu doesn't like it), she merely brushed the mint at the bottom of the mold. Next she melted the dark chocolate and finally the white chocolate. Kakak helped her to pour the chocolate into mold. One thing that I am proud of her is that she cleaned up everything after completing her task.

And she is determined to try another combinations and fillings and nuts next time.


Eggless Red Bean Bun

 Assalamualaikum all,

I had this crave of eating the home made bun for quite sometime but was unable to find time and strength to do it. Alhamdulillah, last Sunday I had the opportunity to bake one. Sabrina requested for a red bean bun and some sausage rolls - so, here it comes.

The recipe came from Alex Goh's bread book. However, I had to modified it a bit as my precious Sabrina is allergy to egg. Here goes my modified recipe:

The Ingredients

*480 g bread flour
*120 g all-purpose flour
*110 g sugar
*20 g powdered milk
*4 teaspoons instant yeast
*10 g salt
1 egg (this was substitute with additional (25ml) cold water)
300 ml cold water
60 g butter

How to:

  1. Mix all the dry (*) ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the cold water. Knead to form a dough.
  3. Add butter. 
  4. Knead for about another 45 minutes or more till it form an elastic dough.
  5. Put aside. Let it rise to doubled.
  6. Once risen, put the dough on the working surface, punch the dough to remove any trapped air and knead again.
  7. Form the dough into your desired shapes.
**Note: I used the mixer to help with the kneading process. I wish to own a bread maker in the future. Tapi .... kena la buat roti selalu-selalu dulu baru boleh justify reasons for buying a BM .... kannnnn  ... heh heh heh


Monday, January 7, 2013

Eggless Moist Chocolate Cake

Assalamualaikum semua,

Dah lama tak update entri di sini. Besar sebenarnya cabaran nak update blog masakan. 
First, you have to decorate you food nicely.
Second, you have to take a photo of the food.
Third, you have to edit the photo (only if need to) and upload it
Fourth, You have to type the recipe (which sometime need to refer to the old cooking book)
Challenging isn't it????
unlike updating ordinary blog which you only need to have ideas to write and whalla! there you are updating a blog even when  you are on the move (mobile update)

Due to the above reasons, 
I seldom update this blog. 
But that does not mean I was not cooking, I DO. .....
.... tapi Biasa-biasa je

And today is the Eggless Moist Chocolate cake. Sabrina loves it. Its yummy-yummy. Eat too many of that will result in cholesterol accumulation in Ibu. Argh! 

I got the recipe from my sis-in-law who searched it from the internet. I will update the recipe later ok???