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???