10.3.09

Breadcup Quiche

Today simple lunch for myself & DH ... This breadcup quiche's idea came from Peony of My Culinary Journal. Thanks Anuty Peony for this brilliant idea of using up expiring bread to whip up an interesting dish .... I used chicken franks instead of ham, canned tuna flakes as mentioned in Peony's blog. Other ingredients remain unchanged.
The taste of this quiche is fantastic. Even my DH who doesn't really like to eat bread had a second helping. With the cheddar cheese oozing out, you just can't help but to have a deep bite into it ..... yummmzzz... I have some egg mixture left over from baking the breadcup quiche, so I used it to make a Popcorn Chicken Bread Pudding. I sprinkle some black pepper over the chicken, and after baking, its so aromatic. Another idea of using up my expiring bread. :-)

2.3.09

Banana Bread Pudding

Today, I don't feel like going out for lunch. Thus, out of laziness (;-p), I baked a banana bread pudding to fill my stomach ...
Very simple ingredients: a slice of expiring bread (tear into small pieces), 1 tsp of butter, 5 tbsp evaporated milk, 2-3 tbsp of thickened cream, 1 egg, a handful of raisins, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 banana (sliced).
And very simple method: place pieces of bread into a baking bowl or dish, spread butter on the bread, sprinkle some sugar and a handful of raisins on it too, set aside; mix eva. milk, thickened cream and egg in a bowl, beat till slightly foamy, pour mixture onto the bread (mix sure raisins don't float to the top), bake in preheated oven at 200*C for 15-20 mins or till mixture is set and light golden. Eat while is still warm.

1.3.09

What's up for dinner?

Weekend is always a time of relaxation for me. Even doing household chores can be a time to relax, as in my mind. Though the body is walking around the house doing things, but the mind is in a relax mode. I do the chores willingly & happily. :-)

My DH was not at home the whole day, so I have the whole house to myself. When he returned by 3pm, I was ready to prepare for dinner. Sometime is quite difficult to cook for only 2 persons. How much to cook, what to cook ... And I don't like to do a lot of washing up after meal time (I guess many of us have such thinking ..LOL).

Well, in view of such "difficulties", I normally stock up ready-made sauces to whip up a meal. Like last night, I used Woh Hup brand "Nonya Chicken Curry" sauce (can get it from any supermarket) to cook my DH' favourite dish. Though the packet says is for chicken, I guess you can change to any kind of meat of your choice. As for me, I used pork slices to cook with the sauce and it turned out to be very good. This sauce is actually for rendang kind of curry, more of a dried version. However I made some modification to the sauce. I put more coconut milk so that we can have some curry gravy to "rain" on our white rice. Both of us like to eat rice with gravy in it. :-) I know some may not like it this way but my DH and I grew up in a family where we used to have gravy for our rice. Thank goodness we share this same eating habit ... hehehe ...

Here is the packing of the sauce
Here is my version:I also stir-fried a vegetable with ingredients which all started with the letter "C". Make a guess?
It is the letter "C" ... Carrot, Celery and Cashew nuts!! Apparently, I did not put enough cashew nuts, as you can hardly see from the picture. They were all hidden under the reds and greens. :-)

Banana Cake

Have you come acrossed such situation whereby a word always blink in your mind? Yes, I encountered it today. And when I surfed my favourite foodie blog, this word appeared every now and then. You may wonder what is this word? It is none other than "BANANA"! :-)
The next thing I know was that I have to get BANANAS. Without hesitation, I went down to nearby provision shop to pick up a bunch of banana. When I reached home, within an hour, my banana cake was sitting in the oven waiting to be baked......
Lucky thing was that, I didn't go bananas .. haha!
I got my recipe from here
. It was supposed to be a recipe for banana muffins, but it can bake in cake tin as well to become banana cake. Thank you for sharing your recipe Cooking Ninja. :-)
Verdict:
This cake is soft, moist and fluffy. And it is full of banana aroma, especially when it was baking in the oven, the whole kitchen was so aromatic. My DH said it tasted very good and the top was a little crusty which he liked it.

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