13.12.11

1 Bee Hoon and 2 desserts 一咸两甜

Its been awhile again since I last blogged.  Just plain lazy .... :-/

Last week I fried some Pig Trotters Bee Hoon for my DH as he likes to eat this kind of bee hoon. Furthermore, I made 2 different desserts, as I am a "dessert" person ...hehe ;-P

 

  

20.11.11

Raspberry Flavoured Cheesecake Bars & Nonya Mee Siam

It's been a while since I last updated my blog.  Now at last , the school holidays have started, I can once again engage myself in blogging.

I have not been doing cheesecake for quite some time.  Upon the request of my new neighbour, Aunty M, I made this Raspberry Flavoured Cheesecake Bars.  In return, Aunt M cooked for me one of my favourite Nonya food, Mee Siam. Well, it's not so much of returning a favour but Aunt M is such a good cook that eversince I knew her, she has been cooking good and delicious food for my hubby and me. I count myself so blessed to have her as my neighbour.  Thank you Aunt M :-)




31.10.11

Gula Melaka Sago (Sago pudding with palm sugar)

 

Gula Melaka (palm sugar) Sago Pudding  @ Honey & Soy Food Adventures
makes 6 puddings

150g small sago pearls (soak in water for 30 mins, then drain)
200g gula melaka
200ml natural coconut cream

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add sago when water is boiling. Stir frequently to avoid the sago sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Turn off the heat when the sago floats to the top. The centres of the sago should be just translucent as the heat retained will cook the sago through.

Pour out half the water (the sago would have fallen to the bottom by now) and rinse with cold water a couple of times to remove the starch.

Spoon the sago into moulds and chill in the fridge until set (about 0.5 to 1 hour).

Melt the gula melaka in a small saucepan with a little water over very low heat until dissolved. Set aside to cool. Mix the coconut cream and coconut milk and set aside.

To serve the puddings, place 1 set sago pudding in a bowl. Eat with as much gula melaka and coconut milk/cream as you like!

Gula Melaka (palm sugar)

          
Sago Pearls (Tapioca Pearls)


17.10.11

Is Dinner Time Again :-)

Mango Ginger Chicken Drumblets with Black Sauce Ginger Noodles.

Ginger, ginger and more ginger. Yes, I LOVE ginger.  I love the aroma of ginger and the spiciness of it. I inherit such love for ginger from my dear mum. She likes to cook with ginger, be it shredded, sliced or pureed. Just love it.

Hence, during this dinner, I used lots of ginger. :-) You may not be able to see the ginger very much, except the drumblets, because it was under my noodles!  And when I gave the noodles a good stir, the noodles was full of ginger aroma. Wow!



6.10.11

My Curry Chicken

I am a curry lover, all types of curry in fact.
Hence, you will see in my blog, more than often, the post on curry. :-P
Two days ago, I cooked curry again, my favourite Curry Chicken.
Of course, there must be potatoes, cooked till soften,
nearly melt in the mouth kind.
I added lemon grass, to give the curry a beautiful aroma.
This is my Curry and I savoured it with French loaf, a nice combination.
After dipping the bread in the curry, and then eat it, the after-effect is:
"Oh, I'm on cloud 9." :-)



25.9.11

My new baking tool

I bought this SEVERIN (German brand) mixer sometime in January this year from Courts at Causeway Point. I leave it at Courts for nearly 2 months before I carried it back home. Till now I have not used it yet.  Today I just took it out and washed it clean and hopefully to use it soonest. :-P   This mixer comes with an in-built blender and a socket that can insert a meat mincer (must buy separately). I didn't buy the meat mincer because I can buy meat from the meat stall and ask the butcher to mince it for me, so why trouble myself? :-)
This is my new built-in 57 litres oven from Mayer. It is made in Italy. I bought it during the Singapre Great Sales few months ago. It was quite a deal considering its capacity.  It cost me less than S$600. It is easy to clean too. I hope to use it more often.

Black Sesame Tuna Sandwich

In fact, I did a sandwich for dinner sometime last month but forgot to post it here. Here are the pictures. I just mixed the canned tuna with some mayo & black pepper together sprinkled some black sesame seeds, and eat it with cherry tomatoes and lettuce. Simple & tasty.

My First Dinner in new house

Yesterday night, I cooked my first dinner at my new flat after staying here for nearly 2 months.
My first dinner only consist of Steamed Ginger Chicken Drumbstick and Lup Cheong (Chinese sausage) Rice.  Ya, I know there was no vege because this meal is for one person only, so I didn't want to cook too much. I particullary like the Lup Cheong Rice. I steamed the 2 types (the red colour one & also the Duck Liver sausage) of Lup Cheong first then I cut into small pieces and returned to the cooked rice in the cooker together with the oil & mixed them well. This made the rice so fragrant when I scooped them up. I will definitely try again, though I know is kinda fattening :-)

11.8.11

Finally!

Yes, I have finally shifted to my new flat!

Since the day of choosing the flat till now, 4 years have passed.  During the past few months, I was madly throwing away old stuff, packing up usable things. It was really MESSY!  Hence, I have neglected my blog here and baking is the last thing on my mind because all utensils have been packed up. 

Finally, two Thursdays ago, I shifted to my new flat and till now still doing unpacking.  It's really tiring. Packed and unpacked.  However, my tiredness is compensated by the beautiful view from my flat, especially the night scene. As I stay at the top floor, I can see as far as our neighbouring country.

I have only done simple renovation to my flat ~ kitchen cabinet and floor tiles. I don't do any built-in cabinet for my rooms as I find that after making it, the room will be too cluttered. My theme colour is white, floor white, wall white, kitchen cabinet is also white in colour.

This is the outward appearance of the cluster of new flats.

This will be my home, for the next 10 years or so.  :-)

I will be back with my blogging and baking, hopefully soon.....

1.7.11

Cream Cheese Butter Mango Cake

After 3 months, I finally rolled up my sleeves and baked a cake. <**>|||

Last week, my aunt gave me a half riped mango. I leave it on my dining table for few days and it was ready to be eaten.  However, I didn't want to eat it as it is, so I thought of using it to bake a cake. At the same time, I have unused cream cheese and butter sitting in my fridge. And come to think of it, I am shifting house soon, why not try to use up these ingredients?  Hence, this mango cake was "born"

The recipe was taken from somewhere in the cyber-space but forgetful me forgot to copy down which website I got it from. Haizzzzz.... Anyway, the recipe is as follows:




Ingredients:
1.5 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
150g mango, diced
2.25 cups self raising flour
250g butter
250g cream cheese
1/3 cup milk
3 eggs

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 160*C. Grease and line an "8 x 8" cake tin.
2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla till light and fluffy.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time till fluffy. Add in softened cream cheese and milk, beat till smooth.
4. Add flour and beat briefly till combined. Fold in diced mango gently.
5. Pour batter into prepared cake tin and bake for 50 mins or when skewer inserted into the centre of the cake and comes out clean.
6. Cool the cake on the rack for 10 mins.

20.6.11

I miss my food blogging

I realised I have not been food blogging for the past 2.5 months.  My last post about food was on 3.4.2011!  Oh my goodness! Yes, I admit that I'm lazy, and also I'm kinda busy :-P ... Errr, the ratio between lazy and busy is 3:2.  <^^>

Oh well, I'm busy with my new house. Running errands for the new house is no joke. Very tiring. From renovation to buying furniture and fittings, all must be done in an orderly manner. And I'm that sort of person that can't tahan (can't stand) errors. So that makes me even more tiring, and of course with such "SUNNY" weather. Oh gosh! 

Nonetheless, the renovation part is ending soon, with the kitchen cabinet still not fix yet. Hopefully by the end of this month I can see my new kitchen.  I have already bought my oven!  Really can't wait to use it. It's kinda of big, 57 litres, Delizia from Italy with 7 functions. I bought it at IMM Mayer store. Now GSS is on, so with this purchase I got a S$25 voucher to redeem their products, a set of C.S. Soligen Carving Set worth S$59 and a 3% members' discount (I joined instantly, advised by the sales rep).  Below is the picture & specifications of my oven :-)  Any of you use this brand too?
Specifications:
    • Capacity: 57 litres
    • 7 Cooking programmes:
    - Traditonal - Defrost - Fan Oven - Half Grill - Full Grill - Fan & Grill - Bottom heat with fan
    • Tangential Ventilation
    • Timer Function
    • Automatic Cut-off Timer
    • Interior oven light
    • Triple layer glass door
    • Interior Light
    • Oven accessories: Top Element Cover, dripping tray and grid
Height: 590 mm
Width: 595 mm
Depth: 550 mm
Click here for the dimension.
Colour: Stainless Steel with Black Glass


10.5.11

Sylvia Lim excellent speech in Parliament on Ministeral Pay

Wonderful and excellent speech by Ms Sylvia Lim of Workers' Party on Ministeral Pay. She has pointed out very valid points of argument. Let's listen ...


5.5.11

You simply have to read this.  (adapted from An Ivylicious Life)

My Hero - Mr. Chiam See Tong
  

My Hero - Mr. Chiam See Tong

As the General Election 2011 is just around the corner, I would like to dedicate a post to Mr. Chiam See Tong, Secretary-General to the Singapore People's Party. IMO, he is the unsung hero of Singapore.


1976 – contested unsuccessfully as Independent Candidate at Cairnhill Constituency against Mr. Lim Kim San Minster for National Development and Communications.
1979 – Took part in by-election also as independent candidate at Potong Pasir. Lost to Mr. How Yoong Chong, Minster for Defence designate.
September 1980 – Together with friends formed the Singapore Democratic Party.
December 1980 – Contested unsuccessfully at Potong Pasir. Again lost to Mr. How Yoong Chong, Minister for Defence. Obtained 40% votes.
December 1984 – Contested at Potong Pasir as a SDP Candidate at Potong Pasir. Won with 60% majority vote.
September 1988 – Returned again at Potong Pasir Constituency with 63%. 31.08.1991 – Elected third time to Parliament, Potong Pasir constituency with 69.3% votes casted.
17th of December 1996 – Elected Secretary-General of Singapore People’s Party (SPP).
2nd of January 1997 – Elected fourth time to Parliament, Constituency of Potong Pasir as a Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidate with 54.3% votes polled
2001 – Elected fifth time to Parliament, Constituency of Potong Pasir as a Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidate with 54.3% votes polled.
2006 – Elected six time to Parliament, Constituency of Potong Pasir as a Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidate with 54.3% votes polled.

 
For 27 years, he has slogged hard to conduct his Meet-the-People session at void decks. He is denied of funds to build a proper place but we can see his determination and dedication from the aluminum sheets used to build his make shift office. Why would a man want to become a MP even though he understands that he has to go through so much, even being denied of funds to do every simple thing? Do you live in a PAP constituency? Have you ever seen the MPs from PAP conduct their Meet-the-People session? Its is done is an air-conditioned office. What a stark difference!
This is Mr. Chiam's office for the past 27 years
 
This man has been bullied for 27years how much longer are we going to let him get bullied and pushed aside by the people hamming the government of Singapore? This man here is fighting so hard for democracy. 

Have you watch Mr. Chiam See Tong in Parliament?
 
This was Mr. Chiam asking for Potong Pasir to be included in the upgrading program. Why was Potong Pasir not included in the HIP even when Mr. Chiam agreed that they are in agreement of the program? People of Potong Pasir, Mr. Chiam fought for you but did the Government listen?
 

Here is Mr. Chiam asking for curbing of the influx of foreigners by a skills shortage list and to cut down on GST. Singapore Government, are you listening or did you fall asleep listening to Mr. Chiam? He is physically weak but he is fighting for us. Singapore can you hear him?

If you are wondering why is his speaking slurred, Mr. Chiam has suffered 2 strokes, the last one in 2008. It touches me to tears that a man who has suffered 2 strokes is fighting hard for democracy in Singapore. Is he fighting for fame or money? No, he is fighting because he loves Singapore! Most people at his age would have been retired and should be enjoying life but not Mr. Chiam, not until the day there is true democracy!
 
This is a letter sent to someone who just moved to Potong Pasir. Which PAP MP do you know does this?
 
This General Election, Mr. Chiam will be walking out of Potong Pasir, to contest in the Bishan-TPY GRC. He is walking out of his comfort zone and leaving Potong Pasir to his wife, Mrs. Lina Chiam. This is a very big risk for him. He might lose Potong Pasir and Bishan-TPY, and lose his seat as the only one of two Opposition in the Parliament or he could win Bishan-TPY GRC and bring in 4 other Opposition MPs into the Parliament to make the government sit up and listen to what we have to say. 

I have lived in Bishan-TPY all my life and I have NEVER met Mr. Wong Kan Seng, the current MP in charge of my constituency. Its very clear who my vote goes to. Do you live in Bishan-TPY? Who are you voting for?

Lastly, a quote from my hero, "When there is life there is hope, when there is hope, there will be change."
 
 
 
 

My Singapore

Being a Singaporean is my blessing.
I love my country, my homeland.
I want to see her grow healthily and wealthily.

Our country is now going through a period of
transition to the next era after the General Election.

Our people are going to vote for the Voice that can
speak for them in order for Singapore to grow healthily and wealthily.

Vote wisely my fellow Singaporeans. This is our chance to see real growth in our beloved country!

1.5.11

Seize the Moment

07-05-2011
7th May 2011
May 7th 2011
07/05/2011
05/07/2011
2011年5月7日

What do all these dates have in common?
7 5 2011
Yes having the same group of numbers.  What is so significant about these numbers?
Make a guess?
If you are a Singaporean, you might have guessed it right.

IT IS OUR GENERAL ELECTION POLLING DAY!  大选日!


It is the first time in Singapore's Election history that all 87 seats are being contested. Furthermore, it has the most number of candidates contesting for this election.  To add on to these excited news, the youngest candidate is only 24 years old. She is Miss Nicole Seah from National Solidarity Party (NSP).
PAP also has a young girl contesting in Marine Parade GRC, Ms Tin Pei Ling, 27 years old.  However, personally I feel that young Nicole has more leadership calibre than the latter Tin. Ms Nicole spoke with gusto during the rallies, whereas Tin doesn't even know what to say when asked what policy would she have challenged to make a difference. 

Henceforth, this election is going to be interesting.  I can guarantee that many youngsters will be engaged in this election as well.  Candidates contesting in different GRCs are getting younger and younger, which I think is a good sign.  Their appearance will sparkle interest in the young Singaporeans to be more concerned about politics and our nation (hopefully :-p)

We have to SEIZE the moment. Those above 21 years of age will be qualified to vote.  THEREFORE, my fellow Singaporeans, please VOTE wisely!  Knowing that our present ruling party will be the Big Brother (BB) again, we need to vote for more voices to be heard in parliament other than the Big Brother.  We need these voices to check, oppose (for the right cause) and navigate (if BB is goggy) in the parliament.  Only then that our country can grow healthily in every aspect. 

Presently, the BB runs the country with their own opinions without seeking the citizens' suggestion.  The PM said they 广听民意, but it is not true.  GST, ERP etc. were implemented in the midst of objections from the people.  The 2 IRs were built in the same manner.  Even their own MP shed some tears when these IRs were built. But being part of BB, he has no choice but to relent.  The BB treat the country's fellowmen like little children, everything must listen to them. When they don't listen, they will issue threatening statements like: You will regret for choosing WP (quoted by the oldest BB in the party); You will lose a good MP if Aljunied choose WP... etc.  Why should they threaten the voters?  Are they scare or what?  For so many years, they have been running the their party like an Empire. Now is different! They should be more open-minded and welcome the challenge from other parties and not sneered at others. 人身攻击(personal abuse) is a very bad weapon to use during election, but too bad many politicians like to use it to smash other candidates. 

SINGAPOREANS, We are not TOOLS for the BB to use, we have to STAND UP ON OUR OWN FEET AND VOTE WITHOUT FEAR! This is the MOMENT! Seize it!

3.4.11

最近比较忙

最近比较忙,
忙得没有头绪,
忙得没有心情,
忙得没有劲儿来做任何事。
唉!这是为自己的懒散找借口吗?
答案很明显!根本就是!!

其实,懒散的我最近身体不适,这是真的。
再加上懒散,因此很多事情都没有办好。好烦呐!

再怎么懒散,再怎么烦,也要提起劲来做些什么的。
最容易不过的就是我最最喜欢的香蕉蛋糕
还有用即煮咖喱料煮的咖喱排骨

香蕉蛋糕
我再次用了Cooking Ninja的香蕉蛋糕食谱。我觉得这个食谱做出来的蛋糕实在好吃,又够蓬松,又够味。真是我做香蕉蛋糕的不败食谱!!这次我加入一些巧克力粒,味道更好咧!




咖喱排骨
这是我今天晚上的晚餐。我用Dancing Chef牌子的红咖喱即煮料,煮出来的咖喱味道还真的不错。包装上的做法有加入蘑菇、凤梨等,但我都没有,所以我放了家里仅有的两个马铃薯和两条红萝卜。我也没有鸡肉,因此改用排骨。其实,材料嘛,不一定要跟得紧紧的,有时要变通一下。所谓“穷则变,变则通”。我不想吃饭,就煮了一些虾子面来配咖喱排骨。这就是我“变”出来的晚餐!请享用! :-)


19.3.11

好久没更新我网上的“家”了。唉!只怪自己懒散,又疏于玩烘焙,因此没东西可上载。但是哦,我喜欢上“五月天”咧!这个乐团的歌曲蛮有趣的,有些歌听了会让人心情好转呢!就上载一些他们的MV在这里与大家分享吧!

4.3.11

摩摩查查 Bo Bo Cha Cha

Its been quite sometime since I made my last Bo Bo Cha Cha.  Today, armed with a packet of pre-cut sweet potatoe & taro, I went ahead to made this dessert, knowing well the calories that will be consumed by body ... Nonetheless, the craving inside of me "motivates" me to go on. Without turning back, I went ahead, just like an army going to war without the fear, Just Do It!


Tada!! Here's my Bo Bo Cha Cha :-)   The smell and the taste of this dessert make me feel like dancing Cha Cha ... One Two Cha Cha Cha, Three Four Cha Cha Cha ... Come let's dance Cha Cha!!


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