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Monday, 6 August 2018

IKAN BILIS POWDER



Ikan Bilis 
is a good source of Calcium for Bones.

The normal pratice is to boil the Ikan Bilis,
discard them afterwards
and use the water to cook porridge for the little ones.

I prefer to grind them into powder
and add to the porridge.

The steps may be long
but you are feeding the baby the whole fish without bones and head!

If you are interested,
here is the recipe:

Ikan Bilis Powder
300g ikan bilis

Method:
1. remove the head of the ikan bilis, split open and discard the centre bones & stomach
2. rinse the ikan bilis in a sieve, under running water, drained
3. using the kitchen towel to soak up as much water as possible
4. spread out on the baking sheet
5. bake in preheated oven 80-100'C for 1 hour, until dry and crispy
    - turning the ikan bilis a few times while baking.
6. let cool & blend until VERY VERY fine!
7. keep in a bottle & refrigerate until required.

Friday, 3 August 2018

GINGER MILK PUDDING


Ginger Milk Pudding
is a Hong Kong Delicacies
fondly called 
Hong Kong Style Ginger Crush Milk Curd.

If the porcelain spoon
can stay on top of the milk, you have succeeded.

Thank you Ah Chee
for your recipe and your detailed explanation.

It is indeed an easy and wonderful recipe.

Ginger Milk Pudding
1 cup full cream fresh milk (250ml)
1-1.5 large spoon old ginger juice (Bentong) use porcelain spoon used for soup
1-2 tsp sugar

1. put ginger juice in a bowl
2. heat up milk and sugar in a small pot, until bubbles appear at the sides of pot,
    making sure that it must be hot enough but not to let the milk boil!
3. Then, pour the milk into the ginger juice bowls
4. Do not stir. Let sit for few minutes to set.
    Test with a spoon. If the spoon stays on top, you have succeeded!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

LEMONGRASS CHICKEN SOUP

Lemongrass
 is said to expel wind 
it is good to the new mother 

This is usually boiled together
with smashed shallots
to enhance the effect 
and 
for added flavour 



Lemongrass Chicken Soup
1 chicken thigh, cut into bite size (or chicken bones and feet)
3 lemongrass, smashed
4 shallots, smashed

1) all ingredients into the pot
2) add enough water to cover the ingredients
3) simmer until cooked, 2-3 hours
4) serve hot

Note:
Chicken bones and feet are usually used for cooking this soup.
Whereas the meaty parts are used to cook the main course for the new mother

HERBAL DRINK FOR EYES

Eyes
nowadays need to work extra hard for us.
As such they get tired easily.
With so many electronic devices,
like handphones, tablets, laptops and desk top computers etc.
it is really taxing on our eyes!

I have consulted several
Chinese Sinseh,
and they recommended brewing a cup of this herbal drink regularly
for your eyes.

The herbs are easy to get.
If you like to give it a try, just follow the list below:



 Herbal Drink For Eyes
1 tsp Black Goji Berries 黑枸杞
6 Chrysanthemum Buds 胎菊
1 Dendrobium Nobile 石斛
2 Red Dates 紅棗

Method:
1) put Chrysanthemum, dendrobium and red dates in a cup
2) rinse the herbs by pouring boiling water over it and drain immediately
3) Pour 1 cup fresh boiling water over the herbs, cover and leave for a minute
4) rinse Black goji berries with water, drain
5) add gojiberries into the cup and steep together with the herbs for 15-20min
6) sieve and remove the herbs, drink the clear drink

Note:
If you only have some black gojiberries,
go ahead and steep one or two teaspoon of it 
with a cup of  warm water.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

MINI APPLE PIE


Apple pie 
is many people's favourite.

There are countless recipes in the web
and all claim to be the best.

I find this recipe suits my taste buds.
I like it because of its
1) buttery crust
2) not so sweet filling
3) just right spiced apple filling

If you like to try, here is the recipe:

Short Crust Pastry
135g all purpose flour, sifted
65g cold butter, cubes
1/4 tsp salt
5 Tbsp ice water (may not use up all)

1. mix together salt & flour
2. cut cold butter into the flour
3. using the tips of the fingers, rub the butter into the flour
4. when it resembles fine bread crumbs, add cold water just enough to combine
5. make into a ball, cover & refrigerate for 1 hour while preparing the filling

Apple Filling
2 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp caster sugar
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

Egg Wash
1 egg yolk + 1 tsp water

Method
1. toss all ingredients together and leave aside until required


2. roll out pastry to cut into size to line the base of the small pie dish
3. scoop filling to fill the dish
4. cut another sheet of pastry to cover the pies and press the edges together
5. make slits on the top and decorate as you wish
6. egg wash 
7. bake in preheated oven 180'C for 30-35min

APPLE WALNUT STRUDEL



Apple Strudel
are usually made with phyllo or filo dough,
which is a very thin unleaven pastry,
stacked up and brushed with butter or olive oil in between.

I make it with a short crust pastry.
Forgive me for the unsightly braids.
I need more practice to make it look better.

To begin,
I need to prepare the short crust pastry
and have it refrigerated for an hour.

Short Crust Pastry
135g all purpose flour, sifted
65g cold butter, cubed
1/4 tsp salt
5 Tbsp ice water (may not use up all)

1. mix together salt & flour
2. cut cold butter into the flour
3. using the tips of the fingers, rub the butter into the flour
4. when it resembles fine bread crumbs, add ice water just enough to combine
5. form into a ball, cover and refrigerate for an hour while preparing the filling

Filling:
2 large apple, peeled, cored & sliced thinly
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
some dried cranberries
1/4 cup walnut, toasted & chopped

Egg wash
1 egg yolk + 1 tsp water

Method:
1. toss together apple, sugar, flour, cranberries and the spices
2. leave aside until required


3. when ready to assemble, mix in walnuts
4. roll the pastry into a rectangle about 11" x 9"
5. put the filling onto the centre of the pastry, lengthwise
6. leave top & bottom 1.5", and sides 2" or more
7. make slanting slits of 1/2" apart on both sides
8. fold in the top and the bottom flap
9. fold the sides, one by one, alternating left and right to make braids
10. egg wash and bake in preheated oven 180'C for 35-40mim

Note:
This recipe is not very sweet.
If you have a sweet tooth, sift some icing sugar on the top the strudel when done.

PANCAKES

Pancakes


How about some hot Pancakes for breakfast?
I would love to have it with butter and maple syrup.

Tea time is just as good
if I can have it with some freshly cut fruits and ice creams.

Pancakes
100g self raising flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
2.5 Tbsp sugar
100g milk
1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp melted butter

1. sift together flour and baking soda
2. add salt & mix well. Leave aside
3. whisk together egg and sugar 
2. add milk and whisk until sugar dissolves
3. sift in flour and mix to form a smooth batter
4. add melted butter & mix well
5. leave aside while preparing the frying pan
6. heat up a frying pan, coat pan will a little oil 
7. pour 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot pan, allow to cook until top bubbling
8. carefully turn over and cook the other side until brown.
9. serve before it gets cold

Monday, 23 July 2018

BRAISED PEANUTS


Braised Peanuts
is usually served as an appetizer.

These peanuts are soft, tasty and has the aroma of 5 spices.

It may seem that these peanuts are not easy to soften
but with the help of the pressure cooker 
or slow cooker
the job is very much easier.

If you wish to give it a try..

Braised Peanuts
300g large peanuts with skin 

Braised Ingredients
3 Tbsp soya sauce
1 Tbsp ginger juice
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder
1/2 Tbsp sugar
a few pepper corns, smashed

1. soak peanuts for at least 6 hours
2. drain & bring to a boil with just enough water to cover the nuts 
3. when boiled, drained
4. in a slow cooker combine braise ingredients & the boiled peanuts
5. add 400-450g water (slightly over the level of peanuts) and cook until soft

GRAPEFRUIT ORANGE LEMON MARMALADE


Grapefruit Marmalade
is your choice if you want you marmalade
fruity, sweet and with a hint of bitterness.

I love its taste.

I spread it on bread and scones,
as fillings in cakes and muffins,
I even dilute it into a drink!

A warm and refreshing Grapefruit Drink!

The ingredients are simple
but you need a bit of patience to have it done.
If you are interested in this recipe...

Grapefruit Marmalade
1 large (290g) grapefruit
1 large (150g) lemon
2 (335g) oranges
450g sugar
600g water

1) wash fruits and boil whole in water in a saucepan
2) simmer uncovered for 40min, turning once or twice, until skin is soft
3) remove fruits to cool, retain the water
4) slice off rind from fruits and cut into thin  strips
5) discard the white part or pith
6) chop up the fruits, discard the seeds
7) put all fruits and rind back into the water
8) boil for 30min or until liquid is reduced to half
9) add sugar & stir over gentle heat until marmalade gels
10) test by dropping a small drop into a glass of water. 
       If the drop does not spread, it is ready.


 
   
 
   
 
   
   
 

 

 
   
Ding Mee Ling
July 27 at 7:43 AM
 
Such a delightful breakfast with your marmalade. A marvelous combination Katie Foong. Bringing Flashbacks of my late Father in law enjoying his crackers. Marmalade was one.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WARM GINGER DRINK

GINGER
works wonder in our human bodies.


It keeps the body warm
especially for:
a) ladies during confinement, after child birth
b) habitual running nose and cold
c) ladies' general health
d) remove water retention in the body

This is easy to prepare
and can be kept in the fridge for 4 weeks or more.

In the morning,
use a dry spoon, scoop 1 Table spoon of the ginger juice
into 1 cup of hot or warm water.
Add some raw sugar to taste and drink.

It will eliminate the dampness in the body.
Sugar is added to maintain the warmth in the body
so it must not be omitted.

It comes in handy 
when you need some ginger for your cooking
or when you run out of fresh old ginger,
simply scoop a teaspoon or two into whatever you are cooking.


Warm Ginger Drink

1/2 kg old bentong ginger

1) scrape the skin of the ginger, cut into small pieces
2) juice it 
3) bring the juice to a boil
4) remove from heat and allow to cool
5) pour into a glass bottle and refrigerate.

Note:
1. do not drink with honey, may cause stomach upset