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Sunday, 4 June 2017


Fruit yeast starter 
an alternative natural leavening for bread
other than Sourdough.

With the guidance of members 
Fermenting And Baking With Wild Yeast Water
I have successfully produced an active apple yeast water
which I gladly share here.

Apple Yeast Water
2 apples, chopped or grated (better with skin on)
500ml water
4 tsp raw cane sugar
 Active Apple Yeast water on the 3rd day

1st fermentation with Bread flour

1. mix all ingredients & give it a good shake
2. cover & leave aside to ferment
3. next day, open the cover to let gas out, shake the bottle at least twice a day
4. repeat (3) for 2nd, 3rd & 4th day until you see a lot of bubbles
5. take out 100ml apple yeast water, mix with 100g bread flour, stir vigorously
    and leave aside until double in volume
6. once double, remove 1/2 & feed the remaining with 100ml apple yeast water
    & 100g bread flour. Leave aside to ferment until double before using as 
    leavening for bread

I used this natural leavening for a soft loaf, 
referring to Adelinealy's Grape Yeast starter soft Milk Loaf

Apple Yeast Starter Soft Milk Loaf
a) 250g HP flour
    50g AP flour
    40g thickened cream/yoghurt/whipping cream
    40g milk 
    1 egg
    6 Tbsp apple yeast water
    100g active apple yeast starter from above
    2 Tbsp milk powder

B) 1/4 tsp salt
     35g butter

Day 1
1. mix (A) in a bread machine, dough cycle 30min
2. 1/2 way, add salt & butter
3. transfer to a greased container to proof at RT 60min, snf 2 times
    @ 30min interval
4. retard in fridge for 12 hours

Day 2
5. thaw at RT 2 hrs, snf 2X @ 30min interval
6. preshape & rest 15min
7. Shape & FP 2 hrs @ RT
8. do a finger test, score loaf & bake covered for 25min @ 200'C
9. remove lid & bake @ 175'C for another 25min
10. Tent loaf if it turns too dark

for same day bake, I jump from No.3 to 6


Sunday, 28 May 2017


This recipe is shared by Heng C Chuan

Sourdough Kefir Loaf
250g bread flour
125g sourdough starter fed with kefir water
6g salt
35g sugar
20g milk powder
35g butter
120g kefir water, adjust accordingly

Day 1
1. mix in bread machine until a smooth dough is formed
2. leave at room temperature to proof until double
3. cold retard in fridge overnight 24 hours

Day 2
4. shape into a loaf, let rise 3-4 hours until double
5. bake @180'C for 45-50min


There are times 
when you suddenly remember you need a bread 
but you are too busy to be 
waiting around to do the slap and fold

Teresa L Greenway
from Northwestsourdough.com
has this super easy recipe to share
which she fondly calls
Walking Sourdough Bread

It may not be as holey
it is well risen 

Walking Sourdough Bread
55g Sourdough
125g water
175g bread flour
25g whole wheat flour  
4g salt

Day 1
1. mix all ingredients, cover & chuck into fridge for 24 hours

2. shape into a boule & put into a banneton to proof 3.5 hrs
3. bake @250'C, covered, for 25min
4. open the cover, remove parchment 
5. continue baking @220'C for another 15min            

Friday, 26 May 2017


many will shy away 
because it is a tedious long hour cooking dish

Yet, it is loved by many.

I have this recipe shared by my Malay colleague, Mai
It is her mom's no fuss recipe

Mai's Easy Rendang Ayam
A) 1/4 chicken, chopped into bite size

B) 2 slices ginger
     2 slices galangal
     5 shallots
     10 dried chili, remove seed & soak in hot water
C) 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
     1 pc dried tamarind slice (assam keping)
     1 lemon grass, smashed
     50ml coconut milk
     1-2 Tbsp grated coconut
     1/2 daun kunyit (turmeric leaf), shredded
      salt & sugar to taste

1. blend ingredients (B), no need to be very fine
2. marinate chicken pieces with blended (B) in a stewing pot
3. add turmeric powder, tamarind, lemon grass, grated coconut, mix well
4. add coconut milk & cook in Low fire, stirring often (add more water if necessary)
5. when chicken is soft, add turmeric leaves, salt & sugar to taste.
6. Enjoy

Important Note:
She says if you use packet coconut milk, you need to fry (B) with 2 Tbsp oil
in a wok before adding the rest of the ingredients. This is because oil has been
removed from packet santan! 


Jesus is our Healer
He is the great Physician
Nothing He cannot do
Call on His name and He will hear you from Heaven

God never slumber
He is never too far away
He is waiting with outstretched arms
Call out to Him and He will be right there for you. 

Trust Him, 
Our father in Heaven
His great love for us never ceases
His mercy endures forever

My friend, Melissa Ho has this testimony to share
looking back the route that she has gone through
cannot help but giving Thanks and Praises to 
The Almighty God of Heaven and Earth

Putting her whole trust in God has brought her Peace, Love and Hope
God's unfailing love has restored for her
A life that is meant for her
Knowing God is so wonderful

Good evening all,

My name is Melissa. 11th June, 2016 was an important and memorable date as this was the day that I got baptized in the church.  On that day I became a daughter of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ.  And this was witnessed by all my brothers & sisters in Christ.  As the Pastor was praying over me in the Name of the Father, Son & the Holy Spirit, I was overcome by the love of God.  I feel the presence of the spirit from my head to toe. And I felt such joy that I have never felt before and deep in my heart I felt a sense of liberty.  I quietly told the Lord this ‘O, Lord I am thankful for your saviour and setting me free from sin, suffering and bondages, and for making me a brand new person.  I am willing to follow you, to serve you and to glorify your name with my life.

I remember being in church for the first time back in 1995.  It was when I first went to America to visit my brother.  I followed him to church one Sunday.  I felt peace and calmness the moment I stepped into the church.  And the church members were very friendly which made me feel loved.  At that time, listening to the sermon was like listening to a story; very interesting.  That was my first encounter with Jesus.  After that, my brother keeps sharing the word of God with me.  Very quickly, 3 weeks of holidays had ended.  After I came back home, due to my family and work commitment, I stopped attending church.  It was until the year 2000 that I visited my brother again in USA together with my parents to attend his wedding that I stepped into a church again.

In 2003, my brother came back for a visit.  As he came to my house and saw idols, he asked me why I was still worshipping those.  I kept quiet but in my heart I was wondering how come my brother was condemning other people’s religion?  After that incident, it had caused me to dislike Christianity and I had no interest in Christianity or getting to know God.

I had a failed marriage which caused me a lot of suffering and torment.  I had many emotional breakdowns. I cried every day.  I couldn’t concentrate on my job, couldn’t sleep at night.  I even thought of ending my life.  As a result, I suffered from various illnesses.  I needed to get my life back and so I asked for a divorce.  It was a rough journey but eventually me and my unfaithful husband separated.  I was devastated and fell into depression and developed auto-immune disease.  All these health issue caused me even more anxiety and heartache.

After giving birth to my daughter in 1997, I was terribly anemic and was suspected of having thalassemia.  I had to go through some blood tests.  But, since I have very low hemoglobin and also having jaundice, thus unable to proceed with the blood tests. I was on medication for 6 months but only barely managed to sustain to go for blood tests.  The medical report showed that it wasn’t thalassemia but I had a severe iron deficiency.  Only 0.2mcg of iron left in my body which means I could die anytime.  The doctor recommended blood transfusion but I refused, not wanting other people’s blood in me.  I was really unaware that my life was at risk.  After many years of treatment, that wasn’t much improvement.  Until 2006, the doctor found some suitable medications for me.  After consuming it for few months, my hemoglobin shot up.  Oh! I was so happy! At that time although I was still a Buddhist but my thought was that it was God that saved me and he used the doctors to heal me.  Praise God.

So in 2006, I underwent a few operations.  And one of them was to remove an ovarian fibroid.  After that, I bought a health insurance policy but it excluded the coverage for my uterus.  Now, it has been 10 years since the operation and my gynecologist said I am doing well.  Then I did an extensive medical check-up in April 2016 and showed and submitted the result to my insurer.  I requested that they waive the exclusion in the coverage of my uterus.  In August that same year, my insurer informed me that the company has approved my application.  Now, I have full coverage on my healthcare.  I am thankful that God heard and answered my prayers.  One by one God has granted answers to my prayers.  This is my first gift from God after my water baptism.  I am grateful to God for His protection and care.

Before coming to God, I was a pessimist, full of fear and guilt, feeling hopeless and restless.  I would suddenly burst into tears and overcame by my anxiety.  This was the work of the enemy.  One week before my water baptism, I removed all idols from my home and I felt the peace of God fill my heart.  I was free from worries and pain.

The difference before and after my baptism is this:-
Now in my everyday life, I have peace, joy and hope for my future.  Even my colleagues see the change in me.  Now I know that God holds everything in his hands.  Even when there is trouble, I can surrender it to God as I know we have limits to what we can do.  I also understand that God has different ways and means for each one of us to come to know Him.  I can feel God’s love for me eventhough I am a sinner.  I can feel the faith and strength that God has given me.

Thank you all for allowing me to share my testimony with you.


我叫丽琴。你们也可以叫我Melissa.  2016611日这重要的日子里,我就在我一直想到的桂和园卫理教会受洗;成为上帝的儿女,主耶稣的门徒。我亲爱的女儿以及众多的主内弟兄姐妹一起见证了这时刻。当牧师奉圣父,圣子,圣灵的名为我施洗时,主的爱、神的灵立刻充满了我。从未有过的喜乐和释放从我内心涌流。我轻轻地对主说:主啊!我感谢你救我脱离罪恶,脱离苦难和捆绑而成为一个新造的人。我愿一生一世跟随你、侍奉你、荣耀你!








Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Curry Chicken 
is a versatile one bowl dish

You can either serve with rice,
soft bread, crusty bread or flat bread.

If cannot finish the same day
you can serve as a sauce for boiled noodles, beehoon or spaghetti
and still taste yummy!

My mom does not like spicy food.
She only likes the curry chicken that she cooks
because it is less spicy
with the minimum spices
and to top it all, 
easy to cook!

If you are interested
this is her version of curry chicken which I fondly call
Easy Mummy's Curry Chicken.

It is really easy!

Easy Mummy's Curry Chicken
(A) 1/2 chicken, chop into bite size
       2 potatoes, cut in wedges

(B) 5 garlic
      10 shallots
      20 dried chili, remove seeds & soak in hot water to soften

(C) add some water to make a paste
      3-4 Tbsp curry powder
      1/2 tsp turmeric powder
(D) 4-5 Tbsp cooking oil
      2 lemon grass, smashed
      1-2 cup water
      some curry leaves
     100g coconut milk
      salt & sugar to taste

1) blend (B) garlic, shallots & chili until fine
2) heat oil in a kuali, turn heat down to low and add (B) to fry until fragrant
3) add curry powder paste & lemon grass, fry until red oil has surfaced
4) add chicken, potato & curry leaves, and continue frying
5) add water to cook until chicken is tender
6) add coconut milk, salt & sugar to taste
7) serve

Mom's Notes to me:
1. Do not be stingy with oil, curry gets its colour from oil
2. always use LOW heat to fry chili paste until fragrant
2. must fry until the oil separates from the paste, no short cut!

Monday, 22 May 2017


Sourdough Soft White Bread

Sourdough Soft White Bread
75g sourdough
220g bread flour (can replace 1/2 with plain flour)
25g sugar
25g butter
1 egg (45g)
3g salt
15g milk powder
90g milk

Day 1
1. mix in bread machine for 10min, let rise 2 hours
2. put in fridge overnight
Day 2
3. take out from fridge, divide & rest 15min, 
4. shape & let rise at room temperature until double
5. bake in preheated oven 180'C for 40-45min
6. brush top with butter when warm


Recipe adapted from http://mymindpatch.blogspot.my

Sourdough Raisin Bread
309g bread flout
24g milk powder
28g raw sugar
1 tsp salt
30g butter
28g egg
110g sourdough
180g water

a handful of raisins

1. all ingredients into bread machine, knead for 10min.
    1/2 way, add raisins. Leave to rise until double.
2. divide dough into 3 portions, preshape & let rise 10min
3. shape each ball as a Swiss roll. put into a bread pan.
4. allow to proof until double, do a poke test to confirm if ready
5. mist bread & bake in preheated oven @ 200'C for 40min


are chewy buns with toppings
of seeds, nuts or plain
can be served with cheese spread, butter or peanut butter

Sourdough Bagels
(makes 6)
200g sourdough starter
75g water
275g bread flour
19g oil
13g brown sugar
7.5g salt

Day 1
1. put all ingredients into Bread machine, knead for 8-10 minutes.
    leave to rise for 3-4 hours
2. divide into 100g portions, preshape into balls, leave for 15min
3. shape into bagels, retard in fridge overnight
Day 2
4. take out bagels from the fridge
5. boil water in a shallow pan, add a handful of brown sugar
6. put 3 bagels into the boiling water, let boil 3 sec, turn & cook total time 1 min
7. remove bagels, put on a lined tray. add topping
8. bake in preheated oven 200'C for 20min until brown

Friday, 19 May 2017


Lizhi Rou
a traditional dish in Fujian province
 loved by the Fuzhou people

In Fuzhou, Lizhi Rou is presented in various forms,
basically these are pork meat balls
 in Sweet and sour sauce.

To make the meat balls look like Lychee
the pork is not minced
 cut into small pieces
 create the uneven sides when fried,
 in appearance to lychee skin

This dish is bright red in colour.
It gets its colour from their signature, traditional rice wine lees or residue.

To let people know that it is Lizhi Rou
Some lychees are used to decorate the sides of the dish
stir in canned lychee before dishing up
(make sure not all the lychee get the red colour)

Until now
I am sure you know how to prepare this dish

Marinate pork pieces with fish sauce, sugar, pepper & salt
not forgetting the most important ingredient,
Wine Lees

Tapioca flour or corn flour
together with beaten egg is used to bind the small pieces of pork
to make into balls

These meat balls are then deep fried
then cooked in Sweet & sour sauce