Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baking Day again

I really enjoyed baking and cooking today! No schedule - do as I please.

Plain Porridge is good for a change

Made some porridge from parboiled rice - its fat and grainy. Just boil half a cup of raw rice grains in 4 to 5 cups water. Add more water if it is too thick. Sprinkle a few drops of oil, pepper and little salt. Serve with fried fish or small anchovies and fried tempeh. To make it more filling make an egg omelette with baby tomatoes, onion, coriander leaves and spring onions. That's easy enough to fry the condiments, especially with my little green pan.

Chicken Dinner - quick and easy!

Tonight I made Chinese style chicken marinated in little organic soy sauce, pounded ginger and garlic. Just pan fry it with very little oil in the green pan or non stick pan. Do not use non stick pan if the Teflon coating is damaged or scratched.

Decided to make some Thai Tom Yam chicken soup with lemon grass and broccoli. Seems like a lot of cooking? Well, I had been rather busy so I just make more of it to stretch to the next day. Just add fresh salad or a simple soup for variety.

Ate out last night. Pepperoni pizza and sphagetti. Really nice, at Satay vs Pizza, in USJ Taipan.

Chocolate Cakes

The bell just rang. My chocolate cakes are ready. Mmmm... my customers just love chocolate cakes! Also made 2 buttercakes this morning - the whole house smells of cakes!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tasty Baked Chicken for Dinner

Quick Tasty Chicken Dish

Made a quick chicken dish today. Used an antibiotic free chicken, medium sized.

How To:

Split the chicken open by cutting through the breast bone. Open and press it flat for even baking. It can also be cut up in large pieces.

Cut a large carrot, half a turnip, 1 large potato, 1 green and 1 red capsicum.
Chop 1 or 2 large onions.
Crush 2 - 3 pips of crushed garlic
Cut up 2 - 3 red tomatoes.

Use any vegetables that can soften easily but onions, carrots and tomatoes make the dish rich and flavourful.

Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoonsful of curry power liberally all over chicken and sprinkle enough rock salt to cover top of chicken. It won't be hot as I did not add extra chilli powder or dry chilies.

Rub the seasoning all over the chicken . You may have to add more liquid if your pot is large. More liquid can be added for some gravy but the flavour will be diluted.
1 or 2 tablespoons olive oil can be added for flavour.

Seasonings : curry powder, white pepper, salt

Place the vegetables at the bottom of the heavy pot and add around half or more cup of water. Now place the 'flattened' chicken on top of the vegetables. Cover it with foil to prevent drying up and to retain the flavours.

Bake it at 180 deg C for 50 mins ( or until tender). May take over an hour if you do not split open the chicken.

Remove the foil when chicken is cooked through to brown the top.

This chicken is delicious eaten with bread, mashed potatoes or salad and soup.
Its a simple recipe that can be changed with the addition of other ingredients such as olives, herbs or some lemon juice .

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Missing Mother

Though appreciated during her lifetime, no one will know how much he or she will miss mother until its too late. Memories of all her goodness live on but there will be a part of us that's missing.

The Passing of a Courageous Woman

Three months ago my own mother departed after an intense struggle of 3 weeks in the hospital. When we are ill we can only do what we can to get well - see the doctor, look for alternative medicine, exercise, change our diet etc. Always remember the power of prayer and supplication.

Allah Knows Best

The day we leave this worldly life has already been predetermined by Allah SWT. We don't know when but we have to try our best to take care of ourselves. After all the effort we leave everything in the hands of Allah SWT. He knows best.

Willed Herself to Walk Again

She had stroke a few years ago and had been ill with all sorts of pain, diabetes and high blood pressure. She was half paralysed but willed herself to walk again. She refused to lie down and disliked being dependant.

Productive at Any Age

She would cook for the family even though she did not have to. And even help do the dishes and sold her own baked cookies to raise money for charity and gifts.

Talented and Generous

Mother was a creative cook and loved drawing, sewing and embroidery. Her drawings hang in the homes of some special people and many enjoy her cross stitch bags and purses. I'm proud to have a mom like her and I miss her so very much.

How Good is Our Relationship?

We may have a good relationship with our parents but there will always be so many unspoken words - of saying sorry, of telling them how much they mean to us.

Remember the many years where they took care of us and sacrificed their wealth, rest and their own comfort to raise and guide us.

Mother's Day and Father's Day

King and Queen for a Day - once a year. Does that make sense?

Don't you agree that Mother's Day and Father's Day should be everyday? Why wait for the next year to tell her how special they are to us and how much we love them.


Pick up the phone and call home.