Monday, July 20, 2015

Dry Pan Mee

Tried a new Pan Mee dough recipe yesterday and I loved it! Worked great with the pasta roller, it was very easy to roll out, doesn't stick to the machine at all. You know how the pan mee always clump together into a giant ball of mess when you tapao? Well, with this recipe, not a single strand of noodle got stuck together. Because of bad planning, my noodles were cooked before all the other ingredients were ready, so the noodle was sitting there for a good 30minutes, and still not one strand was clumped together!

Here're the measurements (the original recipe does not have the 1/4 tsp of salt)
400mg flour
150ml water
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt

I dumped everything into my food processor and let it run until everything comes together. Don't worry if it doesn't form a dough, mine looked like cookie crumbs. Just pour it out into a bowl and form the 'cookie crumbs' into a dough with your hands. Now, cover it up with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes, before you roll it out.

The recipe says the serving size is 3-4 serving. But it yield 5 servings, 10 if you go by Penang hawker  food serving size..  :p

For the condiments, here are the ingredients I used:
minced pork
black fungus
mushroom
shallots (actually i used yellow onion because I ran out.. turned out ok too)

seasonings:
soy sauce
dark sweet soy sauce
sesame oil


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Potted rose in edible dirt

I was just going to get dear son's daycare teachers a gift card with a stalk of rose from our garden for this year's Teacher Appreciation Day.
Then the Sunday before, I baked some strawberry mini cakes because we went strawberry picking. Got the idea to box up the mini cakes as gifts in place of gift cards instead (cheaper and cuter. score!)
Since I was too cheap to buy cupcake boxes, I turned to my trusted advisor, Google for advice. And sure enough, found a cheap and easy diy idea. Drop the cake into a clear plastic cup and wrap it up with clear goodie bag and finish it off with a pretty ribbon. Great! Just need to get the cups!
Mini strawberry cake with a stalk of rose and a little card, it is!

And somehow, somewhere along the way, it evolved into this instead..



Rose bushes in my backyard are now in bloom! I removed the thorns with scissors and smooth it out with a knife. Rinse the stalk well to remove any dirt or cobwebs. I wrapped the end of the stalk with a damp piece of cotton.


I used a piece of foil to wrap over the damp cotton and parts of the stalk, so that it won't come in contact with the edible dirt. I know we rinsed it, but still..


For the edible dirt, I just blend about 20 piece of oreos with 4oz of creme cheese. 
Now we are ready to assemble.

Mini strawberry cake is placed at the bottom of the cup.




















Then we fill the cup up with edible dirt (Dear son was already asleep when I started on this, otherwise it'd be fun to have him help spooning the dirt into the cup)























Now 'plant' the rose. Just push it down into the cup of 'dirt'. Wipe the sides of the cup with a damp kitchen towel and this potted rose is ready to be packaged



I wrapped the pot with a goodie bag and tie it up with a twist ite.
Just before we head out to school. I had dear son help with sticking the leaves which I print and cut out the night before to the goodie bag.


I was a little embarrassed to bring these in to school honestly, felt a little over the top. LOL. Bet other moms who saw would probably roll their eyes at me. But I was itching for a small project and I had fun making these.

The teachers were happy to receive these potted rose though, so I guess it was worth the slight embarrassment.

I used this recipe for my mini strawberry cakes. I would cut the sugar down to just 3/4 cup though. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup. I only used 1 cup but I still find it a little too sweet for my taste. And instead of baking them in 8 inch cake pan, I poured the mixture into muffin tins to make mini cakes. I was able to get 18 mini cakes with this recipe. I baked them at 350F for about 15 mintues.

Edible dirt
20 pieces of Oreo
4oz creme cheese

Process Oreo and creme cheese in a blender until well mixed. If you like the dirt to be chunkier, save a few oreos and only add it to the bowl later.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Vege nuggets

While I am logged in. Might as well jot down this recipe that I just tried on Monday before I forget.

Ingredients
Broccoli  - 2 cups
Cauliflower - 1 cup
Rolled Oats  - 1/3 cup
Parmesan Cheese - 1/4 cup

Steam broccoli and cauliflower until a fork can pierce the stem easily.
Process everything until fine in a food processor. You might want to process the oats first before adding the rest of the ingredients. Press into nuggets then bake at 400F, 5-10 minutes on each side until brown.

Caught with pants down

Bizarre moment..
Was browsing my FB when I noticed a shared post from a unimate. A karipap recipe. I clicked and thought the recipe looked a little familiar. Clicked on the link to the original post.

HELLLLLLLL..
(excuse me)

I didn't think anybody would actually find my blog let alone share on FB.  Scrambled to removed some of my posts which are rather stupid and gross. If anybody read those posts, I am sorry for putting you through that. LOL

Have a nice day! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 250F - 300F. Line slices of bread in single layer on a baking tray. Bake 15 minute on each side or until bread slices are crisp, it should snap when you break them. Let it cool before breaking them into small pieces and blend in a blender.
To store, place breadcrumbs in air tight container and freeze.

Baby Food: Chicken Nuggets

I've been wanting to make baby Y chicken nuggets since the last time we gave him a piece of store bought nuggets which was leftover from his birthday party and he loved it. I finally had all the ingredients needed, I was missing bread crumbs earlier. I didn't want to use store bought bread crumbs (Momzilla is strikes again!!) God knows what they put in the bread they used to make the crumbs to last so long, also, I couldn't find organic ones. This reminds me, I should also put down the instructions for making homemade breadcrumbs before I forget. 

I left the nuggets to bake for too long, the crust is a little too hard for baby Y. Hubs got to taste just one piece of the homemade nuggets, he said it taste better than store bought dino nuggets. I thought the ones I made tasted a little bland (which was intended, I prepare all of baby Y's food bland). 

Top: homemade; Bottom: store bought 

Ingredients:
0.5 lbs ground chicken breast meat
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup oatmeal (grind)
1 cup loosely packed shredded vege of choice (I put carrot)
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp shredded cheddar/parmesan cheese

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in the ingredient list in a mixing bowl. May add herbs and other seasoning to it. But 1/4 tsp of salt is all I put as I try to keep baby Y's food bland.
2. In a separate bowl (preferably a shallow bowl, easier to coat with) mix breadcrumbs with shredded cheese well. Again, feel free to add more herbs/seasonings.
3. With damp hands, make a ball with the meat mixture, flatten it and coat it with bread crumbs
4. At this point, you can either freeze them for later use or bake them to immediate consumption
    To freeze, place nuggets in a tray in the freezer for an hour. After that you can store them in a ziplock bag.
    To bake, preheat oven to 375F. Line nuggets on a buttered/oiled baking try in single later and bake for 15 minutes or so until meat is cooked. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Baby friendly meal: Spaghetti with creamy mushroom sauce


Papa and Mama's dinner : Spaghetti and sausage with creamy mushroom sauce
Baby Y's dinner : Spaghetti with creamy mushroom sauce (no sausage for baby!)

Could have made this in under 10 minutes with Campbell's cream of mushroom, but being the Momzilla that I am, I had to make it from scratch, and with natural ingredients (organic if possible!!). The sauce is under salted because I am making this for baby Y too!

It was Baby Y's first spaghetti experience. He was wary of these weird squiggly stuff at first. I was busy putting Hub's and my dinner on our plates, but Hubs said Baby Y picked them up to examine with suspicion before gingerly placing them into his mouth. It took him a while at first to figure how to fit them into his mouth, but once he does, there's no stopping him. He finished everything on his plate and had 2 helpings! Mama got her verdict! ;)


Creamy mushroom sauce 
(serves 4)
2 cups milk (a healthier choice than heavy cream, but of course a lot less creamy)
5oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp flour
1 bulb garlic (chopped)
~2 cups sliced mushroom of any kind
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat up 1-2 tbsp of olive oil and saute garlic until they are golden.
2. Add mushroom and cook until mushroom is soft.
3. Add milk and turn off heat when it comes to a boil.
4. Now, you can pour the sauce into a blender or if you have a immersion blender, even the better, and blend away!
5. Add cheese to the sauce and stir until cheese has melted.
6. If sauce is too runny, add flour to the sauce and cook until desired consistency is achieved.
7. Season with salt and pepper

Spaghetti and sausage - follow instructions on the package.
Remember to cut up baby's spaghetti before serving it to baby.