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Yoyo Biscuits

April 13th, 2014

I bought this book when the Book Club was last at Little Bee’s nursery.

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Little Bee’s been asking me to back the yoyo cookies and I’ve just been lazy. I’ve been so ill the past week and today was the first day that I felt that I could do anything… but I’m still feeling pretty awful.

Anyways…. it is from this…

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… to this…

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Success I think… and it’s pretty easy too… and Little Bee enjoyed making them and eating them!

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And when I caught her scrapping the chocolate frosting from the pan she told me ‘I’m not eating it for fun!’. Well… it must be out of necessity then.

Sashimi Feast

March 7th, 2014

Hubby reminded me that he’ll be out tonight.

So after stopping at the doctors to book an appointment, Little Bee and I went to Sainsbury and bought salmon loin and a few hours later, this is what we had for dinner :D

sushi feast

 

rice panda

 

sashimi and cucumber sushi

Sausages, Sausage Rolls, Gyoza

February 16th, 2014

I LOVE MY MINCER!!

I love the fact that I actually know what is in that mince… that bolognese sauce… that sausage casing… that sausage roll… gyoza pastry…

And today it was chicken thigh (found halal chicken thigh fillets in Sainsbury! Paid a bit more for my laziness… but sometimes… actually a lot of the time… I am very lazy), red Thai curry paste, coconut milk powder and breadcrumbs… goes into the casing and puff pastry :)

chicken red curry sausages

chicken red curry sausages

chicken red curry sausage rolls

chicken red curry sausage rolls

Oh… and the other day… I did gyoza the proper way… fried and then steamed :)

gyoza

Silly Sausage

February 12th, 2014

So… what do you do when you’re getting annoyed at work, things are just not going your way, you’re not feeling very well, you’re getting emails left, right and centre saying that everything is urgent?

You just stop… go on the internet and buy an attachment for your Kenwood Chef.

You don’t? It must just be me then.

Well… I went on the internet, got the AT950A mincer attachment with that also comes with the sausage making tube.

And then went back to facing all those things on the first paragraph.

On Friday I got some meat from the halal butcher, some casing and a couple of days later… viola!

home made beef sausages

It was sausage and mash on the menu last night :)

I didn’t really follow any recipe as I wasn’t in the right kind of mood and just threw some herbs and worcestershire sauce and can’t remember what else but it came out OK. Just don’t ask me to make the same tasting one again!

I think the next one I’ll be making will be chicken sausage with Thai red curry paste :)

Oh… actually, I also used the mincer to mince some mackerel fillets to make one of Malaysian’s favourite snack… well… mine at least… keropok lekor :)

keropok lekor

They in the freezer at the moment, waiting for the day when I will fry them… probably on Friday :)

Let’s Make Pasta

January 27th, 2014

I mentioned in a previous post that Little Bee chose a pasta maker for my Christmas present. I’ve always wanted one but was always worried about how difficult it is to make fresh pasta. I needn’t have worried. It’s not difficult at all.

OK… I have to admit that I have the help of my Kenwood Chef to do the kneading and if I had to do the kneading myself, I might be complaining ;)

All you need to make pasta (apart from the Kenwood Chef to help you knead and pasta machine) is 275g flour and 3 eggs. That is it… oh and clothes drying rack as I wasn’t prepared to buy a pasta drying rack. Just have to make sure that the clothes drying rack is cleaned before and after use ;)

Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Wrap it in cling film and let it rest for 30 minutes… and it is ready to go through the pasta making machine.

pasta machine

I tend to sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on the kitchen table to make sure in case the dough is a bit soft for the machine… plus I find that the extra flour just helps to unstick any sticky situation.

Once the pasta is hung to dry for about an hour, it’s ready for cooking.

Or leave it over night and then just put the dried pasta in a bag or container for late use. That’s what I did yesterday and this morning I just put the pasta in a food bag. The only thing is, I made it really thin and it seemed to be very brittle that some of it broke and was all over the floor. Ahhh well… I still have enough to cook maybe tomorrow or the day after :)

Trying to Make Gyoza

January 25th, 2014

A few weeks ago when we went to Hoo Hing, I decided to get some dumplings. Little Bee wanted prawn dumplings and every seafood dumpling I picked up from the frozen section had pork fat in it. I couldn’t find anything with a halal sign on it. In the end I bought a bag of vegetarian dumplings… and we’re not sure about it.

I also decided to get some gyoza pancake thinking that maybe I could try to make some myself.

A couple of weeks ago, Little Bee and I went for sushi with Alice and Little Bee really liked the vegetable gyoza.

On Friday, on the way back from Wimbledon, Little Bee and I stopped at a little sushi place by the train station and Little Bee pointed at the gyoza. 50p each! Mind you it was £2.50 for three pieces at Yo Sushi!

I saw some pictures of home made dumplings in the community that I’m in on G+ so today, I decided to get that gyoza pancake out and try to make some prawn gyoza and chicken gyoza… as hubby doesn’t like seafood.

prawn filling for gyoza

prawn filling for gyoza

prawn gyoza

prawn gyoza

prawn gyoza

Just to remind myself for when I perfect the dumpling filling, I used 6 chinese cabbage leaves (thinly sliced, in salt for 15 minutes, rinsed and squeeze the moisture out), 2 spring onions, grated ginger, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil… I think that is it and of course the prawns and chicken.

Little Bee liked them. I like them. I think hubby likes them… I sent some to him in what he calls his shed as he’s has to do some work this weekend.

End of 2013

January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year all!

We ended 2013 by trying out my Christmas present that Little Bee chose for me :)

hanging fresh pasta

 

Lovely fresh pasta to end the year…

Fail: Gingerbread House

December 24th, 2013

Hmmmmm… tried to make a gingerbread house with Little Bee. I’ve never made a gingerbread house and I’m not in the mood either but I thought it would be a nice activity with Little Bee. I know when it comes to baking I need to follow the recipe… but as I said I wasn’t in the mood.

So… it looks like a shed that’s been through a really terrible storm.

gingerbread house

But Little Bee said… Mama! The gingerbread house looks fantastic!! Never mind the roof!!

:) As long as she’s happy, then it’s mission complete!

Pizza with Prawns and Corn

December 1st, 2013

Little Bee has been so unwell this week that I haven’t really had the chance to do grocery shopping. There’s not much in the fridge or cupboard at the moment… but Little Bee refused to leave the house today.

So… I had no choice but stay in and figure out what to make for dinner… when pizza springs to mind.

And here is Little Bee’s masterpiece ready for the oven :)

prawn and sweetcorn pizza

 

And here is her masterpiece out of the oven… oh… we added some turkey rashers too :)

prawn and sweetcorn pizza with turkey rashers

Gruyere and Caramelised Onions Pull Apart Bread

November 17th, 2013

Thank you Marina for putting up the link to this recipe. I can’t say that we followed the recipe to the-T but Little Bee had fun making it… with a little help from Mama Bee ;)

Little Bee hard at work

 

dough in loaf pan

 

gruyere and caramalised onion bread

 

We had the bread with homemade tomato soup :)

tomato soup and bread