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 :)

The Tale of the Three Pies

October 28th, 2013

Hubby turned… errrrmmm… a year older today… so Little Bee and I (mostly I) decided to make his favourite food… PIE. It’s just a simple beef and carrot pie, not that hubby cared as long as it’s PIE!


Yes, there were three pies… what the picture does not seem to show is that there are three sizes… a small pie dish for Little Bee, a medium pie dish for Mama Bee and the big pie dish for hub-bee! A bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears only with pie :)

Oh… we also made cherry madeira cake as it is hubby’s favourite cake :)

cherry madeira cake

Iftar 28 Ramadan 1434 – Daging Masak Kicap

August 6th, 2013

daging masak kicap

OK I might be cheating a bit here as I did previously make ayam masak kicap, but… in my defence, that is counted as a totally separate dish as it is made with chicken and tonight’s dish is made out of beef ;)

So, tonight we have daging masak kicap, choi sum in oyster sauce, Japanese omelette, choi sum in oyster sauce and serunding ayam… oh… and tempeh goreng, which I air fried yesterday to prepare for sambal goreng for Eid.

Iftar 18 Ramadan 1434 – Cottage Pie

July 27th, 2013

After not cooking on Friday, I think I have a bit of a cookery block! I really have no idea what to cook this weekend. I do usually do a meal plan for the week but, ehem! laziness came upon me and I didn’t this week. This is not good as it means that I don’t have a shopping list and buy things that I really don’t need, which is not good for the health of my purse, and may lead to food wastage.

Anyway, yesterday Little Bee and I went to the butcher and I bought 500g mince, a whole chicken and Little Bee insisted on lamb chops. That will cover food for three days and I need to sit down and do a meal planner for next week.

cottage pie

With the beef mince, I made cottage pie. Hubby was happy as he likes pie and I was happy as Little Bee finished her dinner without any complaints… well… she wanted lamb chops, so, I promised her that we’ll have lamb chops tomorrow night.

cottage pie

Iftar 16 Ramadan 1434 – Asam Pedas Sotong and Daging Masak Hitam

July 25th, 2013

I can’t believe that it’s passed the half way mark of Ramadan. In about two weeks it will be the month of Syawal. It has been hard this year as this is the longest that I’ve fasted, as it 18 hours a day, but Alhamdulillah it’s going well.

Anyway, for iftar tonight… I forgot a couple of month ago when I went to Hoo Hing (a Chinese supermarket) I bought a bag of frozen squids. I was wondering what to make with the prawns that I bought yesterday when I suddenly remembered the squids. Well… a few months back I also bought the daun kesum plant (Vietnamese coriander)… so there was only one dish that came to my mind, asam pedas.

asam pedas sotong

Asam = Sour

Pedas = Hot… as in spicy

I didn’t have bunga kantan (banana flower) but hey… that’s fine.

Hubby doesn’t like seafood, so I also made daging masak hitam (beef cooked in dark sauce).

daging masak hitam

With the beef, squid, vegetable, eggs and rice, it felt like a proper Malaysian meal as we usually have a meat dish, a seafood dish, a vegetable dish and rice on the table at meal time back home :)

beef, seafood, vege

Iftar 15 Ramadan 1434 – Roti John

July 24th, 2013

roti john

I bought some mince beef a couple of days ago and thought I’d just make some bolognese sauce with it… but then someone I know put up a photo of her mince prepared for ‘roti john’. I was like ‘YES!’ I haven’t had roti john for ages.

What is roti john you ask? Well Wikipedia has an explanation here.

Such a simple food… such filling food!

I remember mom made them with baguettes… but I just got some finger buns for tonight and topped it with cucumber and mayonnaise.

roti john

Iftar 1 Ramadan 1434 – Beef Hainanese Noodles with Egg

July 10th, 2013

hainanese noodles with egg

It’s the first day of Ramadan and Alhamdulillah I was lucky to be able to observe the first day of fasting.

For the first iftar (breaking of fast), I made beef Hainanese noodles with egg. I’ve put up the recipe before here, but this time I decided to make it with beef instead of prawns and fish cake.

When I woke up for my sahur (meal before start of fasting) I put in sliced beef with 2 tbsp of soy sauce and 1tbsp corn flour in a bowl, cover and left it in the fridge to marinate so when I came back from work I can just start cooking :). I didn’t have pak choi and used carrots and baby corn instead. And the other difference is that I added the beef after I poured the sauce. The corn flour will thicken the sauce so use two times more water than the original recipe.

Bubur Ashura Johor

November 24th, 2012

Bubur Ashura Johor

Today is 10 Muharram. I’ve been reminding myself that today will be 10 Muharram the whole week… but come the day, I totally forgot about it and did not fast. It’s like last week when I went for a blood test and kept reminding myself not to eat anything until I had given my blood… what did I do? Woke up and had coffee… with milk.

I digress…

10 Muharram is a very important date for all Muslims and as stated on the website of the Islamic Centre in Leicester:

Ashura day is the 10th day or Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar). Since the beginning of this world, Ashura day has been a very important day. On this day great signs of Allah’s power and glory have appeared in the world. On this day many Prophets were born and they were instituted to the office of prophecy. On this day, Prophets, Saints and Sincere servants of Allah were blessed with miracles and spiritual powers.

On Ashura Day the following have taken place:

1. Repentance of Prophet Adam (Allah’s blessing be upon him) was accepted by Allah

2. The ship of Prophet Nuh (Noah) (Allah’s blessing be upon him) came to rest on a mountain called Al-Judi.

3. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was born on this day.

4. He got the title Khalil-ullah (friend of Allah) on this day.

5. The fire in which Prophet Ibrahim (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was thrown by the kingNamrud become cool and means of safety for Prophet Ibrahim, by the order of Allah.

6. Allah delivered Prophet Ayub (Job) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) from distress and he was restored to prosperity.

7. By the Grace of Allah, Prophet Yunas (Jonah) (Allah’s blessings be upon him), after being swallowed by a huge fish (whale) for forty days, was casted out on the shore.

8. Prophet Mussa (Moses) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) got victory over Pharaoh.

9. Prophet Suleman (Solomon) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was made a king to rule over mankind, Jins, Animals and the air.

10. Prophet Idris (Enoch) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) and Prophet Issa (Jesus) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) were lifted up alive.

11. Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of our beloved Prophet, got martyred at Karbala in Iraq.

12. The day of resurrection and judgement will take place on this day (Ashura)

As said on point 2, when Prophet Noah’s ark came to a rest at Mount Al-Judi, a meal was prepared and this meal was Bubur Ashura.

Each State in Malaysia has its own version of bubur Ashura; it’s sweet in most Northern State and from my State of Johor, it is savoury… and being a Johorean, I prefer the savoury version. It is also known as bubur lambok. What ever it may be or called or for, it is yummy and filling.


1 large onion
1 garlic cloves
3cm fresh ginger
1tbsp ghee
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 cardamom
5 cloves
1tbsp curry powder
300g minced beef
1 cup rice
1 large carrot, diced
1 medium potato, diced
Handful of green beans, chopped
salt to taste
250ml coconut milk

  1. Mince the onion, garlic and ginger and put to the side
  2. Place a pan on medium heat and heat the ghee. Add cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and cloves and fry for a minute before adding the mince onion, garlic and ginger and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the curry powder and minced beef. Mix well and add the rice and water (I used about 750ml). Bring it to a boil, add the diced carrot and potato and chopped green beans, cover and simmer. Stir every few minutes and make sure that it does not dry up.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, add a bit of salt and the coconut milk. Stir and bring it back to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until carrot and potato are cook. Again make sure that you add more water when needed.

Most recipes have pulses in it like lentil or chick peas. I prefer it without.

And that is it. I serve mine with thinly sliced omelette and chopped coriander leaves.

Ginger Meat Man

April 1st, 2012

We went to the 14th Kite Festival over at Streatham Common today. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day… but there was no wind really, so, it was kind of a non-event kite wise while we were there but it was still a nice couple of hours in the park and Little Bee enjoyed running around :)

And she also enjoyed the lunch I made for her, basic meat soboro with simple natural orange coloured rice. Both recipes is my take from

soboro man

For the meat soboro, I omitted sake as I do not use alcohol in my cooking.


2 spring onions
1 clove garlic
2 inch ginger
2tbsp vegetable oil
500g lean minced beef
1tbsp brown sugar
2tbsp dark soy sauce
2tbsp oyster sauce

  • Put the spring onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor and blitz them fine. Heat the oil and add the chopped spring onions, garlic and ginger. Fry for a minute.
  • Brown the beef. Add the sugar, stir until the mixture slightly caramelized.
  • Add soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir and simmer until the liquid almost evaporate.
I then cool the beef and store half in the fridge, the other half I freeze it for future use.

For this lunch box, I used a gingerbread man cookie cutter to get the gingerbread man effect :) First I put a layer of rice at the bottom of the food box, even it down and place the cookie cutter on top of it. I fill the cookie cutter with the soboro and then rice around the cookie cutter. Even everything down and carefully take the cookie cutter out. Then I put two grain of rice for eyes :)

I also prepared a little snack box for Little Bee of carrots (cut into stars and flowers) and a vegetarian frankfurter (stamped to look like a fish :))

fish stamped vege frankfurter