Sausages, Sausage Rolls, Gyoza

February 16th, 2014


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 :)


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.

Eid Might be Tomorrow Take 2 – Iftar 29 Ramadan 1434 – Rendang Ayam and Nasi Himpit

August 7th, 2013

Since Eid might be tomorrow, I thought I’d make something to mark the occasion. So tonight, we will be having rendang ayam (chicken rendang) and nasi himpit (squashed rice).

rendang ayam

Rendang Ayam

nasi himpit

Nasi Himpit


These are currently cooking on the stove.

Yes, I’m still on panic mode!!!! So, I thought I’d better post now as I don’t know when I’d calm down for a proper post!

Iftar 24 Ramadan 1434 – Lemon Chicken and Green Beans with Egg

August 2nd, 2013

lemon chicken and beans with egg

Little Bee really enjoyed the Bear Hunt… and enjoyed her little lunchbox by Leicester Square. By the time we got back, I was just soooooooo tired. There was a point that I thought I might just drift to sleep…

No, I couldn’t. Little Bee and hubby needed dinner… and I felt like eating rice. Yes, I’ve been here for more than 20 years but rice is still my staple diet.

We stopped at the butcher’s on the way back… actually we stopped at the butcher’s on the way into town and he gave Little Bee a box of drink! Little Bee was like ‘don’t we have to pay?’ but it was a gift from the butcher. She is loved by everyone she meets and made friends with.

Anyway… so I bought some chicken and there’s always eggs (I cannot not have eggs in the house) and vegetable in the house. A nice rounded meal… only the lemon sauce was a bit sour and Little Bee didn’t like it this time :( My fault… didn’t follow my recipe here to the T.

She complained the green beans was salty… but when I broke my fast… it wasn’t salty at all! I knew she was trying to get out of eating her vegetables! KIDS!

Iftar 23 Ramadan 1434 – Chicken Pasta Soup

August 2nd, 2013

pasta chicken soup

Today has been the hardest. I think the lack of sleep finally, really, caught up and I didn’t get up for sahur (last meal before fasting). My alarm must have rang and I must have just switched it off and continued sleeping. I woke up just after 4am when usually I’d be up at 2am.

Today is also meant to be hot, hot, hot… and I didn’t drink enough last night after breaking my fast as I was just so tired and after solat (prayers) I just thought I’ll just drink gallons of water during sahur… which of course didn’t happen.

But I got up at 4am to put all the ingredients for tonight’s iftar in the slow cooker. It’s a hot day and I decided to make soup. No… my brain is not functioning properly at the moment.

Anyway, Little Bee has decided that she does not like macaroni and have asked me to get some twirly pasta instead. So even though the recipe that I found here listed out macaroni, this is actually my adapted version… so no macaroni, yes to ginger and baby corn and oyster mushroom :) Oh… there’s no oyster mushroom in this photo as it’s Little Bee’s bowl and she doesn’t like mushroom… YET!

Iftar 20 Ramadan 1434 – Roast Chicken

July 29th, 2013

roast chicken

I used to think that making a roast meal is the hardest thing to do. It’s time consuming, as in you wait for a a couple of hours (depending on the weight) for the meat/chicken to cook but seriously, it can’t be any easier. All I have to do is just bang it in the oven and take it out again when it’s ready.

But in this instance I used the slow cooker. So I just left it in the slow cooker on low for the whole day and just get on with the day.

Yes, preparing the vegetables can be more stressing as you want to make sure that all of them are ready at the same time but have different cooking time but really… if I just serve it with potatoes and carrots and butternut squash, there is a very nos-stressful way. First put the butternut squash in the oven for 40 minutes and 20 minutes later put the potatoes in the airfryer for 20 minutes and 5 minutes after that boil the carrots and all the vegetables will be ready at the same time!

Even if I do make brussel sprouts, which is yummy and I don’t care what anyone says, it is still just boiling it. And the secret to a good brussel sprout is not to over boil it! Which a lot of people tend to do and that then makes it not so nice. Just keep it crunchy. But I don’t have brussel sprouts today so I shouldn’t really talk about it.

Preparing for Eid – The Serunding Ayam Trial

July 26th, 2013

I saw a picture on FB of someone receiving a parcel from home which included serunding.

My mom posted me some serunding a few years back but I asked her not to do it anymore as the postage cost was so high. But now that I’ve seen the picture of a packet of serunding, well, I WANT SOME. So, what do I usually do when I want something that is not easily available? That’s right, I just have to make it myself.

serunding ayam

So this is my first ever serunding and I think next time, I will make it when I’m not fasting so I could do some taste tests as I don’t think I put enough of everything in it. Well, once I perfected the recipe, I guess I can make it again when I’m fasting as I will have the recipe in hand… but then I’m also Malaysian where most of the ingredient measurement is agak-agak (about right) or secukup rasa (to taste) rather than exact gram/tbsp etc.

Anyway, I’m still ‘drying’ it up. The dryer the serunding the longer I can keep it. So when I get up again later, I will be turning on the hob at the lowest setting and keep ‘drying’ and occasionally stirring it.

My serunding is OK but  I’m not sure of the taste as I usually have serunding daging (beef) rather than ayam (chicken).  It’s still nice having it with rice… and for Eid, it will be nice to have it with nasi himpit ;)

Iftar 14 Ramadan 1434 – Ayam Masak Kicap

July 23rd, 2013

ayam masak kicap

Apparently it rained last night, but when I woke up for my sahur, there was no coolness that followed the rain but it was hot and humid and I was sweating as I did the dishes and cooking.

I made the ayam masak kicap (chicken cooked in soy sauce) when I got up for sahur in the morning. With this done, all I have to do when I get home from work and picking up Little Bee from nursery, is the non-time consuming stuff like cooking the rice, egg and simple vegetable, and of course heating up the chicken.

Iftar 13 Ramadan 1434 – Creamy Pasta

July 22nd, 2013

creamy pasta

This is my lazy dish. The easiest thing to cook which will definitely fill up the tummy. All you need is pasta, chicken frankfurters, turkey rashers, cream, a cube of vegetable stock and sprigs of rosemary. In the pot… stir… ready.

I was too tired today. I was asleep from Moorgate almost all the way home. Had to force myself to stay awake just one stop away! It was hard.

It must be the heat! It was so hot today… 33.5C at Heathrow, so they say… and the thunderstorm that I hoped for did not emerge. Maybe it will make an appearance tomorrow.

The tiredness, the heat, the difficulty breathing (almost had to break my fast) made me cook my lazy dish. But it’s OK… it’s one of Little Bee’s favourite so no complaints :)

Iftar 9 Ramadan 1434 – Nasi Goreng

July 18th, 2013

nasi goreng

Hubby mentioned my name in a conversation on G+ and the person was thinking of making nasi goreng… not with rice but noodles! Well, hubby rightly pointed out that he can’t make nasi goreng with noodles.

Nasi = (cooked) Rice (as opposed to Beras = (uncooked) Rice)

Noodles = Mee

So, if he is going to make it with noodles, it will be mee goreng :)

The funny thing is, I was thinking of nasi goreng for iftar.

People in Malaysia tend to make nasi goreng if there’s left over rice from the main meal, so the next day for breakfast, there will be nasi goreng. At least that’s what my mom used to do when we were kids. I loved and still love it as it is a very simple and filling dish… and you can use up all the left over. As long as you fry them up together… it’s nasi goreng… literally translated fried rice. :)

Nasi goreng, a simple dish… a yummy dish.