MAS Lamb Biryani

September 26th, 2013

Work is so hectic and yesterday I just had to take five minute to have a quick scroll on FB before I start pulling my hair out… and I came across this:

MAS Lamb Biryani


I can make this in 30 minutes?! That sounds easy enough.

So, I got some lamb from the butcher, rushed to pick up Little Bee from Nursery, got home and asked her to play in the front room while I got everything together, leave it simmering in the pot while I supervise her showering… viola! Dinner was ready by the time she was dressed and her hair combed.

Well done MAS! You saved me from having to think hard on what to cook last night. I would be ever so grateful if you put up another recipe today :)

Oh… the picture I quickly took last night didn’t look very appetising and would not do this recipe justice… maybe next time ;)

Photo from MAS FB page.

Iftar 27 Ramadan 1434 – Kacang Phul and Otak Otak

August 5th, 2013

Just a few more days to go and I’m really running out of ideas!! But no, I haven’t repeated myself yet ;)

kacang phul

Kacang Phul

So tonight for iftar is a dish which is only known in Johor and Singapore… the much loved kacang phul.

And as a treat… I’ve been craving for otak otak, so I made some. It’s fish flesh mixed in with spices and grilled/bbq/baked in banana leaf.

otak otak

Otak Otak

Iftar 19 Ramadan 1434 – Lamb Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach

July 28th, 2013

lamb chop

Yesterday, at the butcher, Little Bee insisted on lamb chops. I wasn’t planning on getting any so I forgot to get some off the bone meat for hubby as he refuses to eat anything on the bone. So, it was another trip to the butcher.

I just rub the meat with olive oil and bruised mint leaves, put them under the grill. The butternut squash was roasted in olive oil. The spinach was blitz in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Done.

I didn’t make any gravy as I, such a philistine, like to dip my meat in mayonnaise :D

Iftar 10 Ramadan 1434 – Lamb Meatballs

July 19th, 2013

Lack of sleep finally caught up with me!

Little Bee and I were out early today as we were meeting her friend Batman and his mom and grandparents to go to the Lido. I think some school has started their summer break and the weather at the moment is hot, hot, hot… and the last and only time I went to the Lido, there was a long queue.

Anyway, Little Bee and her friend loved their time at the Lido… but it was hot… and walk back was hard… for both of us. We had a shower to cool down… and after that I could not keep my eyes open! Little Bee was good. She looked after me and about 3pm she woke me up… went to wash her hands so she could help me cook. How could I disappoint her?

So we made meatballs :) And come dinner time for Little Bee, and iftar for me later, we had it with cous cous and sprinkled some cheese on top.

lamb meatballs

Iftar 7 Ramadan 1434 – Mee Hoon Goreng

July 16th, 2013

mee hoon goreng

I still had lots of left over meat from the roast on Sunday. OK, lamb is not traditionally part of the ingredients for fried vermicelli noodle but I’m not going to waste any food for the sake of a recipe. So instead of fresh chicken or beef or prawn, it will just have to be left over lamb.

I wanted to prepare the ingredients after sahur (last meal before fasting) but Little Bee woke up and came looking for me and told me that I need to come with her and sleep, so it was rush, rush, rush when we came back this afternoon. But at least I had a bit more sleep than yesterday and feel a bit more human today. Thanks Little Bee for looking after mama.

Anyway… I think the dish turned out OK. It filled me up and it fed my family and no meat was wasted :D

Iftar 6 Ramadan 1434 – Lamb Curry

July 15th, 2013

lamb curry with roti canai

I couldn’t sleep after sahur, so I made lamb curry for tonight’s iftar. Well, I was planning to make it after sahur anyway so I should really say after making the lamb curry, I did a bit of ironing, washing up and crocheting… but they don’t sound as interesting.

Back to the lamb curry, I thought I’d just put it in the crock pot on high for three hours, that will mean when I wake up again all I need to do is switch it off before I go to work as it would be ready then. Well, I didn’t sleep but I did switch it off before I go to work.

The lamb curry looked fine. I had it with roti canai/pratha that I got from the butchers. Actually it’s very mild… well, I couldn’t make it any hotter because I was thinking of Little Bee. I have to admit that I do like this cooking without tasting… I get a surprise every iftar :)

As for my lack of sleep… all through out the day, I was suffering at work. Too tired that my brain just could not function… I guess I need more than three and half hour sleep.

Iftar 5 Ramadan 1434 – Roast Lamb

July 14th, 2013

roast lamb

Just easy stuff today as we had a day out. I promised Little Bee that we go to see Despicable Me 2 today, so we did. I don’t think it’s as fun as Despicable Me but Little Bee loved it and it is still very enjoyable.

On the way back we stopped at the butchers and bought half leg of lamb. I just rubbed it with olive oil and crushed black pepper, poke holes into it and pushed in sliced garlic and rosemary sprigs into the slits. Bang it in the oven and when it’s ready, serve it with potatoes, carrots and peas.

Iftar 4 Ramadan 1434 – Murtabak

July 13th, 2013


Although it’s a lot of work, I really felt like eating murtabak today. I had some mince lamb and all other ingredients, so when Little Bee was out with hubby I got to work. The thing is, it is an easy dish to make, just, as I keep repeating myself, a lot of work.

murtabak dough

murtabak dough

murtabak filling

murtabak filling

frying murtabak

frying murtabak

pickled onions

pickled onion slices

Anyway, you can find the recipe here, if you want to try it out.

Little Bee liked it but did not want to try the pickled onion slices ;)

Iftar 3 Ramadan 1434 – Bergedil and a Total Mix

July 12th, 2013

air fried bergedil

I was planning to make beef rendang and nasi lemak for my iftar but you know… things happened… like I don’t have all the ingredients. Well, I was planning to go to the butchers and get beef but I was also waiting for a delivery that didn’t arrive until around 2pm and then took Little Bee to the park for half an hour because she patiently waited indoors for me, so, by the time I did go and buy some grocery I just thought it was too late to make rendang as Little Bee has her dinner at the same time plus I was tired by then after eight hours of fasting.

I bought some chicken and minced lamb when I was at the butchers and asked Little Bee to get a couple of potatoes. When we got home, stopping at the flower and pet shop and got a pot of lavender plant, Little Bee and I made bergedil – potato cakes.

In Johor, Malaysia, bergedil is usually eaten with soto ayam (chicken soup) but it can also be a dish on it’s own. I just thought it’s something easy to make with Little Bee and she loves messy hands so bergedil is perfect!

Instead of deep frying them, I airfried the bergedil. So the recipe is not the proper recipe as I had to adapt it for the airfryer.


2 boiled potatoes, mashed
50g minced lamb
1tbsp crispy fried onions
1/2tsp chopped coriander leaves
A pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tsp corn flour

  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Make them into balls (Little Bee did this so it’s all different sizes) and flatten them.
  2. Heat the airfryer and put the potato cakes in the airfyer at 180C for 10 minutes.

That is it really and they came out OK. I think I just have to get use to the non-oily-deep-fry taste and just embrace the healthy option of airfrying… as I did deep fry the chicken and prawms… so the airfried bergedil just balances it out.

Actually… I didn’t know how it turned out until much later but Little Bee ate it and told me it was good ;)

So for iftar today, I had nasi lemak with ginger fried chicken, ginger fried prawns, crispy sambal, sweet omelette, vegetables and the air fried bergedil. Not so healthy in the end but yummy indeed.

nasi lemak campur

Iftar 2 Ramadan 1434 – Lamb Mince in Minty Tomato Sauce

July 11th, 2013

lamb mince in minty tomato sauce

Again, I’m trying to be organised with my cooking as I’m fasting and up early for my sahur. I was going to start cooking before returning to bed but Little Bee came looking for me. So I went back to bed.

But I woke up half hour before my alarm rang and cooked my iftar meal. Well… it’s also my family meal. Little Bee had her meal at her usual time and I have mine later.

Anyway… I didn’t have time to make the mince into meatballs so I just cooked it in the sauce. As I was fasting, I couldn’t taste it… but it turned out OK… even if I say so myself ;)


2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion finely diced
500g lamb mince
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large carrots diced
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
Leaves from a couple of sprigs of mint
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cinnamon stick
1 cube vegetable stock
1/2 cup water

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, high heat, and add the onion. Fry for a couple of minutes, stirring, until the onion is soft. Brown the mince lamb and add the garlic.
  2. Once the mince is brown, add carrots, chopped tomatoes, bay leaves and mint. Stir, bring it to a boil. Add the peas, cinnamon stick and vegetable stock. Stir, bring it to a boil, cover the pan and reduce the heat. Let it simmer for around half an hour, stirring occasionally.

That is it really. We had it with cous cous and sprinkled some cheese on top.