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.

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 :)


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 :)

Eid Might be Tomorrow – Sambal Goreng

August 7th, 2013

After being so confident that Eid will fall on Friday… I’m not so sure anymore! It’s Eid tomorrow in Japan and Singapore and Malaysia. I’m still waiting for the Central Mosque to announce Eid and it won’t be until tonight but even though some local mom’s are coming over on Friday regardless of when Eid is, I thought I’d better prepare for Eid just to have a little celebration tonight and tomorrow.

sambal goreng

So, this is the first dish I made. Sambal goreng. There’s lot’s of version… but this is the one that I remember from my arwah tok (late grandmother). I do miss her… and my arwah embah (late grandfather)… I miss my family a lot.

I just came back from the butchers… it’s time to make rendang ayam for tonight!

Busy… busy… busy…

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

Faces on Her Sandwich

August 2nd, 2013

We’re going on a bear hunt! Well, we’re going to the Lyric Theater to see the show :)

And as it will finish about lunch time and I’m fasting that means we won’t be stopping at a restaurant for a meal. So, I made her a little lunch box :)

faces on her sandwich

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 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 11 Ramadan 1434 – Karipap Pusing and Ayam Masak Merah

July 20th, 2013

The weather was so much cooler today. There were clouds in the sky and a breeze blowing. All we need now is a bit of rain. But we won’t get that and the temperature has been forecasted to rise again next week.

Although it is hard to fast for 18 hours in the heat, I have to say that after a few days, my body seemed to get used to it.

Anyway, yesterday a friend of mine shared some recipe on FB and I saw the picture of karipap (curry puff) pusing which I haven’t made for a long, long time. So I made some and airfried them. I have to say that obviously it’s not as tasty or crispy as deep frying but it is still nice and Little Bee enjoyed it.

karipap pusing

I made it a bit late in the day that Little Bee wasn’t really interested in eating her dinner, which was ayam masak merah (chicken in sweet spicy tomato sauce).

ayam masak merah

Sushi Snack for the Farm Trip

July 5th, 2013

Little Bee and I are going to the farm with the nursery. Decided to make some sushi for our snack :)