Thursday, August 30, 2012

Penne with Mushroom and Basil

1 small bowl penne
12 white mushroom - sliced into halves
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 to 1 cup milk 
1 tbsp flour with some water
handful of chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste

Friday, August 24, 2012

Weber Grilled Roast Pork

2 medium slab of pork belly (abt 800g)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp 5 spice powder
(for one slab of pork belly, use half of each of the seasonings)
For brining the meat
1 tsp salt + 1 tsp sugar
For scalding the rind
2 cups water + 2 tbsp vinegar

Char Siew Bao

  piping hot char siew bao
 rough dough
 dough doubled in size
 diced char siew
 rolling out the dough
 char siew fillings with sauce
 wrapping the bao
 resting the wrapped bao
 getting steamer ready
 placing bao in steamer
 steamed bao
 the skin are not as soft and white as dim sum bao...but good enough for us....the char siew fillings are very tasty though

200g all purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup water (add a few tbsp maybe)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

diced char siew
char siew sauce
some cornstarch solution

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weber Grilled Char Siew

2 lb pork shoulder
6 wooden skewers - soaked in water for 20 mins

1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp oyster sauce
5 tbsp ketchup
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbs dark soy sauce
5 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp five-spice powder
1 tbsp cooking wine
5 cloves of garlic - smashed lightly and peeled

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Spicy Thai Chicken Curry

1 lb chicken breast (boned or deboned) - cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tomato - chopped
3 shallots - sliced
1 stalk lemongrass - white part only - chopped
2 tbsp dessicated coconut
2 tbsp thai red curry paste
1 tbsp sambal belachan
5 thai green chilli pepper
2 dried bay leaves
handful of thai basil leaves or sweet basil leaves
3/4 can coconut milk
3/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp cooking oil

Soy Sauce Chicken Wing

10 chicken wings (mid-joint part)
2 stalk green onion - cut into 4 cm length and separate the white and green parts
2 chilli padi - cut into small pieces
1 tbsp rice wine
1 -2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cooking oil

Dry Cauliflower Curry

1 small head cauliflower
1 onion - chopped
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tomato - chopped 
10 cherry tomatoes - halved
1 tbsp coriander seeds - pound
1 tsp cumin seeds - pound
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 -2  tbsp cooking oil

Fish Soup with Tofu

1 lb cod fish fillet - sliced
1 packet of soft tofu - cut into large pieces
1 tomato - cut into quarters
1 packet enoki mushrooms - base trimmed and roughly separate them
1 small piece of dried seaweed
2 slices ginger
1 clove garlic - unpeeled and lightly smashed 
1 pot of ikan bilis stock or chicken stock

1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
dash of sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste

chopped green onions
1 tsp fried shallot oil
dash of pepper

Ice cream with Blackberries

Summer treat...tasty, creamy vanilla ice-cream with wild blackberries toppings.

Coq Au Vin Pasta

1/2 lb fettucine

Other ingredients
refer to here

Friday, August 10, 2012

Coq Au Vin (Chicken Braised in Red Wine)

3 lbs chicken

3/4 bottle red wine
3 slices of bacon
1 small stalk of leek - sliced 
2 small sticks of carrot - cut into pieces

20 pearl onions - peeled
1 small packet of beech or button mushrooms
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp tomato puree
plain flour for coating chicken
1 tbsp chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil

Friday, August 3, 2012

Butter Cake


deliciously moist and buttery cake....sinfully good....
recipe adapted from rasa malaysia

2 sticks (230g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
7 oz (200g) plain flour/all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
7 oz (200g) castor sugar
4 large eggs
½ tsp salt
 6 - 7 tablespoons fresh milk
 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Lightly grease the pan with some butter.
3. Mix the flour and the baking powder together and sieve. Add in salt and mix well. Set aside.
4. Use an electronic beater to mix butter and sugar until well combined or pale yellow in color. (Note: Sugar has not dissolved yet).
5. Add in the first egg. Beat well after each addition of egg until creamy.
6. Scrape down the sides for even mixing.
7. Add in vanilla essence and mix well.
8. Fold in the flour into the mixture and mix well.
9. Finally, add in the milk.
10. Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan. Shake it lightly to distribute cake mixture evenly.
11. Bake until golden brown and cooked, about 40 to 50 minutes. Use a cake tester to test if it’s cooked.
12. Remove it from the oven and let cool on the wire rack for another 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

BBQ Pork Back Rib

super tasty, fall off the bones bbq back ribs! no time for more pixs as our 2 guests had arrived.  All gone in a jiffy except the bones.....

Spices and Seasonings

1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dry sage
juice of 1 lemon
dash of garlic salt
dash of pepper
dash of onion powder
dash of chilli flakes

1 can of coke

BBQ Sauce Mix for basting
1/2 cup Kraft original barbecue sauce
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp tobasco sauce