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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blog On Break

Kekawan semua, tolong tengok2 kan rumah Along sekejap ya... buat lah apa yg patut, sapu2 & susun ke apa2 ke... kalau ada penyamun, report polis ek...hehe. Kita nak balik kampung kat Taiping esuk pagi, Isnin baru balik sini. Kita tinggal Liana sekali, kalau nangis you all pujuk tau!  Bye2.... cayang cikit... mmmmuah! If you miss me, leave me a message.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Apple Strudels

 I made this in the recent weekend but due to limited time for blogging I can only update one or few postings at one night. This is super good and my two boys finished them all in one go but managed to reserve few slices for myself & hubby.... hehe.

(Makes 2 big Strudels)
2 sheets Puff pastry
4 Red Apples - peeled & sliced
30g Butter
1 tbsp Honey
1/8 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Ground Almonds / Hazelnuts
1 Egg - lightly beaten
2 tbsp Brown Sugar + 1 tsp Cinnamon

1. Heat butter & cook apples for about 2 minutes.
Add in honey, sugar & rasins & cook until sugar dissolves.

2. Fold pastry into half & cut 2cm interval like picture below.
Open up the folded sheet & sprinkle almond & apple filling.
Seal edges with egg.

3. Place seam-side down on a baking tray.
Brush top with egg & sprinkle with sugar & cinnamon mixture.

4. Bake 220C for 20-25 min until golden & crispy.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dragon Fruit Panna Cotta

Creamy dessert that can be matched by any choice of fruit. I chose Dragon Fruit which was inspiring and beautiful color combination.

Inspired by Ika & Hana. Original recipe by Gert. Thanks to all.
Recipe is copied from Ika.
(Makes 6 cups)
7g Gelatin + 3 tbsp Hot Water
2 1/2 cup Full-cream Milk
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp EV
1 Dragon Fruit

1. Mix the gelatin and water together and set it aside to bloom.

2. Put the milk and sugar in a saucepan, cook over low medium heat until bubbles form around the edges of the saucepan.

3. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla and stir in the gelatin. 

Stir until the gelatin dissolved.

4. Pour the mixture into six ramekins or cups. 

Refrigerate until set & top it with some fruit puree.
(HomeKreation: I added some gelatin to the fruit puree)

Award & Tag from Ayu & KakSu

This award + tag is received from Ayu & KakSu. Maceh ingatan kasi award tapi yg lemah cikit bila kena buat tag.... (lotih ler lepas balik kerja, masak2, pas tu kejap lagi nak packing tuk travelling this Friday). Anyway, I'll try my best.

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Post title to contain this words -5 -Five -Khamsah
-errrr tak paham

5 names that people call you
- HomeKreation (may be because people do not see my name in the header at the top there)
- Roz (as stated above)
- AlongRoz / Along (my MR nickname and also panggilan belah hubby, not just adik2 ipar tapi whole kampung)
- KakYang (called by my younger sisters & brothers)
- lastly & most special "Ayang"... hehe panggilan manja by suami
- My full name.... but I've given 5 already

5 important dates in my life
- 24th Feb
- 24th May
-18th Jun
- 26th Jun
- 3rd Sep

5 things that I've done yesterday
- Went to work from 7.30am until 7.00pm
- Played with my Little Liana
- Cooked dinner & dine with whole family
- Watched "You Think You Can Dance"
- Update blog

5 ways to be happy
- Baking something new & turned out to be delicious
- When my family enjoyed what I cooked/baked
- When kids kiss & hug me
- Talk to my Mum
- Compliments from hubby

5 favourite movies
Movies are not for me... I can hardly recall what was the last one I watched... some parts of Avatar...

5 favourite hobbies
- Patchwork & Quilting
- Baking
- Collecting books of my interests
- Decorating house
- Gardening if I have time
- Shopping

5 favourite people
- Emak
- Hubby darling
- My four children
- My sibblings
- My blog friends

5 favourite places for vacation
- Taiping
- KL
- London
- Jeddah
- Perth

5 reasons you answer the survey
- Being sporting after been tagged by Ayu & KakSu
- As appreciation for the friendship
- Blogging culture
- Get-to-know each other
- No other reason

5 person to be tagged
Hope to abandon this part since so many others have done it... most welcome to anyone to take the award with or without the tag.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Blueberry Slice-Cheese Cake

This is a very special cheesecake recipe because it uses cheddar slice cheese instead of cream cheese. I first made this long time ago when Ros introduced it in MR, which was plain flavor. I just wanted to clear some frozen blueberry paste I bought from Brunei & thought to experiment the recipe with a variation. The result was very good with moist and foamy texture.

Source (with compliment): Ros Tokyo
(Makes 9" round)
4 slices Cheddar Cheese
200ml Milk
70g Butter
70g Flour
70g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs (AA) or 4 medium
300g Blueberry Paste

1. Melt cheese in milk over low heat.
Add in butter until melt.
Mix in blueberry paste.

2. Whisk egg whites & sugar until stiff.
Add in beaten egg yolk, cheese, flour & meringue, in the order & until well mixed.

3. Bake in water bath at 170C for 20 min then 140C for next 40 min.
Cool at room temperature & chill.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nestum Fish Fillet

Yesterday morning I bought a huge fish weighted almost 6kg. I asked the fish monger to slice it halfway for boneless fillet. At first I thought I wanted to make Fish & Chips but later I ended up with this dish and yes, a good choice - my two boys enjoyed it so much.

By: Roz@HomeKreation
Boneless Fish Fillet - cut to smaller size 
1 Egg
Salt & Pepper
4 tbsp Flour
1 tsp Curry Powder
3 tbsp Butter
2 sprigs Curry Leaves
Chili Padi - cut
5 cloves Garlic - chopped 
1-2 tbsp Oyster Sauce

1. Lightly beat egg white & add in salt & pepper.
Mix in fish fillet fillet.

2. Mix flour & curry powder.
Roll fish fillet into flour mixture & shallow fry until golden.

3. Heat up butter & fry garlic, chili & curry leaves until fragrant.
Add in oyster sauce & stir well.
Add in fried fish & stir until well coated.
Add in nestum & mix well.
Dish out...!

Liana's First Car

Liana's dad bought her new clothes (during his business travels) for her every monthly birthdays but on her 11th month birthday dad bought her a car....! He told me he is going out to have hair cut but returned with this little pink car for our lovely Liana. It took quite a while for her two brothers to assemble the car and finally here she goes...

Bandung Soya Milk with Basil Seeds

The weather is really hot nowadays and worst in weekends when I don't stay all day in the over-chilled office. Helped myself with this quick-to-prepare Bandung drink to quench my thirst in the hot afternoon...

1 packet sweetened Soya Milk
Rose Syrup
Soaked Basil Seeds
Lot of Ice cubes

Mix them all & ready..... srrrrrup!

Tulip from E-na

Award from E-na (Nagoya, Jepun)... maceh ya E-na for the friendship & the lovely award. Semuga E-na bahagia selalu di samping ex-tunang (sekarang ni dah jadi hubby lah kan).... happy anniversary. Semuga persahabatan kita berpanjangan... mmmmmmuah, hug2!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Liana 11 Months

Liana is 11 months today & here is her walking slideshow..... mmmmuah2 & lots of hugs to all lovely aunties out there...!

Tips: Click the right arrow if you find the slideshow is too slow.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bingka Pisang II (Banana Bingka)

I was tempting to try another version of Bingka Pisang that I saw at MR. It is quite a different flavour than the first version I tried earlier as this one uses palm sugar, hence dark colour.

Source (with compliments): KakFida (translated herewith into English, for BM version, see the link)
(Makes 7" square)
2 cups mashed Banana
1/2 cup Palm Sugar
2 Eggs
100ml thick Coconut Milk
A bit Salt
1 tbs Butter
1-1 1/2 cup Flour
(HomeKreation: I used 1 1/4cups)
2 Bananas
- cut into chunkies 
1. Mix all until well mixed.
(HomeKreation: I did not mashed the banana but used food processor to mix all & add flour & chunky banana last).

2. Grease tin & heat in oven for 10 min.
Place a piece of greased banana leaf & pour in batter.
Bake 180C for 30 min until top is brown.

3. Cool completely before slicing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Brinjal in HoiSin Sauce

A simple dish.....

2-3 Long Brinjals - halved & cut 
2 Red Chilies*
2 Shallots*
2 cloves Garlic* (* pounded) 
2 tbsp Dried Shrimps - soaked & chopped 
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce

1. Heat up few tbsp oil & sautee the brinjals until golden.
Put aside.

2. Heat up few tbsp oil & fry pounded ingredients & shrimps fragrant.
Add in sauce & brinjals.
Dish out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Banana Chocolate Muffins

Made this yesterday night while cooking for dinner in desperation to clear the overripe bananas. I was looking for this kind of recipe with no success after flipping many recipe books of mine in the last two days. Then, yesterday I had a message from MakLang to check out for her blossom cupcakes and I saw this recipe in there which exactly what I was looking for. The preparation is easy and most of all delicious to the last bite.... When I gave to my colleague a piece today, she said "...after one bite I just want to keep on biting more...". My two teenage boys did not have enough and they want more too....!

See the inside of the muffin revealing chunky bananas and melted chocolate. I used flash in the right photo so that you can see it more clearly.

Source: MakLang (originally by Yani) - complement to both for sharing this great recipe.
Recipe copied from MakLang which is in BM - shout if you need the English translation.

(Makes 12 small cups & 24 tiny cups)
170g Tepung Gandum*
30g Serbuk Koko*
130g Gula*
1 sk Baking Powder*
secubit Garam*
100g coklat* - patah2kan jadi kecil-kecil
2 biji Telur**
75ml Minyak Masak**
100ml Susu Segar**
sedikit Vanila Esen**
2 biji Pisang**

1. Panaskan oven sehingga 170C.

2. Masukkan semua bahan-bahan yang bertanda * ke dalam food processor.
Kisar sehingga sekata (If coklat tak hancur sangat pun takpe.. jadi ketul2 kecil dah ok).
Masukkan bahan yg bertanda ** ke dalam FP. Kisar sehingga sebati.

3. Cedukkan ke dalam cup muffin.
Bakar selama 25 minit atau sehingga masak.
(HomeKreation: I baked the tiny ones 15 min & the bigger ones 20 min)

UPDATE: Here is the English version as requested.
170g Flour*
30g Cocoa Powder*
130g Sugar*
1 tsp BP*
A pinch Salt*
100g Chocolate*
2 Eggs**
75ml Veg Oil**
100ml Fresh Milk**
2 Bananas**

1. Preheat oven 170C.

2. Place ingredients marked * in food processor until well mixed.
Let the chocolate be chunky.
Add in the remaining ingredients marked ** & mix until combined.

3. Spoon into muffin cups.
Bake for 25min (I baked mine 15 or 20 min depending on size). 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Misfortune Pizza

I wanted to make something like the CNY theme pizza but the special edge that I created had the cheese oozed out & burnt.... hence the name was reversed as Misfortune Pizza....LOL. Nevertheless, my two sons enjoyed it very much.

Here is the recipe for the soft & tasty dough.

(Makes one 30cm diameter)
500g Plain Flour
260g Water
2 tbsp Sugar
11g Instant Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Olive Oil

1. Mix all the ingredients in a mixer with dough hook until smooth.
Knead lightly with hand & rest until it doubled up.

2. Punch the dough & roll 2/3rd of the portion to fill pizza pan.
Roll the remaining 1/3rd into a long strip & fill with cheese.
Cut the long roll into small pieces & arrange around the pizza.
Brush surface of dough with olive oil & bake for 10 min 
(I baked mine 20 min & that's why it browned too much after final baking with topping).

3. Spread tomato sauce on top of the pizza dough.
Sprinkle with your favourite topping (I used chicken, sausage, onion, tomato, herbs) & finally mozarella cheese.

4. Bake for 20-25 min at 180C. 
(I accidentally set my oven at 200C & that's why the cheese at the edge was burnt).

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Noodle Soup

This is our breakfast today.... also an occassion of officiating my new bowl set....

Quite a simple recipe... too tired and lazy to type the recipe.... in case anyone needs it, just shout & I'll update it later if required.

UPDATE: Recipe updated herewith in BM based on request from Eena. English translation later if requested.

1 kg Mee Kuning - basuh untuk hilangkan minyak & tos 
1 sb Lada Hitam*
5 biji Bwg Merah*
2 biji Bwg Putih*
2" Halia*
1 sb Rempah Sup* (* blender halus) 
1/2 ekor Ayam - potong2 
Sayur Sawi, Taugeh
Taburan - bwg goreng, daun bwg/sup

1. Panaskan sedikit minyak & tumis bhn blend sehingga wangi.
Masukkan ayam, garam & kacau sebentar.
Masukkan air secukupnya & tutup sehingga ayam empuk.

2. Tutup api, masukkan sayuran & mee & terus di hidang.
Taburkan bwg goreng & daun byg/sup.
Makan bersama cili pes atau cilipadi potong + kicap + limau.... wal....lah!

Banana Chips (Again)

My hubby chopped another banana tree few days ago and here it goes another round of banana chips making. It took me about two hours of frying to finish off the whole bunch of the bananas and I've got a full container of it.... guess what... they were all gone in a day!

Does anyone notice anything new above...? Yeay.... my new watermark designed by Jiya (Little Colour Shop). Such an efficient and quality service and I will recommend to anyone who is looking for this service.

For the recipe, refer here.

Below photos of the young bananas that I used and soaking of the peeled bananas in salted water:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rolled Beef Lasagna

My two sons enjoyed my previous Spinach Lasagna so much that they requested me making Lasagna again. Although I enjoyed it as much as the kids did, the idea of repeating the same menu is always not so appealing to me especially it was just a week gap. I didn't want to disappoint them and hence I decided to try a different filling this time. I was attracted to this recipe shared by KakFida but found that it is much more tedious than the earlier recipe as I need to cook the skin piece by piece and also need to cook the beef filling. A bit frustrating that mine turned up a flat lasagna instead of rolls....! I guess because I used a lot of sauce (we like our lasagna wet) hence the rolls were all gummed up. See the link below on how it supposed to look like.

Source: translated from MR_KakFida (with compliment)
(Makes 13" x 9")
100g Mashed Potato
1 1/4 cup Plain Flour
300ml Fresh Milk
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Melted Butter / Oil

1. Place all ingredients in a blender & process until smooth.
2. Spread one scoop on hot griddle like making crepes.
3. Repeat until all better is use up.

500g Minced Meat
1 small can Mushroom (HomeKreation: my addition) 
1 Big Onions*
4 cloves Garlic* (* chopped) 
1 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Oregano
2 tsp Parseley
4 tbsp Red Sauce (see below) 
2 tbsp Flour

1. Heat up some olive oil & sautee garlic & onions until fragrant.
2. Add in sliced mushroom, meat & herbs.
3. Add in red sauce & flour to thicken.

50g Butter
1/2 cup Flour
500ml Milk
125g Cheddar Cheese
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder

1. Melt butter & add in flour gradually until well mixed.
2. Gradually pour in milk & stir until smooth.
3. Season & add in cheese. Stir until melt.

1 portion of Red/Tomato Sauce (HomeKreation: see my own recipe here)
Mozarela & Parmesan Cheese

1. Butter baking dish & pour in a scoop of red sauce.
2. Take one piece of crepe & spread white sauce, red sauce & beef filling.
Roll and place in baking dish.
Repeat with the rest of the crepes.
3. Spread on top, remaining red sauce & white sauce.
Sprinkle with mozarella & parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chocolate Banana Toffee Pie

I have been keeping this recipe for many years which is from my book collections. One of the main ingredients is homemade toffee (Dulce de Leche) which I managed to try recently here. As I imagined, this pie is really delicious and mouth watering dessert. My children were non-stop complimenting me in each bite that I felt very thrilled and paid off for my effort. However, my hubby didn't take big portion because the toffee was very sweet (of course!). At the end, there was no leftover & all swept cleaned (I had 4 pieces myself...haha LOL!)

The lovely pie recipe is from the book by Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen but I did not follow the whole recipe. Anyway it provides me the whole idea to assemble the pie and particularly the chocolate filling recipe. The crust and topping recipes are my own version.

By: Roz@HomeKreation
(Makes 10" pie)
200g Marie Biscuits
100g Melted Butted
- Mix well.
- Grease pie tin & press crumbs until fully covered.
- Bake for 10 minutes & cool.

5 oz Bittesweet Chocolate
2/3 cup Heavy/Whipping Cream
2 tsp Corn Syrup / Honey
3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1. Place all choc, cream & syrup in a pot and heat until melted & smooth.
Off fire & add in butter & VE.
2. Pour into pie crust & fridge for 1 hour.

6 Bananas - sliced
1 can Toffee / Dulce de Leche
Whipping Cream
Cocoa Powder 

TO ASSEMBLE (Refer to diagram below):
1. Spread toffee on top of chocolate layer.
2. Arrange sliced bananas until fully covered.
3. Whip cream untl stiff & spread on top of banana layer.
4. Sprinkle cocoa powder.
5. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dulce de Leche

I was so excited when I saw Wendy's step-by-step method on how to make Dulce de Leche (pronounced "Dool-say De Leshay") which in English means toffee or caramelised milk. I have a book on how to make this but I was not so confident to try as it sounds too cumbersome but Wendy showed a very simple way to make this although a very time consuming.

The recipe calls for condensed milk but in Malaysia you can only find sweetened creamer. Since I was so excited about it I gambled with two cans of sweetened creamer hoping something good to come out. I thought one can is a waste of three hours gas burning so might as well gave it a try for two cans straight away. It turned out okay with golden colour but not as creamy as the one uses condensed milk. Taste wise was also ok but I imagined it will be tastier with real milk.

If you want to know what I will do with it, just watch out for my next posting.

Source (with compliments): Wendy (refer there for more detail info)
1. Place overturned a small wire rack at the bottom of a pot.
2. Peel off the paper wrapper around the can of condensed milk & place the can/cans on the rack.
3. Fill the pot with water until the cans are covered with water. Make sure the pot is tall enough so that water level is not more than 2/3rd of the pot depth.
4. Cover & boil. Lower the heat to the lowest possible & let it simmer for 3-4 hours.
The longer you cook it the darker the color will be. Refill water if necessary but I did not have to because the water remains above the can until the end.
5. Cool completely before opening the can. Opening it while still hot may cause burning on your skin.

Warning: Do not leave the cooking unattended. Cooking above big fire can cause the water to dry up and risk of the can exploding (that's what I learnt from reading other's experience)

See the type of pot I used which is a semi-pressure pot. The method above uses ordinary pot but I thought the pot below will be good to avoid too much steam escaping and I was right.

Liana's Happy Face

Special greeting from Liana this morning! It is very challenging to snap her photo nowadays as she is very active and hardly sit still. Out of 10 snaps, I'll be lucky to get one clear picture and the rest are all blur due to her non stop movements.

Untuk auntie2 semua.... love and hugs from Liana... mmmmmmuah2!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Chocolate Mooncake

This is my first attempt trying to make my own mooncake. However, I wasn't ready to try the traditional mooncake as I had no time to prepare for golden syrup which is the basic ingredient. From what I read, the longer the golden syrup is kept the better it tastes and it can be prepared up to a year in advance to mature. Alternatively, you can buy the ready made golden syrup but I feel that is killing my excitement a bit. I solved the problem of not having to make the golden syrup by making this simple Chocolate Mooncake instead. It tastes good to me & my second son loves it so much & requested me to make this again. I think my mooncake skin is a bit thicker than the typical mooncake but who cares, the skin tastes good & no harm having it a bit more than usual. The mooncake skin is a bit crispy on the day it is baked and therefore is recommended to keep the mooncakes two to three days in room temperature to soften the skin. In my case, that did not happen as everyone is so eager to try out right away and none left to be matured.

Oh dear, didn't realise I've been babbling so much... here is the recipe.

Source: Yochana (with compliment)
(Makes 9)
25g Butter
50g Icing Sugar
1 Egg - beaten
1 tbsp Fresh Milk
1/4 tsp Vanilla Essence
30g Chocolate - melted
120g Cake Flour* (Homekreation: I used plain flour)
15g Cocoa Powder*
1/8 tsp Bic Soda*
(* sifted together)
Ready-made Filling (Lotus/Mung bean paste)

1. Mix butter, icing sugar till well mixed. 
Add in beaten egg , mix thoroughly then add in fresh milk and mix again.
Add in vanilla essence and melted chocolate.
Add in flour mixture and mix till it becomes a dough. 
If the mixture is too soft, put into the fridge to let it harden a little.
2. Weigh dough about 30g & filling about 40g.
Wrap filling into the skin & press into a mooncake mould.

3. Bake at 180C for about 20 mins or till cooked.

Photo of unbaked mooncake:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sambal Tempe

Here is all the time favourite dish --> Sambal Tempe mixed with peanuts & Ikan Bilis. Same recipe like my previous Peanut Sambal but added fried tempe. Refer here for recipe.

Award from Suhana

Award ni drpd Su (KakSu).... takut nya nak amik sebab kita ni bukan nya ada darjat apa2 pun nak pakai crown ni.... Hana kat Jepun tu pun ada kasi kat Along gak, tapi Along cuma amik cincin je sebab takut tengok intan berlian ni besor2 sangat. Anyway, maceh banyak2 kepada Su & Hana.... love you all... mmmmuah!

Sape2 yg berkenan tu boleh ler angkut bawa balik ya tapi kena beli safe box dulu tau...hehe.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fresh Chili Fish

I made this dish hundreds times already and surely have posted the recipe earlier on. I'm too lazy to search my own blog as I am feeling very tired and sleepy at the moment. So enjoy the photos & help yourself. If you cannot find the recipe, please shout & I will update it later.