Monday, September 21, 2015

red spinach in miso

I love green spinach so much
and I tried cooking the red ones just like the green
but it didn't turns out as tasty

so I decided to put white miso paste in it
and let me tell you
I will not have red spinach any other way :) to make!

just 3 ingredients to a wholesome dish!
~ anchovies..miso paste..spinach

cooking veggies can never be any easier or tastier

lets begin

in a small bowl soak 10 anchovies in water and set aside

separate the spinach leaves from the stem and cut the stem into 2" length

wash spinach separately and thoroughly clean and set aside

clean the anchovies ~ remove the head and intestine and rinse well

in a medium-sized pan pour in 1 cup of water and toss in the anchovies

let it boil over medium fire for 15 mins

then add in 1 tsp salt followed by the stems of the spinach

after 1 min add in the spinach leaves

cover the pot and let it cook for 3 mins

by now there is so much red liquid in the pan

toss in 1 small packet of white miso paste into the pan and stir thoroughly well

allow to boil for 1 min

taste for saltiness and off the fire

voila !!

the red color becomes deeper and intense by now

plus the awesome taste :)

serve hot with white rice and fried fish


Saturday, September 19, 2015

purple cabbage salad

I have always been skeptical about purple cabbage
and I really don't know why
don't you? 

but I bought it anyway
it took me a while to come up with the courage to eat it!
LOL .. ^-^

this is how it end up on my table
and let me tell you..
it is the most delicious salad ever!

here's how I make my salad

wash thoroughly a small purple cabbage and cut into quarters

use only one quarter and keep the rest in the fridge

remove the hard white core in the middle 

slice the cabbage as thinly as possible

place them in a salad bowl and keep aside

wash thoroughly a sweet Sunkist orange and cut out the skin

remove the orange's white skin as well

cut up the orange into small bite sizes and toss in the salad bowl

slice thinly 10 mint leaves and add in the bowl

sprinkle Himalayan rock salt all over the salad

pour 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil all over the salad

lastly squeeze half a lemon all over

mix the salad well

voila !

all I can say
this purple cabbage is here to stay on my dining table :)
and the mint leaves add so much natural sweetness to the taste!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

raw onion dressing

I'm so much into raw onions now
be it in salads or on its own
for health reasons
obviously :)

I've come up with this concoction
very easy to make
and what a treat!

chop 1 red onion and 8 bird's eye chilies 
put in a bowl and pour 1 tsp apple cider vinegar + 3 tsp soy sauce over it
add a pinch of salt and mix well
serve with crispy fried fish
and hot white rice

I was feeling under the weather of late
and this really brought the sweat out of me

Friday, September 11, 2015

masak lemak nenas ikan kurau

simply exquisite!

the sweetness of pineapple mixed with a tinge of chili
boiled in coconut milk and
salted with sun-dried salted "kurau" fish

I'm telling yea
just writing about this makes my mouth waters
 if you are a big fan of pineapple too
you will know what I mean

totally my favorite dish :)

simple enough to cook :)

in a pestle and mortar, pound these ingredients :

3 shallots + 2 garlic + slice of ginger + 1" fresh turmeric + 1 cm of "belacan"

transfer the above paste into a medium sized pot and add in 1 cup of water

toss in 1 crushed lemongrass + small piece of salted "kurau" fish + 1 tsp chilli boh

put the pot on the stove over medium fire and allow to boil

meanwhile soak 1 "asam keping" in a bowl and cut a sweet and ripe pineapple into small slices

when the pot started to boil toss in the "asam keping" + cut pineapple slices

allow to boil for a few minutes

then add in 1 tsp salt + 1 tsp sugar into the boiling mixture

taste for saltiness, sweetness and sourness

if need be add extra salt or sugar according to your likeness

then add in 200ml thick coconut milk and let it boil

lastly add in fresh "kurau" fish and boil for 1 min each side

"kurau" cooks the minute it gets into the boiling gravy

so take care not to break its flesh

taste the gravy again and off the fire

serve with white rice and sambal belacan


my mouth waters again now :D

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

tips for fishy smell

wish I had known of this outstanding tips since 
I was born into this world
... hahaha!!!

a few drops of apple cider
 is all you'll ever need to remove that 
unpleasant fishy smell in your cooking!

I tried it today
and was so pleased with the result

mix 1 tsp of 
Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar + 2 cups of water
and thoroughly rinse the fish
smell the fish to check if there's anymore odor left
rinse fish again in cold water

works like magic! :)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

scrambled eggs

a delicious and scrumptious breakfast
so easy to make
5 mins is all it takes :)

scrambled eggs

on a stove put a medium pan on low fire

in a bowl beat 2 eggs + 1 Tbsp milk + pinch of salt until combined

toss in 1 tsp butter into the pan and allow it to sizzles all over

pour the egg mixture into the hot pan

using a wooden spatula stir the mixture from the edges of the pan into the middle

keep stirring from all sides of the pan for 1 min

by now the eggs look glossy and silky

off the fire and serve with fries

garnish with black pepper

a wholesome goodness!
you can also serve this with bread or
whatever you fancy

buon appetito! :)

Friday, September 4, 2015

simple omelette with fries

this is a very quick and easy cooking
takes only 15 mins or less and the best part is
it is so good!!

is my favorite breakfast now
and it goes well with french fries

simple omelette

in a small bowl crack 2 eggs + 2 Tsp milk + pinch of salt

whisk all ingredients with a fork for few seconds or until combined

heat a medium pan on low heat and toss in 1 Tbsp of butter and let it sizzles completely

pour in the egg mixture into the pan until it spread all over the pan

let the egg mixture cook until firm with some raw eggs remaining on top

using your wooden spatula ease the edges of the omelette

fold over the omelette into half

leave it for a minute before sliding it out onto a plate

quick french fries

using the same pan, pour in 3 Tbsp cooking oil and allow it to heat-up on low fire

meanwhile skin 1 potato and slice it lengthwise into thin strips

using kitchen towel wipe the potato strips dry

fry the potato strips for 2-3 mins on each side

remove the fries from the pan and drain it

sprinkle sea salt all over the fries

serve hot with ketchup

enjoy! ^-^

tips on potato : choose easy to cook ones like russet potatoes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

agar-agar santan gula melaka

a very light and refreshing delight
so smooth and satisfying as it goes down the throat that
you'd never notice when it is all gone!

"agar-agar santan gula melaka"
as it is locally known
is really jelly cooked in brown sugar and coconut milk

check out the making of it! :)

in a medium pot soak 20g of "agar-agar" strips in cold water for 20 mins and rinse well

fill enough water in the pot just to cover the "agar-agar"

let it boil over medium fire until the "agar-agar" is fully dissolved

meanwhile break 1 block of "gula melaka" into small pieces

using a wooden spoon stir the mixture and ensure "agar-agar" have melted completely

 then add in the gula melaka and allow it to dissolve completely

then add in 1 rock sugar and let it dissolve completely

taste for sweetness, add more sugar if need be

mix 200ml of thick coconut milk with a pinch of salt and
pour into the pot and stir well

the mixture will become all white now

allow the mixture to boil once, stir well and off the fire

pour mixture into a clear rectangular 4-Quart pyrex dish

as it cools down the mixture will separate into 2 layers

the coconut mix will gather to the top and form a cream colored layer

while the bottom layer is dark brown

allow it to cool completely

chill in the refrigerator before cutting into diamond/square shapes

serve cold


truly this is my favorite dessert anytime any day ;)

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