Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chocolate Chicken

A recipe to beat the blues....

It's been ages since I last posted. The laptop went kaput and then we were busy moving house. And then I ran out of inspiration...

Yes, we've moved to our new home where the kitchen is large and not so "lil" anymore. It was time to test out photography here where there's some natural light.

Yet, I was feeling down in the dumps due to several issues I can't mention here. I couldn't couldn't find a anti-depressant recipe. I thought of cooking chicken mole but decided to try something a little different. I made some pink pasta for my kid's birthday party, which was kinda disastrous, cause nobody dared to eat it. So I had leftover beet which I decided to use in this recipe. After all, I knew its red colour would go away after cooking it for a while. And I had to use chocolate, to kick away the blues.

So, I adapted chicken mole recipe and stirred up this thing, which was quite edible. If you're adventurous, you might even think it's nice. 

It might look like some rendang or curry kapitan but it doesn't taste like it. 

Well, just for my record, here's the recipe (sort of):

I look forward to next post, which I hope will be a happier sort. That's all for now....

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pulut Tekan

We were invited to a friend's house for tea one weekend. I wanted to bring something along and was contemplating which cake, cookie or muffins to make. It occurred to me these choices were somewhat quite unexciting. Hence, I decided to make something local instead. 

So I made this bluish nyonya kuih called pulut tekan or pulut tai tai. I do love plucking blue pea flowers (bunga telang) and cooking with them. This kuih is actually not that difficult to make, although you do need to plan ahead as there's a huge amount of time taken in soaking, steaming and pressing.

I used the mortar and pestle to press the cooked rice. I left it like this overnight, without refrigeration.

This is how the kuih looked like after compression. Use a sharp knife to cut into slices. If you can, make your own kaya to go with it. I didn't have the patience or diligence for it, so I just served with store-bought kaya.

Emma was fully immersed in packing the pulut in banana leaf. She was making her own version of it. 

For those of you who would like to try making this kuih, here's the recipe for this delightfully sticky treat. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

White almond cookies

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year. I should be busy getting ready, really. So this will be a quick short post.

Last year, I share the recipe for peanut cookies. Yesterday, I made these cookies. I couldn't help doing some last minute baking.

To be honest, they look great and taste okay but they're not as melt-in-the-mouth as I expected them to be. Perhaps I shouldn't have added the extra oil, but the dough was way too dry and crumbly to handle otherwise.

I got the recipe from RasaMalaysia.  Here it is with some minor adaptations:

I'd like to wish all my Chinese friends a very Happy Chinese New Year. Happy eating everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Cookies

Finally, an up-to-date blog post from me. It hasn't been easy though. The first batch of dough was wrong because I copied the recipe incorrectly. Then the camera battery was out. And then, all the photos I took was corrupt and I couldn't download them! I couldn't believe it at first, but it happened, and then it occured to me that it's Friday 13th! Gosh!

Nonetheless, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow, so I took a few pictures again. I was able to download them the second time around, thankfully.

These are basic cookies. Even though they're quite simple to make and the recipe can be easily found, I do have a trick to share. I can't remember where I read it but a good way to make the jam firm and smooth on top, is to mix it with some jelly powder dissolved in water. It can be finicky if you're making a large batch though, because the mixture can solidify rather quickly. If it does, just melt it again to a pouring consistency.

You may sprinkle icing sugar on the cookies before filling in. I didn't, because I think they will mess up anyway when you pack them up.

The recipe (in pink format) is shown below. Here's wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!