Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Easy Mee Goreng

Mee Goreng is a Malaysian's actually fried noodles..usually we use wet yellow noodles that we can easily get at the local markets and hypermarkets....this is a spicy dish, flavourful and there's actually many varieties....what I made for dinner yesterday was a simple one that took me only 30 minutes with ingredients I found in my fridge....
U may also add prawns, cooked chicken, squid, fish balls, bean sprouts, boiled potatoes, cabbage or diced tofu.....

I just used :
 300 gm yellow mee (washed and drained)
2 tbsp chiili boh ( dry chilli paste) - or lesser if u want a milder version
1 big onion (sliced)
2 green chillies (sliced)
5 cloved garlic (crushed)
1 bunch of sawi (mustard leaves) - cut into 2 inch pieces
2 fish cakes (sliced)
1 egg (beaten)
dark soy sauce
light soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato ketchup

Heat oil in a pan...add onion, green chilies and saute for about 2 mins.. Add in chilli paste and garlic...Let it cook in oil for a bit till chilli smell goes off....add in the fish cakes and cook a little
Add in the mee, mustard leaves, about 1/2 tbsp dark soy sause (add more or less depending on the darkness of your soy sauce), 2 dashes of light soy sauce, tomato ketchup, a bit of salt and mix well to coat everything....Later pour the beaten egg in and mix everything together till egg and mee cooked..taste and adjust the salt.....
Once everything's well coated and slightly dry, turn off heat and ready to serve..

Awards for Event #3

First of all, sorry for delivering the awards quite late...very busy with work and home for last few weeks...Well, there were 3 Awards for the Say Cheese Event : Irresistable Dish Award, Most Creative Dish Award and Feast To The Eyes Award....
Thanks for all those who participated in Event #3...truly appreciate it and loved all the those who wanna have a look at the entries..check here

Firstly, the Irresistable Dish Award goes to :  Umm Mymoonah from Taste Of Pearl City for her Spaghetti Salad.....this dish truly looks yummy...a creative one too, I must say...

Now, the Most Creative Dish Award goes to Sayantani from A Homemaker's Diary for her yummy looking Soy Stuffed Pattypan Squash....this is a very creative one and something really new to me...lovely...

For the Feast To The Eyes Award, I congratulate for the mouthwatering, delicious looking Mango's truly a feast to look at ;)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Event #4 : Scream ' Ice Cream!'

Hi's time for yet another exciting event...Ive been wondering for days on the theme and at last decided upon something desired by young and old....'Ice Cream'....well, who doesn't love ice-cream, rite...may it be a simple cone, a yummylicious sundae with all the colourful toppings, a banana split with your favourite flavours or just sitting in front of the TV with a tub of ice-cream and a spoon...hmm...well, I love all of em....
So, let's make ice-cream....for those who are pros in homemade ice-cream, it's time for u to come up with some exciting new flavours...and for those who always wanted to give it a try, there's no better time than now...and that included me ;)
The rules are as usual :
1. All kinda home made ice-creams accepted.

2. Follow my blog.

3. You may send in as many links as you want but only posts posted from 24th April 2012 link it using the linky tool which will be provided at the end of this page and send a pic to my email add...for the round-up ;)

4. Use of above logo is mandatory and your post should link back to this event to help spread the word...

5. To those who do not have a blog, do send your entries to Pls include your name, pic, recipe and 'Scream Ice Cream' as the subject.

6. This event ends on 1st of JUNE 2012.

2 new awards....

I am so delighted to open my space this morning and reading a comment from Divya from Divya's Culinary Journey that awards are waiting for definitely made a good start of my, thanks a lot Divya for thinking of me. I dare say I've made many new friends through blogging which I never thought of when I first started last year....though it hasn't even been a year, I would say that I've come a long way from zero about blogs to 65 followers today....Thank you all for dropping by my space and do feel free to leave your really helps ;)

And these are the wonderful awards :
Now comes my turn to pass on this awards...the chosen ones are ;)
1. Kit from i-lostinausten
2. Surabhi from My Cook Book
3. Anuja from Simple Baking
5. Reena from Achu Amma's Kitchen
6. Pari from Foodelicious
7. Sonia from Nasi Lemak Lover
8. Jay from Tasty Appetite
9. Poonam from Spicy Aroma
Rules for both the awards :

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this Award and link them back
2. Then say some 5 random facts about you.
3. Spread the joy by nominating 10- 15 fellow bloggers , it is a way of appreciation.
4. Finally convey the bloggers about the nomination.
5 Random facts about me
  1. I love anything chocolate.
  2. I trying my hand at far so good... 
  3. I love watching Grey's Anatomy ;)
  4. Dreams of opening my very own cafe...
  5. I love my car..which is orange ;)

Monday, 23 April 2012

Egg Masala

Ingredients :
3-4 hard boiled eggs
2 dried chillies
1 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed with a mortar n pestle
some mustard seeds
1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
1 sprig of curry leaves
2 tbsp kurma powder

to grind :
1 tsp jeera
1 tomato (sliced)
1 big onion (sliced)
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp cooking cream

Method :
Heat some oil in a pan...fry mustard seeds, curry leaves and dried chiilies, add in ginger-garlic paste and crushed coriander....once fragrant, add the ground paste, kurma powder...fry a little then add in enough water and boil till gravy becomes slightly thick and masala is cooked..add salt...add in cream, mix well and turn off heat...pour gravy over boiled eggs and serve hot..;)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Icing

This is for Bake Along Challenge #1.....a monthly event I'm hosting from April....this month I chose Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing...a recipe from my fav chef Ina Garten...can be found here......
These cupcakes are really moist, chocolatey and light....bakes beautifully....
The icing was awesome as well...compliments the cupcakes...but I reduced the sugar in both the cupcakes and the icing as I prefer a less sweeter version.....overall, a lovely bake...and brought some as a gift to my friends who just moved into a new place...they loved it from the first bite ;)

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Eggless Moist Chocolate Cake

Ingredients :
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp milk powder
3/4 cup castor sugar
1 1/4 cup cold water
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp Nescafe powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Method :
Preheat oven at 160 degrees celcius
Prepare a 6-7 inch baking pan (this cake is a not a tall one)
Sift flour with baking powder, bicarbonate soda and cocoa powder.
Add milk powder, salt sugar and combine together with a whisk.
Add in cold water, oil and Nescafe..Combine till well mixed, with a hand whisk.
Finally add the vinegar. combine immediately and pour into the prepared pan..Bake for about 30-35 minutes or till done....

At last I made use of my new silicone pan...and greasing required and beautifully baked cake...easy to make as all measurements using cups and measuring spoons and no mixer needed......whole family loved it...This is a wonderful chocolatey, moist chocolate cake, worth a try....;)

Linked this to :

Bake Along Challenge #1 Round-Up

Hi...for 2012 hosting :
April by myself
May by Surabhi Nayak
June by myself
July by Divya Prakash
August by myself
September by Simple Baking
October by myself
November - still open for hosting
December by myself

For those still interested to join, it's not too late...just drop a line in the comments box....happy baking everyone ;)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Happy Tamil New Year...

Dear friends, to all those celebrating New Year today , "puttandu nal vazhthukal'......may you be blessed with happiness and good health....
Me, started off the day with Payasam and Vada...First time trying and turned out quite well ;)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Stir Fried Four Angled Beans with Egg

Hi...yet another weeknight easy recipe..;)
Ingredients :
10-12 four angled beans (sliced)
1 big onion (sliced)
2 red chillies (sliced)
4-5 cloves garlic (minced)
1 egg (beaten with a pinch of salt)
salt to taste

Heat oil and saute onion..add garlic and red chillies....later add in the beans and stir fry till 3/4 cooked...Then pour in the beaten egg..Let it cook a little then scramble it with the beans....Add salt to taste...Serve with rice :)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Roasted Chicken and Fruit Salad

Yet another recipe from Ina Garten....can be found here. Delicious salad served with Cheese n Dill Scones. I didn't have to use the stove at all while cooking dinner this time ;)....a great one if u have company or for your lunch box....

Ingredients :
2 chicken breasts (skin on)
olive oil
1 cup seedless green grapes (halved or whole) -refrigerated
1/2 cup walnuts (toasted in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 7 minutes)
1 Fiji apple (sliced) - refrigerated
1/2 cup good mayo (cold)
1/2 cup sour cream (cold)
1 tbsp honey

Preheat oven at 200 degrees celcius.
Place chicken on a oven tray (skin side up), rub with olive oil and sprinkle salt and ground pepper. Roast for about 30 -35 minutes. Remove and let it cool. Then remove skin and slice chicken to bite size pieces.
In a bowl, mix mayo, sour cream, honey, some salt and pepper.
In a salad bowl, place the grapes, apples and walnuts. Add in the chicken. Pour the dressing over and mix well....Serve with lettuce and scones....

Cheese n Dill Scones

Watched this on Barefoot Contessa a couple of weeks ago...managed to make em's a savory type of scones and tasted so buttery and lovely...even the whole house was smelling of fresh scones....:)
Original recipe's from Food Network Asia- Ina Garten....I reduced the ingredients to make for just the two of us....had it with Chicken Salad...awesome dinner I would say....

Ingredients :
2 cups self rising flour
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100 gm unsalted butter, diced
1/4 cup cold thickened cream
1 egg
1/2 cup shredder cheddar cheese (more or less as u like it)
1/4 cup minced fresh dill

Method :
Preheat oven 200 degrees celcius
Mix together flour, salt and baking powder in an electric mixer. Add in butter and let it mix slowly till it's pea sized...
Mix egg with cream and add them in...Combine until just blended and remove.. Add in the cheese and dill. Mix lightly...
Put the dough on a well floured surface and pat to make a 3/4 thickness dough....Cut using a round or square cutter and place them on a prepared baking tray...Bake for about 20 minutes.....
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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Blueberry Pancakes

A sinful start of the day....first time starting the day with a scoop of ice--cream....but well, there's always a first ;)

Ingredients :
200 gm self rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
300 ml buttermilk / UHT milk
1 egg
2-3 tbsp of butter (melted)
150 gm blueberries
butter (for greasing)

Method :
1. Mix flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl....
2. Whisk an egg into milk.
3. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and pour in the milk. Mix well and pour it through a sieve to get a smooth mixture. Add the melted butter and half the blueberries.
4. Heat a non-stick pan and place an aluminium cooking ring on the pan (about 1/2 an inch thick). Add a little butter in the middle of the ring. Pour a big spoonful of mixture till it fills the ring. When there are bubbles on the surface, remove ring slowly, flip pancake and let it cook evenly on both sides.
Makes about 8 pancakes.Serve it with maple syrup (there's no sugar in the batter) and extra blueberries.

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Friday, 6 April 2012

Potatoes with Spinach

A simple and easy weeknight dinner dish that goes well with rice.....

Ingredients :

1/2 kg baby potatoes (cut into halves)
1 tbsp veg oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 big bunch of spinach (use the leaves with little stems - rinse well)
coarsely ground black pepper

Method :
Boil potatoes till tender (about 20 mins)
Heat oil in a non-stick pan....Add drained potatoes and fry till slightly browned (abt 10 mins or so)
Add mustard seeds, stirring for about 30 sec. Add cumin seeds and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes and remove potatoes from pan.
In the same pan, add the spinach and cook covered, stirring occasionally till spinach is wilted. Add in the potatoes, salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Stir well and remove from heat.
Serve hot with rice....

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Goan Salmon Curry

 Ingredients :
500 gm salmon fillet (chopped)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Marinate salmon with the above mentioned ingredients and leave it covered in the fridge for an hour.

Curry Sauce :
1 tbsp veg oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1-2 tbsp fish curry powder
2 tomatoes (chopped)
150 ml water
2 sprigs curry leaves
1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cook till it pops..Add fennel seeds, ground coriander, cumin, turmeric and fish curry powder, cayenne pepper and fry in oil about a minute...
Add 2/3 of the tomatoes and water. ..If curry is too thick, add more water and if it's too thin, add more curry powder...Cover and let it boil in high for about 10 mins or till it thickens...Add in the sugar.
Add the salmon pieces in a single layer, cook over medium fire for about 5 mins or till salmon is cooked to your liking..Add salt to taste and the remaining tomatoes. Mix well and take it off fire. Serve with basmathi rice....
I served it with basmathi rice and potatoes with spinach.....