Thursday, July 24, 2014

Candied Walnuts | 20 comments:


Walnuts and sugar.  That's about it.  A simple recipe to make candied walnuts and these are quite a treat.  You can toss them into your salad or straight into your mouth.  I'd prefer the latter .... crunch, crunch!  But remember to act fast as once the walnuts are coated with the melted sugar, they tend to cool quickly and will stick together real fast.






Recipe for Candied Walnuts  (adapted from 'here')


    Ingredients

    • 240 gm walnut halves
    • 200 gm granulated sugar
    Method
    1. Heat up the walnut halves in a non-stick pan on medium heat.
    2. Add in the sugar, mix well and stir frequently to prevent the mixture from burning.
    3. Once the sugar starts to melt, keep stirring till the sugar is melted and nuts are coated. Keep stirring and turning so as to fully coat the nuts with the melted sugar.
    4. Immediately transfer the nuts to a sheet of parchment paper and quickly separate the nuts with 2 spatulas, otherwise the nuts will stick together.  (You must move quickly from the time the nuts are coated until they're separated out on the parchment paper).
    5. Keep them in an airtight container or cookie jar.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew | 19 comments:


This is again another lazy man's dish.  Using the slow cooker can really help when you're busy with other household chores.  Just dump all the ingredients in the pot, give them a good stir, turn on the power and wait patiently.....I did mine at noon and it was smelling good after 4 hours on high heat.  I used some Korean bean paste in this stew and the chicken was so tender, even toothless senior citizens would be able to enjoy it :)


Recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Stew


    Ingredients

    • 1/2  chicken, about 500 gm, cut into bite size
    • 2 potatoes, cut into chunks
    • 1 carrot, cut into chunks
    • 1 onion, quartered
    • 9 Shitake mushrooms, soaked and stemmed
    • 3 to 4 dried chillies, soaked till soft
    • 5 cloves of garlic
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 tsp Shaoxing wine
    • Cornflour to thicken the sauce
    Sauce
    • 1 Tbsp Korean soya bean paste
    • 1 Tbsp  Oyster sauce
    • 3/4 Tbsp brown sugar
    • 3/4 Tbsp honey
    • 1/8 cup light soya sauce
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    Method
    1. Put all ingredients and sauces (except for the sesame oil and Shaoxing wine) into the slow cooker. Give it a good stir.
    2. Turn to high heat and let cook for about 4 hours.
    3. Taste for taste and thicken the sauce with the cornflour mixture.
    4. Stir in the sesame oil and Shaoxing wine before serving.




    I'm linking this post to the Little Thumbs Up event, theme for July is 'Potato'
    jointly organised by
    Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids  and  Doreen of  My Little Favourite DIY
    and  hosted by
    Jasline of  Foodie Baker
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Salmon En Papillote | 12 comments:


Salmon En Papillote simply means wrapping a piece of Salmon in parchment paper, folding up the paper like a little parcel and then baked, bag and all.  This one-dish meal is not only easy to preprare, it's nutritious too. The Salmon is moist and tasty with some baked potatoes, just what you need for a complete one-dish meal.  Most important of all ..... less cleaning up :))





Recipe for Salmon En Papillote  (adapted from an ASDA magazine with modifications)


    Ingredients


  • 300 gm Salmon fillet
  • 300 gm potatoes
  • 150 gm French beans
  • Some mixed dried herbs
  • Seasalt, Black pepper, lemon juice and zest
Method
  1. Cut 2 sheets of parchment paper, 12 ft square.
  2. Boil the potatoes util just tender.  Drain. peel off the skin and cut into quarters
  3. Blanch the French beans , drain and set aside.
  4. Divide the potatoes between  the two squares of parchment paper, add in some sprinkling of sea salt.
  5. Put a piece of Salmon on top.  Add some lemon zest, a dash of pepper and some sea salt.
  6. Wrap up the parchment paper leaving room inside for the air to move around.  Fold to seal the edges tightly.
  7. Put the parcels on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven @ 200 deg.C. for about 18 mins. or until the packet is puffed up and the parchment is a bit brown in colour.
  8. Serve the Salmon in the parcel, toss in some blanched French beans, drizzle on some Olive oil and lemon juice.  Serve immediately.



I'm linking this post to the Little Thumbs Up event and the theme for this month is 'Potatoes'
organised by 
Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids  and  Doreen of  My little favourite DIY 
and hosted by
Jasline  of  Foodie Baker

and also to 


Cook Your Books # 14 at   Kitchen Flavours
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Chestnut Chiffon Cake | 31 comments:


I made this Chestnut Chiffon Cake after reading the post from Honey Bee Sweets blog but mine is devoid of any 'make up' and is a plain Jane.  Nevertheless, the texture of this chiffon is soft, moist and fluffy and I can indulge more on this cake as it's so light and can hardly fill my tummy even after devouring 3 slices :)








Recipe for Chestnut Chiffon Cake (adapted from 'here')

Ingredients (A)

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 70 ml water
  • 70ml vegetable oil
  • 125 gm chestnut )  Puree
  • 40 ml milk          )
  • 100 gm superfine flour
(B)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 80 gm caster sugar
Method
  1. In a blender puree the chestnuts with the milk, set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add egg yolks, water, oil and mix well.  Add chestnut puree and mix well.
  3. Sift in the flour, mix till free of lumps.
  4. Beat egg whites, gradually add sugar and beat till soft peaks form but not dry.
  5. Add egg whites into egg yolk mixture in 3 portions.  Mix well till free of lumps.
  6. Pour batter into an ungreased 8 inch chiffon cake pan.  Use a toothpick or chopstick to run over the batter to expel air.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven @ 160 deg.C for 40 to 45 mins.  till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Invert the pan immediately on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Run a sharp knife round the pan to unmould the cake.






I'm linking this post to 'Bake Along' and this week's theme is Chiffon Cakes
jointly hosted by
Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours, Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids and  Lena of  Frozen Wings.



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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cheap Formal Dresses | No comments:

I was enjoying our ladies meet-up for tea a week ago and when ladies got together topics for discussion will naturally be about our children, their careers and their love lives.  From the exchange of updates I know that there'll be some wedding invitations in the pipeline.

One of my friends lamented that she's got invited to two weddings in a 5 star hotel in Kuala Lumpur, one is for a lunch reception while the other is for dinner.  No dress code was stated on the invitation card for the lunch, so I suppose she can wear something not so formal.  The dress code for the wedding dinner was stated as formal - long gown.  She was having a headache and couldn't make up her mind as to what to wear to both functions and even though she may have quite a few formal dresses and gowns but then she couldn't be wearing the same dresses to those dinner receptions often.  It's alright to wear those dresses twice or thrice provided that the functions are different and with different groups of friends.





The question of what to wear to certain functions or events can be quite mind boggling.  Casual wear is different as we can always mix and match our attire but this is not so with formal wear.  Also formal wear can be quite expensive and as I've said before we cannot 'recycle' them too often.

But nowadays with the advent of the internet and shopping online, there are many websites that offer
cheap formal dresses  online which are  greatly affordable.  You will be spoilt for choice with what to wear to attend a wedding reception, anniversary dinner, formal with classic designs and not so formal as well. There are also special dresses to wear to a prom, cocktail, a night out, short mini ones, ankle length gowns and full length ball gowns.  Fret not if you’re on the plump side as some websites also cater for plus size formal dresses. For summer, there’s a wide range of floral dresses with light, pastel prints with straight or asymmetrical hemlines.  One can also carry a lightweight wrap to cover their shoulders due to variable weather like from the gardens to an air conditioned venue.






Free shipping and free returns are available for orders above a certain price while some websites offer attractive discounts to first time customers. In short, you can find all sorts of cheap formal dresses for all occasions and events with accompanying accessories, presale and discount to suit your budget.  


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