Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tuna Pasta Salad With Aioli Sauce


Tuna Pasta Salad With Aioli Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

There was a 3-in-1 effort here, Rika made the aioli sauce, I cooked the pasta and ER did the rest.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

On the 14th Day of CNY 2008 - Braised Pork With Chestnut


On the 14th Day of CNY 2008 - Braised Pork With Chestnut
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

ER, although he does little cooking at home, he sure has ideas when mine runs out.

This dish was done according to his suggestion and preference. The sight of chestnuts had inspired this dish. Chestnuts have released a mild fragrance that assimilated into the meat. Nice...moreover, boiled chestnuts have always been my favourite snacks.

In the midst of preparing this dish, I had forgotten about mushrooms and ER who was watching TV in the living room was quick to remind me: The mushrooms, did you put in some mushrooms?

Braising, the cut that I love to use is always shoulder butt with the occasional streaky pork or pork belly added in...As I said before the later is a "luxurious" treat for us for I have consciously avoiding, using too much of animal fat in my cooking.

Rika said, "This dish is really yummy. I have not had tasted such flavour for a long time!"

On the 14th Day of CNY 2008 - Feta Cheese Rolls & Guava


On the 14th Day of CNY 2008 - Feta Cheese Rolls & Guava
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Reheating the French loaf bought from Giant Hypermarket with a frying-pan, ER had made it so crispy and yummy!

On the 13th Day of CNY 2008 - Sambal Mee Goreng

Lunch on the 12th Day of CNY 2008 - "Niang DouFu" Soup

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dinner on the 11th Day of CNY 2008 - Peach & Snow Ear Dessert


Peach & Snow Ear Dessert
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Light and refreshing!

Dinner on the 11th Day of CNY 2008

Dinner on the 11th Day of CNY 2008 - Stuffed Beancurd With Fish Paste

Dinner on the 10th Day of CNY 2008 - Curry Chicken


Dinner On The 10th Day of Chinese New Year
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Click on this for more ideas on: Curry Chicken

Chilled chickens nowadays are so tender that I just have to reduce the cooking time. In curries, chicken meat tends to break away from the bones when over done. The curry shown here with the chicken just cooked was very “lemak” or creamy with coconut gravy but lacked the captivating layer of oily orangey reddish appearance that I love. However, once the cooked potatoes were added, contents brought to a boil and simmered for a while, a much awaited lovelier colour was achieved.

Dinner on the 10th Day of CNY 2008 - Stir-fried Vegetables

Dinner on the 10th Day of CNY 2008 - Sambal Prawns

Friday, February 15, 2008

Lunch on the 8th Day of CNY 2008

"Suan Cai" / 酸菜


"Suan Cai" / 酸菜
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

"Suan cai”: This is a childhood dish that I remembered well, something made out of leftovers seasoned mainly with dried chillies and "assam keping". Lots of "da cai" or a variety of mustard greens is added and boiled with the mixture with more chicken broth added in my cooking. You can see the varieties here: http://www.evergreenseeds.com/ormusgreen.html

Stuffed Capsicum And Beancurds


Stuffed Capsicum And Beancurds
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

For a change, I only used fish paste to fill the triangular-shaped beancurds and then fried them.

During lunch, YH took a bite into a piece of stuffed capsicum and he said, “Um…the capsicum is sweet!” And ER said the filling has the right softness and nice. Minutes later, YH asked for some to be reserved for his supper. I did not make a lot this morning, so I told him may be I will make some for him again this coming Sunday if ingredients are available.

The filling was a last minute concoction using just fish paste and mashed tofu. I once read a recipe that uses a filling made with chopped chestnuts, shrimps, mushrooms, egg and mashed tofu for stuffed capsicums. This should be tasty too.

Fish paste packed in sealed boxes is available from our local supermarkets or the beancurd stalls in wet markets.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dinner on the 4th day of CNY 2008

Dinner on the 4th day of CNY 2008 - Abalone

Sunday, February 10, 2008

High Tea With Friends on the 3rd day of CNY 2008


High Tea With Friends
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

High Tea With Friends on the 3rd day of CNY 2008 - Tibits


High Tea With Friends
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Dinner With Friends on the 2nd day of CNY 2008


Dinner With Friends
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Butter Cake Baked On The 1st Day Of CNY 2008


Butter Cake
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Although I noticed this cake was cooked in about 40 minutes, I left it in the oven for a little longer and this has caused it dried out a little.

This was not the best butter cake I had made BUT, I was pretty lucky, it turned out quite nice, the cake was not hard thought not as fluffy, considering I had made mistakes forgetting to cream butter and sugar first before adding in the eggs and further omitted a tablespoon or two of milk to be blended into the cocoa mixture. Earlier, I was worried it might not rise properly!

This was what I did with mistakes: Using electric beaters, butter was creamed till fluffy, slightly beaten eggs were added in one at a time and beat well after each addition. At this point only did I remember I had left out the sugar! So…immediately I beat in sugar in batches for 5 minutes using electric beaters and stopped. I continued to beat the buttery mixture though, this time using a wooden spatula instead for a further 10 minutes to ensure sugar has melted. Undissolved sugar caused white specks in the cake after baking. Flour and baking powder were sifted together and gently folded into the buttery mixture in batches. Addition of cocoa powder was my option, I knew I had to add a little milk if cocoa powder is used and yet I omitted this.

This cake was baked in a cake pan from my sister's shop. Butter cake keeps well for a few days in air-tight container and its flavour improves over time.

Lettuce / "Sheng Cai" / 生菜


Lettuce / "Sheng Cai" / 生菜
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a must have vegetable in my maternal home during Chinese New Year. My mother would eat them raw with a dark red sweet sauce called "tim jiong" in Cantonese.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve


Dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This meal was too heavy for us...the chicken was left whole! Good to have leftovers…this made me think of the auspicious phrase, “nian nian you yu”, which means there is excess every year or abundance in everything in Mandarin~

Dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve - Double-boiled Fish Maw White Fungus Soup

Monday, February 04, 2008

Pineapple Tarts / Kueh Tarts


Pineapple Tarts / Kueh Tarts
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sun, Feb 3, 2008: Time again for us to do CNY baking! Yummy nice mini tarts that Rika helped to fill with pineapple jam till she was worn out for the day...ER took over for the last two trays besides doing packing. My tasks were to prepare the buttery pastry moulds and then watched the baking.

Spending long hours preparing these minis were worth it. They were so deliciously soft that they just melt in the mouth :)

JenzHomeKitchen Welcome to my food blog, happy browsing and enjoy!

Glad to say, due to the long period of exposure to wholesome home cooking, inherited some of my mother's skills and coupled with further enhancement of adapting to established recipes, I am delighted to be able to concoct some recipes that I named: My version, which is bundled under "assortment of recipes" in this homepage :)



Back To The Top Of This Page