Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Donuts - 2nd batch


Donuts - 2nd batch
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Donuts made today were coated with icing sugar and a mixture of icing sugar and Van Houten pure soluble cocoa powder. Some were left plain. The chocolate ones were especially delicious and liked by both Rika and YH. These donuts were really tasty when eaten warm.

Donuts filled with Pineapple Jam


Donuts filled with Pineapple Jam
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was our trial version of filling donuts with jam...other fillings that we may try include kaya, butter with sugar, cheese and sweet red bean paste. While we have all these ideas, I somehow, missed and crave for our local type of donuts made with sweet potatoes. It is something I have yet to find it in Punggol 21.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Double-boiled Herbal Soup - Recipe from sis SD


Double-boiled Herbal Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The herbs that made this delectable soup include ginseng, "huang qi", wolfberries, red dates and "dang gui". The original recipe given by my sister SD is to boil the herbs with water and sweetened the brew with rock sugar. Well, after recalling the advice of a Chinese medical hall owner, I changed my mind. He once said, "Instead of brewing herbs, which could be boiled with soup, with rock sugar, it would be much more nutritious when cooked with meat." Heeding his advice once again, today I did likewise. I had used chicken in this soup and at the end of cooking just seasoned it with sea salt. This soup is aromatic and the taste is pleasant.

If you are interested in knowing more about Chinese herbs, click this: Uses + Pictures

Steamed Japanese Pumpkin


Steamed Japanese Pumpkin
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Pumpkin belongs to the gourd family. It is nutritious and a valuable source of Vitamin A. Bright orange pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene, an antioxidant. Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protection against heart disease.

I especially like its subtle sweet and pleasant taste, Japanese pumpkin is also my mealtime favourite when it is in season. Just like steamed sweet potatoes, steamed pumpkin with its skin on makes a healthy delicious finger food too. After steaming, the pumpkin skin just melted in the mouth, yummy!

Steamed Mince with "Da Tou Cai"


Steamed Mince with "Da Tou Cai"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is my childhood dish, a long forgotten one made with chopped da tou cai.

Hawker-style Long Beans


Hawker-style Long Beans
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Stir-fried Fresh Mushrooms


Stir-fried Fresh Mushrooms
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Fresh Chinese mushrooms are delicious when stir-fried. Remember though; always wash any variety of fresh mushrooms under running tap water to avoid sogginess.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Fermented Beancurd Chicken + Recipe II


Fermented Beancurd Chicken + Recipe II
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Weeks ago bought a bottle of fermented beancurd [lam yee] from Yue Hwa in Chinatown. Naturally, I will think of other ways I could use this ingredient in.

The idea of cooking fermented beancurd with chicken came along as I wanted to try out whether the taste would be close to the prawn paste chicken that we love to eat. Something was still obviously missing from my concoction. But, it was not all disappointment, after all this dish turned out to be yummy~

This Picture was taken on 2nd attempt before lunch on Saturday. An extra ingredient, ginger juice was added and instead of egg white, I have used the left over egg yolk here.

If you would like to look at my first attempt, click this: Fermented Beancurd Chicken + Recipe I

My Version:
Recipe:
Fermented Beancurd Chicken

Ingredients:
1 kg drumsticks – deboned and scored the thickest parts
2 tbsp corn flour

Marinate:
5 cloves garlic – chopped finely
½ tsp ginger juice
2 pieces fermented bean curd [lam yee] - mashed
1 tbsp blachan - roasted
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp soy sauce
A little dark soya sauce – for color
¾ tsp salt
½ tbsp wine
Pepper, sugar and ajinomoto to taste

Method:
1. Place deboned drumsticks in a metal bowl, add in all the marinating ingredients, rub in well and set aside for 30 minutes.
2. Just before frying, add in the corn flour the marinated chicken, mix to coat well.
3. Heat up a non-stick pan, add in 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the chicken, skin side down first, till both sides are golden. Spend about 10 to 15 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the meat.
4. Make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Prick the thickest part of the meat, if juices run clear, this indicates that the chicken is done.

Home Dried Mandarin Orange Peels


Home Dried Mandarin Orange Peels
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This batch of five Mandarin orange peels will be more than sufficient for a year to be used in my cooking. With this, I would want to try a recipe with soya sauce chicken when I have a bottle of “Mei Gui Lu Jiu”, a type of flavoured wine which is not available from my neighbourhood supermarkets.

YH's Breakfast


YH's Breakfast
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Today YH attended a seminar; ER prepared him a big breakfast including bread spread with homemade pineapple jam.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Stir-fried China “Nai Bai” with Button Mushrooms


Stir-fried China “Nai Bai” with Button Mushrooms
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

“Nai Bai” from China is seasonal and looks like small dwarf “bai cai” except that the leaves are crinkled. It is much costlier than “bai cai”. This vegetable sold well in the supermarket.

Shown in the above is my own concoction, a delectable veggie dish.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ginger Wine Thread Noodles / “Mian Xian”


Ginger Wine Thread Noodles / “Mian Xian”
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Seen in this photo is ER’s well remembered dish that he ate once during his mother’s confinement after delivery. He termed it as “very previous noodles”. He remembered too that my mum cooked it in KL, Malaysia and he had his share too. When he mentioned ginger wine thread noodles again lately. I said I would cook it for him. While he chose to have his egg cooked whole, I prefer the omelette with julienned ginger in it. If you were here with us when he ate his noodle soup, you would have seen his pleased composure that went along with multiple “mmmmmm, really nice!” :)

Duo-flavours Pancakes + Recipe


Duo-flavours Pancakes + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Making pancakes from scratch…this is a good way for me to finish my feta cheese, an idea from ER. I have forgotten to measure the water use in this recipe though.

Nice snacks that we enjoyed with coffee while watching TV.

My version:
Recipe:
Duo-flavours Pancakes

Ingredients:
8 oz. flour + 4 tsp baking powder – sift together
2 eggs
3 ½ tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
¼ cup UHT milk
½ tsp vanilla essence
50 g Danish feta cheese
Water

Method:
1. Beat eggs with sugar and salt till thick and creamy. Add in ½ teaspoon vanilla essence.
2. Place flour mixture in a mixing bowl, stir in egg mixture, milk and enough water to achieve pancake batter consistency.
3. Divide pancake batter into two portions; leave one portion as it is. To the 2nd portion, crumble the feta cheese and stir in.
4. Heat up a non-stick frying pan, brush with oil, pour in some batter, when batter has set and bubbles appear, flip pancake over and cook the other side.
5. Repeat till batter is used up.

Kimchi Cucumber Salad with Limes

Kimchi Shallots Salad with Limes


Kimchi Shallots Salad with Limes
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I am trying out various ways to eat my homemade kimchi as a salad. I still have at least half a kilo in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hakka Za Yoke


Hakka Za Yoke
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is my mother's festive cum her signature dish: Hakka "za yoke"! Um...it has been years since I last cooked this. This time, Rika had requested it. She only could relate it as a dish that her eldest "yi ma" or aunt, had prepared for a gathering :)

I dread preparing this dish because of oil splashing when marinated pork was deep-fried. With a willing assistant, ER, things were made easier for me. ER did the frying. Through watching a Taiwanese cooking programme, he found a way to cut down the instances of accidental burn by splashing oil i.e. put on the lid of the frying pan when pork slices were fried. But, I still heard a few times: “Wah! The oil is splashing!” :)

The last stage of cooking was easy. Soaked and cleaned black fungus was stir-fried with lots of garlic in a pot, poured in fried crispy pork, mashed “lam yee” and enough of water just to cover the contents, seasoned and braised till done.

While I was half way through with this entry, ER was enjoying a dance by some middle age and elderly ladies on CCTV4...he called out excitingly, “Hey, come and see those Chinese ladies are doing street dance!” Yes, I joined him and watched and appreciating those ladies dancing to the tune of western music without panting! Nice and neat...Bravo! The oldest in the group is 69 years old.

Stir-fried Snow Peas


Stir-fried Snow Peas
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Snow peas are in season now…really fresh and crunchy with a hint of sweetness! Buy some and add them at the last stage of cooking with your favourite mixed vegetable dishes!

Monday, March 10, 2008

YH's Salad


YH's Salad
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Seen here is a well chilled simple salad of lettuce, seedless grapes, cherry tomatoes and Feta cheese with a drizzle of olive oil. ER prepared this.

Korean Seafood Pancakes + Recipe


Korean Seafood Pancakes + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A truly delicious savoury pancakes made easy with pre-made Korean pancakes mix. Chopped hot spicy chilli padi was added to the last two pancake batter just before frying...for myself~ I love them hot and spicy!

My version:
Recipe:
Korean Seafood Pancakes

Ingredients:
2 ½ cup Korean pancake mix
2 ½ cups water
1 ¼ level tsp sea salt
6 spring onions – cut into 2-cm long
2 small carrots – peeled and julienned
Chillies – optional
Prawns – random amount
Fresh scallops – random amount
Pinch of ajinomoto

Method:
1. Mix Korean pancake mix with water and sea salt into a batter. It’s OK if the batter appears lumpy.
2. Shell prawns, devein and cut into small bits. Cut scallops into thin slices.
3. Add in all ingredients to the batter. Mix well.
4. Heat up a non-stick pan with small amount of oil, ladle some pancake batter into the hot pan, spread out the mixture evenly and cook each side for 2-3 minutes over low heat.
5. When the pancake has set, and the edges have turned golden, flip it over and cook the second side.
6. Repeat until the batter is used up.

Homemade Kimchi in a Glass Bottle


Homemade Kimchi in a Glass Bottle
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

For history and health benefits of this Korean traditional dish, please visit: Kimchi

For my kimchi experience: Making Kimchi

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Tofu Omelette + Recipe


Tofu Omelette + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a quick and nutritious way with eggs and tofu / beancurd.

My version:
Recipe:
Tofu Omelette

Ingredients:
1 square of tofu [small] - mashed with ½ tablespoon of corn flour.
2 eggs
3 stalks spring onions - chopped
Salt, pepper and ajinomoto to taste

Method:
1. Beat the eggs lightly with pepper, salt and pinch of ajinomoto.
2. Add the mashed tofu and spring onions to the beaten eggs. Incorporate the ingredients well.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan, add in some oil, pour in the egg mixture, spread and level it over the frying pan, when the omelette has set, turn over and brown the other side.

Breakfast for YH


Breakfast for YH
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The cherry tomatoes were meant to be eaten raw but at a spur of the moment, ER thought it would make a good breakfast with steamed rice and beef. True enough, the steamed tomatoes released a wonderful aroma which YH enjoyed eating.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Stuffed Chillies + Recipe


Stuffed Chillies + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This dish was made easy with the ready-made fish paste available from the supermarket.

My version:
Recipe:
Stuffed Chillies

Ingredients:
11 green or red chillies - slit open and deseeded

Filling ingredients:
180 g "saito" fish paste [available from NTUC supermarket]
½ a slightly beaten egg (small)
½ tbsp corn flour
Pepper, sugar and ajinomoto to taste
1 tsp sesame oil

Method:
1.Combine the stuffing ingredients except sesame oil and beat to a smooth paste .
2.Add in the sesame oil, blend it in well.
3. Open up the slit chilli and fill each with fish paste.
4. With the stuffing side down, fry the stuffed chillies in oil until done.

Note: Ready-made fish paste is salty so no salt is needed in this recipe.

Stir-fried Beef With Onions


Stir-fried Beef With Onions
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a delicious dish that I love to eat.

I noticed the prices of beef has gone up a lot...for beef flank, the price has gone up double compared to the day I started to use it.

Fried Shandong "La Mian"


Fried Shandong "La Mian"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This drizzling evening without fresh yellow noodles, I just cooked the Shandong dried noodles in salted water till al dente, drained and tossed them with some lard to prevent lumping. Next, I sautéed 4 cloves of chopped garlic in oil, put in the sliced lean meat to stir-fry till it changed colour and then stirred in the shelled prawns to cook till they turned pink. Cooked noodles were returned to the wok with seasonings and dark soya sauce, tossed and mixed the contents to get an even colour and it’s ready for serving. I had wanted to use “choy sum” but, without any, we made do with iceberg lettuce instead upon ER’s suggestion.

My family was pleased with the noodles, which were made without "kan sui" or lye Water (alkaline). Rika was not keen to eat noodles with iceberg lettuce but, was interested in what type of noodles I had used.

Stocking up a packet or two dried noodles is sure handy.

Shandong "La Mian"


Shandong "La Mian"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A brand I would like to remember~

Stir-fried "Choy Sum"


Stir-fried "Choy Sum"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Simple and delicious~

Noodles In Ginger Wine Chicken


Noodles In Ginger Wine Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I teased ER for eating such food that fits for a newborn mother in confinement!

I had used up my last bottle of Stone's ginger wine...tried to order half a dozen from Cold Storage but was told that they had discontinued with this label. This type of ginger flavoured dry white wine is not available from NTUC supermarket and Giant Hypermarket too.

Salad


Salad
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

ER made this. He is so eager to finish up the Feta cheese we bought from Mustafa Shopping Centre~ He even suggested that I use it in my pizza.

Ham Sandwiches


Ham Sandwiches
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

ER made this~

Braised Mushrooms With Sea Cucumber


Braised Mushrooms With Sea Cucumber
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I was lucky today to be able to get some prepared sea cucumber from the supermarket. Most of the time, they are overdone and too soft before I even use them in my cooking.

Pasta In Corn Soup


Pasta In Corn Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

These are the ingredients that went into the corn soup: chicken, corn on the cob, dried scallops, carrots, onions and if you have, add in potatoes.

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 :)



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