Thanks to a friend, we had our first roast chicken for this year last Saturday. The taste is better than the roast chicken that I roasted last year. My friend and I ate straight from the baking tray coz we were left with the breast meat. The children took the thigh part and the wings away. Lazy to grab a plate, we just dig in and dip our meat into the gravy left on the tray. Fingers licking good.
It is Jamie Oliver’s recipe which you can get from this link http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/roast-chicken-with-lemon-rosemary-ro.
After more than a year, it is nice to see the Green Bar again on this blog of mine. Even though the length of the Green Bar has shortened, it is better than no Green Bar at all. Not only for this blog, I have the Green Bar at my Blogspot and my Recipe blog too. Even hubby’s blogspot got a Green Bar now. I think this is Google’s Christmas gift for us. How long will it last? Only the Big G knows. Since I have the Green Bar back, I am now more motivated to submit my blogs to web directory list so that I can get more backlinks and visits which will increase the length of the Green Bar in due time.
This morning pulak, I received an email from London!
I live in London, UK and would like to know where I can purchase pineapple tarts?
Aiyoyo! You live in London and you ask me where to buy pineapple tarts? I have never been to UK and never will be unless I strike lottery.
And that is no way I can export my Nyonya Pineapple Tarts to UK unless she doesn’t mind eating Nyonya Pineapple Crumbs.
Hey, you Nyonyas who live in UK, go learn how to make Nyonya Pineapple Tarts and start a home business there. Dunno how? Search in this blog, I got the recipe and even step by step on how to make the pastry in Youtube!
Munch this whole container of yummilicious Chocolate Chip Cookies for breakfast, tea-time and supper.
I just baked the above Chocolate Chip Cookies at my mom’s just now. She has bigger oven, she can babysit my baby while I bake and she can clean up for me. My fingers still not healed yet mah; if I play with lots of water, it will dry up slower mah.
I am sure gonna bake the same for CNY. So easy peasy to prepare and sedap I tell you.
Come, come I give you the recipe, you go try, then tell me nice or not.
250g Pure Butter
1/3 Cup Castor Sugar
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Vanilla Essense
2 Large Eggs
4 Cups SR Flour
1/2 Cup Hersley’s Chocolate Chips
Beat Butter, Sugar and Vanilla till smooth then add in the eggs, beat till fluffy. Sift in the flour and mix with spoon. Then add in the chocolate chips.
Make them in a small ball and place them on the tray with baking sheets. Then flatten them with your palm. This is fun; let your children help you with this. Make sure they wash their hands clean ok.
Bake at 175C (top n bottom heating) for 10 minutes. Let it cool before you devour them. If not sure will kena sore throat one.
For today’s batch, my 5yo girl and 3yo son helped me beat the butter, sugar and eggs. But the rolling into balls and flattening them, I did. Too fun to let them do it. Nah…Dibo the Gift Dragon is more fun for them.
Since the chicken and fish has been thawed and my 6yo agreed to help me mop the floor, I decided to cook to save money. Ever since I don’t earn much side income now, I am quite reluctant to spend hubby’s money. I nice wifey eh.
This is what iCook:
Stir Fried Okra
And I also experimented making my own Teh C Special but did not manage to get the 3 layer presentation. My mistake was the lower density liquid should be poured first into the glass; I did the opposite!
After that, while hubby naps with baby, we (my other 3 children and I) baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. Improvised from Karen Cheng’s M&M Cookie Recipe. I don’t really fancy letting my children eat those colourful M&M so I substituted them with Hershey’s Chocolate Chips and some Sunflower seeds.
I am so not in the mood to blog serious stuff today. Firstly, it is raining and that slows down everything. We (hubby and I) normally go on slow mode when it is raining or cloudy day. We just wanna stay at home and do nothing; just being lazy. Our mind just cannot work!
I wanted to blog about Fenugreek (Halba) but lazy to go inside my room to get my camera to upload the photos.
Later today, we will be baking Nyonya Pineapple Tarts. They are for my SIL who is going to celebrate Deepavali at her brother’s house in JB this weekend.
Tomorrow, it will be another baking session. I’ll be baking Mango Cake for my SIL.
Mangos from my dad’s. He has a few Mango trees. I got the recipe from here after reading the review from here. My first try was last Saturday and everyone who tried the Mango Cake likes it. Even though I mix the batter wrongly! I go sieve the brown sugar with the flour! So use to doing this when baking muffins. I was speechless when my SIL requested me to bake for her; she wants to buy from me wor!*wink, wink*
After 2 weeks of resting, life is gonna get busy again. No more slow mode after this.
Chicken Pong Teh, Fried Cauliflower with Carrot and Sambal Belacan will be our lunch and dinner today; prepared by my maid and I. I am so used to cooking and when baby is still sleeping I felt restless with nothing to do so I helped her and making sure she prepares the food the way I want it to be. Yup! I am fussy when I want to.
I added some hard boiled eggs into the Chicken Pong Teh for my children coz 2 of them don’t like eating meat.
Hubby just told me that he does not really like cauliflower because it is not green veggie. Haiya, tell lar earlier. I cooked so much already.
This is a MUST to eat together with the Chicken Pong Teh; Sambal Belacan. Unfortunately, I still can’t touch this because it has shrimp paste. No unclean food for me yet coz my right tummy still hurts.
I look forward to August 23, 2009. That will be the day that I will be 100% housewife; not just a WAHM. Hey, I work you know, I blog to earn money. That is the day that my maid will leave us for a month holiday. I have already imagine how my household will be and how the compound will look like. Please don’t come visit me during that one month unless you come to help me out. Anyway, I thank God that my mom is living very near my in-law’s house and the cooking will be done by her. Phew! One burden lifted up. If not I must head to the Book Shop to get some cookbooks.
Talking about cookbook, have you heard about the big fat duck cookbook? It is not just any other cookbook. In The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, you will know the full story of the meteoric rise of Heston Blumenthal and The Fat Duck, birthplace of snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream, and encounter the passion, perfection and weird science behind the man and the restaurant then only you will find 50 of his signature recipes.
Heston Blumenthal is widely acknowledged to be a genius, and The Fat Duck has twice been voted the Best Restaurant in the World by a peer group of top chefs.
We had Baked Chicken chicken for lunch. You can get the recipe here.
And for dinner, my children had Western Breakfast! Yup, breakfast menu for dinner.
Reason being, those were the only food in the fridge that my children will surely eat.
I had stomachache coz I ate Nyonya Chang from dunno when! My tummy still can’t take glutinous rice. Besides that, I ate Chocolate, Ice Cream and Pengat Durian. Fattening stuff!!!
The weather was gloomy and cold. Everything runs on slow mode! My 2.5 months old baby slept almost the whole day! He woke up at 10.30am, slept again at 11.30am till 2pm, then from 3pm to 5pm, then 6.30pm to 8.30pm and at 10pm we settle for the day. He is still sleeping now.