Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cooking is fun

I was feeling moody the past couple days. I realized that I can just direct my boredom to cooking and cleaning so I won't feel as lonely, just to keep me occupied. So I've been cooking again, and the problem is, I am only one person and Noah can't eat much. Hubby doesn't really eats everything that I make. I had to throw most leftovers out, such a waste. And I like to keep my food fresh. My dad sent me this rendang paste, it's so delicious. It's all ready made, I just need to add chicken in, but I added lemongrass, garlic and ginger just to make it taste even better.

I saw this scallop wrapper with bacon's picture in FB and I had to make it. I didn't eat much, only a couple bites, but Noah was really into it, he's smart, he knows it's expensive stuff, so he asked for more and more... he actually ate the rest of my scallops, it was too fishy for me anyway.

I had to make this radish cake to fry it, it's called kueh kak, a hokkien dish, like fried noodles as the picture shown below, just a different texture and flavour, they are both good.

I tried to make some buns using the sausages because we have 2 packets of it. I got sick of it after eating just 2 pieces, it was good just that I can't eat much of the same thing. It was in the garbage after a couple days.. wasted.

My mom used to make something like this crepe, she called it 'pok chang'. I call it banana crepe or thin pancake, of course she didn't add the banana in but hubby likes the banana flavour.

Tarragon chicken pasta, it's really healthy and tasty. One of Noah's favourite too.

The best buttermilk pancake. Also one of Noah's favourite, but it has to be fresh from the pan or he won't eat it.

My famous ribs, it melts in your mouth.. everybody loves this dish. It's so easy to make and simply delicious. You can check out the recipe from gastronormia.

2011 crop from my garden, soon to be made into jam/ grape jelly...

Potato salad, really wanted it last night, so I had to make it, but only ate a small portion of it, sigh who wants to share it with me? It's actually pretty good.

My cupcakes, without icing and less sugar. I don't like sugary stuff, and also Noah's favourite cupcake.

My chicken rice.. all cooked in the rice cooker..

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm stuck

I was so upset yesterday. I just re-realize again that how few friends I have over here. How lonely I can get sometimes. I really wanted to go out and do something but what can I do? Where can I go? Who can I hang out with? The answers are nothing, nowhere and no one.

I missed my old life. I missed those days when I can just stay in the hotel room whole day, order room service, and going to the pool when I feel like going to, or scroll around the place when I needed fresh air. Free, totally free.

I really don't know what to do with my life. A lot of people told me how jealous they are of my boring life... it is really that boring. I can't go anywhere, do anything. I feel like I'm being jailed, with a toddler bugging me all the time, and another one following soon. Sigh.. I want a break, I need fresh air.. freedom from my jail.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The first meeting

Today was a very special day. I met my #2 today. She looks like a he but I think she is a she. She's a lay back, relax kind of baby. The ultrasound didn't take longer than 15 mins. She was very cooperative, unlike Noah. Noah was moving all around my tummy, making it hard for the lady to get his measurements, he is still the same now. That's why I think this baby is going to be a good relaxing baby. She was just laying there, not moving much, well just a little bit when we were almost done, she was kinda waving her hands, just like what Noah used to do.

The most important part is, she doesn't has a flat nose like I do. I can see the nose. Hubby said he noticed too, because he said I worry too much about the flat nose.. haha. If she is not a she, he'll be a nice quiet baby ( I hope). One active baby is more than enough. It will be nice to get one that let me rest.

She is totally different. We can see all the parts of the body very clearly. Just about 13 weeks old and she has all parts of the body, with the heart beating so quickly, the little fingers wiggling... She/he is perfect... (I hope so) As long as she/he is healthy, she/he is my little perfect baby, doesn't matter about the flat nose. Doesn't matter if she is a he. She or he will be mine.. my darling #2

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Food, more food

As you can see, I've been crazy cooking everyday. This is my favourite, and I've been asked many times for the recipe, so I will post the recipe to Gastronormia when I have the time. IT's really delicious.

Home made macaroni and cheese, healthy and Noah loves it.

Stir fried vege from my garden with egg tofu.

Cripsy fries, just the way I love it.
Tom yam bihun mee

Ceasar salad, from my garden as well...

Taro cake.

Noah ate my icecream!

Bacon wrapped scallop.

Bubur chacha

Mushroom risotto

Chee cheung fun with yamcake

Stir fry kailan (from my garden) with oyster sauce

Ayam Rendang

Kaya jam, Noah's favourite

Char kueh teow mee

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Food attack!

Chicken marinade with tumeric powder, it's almost like chicken satay, I should have bought the peanut sauce, it would have been perfect with this.

Hubby usually doesn't like fish but he ate it, so I guess it's not bad after all. I wanted to eat sweet and sour fish so I had to make it. We had too much leftover, luckily Noah ate them for me. He doesn't like a lot of food but he ate these.

My mee rebus. It was not easy to make it, lots of work. My mom was telling me.. oh this is so easy to make... that is so simple.. but I never see she did any of them, and she gave a good excuse, she can get it anytime, anywhere why bother to cook? Lucky for her. It was pretty good, not as good as the one from my hometown but definitely better than a lot of the stalls.
I really wanted wonton noodle, it has to be this way, dried, not the soup. I made the wonton to go with the noodles. Bought some roasted duck and pork too. Had to go all the way to Toronto to get all my stuff.. but it was worth it. Now I have a fridge full of foodstuff, and hubby's not helping me to finish them.
Hubby didn't like mee rebus but he loves this mee goreng. I used the mee rebus sauce and fried it with tofu, cucur udang, potatoes and beansprout. It was delicious!
My grandma used to make something like this dish. She cut them into pieces, except she didn't put zucchini and eggs. I missed this dish and I had to make it.. It's healthy food anyway.

I've been eating lots of fruits. Cold fruits makes me feel good. This is only like 30% of what I eat a day, for fruits.
I finally got my chicken feet. I was going to make braised chicken feet with peanuts but this is as good, when you dip it with soy sauce. I made a big pot of soup with roast pig's bones I got yesterday, with the chicken feet, peanut, poatoes and carrots. It's really tasty. I'm going to use the rest of the soup and make porridge tomorrow, to eat with my yau char kueh.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Food of the week

I used to have this all the time, congee. I love it with century eggs, and salted egg, but unfortunately I cannot eat preserved food, not suppose to anyway (but I ate pickle, just not the other stuff)
I made this for dinner on the weekend when my in laws were here. Fried noodles was one of the favourites. I really wanted to eat fried calamari, so I made fried wontons, and fried sweet potatoes for them too... no more greasy food.
I was trying to make curry puffs but I haven't got the recipe from my friend. I've been asking her for over 5 years, I think I'm giving up on her recipes, so I tried other recipes but it wasn't as good. My pastry was too thick. It was still edible, not bad for first time, but it can be a lot better. The egg tart, I tried to use puff pastry but it was too thick too, and you don't get as much egg custard this way. I prefer the egg tart shell.
Had to make this Thai Mango Salad. I found the recipe from my cookbook. It's actually pretty good. I wish I have cuttlefish to add in it.. yummy..