What Goes Best with Beer?! Vote Now!!

March 18, 2011

What kind of food goes best with beer?
Our local dishes for example Ngoh Hiam, Rojak and Char Siew or western finger foods like Sausages, Pizzas and Chips?

Ngoh Hiam

Hainanese Pork Chop

Fried Calamari

Salad (Rojak)

Roast Pork

BBQ Pork (Char Siew)

Braised Pork

Braised Duck

My Nation, My Home.

March 16, 2011

I thank God that my family is in Singapore,
a safe and secure place where I call home.

Look at the world around us,
war in the middle east and the calamity in Japan.
My heart goes out to them.
I can’t imagine if these happen to Singapore.

Let’s keep them in prayer,
and most importantly pray for the wisdom for our government.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6

Prawn Roll (Ngoh Hiang)

March 15, 2011

1. Add minced pork, mince prawn and chopped water chestnuts into mixing bowl.

2. Add egg, sesame oil, corn flour, chopped spring onion, salt and pepper.

3. Mix well to combine the all ingredient together.

*Soak the bean curd sheet in water until soft and gently open the sheet.

4. Paste the mixture on bean curd skin and roll up. (about 5-6 inches)

5. Cut the skin and redo other pieces.

6. Brush the base with some oil to prevent it from sticking

7. Place the ready-made-rolls into steamer. Steam for around 15 minutes.

8. After Steaming, Deep-fry them until they turn golden brown.

Ingredients

– 500 g of minced prawn meat
– 250 g of mince Pork
– 200 g of water chestnuts, peeled and chopped
– 3 gloves garlic (finely chopped)
– 5 shallot (finely chopped)
– 1 onion (finely chopped)
– 1-2 tsp of salt (or as desire)
– 1 tsp of pepper (or as desire)
– 1 tbsp of Chinese cooking wine (rice wine)
– 1 tbsp of sesame oil
– 1 egg, lightly beaten
– 1 tbsp of corn flour
– 3 stalks of chinese p onion, chopped
– 1 big piece of bean curd skin

Angel Hair Spaghetti with Seafood

September 19, 2010

Pasta has so many different forms and shapes, and are served in all kinds of sauces and with all sorts of ingredients. Sometimes, pasta dishes become over-complicated due to all the add-ins. The following is a simple yet filling, healthy yet delicious pasta dish that takes very little time to prepare. The use of angel hair pasta also helps to cut down the preparation time and you’ll soon find that you would be sitting down to a steaming plate of pasta in no time at all! Enjoy!

1. Bring water to boil in a pot. Cook the angel hair spaghetti for 5 min with 2 tea spoon of salt.

2. Drain the cooked angel hair spaghetti, add some olive oil and mixed well with the basil flakes.

3. Heat up a deep frying pan with some olive oil with garlic for 30 seconds.

4. Put in the clams, cover and wait for them to open wide.

5. Add in shrimps and calamari

6. Once the seafood are almost cooked, add in the white wine and cover the frying pan for about a minute.

7. Dish out the seafood and leave it aside first, then pour in the angel hair pasta into the gravy in the pan.

8. Add in some salt and pepper. Lower the heat to low.

10. Present the seafood nicely on the spaghetti and serve immediately.

Ingredients for Angel Hair Spaghetti with Seafood:

1/2 pack angel hair pasta (500g pack)
1/2 bottle of white wine
16 clams
12 shrimp
2 calamari (cut into small pieces)
1 cup Italian sweet basil (cut into flakes)
3 gloves garlic (finely chopped)
Coarse sea salt
Olive oil

Cook’s notes:

1. I used San Remo brand Angel Hair Spaghetti for this dish.


Seafood Combo

August 6, 2010
What comes to your mind when we talk about SEAFOOD?
Fishes, prawns, squids, clams and the list can goes on and on!
Yum!
Are you ready seafood lovers?!
Ready to prepare a simple pan-fried seafood for your love ones?
We shall start off with getting the freshest seafood from your usual fishmonger or fish stall.
You can use any type of fish according to your preference, for example – seabass, salmon, groupa, snipper and etc.
For instance, my chioce of fish for this dish is seabass.
The ideal size of fish for two is about 600 to 800 grams.
Do remember to request the fishmonger to fillet your fish.
Fillet the fish into 4 portion (easier to flip when frying).
2 fillet per person
Amount of prawns will be estimated according to your preference.
lets say 2 prawns per person.
Next the squid.
A medium size squid will be just nice for two.
So half a squid per person.
* Note: you can also add clams or scallops.

Stir fry some garlics with olive oil.

Once you see the oil starts bubbling, push the garlics aside and place 2 fillets of seabass into the pan.

Observe the fish, flip the fillets when its brown on the underside

Flip again, the fillet should have cooked with this nice golden brown. Get ready the prawns and squids.

Place in the prawns.

And then the squids. The prawn and squid should be placed at the later part as they get cooked easily.
Remember to take out the garlic when it turns brown, don’t get it burned.

Place on the asparagus followed by watercress.

Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the seafood and start taking out the squids, prawns and also the watercress.

Squeeze half a lemon juice onto the fish.

Pour white wine onto the fish.

Drizzle the mixture of white wine and lemon juice, left from the pan, onto the fish.
Allow it to flow slowly onto the watercress and asparagus.
(White wine and lemon juice sauce goes well with watercress)

Enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 medium size seabass about 700g
  • 1 medium size squid
  • 4 medium size prawns
  • 6-8 stocks of asparagus
  • 6 stocks of watercress
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons of white wine
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove

Simply Pancakes

July 23, 2010

“Pancakes for breakfast, anyone?!”
This is the question I popped to my 2 beautiful daughters early weekend morning.
Sometimes they will request even before I asked them.
I wonder why they never get tired of pancakes.

Since young, pancake is one of their favourite weekend breakfast.
I have tried shape of various kinds, for example stars, flowers and even mickey mouse faces during their younger days.
But now, the varieties of taste attracts them more than those plain, fanciful pancakes.

That is when I started my pancakes experiments in the kitchen!
I started of with all sort of fruits, oranges, lemons, banana and blueberries.
The lastest addition is banana with chocolate chips top with butter and maple syrup, which is the highly voted one!
Well, you can also try banana with cheese which is equally yummy!

Alright, I should stop my talking and share the pictures I had taken with you!
Enjoy!

Orange Pancake
You can also replace orange zest with lemon or any other fruits according to your preference.
Take note that orange and lemon zest should exclude its pith (the white portion of skin), as pith will cause bitterness to the pancake.
After scooping the pancake mix onto the non-stick pan, simply sprinkle the orange zest onto it before the bubble started to form.

Banana with Chocolate Chips Pancake
Scoop the pancake mix onto the non-stick pan, spinkle the chocolate chips and lay the sliced bananas onto the chips.
The purpose of placing the banana slices directly onto chips is to prevent the chocolate from burning.
It also melts nicely inbetween the banana and the pancake mix upon flipping.

After all chocolate chips and banana slices have all nicely been placed, wait for the bubbles to form and flipped it.

Once the pancake turns golden brown, it is now ready to serve!

Banana with Chocolate Chips Pancake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 1/5 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted or olive oil
  • 2 eggs

Peacefulness or Loneliness

July 9, 2010

We are living in a cosmopolitan city with efficient communication and transportation links to all parts of the world. Phone calls, emails and sms has been part of our daily life. To some, if they don’t receive any calls or sms for a few hours, they might think that their phone server is down. We all have the same reason for working hard-making money. Whether you live in a small flat or a big landed property, our lives revolve around trying to sustain ourselves, and as much as possible, to improve our circumstances; whether it is to put food on the table, or to get the latest iPhone 4.

In our busy lives, we always lament the lack of leisure time. But ironically, when we do manage to have some spare time of peace and solitude, instead we feel ill at ease, lonely even, and quickly seek to fill this empty space. When was the last time we made use of this time to sit aside and reflect upon our lives, and what God has done in them?

Our God is one of peace, so next time we have some time alone, don’t look at it as a form of loneliness or emptiness that we need to fill. Instead, come to the Father, praise Him, and thank Him.

Be still, and know that I am God;  Psalms 46:10 (NIV)


Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…
Psalms 37:7 (NIV)

Simply Seafood

July 5, 2010

This is the first time I took the picture of the food after i prepare them. I love cooking and food styling. It all started with preparing simple meal for my daughters at their much younger age. And of course food styling and presentation came in as to make them look more appealing and boost their appetite. Very often after a dish was done, I would liked to serve it while it is HOT! So that’s why there isn’t any picture captured in the past.

Salmon Main Dish

Clams with Asparagus Main Dish

Zucchini Prawn Starter

Portabello Mushrooms Starter

Tartare Salmon Starter

飲水思源

June 30, 2010

” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

Looking at this photo it reminds me of my late mother once told me.
She said, “我们做人要懂得感恩和报恩,不要忘记曾经帮过我们的人。”
妈妈虽然不曾上过学堂也不识字,可是我知道她是要教我不要忘本
也是教我要饮水思源的道理。谢谢你妈妈
It means whenever I take a drink, I am reminded of its source.
It also means do not forget those who have helped us before.
Yes, I would like to thanks my friends and clients who had supported me
and those who are still supporting me. A big THANK YOU to all.

With the Lord it’s always blooming!!! Do Not Worry.

June 29, 2010


Pink Neck Green Pigeons


Yellow Water Lily


Passion Fruit Flower


Hoya


Cactus


Cactus


Cactus

Do Not Worry

25″Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?
28″And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34 New International Version (NIV)