Sunday, June 15, 2014

White Fungus, Red Dates and Dried Longan Dessert (Tong Sui)

White Fungus, Red Dates
and Dried Longan Dessert Drink
(Tong Sui)
 If you are not going out during this crazy hot weather, do boil
this drink for your family and yourself.  Nourishes and moistens the lungs.
As Chinese said "Yun".  Removes dryness and heat in our body.

 In this post, my kids and I would like to wish their dad
and my husband "A Very Happy Father's Day" and all
Fathers out there.  We will only celebrate this occasion
when he touches down from Hong Kong today late afternoon.

Wanted to tell something about my husband.  
This month end is our 24th Anniversary.  
In our marriage life, there is ups and downs.  
Mark my words, there won't be any rosy journey in any marriage life.  
With good relationship, good communication, respect and love one another, 
patience, give and take, loyal, faithful, loving, trust, and etc...
I bet your marriage life will be long lasting. 
Of course, sometimes my husband will give me pain in the neck.
My character is that I do like to prolong in any arguments even though
if I am right or wrong.  It is not that I am giving in easily 
(as what my kids said).  To me if the argument is not life threatening and 
not a big deal, why want to argue until the cow comes home.  
Wasting my energy and time and also give me a bad mood.  I don't want that!
My husband is a guy who provides well for the family and 
a very good filial son and son in law and 
also I love him more because he sweep/clean the floor 
and scrup/clean the toilets (whole house) joke, from our marriage life
until to date.  The reason being because he is fanatic on cleanliness
and said that I do not use much energy in it and the rest is history.
All my friends and colleagues said that I am a lucky woman 
because majority Chinese businessmen won't do it.
BUT, if he step on my tail (do I have a tail?...hahaha) then, 
I won't speak to him.  He don't like it when I do not speak to him....
(another weapon to use if I wanted to win and refuse to back out).
As what my kids was saying, majority households will have the
husband lazy on the couch when the wife sweep/clean the floor and
in our household will be the opposite. LOL
Oh! the family photo taken is at Floating Market in Bandung 
around early of  February 2014.

Enough of the long story....back to my recipe.

 25g White Fungus
40g Dried Longan
40g Dried Red Dates
65g Rock Sugar Cane
1.5 Liter Water

 Soak and clean White Fungus for 20 minutes or until soften.
Cut the bottom hard part.  Cut to desire sizes.

Soak and clean Dried Longan and Red Dates for 10 minutes.
Seeded Red Dates.

 Add water and all ingredients (except for the Rock Sugar Cane)
into a pot and boil for 30 minutes or 1 hour depends on your fire
either high or medium.  I used pressure cooker and took me only
30 minutes.  Lastly, add in Rock Sugar Cane.

(Boil longer, if you wanted the White Fungus to be softer in texture)

You can drink it while it is hot or cold in room temperature.
I have some left over during the night time and kept it 
in a container and put inside the fridge to drink it the next day.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Buttermilk Baked Chicken

 Buttermilk Baked Chicken
 When I baked this, my son and family just loved it.
My son was so crazy with it until he himself cooked it
continuously for few weeks since he wanted more protein.  
I adapted this recipe from Sarah Carey from Martha Stewart.

 4 pounds Chicken (rinsed and patted dry) (4 pieces)
8 slices of White Bread (3 slices)
1 cup Buttermilk (1/2 cup)
1 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce (omitted)
Salt and Pepper (1/2 tsp Salt x 2 & 1 tsp Black Pepper x 2)
3/4 (2 1/2 oz) cup grated Parmesan Cheese (omitted)
1 tsp dried thyme (omitted)
Vegetable Oil, for baking sheet (omitted)

*Note (red colour is my modification)

Before you start your preparation, heat oven to 400 Degree.
Rub baking sheet with oil (omitted).
Rub chicken with Black Pepper and Salt.

Pour Buttermilk and more Pepper since I do not have Hot Pepper Sauce.
Mix until well combined.

Let it marinate for 30 minutes.

Pulse White Bread in food processor until coarse crumbs.

Mix the bread crumbs with the balance of the Pepper and Salt.
Mix until well.

Remove chicken from the Buttermilk mixture, letting excess drip dry
back into the container and place chicken in the bread crumbs.

Turning to coat evenly. 

Place coated chicken evenly in an oiled baking dish.

Bake for 35 minutes until cooked and golden brown.
After 20 minutes, turn over the chicken and cook further.

Verdict .......outside crispy and inside soft and tender.
Hmmm, will be even more delicious if we eat with 
fried wedges and salad.  Best in the world.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bread and Butter Pudding with Cranberries

Bread and Butter Pudding
with Cranberries
The weather is so hot and humid.  
Have no choice but to switch on the air condition while making
this pudding.  My family love this bread pudding and all of them
has their own preferences e.g. raisin, cranberries, chocolate,
nuts, peaches and etc.  Well, today I am putting cranberries
which is my favourite.  I adapted this recipe from The Malaysian
Women's Weekly "Fast & Fabulous Recipes". 

 300 ml Fesh Milk
6 Eggs, beat slightly
300 ml Thickened Cream
50 g Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
80 g Dried Cranberries
165 g Caster Sugar
8 slices of White Bread (used 10 slices)
2 small Bananas, sliced diagonally (omitted)
25 g Sultanas (omitted. replaced with cranberries)
25 g Apricot Jam (omitted)
25 g Flaked Almonds (omitted)
Cream, for serving (optional)

*Red notes will be my modification.

 Combine cream, milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla.

 Beat until all well combined.

 I abandon the idea of cutting off the crusts of bread 
because I find it will be a waste.
Butter up all the white bread.
The bread can be cut into rectangles or triangles, depending on
the shape of your dish.

 Grease an oven proof dish.  
Arrange 1st layer with buttered bread in the dish.

 Arrange with dried cranberries.  Pour in over 1/3 of the egg mixture.
Repeat, then place remaining bread on top.  
Pour remaining egg mixture and stand for 20 minutes.

 Bake for 30 minutes or until set at 180 Degree Celcius.

 Remove pudding from oven.  
Brush the top with heated jam and sprinkle with almonds. (omitted)
Return to oven for 5 minutes and serve warm with cream. (omitted)

The sweetness is yummy and the texture is not hard nor too soft.
This recipe sure a keeper.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pancake with Strawberry

Pancake with Strawberry
When my husband brought back these home grown delicious
Strawberries from Kota Kinabalu which his business friend planted it, 
I told my family that I wanted to make Pancake.  
Eating this fluffy pancake with strawberry and honey definitely a 
good healthy breakfast and good combination.
For me, I even spread some good butter over it.....yummy!
My family and I love this fluffy pancake, this recipe of mine
does not fail me whenever I make it.

Actual fact, today I am up early because earlier I sent
my husband off to Kota Kinabalu for day trip....hope his
friend will give again / more of the Strawberries to us.
Cross my fingers!   :)

Have a good rest over this weekend.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Yesterday was my son 23rd Birthday.
My husband organized a small beer party for him celebrating with
us together with friends from my husband and son.
They started around 6.00 pm until midnight.  My daughter and I
joined them around 8.00 pm because both of us does not like
alcohol.  Till midnight, they had 6 tower of beer....My Goodness! 
Well, all of them reached home safe and sound and lastly a good
get together with great company.  My daughter told me that maybe 
my husband organize this celebration because maybe daddy going to miss 
brother since brother will be flying to UK to read Law this September 2014
...I said "maybe".

Wishing my dear son A Happy 23rd Birthday!

The next day morning, I baked for my son
"Baked Macaroni and Cheese" because it is his favourite and
also my family.  Other named it "Mac and Cheese".
While eating, my son and daughter keep on giving 
me a good review over it.  I keep on smiling because that will
be the best present to him.  I still remember that both of them
has been eating this food since they are young whenever we
patronize Chili's Grill and Bar Restaurant.
Hope you will try it out....very easy to make and cheesy to eat.
This recipe adapted from
It yield for 1 person, do increase the ingredients if you are cooking
for more than 1 person.

 3 tbsp uncooked Macaroni Pasta (5 tbsp)
1 tbsp Butter / 1 tbsp Flour / 1/4 tsp Salt / 1 pinch Pepper 
1/8 tsp Onion Powder / 1/2 cup Milk
1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese / 1/8 tsp Ground Mustard
1 dash Worcesterhsire Sauce (omitted)
1 dash Hot Sauce (omitted)
1 teaspoon Bread Crumb (omitted)
1 tbsp shredded Cheddar Cheese (2 tbsp)
2 tbsp of Mozzarella Cheese

(Noted : My modification in red colour)

While posting this recipe, NOW I know and realize why there is so much sauce, 
because I pour in 1 cup of milk instead of 1/2 cup of milk.....aiyoh! 
I am old already.  No worry because my children still love it....hahaha

 Cook Macaroni with sated water until still firm to the bite around
8 minutes.  Drain well.

 Melt the Butter over medium fire.

 Stir in the Flour until smooth.

 Add in Salt, Pepper and Onion Powder and stir until well combined.

 Add in Milk and whisk until smooth.

 Add in 1/3 cup of Cheddar Cheese and Ground Mustard and whisk until
well combined.

 Lastly add in the cooked Macaroni Pasta.

 Stir until well combined and coated.

 Pour all into a baking dish.

 Sprinkle 1st layer with 1 tbsp of Cheddar Cheese and
2nd layer with all the Mozzarella Cheese.

 3rd layer will be the 1 tbsp of Cheddar Cheese.

Actually, I put more Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese more
than the actual recipe.

 Bake in a preheated oven at 200 Degree Celsius about 15 minutes.

Yummy for the birthday boy and my daughter.
Today I am baking again for them to eat it tomorrow.
That's show how delicious it is!
Happy Weekend.

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