Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Homemade Daifuku aka Mochi is the BEST!

I prepare 10 Red bean balls to be wrapped, 1tbsp each!
I used the rice cooker to cook the glutinous rice flour, maybe will try to steam it the next time!

OMG, I have never tasted a Mochi that has the Melt in your mouth effect! But homemade ones are soooooooooo possible!! I am not a Mochi person, it was more for Hubs but I took one because the wrapping was SO UGLY! The sweetness and melt in your mouth effect caught me by surprise!! I was so happy when there was another Ugly Mochi!
  
"Ok, Ugly Mochi, I am giving you a closeup because you tasted so YUMMMMIEEE!!"
Read on for Recipe.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Belgian-Style Yeast Waffles by KAF

Fresh Belgian Style waffles in the morning with Cool Whip and Maple syrup!
Decadence ...
Click on for recipe.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

♥ 爱情很微妙 ♥

<< 爱情很微妙 >>

When you least expected it, they come silently ...
When you want it to last, you lose it unexpectedly...
When you think you are losing it, it comes back to you ...
When you thought you have it all, it doesn't belongs to you in the first place ...
When you grab it tightly with your fist, all it wants is to break lose ...
When you let loose, all it wants is to come back to you ...

Love, very contracdicting ...
飘渺不定,抓摸不了!

When 微妙 is translated by Google it mean :

adjective
1.subtle
2.profound
3.subtile
4.mysterious
5.gentle
6.affectional
7.caressing
8.affectionate
9.excellent

Very emotional? Thinking of my past relationship, current relationship, bro's new relationship, friends' relationship ...

Not everyone can get what they want out of Love ...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Carina's Italian Restaurant for Spaghetti

This weekend we are at the Carina's Italian Restaurant.
We were just driving aimlessly around for lunch and wanting to try something new that both of us has yet to try! And between BBQ and Italian, Hubs drove in to this particular Italian restaurant that we seldom see at our side of Texas!
Open kitchen, and simple setting ...
My favourite,'BREAD'!
And it is served with Olive oil and fried Garlic. OMG, I love love love the bread, it is so soft and dipped with Olive oil+garlic, it tasted just like VERY fresh garlic bread. LOVE IT!
Hubs ordered the 'Lemon Pepper Mahi Mahi'
Grilled fillet topped with artichokes, roma tomatoes and spinach in a lemon butter wine sauce. Served with angel hair and fresh vegetables $14.99

I ordered a safer choice, Shrimp Scampi. I am not adventourous with food. That is a problem with someone who wants to make cooking/baking as her hobby!
Angel hair, mushrooms, garlic, roma tomatoes, basil, parmesan and white wine lemon butter sauce @ $13.99 
Hubs says his fish is abit dry but overall he says the taste is ok/good at least he can taste the Mahi Mahi.
I love my shrimp scampi, the sauce is thick and buttery, I finish every ONE BIT of it! Ok that say so much because I seldom finish everything on my plate! The portion is just nice, not as overwhelming!!
But the 'Bad', I was having the runs, might be due to the OLIVE oil. I went home and googled, Olive oil might really caused mild diarrhea. Hubs say I had ALOT of it, I even try to eat Hubs portion of the bread for the Olive Oil and garlic pieces! After that I had Indigestion, hahaha I guess the meal is too 'FULL' for me! Carbo Overloaded my system!!! But I have recovered!

If my body is up to it, I will definitely come back for my Italiano fixed!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekend Indulgence ...

Everything deep fried ...
Fries, fish fillet and popiah ~
Home Fried food, beats Apple Bee price!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Homemade Chicken Breast Ham!

This recipe has been on hold for a few weeks because I always forget to buy Chicken breast.  I usually don't take chicken breast because the meat are so dry. But Carol ,author, of this recipe mentioned that the chicken breast meat will be very tender, so I took a risk! The recipe is very simple but the Chicken breast meat have to be marinate in Salt, sugar and pepper for 3 days!

Recipe use is extracted from Carol's 自在生活.

After marinating with the said ingredient, the meat have to be soak in water for another 2 hours! And then use aluminum foil to roll and wrap the meat tight tight!
Tie it up!
The end product!
Freshly made Chicken Breast Ham, healthy and yummy!
Read on for the recipe in chinese and english ...

Song of the Moment "Need you now" by Lady Antebellum


Picture perfect memories, scattered all around the floor.
Reaching for the phone cause, I can't fight it any more.
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind.
For me it happens all the time.

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now.
I said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without, I just need you now.

Another shot of whiskey, can't stop looking at the door.
Wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before.
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind.
For me it happens all the time.

It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now.
I said I wouldn't call but I lost all control and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without, I just need you now.

I guess I'd rather hurt than feel nothing at all.

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now.
And I said I wouldn't call, but I'm a little drunk and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without, I just need you now.

I just need you now.

Oh baby I need you now.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Comfort Food "Soy sauce chicken"!

This is one of my absolute comfort food!
Easy, one step, one pot in one meal!
Sweet and salty!
I don't think anyone will reject this especially with the savory sauce over rice!
Read on for more ...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Doraemon's ♥ 'Dorayaki'!

This is like the Japanese's Pancake. I added Whipped cream to the Anko Paste that I prepared and the paste taste smoother and even sweeter! I find it tooooooo sweeeet but Hubs say, "OK leh!". But he mentioned that the cake not soft enough. Hmmmmm, maybe my cake flour has been placed for too long or did I over stir the batter or is the batter is too thick?

Read on for my experience ...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Anko aka Red Bean Paste

Just recently we bought a box of mochi with red bean paste, and that is the most yucky red bean paste mochi I have taken! The paste was floury and the green bean paste was so little, I couldn't see the paste! It is all rice flour!! So, I decide to take up the challenge and prepare the Anko myself! Of course there were recipes everywhere online and the challenge was to find the most traditional and yet the easiest, with well written and clear step by step instruction with pictures. I search for a few days and finally settle on Wagashi Maniac.

(Picture credit : Wagashi Maniac)
For my own recording ...

I Soak the whole one packet of 350gm of red beans overnight, and the next day they bloat to twice their size! I almost want to skip this step!!

Bring to boil over medium heat. Beans get wrinkled add another 30ml of cold water.
Bring to boil again and add another 300ml of cold water.
Cook over medium heat for 45-50minutes.
Turn heat off, and place beans in Colander. Drain off water and wash with COLD water.
Soak bean in cold water for another 5minutes. (I did 3minutes!)
At this point, the beans shouldn't break and should still be intact if not the fire is too hot!

Bring it to soft boil, after that place either parchement paper or lid over the beans for another 50-60minutes!
Close fire, strain the bean.
I don't have those cooking cloth, so I just use a spatula and a sieve to press out as much water as I can.
Last step, add 50% of the beans back into a wok with the sugar and chopped fry them till sugar dissolved. Do not need to add water at this stage because when the sugar start to dissolve, the beans water came out! Cook a while and add the other 50% of the beans. Start choppy frying for the water to dry up. I fry till the bottom start to burnt a little hahahaha, this step is very QUICK so don't walk away!

A tadah ~
Stay tuned for Dorayaki Pancake!

Ingredient :
350gram of Beans
280gram of Sugar

Note, just keep the beans cooking with just enough water to cover the beans. I think that is supposed to stop the beans from jumping too much! And the fire really depend on your stove. Wagashi Maniac 'Medium' fire is too 'High' for me, I use 4-5 for most of the steps, and last few steps only 1-2. I omitted the baking soda, because I do not need the beans to look esthetically pretty to me!

Overall it is not difficult, just time consuming and very attention seeking!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fried Hotdog Bun w Donut!

Hubs loves this kinda of fried hotdog bun, but it was so heaty and the inside was not *cooked*, I have to cut up and microwave after everything. This time round, I tried harder to control the fire, but still I failed. I guess Deep Frying of dough is not as easy I thought it is!
It is easier to prepare the Donut Balls!
These Donut balls are smaller and easier to control!
Recently I am so lazy, I usually prepare a LARGE Pot of chicken stock and have soupy stuffs throughout the whole week. I am getting soooooo sooooo good at preparing chicken stock, I 'stunt' myself.
So Practise make perfect is TRUE!

This is so healthy; minced beef/pork, 豆苗, mushroom, egg and vermicilli.
A well rounded dinner!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

mini Yusheng Salmon + Jellyfish Salad

I remake the Mee Hoon Kueh again the next day, and I made the kueh; with salt and sesame oil added to the water. The kueh is so much softer and smoother. Hubs like this version more!
The title said it all huh!?
Shred the Radish, carrot, throw in the jellyfish and slice the salmon. Dump in Sesame seed, grind peanut, 5 spice powder, sesame oil, peppar, lime and plum sauce. I would have added cucumber but out of stock at home, kekeke ~

Cooling, light and yummmieeee ~

Friday, March 18, 2011

Different twist of Mee Hoon Kueh

Not exactly the original Mee Hoon Kueh recipe, but I used my leftover chicken soup, and mince beef, mushrooms and greens. And I use half of the recipes of the usual recipes for one bowl, just nice.
100gram - All Purpose flour
50ml - Chicken stock (or lesser)
I did fry some Ikan Billis but forget to add it in during "Photography Session", hahahaha!

I will be doing the same thing again tonight!
Nice filling dinner!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A lazy Sunday

Typically our Sunday will be spend sleeping in, and doing our groceries!
And recently we start to have family walks out of our community compound.
A short 1 mile walk.

This is gorgeous house in our route; with such pretty 樱花树 aka Sakura Trees and there is a swing right infront of the house! My dream house ...
I purchased some 虾皮 from Ranch99, I read about this ingredient from most of Taiwanese foodblogs, and I want to try it. Most recipes I read use 虾皮 as a marinate for minced pork for 锅贴 or fried/steam then with eggs. I used it for my 豆苗, it tasted great! 虾皮 has high content of calcium levels, and they taste a tat better then dried anchovies!
I really really need some motivations to lose some weight!
The yo-yo weather is not helping much and causing me alot of HEADACHES, and a achy body!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

@ American Airlines Center w Lady Gaga!

I am rather dissappointed with the whole affair especially with the money that we have paid. The concert actually starts at 9pm+ and end at 11.15pm; about 2hours! And we didn't know how USA concert end and we left before the last song!! WTF ~ Now we know better, plus our seats are so far, LADY GAGA is so small, and the TV screen is SMALL too! PLUS + + + the girls that sat infront of me are so TALL, and keep dancing with her ARMS in the AIR!
One of the stage set up. The stage here are surprisingly SMALL!
Nevertheless, LADY GAGA performance is GOOD!
She promises everyone that SHE NEVER LIP SYNCH anywhere! And she mentioned that she will sing FREE for more occasions because she enjoyed singing FREE.
(Erm we paid, USD400+, you want to refund?)
By the way, we think we will enjoy it MORE if it is FREE too!
Heeeee I end with a Camwhore pictures of myself after doing my makeup!
It has been donkey months since I did a FULL makeup!
Love it but then the removing them is a drag!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Soy bean paste, minced meat with Tofu

This is so easily put together!
Marinated the minced meat with Soy bean sauce, 5 spice powder, sugar and 2tbsp of my chicken stock. Place the tofu in the middle, sprinkle the side with Enoki Mushroom, and top with the marinated minced meat and STEAM! Viola, it is surprisingly GOOD! It was a last minute put together idea ...

I sprinkled Fried Onion on top!
Yummieee, Hubs like it too!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring in Fort Worth

Fort Worth is about an hour drive away!
And it is really SPRING, I have to dig out my Spring clothes, and ALL MY CLOTHES doesn't fit! I REALLY have to do something because I bought like a shitload of clothes for the past 2 weeks!!!!

Hubs know I need some coffee!
When I am fat, my eyes look so small!
I have to start abit of exercising!
Maybe a 2mile jog daily!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sometimes I WISH ...

Hubs will bring back some flowers to brighten up  my day ...
For US$2.99, it is so cheap just to brighten up someone's day right?

More shopping, Wetseal.com!

网上购物是我唯一,避风港 ...

 
More shoppings, it make me feel better ...
Initially it was because I like the Double Button Yoke Jean, and it become a full blown shopping spree!
This is sexy yet casual, I likey!
Pretty, flirty skorts!
I love this lacy camis for layering; 2 for USD12.00!
Ok these tights are just cheap; USD1.20 each!
Hubs is going to kill me for these!
Ok, this is the last spree for the month!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

CutesyGirl.com

When Thou is not cooking or baking, Moi is shopping!
I have been 'aiming' at this pair of Michael Antonio Dally Pumps like since forever!

And today is the DAY!
CutesyGirl is selling them for US$9.99 each!
weeee-eeee ~
They are having "FREE SHIPPING & 10% OFF ON ORDERS OVER US$50"!
I have a hard time deciding on the colours, and at the very last minute, I choose white!
I have to make use of the promotion, so I have to continue shopping; if not I be paying US$19.00 for the shoes because of the US$10.00 Shipping charges! This is how USA shopping works!

In the end after the 10% discount and free shipping, I paid about US$12.50 for each item!
So excited.
I can dress up for Lady Gaga's concert!

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