Sunday, December 31, 2006
Tihani and her totally clicked like they've known for ages .. playing happily together ..
Dats Nicky and Tihani .. dun they look adorable .. cutie pies ..
Today was also Adriana's (my niece) bday today and sil bought her a bday cake. We got to savour ice cream cake from Swensen's before we left .. hehe
Dats everyone gathering around to sing a bday song before wish making and cake cutting.
Sil - dun forget to fix the date for the kids play together before Nicky leaves yah!
1 pack ladyfingers (egg biscuits)
1 pack of instant coffee
1/2 cup boiling water
250g mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup caster sugar
dark chocolate, grated
Dilute instant coffee in water and let cool.
Meanwhile beat cream and sugar till soft peaks forms.
Then add in mascarpone cheese and beat for a further half a minute.
Dip ladyfingers in cooled coffee and lay them on a dish/ramekins.
Then put a layer of mascarpone cream mixture.
Do another layer and then chill it for about 2 hours or longer.
Before serving sprinkle with grated dark chocolate.
My 2nd brother in law and family got to taste it and they enjoyed it. Sil said that the coffee taste should be a stronger. Thanks for the comments sis. I will definitely improve on it the next time round.
Friday, December 29, 2006
These were what I had ..
Steam Fish with Tofu & Chicken Noodle
Chilli Crab with Mantou & Oyster Omelette
There are loads of other food which I didnt evem try .. :-(
Dats my daughters monkeying around with their table napkins .. how embarassing!
Dats me & sis just outside the restaurant .. looking pretty .. hahah .. yah rite!
Monday, December 25, 2006
almond nibs, roasted
aluminium tin foils
Melt the choc couveture using double boil method.
Add in the roasted almond nibs and mix well.
Spoon in tin foils and refrigerate to firm.
Alternative, u may use other nuts, fruits like raisins, cranberries etc or even digestives.
Oh ya u've got to check out the price of these gems at branded choc shop. They are expensive. More worth it to make it yourself and best yet, it is super easy to make.
PS .. Look at the pic closely. Mine just came out of the fridge and it kinda sweat a little.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Ahah .. dat gave me an idea of whippin Pancakes for my gerls .. i asked if they had space for more pancakes and the answer was yes.
I said these to my nieces "These pancakes aint nice as the ones at MacDonald's"
They answered "Yah"
And them being the goody goody gerls, they went further "But Auntie Murnie, this is homemade!"
Hehehe .. smart gerls who just didnt want to hurt my feelings. Dun the heart shaped pancakes look pretty?!?! (well, the pic dun do justice though) Well, they tasted good with maple syrup, nevertheless.
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/3 cups milk
Mix flour with sugar. Make a well, and add the beaten eggs and milk.
Whisk well to form smooth batter.
Heat butter in a non stick pan and pour 1/4 cup batter in.
Wait till bubbles start to appear on pancake and turn over.
Serve warm with maple syrup.
For tea, I made Spring Rolls with Potato & Mince Meat Fillings. My mum gave me the fillings yesterday. She might have made the fillings to make something but I think she abandoned the idea and gave me them instead.
Since I have spring roll wrappers at home, I made them for tea (T).
And so we had these with hot cuppa tea on a cold rainy day.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The first station I headed for was the Japanese one .. I nicely placed lotsa tuna and salmon sashimi on my plate and a variety of sushi .. I just couldnt resist these that I jus chowed them down w/o even taking a pic of it.. how can I resist Jap food. They are my fave. The saddest part is that there arent many halal Jap restaurants in Singapore.
Then I had pizza, unagi, prawn and scallop tempura and also shishamo .. dun u think i'm kinda cruel!! .. I ate pregnant fishes .. hehehe .. but i cant resist deliciousness ..
Then I had some cold dish.
I also had Western food - medium well done steak with mixed veg.
And of kors, I ended my meal with a nice scoop of coconut ice cream and a cup of espresso .. ;-)
Thanks sil for the dinner treat and thanks for the dresses!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
6 limes, halved
2 onion, chopped
2 grean chillies, chopped
6 sunny side ups eggs
3 onion, 2 ground and 1 roughly chopped
5 pips garlic
1 cm ginger
5 cm cinnomon stick
1 star anise
1 tbsp ground dried chilli
1 tsbp curry powder
250 gm minced meat, precooked
2 cans broad beans
In a blender, grind onion, garlic and ginger. Put aside.
In a blender, grind the broad beans roughly.
Pound cinnamon stick and star anise in a pestle and mortar.
Heat some ghee in a pot and fry the ground and pound ingredients and curry powder till fragrant and crisp.
Put in minced meat and lastly the broad beans.
Add salt to taste and cook thru.
Plate the kacang phool and top it off with lime, chopped onion, chopped green chilli and sunny side up. Serve with warm baguette.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
My angels at the entrance of the park.
We visited the penguins first to say our hellos.
Then we went to the waterfalls.
Then we walked around to see the birds. Are these pelicans?? .. duh .. how can I not know .. but seriously I dont .. hehe
I saw this stray bird and took a pic of it .. my favourite pic of all ..
Ahhhh .. pink flamingoes .. sooooooooo preeeeeeeeetty .. arent they??
Actually we didnt walk much .. it rained and it stopped and rained and stopped and rained at stopped .. and in the end we left and headed for Vivo City .. and guess wat??
We ate "birds" .. yeah Chicken Rice to be exact at the Chicken Rice Shop .. hehehe
Friday, December 15, 2006
Nicole of Attitudes are Contagious, Mine Might Kill You from New Jersery, USA had sent me this nice package full of thoughtfulness. I could see that a lot of homework was done before she put together the package.
These are what she sent :-
First up .. she had included in her package a pack of Organic Tortilla and a jar of Homemade Tomato Salsa .. oh yes, the tomatoes are from her own garden ..
Also included were a Xmas card full of explanations of each item she sent, a big jar of Chocolate Dip Pretzel Rods and Haribo Gold Bears Gummy Candy for my two angels. She had read in my blog that I have kids and had thoughtfully included those gummies for them.
Learning that I love to bake, Nicole had thoughtfully included too in the package, a box of Shaped Sprinkles, Swirled Dark Chocolate and Raspberry morsels + recipe cards (ooh .. i just cant wait to use these .. i havent seen these in Singapore) and Cookies and Bars recipe book (oh yes .. 349 recipes in that book alone).
Thank you Nicole .. I love each and everything u sent me and thanks for being so thoughtful. I could see so much love and care that is put in to prepare this parcel for me. My hugs and kisses to you lil son!
Thank you to BBM host, Steph of Dispensing Happiness .. u go gerl!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The kids got to choose the stuff they want to get. Tihani had chosen a princess set and Auni a barbie doll set.
Tihani got home and tried on her princess outfit .. presenting Princess Tihani ..
I got myself some arty farty stuff to do with the kids too .. hehehe .. well there's still the kid in me!
I hope the package will reach my swap partner in time for Xmas. The postal officer advised me that the package would reach the recipient in 11 days from today.
This time round, I baked a batch of Peanut Butter Cookies for my swap partner (half of which is plain and half mixture is mixed with choc chips).
Well, this a pic of some of the stuff (i included some other items after this pic was taken) that I sent out.
I really hope my swap partner will enjoy what I have put together for her.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
So went went, our bags packed with drinks, tidbits, extra clothing and toys for the kids to play with by the beach.
We head down to Siloso Beach at Sentosa. While me and hubby lay down our mats and sat chillin', my daughters played with sand.
There she is, Auni, enjoying herself, running on white sand amidst the lush green trees.
There are the kids, trying to build sandcastles.
After a fun time by the beach, I gave the kids a lil treat of Ben & Jerrys.
Dats Tihani enjoying her ice cream.
We left the beach when the skies turned dark and lightning started to strike.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
This was our Big Breakfast which consisted of baked beans which I refried with some onions, sunny side up egg, onion rings, fish bites and toasts, we like ours toasted jus slightly.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
1 whole chicken cut into 12 pieces, cleaned
2 heaped tbsp coriander seeds
1 level tsp cumin seeds
5 - 7 big onions, roughly chopped
3 pips garlic, roughly chopped
3 cm fresh turmeric
2 red chillies, roughly chopped
2 lime leaves
2 salam leaves
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp sweet soya sauce
salt and sugar to taste
In a blender, grind coriander seeds, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin, candlenut and chillies with a lil bit of water.
Heat some oil in a pot and fry the ground ingredients till fragrant and crisp.
Press the end of lemongrass with a pestle and put in the lime and salam leaves and put them in the pot.
Add some salt and sugar then add enough water and leave it to boil on high flame.
Once it has started to boil, lower the flame and put in the chicken pieces and leave it to coook.
Add in the coconut milk and sweet soya sauce and leave it boil again.
Leave it for a moment and turn off heat.
Serve chicken soup hot with noodle or vermicelli or rice cakes and blanched beansprouts.
Top it off with condiments such as fried crispy shallots, chopped cilantro and spring onions and "sambal kicap" - made of ground birds eye chillies, garlic and sweet soya sauce.
Oh yeah .. Mum's Mee Soto was also a hit with the guests .. really kewl stuff.
This is my first time cooking this and surely not the last .. :-)
Friday, December 01, 2006
I had planned to serve them mi soto and for the kids I made them Sausage Bread Rolls.
10 pcs bread
10 pcs chicken franks
glue, made of flour and water
1 large egg, beaten and seasoned with salt
oil for frying
Roll bread to a thin layer using a rolling pin.
Place hotdog on bread and roll. Use "glue" to stick.
Then dip it in egg and lastly roll it on breadcrumbs.
Heat oil and fry the rolls till it is golden brown.
Serve hot with chilli mayo.
You may make the sausage bread rolls in advance and store them in freezer.
This is a pic of the flattened bread.
This is how it looks like before being dipped in egg and breadcrumbs.
This is how it looks like after being dipped in egg and breadcrumbs.
Updated on 2 Dec 06 @ 11.15 pm : I served the guests these when they came earlier and it was a hit .. not only with the kids but adults too :-)))
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
My initial plan was to bring my kids and hers to Downtown East to just while our time and perhaps eat at MacDonalds. When I called sil's kids up, they said "Today is mummy's bday and we have a concert for her with a break in between ...." At that point, in my heart, I went "Danget! I forgot again"
So after my hubby and I fetched our kids, we fetched our nieces and head down to the airport instead to meet their daddy and mummy. We had dinner at Swensen's (oops! I forgot to snap pix of our dinner).
After dinner, we head down to sil's house and watched the kids perform their concert. They are such talented kids and aint they sweet, they really practiced hard to perform for their dearest mummy. They emceed, did cheerleading, modelled, played the piano, sang and danced for the person whom they appreciate most, "Your Highness Lily"!
Here are pix of her kids, Adriana and Aida and also Nadia, a girl whom sil is babysitting performing their last number.
Thats Aida, providing "light refreshments" to "concert-goers" during the break.
We truly truly enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
My family didnt go home empty handed. We brought home a bag of German goodness - Hanuta and Giotto that Budi brought back from Germany and also a tin of Girl Guide's choc coated peppermint cookies.
To my bro - Jus dun be jealous k! No worries aite, I will share these with u! .. hehehe .. ;-)
To sil, Lily - Happy happy birthday to you! Hope I didnt ruin your initial birthday plan!