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Monday, December 22, 2014

Autumn in Central Park, New York Nov 2014 秋天的中央公园,纽约

I was knowing that beautiful of fall colour at Central Park NYC , so it was listed one of the place must visit during our trip. We visited this park on the 2nd day of arrival as we have checked weather was good on that day. We just walked about 5mins to this park since the hotel just located nearby. Every corner of this park was so beautiful and awesome. So I just let these pictures that I took to speak for me.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chicago USA 芝加哥自由行_Nov 2014


Last month, I got this opportunity to tag along with my husband to Chicago US who was on a business trip.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tiger bread 老虎面包

I have been trying making this tiger bread for few months ago. But I couldn't achieve the nice crack effect, and almost wanted to drop the idea of making this bread. Until recently I found a cookbook that has this recipe, immediately try it out and great to see the nice effect.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic 四十瓣蒜烤鸡

While I transited at CDG airport Paris when returned from US trip. I spotted a French cookbook in English, so happy and quickly bought this cookbook. The first recipe immediately I try out is this Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, perfect to cook in a lazy Sunday dinner.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Plain Bagel 原味貝果

Sandwich is the most common breakfast during our trip to Chicago and New York. Their sandwich usually use baguette, English muffin or bagels and stuffed with ham, egg, cheese and etc. This is not the first time I made bagel, the first bagel I made was added with potato. This time I tried a new recipe and just made plain type of bagel.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Whole Tomato Rice 整个番茄饭

I didn't know this popular Whole tomato rice until I read an article that published in a Chinese newspaper recently. Soon I returned from US trip, I immediately cooked this tomato rice since I was still recovering from jet lag, so this easy recipe just come in perfect timing. At the same time, I can also try out the new Le Creuset round French oven that I brought back from NYC.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Boxing Chicken 铁公鸡

Today I managed to find some time to cook this Boxing chicken. This Boxing chicken is just normal deep fry chicken wings, but the tricky part is you have to debone two parts of the chicken wings. Recently I learnt the Chinese name of this dish called as 铁公鸡 ( an iron cock) ^_^

Friday, November 28, 2014

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza 芝加哥比萨

When I visit a country that I never been there before, I will sure try to taste out their local speciality. I have the opportunity to tag along with my husband to visit Chicago and New York on the last two weeks.Then I have this opportunity to try out Deep dish pizza which is Chicago's speciality. You can learn more at here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dulce de leche 焦糖牛奶

I have heard about  DDL Dulce de leche ( you can learn more from here) long time ago but I can't try as it was not easy to obtain full cream condensed milk last time. Anyway, after I received the F&N full cream sweetened condensed milk , i immediately try to make DDL at home.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Noboribetsu 登別 , Oyado Kiyomizu-ya Onsen 清水屋温泉, Hokkaido 北海道 Oct 2013

I arranged for night at Noboribetsu as I wanted my mother and family to enjoy the real onsen (hot spring) and Kaiseki ((懐石料理)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Otaru 小樽市, Hokkaido 北海道 Oct 2013

We spent a whole day at Otaru 小樽 . It was a raining day, luckily just sizzling rain, so we were able to slowly walked through this romantic small harbor city.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

London 2014 伦敦自由行 (Part 2)

Since we don't have much time in London, we decided to take Big Bus Tours in which we can covered most of the attractions in one day. This bus is not Big Bus, but is red double-decker bus which is a symbolic of London. We were lucky to spot this old red double-decker when were waiting for Big Bus .

Monday, November 10, 2014

London 2014 伦敦自由行 (Part 1)

After Paris, we were heading to London for a very short trip for 3 days 2 nights. We should have stayed longer, because London is so beautiful and clean.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

F&N Full Cream Sweetened Condensed Milk & Rose Shape Japanese Condensed Milk Bread 全脂炼奶

It is rarely to get sweetened condensed full cream milk in Malaysia currently. I was glad to accept the invitation to try out the F & N new product Full Cream Sweetened Condensed Milk when the company invited me for the product review.

For generations, F&N Sweetened Condensed Milk was an essential ingredient in the kitchen which many Malaysians grew up fondly with. An integral ingredient when having a chocolate malt drink at home or teh tarik at the mamak’s, the F&N Sweetened Condensed Milk is part and parcel of our Malaysian culture and heritage.

F & N Dairies (Malaysia) Sdn.Bhd. recently re-introduced the F&N Full Cream Sweetened Condensed Milk. People who grew up appreciating quality and premium products are now able to rekindle sweet memories with the goodness of F&N Full Cream Sweetened Condensed Milk - The good Old Days are now The Good New Days.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Purple sweet potato chiffon cake 紫薯戚风蛋糕

After I baked some purple sweet potato burger buns for lunch the other day, I use the leftover mashed purple sweet potato to bake a purple sweet potato chiffon cake yesterday. I was quite surprised that it has quite strong sweet potato taste if compare to burger buns which we couldn't detect the taste.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Walnut Loaf 南瓜核桃面包

Finally I have used up the big pumpkin ^_^. I made this pumpkin loaf two days ago. I still used my preferred recipe which using cold milk, no egg and less butter. I also added some walnut in this bread.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin muffins with Reese’s mini peanut butter cups 南瓜马芬

I got this set of cute Halloween featured of cupcake liners from a blogger friend the other day, so just perfect to use it to bake some fun pumpkin muffins.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Brownie 南瓜布朗尼

My son asked me when can I finished making something using pumpkin? then I told him by end of this month because of LTU event , LOL..Anyway, this brownie even added pumpkin, but no one at home could detected the pumpkin taste ^_^.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage and browned butter sauce and baked beef balls 南瓜義式麵疙瘩

When I was figuring out what to cook for lunch yesterday, seeing the balance pumpkin sitting in the fridge, suddenly think of making gnocchi using pumpkin instead of the usual potato.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pumpkin Churros with palm sugar caramel dipping sauce 南瓜西式油条

The first time I had Churros (Spanish doughnut) was in Gold Coast Australia, and I also made it at home but it was four years ago. Recently my kids told me that they have so long didn't have churros. So this time I made into pumpkin flavour since I still have a big piece of pumpkin in the fridge.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin 南瓜 Ondeh-ondeh

My friend Jane so nice sent me some gula Melaka (palm sugar), my first thought was to make some ondeh-ondeh. Since this month LTU event is all about pumpkin, so I use pumpkin to make the dough and fill up with palm sugar.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Roast Pumpkin and Chorizo Pizza 南瓜西班牙香肠比萨

Yesterday after we have dinner at Bangsar, then we went to nearby Jasons food hall to get this Chorizo which is a new ingredient for me. Today i used this chorizo and add pumpkin to make into pizza. I got this new inspiration after watched the Australian masterchef TV program.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pumpkin Rose Buns 南瓜玫瑰形馒头

At first I was planning to make normal mantou or steamed buns with pumpkin. While the dough was resting, suddenly I think of the rose shape of buns that I have been wanting to try out. This dough is easy to handle and I am glad that these rose buns turned out so good that it gone finished at the same day ^_^.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Marble Pumpkin Talam / Kuih 大理石南瓜糕

When I first tasted this pumpkin kuih, it reminds me of the corn talam or kuih that I used to eat when I was young. This talam or kuih is best to serve while cold, very refreshing indeed!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bubur Cha Cha 摩摩喳喳

Just like to record this local dessert Bubur Cha Cha in my blog here. A easy and yummy dessert that my mom used to prepare for us when we were young.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chinese Pumpkin and Chayote Pork Ribs Soup 南瓜和佛手瓜排骨汤

This soup is so natural sweet, can't really taste pumpkin, Chinese says 好清甜 !! Pumpkin is in season now, why not buy some to try this soup out. Hope you will like it ^_^.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rose Sauce and Bacon Spaghetti 培根薔薇醬義大利麵

Usually I will prepare simple pasta or Chinese noodles for lunch, thus from time to time, I must try out  new recipes before my children complaint that I keep repeating the same things. The other day, I tried out this new pasta recipe, and we all love it. Rose sauce is made with tomato, mayonnaise, lemon juices and etc. For this recipe, the sauce is cooked with cream and milk.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Pumpkin stuffed with Chicken 南瓜醸鸡


Since this month LTU event is Pumpkin, let me continue sharing dishes with pumpkin. This dish was inspired from a food TV show.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Steamed Pumpkin Meat Bao 南瓜鲜肉包子

This month is good time to enjoy fresh and cheap pumpkin. At first I was thinking to make these bao into pan fry type. Anyway, last minutes changed to steamed type, as I am lazy to clean the mess after pan fried.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Purple Sweet Potato Hot Cross Buns 紫薯面包

This is like normal potato buns, I just changed potato to purple sweet potato, just love sweet purple buns. They are so soft and good!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Banana Caramel Cream Cheese Butter Cake 香蕉焦糖乳酪奶油蛋糕

Just realized that the name of this cake is sooo long ^_^. Because this cake has banana, caramel, cream cheese and butter. With all these ingredients, sure it will not go wrong, a rich and buttery cake!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two ingredients Pizza Dough 简易比萨饼皮

This is an amazing pizza recipe, only requires two ingredients (self-raising flour and natural yogurt), still tasted like pizza. The texture is like soft bread but without chewy texture like bread. Furthermore this recipe doesn't require to proof the dough, so quick and easy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roasted Chicken stuffed with Tomato rice 烤鸡酿番茄饭

We had this nice roasted chicken stuffed with tomato rice at a Portuguese restaurant during the Macau trip the other day. I tried to replicate this roast chicken at home recently. The original dish was deep fry the chicken, but I use hassle free method by roast the chicken in the oven ^_^.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chocolate Marble Chiffon Cake 大理石巧克力戚风蛋糕

I have so long didn't bake this chocolate marble chiffon cake. This cake reminds me of the first chiffon cake I made, it was a failed chiffon cake with layers of tummy ^_^.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Homemade Chinese egg noodles 全蛋面 / 油面

I think I can't retire from blogging so soon ^_^,  because I still owe many recipes to my Instagram members. One of them is this Homemade Chinese egg noodles.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wacky cheese cupcakes 巧克力芝士小蛋糕

Frankly, after updating my blog for so many years, I started to feel lazy to keep up the same pace like last time. And seeing many of my blogger friends slowly quit the blogging world, I feel a bit lonely here....maybe I need to take a break from blogging one day..
Back to this post, I bought a 500g of cream cheese the other day due to better price if buy more. After use half to make a Japanese cotton cheesecake for my mother's Birthday. I have to search for a nice recipe to use the leftover, and found this old recipe.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fan Choy a.k.a steamed rice 饭菜

I saw this Fan Choy in Honey Bee Sweet's IG. According to her, Fan Choy is a common breakfast in Singapore. It does look like Lor Mai Gai 糯米鸡 , but Fan Choy is consists of Char Siew (BBQ meat) and Hard- boiled eggs steamed with rice or glutinous rice.  I love everything with glutinous rice, immediately I make this Fan Choy ^_^.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Red Wine Beef Stew 红酒炖牛肉

Usually during weekend, we either eating out or prepare some foods that don't need to use wok to stir fry or deep fry. Something like this red wine beef stew. Since the thyme plant that I bought is growing well, so is time to use it to make this beef stew . If you have time,  you can even bake a focaccia or baguette to go with this beef stew. But that day weather wasn't good to bake bread, so I just bought from a bakery shop nearby.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blueberry and White chocolate Mousse cake 蓝莓白巧克力慕斯蛋糕

This was the Birthday cake that I made for my daughter few weeks ago. The idea of this cake came from Jane. She tried a nice cake from a famous bakery shop during her trip to Seoul. After she described to me the taste, and I made few research, then I came out with this mousse cake which well received by everyone who was tasted!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chocolate Baked Mooncake 巧克力烤皮月饼

I am not planning to make the normal baked mooncakes and snowskin mooncakes this year. But this year I would like to try new mooncake recipe like Kluang mooncake and this chocolate mooncake which I have bookmarked since last year.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nasi Goreng Kampung (Malay fried rice) 马来炒饭

This fried rice really kampong style, got kangkung (water spinach), petai (stink beans), and ikan bilis ( anchovies), all are my favourite ! And I especially like the crunchy caramelized ikan bilis, so yum!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kluang Mooncake 居鑾月餅

Do you know this famous mooncake from Kluang 居銮 ( a small town located at the state of Johor in Malaysia) ? I also recently know this mooncake. According to Johorkaki, Yuen Fatt 源發餅家was the first bakery shop to introduce the Shanghai style of mooncakes in Malaysia. And they shaped the Shanghai mooncake in an unique way that look like rugby ball for me, but some said it look like a mouse, a fox or fish. When my mom first look at this mooncake, she said it look like tortoise ^_^ (For Chinese, tortoise is a good symbol of long life). Anyway, i didn't get a chance to try the real Kluang mooncake. So i have to do it myself according to the taste that i read on few website. The outer pastry as described is melt-in-mouth type, immediately i think of my pineapple tart's pastry.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Madeleine 马德琳蛋糕

My little son Desmond like Madeleine a lot. It started when both of us watching a Taiwan TV drama together (the story line was about baking and love) the other day. He was attracted by this Madeleine and requested me to make for him. At first,  I was using the recipe provided in the drama which required to rest the batter overnight in the fridge. The madeleine turned out to be hard and quite dry but my son finished them all. I guess this recipe was failed due to no raising agent is added.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Siew Bao / Flaky BBQ roasted chicken buns 鸡肉烧包

This is another work under 吃饱饭没事做 ? (Having nothing better to do after being fed) ^_^. Actually I was busy yesterday but some how I decided to make this Siew Bao which I have been wanting to get my hands on how to homemade this yummy Siew Bao.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Chinese Fried Dumplings with Sweet and Sour dipping sauce 炸饺子和酸甜酱

If just eating fried dumplings alone, I feel is a bit plain, usually I prefer to cook a small bowl of sweet and sour sauce to dip with the fried dumplings. My kids can't have enough if I prepare this dumplings.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Walnut Butter Cake 核桃奶油蛋糕

I started to feel lazy to update blog after rest for few days. But I have few recipes still pending to update as per my Instagram reader's requested. One of the recipe is this Walnut butter cake, and this cake is one of my favourite butter cake. If I could recall, my old recipe was way back in 2009.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chinese stir-fried potato strips 洋芋叉叉

This was my first time tried out this simple Chinese potato dish. According to here, 洋芋叉叉 is a popular Chinese potato dish.  I use the cast iron wok to stir fry this potato dish, and we can smell the smoky aroma (wok hei) ^_^.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chocolate chip cookies 巧克力曲奇

I made these mini chocolate chip cookies not because I am celebrating Hari Raya ( Muslim New Year) ^_^,  just because my son has been requesting me to make his favourite chocolate chip cookies.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Galangal (Blue Ginger) Chicken Curry 蓝姜咖喱鸡

Since LTU theme this month is Potato, so I have to rush to put up this recipe chicken curry, and curry must have potato then taste better. I got this idea to cook this chicken curry using blue ginger after tasted a nice chicken curry from a Hainanese rice stall. Their chicken curry has a special aroma, after  few times trying, then I confirmed that special aroma was from blue ginger. And this chicken curry is much healthy without putting coconut milk, but yet the curry sauce still taste creamy and thick, and yummy too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cherry Cream Cheese Cupcakes 樱桃芝士纸杯蛋糕

I was continuing to bring out those cupcake liners that have been sitting there for quite some time. Looking at this floral liners, I got this idea making them into cream cheese cupcakes with fresh cherry.
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