Friday, July 25, 2008

[Home] nOOb cOOk 2

This time, Western! With grandparents, aunt and uncle here for dinner.
Rate myself 5/10... still got a lot of room for improvement!

Ready, get set, BAKE!

Lasagna... Fine, i know it doesn't look like one...

Scooped out form of lasagna

Tomato and Bacon Quiche (Too watery though thanks to the tomatoes)

Roasted Vegetables Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato Bruschetta - Homemade Tomato Salsa with erm... non-homemade French Loaf

Spinach Fettuccini with Salmon in Cream Sauce

[Home] nOOb cOOk 1

Though I specialized in cuisine during college, but to be honest, I am still a very very beginner in cooking. Still lots more to learn. Am trying to learn various types of cuisine. Especially chinese. I suck in Chinese cooking.

One of my first attempt... I know it looks disgusting... taste ok lah... Acceptable...

Coriander Chicken with Tomatoes
Recipe from, by Rohani Jelani

Stir Fried Eggs with Bitter Gourd and Black Dace
(Dad said this was good ;p)

Bitter Gourd Soup with Carrots and Red Dates
(Why all bittergourd? Cuz dad bought a lot)

Need more practice!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

[Seafood] Long House Restaurant, Bukit Tambun

The last time I went Penang for the Penang Shanghai World Star Quest thingy, the next day Aunty Swan and Uncle IH brought us to Bukit Tambun for seafood lunch. Yummy yummy! And since then I have long craved for seafood meal at Bkt Tambun whenever I head up north.

This time, we were at Juru for the 988 Global Live Music Party. Even before the trip I already nag nag nag the others about going B.T. but they say no time :( Until before we head back to KL I still haven't give up and tadaa~ we went we went!!! Hooray! Hoorah!

We decided to try out this new restaurant which said to have the 'bamboo prawns'. Whereas the last time we went, was at Fish Village, which their prawns were placed on a 'bamboo shape' metal container =_="

Lai liew har!!!

With the varieties of seafood 'bloop-ing' in my mind, we had problem trying to order what dishes we want! Finally, after ages of starvation we ordered 5 dishes.

Stir fried vegetable

Their recommended dish - spicy & sour crab (For me, ok only lah, not a big fans of crab)

Fried La La (Clams)

The infamous bamboo prawns

And the best of the best! Teochew style steamed siakap (This is damn damn good!)

Everything was wallop clean and clear especially the fish. And lastly, the bill only came up to RM140 for 7 of us! I think it was very reasonable. Ivy's eyes were like O_O when she was told the price. One thing funny about eating in the north is, u'll tend to be shocked not because the price is too expensive, it's because it's too cheap!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cupcakes by Nigella

Hamster, here you go... fluffly cupcakes by Nigella Lawson.

125g self-raising flour
125g caster sugar
125g soft unsalted butter
2 eggs
Half a teaspoon real vanilla extract

Approximately 2 tablespoons milk
1 x 12-bun muffin tin
12 muffin papers

Preheat the oven to 200C and line the tin with the muffin cases.

It couldn't be simpler to make cup cakes: just put all the ingredients except for the milk in the processor and then blitz till smooth.

Pulse while adding milk, to make for a soft, dropping consistency, down the funnel. Or using a bowl and wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar, beat in the eggs one at a time with a little of the flour.

Then add the vanilla extract and fold in the rest of the flour, adding the milk to get the dropping consistency as before.

I know it looks as if you'll never make this scant mixture fit 12 bun cases, but you will. I promise you this mixture is exactly right to make the 12 cup cakes, so just spoon and scrape the stuff in, trying to fill each case equally, judging by eye only of course.

Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cup cakes are cooked and golden on top. As soon as bearable, take the cup cakes in their cases out of the tin and let cool, right way up, on a wire rack.