Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Whenever I cook Gulai Ayam, it is always a hit. So today, I cooked more than I normally do....and it still disappeared quickly! With all my kids being slim, I'm wondering, where did it all go???
  • 8 pieces of chicken
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp tamarind diluted in 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
Ingredients to blend:~
  • 2 large red onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 1/2 cup of chilli paste
  • 1 inch turmeric root
  • 3 lemongrass
  • 2 inches of lengkuas
  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Sautee' the blended ingredients until fragrant & oil separates.
  3. Put in the chicken pieces. Coat the chicken with the blended ingredients & mix well.
  4. Pour in the tamarind juice and allow to simmer.
  5. Season with salt & palm sugar.
  6. Put in the coconut milk. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with white rice.


Saturday, 14 May 2011

On cool, cloudy windy days, Pasar Tani is my weekly shopping heaven! Looking at the freshly dug up tapioca, has made my head swirl, with some 100 tapioca dishes I could possibly cook! This Lempeng Ubi Kayu & Sambal Tumis is the first I'm serving for today....


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

I have always wanted to bake bread daily for my family. However, my unpredictable schedule doesn't allow me this luxury, as bread-making requires specific timing for proofing & rising. Today, I managed to work around it and produced an amazing Milk Loaf, even my mum was happy with! Yahoo!!!!
  • 5 cups flour & extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 15gm yeast
  • 1 1/4 luke warm water
  • 4 tbsp lukewarm milk

  1. Sift flour & salt in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the yeast with half the luke warm water.
  3. Put in the balance of the water & stir well.
  4. Pour the yeast mixture into the centre of the flour.
  5. Gradually mix in more of the flour to form a thick, smooth batter.
  6. Sprinkle some flour over the batter & leave it at a warm place to bubble for 20 minutes.
  7. Add the milk & the remaining flour.
  8. Mix to a firm dough.
  9. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth & elastic.
  10. Place in an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel.
  11. Let it rest in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  12. Punch the bread & shape it into a rectangle..Place it in a greased loaf tin.
  13. Cover & let it rise until double the bulk.
  14. Use a sharp knife to split the top of the bread right across the top.
  15. Leave it for another 15 minutes.
  16. Bake in a 230ºC preheated oven for 20 minutes.

Mother's Day began at the clinic to help 'repair' Din as he fights a stomach bug in bed, Izanna was down with fever, Izarra & Azuar was in the midst of exams. So, with almost half my family still spending most of the day in bed, I'm hoping a simple Plain Rice Porridge & Bayam Masak Air will do it's work towards the healing process......
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp anchovies
  • 1 bunch of spinach, cleaned & plucked
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • 1 turmeric leaf, knotted

  1. Boil the water in the pot.
  2. Put the onions, garlic & anchovies in the water.
  3. Allow it to boil.
  4. Flavour with salt & pepper.
  5. Put in all the spinach into the boiling water and turn off the fire.
  6. Put in the turmeric leaf for final flavour.
  7. Serve with white rice & sambal.



authorMarina Mustafa. Author of ten cookbooks.

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