Friday, December 31, 2010

Pork Floss Bread Roll

Like what my mommy, Lily's Wai Sek Hong said, I hope i will get help and support from all you readers to become big and strong.  I would like to thank all readers who have been following me and to wish you all A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011.  To ROLL OVER to the New Year, i feel that this bread ROLL is appropriate -  WRAPPING UP THE GOOD OR BAD OF THE YEAR AND ROLL OVER TO A NEW YEAR.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I was so excited about this recipe that i did not realised that it was quite late in the afternoon and the sun will be down soon.  It is winter and by 4.30 pm, it will be dark and colder, so making bread will not be a good idea unless i am willing to stay up late.  Ok, i am willing to postpone my bedtime for this bread sake. So, i gathered  all the ingredients and started baking this Guggelhopf.  When the dough was ready for its  second proof, i was about to put it on top of the heater vent and found that the dishwasher was still warm after a load of washing.  I put the moulded dough in there which was steamy warm, the second proof was done fast and i could bake it and went beddy bye at the usual time.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Jello

Each and every festival in the world has its own colors and Christmas is no different. History of the colors of Christmas enhances our knowledge of the significance of the green and red color in Christmas

Red is the color of festivity and green is soothing and signifies life.  Red and green though predominant are used with other colors like white, silver and gold. It is obvious that these colors make a nice contrast and the result is very pleasing to the eyes.

Red lifts the mood besides being a warm color.  It is a fact that the red is associated with all celebrations irrespective of race or religion. Christmas takes place when the whole world is bleak and dark and harsh. Red changes the look and feel of a room and it is no wonder Christmas elaborately uses red, be it in, flowers, table decorations or gifts.

Red color carries the energy of the fire feng shui element. Fire has always been a symbol of divine energy and can be both destructive and creative. Fire represents the energy of sun and life. A balanced feng shui fire element in your home will bring joy and excitement.

Having nature in the house, in the cold gloomy days of Christmas is always welcome. Evergreen fir or pine is used as Christmas tree. Life is everlasting and the hopes and wishes of the human mind are endless. Green symbolizes the continuous cycle of life, which soothes us in times of uncertainty. Mistletoe, holly, ivy all make us remember those famous lines of Shelley "If winter comes, can spring be far behind". Recharge yourself with hope with Christmas colors.
With both a warming and cooling effect, the color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability. Green is the feng shui color of renewal, fresh energy and new beginnings.Green color is very nourishing to your health, as it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from Mother Nature.

And, last but not least, the feng shui color of purity and innocence,WHITE is also considered one of the supreme colors in ancient Yogi traditions. This is the color of completion, ultimate wisdom and assimilation of all life lessons,  White is the color that belongs to the feng shui element of Metal and its energy is crisp, clear, clean and fresh. White is the color of beginnings, as well as clear endings.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Step-by-Step Easy Christmas Fruitcake

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these pictures of making the Fruitcake will be more clear and understanding than the recipe.  Take a look and be inspired and get motivated to bake this Fruitcake this coming Christmas and make my effort worthwhile.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Easy Christmas Fruitcake

Fruitcakes are a staple of the holiday season and a beloved holiday treat, to those who love them. It is a preconceived notion that fruitcakes are awful and i can say it can be nasty, packed with chopped candied fruits and/or dried fruits, nuts, and spices, and drowned in spirits.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I have known about Red Velvet Cake/Cupcakes for sometime now but hestitate to bake some cos  the amount of red food coloring used in most recipes is of a considerable amount and it scares me.  I was glad that i get the opportunity to make some when  My friend Nellie had 2 orders for Red Velvet Cupcakes. The first order was only 4 dozens so it was quite fun to make especially she had elves (old ones) to help.  The company who ordered the cupcakes wanted their logo on every cupcakes and we had to come up with a way as to how to do that. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chiffon Sweet Potato Tarts

 I love baking tarts or pies, they are great for parties or dinners as the pastry can be made ahead or the whole tart or pie can be assembled and frozen and baked fresh on the day of the party or dinner.  I love to serve tarts or pie for a sit-down dinner as they can be so neatly served in individual pieces which looked so enticing.  I can't stand my tarts or pies being mutilated when they are served in a party with a huge crowd, so, i will try and turn them into individual tartlets.

Below is my version of Chiffon Sweet Potato Tart turned into tartlets.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Super Soft Pau

As the pau episodes continue, new ways to improve and better the texture have been tried, although this recipe is good enough, there is still room for improvement. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bacon Wraps

These really easy scrumptious Hors d'œuvre have a smokey earthiness that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. They surely were, they were gone before we could plate them.  I was glad that i told my friend Meow to make these Hors d'œuvre instead of bringing mashed sweet potatoes for The Thanksgiving Potluck..

Saturday, November 27, 2010

How to Cook Rice for High Roast Turkey

Rice was accepted with glee - we asians go on a syndrome if we don't have RICE - i don't know about others but me, yes.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Finale - The Day of Thanksgiving

Hey, don't be so long-winded and start the action.  The turkey has to be on the table by dinner time and you are still ya-dy-ya-ya. 

Alright - action for today:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 2 - Preparation for High Roast Turkey

Oh Brined Turkey, i have not forsaken you,  i know you need to be trussed and would love to go on a drying vacation in the cooler.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Brining the turkey

Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hakka Pestle Cereal Rice/Ham Cha Farn/Looi Cha Farn

This is my shortcut version to this dish, no pounding involved. I was discussing this dish with amy friend, Matilda, who is in Sydney, Australia and she told me about this Hakka Pestle Cereal and she send me a huge packet to try. Thank you, dear Matilda and Nancy, who took this packet back to Malaysia when she viisting Sydney. Through their generous and kind gesture, i am able to try the cereal and i should say they make a good, delicious and easy meal.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pan-fried Fish Fillet with Pace Picante Sauce

 As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received 2 bottles of Pace Picante sauce and both bottles were 'medium' and would have loved them more if i had 'HOT'

Friday, November 12, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Watermelon Salad

Do not fret, if you are unlucky like me in choosing a flavorful and sweet watermelon.  Turn the not so sweet watermelon into Watermelon Drink and Float or this salad.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Beef Stew

This is my version of the classic Beef stew , a savory meal which is a deeply comforting food that will warm your family up on a cold winter night.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lo Sam Chung Yoke/Red Cooked Belly Pork

My 'Mother Sauce' which was used to red cooked this belly pork dish has not failed to produced a dish with a full depth of flavor that was astounding.  The more times i used to cook with it, the 'meatiness' of flavor or 'umami' increases and become a lot more complex.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Special Birthday Cake

Ngoc, turned 9 early this month and i made this cake for her, she chose the color of the doll's dress and the colors  of the icing.  It might not be very matching but it is her choice and i have to grant her wish.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gluten-Free Cheese Puffs


The best part was that they come out of the oven, rregularly shaped, and none of them were really spherical as the "balls" name suggested, they had attitude.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rice Wine Residue Sweet Soup

Soup gives you warmth that goes far beyond temperature to that feeling of comfort that few other foods can match.  

Monday, October 18, 2010

Step-by-step Mui Choy Kau Yoke

As promised, the step-by-step on how to assemble the Mui Choy Kau Yoke::
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