31 October 2014

Homemade Pumpkin Noodles 南瓜手工面

When come to buying a kitchen tool for myself, I'll not always go for the latest or advance technology. That day when I want to buy the Imperia hand roll Italian pasta machine I was standing in the shop for a long times, because I have the KitchenAid machine and is so convenience for me to attached the pasta cutter gadget to the KitchenAid body! The price difference between the hand roll machine and the gadget for attaching to KitchenAid is not a lot. Eventually I opt for the hand roll machine and wooden pasta drying stand.

I have to said that it is fun making your own noodles with hand roll pasta machine. I saw many hawkers in Singapore selling the hand made noodles 手工面 using this type of hand roll pasta machine, until I used it myself then I know how good the machine is! I love the fact that it is able to adjust the noodles dough into six thicknesses and you are able to attach varieties of cutter to the main body as you wish.

First thing come to my mind is using the pasta machine for pumpkin noodles! I love it, just love the fresh and no chemical egg noodles! There is a recipe used by many bloggers on pumpkin noodles, I know Carol the Taiwanese famous blogger has one recipe in her noodles book too. As I was running short of plain flour and didn't want to swing out at the middle of the day, I added 50g of bread flour to my noodles. It turned out well and I love the soft bouncy noodle texture I made! 

26 October 2014

Pumpkin Tomato Anchovy Soup

This soup is suitable for a busy day as it is fast and simple. Three main ingredients are needed: pumpkin, tomato and anchovy. It is catered for toddler, the clear soup is filled with natural sweetness. 

150g butternut, peeled and cut into chunks
3 big tomatoes, cut into quarters
a handful of anchovies ~ 5 tbsp, washed
800ml water
a dash of freshly ground black peppers
a pinch of salt

1. Boil water and anchovies in soup pot, add in butternut and tomato, cook until the water boiling. Cover and let it simmer for another 15 mins or cooked until the butternut is tender.
2. Add black peppers and salt to taste. Serve warm.  

This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (Oct 2014 Event: PUMPKIN) organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Eileen (Eileen's Diary).

23 October 2014

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds 客家算盘子

My first attempt on yam abacus seeds was three years ago, really missed the chewy and bouncy texture! I want to make this for long, eventually the right moments come. Making this dish take lot of time, need to knead the yam dough then divide it into individual small seeds. I enjoyed the whole process, especially when scooping out the abacus seeds from the boiling water, too excited to find out the texture, I gobbled down a few pieces of pipping hot yam abacus seeds! Munching the chewy texture, I grinned widely and felt like dancing! 

Today, read a post by a blogger, she mentioned she was hiding from blogging when her creations get public attention. She afraid people might judge and comment on her thought, that's why she hide. Luckily, now she comes to realize that she shouldn't do that. I was touched by what she mentioned about "Having enough courage to share that piece of your heart and soul with the world." 

21 October 2014

Lor Mee in Balsamic Vinegar (Chinese Braised Noodles) 卤面

Lor Mee or Chinese Braised Noodles is one of the Penang street food I love since young. Usually the hawker sell the Lor Mee with braised egg, a few pieces of thinly sliced pork, and if you are lucky you will see one or two small pieces of Ngor Hiang or Lor Bak (fried pork roll) and it goes with yellow noodles, you can request to have yellow noodles mixed with rice vermicelli or only rice vermicelli by itself. For me, I always eat Lor Mee in rice vermicelli and without beansprouts, it is still the same until today. 

Fish Head Crab Bee Hoon 鱼头蟹米粉

The good thing about buying seafood from the fish market here is they are very generous! The fishmonger always throw a few more smaller fishes into my plastic bag after they have weigh the good we selected. I got many free small crabs, may be just half of my palm from the fishmonger too. 

I have a few big red snapper fish heads sitting in my freezer, as they have taken up lot of freezer space, I decided to clear some of them by cook-up the Fish Head Crab Bee Hoon dish.

The recipe is using my previous Fish Head Soup with adding four small crabs in it. By the way, I cut the crab into half to clean them, when taking photo I placed two side together and covered it with the shell so it looks nicer! I'm not that lazy, ok! Lol! This type of a-pot-dish is easy, fast and delicious! 

19 October 2014

Easy Tom Yum Soup

This is an easy version of Tom Yum Soup or Hot and Sour Thai Soup I made last week. Beside shredding some fresh herbs with food processor to make the tom yum soup base, I cheated by adding 2 heaped spoonful of store bought tom yum paste. The soup base is very flavourful with the aroma of lemongrass, galangal and the most I love is the fragrance of kaffir lime leaves. It has the aromatherapy effect when I was taking this soup! Lol! It is good just by taking this soup alone or it goes well with steamed rice too! 

Pumpkin Yakult Jam Bao / Steamed Pumpkin Yakult Jam Bun

这个包。。。是弄了pumpkin yakult jam 后就弄了。迟迟不post的原因是。。。捏的太难看了!!!但这几天都没开炉烘焙,只好硬着头皮交差了。包是捏得难看但是好吃的哟,馅是叉烧鸡肉馅。

08 October 2014

Homemade Salted Eggs 自制咸蛋

A few more days will end the long holiday for Eid's break. I love this kind of relaxing holiday with no rush to do or go anywhere. Sort out lot of things for kid and also clear the fridge as much as I can. The best is time come to harvest this homemade salted eggs!  

07 October 2014

Pumpkin Yakult Jam

When I was still wonder how am i going to do with my pumpkin, Ann from Anncoo Journal posted her healthy yummy Pumpkin Yakult Jam! I'm happy to give it a try as I have yakult in my fridge but the yakult here only have two types, one is original and one is low fat yakult.