31 October 2011

I'm back with ...


These chicken siew bao were made when I was in Penang. The pastry is better than my previous siew bao  but there is room to improve on the sealing part as the BBQ chicken source still leak out. I really love the taste of this yummy pastry :)

21 October 2011

Kuih Talam (Steamed Coconut Pudding)


Today clearing my pandan juice (screwpine leaves) from the fridge :)

Kuih Talam is one of my favourite kuih, I ate half of the tray once it is ready for cutting :) The salty coconut topping blends so well with the sweet pandan bottom layer. The taste is so close to the Kuih Talam I ate when I was young. The memory of waiting at the doorway with my sisters for the Indian man who sell all sort of nyonya kuihs in his little push trolley to pass by my house, come back to me.  

19 October 2011

Steamed Purple Sweet Potato Chocolate Bun/ Bao


Rainny day.
Today is the third day walking Gabriel to school, he was rubbing his eyes, still tired after a short nap. He looked happy, smiling and joking with me while I held his little hand.  This new school is so close to home, a 5 mins walking distance, and I really appreciate God give me this opportunity to walk my son to school, this experience is invaluable. So much joy to see him willing to wear his new uniform and anticipate to see his teachers and friends.

It was raining heavily when I went to fetch him, I cuddled him close to me and he held the umbrella which was so big if compared to his size. The 5 mins walk was so long as my sandle was so slippery and Gabriel was a bit heavy for me. He held the umbrella up right until we reached our condo gate, when I finally placed him on the floor, he asked me "Mama, are you tire?" His caring warm my heart. Sharing an umbrella, snuggle together to prevent getting wet, all these experiences I will treasure in my heart for a long long time.

This afternoon, I made these purple sweet potato chocolate buns using the leftover from my previous baking, need to clear the fridge as I'm counting down for my holiday :) Gabriel loves chocolate, he will be happy to see this bun waiting for him when he is home.

16 October 2011

Pulut Inti (Glutinous Rice with Coconut Topping) and tonight dinner


Lot of half used ingredients laying in the fridge, what should I do with them? Need to clear as soon as possible! Glutinous rice in two boxes already there for ... 2~3 days, grated coconut, pulut panggang lemongrass filling, mashed purple sweet potato, countless ingredients... I've spend so much time preparing them, no way for me to just trash them in the bin! So tonight, a very fast meal appears on the table... Pulut Inti and Baked Lemongrass Chicken.

I've made 9 small balls of Pulut Inti to go with my baked lemongrass chicken. For the recipe to make the rice please refer here. For the recipe to make the lemongrass paste please refer here (Pulut Panggang filling)

Cinnamon Walnut Purple Sweet Potato Bread


Today is a happy day because my new domestic helper coming in. Well I'm turning from a slave to a Queen again, just wonder how long this can be.  

This round adding purple sweet potato in the bread to make my favourite cinnamon walnut bread/roll. My previous cinnamon walnut bread was using gelatinized dough method. I'm using straight dough method for this creation, the bread texture turned out soft and fluffy because of the purple sweet potato added.

My kitchen was filled with cinnamon's fragrance, the bread tastes so sweet with the combination of brown sugar and walnut. While I sit back and enjoy my labour, this bread complete a beautiful afternoon tea. 

13 October 2011

Kuih Kosui (Pandan Flavoured Steamed Rice Pudding)


Kuih Kosui is a saucer shaped rice pudding which full of pandan (screwpine leaves) flavour. A good Kuih Kosui will carry strong pandan aroma, the texture should be springy and soft. Usually it is eaten with freshly grated coconut.

This week was a busy week, tag along Gabriel shopping for pre-schools. We even went through a trial session, finally, enrol him into a pre-school which needs him to attend the afternoon session as the morning session is full, hopefully he can adjust well with this new arrangement until next year he got a place in the morning session.

11 October 2011

Pulut Panggang (Grilled Glutinous Rice)


Pulut Panggang is one of my favourite kueh. It is different from the usual nyonya kuehs texture because of its filling, the fragrance and favourful filling makes me want to eat more of it.

When I eat kuehs, I always remember the days I was living in Penang, the day living with parent and grandparent. If the kuehs carry so much memories in our life, we should pass on the fragrant of it to our next generation, let them remember and one day they will recall the life they had together with us.

I bought the banana leave from the day SSB anounced the theme for the month, wanting to make Pulut Panggang, the need of blending the spicies and stir-fry the filling, then steaming the glutinous rice make the recipe looks time consuming. I wait, and wait until the banana leave wither, I told myself, let do it. This morning, taking pockets of time, in and out of kitchen as Gabriel is with me at home. Juggling his needs for me and the food in the kitchen, finally, all over and I tell you making Pulut Panggang is easier then I thought. 

10 October 2011

Pulut Tai Tai 2 (Blue Glutinous Rice Cakes)


This is not my first time making this rice cakes or kueh (Malay language), my first one was more than 9 months ago, using same recipe from My Kitchen Snippet, this time just play around with a little change of colour in the rice cakes. As WT is away, I made smaller portion this time, just 1/3 of the ingredients from the original recipe. Anyway, I finished the Pulut Tai Tai in one breakfast, haha... who can resist the coconut milk, a taste from home.

For the recipe and steps please refer to here.