Wednesday, October 22, 2008

@ Visit To Daddy's Work

This is another back date post.
Since Saturday afternoon both of my kids did not stay at bbsitter,
so I decide to bring them to visit their daddy's work.
They love it!








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Update...

This morning I bring ZY to Columbia Asia again to see how's his wound doing.
Well it's healing pretty well, just a line seen, but still got some redness.

After the nurse clean the wound and apply some antibiotic cream on his wound,

she cover it up with a plaster.
ZY sure don't like the plaster - too big I guess...

He cry and keep on cursing mumble that he want to take off the plaster - its called opsite post.

Poor boy...










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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sweet Potato Bread

Last Saturday, while ZH & ZY having their afternoon nap,
I sneak into the kitchen and try to look for something to do. baking of couse

So after looking through Alex Goh's The World of Bread,
I decided to try Potato Bread. without the help of breadmaker

Here is my lovely sweet potato bread:-

Ingredients
(A)
600g bread flour
70g sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp milk powder
4 tsp instant yeast
I've just notice that day 1 only put 1 tsp of instant yeast...OMG

Thank God it works out well :)

(B)
1 egg
270ml cold water

(C)
120g mashed sweet potato
60g butter

(D)
Instant custard

Method:
  1. Mix (A) till well blended. Add (B) and knead to form a dough.
  2. Add (C), continue to knead to form a smooth and elastic dough.
  3. Make the dough into a ball. Put it in a bowl and cover with clear film. Put in a warm place to prove for 45 minutes.
  4. Mould dough into a ball and leave it to rest for a further 15 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into several 30g pieces, mould them into balls and put them on a greased 23cm square baking pan, 16 pieces per pan. Makes 2 pans.
  6. Cover and leave to prove for 40 minutes or till twice the size.
  7. Brush with egg wash and pipe the custard to make a cross on top.
  8. Bake at 180C for 25-30 minutes on a low shelf in the oven. Serve.
  9. This dough is a bit sticky, so put some flour on your hands before you start to make it into balls.



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6TH Wedding Anniversary Celebration @ SOHO

October 1, 2008 was our 6th wedding anniversary.
Times really flies eh...can't really believe its 6 already...ehhehe

SOHO, I had eyed on this restaurant since the day they put up their signboard. So without hesitation, when DL asked where I would like to celebrate our wedding anniversary, I said lets try SOHO.
Here we're enjoying our dinner with out kids around *roll eyes*

I like the environment. But the music kinda loud. They got a pool table too, can play for a round or two. (Have to pay de, RM3 per round)

Our total bill = RM60++


The SOHO signboard
(Picture grab from goolooloo)

My little "Boss"

Candle light dinner...

Drinks of the night...

My foodz....DL had Chicken chop but I didn't manage to took any pics...

The dinner ended with warm chocolate cake....Yummz...




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Monday, October 20, 2008

Miri Tanjong Lobang aka Taman Selera

This is a back date post.
On 1st of August 2008, I brought my kids to the beach - Tanjong Lobang aka Taman Selera.
It was the first time I bring them to beach. They like this outing very much. I'll try my best to bring them outing again. Here are some of the pictures taken while they enjoying themselves.

ZY - on our way to the beach.

Warming up with nature...


ZH - Playing with the scope

ZY - Chilling...

brothers

Trying to make sand castle

Posing

Go Go - I think I found something

I also wan to pose....!

Posing again...heheh

Naughty ZY Hurt His Chin

It's a fine afternoon, after breakfast and do some shopping
we went to visit DL's sister cos she just gave birth to a beautiful little girl.
As usual, my naughty kids jump here and there on Gu Gu;s sofa. Me and DL would be chasing and screaming....to them. After we finish taking our lunch, Mee Sua, we continue watching the Meteor Series, when suddenly ZY fell down and his chin hit on the table!! I was so shock and tears was running down my cheeks.
I hurried to hold him and blood was seen on his
chin.
His chin's skin breaks about 1cm length and 2-3mm deep.
I was so worri
ed and we headed to Columbia Asia straight away. Blaming ZH for causing his brother fall down Now a days, the medication was so advance,
they only use a glue
super glue to close up the wound and
not using stitch anymore for minor wound.
ZY sure is a good boy, he did not cry or anything when the doc apply the glue. Here some photo of this naughty boy of mi
ne...


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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chicken Pie...



A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of pasty dough shell that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet of savoury ingredients. Pie can be either "filled", where a dish is covered by pastry and the filling is placed on top of that, "top-crust" where the filling is placed in a dish and covered by pasty/potato mash top before baking, or "two-crust", with the filling completely enclosed in the pasty shell. Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.

So called "pyes" originally appeared in England as early as the 12th Century, but the word "pie" is not attested in the Oxford English Dictionary until the 14th Century.

Source: Wikipedia

Recipe adapted from Hug Bear

Pasty:

200g butter

250g plain flour

110g plain yogurt

1 tsp sugar

1 egg yolk

a pinch of salt

Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl except the yogurt, and mix to a crumble. Add in yogurt and mix to a dough. Dough will be very soft so need to keep in refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.

Filling:

12oz diced potatoes

1 big onion diced

50g mixed vegetable

1/2 can sliced canned mushrooms

2 pieces chicken breast diced

1 tbsp corn starch or potato starch mixed with 2 tbsp water

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Heat about 2 tbsp of oil and fry potatoes with about 4 fl oz of water and 1/2 tsp salt until soft.
Set aside. In a clean wok, heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry the onion till transparent, add mixed vege, mushroom, chicken. Fry for a while to break up chicken. Add in potatoes. Add in about 4 fl oz of water and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in salt, sugar and pepper. Add in cornstarch and stir to thicken mixture. Set aside for later use.

The steps for the chicken pie will be as per normal. You can either do big pie of mini pie. Just need to roll out the dough, cut the size required and place in a pie dish. Poke hole on the base using fork and place ingredients on top. Cut another piece of dough to cover the top. Poke a few more times using fork on the cover of the pie and brush with 1 beaten egg. Baked in a preheated oven at 180C for 30 mins.


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Cheese Crunch

I'm a cheese lover. Everything that contain cheese will sure attract me to it.
haha so here's another cookies I made months ago.
Recipe adapted from Alex Goh - Baking Code

Ingredient A

150g butter
90g sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Ingredient B

1/2 egg

Ingredient C

3 slices cheddar cheese (cut into cubes)
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp chili powder I omitted this

Method:

  1. Cream ingredient A until light. Add in ingredient B, cream until smooth.
  2. Add in ingredient C, mix until well incorporated.
  3. Shape it round. Place it onto a greased pan and press it with a fork.
  4. Bake at 170C for 20 minutes.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

@ddicted to Vanilla + Almond Biscotti

Biscotti are a twice-baked, oblong-shaped cookie from Italy. The word biscotto, known as biscotti today, is derived from bis (twice) and cotto (Cooked) and derives from the Custom of baking cookie dough in long slabs, cutting it into a third to a half-inch thick, long cookies, and baking them again. By baking them twice, they lose any excess moisture which makes them nice and crunchy.

They are hundred of recipes for biscotti throughout Italy, but other than flavoring (biscotti can also be subtly-sweet or savory) they fall into two distinct categories: those made with butter and those made without butter or any shortening. The butter enhanced cookie results in a more tender shortbread-like texture, while those without butter are drier and harder. The butterless ones don't easily disintegrate when dipped and are best served with a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of Port or Vin Santo in which to dip them.

Source: Baking911.com

Bought a pack of whole almond the other day(while shopping for snow skin mooncake ingredients) so its time to bake again :)

Vanilla + Almond Biscotti

Ingredients:

2 cups (250g) plain flour I use 350g

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup (150g) sugar

3/4 cup whole almonds I use 100g only

3 eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat oven to 160C. Place flour, baking powder, sugar and almonds in a bowl and mix together. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to form a dough.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead each piece until smooth. Shape into logs and flatten slightly. Place logs onto baking tray and bake for 35 mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Cut logs into 5mm (1/4in) thick slices and place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 10-15 mins till crispy. Store in air tight container and serve dunked into espresso coffee or liquer. Makes 40.

Ref: Donna Hay's Modern Classic Book 2, pg 27


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