Berries are in season and with shelves line with packets of berries and at reasonable price, my shopping cart was soon filled with boxes of blueberries, strawberries, cherries and blackberries. In the meantime I had no idea what I am going to do with all the berries I have bought, besides eating them fresh. Anyway there is always room for fruits pastries.
25 June 2010
When young my family sustained on cheap simple meal, with plain stir-fried vegetables and rice. Beansprots was considered the poor man's meal and was a regular dish on our table. It only cost 5 cents for 1 big bag and provided for 2-3 meals. I was given the task to pluck the roots of the beansprouts which I dreaded most.
I normally stir-fry the greens with a dash of oyster sauce. As for this cucumber dish, an addition of some ingredients enhance the flavor.
Soak dried shrimps, cut fresh mushrooms, spring onions and chop garlics
Peel 2 cucumbers and scoop out the seeds. Slice cucumbers into thin slices and set aside
Squeeze out water from shrimps and cut into small pieces. Retain the water
Heat oil and fry shrimps over small fire till fragrant and add in garlic.
Increase heat, add in cucumber and stir fry for 2 mins
Add 1/4 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt. Continue frying and throw in mushroom and shrimp water
Cover wok and lower fire. Leave cover on for 3 mins
Add in 1 tbsp of oyster sauce. Switch off fire and toss in spring onions.
24 June 2010
The weather is so tempermental nowadays, 1 day gray with 2 days blazing anger that can make one falls sick easily. Food in the form of liquid should be consumed more to counteract the weather effect on health, especially soup. Ginseng herbal soup is one soup that helps to boost immunity and strengthen resistant of the body to avoid sickness.
21 June 2010
Dinner at new TCC in Airport Terminal 3. A bit quiet during weekday but comes weekend waiting time is long, especially late into the night. A nice place for supper.
Beef Soup - thick broth and full of beef flavor. Accompany with crisp garlic toast
Smoke Salmon Salad - Come with baguette filled with fresh tomatoes and cheese, and orange sorbet which I like most, tangy and refreshing
20 June 2010
Sweets and desserts are friends of most ladies. The most satisfaction is that you are able to make it for your family who also enjoys the pleasure of eating it. Comments are source of improvement in quality and standard which I get from my daughters and DH.
Macerate the strawberries in sugar for half an hour. Seldom can we get sweet strawberries as most imported are pluck unripe.
Place sliced strawberries on top of panna-cotta after being set. Recipes for panna cotta can be found
For jelly layer, use jelly powder and follow instructions at back of box. Taste and add sugar to own's preferance. Pour jelly mixture on top of panna cotta when cold and set in fridge.
19 June 2010
17 June 2010
Asparagus is a low-calorie source of folate and potassium. Its stalks are high in antioxidants. Asparagus provides essential nutrients and particularly green asparagus is a good source of vitamin C.
13 June 2010
I know I know this is the photo taken in 2008 and was forgotten by, but came in useful as I forgot to take photos of the chocolate cheese brownie I made for our tea indulgence this afternoon. Although DH has no liking for chocolate but once a while will give in to a piece or two.
It is a big tray for two of us but once the children got home from their leisure it will be gone in a minute. We enjoyed the company of each other on a quite Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and some home-baked food.
12 June 2010
Orange flesh sweet potatoes are hard to come by and I usually end up getting the yellow flesh ones. Anyway whatever color till it ended up as a sweet soup, maybe the orange flesh perks up our visual and appetite.
The potatoes should be cooked to a desired texture which should not be too soft as they will integrate easily and become mushy.
Addition of ginger spice up the soup and warm the stomach. But the amount of ginger must not be overwhelming that it overrides the sweetness of the potatoes.
Gong-fu shows are always DH favorite and tag along, together with the children to see "葉 問 2“ at Iluma cinema, opposite Bugis junction. There are several restaurants and cafes at level 1 and we settled for western meal at Empire State.
The place is open-space and hip. The seats are spaciously space and comfortable cubicle seats at the back end.
06 June 2010
Eldest girl is so happy that she passed her exam for 1st part out of 3 parts of the Royal College of Physician Edinburgh that she offered to treat us to dinner at Ming Kee.
Refreshment for everybody - Soursop drinks
05 June 2010
DH has been craving for tonkatsu and ended up in Tonkichi for dinner in Orchard Central.
Cannot miss the place with such a big sign
Eye-catching pillar signboard
Display of beautiful porcelains
Drink to your heart content
Open work station
Night view to enjoy while eating
Start meal with silky smooth appetizer
Light meal for light eater
A clever choice - combination of seafood and meat
Meat to satisfy his craving
A balance meal