Sunday, 30 September 2012

Garlic Butter Fried Rice #SundaySupper


Today will be a special Sunday for me as it is also the Mid-Autumn Festival which also known as the Mooncake Festival celebrated by the most of Chinese community.  The festival is held on the 15th day of the eight month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, that's today.  Traditionally, all family members would gather in the evening to celebrate after the dinner.  Varieties of fruits and mooncakes will be prepared and they would lightened up lanterns with  candles at home or a community open park for this "appreciate of the moon" festival.  This year I will celebrate with Simon alone as both of us unable to join our family members and this will be our first Mid-Autumn Festival together.

Besides what  need to prepare as mentioned above, I have to thank our most jovial #SundaySupper member - Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites for her wonderful idea for this week theme.  Dishes in Five Ingredients or Less.  What do you think?  Challenging right?  But, I believe you will love this event when you got to see the creative menu list from more than 50 contributors of #SundaySupper with this theme.  It will definitely will be a helpful menu for those busy mothers  and who have busy daily schedule like me.  Can't wait to see the rest of what of the rest have prepared.

My choice for this theme is Garlic Butter Fried Rice.  Rice is an essential food for most of the Asian to go with other dishes.  To make it more savory and to save time to prepare other dishes, this recipe will be ideal for those who always rush of time.  You only need four main ingredients for this recipe - rice, butter, eggs and garlic.  It will be a brilliant recipe if you happen to have left over white rice as overnight white rice always have a better result when you fried it.  You may choose to just take it plain like that or serve with some side simple dishes or ready made food.  For example, I like it to go with some Chinese sausage that I have cut into tiny cubes that I have saute with a small portion of oil and some saute garlic and onions, fresh cucumbers and some chopped scallions.  Does this sounds good?  Let's try this out!

INGREDIENT
3 bowls of white rice
2 tbsp of butter
2 cloves of garlic (chopped finely)
2 eggs (beaten)
Salt and ground pepper to taste
Some chopped scallions (optional)


DIRECTIONS

1.   Melt butter in a large pan or wok.  Add in garlic until they start to turn brown and
      fragrance with low heat.  Add in salt and ground pepper as desired.  Toss it constantly.


2.   While waiting for the butter and garlic to ready, add the beaten egg into on the white rice
      and mix it well.

3.   When the butter and garlic are ready, add in the rice which were mixed well with beaten
      eggs.


4.   Continue to toss for another few minutes.

5.   Garnish with some chopped scallions and serve with some side dishes when it is still hot.




Here is the line-up from the #SundaySupper family:
Breakfast, Starters, Butters and Jams:
Main Dishes:
Desserts:
Beverages:


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Homemade Apple Jam #SundaySupper


Autumn is always my favorite season of the year, even though I am not living in a country that have four seasons.  It could be I was born during the autumn and that reason for me to  a have special affection with autumn.  Just celebrated my birthday yesterday and this was the first was done in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 

This week the #SundaySupper group is coming up with Autumn Apple Party to welcome the fall season of the year.  Hosted by our team member Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.  There are more than 50 wonderful recipes using apple will be shared during this party and this is going to be an exciting one!

This is my first experience that I have do my "assignment" for #SundaySupper on my birthday and I challenge myself to bring Homemade Apple Jam to the party, as I never tried to make them before.   Simon and myself love bread with spread all the time.  Butter and peanut butter were always our normal choice.  There is a day he did mentioned he likes fruits jam too. It's straight away strike on my mind to try it out!

I love any pastry that goes with apple, especially those with cinnamon combination is one of my favorite too.  So, cinnamon will not missed from my jam.  I simmer it with low heat about 30 to 40 minutes.  To my surprise, it only takes me about an hour plus to prepare the whole process.  The result turns out good - looks good, taste good and am sure will make some more soon.  Good news is, after this experience, I will not have to buy fruit jam from the store!

INGREDIENTS

6 medium size of apples (2 will be used to blend juice)
500gm of sugar
2 cinnamon stick
2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp lemon juice
200ml water
(The above ingredients yield 1 medium size terrine jar as shown in my picture)

DIRECTIONS

1.   Wash, peel, core and dice the apples.  
     (Tips - to avoid the apples to turn black, you may use pinch of salt or a tsp of lemon juice
      to be added in the water to soak the apples.)


2.   Use a blender to blend 2 apples with 200ml water.
3.   In a pot, combine the blended apple juice, sugar and cinnamon sticks and let it cook to
      boil.

4.   When the syrup is boiling, add in the balance of 4 apples and continue to let the apples to
       simmer with low heat about 30 - 40 minutes until a thick consistency.


5.   Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
6.   When it's done, add the lemon juice and ground cinnamon and mix it well.  The jam
       should be thick and easily to spread. 


7.   Switch off the heat and let it cool completely
8.   Fill it in a sterilized jar and store it in the fridge.  It will store for a few weeks.









Here’s our Autumn Apple Recipes coming this Sunday, September 23!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Potato Omelette


As usual, I used to visit the fresh market every Saturday with Simon.  Once I arrived at my regular stall yesterday, my attention was attracted on a big basket of potatoes.  They looks so good and so different from the regular type which normally are brought in from our neighboring country - Indonesia or from India.  The owner of the stall came forward and started to recommend me these potatoes and told me it was planted locally from Kundasang.  You won't believe it, I have grabbed loads of it...LOL!

Let me take this opportunity to introduce where is Kundasang.  Kundasang is a wonderful village located about 6km away from Mount Kinabalu Park with an elevation of about 2,000 meters above the sea level, it is one of the coolest place in Sabah with temperatures dropping to 13◦C at night, and it is definitely is one of our favorite spot for a  short holiday.

So, what am going to do with these potatoes and am so eager to try it out as soon as possible! The first that came to my mind was Potato Omelette for our Sunday breakfast.  To make it more colorful I have added with some assorted fresh vegetables - cherry tomatoes, red chili & celery.  This going to be a healthy breakfast set.  Let's see how it goes....

INGREDIENTS
2 medium potatoes (400 gm)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 red chili, cut into strips
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 sprig of celery, cut or slice finely
6 eggs
Salt, ground pepper and black pepper to taste




DIRECTIONS
1.  Scrub potatoes clean, place in a pan or pot, cover with water and boil until tender.

2.  Once done, leave it slightly cool (the faster way is place the cooked potatoes in a bowl of
    cold or ice water.  This will make your peeling session easier), peel and cut into 1 cm cubes.

  
3.  Heat-up 2 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan or wok and saute potatoes until lightly
     browned.  


4.  Add in chili, cherry tomatoes, celery and fry for another 2 minutes, season to taste with
     salt, pepper and black pepper.




5.  Beat eggs with a fork and season lightly with salt and pepper.  

6.  Add potatoes mixture into the eggs and stir to mix.

7.  Heat-up another tablespoon of oil in the frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.  Cook on
    low heat about 8 to 10 minutes.
You may also use the egg rings to form a mini round shape
    omelette.






8.  Serve hot, cut into wedges.





Sunday, 9 September 2012

Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken #SundaySupper


It's football season for all Americans now.  I was a little puzzle when I saw the theme for this week #SundaySupper - Football Tailgating Menu.  This week #SundaySupper hosted by  Lane from  Supper for a Steal, the big fan of Football.  After done some online research I finally got the whole idea!  Thanks for #SundaySupper always given me an opportunity to explore further on other countries tradition and their seasonal menus and recipes.  I love the idea to get together family and friends to have tailgating party and have fun before the match.  How I wish I could have a chance to join one of them.

Being a fans of spicy food, I have selected Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken, hope it could spice-up your Tailgating event.  A snack for any of your favorite match whether you prefer to watch it live at the stadium or enjoying it on your comfort couch in front of the television at home.   You even can pre-prepared it at home as this is so easy to make, and goes better with a can of cold beer.  Please make sure you prepare more as you may end-up keep chewing it and I am sure it will taste better than the regular popcorn!

INGREDIENTS

400gm chicken breast meat, cut into bite size cubes
4 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp (or up to your taste) cayenne pepper (chili powder)
1 egg
1 tsp of ground black pepper
Salt to taste
1 cup of oil for deep frying

DIRECTIONS
  • Beat the egg in a bowl and pour the beaten egg  and ground black pepper over the chicken cubes and mix well.  Mix sure all pieces of chicken are coated with the egg and the spice.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the all purpose flour, cayenne pepper and salt.
  • Heat up oil in the wok or pan and place on a medium heat.
  • Dip pieces of chicken into the mixed flour and being sure they are fully covered.

  • Deep fry the chicken pieces, flip the pieces and it will take about 3-4 minutes to cook and the pieces should be in golden brown.
  • Remove from wok or pan and drain on paper towels.

Serve the popcorn chicken hot and don't forget the beer!

Popcorn Chicken in Popcorn Cup

Popcorn Chicken in Lunch Box

Join us around the family table this Sunday Supper as we share our favorite football season recipes and tailgating tips all day long.  Follow us on twitter at 7pm EST for the live #SundaySupper chat and share your favorites.  We would love to add your recipes to our Football Tailgating Menu.

The Football Tailgating Menu Lineup
Pre Game Warm-ups:
On the Sidelines:
Main Events:
Overtime:
From the Cooler:
Wine Pairings by Wine Everyday