Category Archives: Food

My Current Favourite Bread Recipes

Diary of a SAHM – Day 552

Simple White Bread Recipe

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water (or milk)
2 tbsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1.2 tsp yeast

I first came across this simple white bread recipe on FB earlier this year. I tried it and loved it. Since then, I’ve made countless loaves of white bread using this recipe, so much so that I can recite it from memory. And since I’ve been letting my l’il toddler help me in kitchen, I guess it won’t be long before he starts making fresh bread for my breakfast! Haha…

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And this is my personal adapted version, which is hubby and baby approved – nutty chocolate bread! Basically, I followed the recipe as above but substituted water with milk + cocoa powder. I also added a few spoonfuls of grounded peanuts + brown sugar and some butter. It tastes great on its own, and even better with a slab of peanut butter and jelly.

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If you have a bread maker, why not give it a try? I’m sure you’ll love it. Cheers~

Butter Prawns

Diary of a SAHM – Day 550

Finally, I came up with my own version of the famous butter prawns. Hip hip hurray! However, there were only three prawns, and ALL were for ME because… (i) Kiate had sore throat so he couldn’t eat, (ii) the li’l one doesn’t like prawns and (iii) I LOVE PRAWNS. Yummy~

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Satay Chicken, Peanut Sauce and Nasi Impit

Diary of a SAHM – Day 513

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If you have been following my blog, you’d know that I’ve recently learnt how to cook chicken rendang and rendang tok from scratch.  And whenever we have rendang, I’d crave for lemang to go with it. I’ve been on the lookout for lemang since. The other day, we FINALLY saw someone selling lemang by the roadside, BUT we had finished our rendang at home. We bought the lemang anyway and dropped by a hawker centre to buy satays (IN ORDER TO get the peanut sauce to go with the lemang).

So while we were enjoying the lemang and satay with peanut sauce, I wondered out loud – why not make my own peanut sauce? To which, Kiate, who is nuts about peanuts, promptly responded,  “Why not?” And so I began watching YouTube videos and surfing the Internet for recipes. After considering several different versions, I decided to follow Grace’s recipes – satay chicken, peanut sauce and nasi impit. The recipes turned out great! Yum yum~

Ingredients (Satay)

  • 500g chicken breast
  • 3cm galangal
  • 3 lemon grass
  • 3cm turmeric
  • 3 shallots
  • 1t fennel powder
  • 1t cumin powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • Skewers

Ingredients (Peanut Sauce)

  • 300g Groundnuts (Peanuts)
  • 4 Lemon Grass
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Shallots
  • 3cm Galangal
  • 8 Dried Chillies
  • 400ml Water
  • Salt
  • 60g Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar)
  • 1t Tamarind Paste

Homemade Tom Yum Paste > Tom Yum Soup and Tom Yum Spaghetti = Yum Yum~

Diary of a SAHM – Day 505

I’d thought of cooking tom yum from scratch for months, but since Kiate wasn’t a big fan of hot and sour food, I lacked the motivation to get to it.  Anyway, after letting it sit on the back burner for so long, I FINALLY took up the challenge and cooked my first pot of tom yam soup (with BIG prawns!) and topped it off with tom yam spaghetti. Yum yum~

And Kiate’s verdict? Well, he enjoyed it (i.e. my milder version) and he actually gave the green light for me to add this to my menu. Yes! Yes! Yes! I doubt that I’d cook this dish often though (prawns are expensive here, especially BIG ones!). Anyway, it feels great to know that I can cook tom yum – another personal milestone for me.

For the tom yam paste, I referred to this recipe from Amcarmen’s Kitchen.

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Ingredients for tom yam paste (for future reference):

  • chili paste
  • shrimp paste
  • tamarind pulp water
  • garlic
  • kaffir lime leaves
  • ginger
  • galangal
  • lemongrass
  • red onion
  • brown sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • fish sauce
  • ground coriander

Mild Javanese Chicken Bathed in Coconut Milk

Diary of a SAHM – Day 503

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I borrowed this recipe book from the library last week as I wanted to get ideas for new dishes to attempt. I left the book on the dining table and one day when Kiate was having lunch, he browsed through and pointed out this dish – Mild Javanese Chicken Bathed in Coconut Milk. So I decided to give it a try and Kiate loved it. I added potatoes especially for him.

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Rendang Tok (Perak)

Diary of a SAHM – Day 478

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Rendang Tok (Perak) – Have you tried this before? I first tasted this dish at Faisal’s kenduri some time in Dec last year. Both Kiate and I fell in love with it! It had made such a great impression upon Kiate that he requested for this dish.

Faisal kindly shared the recipe with me and I also did some research online – browsing recipe blogs and watching YouTube videos etc. After 6 months, I finally mustered the courage to attempt cooking this Malay delicacy. For the record, this was the first time I cooked beef – a milestone in my cooking journey.

It took me over 3 hours in the kitchen but it was well worth the effort. The hubby gave two thumbs up!

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I referred to the recipe by “Baby Sumo” but halved the amount of each ingredient. I list the ingredients here for my future reference. If you need the full recipe (measurement and step-by-step guide), you can refer to Baby Sumo’s blog here or watch this YouTube video.

Rendang Tok Perak

Ingredients:

beef, cut into 3cm chunks

Beef marinade
coriander seeds (ketumbar)
cumin seeds (jintan putih)
fennel seeds (jintan manis)
black peppercorns (lada hitam)
salt (garam)

Spice paste (blended)
shallots (bawang kecil)
garlic (bawang putih)
lemongrass (batang serai)
galangal or “blue ginger” (lengkuas)
ginger (halia)
turmeric ( kunyit hidup)

Other ingredients

red chili powder or paste
kaffir lime leaves (daun limau purut)
turmeric leaves
palm sugar (gula Melaka)
cardamom (buah pelaga)
cloves ( bunga cengkih)
cinnamon stick (kulit kayu manis)

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coconut milk
toasted coconut (kerisik)

Red Velvet Cake

Diary of a SAHM – Day 475

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Quite some time ago, a friend of mine posted a picture of her red velvet cake on FB. I was fascinated as I’d never seen or tried one before. So the other day, when hubby requested for a cake for his breakfast/tea break/supper, I decided to try my hand at baking this gorgeous-looking cake. I searched online and came across this wonderful recipe with 5-star reviews on www.chow.com. As usual, I’d only list the ingredients here for future reference. If you need the full recipe and step-by-step guide, please click here.

Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sifted cake flour or 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for coating the pans
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons (1 [1-ounce] bottle) red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for coating the pans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (from 1 to 2 oranges; optional)
  • 1 cup whole or low-fat buttermilk
For the icing:
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 pound (4 cups) sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk, if needed

Note to self:
– I only used 1 tsp of fine salt.
– I used 2 tablespoons of red food colouring (powder). Too much! Remember to reduce.
– The cake was rather sweet. Reduce the amount of sugar.
– I only had 250g of cream cheese. So I adjusted the amount of each ingredient for the icing accordingly. It was sufficient to cover the whole cake.
– Invest in proper cake pans. 
– Baked at around 175-180C for around 35 minutes.

Blessed 5th Wedding Anniversary

Diary of a SAHM – Day 468

On this day, 5 years ago, I walked down the aisle and said “I do” to the most wonderful man ever. It has been great doing life with you, hubby, and I look forward to many more years to come. Let’s grow old together, hand in hand, you and me~

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Kiate and I celebrated our FIFTH wedding anniversary at Kopitan Classic, Alma. It’s not a fancy restaurant but I’ve always loved coming here. Imagine this:- As we were walking towards the restaurant, one of the waiters came over with an umbrella to shelter from the drizzle. Another waiter showed us to a vacant table and proceeded to get a baby chair for Joshayne (we didn’t even have to request for it). While waiting for our orders, another waiter came over with a lion figurine for Joshayne. It kept him entertained and we had a peaceful dinner. Based on our dining experiences here over the past 2 years, I’d personally give them 5 stars for the service.  The food is delicious and reasonably priced too. My favourite so far is their tomyam seafood spaghetti; Joshayne likes too.

P/S This is my personal opinion. Kopitan Classic is not paying me for this ‘review’. =p

And finally, the HIGHLIGHT of the day….. *drumroll*

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… a handcrafted paper rose, made with love by Kiate. He stayed up late and spent hours to make this. I was so touched. Thank you, hubby. Love you oh~

P/S If you are interested in making this, you can download the templates and instructions here.

Celebrating “His & Her” Birthdays

Diary of a SAHM – Day 452

My birthday and Kiate’s are just one day apart. For my birthday celebration, we went to Sushi King for dinner. Yeah!
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As for his birthday, I prepared spaghetti bolognaise for dinner and baked him carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I used this recipe but I added 1/2 tsp of baking powder and reduced the amount of sugar to approximately 1/2 cup. For the cream cheese frosting, I used this recipe and substituted lemon juice with orange juice.
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Blessed Birthday, hubby. Hope you enjoyed the treat!~

Mother’s Day

Diary of a SAHM – Day 436

We celebrated Mother’s Day at church, followed by lunch at 7Village Noodle House. We had the famous 七廊粿条汤 and 七廊拉面. Joshayne’s treat, yeah!

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Second round: Supper at Gurney Drive. Thank you, Joshayne.
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