Monday, April 25, 2011

Pandanus Leaves & Red Dates (Jujube) Drink

I was told that this drink is good at lowering high blood pressure and especially for those who have pain at the back of our neck and shoulder. Anyway I like the taste of the drink, also good for our health and with plenty of pandanus leaves that I have planted no harm drinking it often.

10pcs pandanus leaves - cut into 1 inch length
6 pcs red dates - sliced
brown sugar (optional) to taste

Boiled for 1/2 an hour and add sugar to taste.

Parmesan & Sun Dried Tomato bread mix

My front neighbour's  Mrs Liew  gave me a pack of this bread pre mix that her brother brought back from UK. Even before the packet of flour is open you can smell the wonderful aroma of herbs and parmesan cheese. Only last week I manage to baked it and is really delicious. The mix works in bread machines but I mix it with my Kenwood cake mixer then rolled by hand into different shapes. Rest the dough and baked, there easy instruction to follow at the back of the wrapper. Unfortunately it only available in England, Let check it out at their website at .

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stew Sea Cucumber with Chicken, Mushroom

1 whole chicken cut into quaters, season with salt and pepper. Pan seared the chicken for browning.

Sea cucumber washed clean and dried

1 no. whole chicken - quarters, season with salt and pepper and pan seared the chicken for a while.
1 kg or more sea cucumber cut into bite size
15 pcs dried mushrooms - soaked, marinated with sugar, soya sauce, oil and some cornflour-steam for 1 hour.
3 cloves garlic - tear into pieces
2 inches ginger -sliced
1/2 tsp of five spice powder
1/4 cup of shaoxing wine (can subtitute with other liquor
oil and sesame oil
soya sauce, oyster sauce, pepper for seasoning.

1. When the above ingredients is ready, add in some oil and sesame oil into a pot.
2. Sauteen the ginger and garlic for a while then add in the sea cucumber to stir fried for 10min.
3. Add in the mushrooms stir for a while.
4. Add enough water to cover the sea cucumber and mushrooms,
5.Add soya sauce, oyster sauce to simmer until the sea cucumber is 80 percent cooked.
6. Now, add the seared chicken and simmer to cooked.
7. Season to taste.

Asparagus and Chives

Aunty Pauline gave me this asparagus and yellow chives. I just stir fried it with garlic and sliced cuttlefish. Is a simple dish but the combination of both sprouts and leaves blended well. Viola!
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