Sunday, November 16, 2008

Caramel Popcorn

This snack is one of Thomas' greatest weaknesses. Great for movie nights.

Ingredients:
1 pkt of popcorn
5 tbs golden syrup
6 tbs sugar
1/2 pkt almonds
2 tbs flower honey

1. Pop the popcorn in the microwave. Lay on a flat baking tray afterwards.
2. Pour syrup, sugar, almonds and honey on top.
3. Bake for ten mins until sugar has caramelized.
4. Pour into a big bowl and mix it up thoroughly.
5. Serve hot with in all of its crunchy, mushy goodness.

Cheese and Leek Soup

This soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods. The first time I tried this dish was during a dinner party at a friend's house- her name is Herdis. She told me that she got the recipe from the Karoline's Kokken series. I was given the English version of Karoline's Kokken by my mother-in-law and I looked up this recipe on it.

Ingredients:
1 leek
1 onion
3 cups water
1/2 stk of butter
1/2 pkt of cream cheese
salt and pepper

1. Heat butter in pot and fry leek and onion until soft.
2. Add the water and boil until vegetables have softened.
3. Blend the soup until smooth and return to pot.
4. Add cream cheese, salt and pepper. Serve.

Beehoon Goreng (Malay style)

Today I made a traditional Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian breakfast known as beehoon goreng. It is similar to Mee Goreng- just that bee hoon is used instead of thick yellow noodles. I made a very simple vegetarian version for my breakfast.

Ingredients:
Dried thin rice noodles (bee hoon)
1 tomato
1 egg
2 chillis
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 cucumber sliced
3 tbs tomato ketchup
1 tbs light soya sauce
1 tsp seasoning
salt and pepper

1. Blend chillis with onion and garlic to make your 'rempah' (paste).
2. Heat oil and fry the paste until fragrant.
3. Add 2 cups of water and dried noodles and cook until noodles are soft and water dries up. Add the sliced tomato and fry.
4. Add ketchup, soya sauce, seasoning, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
5. Push noodles to the side of the work and break an egg into the space. Scramble it slightly before mixing up with the rest of the noodles. Serve with sliced cucumbers topped with a 1 tbs of tomato sauce.

Additional ingredients that you can add to this dish:
1. prawns/meat
2. beansprouts
3. kangkong (asian leafy vegetable)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Fish Noodle Soup

This Japanese inspired noodle soup is very comforting on cold winter afternoons.

Ingredients:
1 fillet of fish- deboned
1 pack of dried egg noodles
2 slices of seaweed
1 thumbsized cube ginger
1 clove garlic
1 red chilli- sliced
sprigs of brocolli
1 tbs light soya sauce
1 tbs dark soya sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
salt and white pepper

1. Heat water and add ginger and garlic. Simmer for 30 mins.
2. Add chilli, brocolli and fish. Boil until fish begins to flake.
3. Season with soya sauce, sesame oil and salt.
4. Add egg noodles. Cook until the egg noodles have fully softened.
5. Add the dried seaweed and cook for 5 mins.
6. Serve with a sprinkle of white pepper on top.