Eefu noodles

My mother-in-law gave me some Ee fu noodles, so I have been experimenting with this dish. The first time we had it with some roast goose which a relative brought back from Hong Kong. It definitely goes very well with the roast goose. However, I think I didn’t add enough sauces when cooking the noodles, hence the colour looked a bit off. Nonetheless, the taste wasn’t too bad.

The second time, the noodles was more successful. This time, I only had some chicken wings at home, so I marinated and baked them to go with the noodles. I must say that they go so much better with the goose. It probably goes quite well with duck too. Actually, I can’t quite tell the difference between the 2. It was my first time having goose and it tasted similar duck to to me.

Here’s how I cooked the noodles – instructions from my mother-in-law. Don’t know the specific amount of sauce to add! Just trial and error and try to balance them!!
Ingredients: Serves 2 adults and a kid

1) Ee fu noodles

2) 4 cloves of garlic

3) Shitake mushrooms

4) Bean sprouts

5) Cai Xin

6) Meat – duck meat/chicken

7) Light soya sauce

8) Duck Soya sauce

9) Oyster sauce

10) Sesame oil

11) Pepper
Method:

1) Boil the ee fu noodles. Drain and run through tap.

2) Prepare sauce mixture – Mix some oyster sauce, light and dark soya sauce, sesame oil, pepper and water.

3) Fry the garlic in sesame and vegetable oil

4) Add mushrooms, cai xin, beansprouts and meat and stir for a few minutes.

5) Add in the noodles and sauce.

6) Stir and simmer for a few minutes.

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Simple Lasagna dinner at home

Decided to attempt Lasagna again because I love eating lasagna! So far have not had much success the few times we tried.

This time round it was successful! This is also quite easy to assemble. These days, since baby Ezra came, when I do cook, usually try to do one dish meals as the prep and washing is much less. 

 
Ingredients (Serves 3):

1) San Remo instant lasagna sheets

2) Prego Tomato Pasta Sauce (300g)

3) Minced beef (300g)

4) 1 onion

5) 2-3 cloves of garlic

6) Butter

7) Milk (2 cups)

8) Mozzarella cheese (200g)

9) Plain flour (2 tablespoon)

10) Olive oil 

 
Directions:

1) To make the meat sauce: Heat up some oil and fry the onions and garlic. Add the mince beef and stir till cooked. Then add in the tomato pasta sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

2) To make the cheese sauce (I got this recipe from the box of lasagna sheets) Melt the butter and stir in the flour. Stir for a few minutes. Stir in the milk till thick and smooth. Add in 100g of the mozzarella chesse and stir till the cheese melts.

3) Assemble: Layering – lasagna sheet – meat sauce- cheese sauce – sprinkle mozzarella cheese. Create a few layers.

4) Pop it into oven and bake for about 35-45 minutes.

  

First time making mooncakes!

It was quite a last minute decision I made last Friday to make snowskin mooncakes on Sat. I love snowskin mooncake! Happen to chance upon snowskin mooncake recipe and it looked relatively easy with no baking involved.  So on Sat Friday evening, before I picked Daniel, it was  a rush to get all the necessary ingredients. However, I could not get the mooncake mould as most of them were sold out and I did not like the few that were left. Anyway, I just prayed that God will provide the mould somehow and lo and behold, when I went to my Anne’s place  for  cell group that night, I realised she had one her mum had passed her which she does not use and so she passed it to me. How good is God!

I invited my sisters to join me and Adora came over on Saturday afternoon. Due to the quantity of filling we had, we had to make around 40 small mooncakes. It took us about 3 hours! I certainly did not expect it to be so tedious. Making snowskin mooncakes are not difficult but tedious especially since we were making 40 small ones. Had to individually weigh the dough and paste, roll out the dough, wrap the filling and put it into the mould for each mooncake! Am I glad my sister came over to help!

The mooncakes were pretty yummy, but I think the last 10 or so were not too good. To try and speed up, I had added more gao fen so that it won’t stick so much to the rolling pin and easier to roll out. But in doing so, the skin became really hard 😦

Nonetheless, am happy that the mooncakes turned out quite all right though there were some flaws. Glad to have the experience of making mooncakes – a first for me. Will try to improve on them next year and also try the baked mooncake next year!

This is the recipe which I saw and could not resist trying it out!

http://www.noobcook.com/snowskin-mooncakes/

Mooncake1         mooncake 2

National Day 2014

 8 – 9  August 2014

To celebrate National Day this year, our cell group had a potluck dinner followed by prayer for Singapore. For the potluck, we had to bring a dish which was red/white and also wear red/white in the spirit of national day!

Decided to bring Mee Goreng. I have never cooked Mee Goreng before so I did some research beforehand. Consulted my mother-in-law who can cook mee goreng that is quite delicious and also googled and read other recipes. Finally, this was the recipe I went with after combining all my research. And the result? Yummy! This is an easy to do one dish meal too 🙂

Mee Goreng (Serves 6 adults)

Ingredients:

1) 2 packets of yellow noodles

2) Cai Xin

3) Tomatoes (2-3, sliced)

4) Bean Sprouts

5) Fish cake (3 pcs, sliced)

6) 4 eggs (beaten)

7) 1 large red onion (chopped finely)

8) Garlic (4-5 cloves, chopped finely)

9) Tomato Ketchup

10) Bottled chilli (I used Singlong Sambal Belacan)

11) Dark Soy Sauce

Method:

1) Add oil

2) Fry the garlic and onion

3) Add the vegetables, fish cake, tomatoes and stir fry quickly

4) Add the noodles – Mix and stir-fry together with the rest of ingredients.

5) Add the egg and stir fry evenly

6) Add ketchup, dark soy sauce and chilli (Unsure about exact amount as I added based on the colour and taste)

mee goreng

After dinner, we spent some time praying for Singapore followed by a time of charades on local topics.

cell national day

Here’s another birthday cum national day gathering I had with friends on National day itself.

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June Bakes

Since we did not travel anywhere for holiday in Jun, I managed to do some baking during the June holidays.

1) Lava Cake for mother-in-law’s birthday

Lava cake is one of Ivan’s favourite cakes and we decided to bake it for his mum’s birthday. We used this recipe from one of my favourite cooking blogs – http://www.noobcook.com

It turned out quite well and we managed to get the molten centre. However, we realised that this cake is best eaten upon baking. We tried one after baking and refrigerated the rest for the birthday celebration which was not on the same day. It still tasted good but the molten centre was no longer molten.

Lava cake       Lava cake 2

 

2) Carrot Cake

Did this tried and tested many times and fail-proof non-dairy cake again for Eliza’s birthday. Was too lazy to search and try out another dairy free recipe and she liked the cake quite a lot last year, decided to do the same one again! Since we will be celebrating at River Safari, decided to do it cupcake style so as to save the hassle of having to cut the cake. For the rest of us, I added the cream cheese frosting and they turned out quite pretty 🙂

Carrot Cake

 

 3) Egg Tarts

On the last week of the holidays, managed to squeeze a meet up with Xinyi. She came over and we baked egg tarts. I have been wanting to try baking egg tarts for some time as Ivan and Daniel both love egg tarts. Xinyi was game to try and I had all the necessary ingredients at home and so we decided to give it a go! The egg tarts turned out all right, but it was not the yummiest. The crust was a bit to dry for our liking. A more crumbly pastry would have been better.  Hence, I will not share the recipe I used. The search for the perfect egg tart recipe continues! Ivan and Daniel like the shortcrust Hong Kong kind. Personally, I prefer Portuguese egg tarts …. but puff pastry is something which at this point, I don’t think I want to attempt puff pastry yet!

Eggtarts

One dish goodness

Over the past few weeks, I have had a few successful attempts at one-dish meals that tastes pretty decent and that I really enjoyed. The best part about them is that they are pretty easy to prepare. Minimal effort for a yummy home-cooked meal 🙂 A pity I did not take any photos. Thought I would record this for future reference as these are dishes I would want to cook regularly. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget what works and what is nice.

1) Simple Fried rice

Ingredients: (For 2 adults and a tot)

  • Cooked rice (1 cup of rice)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4-5 Hotdogs (I usually use luncheon meat but I was out of it)
  • 2 Eggs
  • Frozen mixed vegetable
  • Oil for frying
  • Light soy sauce
  • Sesame oil

Method:

  1. Precook rice in the rice cooker.
  2. Fry the egg and set aside for later
  3. Add oil to the pan. Fry the garlic and onions until fragrant. Add the rice and the other ingredients. Fry and mix everything together. Add light soy sauce and sesame oil and continue to stir and fry for a while.
  4. Ready to serve.

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 2) Cabonara

I got this recipe from Campbell soup website. And it tasted awesome for home-cooked cream based pasta. I have tried some other brands for cream based pasta sauce and so far have not found one that I like. But thumbs up for Prego Cabonara Mushroom sauce!

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3) Yee Mee noodle soup

Missed this dish that my mum used to cook for me during confinement (she would add liver too) so decided to give it a go. For soup dishes, the stock is critical to how tasty the dish is. I don’t make stock often, so it’s pretty experimental. And this time round, the experiment was successful 🙂

Ingredients: Ingredients: (For 2 adults and a tot)

  • ikan bilis
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 packet 250ml swanson clear chicken both
  • Water 1.2  litre
  • 3 pieces of yee mee noodles
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Porkball and fishball from supermarket
  • Crabstick
  • Mince meat
  • Cooked frozen scallops
  • 3 eggs
  • Fried shallots

Method:

  1. To prepare the stock, rinse the ikan bilis, chop the onion into a few pieces and remove the garlic skin. In a pot, fry them till fragrant. Then add 1.2 litres of water and simmer for 90 minutes. Add the swanson clear broth. Drain and remove the garlic, ikan bilis and onion. Stock is ready for use.
  2. Marinate the mince meat using some light soy sauce and sesame oil.
  3. Add the noodles to the boiling stock.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients (I added the mince meat first followed by the rest of the cooked ingredients).
  5. Add the eggs.
  6. Scoop into individual bowls and add shallots for garnishing.

Papa’s birthday cake – Matcha cake improved!

For my dad’s birthday, I decided to give this matcha recipe from allrecipes one more try. I decided to do the matcha cake again for the following reasons.

  1. I still had green tea powder left
  2. We were going to a Japanese restaurant (Rakuzen@Tampines) for his birthday dinner and a matcha cake would be in line with the cuisine
  3. I wasn’t totally satisfied with the one I did for Nami’s birthday. I felt that the green tea flavour was not strong enough and it was much too sweet for my liking. So this time, I drastically reduced the sugar and increased the amount of green tea powder.

The result: Yumz!!  I enjoyed the cake a lot, which I was surprised, cos I seldom enjoy cake so much. I have more of a savoury rather than sweet tooth. I also like eating it as a loaf cake without any icing.

Here is the revised recipe which is certainly a keeper and one which I will use again! The method remains the same.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 teaspoons green tea powder (up from the original 4)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (down from original 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt

For the icing, I also adjusted the amounts slightly as I did not need so much since I would not be doing a layered cake.  I also wanted it less sweet with a stronger green tea flavour.

  • 1 teaspoon vanila extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoon green tea powder
  • 1 table spoon butter
  • 2 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon milk
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Daniel always joins the cake cutting and candle blowing even when it is not his birthday!

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Zixuan (Pris’ bf) also shares the same birthday as my dad!

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Rare big family shot!