Sunday, May 24, 2015

Roselle Leaves with Shrimp


Last growing season, I planted the Roselle plant thinking that I can eat the fruits. The red calyces are the part of the plant that I was looking for. I could made tea or juice from the calyces. Some part of the world is using the red calyces as food coloring, syrup or jelly.
Unfortunately, the hot weather in my area was too short. I managed to harvest the leaves together with the deer on which ate the top part of the plants.
From my short research, the plant is said to have antihypertensive agent. Roselle is said as diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer.
 
I was at the Newark farmer’s market this morning and found bunches of the Roselle leaves. It cost only $1 for a bunch. The seller said I could just stir fry the leaves and add some shrimp in the dish. The Roselle leaves are sour in taste. It reminded me of tamarind. The taste was sour but in a good way. The dish add a zing to the rice.



To stir fry the leaves, my friend Gert used some cooking oil, slices of hot peppers, crushed garlic and shrimp.
 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Cookies

This Christmas I did a lot of baking. I cooked cookies that I like to eat.
I baked milk cookies, peanut butter cookies, almond cookies, coconut macaroons and strawberry thumbprints.
The sweetest Meringue. They are crunchy and cooked to perfection.

Strawberry and Hershey kisses cookies. This cookies was also the hit at the party. They are sweet, with lots of flavors and crunchy.
I also cooked "kuih cara", a traditional dessert made from coconut milk, flour and sugar. I cooked them on the stove top. The green was made from pandan flavor and the pink was made from strawberries. They are delicious and were hit at the Christmas party.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pennywort

My good friend Gertrude brought back my memory to when I was growing up, my late mother (rest in peace) used to cook or prepare pennywort for our dinner. Pennywort also known as pegaga in Malay or Rau Ma in Vietnamese is a healthy choice vegetables. Pennywort is easy to grow in warm climate.
I am so lucky to be able to buy this vegetables from the Asian store.

The vegetables has been cleaned. I could find only a few pieces with roots.
Since the store sell such a big bag, I have no choice but to find a way to consume these leaves. Besides eating the pegaga raw, steamed, sautéed, I juiced them. I added an apple to sweetened the juice. This pegaga juice is so refreshing and delicious.
I potted the pieces that shows some roots. I hope they will survive. If I grow these plants, I don't have to drive over to the Asian store much.


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fried Rice Stick Noodle

 Today’s Saturday morning breakfast was not pancakes like usual but this one of my favorite Asian dishes called “Mee hoon goreng” aka fried glazed noodle. This food is very light and delicious to eat with some cucumbers, celery and steamed carrot. The recipe is very simple and easy to cook.


Firstly, soak the glazed rice stick noodle in hot water. You can buy this rice stick noodle from the Asian store or from Giant or WEIS market.
Heat about ½ cup of olive oil in a big pot or wok or pan, I am using a big pot.
Sautee some chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped carrot.
Add a pinch of salt, and a pinch of Italian seasoning.
Add a cup of minced beef. (You can use chicken or turkey as well).
Stir well until beef are cooked. Then add the tossed noodle.
Add 2 tablespoons of hot sauce.
Add 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce.
Add ½ cup of water.
Mix them well on medium low heat.
Cook for about 10 minutes or until the noodles cooked.
Serve warm with some cucumber, celery or carrot to the side.  

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Breaking Fast at Katarina

It was fun to break fasting with family. My sister took me to a buffet at Katarina. The food are delicious. I love the cendol, teh Tarik(hot tea with milk), roti canai, fried pepper beef, and the rojak buah(fruit salad). They are superb!
 
 My nieces and my sister are enjoying their food. The pink drink is called "Air Bandung". It was a mixture of rose sweet drink and milk. The drink is soothing to consume after a long day fasting.
 My sister and her family are having a good time enjoying the delicious meal.
 Adam just cannot live without his game.
 I was having the fruit salad(rojak buah) and the ice lemon tea.

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