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Nasi last night

October 28, 2005

We had nasi goreng for tea last night. I did things a little differently - the chicken in the nasi was leftovers from the honey soy baked chicken I made for a party last week, and to dress up the dish a little I made a thin chinese omelette - one beaten egg with a dash of soy and a pinch of sugar, rolled up and thinly sliced and placed on top of the rice, and packet garlic roti pan fried for a couple of minutes on each side, which I rolled up and put on the side.

As I was serving it I reflected that if I had any kecap manis to drizzle around the edges of the plate, and some spring onion garnish, it would have been real restaurant quality fare! as it was it was delicious and I will definitely serve the nasi this way again.

Posted by lee_taylor at 10:09 AM | Comments (1401)

lentil dhal, upside down pinapple cake

There's good news and bad.

The lentil and onion type dhal thing was not very good. After being doctored at the end with oodles of coriander, salt, lime juice, and extra chilli, it wasn't bad, but it still wasn't good. Using the rice cooker worked out well though.. But, overall, a disappointment! I tried to take a photo but the camera batteries were dead, ho hum.

However the pineapple upside down cake came out brilliantly. Fantastically. It is one hell of a keeper of a recipe in fact. I charged the camera batteries and took a photo the following morning, which I'll upload and post on the weekend. The recipe was a bit of an effort but still fun, heaps of ingredients.. I even remembered when making the recipe that being a US recipe the tablespoon measures were 15ml not 20ml as I'm used to, and modified accordingly.

When the cake came out of the tin to cool, it looked perfect.. just like the picture on Simply Recipes. I was so excited about how good it looked and then started to feel paranoid about could it's taste live up to its excellent looks. But it did. It is hard to describe, it was sweet but not too sweet, had a mild citrusy taste, the almond and vanilla combination was delicious, the texture was lovely (I had been worried it would be too dense), the only change I would make was to serve a dollop of cream on the side!

The birthday boy was surprised and really liked it, I was pleased with myself all day. I am not much of a cake baker so this is easily my best effort yet and tempts me to keep trying.. I received a women's weekly celebration cakes cookbook free with another cook book some time ago and am quite keen to try one of their "professional" type cakes.. Maybe the carrot cake.

Posted by lee_taylor at 08:59 AM | Comments (1226)

A long absence, lentils, pineapple

October 26, 2005

I have been.. neglectful! Away! (understatement of the century). While I have been away there has been lots going on. LOTS. I will even blog about it all, at some point. And so many new recipes tried, all which I intended to blog about. Very little craft actually done, but many new ideas floating about. My fabulous scarf swap scarf has arrived and needs to be photographed this weekend. Parties have been catered and hosted. Guests have stayed, for weeks, and commemorative artwork produced. It has been a very busy few weeks.. or so..

Anyhoo, lets pretend no time has passed and skip to my plans for tonight. If I blog about them in advance, I might remember to document how I go and photograph the results! For I am trying two new recipes tonight.. A lentil and onion dhal type shindig from my "wok it" recipe book and Simply Recipes' Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a pal at work's birthday tomorrow.

Here's hoping there both excellent. I'm going to make some mods to the lentil recipe, after the first few steps you simmer it in a lidded pan for ages.. This always puts the fear of burning in me, so I am going to try doing this step in the rice cooker after spraying it with some non stick spray. I reckon it's going to work a treat.

I have never ever ever had success cooking lentils before, but this time I've even gone out and bought ghee (clarified butter) instead of just substituting oil like every other indian recipe I've ever made.

So the odds are surely in my favour!

And the cake, well, it looks so good and my peep is a real pinapple lover so I am not worried at all. Plus, it's a surprise, so if it doesn't work out - well I just won't give it to him! Gee I'm all heart..

Posted by lee_taylor at 11:11 AM | Comments (6657)

to print

October 10, 2005

http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking/mp/quickandeasy/article/0,13803,1074584,00.html

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Chinese Food Recipes

October 06, 2005

Steamed Lemon Chicken - Chinese Steaming Recipes
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/poultry/r/steamlemonchix.htm

red cooked chicken - make with thighs
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/poultryrecpz/r/redcookchicken.htm

spicy soy sauce chicekn - is it the same as above
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/poultryrecpz/r/spicysoychicken.htm

bourbon chicken marinade
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chickenrecipes/r/bourbonchicken.htm

bang bang chicken
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/szechuanpoultryrecipes/r/bangbangchicken.htm

beef with tomatoes
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/beef/r/beeftomatoes.htm

Four Happiness Pork
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/boiledpork.htm

mushu pork
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/mushupork.htm

Asian-Style Roast Pork Tenderloin
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/asianroastpork.htm
Update: I tried this, with some modifications. I used the sauce ingredients as a marinade for some pork and veg that I stir fried. I added two teaspoons of minced chilli and salt and pepper. It was good, I will make it again, I overcooked the pork though and may use chicken thighs next time.

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