mercredi, décembre 26, 2007

Christmas Eve

Very nice composition of the dinner table and food during Christmas Eve :)
p.s. It is not at my home ;)

samedi, décembre 15, 2007


Last week, I brought my xmas cookies batch to the office, and everyone praised me! I'm happy that they liked my cookies and that gives me more motivation to continue baking. Frankly, I hesitated to bring the batch to the office. Well, what if those cookies are left untouched? or that someone actually get sick from eating them!!
The first day I brought some and left the cookie box in my office. Then, by end of the day it's almost finished. I came the next day with a second box and replinished the one in my office, and put some downstairs in the pantry next to the coffee machine.
Anyway... I'm happy that it's all worked out. I'm not going to bake anymore, at least go the next 2 weeks. There are still a lot of cookies left here in the house, and they must go first. But I think I still have some eggs and butter left which I must used in the next few days.
Perhaps I'll just use the eggs for something easy like french toast or omelette.

mercredi, décembre 12, 2007

Xmas cookies

Tis a season to be jolly.. falalalala.. la la la la...

I started baking some cookies from the recipe book that I got as my birthday present. One thing I found funny is that in this recipe book, the proportion is very small compared to recipe for Hari Raya cookies. With one batch for Xmas cookie recipe I could get about 20 something pieces, but with Hari Raya cookie recipe, I could get like 50 something pieces! yes.. with same size. I don't know what's the purpose of people making Xmas cookies, but for Hari Raya, the cookies are for supply of one month where people eat when they visit your house. Hence the big amount of cookies needed.
I will bring some cookies to the office tomorrow.

So here are some of the cookies I made:
Palmette cannelle et confiture
I used raspberry jam for the filling.

From top: Sablés au chocolat et cannelle, Spritzbredele, Bretzels sucrés à l'anis (this last one should be in Bretzel shape, but since I don't have that shape cutter, I just used star shape cutter)

vendredi, novembre 30, 2007

Birthday Present

Very nice birthday presents!!! The recipe book is called Small biscuits for all festivals...

Careful people! I'll start baking soon!!!

Pulut with Serunding Ikan (pulut panggang)

What you need is:
- Fish

- Cooked Glutinous Rice

- Some aluminium foils

- Cooked fish with spices and shreaded coconut

- Put the serunding ikan on top of flatten glutinous rice then cover. Roll like sushi heheeh


Winter is here and it's back to fatty food! Something that I allow in winter and definitely not in summer.. is Raclette... mmmmmm
And while Sylvain and I picking up potatoes (at the supermarket) we found this cute looking potato...

mardi, novembre 27, 2007

Long time no see

Hello all!!
Sorry for the lack of photos and posts lately.
I'm still cooking and baking, just that I don't have the force to upload the photos.
Some of the things I tried lately are:
- Serunding ikan
- Pulut panggang
- Chocolate cake (from scratch and not from Alsa Mamie Gateau box)

More to come in the near future!!
Since Xmas is in the air and I received a Biscuits recipe book recently, I had so many ideas in my head. I have to do like Hari Raya. I must list down the biscuits that I want to do and start doing them!

So stay tune!
It sure smells nice in the kitchen!!

vendredi, novembre 16, 2007

Oh no!!!

What?? nothing inside nyanya's kitchen???
Actually, I have not been cooking much lately. I have been baking Alsa Mamie Gateau Chocolate cake for some weekends. But they were from the box, just add 3 eggs and 20cl of creme liquide. Nothing that I would brag about.
I think next Tuesday I will bake the chocolate cake again for office. Although it is my day off (due to my birthday hehehe), but I need to drop by in the afternoon to sign my new contract.
Need new idea what to cook or bake... hmmm...

mardi, octobre 16, 2007

Gateau au yaourt

Did I tell you that I bake a lot these days?? hihihihi
Today, it's the Yoghurt Cake (in french Gateau au yaourt). This is spose to be the basic cake among French. The measurement is based on the yoghurt pot. I follow the recipe found on the Maizena Cornflour box. I'll post the recipe later. Kinda lazy to walk to the kitchen.

The first time I heard of this cake is from my colleague. I bought a cake (which I bought, not bake myself), and he mentioned the yoghurt cake and that I should taste it. He said he will bring it one day... but it never happened. And he already left the company. Anyway.. I have always been curious about this cake.
My verdict.. I like it. It is the kind of cake which is spongy and natural.

Hari Raya meal

So what did I cook for Hari Raya?? Well, basically for this Hari Raya, I baked a lot and cook less. Since there won't be anyone coming to my house, so I am not that too keen to cook. I settled for Soto Ayam and Bergedil. It is something that Syl and I will eat.
This is the picture of Bergedil. It is made from mince meat, mashed potatoes, coated with egg and cornflour, then fried. Easy peachy recipe.

Here is the Soto Ayam. Basically it's chicken clear soup, eat with rice cubes (ketupat or nasi impit). One the top is the fried clear noodle. Yummy...

Biskut raya part 3

Continuing from last post... After I baked 2 types of cookies, I baked 2 more!! hihihihi... One is Pineapple Tart (Tat Nenas). I made everything from scratch, including the pineapple jam for the filling.
Here it the recipe that I used (taken from

Source : Sis Rossya's Fotopage

Ingredients :
500g butter
2 egg yolks
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons condensed milk
800g flour
a pinch of salt
1 egg yolk to brush on top of the cookies
Pineapple jam

Method :
1. Cream butter, eggs, condensed milk, salt and vanilla.
2. Add in flour and mix well until a soft dough is formed.
3. Place a bit of dough into the 'samperit' mould and press about 2 inches long.
4. Place the pineapple jam in the middle and cover with the dough.
5. Brush the egg yolk on top.
6. Bake in a preheated oven 170 C till done.

Pineapple Jam
2 pineapples
450 g sugar
1 cardamon
2 cloves

Method :
1. Grate the pineapples and just place them on a sieve to remove the juice. Do not squeeze out the juice!
2. Put them in a pot and cook on medium heat till the pineapple is slightly dried.
3. Add in sugar, cardamon and cloves. Leave to thicken and shiny on slow fire.
4. Leave to cool and ready to use.

Next is Mama Carries. This is a classic Raya cookies when I was a kid. Again recipe taken from mamafami's website.


Ingredients :
250 g butter
350 g flour
100 g icing sugar
150 g corn flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Topping :
125 g icing sugar
1/2 egg white
1/2 tablespoon corn flour
Chocolate emulco (I used chocolate dessert topping)

Method :
1. Cream butter and icing sugar. Add in vanilla essence and continue stirring.
2. Add in corn flour and enough flour till a soft dough is formed.
3. Roll to 1/2 cm thick and cut using cookie cutter of your choice. Arrange the cookies on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
4. Spread the topping. For better result, use your finger to do the job.
5. Dip a toothpick into chocolate emulco and sketch on top of the topping.
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 150 C for 17 - 20 minutes.
7. Topping : Mix all ingredients to form a smooth paste.

lundi, octobre 08, 2007

Biskut raya part 2

After baking the Samperit, I moved on to second cookie recipe which is the Cherry Cornflakes Cookie. I like crunchy cookie and this cookie, with the cornflakes bits are even crunchier.

Cornflakes Cookies

210 gm butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolk
11/2 cup self raising flour
200 gm cornflakes - crushed (I used Frosties cornflakes)
1/2 cup cherries - chopped
1/2 cup almond - chopped (I used almond powder)

Beat butter and sugar. Then add in egg yolk, and the rest of the ingredients.
Bake in oven temperature 170C(th 3) for about 15-20 minutes.

To shape the cookies like I did, roll the dough into small balls and then press each of them with a fork. Easy!

Biskut Raya part 1

Woohoo... time to do some baking!!!

Since Syawal is in less than a week, I decided to bake some Raya cookies. I have never bake Raya cookies before. Since I am in a baking mood, so why not bake some cookies. I never thought that the process brings so much memory of my childhood. My mom baked Raya cookies a lot while I was a kid. But I think when I was teenager, my mom started to buy those cookies from her friends or friend of a friend. When my mom baked the cookies, usually I would cut the dough with cookie cutter. Then, of course once the cookies were cool off, we will put them in an air-tight container.

On the Hari Raya eve, between changing the curtains and cooking ketupat, we would put the cookies in small air-tight container and put on the main table ready to be served to visitors.

Anyway, I opted for 4 different cookies where each of them are different. Just to give some varieties.

So the first one is Biskut Semperit. I don't know what semperit means, really. But I know that it is an old cookies. To shape this cookie actually you need to pipe it out. I tried with the new piping tool I bought, but the nossle is too small for cookie dough. So I go for cookie cutter in a shape of flower. Then, I added cherry on top. Cute eh. This cookie has the milky taste. Yummy.

This is the recipe which I fished out from one website:


Ingredients :
250gm Butter
90gm Icing sugar (I used castor sugar)
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon salt
320gm all purpose flour
120gm corn flour
2 tablespoon milk (I used condensed milk)
1/2 teaspoon rose essence (I used vanilla essence)

Beat butter and sugar, egg yolk, salt, essence until fluffy. Then add in milk. Beat again. Add in allpurpose flour and corn flour bit by bit. Mix until you get a dough and that it does not stick to your hand. Use samperit piping or cookie cutter, then put the cherry bits on top.
Bake with temperature - 170C (Th 3) for about 15 minutes.


On Saturday, I had the pleasure to shop for kitchen stuff. When I said kitchen stuff, that means impulse shopping on things that can be used in the kitchen hehehehe. I went to a shop nearby called Rejan. This shop sells cheap stuff. I mean cheap as in not high market products. But you can be amazed on cool stuff that you can find in this shop.
Anyway, I found this thing... PUSHr. I need to change the kitchen brush, and as I saw this little thing, I said that's cool! hihihi
So what it is? Well, the bottom part is like the kitchen brush, but the top part is the cool part. Usually kitchen brush came with the long handle. But this little creature comes with dishwashing liquid pot.

The top part is made from rubber, so just lift it off.
And then pour in dishwashing liquid.

There you have it! It just happened my dishwashing liquid does not have any color. But you get the idea, right?

So this is how we use the little thing. When you need to have a bit of soap in your scrubing, just push the center of the top!

samedi, octobre 06, 2007

Tuna Bagel

It's kinda difficult to find freshly baked Bagel in France. It is not a typical bread that you can find here; unlike baguette, pain de mie, pain de cereal, ciabatta, etc.
I think Bagel is more of American type of bread. However, I found an already baked Bagel at the bread aisle in the supermarket, around packs of scones, english muffins and pita bread. So I suppose bagel is categorized as "foreign" bread. It's not freshly baked, but it looks OK. They come in a pack of 4 bagel.

I had tuna bagel... yum yum. Just pour the tuna from the can, and there you have it! Oh! I cut the bagel into 2 and lightly toast it.

Another way to eat bagel is with cheese spread. I like Tartar cheese spread, as you can see below, they come in small cubes with different flavours, of course. My fav is Chèvre Basilic (goat cheese and basil) and Eclats de noix (cheese spread with hazelnut)

dimanche, septembre 30, 2007

Tuna Roll

I made these last Friday. Yummy and easy tidbits!
I have not venture in pastry yet. So I just bought the ready-made pastry dough from the supermarket. hihihi... Merci, Marie!!!

Banana Loaf

Ok.. other than planning to cook this weekend, I planned to bake as well.
At the beginning I planned to bake cookies. But then, we have bunch of bananas which started to turn brown. So change of plan. I go bananas!
Will it be banana cake? banana muffin? banana bread?
I go for banana bread loaf. Well, don't know what's the diffrence between the load and cake. I chose a recipe from Malaysian cooking website,

Walnut Banana Bread
by Amy Beh

280g ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
125g margarine
240g castor sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, beaten with a fork
300g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder, sifted
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
70ml milk
80g walnuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 180°C.

Beat margarine, sugar and salt together until light then add eggs and beat for 2 minutes. Add in the mashed bananas and mix well.

Add sifted dry ingredients. Stir in milk to mix. Add walnuts to blend.

Spoon mixture into a lightly greased and lined loaf tin (21cm x 10.5cm x 8.5cm). Level the surface with a palette knife and bake in preheated oven for 45–60 minutes or until cooked through.

Leave in the tin for 5–10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

I made some changes to the above recipe though, hehehhehe
- I don't have walnut, so I omitted the walnut
- I used butter instead of margarine
- I used only like 75g sugar, because I ran out of sugar! But the cake turned out sweet enough. So I think reducing the sugar is a good idea.
- I add in a 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- For the flour part, I put 200gm self rising flour and 100gm corn flour (maizena)

...And here's the result

Nasi Lemak and Sambal Ikan Bilis

This weekend, I'm undecided between nasi ayam and nasi lemak
Nasi ayam:
- rice cooked in chicken broth
Nasi lemak:
- rice cooked in coconut milk

Until Saturday evening groceries, I haven't got a clue of what to cook.
This morning, I woke up (early mind you), and after I just remember that during groceries I bought canned tomatoes, for anchovies sambal (sambal ikan bilis). Therefore, I decided OK, we'll do nasi lemak then. Sambal can be eaten with basically any rice. But it's best to it with nasi lemak! But to make nasi lemak, I need coconut milk. I rummaged through my kitchen, and there it is! A can of coconut milk (which I don't know how long it's been there ihihihi. I checked the expiry date and it's still OK. So I thought there is no difference between when it's been sitting there in my kitchen or in the shop, rite?
So, rice - check, coconut milk - check, chilies - check, canned tomatoes - check
The anchovies?? I always knew that I have a tupperware of dried anchovies stored in the fridge. My mom posted it to me ages ago. I think early this year or so. I thought.. dried anchovies, in the fridge, in airtight container.. they can't turn bad, can they? I open the container and zooming for any moving micro-organisme. Looks good to me. In fact, the anchovies looked so clean!

I started with the nasi (rice) first. Amazingly I always prefer to cook rice in a pot "manual" way, rather than using the rice cooker.
Went in the rice, water, coconut milk, ginger slices and a bit of salt.
Oh.. I don't have the exact measurement for those ingredients. As for the rice+water+coconut milk proportion, I used the "manual" method, taught by my mom, aunt and grandma. I measure it by using my fingers.
Anyway.. while the rice on the stove, I started omelette. Usually hard-boiled eggs accompanied nasi lemak. But I'm kinda lazy to use yet another clean pot. So I just make do with omelette, so that I could still use the pan to fried the sambal.
Omelette done.

Now the anchovies sambal.
Again I don't use exact measurement, but here are the ingredients:
Anchovies Sambal (Sambal Ikan Bilis)
- Dried anchovies (washed and soaked in warm water)
- Onion
- Ginger
- Garlic
- Ground chilies
- Canned tomatoes
- Salt
- Sugar
- Lemon juice

Drain and fry the anchovies. When they turned yellowish, set aside.
Add a bit more oil, then add in onion, ginger, garlic, ground chillies.
After that, add in fried anchovies, add in canned tomatoes, salt to taste, lemon juice and sugar.
Cook in high heat and toss until the sambal dried as your liking. I like my sambal a bit dry.

Serve the nasi lemak with sambal and omelette.. There you go!

Dried anchovies

Anchovies Sambal (sambal ikan bilis)

jeudi, septembre 27, 2007


Since it's getting colder these days, I had the tendency to leave work (on time) and straight heading home. Therefore I have ample time to be busy in the kitchen.
Yesterday, I found a Roti Canai recipe on the net, and thought "hey, I have all those ingredients" So I started rolling my sleeves and mix one ingredient to another. Mind you, I don't have electric mixer. All those cooking are by these 2 bare hands! I stored the dough in the fridge so it will be ready when I'm home the next day.
Today, as I got home, I am all fired up to do some Roti Canai.
But, my mistake (a bit), because I didn't leave them to be at room temperature. I straight flatten out the dough and it's a tough task! In addition, I'm all hungry and can't wait to eat my dinner!
For roti canai, you need to spread the dough until it is very thin. If you missed, you might tear the dough. To do so, you need lots and lots of oil. I don't really like playing with oil, coz it's kinda icky. Anyway, it's a good adventure. hihihi
Here are the pics of my dinner: Roti Canai and Beef Thai Curry