Lamb Curry

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Today’s lunch at home. I am so happy to be able to cooked mutton curry , it is one of my favourite Indian dish. I am always grateful to have Indians friends, In Malaysia, Oman and India , meaningful friendship that I made and built along the way and thanks Internet We are still able to communicate despite distance. Indians friends who helped me grows and inspires me. Friendship that just kind of happen, the very good thing is that nothing change when you get to see them.

Mutton curry is one my favourite , I bought leg lamb and sliced them into small square. Curry powder is the main spice. 

here’s my own version : 

 • 500 grams Lamb meat ( cut into small pieces ) 

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 gloves minced garlic 
  • 1 onion ( minced) 
  • 2 spoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 star anis  
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder 
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • 2 tablespoon of concentrate tomato 
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • salt to taste 
  • coriandre leaves 

Instructions : 

  • in a frying pan medium heat the olive oil
  • saute the 1 cinnamon, and star anis 
  • add the ginger, garlic, onion 
  • add the meat and let it turned to golden brown 
  • add the spices, curry, turmeric , cumin 
  • add 500liter of water and cover & let it boil 
  • low the heat and simmer for 20 minutes 
  • add the concentrate tomato 
  • add the cream 
  • low the heat and cook for 1 hour , cover it well. 
  • serve in a serving plate or bowl and top the coriander leaves 
  • accompanied with rice or naan bread 

Side yougurt 

  • 1 cup of plain yougurt 
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt and black pepper powder to taste 
  • coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin  
  • 1/2 minced red onion
  • combined and mix well 
  • serve with cocomber or carrots 
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Spanish Bread

So Today I made Spanish bread. One of favorite bread when I was a little girl and until now So I am happy to share my own recipe.

Ingredients :

3 cups bread flour
1-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
extra flour for kneading

~ bread crumbs for coating

Filling :
1/3 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
~ combine filling ingredients together.

Instructions :
• Dissolve the yeast and let stand until bubbly
• In a large bowl combine the milk, sugar, butter, egg yolk and salt
• blend well and add the yeast
• add flour to make a moderate dough , knead the until smooth and elastic
• greased a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl
• cover with a damp cloth and let it rise 1 hr
• transfer the dough into a big surface and devided into 4 equal parts
• roll and form into a log and cut each log into equal pieces
• flatten the pieces with the rolling pin and spread some filling and roll up
• and roll each pieces with bread crumbs
• Place on a tray
• Preheat the oven 170 degrees
• Cover the bread with damp cloth and wait another 30 minutes
• Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden
• Serve hot
• Enjoy

Remember you can fill anything , Chocolates, dried raisins , peanut butter, anything that you desires …. I also love the sweet red beans paste for the fillings …….

 

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Thailand

After 17 years , I have never thought of going back in Thailand. It’s really a wonderful enjoyment going back in a country where I guess I left my heart way back, Innocent and chaotic life.

My husband and I decided a trip in Bangkok & Chiangmai and this time with our kids.

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Two little girls in What Phra That Doi Suthep

We intentionally visited our dear friends in Lampang, We got the chanced and visited the oldiest pottery, at Dhanabadee art ceramic we learned that they are the largest pottery producers and exporter in Thailand. They shown us a short demonstration on how pots were being made, moreover we headed to the elephants conversation center and watched the elephants show. Kids were so cheerful and thrilled. The next day, we headed to Chiangmai and Chiangmai is even better with our dear friends.

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A traditional Thai dirty kitchen
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98 years old elephant

It was unpropitious for me because during that time I got a cold, in spite of having a cold that really didn’t stopped me for being dynamic as I don’t want to miss anything.

Our Trip plan just went top and well spent , we really had a wonderful time, real pleasure and we had seen so much beautiful faces & places and of course delicious food. Thai food is really beyond excellent ~ one of my favorite food in south east Asia!

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parhaps my old time favourite laab-moo and uniquelly rolled with paper rice.

Thailand we’ll never forget you.

The 7th days we flew to Angkor, Siem riep Cambodia ! and then, there it goes another adventures begun …

Woshoku

6AFE7D63-29A2-48AF-AB94-F163286A4F98Lemme take you to Japan ~ Konnichiwa!  Traditional Japanese food is collectively known as washoku. (literally, “food of Japan”) 和 (wa), which means Japan or Japanese, and it also represents harmony, and the second character 食 (shoku) means food or to eat.

so what we had for lunch,  I prepared sushis  , sashimi’s, cabbage salad with japanese dressing , and yakisoba stir fried noodles, yakisoba is pretty much the Japanese version of Chinese chao mian which means fried noodles , and of course miso soup ….accompanied by hot matcha tea- matcha simply means powdered tea.

 

let’s eat in Xi’an, China

Well not that I guess what happened in Xi’an won’t stay in Xi’an… and this time I would like to share about the food we had eaten … People proposed us to at least try to eat their most known noodles and hot pot. There are plenty of restaurant, + a brief demonstration on how noodles are pulled (hand-pulled noodles). We were stucked in the city We did a lot of walk and ended up in muslim district for lunch. As we were walking along the busy street, street foods are everywhere and annoying motor riders are appearing unexpectedly. Bbq’s, noodles, bread, candies and etc .. staring on those bbq’s have totally given us mouth watering and without hesitation we had chosen and picked 8 sticks of Mutton bbq, one bread and two plate of rice with chicken and the most awaiting lunch been served and then voila we then had a feast. Over above we found the authentic roasted duck just in our hotel.

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This is the local noodles in Xi’an
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A man demonstrating on how noodles are pulled.

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Impressive man with his passion pulling noodles.
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Hot-pot, tomato and green chili soup accompanied with tofu, green salad, chinese cabbage, fish, beef, cilantro and hot-pot sauces.
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bon appétit kids !
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A glimpse of me and my daugther
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Bread
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BBQ lamb

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Walking along the street.
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Authenthic Roasted duck
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Local noodles

Meringue

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9FF9D902-E32D-4670-AE81-52D86E6801DEI have been cooking and eating more lately. Thanks God it’s weekend and I can now indulge myself going in hair salon and have physical theraphy. I recently joined yoga session and I will continue doing it. I did loved it and the yoga teacher was really awesome. It is tough for me to live to not go for cardio because each time I have terrible headache. I feel petrified because I am not getting any younger anymore. When I feel bored I always end up in the kitchen , I think I love my kitchen than my friends (kidding aside) this time I made Meringue. I would really love to share my meringue recipe.

Ingredients :

6 egg whites
200 grams confectioner sugar
2 drops lemon
1 pinch salt
2 drops liquid food coloring

Fridge the egg whites for 15 minutes

Preheat the oven 120 degree

Pour the egg whites in a metal bowl mixer

Whipped the egg whites using hand mixer and set in a rapid beat. Whisk 2 drops of lemon and pinch salt.

mix well till it turned foam.

devide the confectioner into 3 and add gradually with the swifter.

continuously mix until consistent is right.

Transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet using a large tip or star tip. Or use tablespoon.

Place inside the oven for 1 hour , remember to open the oven from time to time to let the heat out and let the air comes in, a very good method to have perfect authentic french meringue.

When it’s done let it cool completely before storing.

so, here’s my perfect authentic french meringue.

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Pandesal

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Pandesal is a Filipino bread most known for all of time. The name Pan de sal comes from the spanish literally means bread of salt. Pandesal has a slight sweet taste. My family loves to eat pandesal all through out the day. In the Philippines you can simply dip in a hot coffee or hot chocolate or fill anything that you desire, jams , peanut butter , nutella, margarine, cheese and even sardines … anything that you want, I myself love pandesal with foie gras sounds odd but I love it ! ( French would hate seeing me eating foie gras with slight sweet bread ).

Thanks to my kitchen-aid Kenwood, baking is a lot easier and quicker.

Ingredients :

• 3 cups bread flour
• 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1 pouch yeast
• 3 egg yolks
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1/2 cup melted butter
• 1/2 cup water
• extra flour for kneading

Directions how to bake pandesal with mixer/kneader :

• Dissolve yeast and 1 tsp sugar stir to dissolves and let stand for 10 minutes.
• Place all the dried ingredients including yeast into a bowl and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Continue mixing until it formed dough.
• Remove the dough and transfer to oiled bowl and cover with damp cloth and let it rise for 1 hour.
• Devide the dough and rolled and cut each log into equal oval pieces.
• Lightly greased each bread and coat with bread crumbs.
• Place each bread flat side down in a baking tray
• preheat the oven 180 degrees for 30 minutes.
• Bake for 20 minutes
• Serve hot or cold and Bon àppetit !

If you plan to keep the pandesal longer. You can freeze all them up and take it out whenever you want and simply toast them in a toaster or heat them up inside the oven.