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Lazy Sunday morning.. er probably ‘mor-noon’ or ‘ning-noon’. bleh.. what am I doing try to create a new word? What do you usually do on a Sunday? Do you like Sunday at all? I am more a Saturday person as Saturday you know that the next day is Sunday and you dont have to go to work. Saturday is always better than Sunday. Sunday for many people are meant for – do nothing day. For me is the other way round. Its the day where I cook and do housecleaning and visit my mother. I have a heck of a busy schedule on Sunday itself, usually I have no time to squeeze a nap or go for a movie on Sunday except to hog the tv remote control while waiting for the laundry to be done. Totally Domestic Affair at home!! That’s how I spend my Sunday, so Auntie.. ewww
I should go shopping, go facial, tea with frens and go to gym. My goodness!! But get me wrong, I enjoy my cooking time at home and cooking keeps me happy and so, its okay to trade shopping with cooking (for a while).
On a Sunday I prefer to use the oven as I can do so much at one time while cooking. Roasting or baking is one of the best cooking method on a lazy or busy day. The result for that, Mood lifting Meal, Good Food at home.
Please.. try to make this at home. Bake a potato!!
I gather what I have at home, Jack Potatoes Medium size, you dont have to peel. Give it a good wash or scrub, drizzle and coat evenly with olive oil, a pinch of salt and some pepper and bake the potatoes about 170C for 1.5-2hours. Its easier to cook the potatoes if you prick it with fork but I dont like it that way. You can bake the potatoes the night before if you like, maybe before bedtime just set the timer probably bake an hour then reserve another half of the baking time to do it the next day if you want to have a quick and fast meal.
Also prepare some meat, I am using here Ayamas Black Pepper sausage, one yellow onion medium size and 3 eggs. For the Eggs I made a scramble egg and put aside for the sauce making later.
How to know if the potato is ready? As I said I dont like to prick it, so test it with your hand. You will be able to squeeze the flesh of the potatoes without too much resistance. Remove it from the oven, let it cool for say 10 minutes. Cut the potato to half and then scoop the flesh. You dont have to be perfect on how much flesh left with the skin on, just try not to break the skin and make a big hole out of it will do, that’s why cooling the potatoes is important to achieve that. Simply chop the potatoes flesh and add a pinch of salt, butter, parmesan cheese and whatever seasoning that rocks your mind. In my opinion potatoes taste best with just salt and butter.
Put back all the potatoes flesh into the skin, use aluminium foil to wrap the skin too like shown on the photo. The reason for the aluminium foil is it functions like a potato holder and protects the skin from burnt / charred when I put it into the oven for the 2nd time. Put some cheese on top of the potatoes filling and bake again for 10 minutes.
While waiting for potatoes in oven, prepare sauce!! Very simple.
Fry the onion and sausage cubes prepared earlier until fragrant. Add Omelette. Then open a can of baked bean and cook for 2 minutes until everything is hot and cooking hot hot hot. Then open another can of whole tomatoes just pour everything in and bring to boil, add a pinch of salt and some pepper. The sauce is ready. Simple right?
Now, the baked potatoes are ready to be serve.
Just put the baked potatoes on the plate, remove the aluminium foil and serve generously with baked bean sauce.
This is one of the most satisfying Sunday Afternoon meal you can cook anytime at home. A squeeze of lemon juice if you like!
I guess I am not very good with making a quick 5 minute meal or perhaps the person who is lazier than me has a better idea on how to make this simple finger good food. I said this because I charred the first half of the french bread after I got carried away watching food channel.
My hubby’s face was as black and charred as the charcoal after that. heheheh He said he dont like wasting food so I still put the black bread on his plate. *palm on my face*
This time, with the other half of the french bread left and his supervision – hmm the appetizer turn out not bad!! Even better!
For your info, he doesn’t know how to cook but he seems to have many ideas when comes to food. I shall say he is a TalkChef! Talk only! In this circumstances I am the executor, sous chef he call it.
This bruschetta was his idea. Toasted French Bread Bruschetta with Garlic butter, top with Cheese, Salami and mustard.Tweet
I am sure everyone know what is Souffle. Maybe have not tasted one, but heard of the Souffle word at least. HK movies always show them so high class, order souffle as dessert geh!
But have you heard of Fried souffle? Again maybe not.
Perhaps it doesn’t sound rational to fried the souffle. Does the idea bother you?
Try not okay?! The fried souffle is on the savoury side, the sweet sugar is absent from this recipe.
First of all, beat the egg white by using the hand whisk until the egg whites are fluffy and stiff. I’ve got 4 egg whites in it, it turn out quite a lot, so I suggest 3 egg whites would be sufficient for 2 person.
The seperated egg yolks, add in salt, pepper, chilli flakes a bit ( I notice that I put chilli flakes in everything I cook ), if you have chicken cubes, maybe a half a cube, or you may add a teaspoon of fish sauce its all up to you. Finely chopped onion can be added too. Stir the egg yolk and whatever ingredients you want to put i.
Then fold in the egg mixure into the egg whites gently. Make sure its well combine try not to over ly done it or you’ll loose all the air in the egg souffle. Use a pan, drizzle over olive oil and pan fry the Egg souffle until golden brown.
Tadaa!! Fried Souffle done!
To serve the dish my way, make some bacon crumbly, add in nuts (I put here Pecan but not so nice, I think substitute with walnut would be better), some kwailo spinach, mushroom sauce (its actually Campbell Soup that I use so that I can drink the soup too). Malaysian being Malaysian, for the love of Chilli, you can eat this with Chilli sauce. Why not right? Kampung Koh Garlic Chilli lagi best. haha
Hope you will enjoy this recipe creation of mine! hahaTweet
Yet another Simplish Meal, for Simple People like me, Simple Food, Simple Preparations and Simply Delicious.
- One small packet of cream
- 1 cup milk
- Pepper and salt to taste
- 4 slices of pancetta or substitute ( Proscuitto is not suitable for this dish)
- Bakers Potato, thinly slice
- Herbs like basil can be added
Firstly, drizzle a bit of olive oil on the casserole. Then line it with pancetta with the meat overhang outside the casserole. At the same time heat the cream and add in milk in a separate pot. Bring it to slightly below boiling point, add in herbs, pepper and salt to taste.
Then stack the potato slices in the casserole and pour in the cream mixture. Make sure the cream covers all the potatoes. With the pancetta overhang, just fold it back to the casserole, covering the potatoes like in the photo.
Slow bake the potatoes for 2 hours at 150 -170 C.
Also Hubby tried to make cocktail using the bottle of Cointreau he got for me recently. Use a shaker, add ice, mix Cointreau with Bombay Sapphire and Lemon Juice. Voila! You’ve got White Lady!
Why I made Lasagna:
- I learned of this recipe inspired from watching the Masterchef Australia recently.
- Also that box of dry lasagna sheets has been around for more than 3 months at home, without seeing daylight.
- I have minced lamb
- Recently bought a few bottles of wine
- Red wines paired with rich food like this is superb
- I am lazy to go out eat
- I want to stay home watch TV
- Impress my hubby
- Still there’s parmesan cheese left
These are some of the ingredients I prepared.
I added the oil cooked shallots and garlic inspired by Masterchef Australia for the meat sauce.
This is the recipe printed on the San Remo Instant Lasagna box.
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
60g ham, finely chopped ( omitted)
1 medium onion, finely chopped (substitute with oil cooked shallots)
1 carrot, finely chopped (omitted)
1 stick celery, finely chopped (omitted)
1 clove garlic, crushed (substitute with oil cooked garlic)
500g beef mince (made meatball -lamb and pork)
5 tablespoons tomato paste (subsitute with pasta sauce)
125ml dry white wine (omitted)
375ml water (didn’t really follow)
1 chicken stock cube (own measurement, chicken stock)
salt, pepper and pinch of nutmeg (omitted nutmeg)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons plain flour
125g mozzarella cheese (cubed or grated)
Heat oil in a medium saucepan, add and cook gently for 3 minutes. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is soft. Add mince and cook stirring, until brown.
Stir in tomato paste, wine and water into which stock cube has been dessolved. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Melt butter in medium saucepan, stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes over gentle heat. Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk. Return to heat and stir until thick and smooth.
Season with salt and pepper, add mozzarella and stir over low heat until cheese melts.
Preheat oven to 180ºC.
Pour 125ml meat sauce into base of lightly greased baking dish. Alternate layers of lasagna, meat and cheese sauces, ending with cheese sauce layer. Sprinkle top with grated parmesan cheese if desired.
Recently I bought a good deal voucher online knowing that the voucher can be utilise for dine-in or getting the meat at the counter. Look at our selections of Chicken Sandwich Ham, Turkey Hams, Honey Glaced Ham, Pancetta, Bacons Affummicata Cotta, Salami Napoli and Brutwurst Sausages all for the price of RM54.90 only.
Got so excited over those meats, I decided to cook pasta again for dinner. Here’s the ingredients:
- Chilli Flavored Olive Oil
- Olive Oil Margarine
- Feta Cheese with Olive
- Courgette sliced
- Bird’s eye chilli finely chopped and seeds removed
- Bacon Slices
- 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- Rock Salt
- Chilli Flakes
Bring a large pot of salt water to boil, add a teaspoon of cooking oil and cook the spagetti to ‘al dente’. Follow the instruction printed on the package. Once cook, drain the spagetti but reserved 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
After that, heat the pan with Olive Oil Magarine add bacon and the chopped garlic and brown it. Set aside. With the heated pan cook the courgette until soft, you may add another knob of the margarine/ olive oil if the pan is too dry. When the courgette is cooked, throw in the bacons, garlic, chopped chillis, chilli flakes give it a good quick stir fry. Pour in 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water into the pan, and add the spagetti and stir thoroughly with all the ingredients. Do not reduce the heat, make sure the water is reduced and add salt to taste, then its done!Tweet
I am not quite believe it when Hubby asked me if I really wanted to have Astro at home when we were back in Kuantan last month. I guess my interest in cooking and baking shows not only in my blog . I have all the Apps available on iPhone not to mention again my recipe books sticking around almost everywhere I go, re-reading, re-flipping and re-locating my books from the bedroom to the living.
A gentle push and he got the Astro installed last week and I took a day off from work because I am sick ( absolutely the truth) and watch Astro like porn. I am talking about Food Porn! I love the AFC and TLC channels and always glued to these 2 channels.
Ooh.. its official that Masterchef Malaysia is here too and I am going to follow this program closely. I love masterchef its freaking awesome. May I self proclaimed myself as masterchef ka? Mrshomely MasterownhomeChef. I think everyone’s a chef at home agree? I wont argue about methods of cooking as I cook the way I like it, and the way I deem ‘can do, can eat, can try’ always!
Here’s one of my Master Culinary creation: Tofu-Tofu Mozarella Eggplant
First I’d like to show you how to slice the eggplant in planks, very easy. Remember to give the eggplant a salt water bath to keep it fresh and light coloured. For this dish, I actually brush the eggplant with some rock salt, to give it flavour for my dish later.
I also prepared some pork meat, just add abit of pepper and soya sauce for marination and later simply stir fry. For the eggplant, just pan fry until golden brown.
Lay 1 slice of eggplant at a time on a plate top with mozarella slice and some meat prepared earlier.
Wrap it like this.
Put it in the pre-heated oven to roast for 2 minutes. Dont worry that the mozarella melts and get messy, it wont stick like other types of cheese.
While waiting for the oven to do its work, use the same pan and add tomato sauce/ pasta sauce into the chicken stock and japanese soft beancurd. Simmer for 5-8 minutes.
Tadaa!!! Serve hot!!Tweet
Its a weekday, and I want to cook something for dinner, something simple, someting filling but not so fattening, something that we can eat and last us at least a couple of hours before I can get hungry and my stomach start growling again. I have really good digestion that’s why I am fat I think. I don’t want to think about food or snack on chocolate before bedtime… so I come up with this dish.
Firstly line the baking sheet with baking paper something like in the photo.
Then cut the bread to fill into the baking sheet. Fill all the gap with smaller piece of bread. Then use some force from your hand to compress the bread.
Then pour in generous egg mixture onto the bread. No measurement here so its up to individual. Here, I put about 3 -4 tablespoon of the egg mixture from a total of 4-5 eggs.
At the same time, I also cook the onion omelette. Add salt to taste please… Then spread the omelette on top of the bread evenly.
Then spread a can of Macaroni Cheese on top of the omelette. Again, spread evenly. You can also add some mozarella cheese in between, but I don’t have any at that moment. Add some ground pepper and also salt. Or may even top it with parmesan cheese.
I also add some thinly slices of potato! See how thin it is! Almost transparent kekekekeke
This is how it looks before bake.
After bake for 30 mins at 150C. Nice or not? Golden Brown colour
Cut into big Square and Serve while its still hot. I like spicy so I also add some chili flakes later.
This is a must try recipe!! You may substitute the wholemeal bread with whitebread if you doesn’t like the bread’s rough texture.Tweet