Monday, December 26, 2011

Home Cooked Mushroom Bolognese


I always admired people that can cut vegetables in tiny cubes. For example, The Italian Dish … look at the size of those carrots and celeries. Because of her favourite, I did try to make this on one of the evening. And that’s when I was home late and I really need to eat something to fill up the hunger, pasta is always the simplest and the easiest food to prepare.

After all, what we basically need is mushroom, carrots, celeries, onions and garlics…. And I find it absolutely healthy. Oh yes, having a bottle of Prego at home is also necessary as well, at least for me.

I remembered I cooked this once for my family, and they loved it very much. And with their compliments it boosts up my confident in cooking pasta dishes. Don’t you agree? Well, every cook is happy to see their dish is happily eaten, and happily commented. I always love to see hubby tells me, ‘Dear, this is nice!’ or ‘Dear, next time cook more of this.’ Or… comments from my family like…

‘Hey sis, think you should make this more… it’s nice.’
‘Aunt, can I have some more…??’
‘How do you do it? Is it easy to make?’

Though those are simple comments and questions, but it really makes your day.  I have never have the confident in cooking during my single days, but the encouragements that I’ve got from hubby was honestly a good push. Of course, for a start, I kept calling my mom for help, for advice, and even bought a lot recipes books for reference. But hey, no one is a perfect cook since day 1, it’s all try and error many times to get something good.

So whoever out there whom has no confident in cooking anything, just try something simple. Give yourself some confident, am sure, you will proud of yourself one day!!

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Mushroom Bolognese

Ingredients
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
2 medium sized celery ribs, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
¾ cup red wine (optional)
About 1 pound of mushrooms (I used button mushrooms), chopped
1 bottle of Prego Mushroom Sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons sugar


Instructions

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  1. Heat the pot with olive oil
  2. Fry the onions till translucent
  3. Add in garlic, fry till fragrant
  4. Add in carrots and celeries, fry till its soft
  5. Add in the chopped mushrooms
  6. While cooking, boil the spaghetti per the instructions
  7. Cook thru the mushrooms and add in the Prego sauce
  8. Stir it and add in dried thyme, oregano and the sugar to taste
  9. Once done, dish out and serve with your spaghetti

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Home Cooked Cheesy Potato Chicken


2011 wasn’t really a productive year for me… in fact it was a mixture of loss, gain and surprises. Beginning of the year was full of enthusiastic to decorate the house for Chinese New Year, cuz, that’s the new house decoration. Followed by a family gathering during Chinese New Year on the day 10th, after that, things changed.  From a happy mode to a sorrow mode… my Mother-in-law was leaving us in early April, she was died of lung cancer. Each of everyone was in moaning mode… and some of us are on vegetarian for 49 days. Then we have little one came to our family, my sister’s son is born. Each of everyone was happy to see him, cuddle him, hug him. To our surprises, he’s really good in laughing though he’s only a small little infant, which is barely a month old that time. I remembered I took a day off to baby sit him while my sister could dial in for a teleconference meeting, and even clean him after his poo-poo. I also spending quality time with my brother’s son for couple of days, playing with him, feed him, read with him, etc. With all these activities, time flies… and now it’s the month of December.

On the work side… things changed greatly. Our superior decided to pursue his interests, thus he left us few months ago. And we have new superior to lead us in the department. Working style is so much different, some says better, some says no different. But to me personally, I could see some people are more happy, and so do I. At least it makes you more involve in certain manner and makes you grow in certain ways.

Well, it’s December month now, and this month reminds me of my best buddy whom always enjoying the Christmas atmosphere with me while she was in the office. Honestly, I miss her dearly.

Another deary friend whom is living far apart from Penang has always has a sweet thought on me. She gave me a surprise which can make hubby hands down. When I posted a message that I have a nose block, not sure was it sick or what… I got a small little thing from her, and it’s all the way from Singapore. With that little surprise, honestly it made up my day!

Year 2011 not only I lost my Mother-in-Law, hubby and I also have lost someone deary.

Few days more to Christmas… and am sure everyone is busy buying Christmas presents for their loved ones, not only that, some are even busy in baking cookies, decorating their Christmas tree and so on. Since this year am not going anywhere, a simple and quiet Christmas at home isn’t any bad idea… some time for me to rest, to distress, to think thru what should I do for 2012. Have you gotten any resolution list?

Well… doesn’t matter, take your time, sit down and write it down. Perhaps it gives you a better idea what to do for the next whole year.

Would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


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Cheesy Potato Chicken, not so cheesy

Ingredients:
2 chicken thighs
3 medium potatoes
1 small red onion
1 egg


  1. Using meat mallet, gently pound fillets between sheets of plastic wrap until about 1cm thick. 
  2. Boil whole potatoes until almost tender, cool 20 minutes; grate coarsely. In large bowl combine potato, onion, and egg.  
  3. Coat large frying pan with cooking oil, cook chicken until browned and tender. Top with potato mixture; cook under hot grill until potato is browned.

Serving suggestions:
Serve with steamed green vegetables or a salad.

Tip:
Instead of grating potato, try slicing partially cooked potato into thin rounds; place on top of cooked chicken, sprinkle with cheese and chives, and grill until browned and cheese has melted.

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Source: The great chicken cookbook (Australia’s Women’s Weekly Cookbooks)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hot Bowl Nyonya Delights

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I’ve heard so much about this place and this is my first time here. This is like my previous experience in Sushi Kappo Miyasaka, where I could miss and kept thinking how good is their curry mee.

Recently I brought my sister and my brother-in-law for breakfast… and it took for about 20 to 30 minutes for them to serve us the bowl of noodles. Apart from that, you gotta be early to grab a seat too, otherwise, just like us the 1st attempt we came and leave without second thought as there were a few of their customers were standing and waiting for a seat.

So, you can imagine how delicious, spiciness, tasty, mouth watering, droolicious about this bowl of Curry Mee!

Of course apart from Yellow Noodle and Vermicelli and the cockles … you have other side dishes like porch chicken, ordinary koay teow soup, chicken rice and other condiments.

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What’s good about this curry mee is their home made chili paste. It’s something that you shouldn’t miss it! It’s hot and it’s like numb your tongue without realizing it. So, you can imagine how spicy it is…


Address & Contact Number
Hot Bowl Nyonya Delight Restaurant
16-A Lorong Abu Siti
10400 Penang
Tel: +604-227 3168

Business Hour: 8am to 3pm
Closed on Monday

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sukhothai Restaurant

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Once upon a time, there were three sisters, 1 sister had a bunch of boys and the other sister had a lot of daughters, and each of these sisters gave 1 boy and 1 girl to this sister whom is not married. And this sister raised this boy and girl as brother and sister…. This is the story that my cousin from the states shared it in her blog.

The boy is now 73 years old and living in Oklahoma, recently he came back to Malaysia to visit his family and the rest of his cousins. Brought along with him were his son and daughter, whom visited Malaysia in 1974, that time both of them were only 6 years old and 3 years old. It was a wonderful gathering that we cousins have had and also the 24 hours compressed tour of the Pearl of Orient.

Though uncle is aging and it’s advisable not to travel in such tight schedule, but we took him for his favourite spicy food. driving to down town is always a hassle if the traffic is heavy, thus we chose some where near. Have you heard of Sukhothai Restaurant that’s located in Bukit Jambul Country Club? It’s a Thai Restaurant that is open for public… and the food there is absolutely delicious. In fact, many factories over in Free Industrial Zone organized many lunches and dinner over here before.

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When comes to Thai food, most important thing is their Tom Yam (RM18), be it clear Tom Yam or others. You just can’t miss it out. Of course, we opted for Seafood Tom Yam and extra spicy too. It was absolutely help you on your appetite desire.

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My uncle loves beef, further more beef is cheaper compared to the other choices. A curry beef with long beans was definitely tempting to have extra bowl of rice, its named Beef Spicy Curry (RM18).

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Due to religion, we can’t have beef, so we have Black Pepper Chicken (RM15) for the rest of us.

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XO Vegetables (RM14), where you can Petai, Lotus Root, Winged Bean, in the red hot chili paste. That plate of vegetable is appetizing.

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Steam Fish Spicy Lime (RM38), is something that you wouldn’t want to miss, it is steamed with lemon sauce, lemon grass, chili padi, and Kaffir lime leaves. That makes that plate of fish so fragrant, and tempting to wallop the soup too.

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Squid Spicy Curry (RM20) is something that we ordered extra, it comes with Basil Leaf and Long Beans. The squid is definitely tender and fresh.

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Since my aunt brought her grandson along, he definitely can’t have what we’re having. A plate of prawn and egg fried rice (RM10) for him was just nice.




Address & Contact Number
Sukhothai Restaurant
No. 2, Jalan Bukit Jambul
11900 Bayan Lepas
Penang
Tel: +604-6436 754

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Home Cooked Ginger Spring Onion Pork Tenderloin 薑蔥豬肉

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How I wish I can cook like her, the successful blogger Eating Pleasure? She inspired me with all her beautiful pictures and posts on what she’s been cooking for her loved ones. And before that I honestly I have the urge to own a kitchen where I could experiment everything in the pot, or be it in the wok. Sometimes, you just need someone to give you a lift on your arm, a pad on your shoulder and tell you that, ‘hey, you could do it.’

Because of those posts that she’s posted up, that helped me to learn to cook something that I’ve not any confident in it. Ginger Spring Onion Pork Meat is something that my mom has been cooking it, and she said it’s easy to make too. Ingredients are easy to get from the market and it’s simply easy to cook.

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Ingredients
200gm of pork tenderloin, slice into thin slices
10 stalks of spring onions, cut into stripe approximately 2 inches
Ginger cut into thin slices, about 10 to 15 pieces
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
2 cloves of garlic, chopped

Marinate
3 teaspoon of light soya sauce
1 teaspoon of dark soya sauce
2 teaspoon of oyster sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of corn flour
½ teaspoon of salt

Method
  1. Marinate the meat for about 20 minutes
  2. While marinating, cut those ingredients per what mentioned above
  3. Heat the wok with 2 to 3 tablespoon of oil
  4.  Fragrant the garlic, and add in the marinated meat and stir fry
  5. Stir fry for few minutes, and add in the rest of the ingredients
  6. Continue to stir fry and also add in about 3 to 4 tablespoon of water
  7. Simmer the meat with high flame for about 2 minutes
  8. What says more… dish out and serve with a bowl of steam rice

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Home Cooked Capsicum Chicken

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After a long quiet break… honestly that didn’t help me to recharge back my energy but to drain out more of it. Was it due to the environment or basically the lazy worm that’s biting my bones?

Since I moved out and got to prepare food everyday, I can fully comprehend how a housewife, a working mother, or a cook face everyday! They have to think what to cook, what ingredients in hand to prepare, what to prepare for the family or their guests. And I am having this everyday… truly salute those that prepare food for those people.

And if you’re creative enough and time permit, you can actually cook something different or refer to a fancy recipe book as reference. But again, that’s always time consuming… for us, I guess we just wanna have a fast one, eat, and clean that’s all.

This is something that I cook and without referring to my ‘cook’ aka my mom. Though it takes a lot of cutting time, but these ingredients that made the dish fragrant, well, at least it makes my loved one add another bowl of rice. :)

Ingredients
2 deboned chicken thighs
1 medium brown onion
1 medium capsicum
3 cloves of chopped garlic
5 chili padi, optional. If you like more spicy, can add more

Marinate
½ tablespoon soya sauce
1 teaspoon dark soya sauce
2-3 teaspoon light soya sauce
½ teaspoon of sugar
Dash a bit of white pepper
Salt to taste

Method
  1.      Cut the deboned chicken thighs into 1cm cube size
  2.       Marinate with those sauces for about 20 minutes
  3.       While marinating, cut the remaining ingredients into cube form, ie. Capsicum, onion, chili padi
  4.       Heat on the wok with 2 to 3 table of oil
  5.       Fragrant the garlic till the aroma fills up your kitchen
  6.       Add in the marinated chicken into the wok… do not stir not flip it over
  7.       Once its half cooked, flip it over and cover with wok lid
  8.       The steps of covering the wok it has to take on a few times, and also stir fry the chicken
  9.       Stir fry till the chicken are thoroughly cooked thru, add in the rest of the ingredients, eg capsicum, onions and chili padi
  10.   Stir fry it till it coated with the sauces and dish out

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Home Cooked Teriyaki Chicken

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My mom loves Teriyaki Chicken whenever she dines in Japanese Restaurant. But at times, come to think of it, it’s kind of costly cuz, this is easily cooked. Don’t you agree?


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In fact, these teriyaki marinade sauce is easily obtain in any supermarkets, of course, there’s always the price to pay. However, you could buy many chicken thighs and cook many teriyaki chickens for many people. That could have save some penny in your pocket.

It was something that am running out of idea what to cook for a week day dinner… a week day dinner is always rushing for time, especially you know you have a special program to catch at 8pm. Gosh, that was the time you were like super woman, chopping, cutting your food in extreme mode, aka FAST mode. Of course, without kiddos around, you could actually get your other half to wash all the mess. In fact, such tips better omit from the post, not that I wanna brain wash the readers, but at times sharing such tips it’s something feeling good too.

Ingredients
2 chicken thighs
Teriyaki Marinade sauce

Steps
• Marinade the chicken for about 20 to 30 minutes
• Heat on your non-stick frying pan with a tablespoon of oil
• Pan fry both side of the chicken for about 10 to 15 minutes
• Once cooked, dish out, best to serve with steam rice
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Home Cooked Salted Egg Minced Meat Porridge 鹼蛋豬肉粥

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Whenever I feel my body is heaty, I’ll either drink lots of Chinese herbal drink or make myself Salted Egg Minced Meat Porridge. Honestly, it does help in terms of cooling the heat, and secondly it’s always delicious.

After all, ingredients are easy to find and it’s always cheap to make for 2 persons at home.

Ingredients
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1 cup of rice
4-5 cups of water
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1 salted egg
200 to 250 gram of minced meat

Steps


  1. Briefly rinse the rice with running water.


  2. Boil 4 cups of water in high flame.

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  4. Then put in the rice in the boil water, and boil.


  5. Once rice turn thicker, briefly stir so that it will not get stick at the pot


  6. Before dish out, add in salted egg. Salted egg has to be mashed into small pieces.


  7. Add in minced meat. Tips – if you like the meat to be a bit flavoury, you can add salt and pepper to taste or a dish of sesame oil. However, I leave it as it is, I like the taste as it is.


  8. Once cooked, dish out and garnish with spring onions or ginger slice.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Home Cooked Fermented Bean Paste Chicken 豆酱炒雞

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Not sure anyone has come across this dish… but this is definitely something that we like. One of mom’s best dish and it’s something that we will surely have extra bowl of rice.

Tried to cook this couple of times, and many times I failed and it just can’t match into what mom has been cooking for us. The taste is either out of the original or it’s either too sweet or too salty, or too much sauce.

I wonder when will I be success and cook this like what mom did.

A never give up attitude could actually make things happen. Just like many famous speakers tell us, practice make perfect. True enough, I cook this dish many times, till I myself raise the white flag.

Ingredients are simple… for 2 persons at home; you can just follow the ratio below.

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2 chicken thighs, chopped.

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1 medium capsicum, 1 medium tomato, 6 red chili padi (if you can’t take too spicy food, reduce the chili). Chop tomato in wedge form, random cut the capsicum and also use the chopper slightly press on the chili. This is to help to press out the chili aroma, and the spiciness.

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Half tablespoon of fermented bean paste is needed.

I always like to put lots of lots of garlic in my dishes, hence, this is nothing different too. In fact, I’ve put about a tablespoon of chopped garlic.

Once gather all these ingredients… here the simple steps.

1. Heat the wok with about 5 tablespoon of oil. Coated the wok with the oil and turn it into high flame to heat the wok.
2. Throw in the garlic in the wok, light stir it.
3. Add the half tablespoon of fermented bean paste into the wok, stir it till fragrant.
4. Then, add in the chicken. I did not marinate the chicken but I add in about 1 teaspoon of dark soya sauce. It doesn’t really pull out the taste but it’s more of colouring.
5. When you put those chickens in the hot wok, please do not stir it, just leave it in the wok for awhile.
6. For about 1 minute, turn the chicken over the other side.
7. Keep stir frying and on and off keep the lid open and close. This process will help to cook the chicken thoroughly.
8. Once done, add in the chili padi into the chicken and stir fry for 1 minute.
9. Then after add in the capsicums, tomatoes.
10. Add in salt to taste, and dish out once it’s cooked.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Home Cooked Fry Yee Mee 炒伊麺

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Exactly a month for not updating my blog,… what have I been doing? I’ve been busy… well, that’s the normal excuse for ourselves and for the readers. And, that will turn out to be most of us normally pick up too. Or, perhaps I was just finding sometime to settle down some thoughts in my mind, before I could start writing again or move on with whatever plans in mind.

Since settled down here, I have not been honestly adventurous enough to explore more food in the island. Not that am finding excuse but honestly, I am so lost that I do not know how to manage my own time to certain extend. I could barely split myself into this and that. When am too free, I have all the time in the world, but my mind isn’t functioning. In fact, what’s going on, uh?

Actually I have plenty of ideas in my mind and I wish I have the capability to do it… things like cook all the food that I’ve been reading from the web, invite friends and family to my small hut for a simple gathering, reading some books, etc… but some how, it’s just didn’t get it working. Apart from now that am grumbling over it, whatelse have been done then?

Oh yes, I’ve been cooking simple food for the 2 of us… how simple would it be with Fried Yee Mee?! Mom’s version is always sumptuous and ‘luxury’ to me. Why would I said that, you could always see something like octopus, fish fillet, pork fillet, prawns, vegetables, and others ingredients.

Where else, mine was simplified compared to mom. At least, I could feed the man at home with satisfactory grin. Isn’t that satisfying for the cook?


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Ingredients
2 Eggs
250g Prawns (medium)
500g Vegetables (Choy Sum)
250g Pork Fillet
2 Yee Mee
4 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce (2 tablespoon for marinate)
3 Tablespoon Dark Soya Sauce (1 tablespoon for marinate)
3 Tablespoon Light Soya Sauce (1 tablespoon for marinate)
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt
Garlic



Method



  1. First marinade the pork fillet with oyster sauce, dark soya sauce, light soya sauce & sugar for 30minutes.


  2. Boil water to cook the Yee Mee till al dente, then set aside. 2 to 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil on cooked Yee Mee, to avoid sticking together.


  3. Lightly beat egg and set aside.


  4. 2 tablespoon of oil to heat fry pan.


  5. Pan fry lightly beaten egg till cooked and dish out.
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  6. Cut the egg into stripe and set aside.


  7. Heat up the wok with 5 table spoon of vegetable oil.


  8. 1 tablespoon of garlic, heat up and fry.


  9. Add in the marinated pork fillet and prawns, then add in the cooked Yee Mee.


  10. Stir fry and add in the sauces.


  11. Dish out and sprinkle with the egg stripe.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Home Cooked Onion Chicken

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Anyone of us have the habit of writing diary?
I know not many have that habit anymore and I know many will tell you that writing diary is waste of time! But have you ever thought of putting up your thoughts in Facebook or Twitter is always another form of writing your thoughts? What people says caption in your Facebook wall…

I used to have that habit… but along the years, growing with the technology, I have dropped that habit long long time ago. But nowadays you don’t have to have a physical diary to pen down your day to day happenings or your thoughts too! That’s why we have this thing call BLOG! JOURNAL!

For a start writing of this blog is more of having fun, releasing stress from work, and also the fun of making money. Though this money cannot make as much as your full time job, but, it does help me along the way; at least it helps me to reduce the working stress in those days.

Right now, making money from here is secondary… what’s important is to pen down what you have gone thru, what you’ve created for the recipes, and what you plan to say it out from your heart. And also, a network to know more people, and to learn from their knowledge and experiences in life.

For this post, I have to pen down what I have tried for the past few weeks and also to share with my family and friends if they ever swing by down here.

Well… comfort food, who doesn’t love it… comfort food to me means easy to make, easy to cook, and also it always makes your belly warmth and feel loved.

Ingredients

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3 chicken thighs (chopped)
2 large onions (sliced thin, in ring form)

Marinate
2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
½ tablespoon of light soya sauce
1 tablespoon of sugar
½ tablespoon of corn flour


Steps
1. Marinate the chicken with all the sauces, marinate for about 30minutes
2. Heat the wok with 5 tablespoon of oil
3. Sauté the onion rings till it soft and translucent then dish out
4. If the wok still has the balance of oil, then add in the chicken otherwise, add 2 tablespoon of oil
5. Add the chicken and sauté it for few minutes and cover with lids
6. About 1 to 2 minutes, remove the lid and add in the onions that dished out earlier
7. Keep stir fry the chicken and the onions
8. Cover the lids every now and then
9. Add about 5 to 6 tablespoon of water for simmering, oops... and season with salt to taste
10. Cook thru the chicken then dish out
11. Best to serve with steam rice

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Chicken & Mushroom Pie

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Having 2 old couple sitting at home do nothing but watching DVDs on the extreme hot Saturday, and not even a single mood to cook. What is the best comfort food for the night then?

Many will says, who cares, just go out and grab something to eat, or pack some food outside and eat at home. Or some even suggest, why worry, buy Ramly Burger, that will solve all the problems.

Well well well well… which category did you fall under? Neither the above was mentioned? Or like me get something from Cold Storage and baked on your own.

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While running errands in Cold Storage, I was caught by this nice packing pie that manufactured by Victoria Crest. Victoria Crest is a Malaysian company that specializes in the production of high-quality Halal meat products. They are using quality spices and ingredients and consisting primarily of British-style foods, their products are all made from original recipes. Without second thought I bought Chicken & Mushroom Pie for a try. Well, it’s definitely not cheap, more of buying an experience (sauce from Victoria Crest website).

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Instruction is clearly spelled out in the box… and you will not miss a single step of it. And also it’s easy to make too… I guess I will make one of this when am free!

Ok, here’s the instruction –

For best results cook from frozen. Place pies with foil base on baking tray in a preheated oven at 190ºC (Gas Mark 5) for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 170ºC (Gas Mark 3) and bake for another 35 to 46 minutes or until golden brown.

Brush before with milk or beaten egg to aid browning. Times will vary according to oven.

Carefully remove from foil base and serve hot.

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And this is how it looks like after baking for 60 minutes. Honestly, this is the comfort food for the old couple that lying at home and does nothing. Distress isn’t it?