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Friday, January 30, 2009

Vampire Analysis

I guess I have been reading too many vampire-theme books. Started last year with Twilight series (Bella, Edward and the gank). This year I started with Southern Vampire Series (Sookie Stackhouse) which was adapted into HBO series - True Blood. I am amazed as to how the authors came to shape their vampires.

Twilight :
1. Who says vampires sleep in the coffin ? Nope according to Stephanie Meyer. They don't sleep.
2. Vampires don't mingle with human. Human don't know their existence.
3. Vampires biggest enemy is werewolf.
4. If vampires want to kill themselves, all they need to do is messing around with the Volturi.
5. Vampires are not afraid of sunlight. They don't get burned by sun, they will glitter like diamond under sunlight.
6. Good vampires (like Edward and his 'family) live on diet of animals' blood.

Southern Vampire series:
1. Vampires sleep in the coffin daytime. If they're travelling, there are hotels that provide service to cater to their need to hide during daylight.
2. Vampires live among human. Though some human might not like them.
3. I haven't come up to any story about their biggest enemy yet. It could be their own kind.
4. Vampires that want to kill themselves can join fellowship of the sun. Basically they are going to expose themselves to sunlight.
5. Vampires will die under sunlight.
6. Vampires feed on synthetic blood and occasionally on human. There were some that feed on animal's blood.

Both authors do agree that vampires can move faster than human and have better reflexes. I bet you they make good athletes. :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Make your own fritatta

Easy brunch for weekend. Serves 2 people.

What you need :
5 eggs
1/2 cup milk
bacon - I used turkey bacon - chopped into pieces
handful of fresh spinach - or whatever green veggie you have in your fridge - cut into smaller pieces
1/2 onion, sliced
15-20 stick of angel hair pasta/spaghetti (optional)
1/2 cup shredded cheese
4-5 tbs oil
a pinch of salt and pepper

Putting it together :
1. Preheat oven at 375 degree.
2. Get a frying pan. Use the one with metal handle if you have one, so you can finished it up in the oven. Put like 1 tbs of oil on the frying pan and fry onion, bacon until onion is soft. Put in spinach and stir around for another 2 mins.
3. Boil some water to boil pasta. Break pasta into 3 inches length before putting them in the boiling water. Follow direction to cook pasta. Once cooked, drain pasta and mix with frying veggie.
4. Crack eggs in a medium size mixing bowl. Put in a pinch of salt and black pepper. Whisk eggs to mix and whisk milk into eggs. Lastly, mix in the shredded cheese and make sure that the cheese is not lumpy in the mixture.
5. If using the same pan to bake in the oven. Put another 1.5 tbs of oil at the bottom of pan to preven the mixture to stick to pan when baked. Pour egg mixture into the pan, making sure that mixture covers up all the veggie and onion in the pan. Place pan in the oven and bake until egg mixture is set. And a fork inserted in it comes out clean. Probably around 25-30 mins.
6. If using bakeware, grease bakeware with 1 tbs oil. Pour in the onion veggie mix. Pour egg mixture to cover the veggie mix. Pop bakeware in the oven and bake for 25-30 mins.
7. Serve with ketchup. Or salsa. I happened to have pico de gallo. :)




Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bruneian Style CNY

These are the must haves snacks in the Bruneian house hold for CNY. (according to my 'source'). :)


Fanta orange to wash down the krupuk and acar.

The unforgettable kuih mo



irresistable kuih sapit

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chinese New Year 2009

This what I did today waking up at 8 in the morning.


Image in the middle (the cut out ox image) is courtesy of http://www.malaysiasite.nl/images/buffle.gif




Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kuih Sapit

Never in a million years would I thought of baking my own kuih sapit. Even my mom thought I was crazy when I told her that I'm going to make it myself. It's so much trouble and so much burning..well not with the one I'm making.

Ever since I found out the recipe for kuih mor (read my previous posting : http://sweetcumi.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-cny-with-kuih-mor.html). I decided that I'm going to make this CNY special. For me, CNY was just another day. It's not a holiday in US. And since I'm a grown up now, there'll be no angpow (red pocket). When I was a kid, CNY was the only time we got to wear new shoes, new dresses, drinking soda and eating cookies all together on a same day ! But these days, I could be doing all those every day.

So I got my kuih sapit machine from amazon. I was so excited. I came home early that day to greet the UPS guy that delivered the package. :) ha..ha..It was so happened that my work schedule that day was light. And one hour later, I sent a picture to my hubby, showing off my kuih sapit.



The recipe was courtesy of Amy Beh (http://kuali.com/recipes/advresults.asp?index=2&page=1&k=&c=&v=0). Very easy to make.

Ingredients
125g rice flour
35g plain flour
155g granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (from 1 coconut)
2 eggs
2 egg yolks


Method
Sift rice and plain flour into a mixing bowl. Add in sugar and slowly add the coconut milk. Stir until smooth then add the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk until well blended. Strain the batter.Lightly grease love letter moulds with a piece of muslin cloth dipped in oil. Heat mould over charcoal fire.When heated, place the moulds open over a bowl of batter and pour a ladelful of batter onto the mould. Close the mould tightly and bake over charcoal fire for about half a minute on each side.When golden in colour, remove and immediately fold into a quarter. Press lightly with a tin cover to level the surface.Cool and store in an air-tight container or tin.




Monday, January 19, 2009

First CNY with kuih mor



For years, hubby had been craving kuih mor for CNY. I have been trying to find the recipe by asking friends and online. All fruitless. Seriously, if I never eaten it myself, I would think that he was just making it up. :)

Well, part of the problem was we didn't even get the spelling right. All this time, he said the name was kue mo. Coming from Indonesia, that's how we spell kue for 'cake', while Bruneian and Malaysian would say it 'kuih'. Anyhow, thanks to SingYin (xiauying.blogspot.com) we finally will have kuih mor for the first time this CNY.

Recipe (courtesy of SingYin)

Ingredients:
1 kg Plain Flour
1 tin of Ghee (the 450+ gm one)
1 egg yolk

Coatings:
icing sugar
Nespray milk powder (optional)

Methods:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius
2. Fried the Flour in a medium heat in a wok. After that, let it cool.
3. Add all the above together and knead for a while. Make sure they are all mix.
4. Roll them into small ball and place them into the oven tray.
5. Bake for about 25 mins.
6. Sifted icing sugar and milk powder in a wide plates. Ratio can be 1:1 or 2 tbsp of icing sugar to 1 tbsp of milk powder. Up to your preference, really.
7. After cookies are done, let it cool for a minute or two and then lightly pick them up from the tray while it's still warm & roll them into the icing sugar




http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cookingconversions.asp?Action=find




Thursday, January 15, 2009

Who do you want to be when you grow up ?

Why parents should always check their children's homework before they hand it in: A first grade girl handed in the drawing below for a homework assignment.








It was graded and returned to the girl who then brought it home to show it to her mom. The next day, the child went back to school with a note from her mom.


Dear Ms. Davis,
I want to be very clear on my child's illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint. I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm. This photo is of me selling a shovel.
Mrs. Harrington

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Days of enchiladas


I stumbled upon this recipe from Good Housekeeping magazine. It looked so delicious that I just had to try making it myself. Not to mention that it was SUPER easy. It's one of those 'semi home cooking'. Just stop by Costco and pick up a roasted chicken and you're good to go... or halfway there. Shred the meat, mix in some corn kernel, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese, salsa and wrapped it up with corn tortilla. Arrange all those tortillas on a baking dish seams down. Mix some enchilada sauce with more salsa and pour on top of those tortillas. Scatter more cheese on top and pop the baking dish in the oven for 20 mins. Voila..you got yourself a healthy, delicious, easy dinner.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Big Foot sighting

A couple reported Big Foot sighting last weekend when they were strolling along Moss Landing Beach, California. They even had a picture to proof it.


Land of the Giants





Remember that movie Land of The Giants ? Apparently one of the giant left his cone here. :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don't try this at home: Cincalok

Last weekend as we strolled down the aisle at our neighborhood asian grocery store, we came across some interesting stuff. It's bottled shrimp ! Hubby picked it up and claimed that he hasn't had that for a while. His mom used to prepare it at home.

Later at home, he opened the bottle and let me sniffed it. Hmmm..it smells worst than I thought. And I prouded myself as a 'bold' eater. I think I wasn't that bold after all. But then again, it all boils down to getting used to. Look at Anthony Bourdain, he could eat durian. While Andrew Zimmern still couldn't after second try. But, Zimmern downed a lot of weird stuff that I wouldn't even think of trying.

Anyhow, after a few days I decided to finally 'prepare' that bottle of shrimp. The name is Cincalok and it's actually fermented shrimp. On the bottle, the ingredient list says shrimp and salt. From my childhood memory, I think my mom let us eat something like that before. It was brought to us by a relative who came from a fisherman's village. I took the bottle of from the fridge and shook some out on a small saucer. Sliced a bunch of onion and put in on top of the shrimp. To spice it up, I threw a table spoonful of crushed fresh red chillies. When hubby came home, I squeezed juice from one lime on the shrimp. Voila..it tasted better....just SLIGHTLY better :)


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year Resolution

I had decided not to have a resolution. I don't want to be like those people we see in the park. Those people who eagerly going to the park to exercise the first few weeks after new year. They all geared up with nice exercise outfit. But I noticed, it only lasted till end of January.
Then I happened to think of Kenny, my buddy :) , at http://www.kennysia.com/. I went to check on his website like I usually do every now and then. One of his entries was the Singapore marathon. He apparently had done yet another marathon. And he said that it was his THIRD marathon ! Wow..I felt so inspired and motivated. After reading that, I told myself, I will have to at least do it once.

So my training hopefully should start soon. I want to do a half marathon, before I do my full one.