Monday, December 24, 2007

Tandoori Chicken

Along with herbs rice and purple potatoes, we had a wonderful dinner on this Christmas eve. To every drooling visitors of Food 'n' Snap, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Chocolate Chips Orea Cake

Sunday is our baking day as usual. This time we decided to try out a muffin recipe which uses that "everyone's favourite" Oreo cookies. We always prefer moist cakes over muffins which usually dry and so we made some fine tunings to the original muffin recipe for a cake recipe.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Baked Honey Hoisin Fish

There are so many types of fish available at the fresh market and I have to admit that till now I am still unfamiliar with many of them. Nevertheless, we bought this nice light pinkish colored thick and boneless fish fillet which we have no idea what type of fish it came from.

Hoisin sauce with honey were used as marinades and also for occasional basting during baking. The thick white meat inside was so soft, juicy and delicious we hardly could believe that we actually cooked it ourselves. Although it was not cheap, this fish is definitely in my shopping list for next week.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Banana Chocolate Chips Mini Cupcake

Banana and chocolate are like close buddies. I always wanted to have them both in my cake recipe. So today, I decided to incorporate these two wonderful ingredients into a plain cupcake recipe. Besides mashed banana in the batter, we also filled the center of each cupcakes with a chunky piece of banana and chocolate.

Great for tea-break or even supper (in our case), these mini cupcakes are really best when hot.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Beef Balls Koay Teow Soup

Koay teow as what commonly known in Asia countries is actually flat rice noodle. Usually fry or cook in soup, they are a favorite alternative staple food beside white rice and noodle.

Obviously for health reason, we prefer to have it in soup. Instead of the usual fish balls, we decided to try it with beef balls and we were not disappointed. As for the soup, we added miso paste into anchovy broth.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Grilled Peri Peri Chicken

These drumsticks were seasoned with freshly blend red chillies, vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt overnight. Grilled with potatoes and served with salad.

What a mouth watering and peri peri hot dinner.

Blanched Romaine Lettuce

Blanching is one of my favorite way to cook green leafy vegetables. Its a simple and yet healthy cooking method. Also known as "yau mak" in cantonese, romaine lettuce is also suitable to be eaten raw as salad.

It is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and other minerals. Best of all, its so crunchy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stewed Chicken In Barbecue Sauce

Instead of grilling or roasting, for the first time we decided to stew this whole chicken leg which were seasoned with barbecue sauce.

Stewing is indeed a more healthier cooking method and it certainly goes hand-in-hand with that healthy miso soup for our dinner today.

Miso Soup

We drink miso soup at least two to three times a week. Its delicious and full of goodness as the Japanese saying "A Bowl Of Miso Soup A Day Keeps The Doctor Away". For us, we just simply love the taste.

We uses either anchovies or chicken broth as the soup base and we usually add tofu, wakame (dried seaweed), enoki mushroom and spring onions.

Another healthy soup for dinner.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Chocolate Coffee Fudge Cake

My wife stumbled upon another fabulous cake recipe which doesn't require creaming of butter. Just like us, its a "must try" recipe for those who loves the mild bitterness of dark chocolate and the strong aroma of black coffee.

We made some adjustments to the original recipe and added one key ingredient to ensure that the cake turns out moist and not too firm or dry which normally would for those recipe with cocoa powder. We did add a tablespoon of butter into the coffee fudge for that glossy look.

Baked by our chef Mr H yesterday.

Watercress Soup

Do you know that for gram to gram, watercress actually provides more iron than spinach? Popular among the Chinese, watercress soup is also known to have detoxification effect for lungs.

Pork ribs, red dates and goji berries were added for flavor and color. This soup goes very well with a bowl of plain rice for a simple yet healthy dinner.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Grilled Miso Pork Kebab

Pork cubes marinated with miso paste. Accompanied by capsicums, sweet potatoes and red apples for color as well as flavor.

Juicy and tasty, they were grilled by chef Mr H.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Chocolate Banana Cake

After two weeks of "food deprivation" I couldn't wait any longer to satisfy my cravings and at the same time what could be a better way to show my appreciation to my beloved wife who especially took good care of me when I was sick.

An irresistible Chocolate Banana cake from Secret Recipe was all I had in mind and I bet she would be so delighted by this one.

So happen to be in town for my boss farewell dinner, I actually excused myself a bit earlier than the others so I could drop by at my favorite cake shop on my way home before they close for the day.

With a cup of French press Brazilian coffee, it was certainly a perfect supper for two of us.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What Happened?

My health was in a bad shape for the past two weeks. I had everything right in a package which I believe is very common in hot and humid tropical countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Started with a simple sore throat and soon followed by fever and flu, I am still couping with that persistent cough.

I began to realise that somehow whenever I skipped my "trusted" green tea for a period of one to two weeks, my body immune system will start to go low and I will fall sick very easily. It has happened to me a couple of times before and I am pretty sure all these were more than just coincidence.

Anyway the good news is, I am almost fully recovered by now but the bad news is, my wife is starting to feel that all too familiar itch at her throat. I could have accidentally spread the virus to her so right now, extra doses of vitamin C are her only reliable defence.

For the record, I am thankful to the Malaysian Government for providing a very generous subsidy on health care to all the citizens. Every citizens are entitled to consult a medical doctor and get to bring home dozens of genuine medicines all for a mere 1 Ringgit Malaysia which is equivalent to about 0.30 USD. Excellent!

Besides that awful taste of the medicines, I have to survive strictly on comfort food so most of my daily meals were nothing more than just plain rice with one simple soup. So no fancy food for me and therefore no photo for the blog.

To all my visitors who frequented this blog, I would like to Thank You for visiting my blog and I hope that you would continue to check back on my blog regularly. We will be right back with more photos of great looking food as soon as we start to get busy in our kitchen again.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

French Style Orange Yogurt Cake

For many, Sunday is a day to relax. As for me and my wife, Sunday is a good day to try out new recipe. We found this healthy and yet interesting recipe from a website just few days ago and decided to give a try. Instead of butter, this recipe uses lots of yogurt and vegetable oil.

Another product baked by our chef Mr H.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Pizza Bread

First of all, we have to say that neither we nor our chef Mr H made this one. We actually bought it from a bakery shop when we saw a few others with each holding one of this queuing up to pay. Well they were certainly right about it. Not only does this pizza bread looks good. It taste good too.

When we reached home, we could not resist the temptation to sink our teeth into it and so we get Mr H to heat it up for us. Sinfully enough we had it for supper with a cup of hot black cherry tea.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Sencha Japanese Green Tea

Japanese green tea is definitely one of my favorite drink. I really love Gyokuro green tea (which I used to drink while I was in Singapore) but due to the price tag, nowadays I have to settled for Sencha grade instead.

Which ever grade they are, green tea is a great source of anti-oxidant and a cup a day will certainly go far in keeping cancer at bay.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Grilled Stingray With Sambal Paste

In my opinion, grill is by far the best method to cook a stingray. A hit among Malaysian people, mid size stingrays are grill with spicy hot paste (commonly known as sambal) on a banana leaf.

Unfortunately for us, we couldn't find a banana leaf so I wrapped it with aluminium foil instead but definitely I'll be well prepared next time.

Thanks to Mr H.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Moist Chocolate Cake

This dark chocolate cake contains no eggs or butter which is suitable for vegans. The secret ingredient which helped this cake to raise and moist is lemon juice. Ooops...

Anyway, baked by our chef Mr H.

Ginger Ale Roasted Pork Loin

This main course is great for those who particularly loves ginger. Served with sweet potatoes and yellow onions to balance off that strong ginger flavour.

Another one by chef Mr H.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Shredded Chicken Herbal Porridge

The main ingredients for the broth are chicken, red dates, szechuan peppercorns and celery with a dash of hua-tiew chinese wine.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Beef Stew With Herbs

A wonderful dinner on a rainy day such as today. Serves well with either rice, toast or on its on.

This one was cooked without the help from our chef Mr H.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Papaya With A Hint Of Calamansi Lime Juice

Many years back, my wife suggested that I squeeze the juice from calamansi lime on papaya. I have no clue where she get this idea but since then I knew that I will never eat papaya without calamansi lime juice again.

You have got to try it yourself.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Roasted Ribs In Orange Ginger Sauce

Tangy roasted ribs and chunky potatoes served with garlic and herbs steam rice.

What a wonderful main course. Thanks again to our chef Mr H.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Rosemary Focaccia

One of my wife's favorite bread. Baked upon her request.

Message to my wife.... Darling, I hope you will enjoy this one.

Thai Style Grilled Chicken

Our multi-talented chef Mr H has once again shown us one of his many variety ways to cook chicken.

Lots of lime leaf and lemon grass simply makes this chicken so Thai delicious.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Hard Roll For Breakfast

Just in time for the next morning breakfast. A last minute preparation at wee hours just before I call it a day.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Roast Pork Char Siew

Another wonderful dish by our chef, which is none other than Mr H of course. Juicy and tender roast pork char siew.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Roasted Tumeric Chicken Thigh With Cauliflower

After taking a break from our kitchen for a day my wife decided to get our chef Mr H to cook for us today.

And here's our dinner today.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Roasted Oyster Sauce Chicken Wings With Potatoes

This was our dinner for today. We were so amazed by the cooking skill of our chef Mr H.

Crusty Top Banana Muffin

Our breakfast. Only one word to describe..... "yummy". Instead of the usual muffin shape, this muffin was over-filled to achieve the "mushroom like" effect.

Baked to perfection by our chef Mr H.

Just Lemon

Or so you really think it is. The truth is , it was a large green lime which was left in the fridge for almost 2 months and to our suprise it had turned into a yellow lemon.