Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Regrowing Tomatoes

We buy lots of tomatoes each week. Hubby, Malcolm and I eat our veggies raw mostly, with the exception of Gordon, who prefers some of them cooked. 80% of the tomatoes are eaten as salad, in sandwiches, with the 20% going into soups and the rice cooker.

Starting February, i've been having fun regrowing veggies from scraps at our new place. Have always wanted to grow veggies but never had a chance to previously as I lived with #paininthearse in-laws. All that is now past tense as far as we are concerned, lol.

Hubby bought large tomatoes last weekend. I personally prefer to grow cherry tomatoes. Well, they are so many pots lying around to grow a mini vegetable farm enough for our own consumption. Just need time and patience to learn how to grow them one by one. Pray i get at least one tomato plant from this batch of seeds!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Natural Night Light

I've never liked sleeping in an air-conditioned room. The cold continuously recycled air is so dry it leaves my skin taut and painful by morning. Moreover, the dark room gives me the creeps, lol. I do have a solar bedside lamp but half the time, i forget to charge it during the day. Love the natural night light streaming in from the balcony for free. 

Just now, spent over an hour with hubby twisting wires to tie a mozzie netting to the bedroom metal grille that opens to the balcony. Too many mozzies in this area and we sure don't want to risk getting dengue fever. It is a hot and humid night with stagnant air, with no sign of leaves moving at all, though it rained earlier!

Am so glad we did that. With the wooden door opened, the room is no longer stuffy with just the fans turned on. It may not be a windy night, but i can sure feel a lower room temperature. I'm so waiting for a windy or rainy night to really feel the difference. Oh, please rain more....

Happy that with just Rm12.60, we can now save a lot off our electric bill by not having to turn on the air-conditioner at night. The savings can be put to good use for other household expenses. Yes, for baking with my 50l oven!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cauliflower In Coconut Milk Recipe

It's our 14th wedding anniversary today, also our 21st year of being stuck with each other. Hubby, the most romantic guy on earth, bought me a huge cauliflower to commemorate this special day. And so, this is what i cooked with it to celebrate the memorable occasion, lol!

Cauliflower In Coconut Milk Recepi

1 cauliflower, 250ml thick coconut milk, 250 water, 1tsp himalayan salt, 1 tbsp mustard seeds.

Cut up the cauliflower. Place all into a pot. Dilute the thick coconut milk with water and pour into pot. Add the salt and the mustard seeds. Bring to boil and simmer till cauliflower becomes soft, stirring occasionally.

Verdict: Simple, yet super delish!

I leave it up to your imagination to add whatever you like to it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Melaleuca Pain-A-Trate

Isn't it wonderful that i now need to massage both my hands with a pain-relieving cream from fingertips right up to my elbows before i can start working on my amigurumi creations. I may have overworked them recently. Or it could have been caused by a strained nerve from lifting the heavy house gate that jumped its track the other day. Whatever it is, the warmth from the cream soothes my hands, allowing me to at least work a bit. Can't crochet at my usual speed. Hooking at snail's pace now. Haiz... like a grandma liddat....

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Regrowing Garlic

I found a sprouted garlic bulb inside the bag where i usually place my onions and garlic. I remember reading something about placing the whole bulb in a shallow dish of water and i did just that. The shoots grew longer during the last two days or so. Just now, managed to plant them in eight separate pots. Hope they grow.

As for the spring onions I planted recently, i managed to harvest one round from them for a meal. Half from the batch i planted died. Well, at least, i still have half regrowing again. You can see them in the pot at the right side of the pic. I'm happy. Gardening can be fun after all :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

CNY 2015: Malcolm cooking lunch on Chor 2





Malcolm, my youngest boy, loves to play with food. Now that all his kitchen gadgets are finally in one place, he's back to cooking for us again. On Chor 2, he wanted to cook fried rice for us. I prepared sliced bacon, julienned carrots, cubed potatoes, chopped cucumbers and 2 eggs for him to fry the rice with. Hope you all enjoyed watching this video of him cooking lunch for us. He gets better by the day and loving it.

CNY Holiday Homework!

Gordon has been attending an integrated school for special children since April 2012. For as long as i can remember, he hasn't brought any homework back from school before. This is the first time i see him with one. There's math, bahasa and science activities in the workbook. I asked him if he needs my help completing them or not and he said no. Happy die me. * reminds self to buy more workbooks for him to do each day, lol*

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CNY Reunion Lunch 2015

This is our first CNY reunion meal, in a place we can truly call our own. Peaceful, sans drama. Made a batch of noodles, and cooked a pot of colorful vegetables with eggs to go with it. Topped with lots of frozen shaved lemon, it's simply awesome. Here's wishing everyone a wonderful 2015 Chinese New Year. May the Year of the Goat bring you good health, great wealth, and plenty of colorful days.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Regrowing Spring Onions Pt5

I believe the front ones failed to regrow. The color of the stalks arent vibrant at all.  So sad... the rest are fine, growing taller by the day.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Regrowing Spring Onions Pt4

Gave my spring onions 2 companions today, lol. In a way, they serve as a form of measurement for me to monitor their growth. Hmmm.... the bunch at the front seems to growing slower than the rest. Why lehhh?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Huge Prawns From The Seafood Wholesale Market

Huge Prawns! Very difficult to buy, and pricey during Chinese New Year. Weighing around 100gm each. These are for our customers. We supply seafood to them all year round. How will you cook them?

Regrowing Spring Onions Pt3

So far so good today. Still growing and no sign of rotting stalk. Omg... so exciting!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Regrowing Spring Onions Pt2

They've grown a bit taller today! I wonder how the roots are doing. Pray they stay strong and continue growing taller and taller!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Perfect Noodles Everytime With My Noodlemaker

I've been happily posting all the best noodle dishes to my new blog. All those noodles were made using my noodlemaker which i bought for my younger boy for his 8th birthday. He loves to potter around the kitchen experimenting with food. Isnt it amazing that with just flour and water, the little nifty noodlemaker produces perfect homemade noodles for the best noodle dishes ever. I've perfected many recipes over time and most of them can be found over at thenoodlemaker.

   
Carrot Macaroni

It really doesnt take much time to have delicious homemade noodle dishes for dining at home. I get a big batch of noodles churned out in about 20 minutes or so without my lifting a single finger. Whilst the noodlemaker is doing its job kneading and extruding, i'll be cooking the gravy and preparing the topping for my noodle dish. I usually have minced meat and sliced mushrooms cooked in brown sauce, or blended tomatoes. Topped with spring onions and cilantro, a dash of pepper and sesame oil, my family of four get to enjoy a wholesome noodle meal anytime of the day.

Purple Sweet Potatoes Noodles 

Well, this is a pic of a batch of purple sweet potato noodles that i have whipped up some time back. My hubby loves noodles with vibrant colors made with blended vegetables, or their extracted juices. It is one of the best ways to enjoy a healthy meal infused with lots of vegetables. This is especially important for parents with picky eaters whose kids do not like to eat vegetables, hahah. They usually cannot resist slurping on colorful penne pastas, macaroni, and spaghetti from my noodlemaker!! Simply the best noodle dishes ever!!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Regrowing Spring Onions From The Wet Market


Now that i'm finally settled down where i really want to be, it's time to play with the vegetables that I've been buying from the wet market repeatedly. I've read that one can regrow many types of vegetables at home. I'd like to start with spring onions since we eat tonnes of these each week. The bunch you see here costs Rm2 and can only last us a few days. I saved the last 2 inches and placed them inside a small glass container waiting for new shoots to appear. It will take a few days. I'm only worried about the roots as there are not much to be seen, lol. Oh well, if i fail this round, I'll just buy a new bunch to try with until I can plant them inside a pot! Wish me luck, ya.

Nasi Lemak for Breakfast

Food is getting more expensive by the day. Especially hawkers, who have been happily taking advantage of the previous gas price hike. Tho gas price has come down, no one seems to want to lower their prices as CNY is just round the corner. A plate of Chee Cheong Fun with mushroom and minced pork topping costs Rm3.80 at the coffee shop we went to this morning. Hubby noticed a nasi lemak stall at the entrance and decided to give it a try.

   

This plate of nasi lemak with a generous helping of peanuts, anchovies, cucumbers, sambal and curry lemongrass gravy, and half a hardboiled egg costs Rm2.50 (Chee Cheong Fun with harmai bits topped with soy sauce and oil is going for Rm2.60, wtf!). Add Rm1.60 for my Cham, my breakfast costs Rm4.10. Hubby had the same. Kid wanted chicken rice. It's Rm3.50 a plate and 40c for a glass of warm water. Can't help but to be frugal when dining out these days....

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Multi-Cutter Kitchen Scissors Review

I found this multi-cutter kitchen scissors inside one of my kitchen drawers this morning. Half the time wondering what i can do with it. Got a few good suggestions after posting it on my Facebook. One of it being to cut spring onions with it like what is shown on this image a friend posted at the comments section.


Multi-cutter-kitchen-scissors

I'm used to cutting spring onions with the normal kitchen scissors. So I thought this will somehow hasten the process. Maarder, i was wrong la. All the cut spring onions pieces kept getting jammed up between the closely placed blades of the multi-cutter kitchen scissors. I had to remove them out with a tiny fork, bruising half of them along the way. Same result even if I were to cut small bunches. Way faster to cut my spring onions with a conventional kitchen scissors, lol.

Multi Cutter Kitchen Scissors Review

My personal opinion is this multi-cutter kitchen scissors is best used for crafts or where the item being cut is dry, and has a low chance of getting stuck between the blades, ok.