el's kitchen & her liFe in NZ

I've been living in Auckland for quite a few years and was originally from Malaysia. I'm a chocoholic that loves yummy food, cooking and baking!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

My Boy - My BestFriend


My hair-style during mid August 2006 =D



Then in Mid September 2006, I'm force to tie my hair up! =D


Today, 29 Sept 2006, my latest hair-style!!! I look a lot younger dont I? No wonder my owner is in love with me madly deeply! HAHAHAHA!!!!! you think i'm a handsome boy right?! i know I AM =P

Cute Sushi Ball, Stars n Hearts

What do you think of my sushi riceballs?
They are made of short grain rice, seasoned with my Orieantal Dipper that I received from BerrySimple in BBM (which is very delicious!!!) For the fillings, I used salmon, mayo and fish floss. Yum yum... i will try using othe fillings next time eg. tuna, corn beef ect...

Japanese Souffle Cheesecake



Japanese souffle cheesecake with strawberry glaze. Recipe from www.kyokoskitchen.com
I used a 8" cake tin, which makes the cake a bit too thin. will try baking it in an 6" tin next time! =)

Monday, September 18, 2006

Earth GEMS or Earth GERMS =D



Hey people, have you seen this before? Very colourful right? Anyone knows what is Earth Gems? How does it taste like? I wonder if only NZ produce Earth Gems. I'll update you with more information about these cute little things.

EARTH GEMS

Supremely stunning. Colourful, beautiful and bold. Jewel of the Incas, gourmet Earth Gems are the perfect choice for entertaining - as a garnish, entrée or the main attraction.

HEALTHY & WHOLESOME
Earth Gems are the ideal nourishing gourmet vegetable:
High in unrefined carbohydrates
High in Vitamin C
Extremely low fat and high in fibre
Good protein source
Sweet taste similar to baby beetrootIndulge yourself and your family in healthy, inspired cuisine.

SIMPLE TO SERVE
Pre-washed convenience
‘No peel’ preparation - so easy
Boil, bake or microwave and serve whole
Boil gently to preserve texture

PREPARATION TIPS FOR EARTH GEMS
Earth Gems are an ideal accompaniment to any meal. Their bright colouring and small size serve is a feature - keep them whole.The sweet taste of Earth Gems is enhanced through gentle boiling, but also try them baked amongst roast vegetables, or microwave for quick and easy preparation - effect without the fuss!

Peanut Butter M&M's



I got this Peanut Butter M&M's from Tofu Shop (an asian grocery store in NZ). I can't get it any other major supermarket except this shop..... I like chocolate and of course peanut butter too! I tell you, this M&M is real yum!!!!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Egg Tarts

Not pretty to see but yummy to eat

The texture of my 1st time egg tart

Egg Tart Recipe

Shell:

90g unsalted butter, room temp

20g icing sugar

170g flour, sifted

1 egg

10g milk

Fillings:

4 eggs

1 cup soya milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

How to make shell...

1. cream butter and icing sugar with a wooden spatula for 2-3 mins

2. Add in the egg and soya milk and blend well with the butter

3. Add in flour and knead into a dough

4. Chill dough for 30mins

5. Then put into mould (i used muffin pan)

How to make fillings...

1. In a small pan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in milk. Remove from heat and let rest until warm.

2. Beat eggs with vanilla and add to mik solution.

3. Pass filling through a strainer and pour into tart mould.

4. Bake at 200 C until cook. 15-20 mins

The crust needed some improvement to make it a bit softer, i think the filling is perfect... overall, this 1st timer egg tart still taste pretty good and only requires basic ingredients.

Devil Double Chocolate Cookies


Donna Hay's Double Chocolate Cookies
120g dark chocolate - chopped
110g unsalted butter - softened
3/4 cup brown sugar (i used 1/4 cup)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour - sifted
1/4 cup cocoa powder - sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
280g dark chocolate - extra - roughly choopped
1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
2. Melt the chocolate. Set aside.
3. Place butter and sugar in a blown and beat for 8 - 10 mins or until light and creamy.
4. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another 3 - 4 mins.
5. Stir through the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and melted chocolate.
6. Add the extra chopped chocolate and stir to combine.
7. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into rounds.
8. Place on baking trays lined with baking paper, allowing room for cookie to spread, and flatten slightly.
9. Bake for 10 - 12 mins or until slightly cracks have formed. Cool on racksss.....

My Finger Food


what you need here is ---> any sort of biscuit as base, cream cheese, ham, avocado and tomatoes!! Easy! Nice! yums!!

Tuna Bread Rolls

delicious lunch

...Tuna Bread Roooolls...

6 pieces of bread (depends on the size of your bread you using)
1 can Tuna in spring water - mashed
2 eggs - mashed
1/2 small onion - diced
mayo to taste
cream cheese
wasabi to taste
Boil the eggs then mashed. Put eggs, onion, tuna and mayo in a bowl and mix well.
Cut off the bread crusts. Cut bread into a rectangle shape.
Spread some cream cheese on bread. Then some tuna mixture.
Roll bread lightly to avoid tuna coming out. Then quickly wrap with Glad Wrap tightly.
Keep refrigerate for at least 3 hrs (I left it overnight), then cut into tiny pieces like sushi.
learn this idea from bonbon

Easy Peasy Weekend Chinese Dinner

Spinach with deep fried garlic

Stir fry ginger with wine (DOM) added - recipe here
Tofu & button mushrooms in oyster sauce - got this recipe from here
These dishes are really easy and fast to cook. Yummy and great with rice. I'm always too lazy to make them look nicer... but as long it taste nice right?! =P