Tuesday, August 31, 2004

simple and cheesy...

recently i found new products by Kraft...they have produced not only the well known 98% fat free cheese, lately they have cracked black pepper cheese, garlic cheese, swiss style and some others. and with the promotion going on (2 packs for 3AUD), i could not resist the temptation to stock up my fridge with cheese.

feedback: i find the cracked pepper one a bit mild (hopefully they will come out with a stronger pepper cheese the next round).
the rest...waiting to be eaten

usually we have our cheese in sandwiches and i rarely used it in cooking, especially the sliced ones ... so i decided to be creative and cook a small little meal with cheese with the help of prawns and leek.

and i named it cheesy prawns

prawns, deshelled
leek, sliced
butter / olive oil
salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2-3 slice of cheese (i used cracked black pepper)
1 tbsp plain flour
white wine *opt*

sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on prawns and pan fry on a non stick wok.
glazed a bit of butter or olive oil on prawns and turn to each side till cooked.
at the same time pan fry leek.
once cooked. remove and set aside

fry garlic with olive oil.
add in flour follow by 3tbsp water and whisk / stir non stop.
if mixture too thick add more water and whisk.
then add in cheese and then wine.
simmer for awhile

Pour sauce over prawns and leek. Serve with spaghetti.

what r u doing there?

Last night, when I was walking home from the train station....I saw a guy donning in a black knee length jacket and a black cap, standing in between 2 pillars in a dark corner...the first thing that came to my mind was DOGY .... After a few seconds of eye contact with the doggy man, I realised that he is not a thief, junkie, non-sober weird man...he is actually a FLASHER!! I only noticed it when he was eyeing at me with his hands on his *u know*.....
It was my first encounter with a FLASHER in Australia...and my first reaction was to call the police but somehow I got distracted by a group of people on the other side of the building which is about 3 buildings away from the flasher...so I walked quickly towards them and told them that there is a flasher at that corner and when the flasher saw that, he kinda walked away but kept looking at my direction...anyways one of the people I approached who is really huge went to check out that doggy man....not sure what happened after that...but yeh i met a flasher...and today is a lesson for me so from today onwards I am getting my partner to pick me up when i am out late...sorry to trouble you, babe....

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Speedy folding

No food blog today...instead it is about housework.

Today's topic is "How to fold T-shirts"

My partner discovered a clip that shows how we can ( fold T-shirts )in a blink. Is a MUST watch clip.

Hopefully i will used it often and save time on folding and spend it on sleeping >:)

I need more shortcuts and innovative sites that involve housework cos i am so slow and also idiot proof ones would be a plus point.

Friday, August 20, 2004


Here's a dish I learnt recently when my mum was in town. It is the amazing sweet and sour pork dish that everyone likes. Also it is a dish I have been yearning to learn for a long long time.
This dish may cost around 8AUD or more in restaurants and often it is not very tasty as it has either too much fats or the flour coating is too thick. Fortunately my mum's recipe cost merely 5AUD and guarantee results. It is also a great recipe for packed luncheons.

Jol's mum Sweet & Sour Pork
Basic Ingredients ( 2 servings )
4 pieces of Pork ribs, chunky diced
( Australia : I used the pork ribs meat from Coles supermarket cause it does not have much bones and the fats are just right)
1 Onion, chunky diced
1/2 cup mixed veg (peas, corn and carrots)
3-4 Tbsp rice flour
1 Tbsp corn flour
2-3 Tbsp plain flour
plain biscuits, blended or finely crashed *optional*
1 Tbsp light soya sauce
1 Tsp sugar
sesame oil
salt & pepper

2-3 Tbsp Maggie Brand chilli sauce
1-2 Tbsp Tomato sauce
2 Tbsp water mix in 1Tsp corn flour - starch.
a dash of sugar, salt and pepper.

In a big bowl, marinate pork with light soya sauce, sugar, dash of sesame oil and pepper for 5-15mins.
Mix all the flour together with a bit of salt.
Pour flour into marinate pork and mix well. if flour is not enough, add 1-2 Tbsp of rice flour or finely crashed/blended biscuit.
Heat oil once hot, deep fry the chucky diced pork till golden brown, drain and set aside.
Heat a bit of oil and fry onions and mixed veg, add in sauces then starch mixture.
Lower heat and add in cooked pork. Stir and serve.


Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Lately I have been cooking with ABC kecap manis sauce. Once you fall in love with it, you tend to pour it in every dish or have it along with almost every dish...it is also a sauce that goes well with chilli sauce or cut chillis or plain rice.

Background: ABC kecap manis is actually a dark SWEET thick soya sauce that is usually used in Indonesian food. Honestly it is one of the best sweet thick soya sauce in the international market. And it produces a sweet aroma when cooking.

Beware: I believe that when the sauce is overly used, it can cause health problems esp for elderlies. Therefore it is still not a must have thingy in my kitchen...

Here's a fast and simple sweet stir-fry lovers.

Sweet Beeftofu
Beef, sliced
Tofu, sliced
1-2 Tbsp ABC kecap manis
Nutmeg powder
Garlic, minced
salt and pepper

Marinate sliced beef with 1Tbsp kecap manis, nutmeg powder, salt and pepper in a big bowl.
Heat wok and stir in tofu till golden brown or cripsy.
Add garlic and stir then marinated beef into wok and stir in remaining sauce in bowl with 1-2tbsp water and add another tbsp of sauce.
Garnish with corriander and add a bit of sesame seeds.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

where have i been?

I am back ...lately my in-laws and godsis were in town for about 2 weeks....had a great time with them...indulging ourselves in good food, shopping, coffee, wine, guitar freak with godsis... also lately i have been busy with waiteressing (a field that thought me to be humble and nice when i dine out cos i used to get disgusted when waiters drop the bill or menu at me) anyways whenever i step into this new working place, i learn something new.....such as silverware servicing, cheese, deserts, food presentations, recipes and wine and also people skills...it is a whole new environment for me since i come from an diff background. since i have been working a bit, my partner and i have been dining out..in other words, we have been exploring a couple of new places however we did not get a chance to snap any pics cos our digital cam is on loan...
so so today i will post up a old recipe of mine...hope you like it!

Meatball rice
200g lean pork minced / chicken minced
100g prawn minced
spring onions / onions
1tbsp light soya sauce
1tsp sugar
a dash of salt,pepper and sesame oil

marinate everything together and form minced into ball shape and pan fried on a non stick wok
Serve with rice and salad (i used lettuce,shredded carrots with sweet mayo)