Archive for July, 2008

I will be back anytime now… stay tuned, okay?

Hello there, dear friends 😀

Just a short note here to let you know I will be back here very soon (there have been so many things happening lately and there is so much to tell you that I don’t know where to begin 🙄 )…, to those of you that have asked me some questions, I will comment on them very soon, probably tomorrow or so. Thank you for your visit here.

Have a wonderful day!

With peace and joy,

choesf 😀


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Easy, Yummy Cottage Pie

Good evening, dear friends 😀

Usually when I run out of ideas on what to cook or when I don’t feel like cooking an elaborate, time consuming meal, I like to go for those one-pot meals. I always have lots of potatoes stocked up as they are so versatile to cook in any cuisine and my family goes crazy over any food that contains potatoes. 😆

As I have not been cooking regularly over the past few weeks (my hubby is suffering from a pinched nerve and almost everyday, I am at the doctor’s or chiropractor’s office with him) and therefore, my kitchen is not as well stocked, last weekend, I decided to work with what ingredients I had and came up with the idea of adapting Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe to make a Cottage Pie. 💡 Thanks to Wilks from UK who commented at my Shepherd’s Pie post, I now know the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie. 😉

I substituted minced lamb with minced pork and beef and the end result was just as delicious. You won’t believe how large was my Cottage Pie – I used a round baking pan that was like 20 inches in diameter and 3 inches high and my family all had generous helpings of it. Of course, you know by now that I always cook in big batches and we are always glad to have any of the leftovers for lunch the next day! 😆

There was a simple fresh garden salad (the usual – lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumber) with a Thousand Island dressing on the side to go with the Cottage Pie, and dessert was San Francisco Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh strawberries. Yummy!

I’m going to bed now as it is almost 11pm and I shall wish you Sweet Dreams tonight! 😀

Do have a wonderful day tomorrow.

With peace and joy,

choesf 😀

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Yummy Homemade Chinese Spring Rolls (Popiah)

A cheesecake that we got for Father’s Day 😀

Our Father’s Day Popiah Lunch

Hello there, dear friends 😀

For Father’s Day last month, I asked my husband what he would like to eat and I would cook it for him and instantly, he said, “Popiah!” Hehe, he has been trying to get me to prepare the ingredients for this for many months now and since it was Father’s Day, I decided to grant his wish! 😆

It is really time consuming cutting and preparing all the ingredients required but the taste of homemade popiahs will more than make up for it.

Although we can easily buy spring rolls (known as popiah in Chinese) from the stalls here, usually the homemade ones are better tasting because there are more ingredients and the fun is in making your own popiahs, sort of like assembling your own pizza! Somehow, the ones sold don’t have the same “oomph” in taste! 🙄 😆


50 pcs round popiah skins
1 bottle chili (the type that we normally dip into for dimsum or fried finger foods?)
1 packet sweet sauce for popiah or 2 bottles Lee Kum Kee Hoisin sauce

Types of Individual Fillings to be prepared:-

* 50 pcs soft Chinese lettuce leaves (called “Sang Choy”)
* 3 pairs of Chinese sausages, sliced thinly and lightly panfried
* 1 large bowl of bean sprouts, taugeh, lightly blanched
* 1 large bowl of green beans, sliced thinly diagonally, lightly panfried with chopped garlic
* 1 large of cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and julienned

* 5 pieces firm tofu or taukwa, cut into very small bits and stirfry in a bit of garlic and oil until dry in a non-stick pan

* Lots and lots of homemade golden fried shallots (place in airtight jar)

* Cooked mengkuang (recipe below):-
* 3 medium mengkuang or turnip , peeled and finely julienned
* 1/2 cup dried shredded cuttlefish/sotong
* 1 carrot, finely julienned
* 3 pips garlic, chopped
* Water
* 2 tbsps oyster sauce
* 1 tsp or 1/2 cube ikan bilis stock
* salt and pepper to taste

In wok, lightly fry the garlic. Then add in the cuttlefish and fry for 30 seconds. Add in the rest of the vegetables. Stirfry for 2 minutes.

Add in enough water to just cover the mengkuang, bring it to boil. Add the oyster sauce and ikan bilis stock.

Lower heat to medium and simmer for about 30 to 30 minutes until the mengkuang is of the softness that you like. Remember to stir frequently to prevent burning. Season to taste.


To assemble Popiah

In this order in a large flat plate :-1 piece popiah skin
Some chili and sweet sauce
1 pc of green Chinese lettuce
2-3 tbsps of cooked mengkuang
bean sprouts
green beans

taukwa or tofu
sliced Chinese sausages
fried shallots

* Roll up the popiah and take a bite ……yummy!! Remember this is a finger food. Surely, your family would love the efforts that you have put into preparing the fillings and the kids would love to assemble the popiahs themselves. 😆

Bon Appetit! Enjoy your homemade spring rolls or popiahs….delicious!! 😀

Hearty appetites to all,

choesf 😀

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Some Time Out For HappyHomemaker88

Good evening, dear friends 😀

Long time no see! I’m sorry that I have not been updating my blog for a while but there have been so many things happening in the last couple of weeks. At first, I had sprained my wrists after doing some mopping of my house 🙄 and that put me out of commission from doing my chores and cooking for a few days. Good thing was, I enjoyed being a couch potato, watching TV all day long! 😆

Then, within the last few days, my husband and I attended a friend;s birthday party, a grandnephew’s full moon’s (one month old) party, a good friend’s wedding, and a funeral of an old friend’s mother. All on different days, of course.

Yesterday, my husband suffered from a pinched nerve at the neck and was experiencing excruciating pain from his neck all the way down his left arm to his fingers. Previously, whenever he has any sprains, he would recover after a session of massage from my massage/healer lady but this time round, he wasn’t feeling any better. By midnight, I had persuaded him to see doctor for his pain and off we went, to the Emergency room of a hospital nearby. The doctor there checked his heart, found it to be fine and prescribed a dose of painkillers for my husband.

But still, the pain didn’t go away and my husband just couldn’t lay down to sleep as that position just aggravated his suffering. So, this morning, again we went to the hospital and this time, he saw an orthopaedic surgeon who requested for some x-rays and physiotherapy done for husband. We found out that my husband was suffering from a pinched nerve and not just a muscle or nerve sprain, and right now, my husband is now finally asleep after taking an even stronger dose of pain medication which included Valium to help him sleep. Phew! I have never been so happy and relieved to hear my husband snore loudly in bed before! 😆

Just a short note here to let you know what’s been happening when I went missing from here and I will be right back with more recipes.

Take care and stay safe, okay?

Good night and sweet dreams!

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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