Saturday, October 10, 2015

Vietnamese Pork and Egg with rice

I am not a big fan of pork and I rarely cook them.  When my cousin sent me the picture of this dish that she made and told me how delicious it was, I could not resist making it.  Hoping and praying that my family will like it too.

When I first marinated the pork in fish sauce, the house started to smell fishy and funky.  My kids were asking me what the yucky smell was !  I was even more skeptical to try this but went ahead anyways.  The verdict - YUMMY !


Pork steak
Ground pepper
3 tbs vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced


3 tbsp fish  sauce
1 tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp tumeric
2 garlic cloves, finely grated


3 tbsp white sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 garlic  cloves, finely chopped
1 long red chilli, de-seeded, finely chopped
2 tbsp lime juice


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients. 
  • Lay the pork on a chopping board and cover with baking paper and pound the steaks until they are .5cm thick
  • Place the pork in the marinade and toss to coat.

  • To make the dressing, heat the sugar, fish sauce, vinegar over high heat. for 2-3 min. Stir the garlic, chili, and lime juice. Set aside. 

  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook the pork 3-5 min on each side in batches until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat and rest.
  • While pork is resting,  heat the remaining 2 tbsp of oil and fry the eggs to your liking.
  • Serve with rice, pork, fried egg, tomatoes and cucumber.. top it off with generous spoonfuls of the dressing.

Pumpkin Oat Bran Muffin

Well, since Halloween is round the corner
and I see pumpkins everywhere, I thought of making this wonderful pumpkin muffin but what is more interesting about this's also healthy.

This is my very first time using Bran flakes. I never actually thought of incorporating it in muffins let alone bread.  I must say this is an interesting find.

The muffins were soft and moist with a little hint of pumpkin spice and nutmeg.


1 cup oat bran
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 egg
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional,  Flax Seed ( I used about 1 tbsp )


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  • Measure bran flakes into a liquid measuring cup. Pour milk over top and stir to soak all evenly. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, measure flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir together to combine. Create well in the center of the dry ingredients and measure out the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir the wet ingredients together to break up the egg. Then add in the milk soaked bran flakes. Slowly incorporate the wet into the dry until the batter comes together. Scoop into prepared muffin tins and bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted.
  • Remove to cooling rack and make the glaze.
The  bran makes it nuttier and I guess soft and moist,  We kept for 2 days and it was still soft.

Muffin Tin Egg Omelette

Another super easy way to make omelette for breakfast ahead of time.  All the ingredients that you use for an omelette is cubed and mixed and baked....easy as ABC.


Half and Half or whole milk
Bell pepper, cubed small
Ham, cubed small
Mushroom, cut into small piece
Onion, cubed
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and Pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a muffin tin. In a small pan, saute onions, bell pepper and mushroom. Take it out.
Get eggs and beat them slightly with a splash of milk.  Add salt and pepper.
In the greased muffin tin, layer the vegetables, cheese and beaten egg.  Top with more cheese if desired.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the eggs have puffed up.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Moist Banana Muffin

I am going all muffin crazy these days for snack time.  Its so easy and individually served so the kids can pick them up anytime and eat.   The most important thing here is all is mixed in a bowl and that is my kinda snack.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
In another large bowl, beat together bananas, sugars, egg, oil and vanilla. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Evenly scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Money cake for Judy

Made this cake for an order.  

Cake for a friend

This is a yellow cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting.

Muffin Tin Pizza

I was surfing the web thinking of a snack for the kids then I saw this super easy mini pizza.  I had all the ingredients on hand and it took me only about 15 minutes to make this tasty snack.


Pillsbury cresent roll
Mini pepperoni
Chicken sausage (optional), cooked
Pizza sauce
Mozarella cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 12 cup muffin tin.
  • Put the pepperoni, sauce, mozarella cheese and mix to blend.
  • Take the cresent rolls apart and lay inside each  muffin tin taking care to close the bottom so the filling does not come out.  
  • Top each filling with more cheese if desired.
  • Bake until golden brown.  Remove and serve. 

*  There is no measurement here,  use your best judgement

Easy Enchilada

I was thinking and thinking of what i should prepare for my family dinner tonight and oh my, was I thrilled to come across this super easy recipe.  It was so flavorful and I am so impressed.


10 pc tortilla
2 lb ground beef
onions, cubed
garlic, minced
1 jar corn and bean salsa
Enchilada sauce
2 cups mexican cheese


Brown the meat.  Drain out the liquid.  Add onion and garlic.  Once the onion turns translucent, switch off the stove.

Add 1/4 can of Enchilada sauce, half the cheese and 1 jar of corn salsa. Adjust seasoning if needed and add some chopped cilantro.

Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.  Arrange the tortilla facing upwards and fill it equally with the meat fillings.  Close the tortilla with seams facing down.  Pour the balance sauce on top and sprinkle with more cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until cheese melts and bubbly.

Note:  Most of my recipes will not have measurements because I feel everyone has unique and different taste so I just add however much I need.

Kuah Rojak

I have been yearning to eat this ever since we came here.  We used to buy this all the time from hawkers and its too delicious especially the sauce being a little spicy and at the same time sweet. Dipped with fruit of different texture gives this dish a special autenticity that you just cant get anywhere.


Dried Chili - Boil
Belacan - 1/4 in
Brown sugar
Palm Sugar
Dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp flour ( to thicken the sauce)

Quantity of ingredients depends on how spicy and sweet you want the sauce to be *


  • Blend chili and belacan till fine.
  • In a nonstick pot, melt the brown sugar and palm sugar in a little bit of water. Not too much as you do not want the sauce to be too watery.  Once the sugar melts, add the blended ingredients, salt, dark soysauce and flour.  Cook in slow heat till everything has combined and sauce is thick.
  • Dish out and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
  • This sauce can be served with Pineapple, cucumber, Jicama(Sengkuang), mango and rojak crackers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Stuffed Bell Pepper

My daughter's friend, Ronya from Germany came over to visit us last week and she cooked this delicious and super easy meal.


3 bell peppers
1 lb ground beef
1 onion (cubed)
2 garlic (minced)
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 1/2 cup of cooked rice
1 egg
Shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a pan, add olive oil and saute the onions and garlic. While that is cooking, clean the peppers. Cut the top and clean the insides of  the pepper. 

Once the onion has browned, add the ground meat and cook till its no longer pink. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Once all cooked, dish it out onto a bowl. Add the rice, egg, feta cheese. Stir to combine.

Scoop the filling into the cavity of the peppers. Press in and top up with shredded cheese.

Place in baking pan and bake for about 25 min till the peppers are slightly browned and cheese has melted.