Monday 30 November 2020

Porridge With My Home Made Salted Duck Eggs

Time to harvest my home grown Brazilian spinach. Together with the bean sprouts given by a friend, it will be enough for a plate of blanched vegetable for our dinner.

I plucked off the leaves and used the stalks to grown another pot of Brazilian or Sissoo spinach.
My home made salted duck eggs are ready after 30 days. I am excited to check the salted duck egg so I boiled rice porridge for dinner.
Plain rice porridge.
Blanched bean sprouts and Brazilian spinach drizzled with garlic oil and soy sauce.
My home made salted duck eggs turned out very well. I am encouraged to make more.
Pan fried bacon.
Leftover canned fried dace with salted black beans.
Simple and appetizing home cooked dinner for 2 people.

O LORD, what great works you do!
And how deep are your thoughts.
Only a simpleton would not know,
and only a fool would not understand this:
Though the wicked sprout like weeds and
evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.
(Psalm 92:5-7, New Living Translation-NLT)

Saturday 28 November 2020

Glutinous Rice Wine & Bak Kut Teh Soup

As usual, we stopped by one of our regular coffee shop after our morning walk. Before we could sit down, our friend handed over the sweet cakes or Nyonya kuih to us. Our day started off with sweet cakes or kuih. When I was young, I do not like sweet things but as I get older, I am not so fussy.

We ordered a bowl of herbal tea and a cup of unsweetened kopi-c.
With all these sweet cakes from our friend, we needn't order any other food.
We passed by these pigeons on our walk home after breakfast.
Be careful never to walk under these birds.
Cleome Spider flower in my garden.
As the plant grow taller, the flowers continue to bloom.
Later the seeds will disperse and self propagate.
I was attracted to these 2 birds up on the tree top by their loud chirping.
They were happily singing aloud to each other in the cool morning.
Very soon, I will be harvesting glutinous rice wine from these 2 bottles. It doesn't look like much.
For dinner I cooked Bak Kut Teh or Pork Rib Herbal Soup.
Ingredients for cooking the above soup:
1 packet of herbs, pork ribs, tofu puffs, mushrooms, red dates, goji berries, and some salt to taste. This is our 1 dish dinner without any rice or noodle.

"Good salt is worthless if it loses its saltiness;
it can season anything.
So don't lose your flavor!
Live in peace with each other."
(Mark 9:50, The Living Bible-TLB)

Friday 27 November 2020

Craving For Penang Assam Laksa

This was Monday morning. After we have finished our morning walk, I stopped to buy a ready cut pineapple. The pineapple was for the Penang assam laksa that I will be cooking for dinner that evening. 

The simplest way to cook Penang Assam Laksa is to used the above ready made paste that I bought from Penang.
I boiled 6 Mackerel fishes. Next, I separated the meat from the bones and discarded the bones. I added the ready made paste into the water used for boiling the fishes and let it simmer. Then I added the fish meat into the assam laksa broth. Simple to follow instructions are printed on the package.
Cut the pineapple, cucumber, big onions, red chilies into thin strips. Blanch the bean sprouts and pre-soaked rice vermicelli.
Place the rice vermicelli and all the vegetables in a big bowl.
Make sure the assam laksa broth is boiling hot.
Just look at the amount of fish meat.
A bowl of Penang Assam Laksa overflowing with ingredients.
I kept the extra assam laksa broth and leftover ingredients for next day's lunch.
Next day, I re-heated the leftover assam laksa broth for our lunch.
We each had a big plate of assam laksa with a little noodle and lots of veggie. We used up all the veggie except for the cucumber which I kept back into the fridge. I will think of a way to use the cucumber.
Evening sky at 6:45 pm.
It has been raining every evening or night since last week.
6:46 pm.
Bauhinia Kockiana - flowering faithfully all the year round.
Some of the elongated part of the flowers will turn into seeds.

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure,
a craving for everything we see,
and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
(1 John 2:16, New Living Translation-NLT)

Thursday 26 November 2020

Breakfast And Dinner On A Rainy Day

Lately, we have been getting a lot of rain with some places hit by flash flood. Some places were badly flooded and the residents have to be moved to higher ground. On this particular morning, it was raining when we woke up. By the time the rain stopped, we were hungry and ready for breakfast. We went to Restoran Meng Meng Kee in Menglembu.

Since it was a cool morning, I wanted something hot and spicy such as curry noodle or prawn noodle. I finally decided on prawn noodle. The sambal condiment is nice.
Hubby ordered the Hor Hee noodle.
This place is well known for its toast with butter & kaya.
We ordered 1 set to share.
That evening I didn't cook dinner.
We had dinner at Restoran Wong Sheng.
As usual, we ordered this appetizing fish dish.
Actually, it is our "must order dish" whenever we eat there.
Another "must order" dish - steamed pork belly with taro.
Another one of our favourite dish.
Crispy fried lotus root slices, French beans, carrot, peanuts with salted egg.

And remember that your heavenly Father
to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges.
He will judge you with perfect justice for everything you do;
so act in reverent fear of him from now on until you get to heaven.
(1 Peter 1:17, The Living Bible-TLB)

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Savoury glutinous rice, baked snacks, & Claypot Chicken Rice

We couldn't go for morning walk because it was raining when we woke up. We waited for the rain to stop and we drove out to Kedai Kopi Sun Yuan Loong for breakfast. The last time I was here was with my ex-colleagues and friends, and that seems like a long time ago.

Sunrise at 6:55 am.
I ordered my favourite item - glutinous rice.
3 types of glutinous rice: yellow, white & brown with toppings of bbq pork, roast pork, peanuts, sweet grated coconut, and specially served with chicken curry and sambal. The lady boss very accommodating, you can request whatever toppings you want. The cost is less than RM6.
This place is known for their white coffee.
On the way home, we stopped to buy some baked snacks.
4 siew paus (baked buns) and 5 kaya puffs.
This photo was taken after we have eaten 2 paus and 2 kaya puffs.
Back home in my garden.
A single okra from a thin branch of an old plant.
I have since removed all the old okra plants and letting the soil rest before I plant something else in the pots.
Chinese kai lan seedlings.
Purple eggplant seedlings.
Hubby went out to buy our favourite claypot chicken rice.
He also bought sour vegetable or kai choy.
We each had a plate of claypot chicken rice.
Our simple dinner.

Only a simpleton believes everything he's told!
A prudent man understands the need for proof.
A wise man is cautious and avoids danger;
a fool plunges ahead with great confidence.
(Proverbs 14:15-16, The Living Bible-TLB)

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Curry Noodle & Chicken Arrowroot Soup On A Cool Day

Last week, both of our regular coffee shops were closed for 2 days. Coincidentally, the rest days of both the coffee shops fell on the same days i.e. Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, we went to another nearby coffee shop for breakfast after our morning walk. On and off, we will have breakfast at Restoran Kee Tuck Seak because hubby likes to eat the wat tan hor or the flat rice noodle with thick egg + cornflour gravy.

Whenever he comes to this coffee shop, he will order this wat tan hor and unsweetened black coffee.

This is my first time ordering the curry noodle. For drink, I ordered unsweetened coffee with evaporated milk (kopi-c kosong).
Multi layered petals yellow hibiscus.
Home cooked dinner for 2 people.
Hubby got so bored with eating angled luffa from our garden. He will just eat a few spoonful and the rest will be finished by me. I love angled luffa for its natural sweetness.
Arrowroot + peanuts + chicken soup.
To soften the peanuts, I boiled the peanuts with water in the pressure cooker. Then I add in the arrow root, red dates without pit, goji berries, carrot, chicken legs to boil again. Some people will drink the soup without eating the other ingredients but I love to the drink as well as eat the soften peanuts and carrot without eating any rice.
I saw these posters at Kapitan Kongsi Hotel, Malacca.

My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in your book and
planned before a single one of them began.
God, how precious your thoughts are to me;
how vast their sum is!
(Psalm 139:15-17, Christian Standard Bible-CSB)
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