How to make garlic chili sauce using apple cider vinegar
Years ago I had seen many types of chili sauces being made on TV shows from Nik Michale Imran’s shows to Gary Mehigan Chili Sauce recipes. I wondered if I could make a chilli sauce as delicious as theirs. After years of trials, errors and failures, yesterday morning as I got out of bed I had an eureka moment. All those ideas just clicked together into a vision of an awesome God’s gift. A miracle of miracles. The splendor of the culinary universe robed in red. Continue reading
How to make chili powder from dried chilies
I was truly fed up with the chili powders sold in the Malaysian supermarkets. Most of they were bland and appeared to be filled with red colouring. I did not know whether the red coloring was natural to the chili or was added later in the manufacturing process. One day, I told myself “enough was enough” and tried to make my own chili powder.
Coconut milk or santan coffee
Santan coffee is really really delicious
chia seed santan cherry pudding
Chia seeds are high in fiber and are good for health. Here I have made a chia seed santan cherry pudding.
Raw garlic can increase your metabolic rate
I love eating garlic, in fact I love the aroma of garlic wafting through the kitchen. Its a wonder that the Lord God made such a wonderful herb. It protects us from viruses, bacteria, fungi and others. There are other properties such as increasing your metabolic rate.
Simple pork soup
I was one of those days when I decided to go back to basics to make a pork soup with the minimal of ingredients.
High fiber orange juice
I never thought the day would come when I would be making orange juice everyday. I was looking for a low cost high fiber drink and I hit upon the idea of juicing oranges. Continue reading
mashed hard boiled eggs
I never thought that the day would come when I would be eating two boiled eggs for breakfast everyday. As a result I thought that there must be an easier way to mash the eggs. Continue reading
Flies are everywhere in Malaysia
I went to Puchong, amid the low cost flats, to find that shop that had all those flies on the beef slabs. Continue reading
Milling organic wheat flour at the White Brick Oven
Mustaffa’s stone mill
It was one of those days when I was in a panic as I had been testing out various flours and found that most of them had many additives in order to ‘improve’ the wheat flour. I am an amateur baker and had spent many months trying to find out why some batches of flour had wonderful aroma and taste, some had no aroma, some had a stink (probably stored wrongly) and some batches had no flavor.
Pub and bar in Petaling Jaya with live band playing Western music
I had some good times at this pub. The atmosphere is clean as it has an open window concept. This keeps the air very fresh inside.
Chicken wings and stay are one of the favourite Malaysian foods
I have tried my share of making chicken wings but never really made something that I could shout about. They were mostly something that I could cry about. That is the reason I do try chicken wings sold in town.
Easy way to open a durian
Actually I decided to write this article after I watched Deeks of NCIS Los Angeles chop a durian fruit open.
Delicious Pulut Gula Melaka made with the cheats method
This is sort of a South East Asian sticky sweet rice pudding using glutinous rice. It is an easy simple desert as there are very few ingredients and its steamed instead of baking.
The easy way of making croissants as a dessert or for breakfast or for …
Honestly, this was my forst attempt at making croissants outside baking school. In baking school we had to go through the whole process of making puff pastry and cutting and rolling it into nice shapes. As you know I am going to show you the cheats method as I too am looking for shortcuts in not just baking but in life too. So here goes a nice and simple way to make your pastry desert for breakfast lunch and dinner … actually I was having croissants round the clock. Can you imagine that?
delicious simple and easy durian jelly desert
After making the durian jelly by the cheats method I was passing by SS2, Petaling Jaya, when I noticed the new location of the durian stalls. The durian smell or aroma was woderful and brought back memories of eating durian when I was a kid in Kuantan. Durian flesh is almost like a custard, soft and pliable and smooth. The durian taste is unmistakable and really really delicious. Unfortunately, durian prices have been becoming too expensive for broke people like me so I thought I should try my had at making real durian jelly.
Isn’t gelatine good for health, so make more durian jelly?
You wouldn’t believe it but it was one of those days when I thought nothing would go right. That day I decided to try my hand at cheating. Not real cheating as in committing some crime but a paltry version … just a simple bluff or distraction so that no one knew what I did. Yes, processing durians is not as simple as it may appear so I tried pre-processed durians to make a durian jelly.
quick way of frying many papadums or appalams together
Well I started these set of experiments for fun as I loved eating papadums or appalams. If I am correct, the Northern Indians use the term papadum and the Southern Indians use the term appalams. And for your information there are many spellings for papadum as in papadom, papadam, papad … and it looks like Google has standardised it to Papadum.
Home made bread that does not go stale for 9 days after baking
After years of experimenting, I think I understand why bread made with the Batter and Dough Method can last for 9 days without going stale or drying up. No stale bread anymore for me if I am making bread at home with this no knead method. Actually it was an accidental discovery. When I made bread the conventional way – Straight Dough Method or Sponge and Dough Method, with plenty of kneading it would last about 3 days. That is by the 4th day the bread would be stale and dry.
no knead white bread with the Batter and dough Method
home made bread
In my last article I was showing you how to make white bread with the Batter and Dough method. With this method I did not have to knead the bread and it is really easy to make bread with just a little effort. And I had introduce the concept of lower dough viscosity to make the bread rise quickly and a lot more. This was done by adding a little vegetable oil as a substitute bread improver. This is how to make bread rise a lot more.
How to make your YouTube video louder
I had a tough time trying to make my YouTube videos louder. The problem was that my sound on my videos were soft, almost inaudible. Initially, I thought it was my microphone. It definitely contributed to the problem. I bought a new mic after going through several shops and testing all their PC microphones. Then I noticed that I was shouting into the mic to get the sound louder and clearer. I tried covering part of the mic so that all of my voice goes into the mic but that caused a weird type of echo. In the mean time as I produced more and more videos I bought Wondershare Video Editor as this product was within my budget and superb to use. It did everything I needed to get done.
baking bread with the batter and dough method
That is a nice loaf of bread in the picture on the left. It is homemade bread loaf made with the Batter and Dough Method. Honestly it was delicious and I will show you how easy it is to make this type of bread.
I tell you that once you have tried this recipe and found out how easy it is to make home made bread, you will never buy the bread they are selling in the shops. Much of those breads, that are in the shops, are disgusting to eat. Shameful accountants are ruining the bread recipes in Malaysia. They cut cost here and then they cut cost there and come out with horrible tasting bread that unsuspecting Malaysians are forced to eat. Yuk!
Easiest method to make homemade bread
I had so much difficulty getting any bread improver that I decided to make my own bread improver. You would not believe how delicious this bread is until you taste it yourself. It is shorter loaf of bread and it really needs no kneading. The secret is in the Batter and Dough method. I will show you how to make yeast bread.
taking time lapse photos with a cheap digital camera
Honestly when I bought my Nikon Coolpix P310 a few years ago I was not thinking about taking time lapse photos. My main concern was a tight budget and a high resolution image. It provided both features in that it was not an expensive DSLR and it was 16 megapixel digital camera. I did not know it was a camera with time lapse mode. I had been taking still photographs for this blog as it was difficult to hold the camera in one had and make bread at the same time so it never occurred to me that I could make videos of my bread experiments. Then one day a month ago, I decided to buy a tripod as I was doing experiments with deep frying potato chips and plantain fries. Those first video recording attempts quickly evolved into time lapse photographs.
homemade potato chips
I love to eat potato crisps or as the American call it potato chips. Crisps are very thinly sliced where as the chips are sliced thicker.You know me, I had to try to make it at home and as usual the first few trials were a mess even though they were tasty to munch on.I went back to making plantain chips and succeed. I then used those techniques for my potato crisps.