perfectly done fried plantain chips or crisps
I loved to eat plantain chips as they can be delicious.Plantain is a type of banana that cannot be eaten ripe and should be eaten when it is unripe and green in color. They are starchy and low in sugar and have high fiber content. Which means plantains are good for health.
Last year I began experimenting with making plantain. After several experiments I discovered the secret of making perfect plantain crisps.
homemade apple cider vinegar drink
Honestly, I did not realise how wonderful apple cider vinegar was until I tried it out. I had heard that it had healing properties and it worked as a cure of sorts for all sorts of ailments. … I never new how effective it was until I tried it out myself.
Forgiveness of sins and false teachings in the church
I must tell you that after I wrote about evil works and judgment and Judgment Day, I have not attended church for some time. Over the years, I had visited many churches and kept my distance from the pastors. I guess it is because I began to disagree with many pastor’s preachings. Many of them are preaching false teachings and I guess this is to win over their congregation rather than to tell the whole truth.
Is Forgiveness of Sins a Sales Pitch
You know, in sales, you try to please your customers as much as possible so that they will return for more. Eventually, you develop the pitch that pleases the most number of customers. A pitch that your customers want to hear so that they will part with their money. I do not know if the final pitch is the truth or some awe inspiring, ego massaging, money releasing statement that gets you the money.
Are our pastors doing the same?
Best protection for your WordPress website
Let me make this topic as short as possible but before I do that, let me explain that the internet is no more a safe place to be in as a growing number of visitors are not real visitors but hackers. I am seeing about 10% to 25% of my visitors are hackers and bad bots on a daily basis. My sites have been hacked several times. This was the reason, after I wrote about speeding up WordPress, I learned php programming and developed powerful anti hacking software for WordPress sites. There are 3 parts as to how to protect WordPress site from hacking.
Gratifying low cost maggi mee instant noodle egg curry soup
I never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be trying to make really cheap home cooked food. It is a challenge when everything is going up in price and as more and more of the same old Malaysians get richer and richer and the rest of us have to bear with price increases.I began to look at instant noodles such as maggi noodles or more commonly known as maggi mee. Nowadays there are many brands of noodles to choose form.
Apple juice with soda makes a refreshing drink
After the last homemade tomato juice I decided to try out a similar recipe with apples. This can be tricky as there are a whole variety of apples. I decided to go with the Granny Smith apples which are imported form New Zealand and France. They are smaller than other varieties and slightly on the sour side and are really crisp to the bite. In fact of all the variety of apples the Granny Smith is my favorite. Unlike the tomato juice, I did not add sugar or salt but substituted the sugar with Ice Cream Soda from F&N. Ice cream soda is quite delicious on its own so I decide to add ice cream soda as the sweetener.
Tomato juice can be really tasty and nutritious.
I never thought I would be making tomato juice until I watched Laura Calder on French Food at Home TV show explaining her tomato soup. Of course her soup had a lot more ingredients and looked delicious. So I decided to try something that will work with our local tomatoes. Our local tomatoes are not as tasty as the imported varieties so that would make it more interesting to come out with something simple easy and yet tasty.I did it. I managed to make a tomato juice that was tasty or rather delicious for me. And I think I was becoming addicted to the stuff. … just a warning in case you too like it but then everyone has different sense of taste and taste buds and prior prejudice and subjective sensibilities.
Heavily used parking meters are everywhere
My God, you need to look at the state of parking meters in Klang Valley. It is just atrocious. Some do not work and others are difficult to use. You just cannot see whats on the display.Here was one that I had difficulty using. The display was blank. That means I had to count how much money I had inserted into the parking meter.Of course all the instructions had been covered by the syndicates pasting stickers and bills all over the country.
Contact form with captcha for all websites including WordPress
Actually, there are two website forms. The first being the php contact form with email confirmation, which you can insert into the contact pages of your websites. The second is the php sign up form with email confirmation, to collect email addresses of your visitors.
After being hacked by China, Dr. Peter Achutha has developed an easy to install and use contact form, dpaContactUs, which is an email contact form for your website with captcha validation.
Plain bread in two hours
How dumb could I be? How dumb could I be? It was staring me in the face and I did not notice it. If you had been reading my previous articles on how to make plain bread rise more you would know that somewhere along the line my brain got disengaged. I’m still smarting from my stupidity.
I finally figured it out and succeeded in making plain bread within two hours from the time I began to weigh the flour until taking the baked plain bread out of the oven. Sure the plain bread can do with a little bit of improvement but it is nice to eat though. Oh, that picture you see on the left was taken while my brain was still partially disengaged – I had eaten some of the plain bread before I remembered that I wanted to photograph it.
Bread rise quickly, batter and dough method
In my last experiment I had tried to make bread rise quickly without any chemicals. I went back to basics and discovered that by increasing the yeast, sugar and gluten it was possible to make bread rise more quickly and at the same time create a larger loaf of bread.
YHWH pronunciation and meaning
Does the name of our Lord God, YHWH, have a hidden meaning? I believe YHWH has a hidden meaning. This is really a beautiful name of our Lord God, once you understand the hidden meaning of YHWH. I have wondered about the origins of a name and mysteries behind the meaning of a name, and found out that many names have hidden meanings.
Liposomal vitamin C gel
In the last experiment on liposomal vitamin c I had mentioned that I would give up trying more experiments on liposomal vitamin c. But it bugged me too much that this thing called lecithin was laughing in my face … in my face. You would think that I could not be defeated my a mere blob of lecithin but I was. There it was, grinning like a Cheshire cat totally oblivious to my utter frustration at its stubbornness to behave the way I wanted it to behave.
One thing I learned during my rubber industry days was that materials unlike electronic circuits, never behave the way you want them too. With electronic circuits you can make them behave the way you want them too. Unfortunately, materials are not the same. You have to follow the behaviour of materials and not the materials follow your requirements. This was a culture shock when I moved from electronic engineering to rubber technology. Having remembered this, I took out some old stock of raw materials and decided to checkout the behaviour of lecithin.
Jesus Christ – The first miracle
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
Garlic bread, batter and dough method
This is a new simple and easy method of making garlic bread using steamed garlic cloves that everyone can do at home. It is easy to make garlic bread with the Batter and Dough method. I do hope this Batter and Dough method does help everyone to make bread at home.
If you had read my previous article on the Batter and Dough method to make bread, you would know that the beauty of this method is that you do not need to knead the dough to make excellent garlic bread. The garlic bread turns out moist and tender.
Traditionally, garlic bread is made by cutting a baguette and dabbing garlic pieces and olive oil. In this recipe I have incorporated the garlic into the dough but I have not used olive oil as I was testing out a new bread flour.
Why add garlic cloves into bread? Garlic has loads of nutritional benefits. Raw garlic will kill of many viruses, bacteria and fungi hence it has to be cooked before mixing into the dough and yeast.
Liposomal vitamin C with dried oregano herbs
I had being carrying out many experiments on ways to make liposomal vitamin c and when one of my readers, Amaranatho the Buddhist Monk, asked me how to make it with oregano I had to jump at the idea. The thought of using oregano was brilliant as I knew oregano had many herbal properties as it has good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Do be careful when using high dosages of oregano as some people are allergic to it and could have side effects please read the article at this link. And do be careful if you are trying to use oregano oil as it BURNS LIKE HELL.
Here’s to oregano liposomal vitamin c….
Make bread, a new, simple and easy method
This is a new simple and easy method that everyone can use at home. It is easy to make bread with this Batter and Dough method that I had invented. I do hope this Batter and Dough method does help everyone at home.
If you had read my previous article on the Batter and Dough method to make bread, you would know that the beauty of this method is that you do not need to knead the dough to make excellent bread. The bread turns out moist and tender. In fact I had kept the bread for 5 days – eating it slowly, and it was still good. This means that it is possible to make bread without chemicals and without kneading.
I have been carrying out more experiments to see where are the limits to this Batter and Dough method and how to improve this process of making bread. If you have never made homemade bread before I would suggest that you begin with this Batter and Dough method as it is very easy to get good results.
Live band at Mark’s Place Pub and Bistro in Kelana Jaya, Malaysia
Live band at Mark’s Place
I never thought that a live band in Malaysia could be really good until a friend of mine took me to Mark’s Place, at Plaza Kelana Jaya, in Kelana Jaya, PJ. I didn’t come there for the live band and it was by accident we were there at the right time and day or should I say evening.
We had been looking at properties, as real estate agents, and after a long day decide to pass the time at Mark’s Place which is a pub and bistro. My friend, who lives in Ampang, brought me here and, as usual, I did not know this pub existed right next to my mom’s house.
Self raising flour or self rising flour bread
Making homemade bread from self raising flour or self rising flour is quite tricky and many bakers will tell you it is impossible. After about one and a half years of experimenting making bread I finally figured it out. In my last article I showed a new technique, that I had developed, for making bread and I used this new method to make bread from self raising flour / self rising flour.
The difficulty of making bread with self raising flour is that it has very low protein content. Technically or even legally, bread made from self raising flour would not be considered bread due to the low protein content. I tried to succeed at making bread from self-raising flour because I wanted to show how my new method of making bread, The Batter and Dough Method, works.
Simple bread, plain and simple, a new method
I could make beautiful bread by kneading the dough for about 45 minutes and the breads, plain simple bread or wholemeal bread turned out beautiful and tasty. Each time I made bread I wondered “Why, Why Why Oh Dear God do I have to struggle so much for such a beautiful thing?”. From that day I used to ask myself ‘Why?’, ‘Why?’, ‘Why?’ and then one day it dawned on me that I was asking the wrong question.
You see, I didn’t want to struggle so much and I wanted an easier way to make simple bread. There were two problems I was facing. The first was why was it not possible to make simple bread from self-raising (or self-rising) flour and the other bigger problem was that why I had to do so much kneading to make tasty and beautiful bread.
Later on, I realised that I was asking the wrong question. I should not be asking “Why” but “How”. That changed my perspective. I had been experimenting making bread for about one and a half years and then one morning last month I woke up in bed and remembered helping my mother make pancakes when I was a kid. I had this vision of myself, transported back in time, as a young kid, leaning against the table top and stirring the pancake batter.
Buddhist monk from England travels to Malaysia
An English Buddhist Monk
I never thought in my wildest dreams I would meet an English Buddhist monk, of all places, here in Malaysia. English? Yes, really, really English. I have meet many Buddhist monks over the years and many are short or at least shorter than me. I would be considered almost tall for an Asian so I was not expecting to meet someone taller. When I met Amaranatho I was really surprised to meet someone much taller then me.
He was tall, lean and jovial. In his email, he had mentioned that he was on a tight schedule and could spare me half an hour to meet me. You see, after years of living like a recluse in front of a computer, I was going through a phase in my life where I liked to meet as many of my blog readers as possible. I have met quite a few of them and mostly at the teh tarik stall or a mamak restaurant.
Liposomal vitamin C
I have carried out many experiments on ways to make liposomal vitamin c and my findings are as show below. I had an allergic reaction to the lecithin in the liposomal vitamin c and contacted Andrew of the UK (see my previous article on liposomal vitamin c) about it. He informed me that the allergic reactions was due to the soy proteins in the lecithin.
Basically, I had itching on both my wrists when I consumed liposomal vitamin c. Even though the itching was mild it was irritating and very distracting. Andrew had suggested that if you are sensitive to lecithin from soy beans you could try lecithin from sunflowers. I could not get sunflower lecithin and found an alternative solution that could help many people. I do hope this article does help many people.
Once I knew that the proteins were the cause of the allergic reaction I knew that there was one more experiment that I could try to knock off the allergy.
Cheesecake with strawberry and durian is simply gorgeous
How to make durian cheesecake – an introduction
I am really, really upset and disappointed. In my last article, 6th September 2012, on durian cheesecake I had explained why the Raja Musang (Musang King) variety was simply delicious. Within a week of that article being published all Raja Musang durians have disappeared from the shelves. I believe that the Raja Musang durian variety is now exported to China, Australia and Singapore and there is none left in Malaysia for us to eat or just that the durian season is over – so much for an exciting conspiracy theory.
The next best durian variety for us poor folks in Malaysia is the XO variety (I believe named after the drink). Do take care when eating durians as the folklore is that it is dangerous when consumed with alcohol or when under treatment with antibiotics as many people have died when mixing durians with alcohol or antibiotics. Of course, if you know me well enough, you will know I have tried all the above combinations and today I can safely tell you that I am not a ghost writer … or am I?
French Fries anyone?
I have done many experiments on bread, cakes and french fries but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would end up making black french fries … you know those potatoes sliced in a wiggly manner and better know as potato chips. Why do they call them French anyway? They came from the Americas … I mean the potatoes not the French.
I let you into a little secret about these black French Fries …
Creme caramel with durian is simply gorgeous
How I ended up making durian creme caramel
I had not mentioned that I have succeeded in making a durian creme caramel in my last article . I never thought the day would come when I would try to make a creme caramel. I had seen it been done on TV and it appears that every TV chef has their own way of making it. There are actually many ways to make creme caramel. I watched those TV cooking shows and used to wonder what was so great about some watered down and diluted eggs in sugar. It was when I tried it myself that I became a fan of creme caramel. My mom had been asking me to try to make some so that she could use her ‘flame thrower’ to caramelise the sugar. Unfortunately for her but fortunately for me I did the other version – the caramel underneath. I must say that I did one set of creme caramel for her so that she could use her spanking new flame thrower … Should I have called it a blow torch? So that was how I began to make creme caramel … and knowing me I could not leave things alone and had to add durians into the creme caramel.