Robin

@robin

The culinary journey has led me into becoming a make-believe chef!

Australia Joined 6 months ago

Date: 13 Feb 2020 (Thu)
74th Main: Three Cup Chicken/ 三杯鸡/ San Bei Ji [221] [144.7%] [Score: 8.5]
A well researched dish.
Date: 9 Feb 2020 (Sun)
21st Dessert: Pearl Wheat Porridge Dessert with Sago (Bubur Gandum dengan Sagu) [215] [143.3%] [Score: 10.0]
Date: 7 Feb 2020 (Fri)
3rd Meal Set: Wonton Noodles with Wonton Soup and Pickled Chillies [211] [142.0%] [Score: 8.0]
Cuisine: Malaysian
Dish Type: Main
Fried wonton noodles served with wonton soup and pickled green chillies.
Date: 7 Feb 2020 (Fri)
70th Main: Wonton Noodles/Wantan Mee/云吞面/Kon Loh Mee/干捞面 [210] [141.3%] [Score: 9.0]
Date: 7 Feb 2020 (Fri)
6th Soup: Wonton Soup with Meat and Prawn Filling/Wantan Soup/馄饨/云吞/抄手/清汤 [209] [140.6] [Score: 9.0]
Date: 7 Feb 2020 (Fri)
08th Condiment: Pickled Chillies/Cili Jeruk [208] [140.6%] [Score: 8.0]
Date: 6 Feb 2020 (Thu)
69th Main: Steamed Chicken with Goji Berries [红枣枸杞蒸鸡, Ayam Kukus Kurma Merah dan Buah Goji] [206] [139.2%] [Score: 9.8]
Date: 5 Feb 2020 (Wed)
19th Cake: 3-Colour Variation Checkerboard Chocolate Drip Cake with Cherry Toppings [205] [139.2%] [Score: 9.0]
Cuisine: Western
Dish Type: Cake
This is a trial cake for my granddaughter coming birthday.
Date: 5 Feb 2020 (Wed)
68th Main: Nyonya Meat Dumpling/Nyonya Zhang/端午节 [204] [138.5%] [Score: 7.5]
Cuisine: Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian
Dish Type: Main
Nyonya Zhang or Kuih Chang, as known to the Nyonya or Peranakan community is a special meat dumpling eaten during the celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival. The term chang means zongzi, which refers to Chinese dumplings made of glutinous rice with stuffing wrapped in bamboo leaves. These meat dumplings have a unique flavour due to the coriander powder and fermented soybean used.

Curious, I googled for Dragon Boat Festival 2020. Google says it falls on June 25 (Tursday), 2020. China will have 3 days of holiday from Thursday (June 25) to Saturday (June 27), and we will be back at work on Sunday , June 28.

So, why do Nyonya Zhang today? Two reasons: first for the statistics (of course) and second to see if I have a true blue nyonya blood running deep in my veins (who knows).
Date: 4 Feb 2020 (Tue)
2nd Meal Set: Battered Fish Fillets with Tempura Onion Rings [203] [138.5%] [Score: 10.0]
Cuisine: Western
Dish Type: Lunch
Battered Fish Fillets served with:
1.	Tempura Onion Rings
2.	Australian carrots, peas, and corns
3.	Seafood sauce
4.	Tartare sauce
People of Harrisdale Kitchen have to eat! This time, I actually made an inventory of what’re in the freezer. There were 26 food items in there. They were left by the Guardian. Have to systematically finish them off. 
Found a combination for today’s lunch. Happy to note that the battered fish fillets are now all gone! One down, 25 food items left :).
Date: 31 Jan 2020 (Fri)
Celastra’s birthday party menu:
1.	Chocolate Strawberry Cake [new dish]
2.	Roasted Turkey with Black Pepper Sauce [new dish]
3.	Moroccan Potato Salad [new dish]
4.	Rosemary Sautéed Potatoes [remake]
5.	Mixed Herb Tabouli [remake]
6.	Mashed Potato [remake]
Date: 31 Jan 2020 (Fri)
18th Cake: Chocolate Strawberry Cake [202] [140.4%] [Score: 9.0]
Cuisine: Western
Dish Type: Cake
This cake was prepared for my daughter, Celastra, birthday. Feliz Cumpleaños Celastra [in Spanish Happy Birthday Celastra].
Date: 31 Jan 2020 (Fri)
28th Side: Moroccan Potato Salad / سلطة بطاطس [201] [139.7%] [Score: 7.5]
Cuisine: Moroccan 
Dish Type: Side
This Potato Salad with Chermoula is a staple side dish in Moroccan cuisine. You can serve it hot, warm, or cold! 

Chermoula: Common ingredients include garlic, cumin, coriander, oil, lemon juice, and salt. Regional variations may also include pickled lemons, onion, ground chili peppers, black pepper, saffron, and other herbs.

This dish was prepared as a side for my daughter, Celastra, birthday.
Date: 31 Jan 2020 (Fri)
67th Main: Roasted Turkey with Black Pepper Sauce (Ayam Belanda Panggang dengan Sos Lada Hitam) [200] [139.0%] [Score: 10.0]

This dish was prepared as a main for my daughter, Celastra, birthday. 

This in one of those dishes that highlights the genius of Nyonya Cooking. A well-researched, a complicated dish made simple but dish out the most amazing, tender, succulent, and smashing roasted turkey (unfortunately no turkey in this part of the season, so substituted the turkey with a chicken! Can you tell the difference?).

The guests that came for the birthday party were from Arequipa (high in the mountain ranges of the Andes, Peru).  They are hard core Catholic Christians and never miss to prepare roasted turkey for Christmas Eve every year. They are experts in preparing roasted turkey, so to speak.
Date: 30 Jan 2020 (Thu)
1st Meal Set: Battered Fish Fillets with Mashed Sweet Potato [199] [139.0%] [Score: 8.0]
Cuisine: Western
Dish Type: Lunch
Battered Fish Fillets served with:
1.	Mashed sweet potato
2.	Australian carrots, peas, and corns
3.	Seafood sauce
4.	Lemon slice

Trying to finish off what’re in the freezer. The only thing that is completely finished is the mashed sweet potato. The rest are still in the freezer!
Date: 28 Jan 2020 (Tue)
66th Main: Yam Rice [Taro rice/芋头饭/One pot rice dish] [198] [139.7%] [Score: 7.8]

谢谢 “Nyonya Cooking” 这个可爱的食谱!
Date: 28 Jan 2020 (Tue)
5th Soup: Beef Bones Soup (Sup Tulang) [197] [138.9%] [Score: 10.0]
Cuisine: Malaysian 
Dish Type: Side
Making this soup as a side to Yam Rice [Taro rice/芋头饭].
Date: 26 Jan 2020 (Sun)
17th Cake: Prinetti Chocolate Cake Doughnut Bread: [196] [139.6%] [Score: 10.0]
Cuisine: Western
Dish Type: Cake
Had wanted to continue experimenting with the Prinetti Mini Doughnut Kit today, but the doughnuts failed to rise as they should. Instead of dumping the batter away, I baked it and top it up with glaze. Amazingly the dish scored a 10.0 and I called it the Prinetti Chocolate Cake Doughnut Bread. Whereas the bread is going to be breakfast tomorrow, the  Prinetti Mini Doughnut Kit is going to the Buy Nothing Group :).
Date: 25 Jan 2020 (Sat)
65th Main: Vegetable Dumplings [195] [139.6%] [Score: 9.0]

This is a Vegetable Dumpling dish with various styles of wrapping.
Date: 23 Jan 2020 (Thu)
17th Snack: Kaassoufflé (Dutch Fried Cheese Pastry) [194] [140.2%] [Score: 9.0]
Cuisine: Dutch
Dish Type: Snack
I had promised the volunteer cooks (9 of us) of Holy Rosary Church Nedlands, Perth that every month I would produce different snacks of different nationality for each Sunday Morning Tea. This snack is due to be made for March Sunday Morning Tea. 

Kaassoufflé (Dutch Fried Cheese Pastry) is the most popular snack in the Netherlands. It is either homemade or bought ready-made frozen and deep-fried at home, or ordered at snack bars in the Netherlands.
Date: 23 Jan 2020 (Thu)
20th Dessert: Lemon Sago Pudding [193] [139.5%] [Score: 8.0]
Cuisines: Western
Dish Type: Dessert
This dessert was inspired by Kim. The other day we were discussing about the sago in the Pengat Pisang dengan Sagu dan Gula Putih (Banana Dessert with Sago and White Sugar). She told me she likes sago cooked with lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and coconut milk, top with sprinkle of fresh passion fruit and kiwi fruit but she had misplaced the recipe! This is my attempt to recreate the recipe without the coconut milk and using canned passion fruit instead of fresh fruit.
Date: 22 Jan 2020 (Wed)
1st Cookie: World’s Easiest Cookie: German Potato Cookies (Biskut Jerman) [192] [139.5%] [Score: 9.5]
Harrisdale Kitchen has run out of snacks! Had thought of to continue experimenting with the Prinetti Mini Doughnut Making Kit to make more doughnuts when out of the red-yellow-green-blue, came these cookies!

True to its claim the cookies are crumbly and just melt in the mouth. The Guardian just loves them and gave it a score of 9.5 and 9.5 it is :). 

Thank you Nyonya Cooking for this unexpected recipe :)
Date: 21 Jan 2020 (Tue)
Tonight’s dinner: Nasi Minyak (The Wedding Rice) served with Ayam Masak Merah (Spicy Tomato Chicken) and Jelatah (Cucumber-pineapple Salad).
Date: 21 Jan 2020 (Tue)
64th Main: Nasi Minyak (The Wedding Rice/Scented Rice/Oily Rice) [190] [138.7%] [Score: 8.0]
Cuisine: Indonesian, Malay, Malaysian, Singaporean
Dish Type: Main