Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Year of the Monkey

May you go bananas over every joyous thing that life brings you,
May you trapeze from each branch of life smoothly,
May you never get the itchy-scratchies as long you live,
May your life be full of life and never cease to be lively,
May your mind be quick witted in dealing with the delinquents of life,
May you never stop in being curious about life,
May you be innovative in overcoming the obstructions of life,
And may you never stop being mischievous in the games that life brings you.
Have a great year of the Fire Monkey!

Monday, 25 January 2016

The Clutter Magnet - Little Red's Garage

Little Red could not believe the amount of junk that it had kept all these years. It felt that it had become a packrat! There were so many things that had to go.

Since Little Red had a few months more to go before the Great Big Move, it decided that it must start now. If not Little Red's engine would not be able to take strain. It would surely sputter and die. 

Monday - Cleared half the junk from the northern part of the garage.

Tuesday - Cleared the eastern part of the garage.

Wednesday - Brought all recyclable stuff that it had cleared to the recycling centre.

Thursday - Cleared the southern and southern part. The washing and cleaning started. Stuff with years of dust made Little Red sneezed a great deal. Dust that could cloud its lights. 

Friday - Clear, clean, wash, pack.....

Saturday and Sunday - Totally flat on its back.

Little Red did feel at times (while clearing out junk) that being a minimalist would be good. Well, maybe being a teeny, weeny bit of a minimalist would do some good! 

Little Red is determined to only take half of what it has. After all, the new garage is much smaller. If it took everything, the sidewalk would be its new bed!!!

Monday - Back to the northern part of the garage....... 


Friday, 15 January 2016

Elephant Legs

I remember when I was about fourteen, my class teacher gave me the duty to write out her notes-of-the-day on the blackboard. As I was writing, the hunk-of-the-school called me. When I turned around, he said this in his loudest voice: 

'Evelyn, why are your calves like elephant legs? You shouldn't be called Evelyn. You should be called Elephant Legs!'

He then guffawed and turned around to the class and shouted 'Miss ELEPHANT LEGS!!!!!!!!!! HahahahahahahaahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!'

My soul was scarred from that day on. I researched religiously on how to make my calves smaller. I began to only wear pants and long skirts. I wanted to keep my 'elephant legs' under wrap so that nobody could see them. I detested my 'elephant legs'. I would rather kill myself than to expose them and walk out of the house! Why did I have SUCH ugly legs?! My mind was always in my legs.

Sad to say, this went on until I was in my twenties and even in my early thirties.

Most of the time when my husband and I went out, he would point out to me those plus sized ladies wearing dresses, skirts and shorts who had bigger legs than me. He would say, 'Look at them! They are so much bigger than you and are so confident! Why won't you be like them? You're not Elephant Legs!'

Unfortunately, the scales did not fall off my eyes. I couldn't spew out the thorn that was embedded inside my soul so deeply. It was too rooted.

Until one day....

When I met Death. 

The shackles have been falling off slowly over the past seven years. 

Imagine that I used to wear pants to the wet market. 

Thinking back, I was NUTS! Yes, the elephant legs must have love nuts!

The change was slow and steady. The confidence grew bit by bit.

It started with shorts to the market. Then it progressed to the supermarket.  To the shops. To school. Shorts soon graduated to knee length skirts. Worn to malls. 

Who gives a damn if my legs do not conform to the Supermodels' strict size 0 measurements? Who cares if my legs are not miles long? Marilyn Monroe was considered fat at one time. And then she became perfect. Fat, thin, skinny: the ruler that is used to measure fluctuates all the time. It never ends. Perfect beauty doesn't exist. I have legs that can carry me and walk. Period. And that's what I'm thankful for. 

To the little girl whose friends called you ugly and rejected you because you're different from them, you're you. You're special. And I hope you will not waste 20 years thinking that you're ugly. You're a beautiful girl. 

What happened to the 'hunk' who called me elephant legs, you ask?

Well, he got married, had a son and decided one day to walk out of their lives as he needed to have his life back. 

I guess he has an elephant butt upstairs. 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Thermomix Stir Fried Chayote with Eggs


Ingredients:

1. 2 medium sized chayotes (skin peeled and cut into thin slices)
2. 3 medium sized eggs (beaten with some sea-salt)
3. 4 garlic bulbs
4. Sea-salt
5. Sunflower oil

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1. Place the garlic inside the TMX jug.

2. Set 5 seconds/Speed 5/Reverse.

3. Remove all the garlic skin. Scrape down the sides of the jug.

4. Pour some sunflower oil into the jug.

5. Set 5 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon. (remove the MC)

6. Pour the chayote into the jug.

7. Set 9 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon. (replace the MC)

8. Halfway the 9 minutes, remove the MC cup. Pour the beaten eggs through the hole in the lid. (The TMX is still cooking. Do not stop it.)

9. Scoop up once it is done.

10.Serve hot with rice


Saturday, 2 January 2016

Thermomix Pandan Flavoured Bread

Ingredients:

1. 50gm sunflower oil
2. 80gm milk
3. 1/2 teaspoon yeast
4. 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
5. 1/2 teaspoon of sea-salt
6. 20gm of pandan leaves extract (for recipe, click on the LINK)
7. 400gm of organic high-protein bread flour

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1. Place the milk, oil, yeast and sugar into the TMX jug.

2. Set 2minutes/37C/Speed 2.

3. Then add the pandan extract.

4. Set 2 minutes/Speed 1.

5. Add the flour and salt.

6. Set the kneading function for 3 minutes. (If the dough is too crumbly, add some water until it forms a smooth dough. If it is too wet, add some flour until it becomes smooth.)

7. Knead for another 5 minutes.

8. Pour the dough out onto an oiled bowl. Leave it aside for approximately two hours for it to rise.

9. Once it has risen, knock it back down.

10. Divide the dough into two parts, place them into loaf pans and allow it to rise again.

11. Preheat the oven at 180C.

12. Bake for approximately 1/2 hour or until it is golden brown.

13. Once done, allow it to cool before slicing the bread.

Bon appétit!


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Star Wars Mania......

Since the Star Wars mania has hit every single continent on this planet, here's a toast to Star Wars! ;P



*taken from HERE


Monday, 21 December 2015

The Great Big Move

Little Red finally found a cosy, little garage which it could call home. It's not that Little Red did not have a home. But Little Red's current garage had gotten far too big for it. With never ending chores and maintenance, Little Red was exhausted most of the time.

A typical day goes like this:

Little Red wakes up.
Goes about preparing its special oil that it drinks. (That alone takes up a lot of time!)
Tidies up the garage, washes it, tidies it again.
Goes for a short spin in order to keep its engine up and running.
Comes home and discovers that the place that it tidied up was now somehow not so tidy. Didn't it just tidy up the place awhile ago? Or was Little Red losing its mind?!
Never mind, Little Red tidies it again and goes on in preparing another round of that special oil drink.
Little Red then realises that it had forgotten to finish up some job that was required of it.
It also realised that it had forgotten 101 other things!
Tries to hurry to finish a quarter of the 101 things that it had forgotten.
By then it's night time and time for rest.
'Tomorrow!' Little Red tells itself.

And so the cycle begins again tomorrow.

It has been a Ferris Wheel day in and day out. Round and round. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.

There were so many more things that Little Red wanted to do. So many things that Little Red had lost over the period of seven years. Times where it had spent in the garage trying to repair its leak over and over and over again. Trying to be well enough to even go for a very short spin.

Little Red saw that others were expanding their garages. The Lamborghini. The Ferrari, the Porsche, the Audi, the Mercedes and even the Kancil. The wheels inside Little Red's head had been turning for awhile now. What is the meaning of Life to these people? A bigger garage? A bigger engine? Two exhaust pipes? To what point? To the point of exhaustion? Then what would Life be?

Little Red had decided that it must downsize. A smaller place would mean less things to clean and maintain. Less expenditure. Less clutter. Less work. More Life.

Little Red could not wait for the Great Big Move.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Thermomix Steamed Rice


Ingredients:

1. 350gm rice (I've tried Basmathi and Sushi rice with this method and it cooks very well.)
2. 900gm water
3. *Sea-salt (optional)
4. *Grapeseed oil (optional)

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1. Place the 350gm rice into the Thermomix basket. Then place the basket in a large washing bowl to soak the rice. (I soak the rice so that the phytic acid is removed. I usually soak for an hour.)

2. Once the one hour is over, rinse the rice under clean running water.

3. Place the 900gm water into the Thermomix jug. (If your want to have tastier rice, you can add the sea-salt and oil into the jug.)

4. Then place the Thermomix basket into the jug.

5. Set 20minutes/Varoma/Speed4.

6. Once it is done, use the spatula to remove the basket from the jug. (Be careful of the steam!)



7. I've been told that by cooking the rice in the Thermomix, the starch is removed from the rice by the turning of the blades. The water left behind is apparently starchy water. One of the women who attended the Thermomix demo told me that her stomach does not bloat anymore as her rice is now boiled in the Thermomix. But if she eats rice cooked in other ways, her stomach will bloat!

The starchy water. 

A friend of mine told me that she uses this water as her SK-II! You can try it out. (Of course if you add the sea-salt and oil, you can't use the water on your face!)

8. Serve the rice hot.


Bon appétit!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Thermomix Pandan Extract (Pure Home-Made Green Colouring)

Ingredients:

1. 40 pandan leaves (washed and dried)

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1. Take 20 leaves and place into the TMX jug through the hole in the lid.

2. Make sure you wear a glove(s) when holding the leaves. If not, the leaves will cut your hands when it spins as it is being shredded.

2a. Alternatively, you can tie the pandan leaves in a bunch and place it in the TMX jug.


3. Set 5seconds/Speed 10.


4. Place the shredded leaves inside a sieve. Place the sieve onto a cup. Using a spoon, press the leaves against the sieve until the juice comes out. Press until all the juice is expressed from the leaves.



5. Repeat step 1 to 4 for the next 20 leaves.

The 20gm of extract from 40 pandan leaves. 
6. You can use the extract immediately or place it in an ice-cube tray to be frozen for future use.

This was from more than one hundred pandan leaves. I have many potted pandan plants in my garden. 
* You can also use a muslin cloth to squeeze the juice out from the shredded leaves. I had also used my potato masher to squeeze the juice out.



Monday, 7 December 2015

Thermomix Gluten-Free Pancakes

NOTE: You will still need a frying pan to make this!

Ingredients:

1. 100gm butter
2. 600gm water OR milk
3. 4 eggs (I used 5 as I bought kampung eggs. They're really small eggs.)
4. 250gm white rice flour (Click on Thermomix Ground Rice Flour on how to make your own home ground rice flour.)
5. 150gm sorghum flour
6. 1/2 tablespoon of sea-salt
7. Sunflower oil
8. 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

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1. Place butter into TMX jug. Melt at 2min/75C/Speed 1.

2. Add the milk/water, eggs, flour, baking powder, sea-salt and sunflower oil. Mix at 20seconds/Speed 4.

3. You can spread some oil in a frying pan on medium heat.

4. Pour a ladle of batter and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly browned. Flip it over and continue cooking.

5. Finish all the batter.

6. Serve it warm.

Bon appétit!


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Sun, Rain & Flash Floods

It is as thought the gods are crying their eyes out. It has been raining EVERY single day.

But the haze is GONE! And that is really awesome. 


Such blue skies!


Awesome, awesome skies.
Armageddon on the horizon.
Flash flood.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Thermomix Ground Rice Flour


Ingredients:

1 cup of white rice (which is approximately 175gm)

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1. Set 55seconds/Speed 10.

2. Repeat until desired amount is achieved.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Thermomix Stir-Fried Bitter Gourd Chicken


Ingredients:

1. 1/2 garlic clove
2. 2 chicken breasts (cut into strips and seasoned with sea-salt)
3. 1/2 bitter gourd (cut into thin slices)
4. Sunflower oil
5. Sea-salt

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1. Place garlic into TMX jug.

2. Set to 5seconds/Reverse/Speed 5. Remove all the garlic skin.

3. Scrape the wall with the spatula.

4. Add some oil.

5. Set 5minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon. Remove MC.

6. Add the chicken and bitter gourd.

7. Set 10minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon. Replace MC. (Add a dash of sea-salt to the dish halfway through the hole in the lid. Remember to replace the MC.)

8. Serve hot with steaming rice.

Bon appétit!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Thermomix Mung Bean Soup


Ingredients:

1. 200gm mung beans (soaked overnight)
2. 4 screwpine leaves (pandan leaves)
3. 2liter water
4. Sago

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1. Soak the beans overnight. Wash them thoroughly before cooking.

2. Place beans and sago into TMX jug.

3. Add 2 liter of water.

4. Place the simmering basket inside jug with the tied up pandan leaves.

5. Place cover.

6. Set 20minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon.

7. Once it is done, remove the simmering basket and pour the drink into serving bowls and serve hot. (If you like it sweet, you may add brown sugar or honey).

Bon appétit!


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Thermomix Turmeric & Garlic Chicken Pieces


Ingredients:

1. 2 stubs of turmeric (also known as yellow ginger) (outer layer removed)
2. 1/2 clove of garlic
3. 2 chicken breasts (cut into strips)
4. Sea-salt
5. Sunflower oil

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1. Place garlic into the TMX jug. Cover with lid.

2. Set 5 seconds/Reverse/Speed 5. Remove the garlic skin.

3. Add the turmeric into the jug.

4. Blend the turmeric and garlic at 30seconds/Speed 6.

5. Scrape everything down with the spatula.

6. Add oil and set 5 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon. Remove the MC.

7. Once it is done, add the chicken.

8. Set to 10 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Spoon. Use the MC.

9. Check whether the chicken has been thoroughly cooked. You can add a few more minutes if it's not. But to me, 10 minutes is more than enough.

10. Serve hot with rice.

Bon appétit!


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Thermomix Mixed Juice


Ingredients:

1. 2 Red Delicious apples (skin removed)
2. 2 medium sized carrots (peeled)
3. 4 sticks of celery (peeled and cut into half)
4. 1 litre of filtered water

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1. Place all ingredients into the Thermomix jug and set to 30 seconds/speed 10. (If it is still too thick, you may add a bit more water and then set 10 seconds/speed 10 again.

2. Pour into mugs and serve immediately.

Bon appétit!