Friday, November 25, 2011

Home-made Cottage Pie


For those who doesn't know, Cottage Pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato (Wikipedia, 2011).


Got this recipe from internet few months ago but only tried it out recently. Super love this recipe because I’m an extreme POTATO LOVER.


This Cottage Pie is a revised version as the original one was using beef but I’m using chicken here. So the recipe is totally different for the meat cooking part. The beef is cooked with tomato paste, which I don’t really like, so I changed it to chicken, where I learned the chicken pie recipe from my previous maid.


Let’s have a look on the final product!



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Super yummilicious! I can’t believe that my first trial can be so successful! I put lesser cheese and left the chicken fillings to have more gravy for the first trial.


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This was my second attempt. Obviously it looked better than the first trial and more delicious because I put a lot of Parmesan cheese on top of the potato!!! And can you notice there was less gravy here? Practice makes PERFECT!



If you wanna try this out, here’s the recipe!



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For mashed potato topping

3 large US Russet potatoes or 5 medium size potatoes
100ml fresh milk
Black pepper
Salt


Method

1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water till until tender.
2. Mash the potatoes, add in milk and season with salt and black pepper.
3. Set aside.


For chicken fillings

300g minced chicken
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
150g mixed vegetables
some red pepper (optional)


Seasonings

1 tablespoon of milk powder
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
1 tablespoon of abalone sauce or Maggi concentrated chicken stock
black pepper
salt
100ml water


Method

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan.
2. Saute chopped onion and garlic.
3. Add in mixed vegetables and red pepper, mix well.
4. Add in minced chicken, stir well.
5. Add water and all seasonings, cook till sauce has thickened.


To assemble Cottage pie

Parmesan cheese powder
Dried or fresh parsley flakes (But I used Italian Herbs as I couldn't find parsley in my kitchen)


Method

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1. Spoon cooked minced chicken in a baking pan or oven-safe bowl.


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2. Layer the mashed potato generously on top of the mince chicken.


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3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese powder and parsley flakes on top.


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4. Bake in the 180˚C pre-heated oven for approximately 25 mins, and brown the top at 200˚C until golden brown.



TADAA...........


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Love this healthy meal that melts my heart with CHEESE!


BON APPETIT!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Creative ways to wear a necklace


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This sweet flower pearl necklace was my last year’s birthday present. I love it very much because it can match with all my lace top or lace dress so perfectly and without it, I couldn’t complete my princess look.



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Styled my hair and put on makeup. Yeah, it’s my favourite princess hair style because the added volume on my hair makes my face looks smaller. I’m super jealous with those girls who have oval face shape!



See how it adds a feminine touch to the outfit.


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How I could wear it differently?


Let’s see!


Tadaa……………….............



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Just use bobby pin to secure the necklace on your hair and it will turns to a super elegant hairband!


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The sweetest accessories!


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Love the pearl beads that add a glamorous element to the piece.


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Have no idea on how to stand out from the crowd in the company's annual dinner?


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Unleash your creativity and turn your existing necklace into a charming head band!!!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Patio Landscape Design


No one denies, that gurgling sound of water creates a cool atmosphere. So it’s no wonder that many people (includes my hubby) also want to make a pond in the patio, complete with a fountain to get the soothing sound of water gurgling it.


As an interior designer, my hubby came out with a great idea that incorporated the simple artwork of simplicity to create artistic values.



Okay, let's see my hubby's creation!


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Simple and modern design with a fish pond and fountain


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Love the Bali-style wooden platform


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Love the river stones. And not to forget the lighting. They add harmonious element to this special space


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It's so serene and relaxing! A perfect place for a date at home!



Do share with me if you have any great ideas on how to beautify the patio or yard area.



Sunday, November 06, 2011

“Buddha Jumps Over the Wall” @ Restoran Loon Sing


Restoran Loon Sing is located at Nilai, which is very famous for its “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall". This restaurant had won many many awards in cooking and food competition and thus, it attracts many food hunters to explore its special and award-winning cuisine.


Visited this restaurant quite some time ago for its Australian abalone, giant grouper and cheaper version of this “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall” (yes, they have three versions!). So this time, I wanted to try it's signature dish, the most expensive one!


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Here we are!


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The interior


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Menu. Guess what I ordered!


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With my cute niece :)


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This is the award-winning Dongpo Pork. Dark, glossy, and enticing!


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It tasted heart-stoppingly amazing! No fatty smell at all. A perfect match with the super soft steamed mantou


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Taufu with minced pork. Ordered this specially for my niece.


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This was the long-awaited “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall”. RM99 per bowl and pre-booking is required.


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Scallops, sea cucumber, abalone, shark fin, chicken, Jinhua ham, mushrooms and some herbs are all inside this sinful bowl. Abalone was tasteless after cooking for long hours. Essence was all in the soup! But I love the tender and soft sea cucumber.


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A lot of sharkfins. That's why I said sinful bowl of soup.


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I was too busy savouring all the good food until I forgot to snap pictures for the other dishes that we ordered.


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And at last, my parents and me.



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