Monthly Archives: January 2011

Coconut, Chocolate & Hazelnut Cookies

I’m currently packing for my big move on this Saturday and I have to admit the progress has been slower than a snail gliding. Despite it is not the most pleasurable thing to do and yet necessary, I couldn’t help but to get  distracted easily from this important task to internet surfing and baking. Perhaps it would be smart to pack away my laptop and kitchen stuffs?

Considering a girl has to cook and stay in touch with the world (via internet) in the meantime, I have decided to keep these box-free until the last minute. ;)

Spicy Long Beans with Chicken

Okay, this long beans also known as snake beans.

Call me paraonoid or overly self-conscious but since I’m Asian, I am somehow nervous about putting the word “snake” and stir fry in the same sentence (I get a lot of people asking me whether I have eaten dogs, snakes and some other predatorial animals that are exotic enough to be in the zoo. And the answer is NO!).

Furthermore, staying true to my Malaysian origin, I grew up calling them as kacang panjang which means long beans in Malay.

So don’t mind me, I’m just going to stick the name I’m most comfortable with. :P

Make your own baking powder

I have been reading a book called Kitchen Science – A Guide to Knowing the Hows and Whys for Fun and Success in the Kitchen by Howard Hillman (I got mine from the library – 1989 edition).

The beauty of this book is the facts are laid out in FAQ-style , so don’t expect it  to be a science text book or encyclopedia. I think it is perfect for people who have short attention span of a goldfish – like myself. That said, my mind did wander a bit whenever Howard went into details about scientific stuffs like molecules and gas. Feel a little like Chemistry classes in high school? Yeah,  I think so. :P

It covers  all areas of cooking and baking starting from understanding your cooking equipment, cooking methods, baking, beverages to nutrition and health. Although I must admit I have conveniently skipped the  last part. *cough*cough* Boring!