Monthly Archives: August 2012

My week, in a nutshell…

It has been a while since I did my weekly recap. Some weeks can be absolutely crazy with new and exciting stuff and some weeks can be monotonous. You know work, eat & sleep kind of routine.

The past week has been semi exciting…partly because it was my beloved’s birthday week which I have mentioned briefly here. And I missed doing  the weekly recap and photographing random things during the week. I feel photographing snippets of life makes life seems a little more interesting.  I love reminiscing…do you?

Someone played a prank on my beloved by sending him a small bouquet of flowers on his birthday without a name. Let just say my dining table has the sweet end on the bargain. How pretty are the colourful gerberas?

 I have been adding kiwi fruits into my morning smoothie. And it is not strange at all!

Homemade fried shallots – I have made this twice last week. I think it has something to do with me garnishing everything with  fried shallots. Do you know they can be addictive eaten on its own?  :P

A friend brought this to a dinner party and it has been our choice of dessert ever since. This Bambino Cones by Gelatissimo taste amazing. I really have to fight hard not to finish the whole bucket in one sitting. Self control, Ms Tan…tsk tsk.. :P

We have hand cut chips and hand roll sushi. I thought why not hand wiped floor? Tiled floor can be tricky to clean especially the hard water stains. I have been hand wiping the floors almost on a weekly basis. Speaking of doing it old school eh? haha.. Anyway, it was a good workout and I got my squats covered. ;P

Hope you all had a fun weekend! xoxo Emily

Palak Paneer (Spinach & Cheese Curry)

This week was the birthday week for my beloved. It’s kinda our thing that we dedicate a week for our birthday…instead of just a day. Speaking of greediness eh? ;P

It’s not like I have shower him with gift every day for a week. Oh nothing like that! It’s more like I will have to be nicer to him….you know, cooking the stuff he likes to eat, let him have the remote control and keep my nagginess down to a minimum ha!

Since he has requested for Indian food to celebrate his birthday, my friends and I have prepared an Indian feast to celebrate his special day. :)  My contribution to the feast was Palak Paneer and Chicken Briyani with Boondi raita.

Snapshots of  our Indian feast (top from left, clockwise) – Chicken Biryani, potato samosa but with puff pastries, lamb curry & palak paneer (recipe below).

Palak Paneer (Spinach & Cheese Curry)

(Serves 2 to 3 people with rice)

What you’ll need:-

  • Cooking oil
  • 1 x 200g/7 ounces Paneer, diced
  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp store-bought garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp store-bought ginger paste
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup low fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato (canned)
  • 2 X 250g/9 ounces of frozen chopped spinach
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Slices of fresh onions as garnish – optional
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves as garnish – optional

 (1) Dice paneer into about an inch cubes. (2) In a medium sized pot, add some oil and pan fry the paneer until golden brown – see Note 1.  Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any excess oil. (3) In the same pot, add sliced onions and saute until golden brown over medium heat. Add more oil in this step is necessary. Turn the heat to low, add ginger & garlic paste, ground cumin, ground paprika, turmeric powder, yogurt and diced tomato and stir to combine. Turn the heat up to low-medium, and cook until the oil separates – see Note 2. (4) Add frozen spinach (no need to thaw) and cook over medium heat, covered, until the spinach is fully defrosted and bubbling. Then turn the heat to low and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, covered. Season with salt and sugar to taste. Stir in paneer and mix well. (5) Garnish with sliced onions and chopped coriander just before serving. Serve hot with rice.

 Note 1 – Just before pan fruing, pat the paneer with paper towel to reduce the oil splatter while pan frying. I actually pan fried the paneer covered, to avoid the oil to splatter all over the stove.

Note 2 – Sometimes it may take some time until oil separates from the sauce. If it seems like the oil ain’t going to separate, I cheated by adding a tablespoon or two of cooking oil and let the sauce continue to simmer until the cooking oil changes to red colour.

Toasts – 4 Ways

I have gone through a phase where I was living on toasts. Especially when I have to cook for myself, toasts are my choice of meal as it is pretty easy and versatile. Not to mention it was a cost-saving exercise. :)

There 101 ways to make your toasts interesting and fanciful. Here are my top 4 ways of having toasts: 2 savoury and 2 dessert toasts (or how I would like to regard them hehe..) Enjoy!

Sauteed mushrooms with dried herbs and garlic + baby spinach leaves + sunny side up egg { I love this so much that I have dedicated a post just for this.}

 Sliced avocado + sunny side up egg + sweet chilli sauce

 Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread + strawberries

 Peanut butter + banana + maple syrup

From a toast lover to another, why not share your favourite way(s) of having them? I open to try new ways! :)