Thursday, July 24, 2014

Algerian Plane Missing?

Oh No... Is that true?  I just got the news from my friend in watsapp.... missing plane again?  What is happening in our world these days?  One after another, the distressing and tragic news come...

I just googled about the Algerian plane and the following news from bbc.com.
  • An Air Algerie airliner has vanished en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara
  • Flight AH5017 had 110 passengers on board, including some 50 French citizens, as well as six Spanish crew members
  • The plane was chartered from Spain's Swiftair
  • UN officials suggest the plane may have come down in north-eastern Mali in bad weather 
I hope it is false alarm... it is not true... just too much to handle all at once...
The more I read online, the sadness begin to grow deeper and if I don't hold myself back, I feel I can just burst into tears thinking about them.   At that moment of time, I tore myself from dwelling further.... I feel I am getting old...

Too much sad news...

I tell myself... Treasure our love ones... be them parents, siblings, spouses, kids....
We never know how much we can be with them....
Do not hold grudges with anyone... life is not worth feeling unforgiving....

I miss my kids.... going to call them now...




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Vegetarian Meal For Two In Home Recipe Cafe, Ipoh

I love food but I confess that I am not a "Big Portion" eater ... unbelievable but true... *serious*... Normally I don't take a lot especially during dinner time.  I believe in having a good and heavy meal for breakfast... then something light for lunch and not so heavy during dinner.

Sometimes I opt for a meat-less meal and there is one vegetarian shop which I like to do for dinner.  It is called Home Recipe Cafe or in Mandarin, it is written as "One Family" cafe...

My friend and I are small eaters.... so we ordered these to share among both of us....
One plate of curry vegetarian rice to be shared by both of us.... :)
We ordered a plate of eggplants with basil leaves... 
Sounds good... tastes great!
My friend chose this dish...
She said something fanciful that she has not tried before...
Neither did I.....
Beancurd (Taufoo Pok) stuffed with cooked sengkuang at bottom and alfalfa as toppings... 
There are 4 pieces in one plate... just nice for the two of us...
I would like to order this dish again..
The cooked sengkuang inside adds to the sweetness.. 
Overall, the bill came to RM24...
I really would like to come by here again.... 


Here is the address:
5, Medan Ipoh 1D, 
Medan Ipoh Bistari, 
Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Royal Ipoh Club With Two Foodie Bloggers

Elin and I had lunch with Cheah, another Ipoh food blogger whom we have known for several years now. Cheah hails from Ipoh too and she has a food blog called nofrillsrecipe. I know her through Elin... both of them are good in cooking and baking. As the saying goes, "Birds from the same feather flock together." But I guess I am the "odd" one out.... I only know how to taste..  hahahaa... 
We came here for our lunch... Ipoh Royal Club.....
There were only three tables occupied... maybe due to fasting period...
So what did we order....
Cheah ordered Wan Tan Noodles in egg gravy....RM5.50
Elin also ordered Asian food... Fried meehoon... RM5.00
And.... Yes...
I am the Odd one... I ordered a Western set lunch...
Fresh vegetable soup with a crispy garlic bread toast....
I like it with lots of toasted garlic...
My set consists of a "Minute Steak" with "Bombay Sauce"
Tasted something like satay sauce....
Desserts as shown above and I ordered coffee...
Since I am not a coffee lover, it was passed over to Elin....
My set lunch cost RM13....
Well, the food is nothing much to shout-about....
It is the company that counts...
There is no human picture...
Cos the two ladies were just too shy....
Perhaps next time...  :)

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Reanaclaire's Homecooked Meal

I did some marketing on Saturday and these were what I bought in town ... and my sister whooped up a perfect meal with the stuff that I got for her....
300gms of mixed fish cum meat paste mixed with some minced meat...
Bought in Leong Sin Nam shop...
RM2 of okra with some leftover beancurd....
And of course my so-called "hakka dish" and herbal soup boiled with "old chicken"
Our dinner comes to a cost of around RM25 for 5 persons...
Moral of story:  Very much cheaper to cook at home..
No doubt about that...
The problem is...
Reanaclaire is lazy.... at times... 
OK, MOST TIMES.....






Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reanaclaire Cooks - A Hakka Dish!

My sister told me to bring one dish over for dinner yesterday.... I was at my wits end... what should I cook for them?  What type of dish that they have not tasted before... and the first thing that came to my mind was a Hakka dish!

I am sure my mom and sister have not cook a Hakka dish before... we are Teochews.. but my in-laws are Hakkas.... and after all these 20 over years being married to a Hakka family, one or two dishes I can be able to come up with, right?  (mmm tor mmm siew) hahahahaa....

Ok, here is my simplified Hakka dish.... 
*hope I didn't murder the dish!*
Stewed Pork Ribs With Radish
Chopped garlic, two tomatoes and two radish cut up like this...
300gms of pork ribs, washed and blanched with hot water before cooking...
(Can replace with pork knuckles)
*take away porky smell*
Here are the ingredients needed...
Sour plum sauce and chilli sauce too...
As usual, sauteed the garlic first... then add in the radish and tomatoes...
Add in the pork ribs....
Add in some water.... and let it stewed for around 15 to 20 minutes low fire....
Cook till radish are soft....
Prepare the sauce meanwhile....
Plum sauce, chilli sauce, cornflour, sugar....
Add the sauce in and let it simmer....
Made a mistake... 
I added in too much water....
But never mind... next time I will put in less...
I left the dish in the kuali for an hour or so... 
Let the sauce marinate into the meat....
And when it was time for dinner, I heat it up again....
So how did my Hakka dish turn out?
My sister and nephew gave a Thumbs UP!
My nephew asked me, "Ah Yee, how long did you take to master this?" 
*So naughty of him!*
My sister said the sauce is very appetizing...
But I left out an important ingredient....
Dried Chillies!!
And the sauce should not be so watery...
Well, I guess I have to do a number of times more... 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Chilling Out" In Free School Food Court, Penang

It was a very hot Sunday and I felt like "burning" in my body... so thirsty after taking the Balik Pulau durians... maybe got "MSG" in them... hahahahaa...  

My friend and I drove back to town and we landed in our favourite hangout, that is the Free School Garden food court.
A very "hot" place to chill out here.. cos lots of food sold in this food court...
The first one caught my attention...
Nutmeg Juice...
First time tasting it... 
Very quenching....
But one glass is not enough for me... 
I ordered a waterchestnut drink as well.....
and my friend ordered Ice Kacang
which is not so quenching but with lots of "ingredients"
We shared a bowl of Glassnoodles...
Cos we were still very "Durian-full.....
By the way, does anyone know what fruit these are?
They are not duku langsat....
Are they Pulasan?
I should have bought some and try...



Friday, July 18, 2014

MH370 And Now MH17

I was driving to work this morning around 7.35am when I switched on the radio and heard the heart wrenching news .... the newscaster was already reporting half way and initially I thought that the MH370 has been found because I heard our PM was saying that justice must be upon those responsible.. but to my horror, I heard MH17... and not MH370...  Another plane missing or crashed?  Oh No.....!

Once I reached the office, I logged into Facebook... true enough, so many have posted up the  airplane  tragedy.... How shocking!  From 8th March till today, it is only four months plus and so many lives have perished again.... really sad....

Someone sent me this...
"Boeing 777 first flight was on 17/7/1997... yesterday it was the 17 anniversary....."

Imagine the sadness we feel for those we do not know... how much more pain when the families of the victims feel?  People, the least we can do for these families is to pray... Pray for comfort and peace upon their lives...

May God Bless Their Souls...