Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bitter To Be Better

I love vegies...I would love to share one of my favourite dishes namely "pan-fried bittergourds with spicy soya bean paste". These are the Taiwanese bittergourds which has a high degree of bitterness. For those health-concerns will surely love them very much.
Okay..let's get started...
The ingredients are...

....and of course a little cooking oil, salt and sugar to taste.

Steps...firstly, fry the shallots, garlics and chillies till fragrant. Then, pop in the soya bean paste. Mix well and then put in the small shrimps. Lastly the cut bittergourds. Add some salt and sugar to taste. Wait till the bittergourds are half-cooked (my style, to maintain the crunchiness) and the gravy thickens.

Last but not the least, enjoy!!

A little info about the nutritional benefits of eating bitter gourds

Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.
Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Singaporean Lunch...

There is a Singaporean Restaurant here namely.....

The deco was cozy...homey...

We went there for lunch. Habibati was coming along. We couldnt bring Habibi because he was asleep and got angry to be woken up. So, he stayed at home with our maid.

The cuisines that we tried...Mee Rebus Singapura. It was with yellow noodles..I gave an 8 out of 10.My Chocolate Shake (but it looked more like blended milo)....and my rate for this one is 7 out of 10.
My hubby's choice...Tornado Fried Rice. I knew he chose this one because of its unique name...the taste was rated 8 out of 10.

Above was Habibati's portion...Chicken Rice, the rice was tasty..but the chicken was neither steamed nor roasted but fried. So, she didn't really like the chicken. This one below was the 'add-on' menu...Lontong Singapura. For this I'm so generous that I gave 9 out of 10...meaning yummy yummy yummy!
We will surely taste more dishes there....

Monday, May 25, 2009

Our Mini Garden (A follow-up entry)

Above is the hot chilli padi. Below is the purple chilli which has a high degree of hotness I bet!
One of our brinjal plants is bearing well as our water gourds....*happy*

The tedrils of the water gourd plants searching their ways up to wind up anything accessible.The water gourd plants in a row.
Below is the taiwanese mini pak choy. My hubby planted some of them in the styrofoam box, in the pots as well as on beds. I really love pak nutritious.

The local sweet potato plants and the other one is the Japanese purple potato plants. Below shows our Taiwanese pumpkins plants.
Below is the winged bean or kacang botol or kacang sirip plants.

Above shows our tomato plants. Below is the red spinach.

We love gardening...........

Saturday, May 23, 2009

At The Food Court Yayasan

We had lunch at the Food Court in Yayasan Complex few weeks ago. Again, I should have posted this one .
These are the pictures of the aquariums having those sea shells inside. They are for sale. For those sea shells lovers...can come here and choose. We? Simply Nope! I just don't dare to eat these (pet-like aquatic fellows)...just pity them. Why? We select...then kill...then eat...eeeee...I would only eat if they are sold by the fishmongers at the wet market only. So what did we have then????
The delicacies were OK...I can say..a typical "homey-type" of dishes. But I ordered extra (but forgot to snap!) black pepper chicken and Nasi Goreng Kampung for my hubby. It was his treat..tnx baby!
Woops!! As I have said, our kids really are crazy about the clumsy Sponge Bob. The above picture has proved us...when they did the action of Sponge Bob using his long noise to produce the musical sound as a flute. Ayah and Ummi. Now..see..our super hero and heroin....

As usual..they ended up with the BEN 10 pistols....instantly they turned into actions! Funny...

Lela's Baby

Congratulations to Cikgu Lela and Cikgu Hadiman for their newly born hero...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

All The Way From KL....

I should have posted this one earlier. But still...I think it's ok to share what we got from Ayah all the way from KL. Thank you honey..

These are for Habibi. However, one pair of the Upin&Ipin t-shirts and shorts has now been taken by Habibati. They are really crazy about this Malaysian cartoon characters now.

A tent for Habibi..(but we keep this one, since the living room is less spacious nowadays...!)
Below is another tent for Habibati. Well she really takes good care of her "housh".
For Habibati....I like the pink shoes. Habibati says "Ummi...shing shoes" which means "Ummi...they are dancing shoes".
The kids' toys and stickers.....

The kids' another favourite cartoon characters....(now has become my favourite too!)

I am happy that Ayah can still get these...although they are oudated already...heheheee. Guess what? They are overjoyed to own these...

VCD for Habibi and Habibati...

and now my "Mother's Day Presents"

I really love this one....thanks again honeybunch...!