Wednesday, March 18, 2015

16/3/2015
MONDAY




I am taking a break from blogging.   
This is a crucial time  for all of us in the family. 
My sister has undergone a surgery for pancreatic cancer.  However, sadly the tumour could not be removed and we will be going for plan B which is chemo and TCM which will be a long uphill battle but she is not doing it alone, her husband, sons, daugther-in-laws and my siblings and families are all behind her, beside her and through it with her.  And we believe that God will work a way....

So, thank you for reading my blog  and if it does not trouble you much, do say a word of prayer for her. 



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pi DAY 2015

15/3/2015
SUNDAY


Yesterday 14/3 was celebrated as the "Pi day".
Now all who have study Mathematics or Add Maths in school know what that symbol  ie three digits of π, or pi, which is 3.14.
"the exact proportion between the diameter and the circumference can never be expressed in numbers.  Hence it needed its own symbol to represent it" wrote William Jones (1674-1749) in 1702 in his seminal work.

I baked this  pi(pie) using up the remaining of the bacon, 3 leeks, 1/2 brown onion and the organic sweet potatoes which I bought from the farm.  

Look at that royal purple colour of the sweet potatoes and they are wonderfully sweet! I boiled them till they are soft and mashed with some butter and milk.  Meanwhile, saute the bacon (cut into strips) and add onions saute till soft.  Add the leek and splash with some white wine, cook till the alcohol has evaporated and dish up and set aside.

Into a bowl, beat 4 eggs, add around 1 cup of whipping cream, salt and pepper to taste and mix well together. Place the filling into each greased ramekins.  

 
Sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese on top of filling

Slowly pour egg mixture into the ramekins 

Finally spread the sweet potatoes mash on top of the egg mixture. 

Bake in pre-heated oven 180C for 20 minutes till center is set
Best eaten warm.... enjoy !



Monday, March 9, 2015

FAMILY OUTING AT GK ORGANIC FARM

8/3/2015
Sunday
It is a new year and a new beginning.... to treat ourselves better, healthier and happier.
There was no big feasting for my birthday, instead I have decided to take my family to an organic farm and hopefully introduce them  to a healthy lifestyle.

After the rain last night, came the bright and shiny Sunday morning. Nothing can dampen our spirits this morning.  We are going farming today.  Everyone was punctual and soon we were on our way.. and its a breeze driving in the morning and soon arrived just in time.

Listening attentively to Uncle Gan as he explained organic farming ..
 "if you are young, you sit on the floor and all over 70s  can sit on the bench" ! 

Time to do simple yoga stretches...... testing  your own flexibility and whether you need to exercise more.  

sweet appetizers after the stretching....

Everybody getting ready for the farm walk....don your hats, apply your sun block and discard your shoes, we are going barefooted....to discharge the negative energy in our body and spare the crawlies their life -though some of us were bitten by the ants in the end as we must have disturbed their nest!

Uncle Gan . can you guess this plant? 

the herb garden.... most of these are used for the farm's cooking ... 

We were together with a group of Japanese families as well and the kids sure have a swell time. 

Hanging garden of long beans...Uncle Gan explained that to protect the long beans from being infected with the worms, most farmers would be spraying pesticides from the day the flowers bloom right up to the day before harvest!!! Here they have the birds and bees to protect the blooms.

Time to get our hands dirty....planting sweet potatoes  

Gotong-royong- young and old together, more hands easier task...  

After the planting comes the harvesting...more dirty hands and happy faces as they revealed their diggings...  

After that we were lead back to the wakaf and told not to wash our feet yet as it is important to keep our feet warm as sudden cold water may cause our body to lose heat and thus in long run (if we always make our feet wet and cold) can cause rheumatisim. Remember always to keep body warm... drink warm water and eat warm foods.  

After demonstrating the making of his organic cough mixture, its tasting time....

Little boys and girls ....

and the "big girls" and 

"big boys" as well....

Brother KK: "Long time anyone  feed me medicine" 

And finally its lunchtime.... food glorious food!



Sunday, March 1, 2015

THE YEAR OF GOAT 2015


19/2/2015
Thursday


Wishing everyone a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous "Goat" year from the Chan clan.

sheep design angpows packets.... 

another "happening"  year with my doggies.... sorry Toto (inside the house because of the doggie rivalry)  we have to take photo without you... 


These are the only CNY decorations which the girls bought.... "ong mali"


Meanwhile over in Sydney, Jeremy and Eunice's day out.... 





And in Melbourne, my sister Vicky and Bill open-house lunch....  

all decked up and ready ....
Among the dishes which she cooked .... 

Assam Fish fillet 

HAR HAR SIEW - Prawns with lemon and soy dipping sauce

Platter of mixed vegetables and 

also not forgetting her upside-down Pineapple cake.

My late mother's favourite flowers for CNY.

Our CNY's eve steamboat dinner- simple and save time and cooking!
I liked the idea very much but again still too much leftovers...

Both of them volunteered to get these foodstuffs for the steamboat too.... yes I know that now I can hand over the household to them .... :D


My sister-in-law's blooming Lotus Root .


getting and yee sang ready ..

Some of the dishes for the 2nd day of CNY... 

Prawns with salted Egg Yolk, Kerabu chicken feet, steamed  chicken, waxed meats.


we are ready for the Loh Hei! 





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LONGEVITY MEE AND RED COLOURED EGGS

25/2/2015
Wednesday


Today is the Birthday for everyone. It is the 7th day of the Lunar New Year.
According to Chinese legends, the Goddess of the world created the animals on different days and human beings were created on the 7th day after the creation of the world.  The list is as follows:- 1st day Chicken, 2nd day-Dog,  3rd day- the Boar, 4th day- Sheep; 5th day-Cow; 6th day -Horse and 7th day- Human. Since these days are considered the "birthdays" of the different animals, Chinese avoid killing them on the respective "birthdays".  Hence the answer as to why we should go vegetarian on 1st day of Lunar New Year.     

The lucky food we prepared for our "birthday" dinner... 
longevity noodles, red-coloured eggs and rainbow yee sang!

How to dye the eggs red colour......
These are soft boiled eggs - only 7 minutes in simmering water.  Remove and dip in solution of red food colouring and water  plus a few drops of rice vinegar.  

setting up the Rainbow Yee Sang - 

Brilliant hue -In China, red colour symbolises good luck and represents happiness and prosperity

Lucky food - Rainbow yee sang 
The significance of tossing (upwards move) of  the yee sang is for our fortunes to rise and expand during the coming year.   The variety of vegetables associate with all things auspicious and fish is added for abundance as the word "fish" in Chinese is similar to the word "surplus".  

Longevity noddles 
Received a box of longevity noddles from my sister instead of the usual mee sua.   In Chinese birthdays, noddles are eaten for a long, happy and healthy life.  The strands of the noddles are normally left uncut.  However the noddles were broken by the time I blanched them.   I just mixed them together with the fried dried prawns (pre-soaked with chinese cooking wine), shallots and lots of spring onions, sesame oil and salt and pepper.   


May the year brings you a long, happy and healthy life....