5d9B_9x95YhVJtoUzPqSeH7uNgc.txt Secrets Behind Me: May 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

FTF- Homemade Delicious Bread

I went to my friend yesterday and she was very excited to introduced me her baked bread. I'm telling you it was delicious. So, this time I forgot my diet.. hehehe!!!

I'm sorry its late but I hope its still welcome...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

To clean your coffe maker

this is a limestone from water kettle : images from google

I usually got problems with Sara's coffee maker. Though I cleaned it but something clogged inside that made the coffee tasteless and runs very slow. I rang the company for this matter because I thought its a machine problem. The company sent their man to fix the problem and explained me the reason why its clogged up.

Dried coffee oils can ruin the taste of even the best blend. In addition, "hard water", minerals can build up inside your coffee maker. So he said, as an  alternative to coffee cleaners is to run a solution of half white vinegar and half water through the coffee maker to dissolve scale. The heated solution may have to be run through the unit one or more times if build up is heavy. Thoroughly rinse all parts of the unit. Run plain cold water through a cycle to remove all traces. If you still have your owner's manual, check it as well for instructions specific to your model. The glass pot, filter container and other removable components can be cleaned when you're washing the dishes. Do it a at least once a month to avoid the hard minerals that develop inside the machine.

It's the same with your water kettle, you can pour 1 inch of vinegar into it and then add 2 inches of water then bring to boil for 10 minutes. Be careful because its foam up but it will clean your kettle like new. Try it I can guarantee the result.

Another important point to note (as to speak) that cleaning your kettle is good for energy bill. The total amount of energy it uses is large and a clogged, limescale full kettle will require a lot more energy to boil. Therefore only fill the kettle with as much water as you require each time you boil and keep it clear for great drinks and refreshing aid to your electricity bill.

Happy Cleaning!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

beans and pea couscous salad

Its time to present this lazy recipe of mine. I learned this recipe when I was working with Morrocan Jewish who loves couscous.

You will need :

 1 cup (200g) couscous
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup (250ml) boiling water
150g baby green beans, trimmed, halved
150g sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 cup (120g) frozen baby green peas
1½ tablespoons wholegrain mustard
¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
Here's how:

Combine couscous, juice and the water in medium heatproof bowl; stand about 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, fluffing with fork occasionally, cool.

Boil, steam or microwave beans and peas, separately, until just tender; drain. Rinse under cold water;then drain.

Combine mustard and oil in large bowl,  add couscous, beans, peas and chives, toss gently. 

Voila you have an easy recipe.. good for lazy people like me lol!


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obstacles and Galore Blogversary Give Away


I'm taking this chance to join Rose, Obstacles and Galore 2nd Blogversary Giveaways. In celebrating together with her blog anniversary she is giving away a $100 promotional code worth of home decors sponsored by CSN Online Store. Unfortunately, US and Canada residents only can avail this lovely and beautiful products from home decors of  CSN Online Store.  However, because Rose love us, she still giving $25 to those who can win the contest outside US and Canada. She will send the prize through your Paypal account. 

Here are the stuff I choose when I visited CSN Online Store:

I would like this Lumi Source Scultpured Electra, give an extra cool atmosphere in the room
I love this curtain to my new little home soon...

Hurry and Join Now, this give away start May 15, 2010 until June 14, 2010.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mandel Bread Recipe

As I promise , here is the recipe of Sara's mandel bread. But before I start I give you a little background about mandel bread.

Mandel bread, or mandelbrot, is a traditional Jewish cookie that is slightly softer than biscotti. These treats can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee like biscotti, or as a child's treat to be enjoyed with milk while playing a game of dreidel during Hanukkah. No matter the occasion, mandel bread is always a good choice for a snack.


1 pound of self raising flour
250 grams of margarine
4 oz of white sugar
4 large egss
1 teaspon almond syrup
half glass almond nuts cut into pieces

Here's how

1. Mix the sugar and the margarine into an electric mixing bowl.

2. Add the 4 eggs and the 1 teaspoon almond syrup. Just make sure that everything is mix properly.

3. Add or pour slowly the 1 pound of self raising flour into the working mixing machine. Mix properly until the dough gets fine.

4. Put the dough into the mixing bowl and cover and let it stay in the the freezer for about 10-15mins. I usuall put it in the freeze only fo overnight.

5. Split the dough into 4 parts and roll each piece into a log that's 8-10 inches wide and 2 inches thick or depends on you. Place logs on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes in an oven preheated 350 degrees F.

6. Loosen the logs with a metal spatula onto a cutting board. Allow the logs to cool for 5 minutes, then cut them into 1/2 inch slices.

7.Place the mandel bread pieces back on the sheet and bake for 10 to 15 more minutes with a medium degrees. The mandel bread should still be somewhat soft when removed from the oven a second time.

8. Dust your cookies with powdered sugar or top them with jam before serving. Mandel bread also is good served alone. But I didn't do it.:):) I served it only as a cookies.

Egg added into margarine and sugar

flour added gradually
result of first bake, still soft.

Reclying Unclycled

I saw an interesting item on Sky News recently - in England a huge quantity of paper that has been prepared and sent abroad to a recycling plant, was returned to England as the plant has no more recycling capacity available. In England apparently the situation was the same an the program spoke about incinerating the paper.

Surely, this is the moment to take the stock what we are producing, huge unnecessary packaging for small goods, newspapers, that no one can finish reading before the next papers, journals containing more advertising than articles. It's worth thinking about and taking stock.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Skywatch - Hand Glider

My patient Sara sat in the balcony yesterday and suddenly she called me because she saw these hand glider passing by our window. Oh, it was amazing! So, here is my entry for Skywatch Friday for this week. 

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Sara's Mandel Bread

Sara thought me this recipe a year ago. And not everybody could have these secret recipe unless she like you very much. These Mandel bread is good for afternoon tea. Mandel is an Yeddish word of Almond. I'll post the simple recipe next time...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Are you like me, tucking away in the freezer some small carefully packed leftover or single schnitzel or fish , and then when it has frozen solid you cannot tell the difference between one item and another? If so, then I suggest you go out and buy a packet of self adhesive labels. or if you have vacant container that would be lovely. You could labels every time you put a package in the freezer stick on one of the labels, writing in ink what is it and also the date. Don't try to put such a label on something already frozen - it won't stick. I also do this with a lot of thinned goods  writing the date of purchase as I tend to buy quantities when the particular items I need are on a discount sale.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Sweet and Sour Salmon

Sarah and I had a tasty and delicious dinner last night.. Sweet and Sour Salmon, a bit of rice , beans and broccoli. I love it and Sarah enjoyed it. 


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Meditteranean Sunset

I saw this blog site Sky watch Friday through lovely Dhemz blog, and I got interested to join.

This is my entry for the week - Meditteranean Sunset

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Summer Vegetable Frittata

When the sun is shining, the last thing to do us spend hours cooking. In fact, we just want to get outside and take our meal with us even if its only out into the garden.

The frittata recipe is a quick and simple supper or a picnic lunch for summer.

You'll need 

6 eggs
200g fresh asparagus, trimmed, cooked and cute into short lengths
200g fresh broad beans, cooked
2 tbsp chopped chives
1/2 tbsp butter
250g small new potatoes, cooked and thickly sliced
120g Philadelphia Light

Get Cooking :

1. Whisk the eggs, then stir in the cooked asparagus and beans with the chives.
2. Melt the butter in a non-stick, heavy based, medium frying pan. Add the potato slices and egg mixture. Cook gently until set and the underside is golden.
3. Dot teaspoons of Philadelphia across the top and op under a preheated grill until golden
4. Slide the fritta onto a serving dish and cut into wedges. Serve hot or cold 

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thai Fish Cakes

If you're looking for a tasty but easy dish to cook for your family and friends, then Thai Fish cakes are the perfect choice.

You will need :

300g tiger prawns
200g cod fillet
2 tsp corn flour
100g fine green beans, sliced
1 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
1x50g Thai Red Curry Paste
1 lime zest finely grated
Thai Chili Deep

How to do it

1. Place the cod, prawns, cornflour in a food processor with Thai red curry paste and blend.
2. Add beans, lime zest and coriander.
3. Divide the mixture into 18 pieces and shape into cakes.
4. heat oil in a frying pan and fry fish cakes in batches on both sides until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.

Done, you will have a Thai Fish Cakes for 4 servings and serve it with Thai Chili Dip!

Thai Fish cakes


Monday, May 10, 2010

Healthy Diet Food

If you aimed to be sexy and slim. Just choose one of these breakfast, lunches and dinners a day. This was shared from a women who used to go to weigh watchers.

Breakfast (All 200 calories or less) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so never skip.

never skip breakfast
thank you for the images

1. 2 boiled eggs, 1 slice wholegrain toast with a scraping of olive oil.
2. 30g porridge made with water, a little skimmed milk, 1 tbsp.sultanas.
3. 30g special K with 1 cup skimmed milk, 3 slices strawberries.
4. 2 eggs Spanish omelette (with peppers, onion, tomatoes)glass of grapefruit
5. Mixed fruit salad with fat-free yogurt.
6. Fruit muffin, toasted with a little jam. 1 cup skimmed milk or  all-milk coffe.
7. 1 shredded wheat with 1 cup skimmed. 1 tbsp honey.

Lunches (All 200 calories or less)

try a simple ham salad

1. Mixed salad with 1dsp toasted nuts and 1 tbsp bacon bits.
2. Small French stick with 1 tbsp cottage cheese and 3 wallnuts
3. Cup of Spinach or asparagus soup with a small wholemeal roll
4. Fruit compote - 6 prunes, apricots or hazelnuts - stirred through fat-free yogurt or fromage frais.
5. Tuna pasta salad with sweetcorn - 170g cold penne pasta, 1tbsp tuna and 1 tsp mayo.
6. Salad sandwich- 2 slices wholegrain bread, colourful mixed salad with 2tsp mayonaise.
7. Plain ham or turkey salad - 3slices of any cold meat.

(all 200 calories or less)

filled with jacket potato

1. Cod in parsley sauce (boil-in-bag) with 1 tbsp each of carrots spinach and brolli.
2. 170g jacket potato, 1dsp barbecue sauce, grated raw vegetable salad.
3. Florida chicken - 11g cold chicken chunks mixed with a segmented orange, tossed with lemon vinaigrette and serve on mixed salad.
4. 115g chicken or tofu, stir fried with mixed veg and 1dsp Thai chilli sauce.
5. 155g jacket potato with small tin water-packed tuna, 1tsp mayo and salad.
6. Baked Quoron Lemon & Black pepper fillet, 1tbsp peas and 2 tiny boiled potatoes or 6 chips.
7. Meditterranean salad - 60 g feta cheese, 3 broken walnuts and olive

I thanked Gill Heron for the contribution


Friday, May 7, 2010

Salmon With Pinot Noir Sauce

It's Friday again and Sara's daughter is not here so nobody invite us for dinner. Well, to make it clear. In Jewish Religion, Friday night is a special night wherein the family gather together. They usually have a "Shabath Dinner" Shabbath usually observed every week. Begins at sundown on Friday and ends on sundown on Saturday. It is the seventh day of the week where GOD rested after creating the earth. And its for the Religion, Jews people observe Shabath that no work be done between Friday  and Saturday night. As well, cooking should be done, and meals must be prepared before in advance of Shabbath.

Since its summertime, I decided to try a recipe of Sarah that I found in her booklet. Because she likes salmon I bought frozen salmon and thaw it. When its thawed I just robbed with oil, salt and pepper and grilled it until its done. You don't need to overcook it because it came up very dry. Then I fixed a grilled salmon with pinot noir sauce served on top of sauteed bok choy. The bok choy have to be sauteed with olive oil with little bit salt and pepper.

To make Pinot Noir Sauce 

1/2 cup of pinot noir sauce 
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup mustard seed
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped shallot/onion
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter

Then, place wine in a small saucepan over high heat and boil under reduced by half. Remove from heat and stir in honey until dissolve. In separate small skillet, warm mustard seeds until they began to pop and are fragrant . Remove from heat and add to wine mixture. Add the vinegar, onion, tarragon , salt and pepper to the wine mixture. If the mixture seems to thin bring to boil and reduced to a desired consistency. Before serving, whisk 1 tbsp. butter.

To serve, place the sauteed bok choy on a plate. Place the salmon fillet on the then poured pinot noir sauce over it. I love it, so tasty with pinot noir sauce. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gazpacho Soup

I tasted Gazpacho soup two years ago, since then I started loving it. The soup is good for the summer and most people are hesitant to taste it because they are not used cold soup. 

Before I will give the main ingredients of this soup. I will give you where the soup originated. Actually, I didn't know it either. All I know its a Spanish soup.

Gazpacho originated some Southern Spanish region of Andalusia.  They believe that the word gazpacho come from the word "caspa" meaning "residue" or "fragments" an allusion to the small pieces of bread and vegetables. It was traditionally eaten by workers in the field of vineyards, olives plantation, citrus groves, wheat fields, or cork farms. It was nothing but bread and water and all pounded in a large wooden bowl.  It was poor peoples food but the taste is so great and pleasant specially in the summer. 

Here's my simple ingredients :

1 medium can of crushed tomato 
1 pc. of cucumber (diced)
1 pc of  onion (diced)
1 pc. of red bell pepper (diced)
2 tbsp. of lemon juice
1/2 box of tomatoe juice
1 tbsp. of olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Here's how :

1. Put a can of crushed tomato to a big blender or magi mix. While the magi mix is working, add the diced cucumber, onion, red bell pepper together and gradually pour the tomato juice.
2. Add the lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Then mix it again until its done. 

Voila you can have a tasty tomato soup for the summer.

You can garnish it with chopped parsley or diced cucumber and onion.

There are a lot of ingredients of Gazpacho to choose, you can make it as creamy Gazpacho like Ann's (Sara's daughter) Gazpacho soup but I got my recipe from a friend of  Sarah. Easier for me hehehe!


Monday, May 3, 2010

My Morning Breakfast

Have you tried this kind of breakfast? Try Granola, Cottage and top with fresh strawberry. Healthier as ever!
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Food Borne Illness peaks in Summer

I love picnic and who doesn't love? During summer, people used to go to the beach or somewhere else to have picnic. They'll take food, salad, beverages and some make barbecues to even more enjoyable and fun.

However, while enjoying the beautiful summer and the food you eat , a lot of bacteria joining you. You may not invited them but they are there anyway. The reason why they are a lot of people suffer from food borne illness known as "food poisoning". And this food borne illness usually result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever caused by bacteria that are lurking on food and the surrounding.

According to the article I read at about.com that food borne illness hits in summer days. The bacteria who are present in the environment are grow faster during warm summer months.

When food safety is ignored at a picnic or barbecue by leaving perishable food out in warm weather, the bacteria flourish and threaten to make everyone sick. Fortunately, there are people who have a healthy immune system that protect them from harmful bacteria and harmful organism in the environment. 

We all knew that food borne illness are present in warmth weather. So we must also know how to fight it back. Here some four simple tips to safer foods in summertime.
  - Clean: Wash hands and surface often
  - Separate: Don't Cross Contaminate
  - Cook : Cook to Proper Temperatures
  - Chill: Refrigerate Promptly

Everything that touches food should be clean. Here are also the steps we can take to prevent food borne illness by safely handling food in the home.

 1. Clean wash hands with warm, soapy water:
  - before handling food, after handling food, using the bathroom, changing diapers, after tending to a sick person, after blowing nose, coughing, sneezing or after handling pets.

2.  If your hands have any kind of skin abrasion or infection. Always use disposable gloves. Wash hands (with gloves or not) with warm soapy water.
3.  Thoroughly wash with hot, soapy water all surfaces that come in contact with raw meat, poultry, fish and eggs before moving the next step in food preparation. Consider using paper towels to clean kitchen surfaces. If you use dishcloths wash more often in a hot cycle of your washing machine. Keep other surfaces such as faucets and counter tops, clean by washing with hot soapy water.