Monday, 21 September 2009

Eid Mubarak

Happy Eid to One and All.. may your fasts and worship be accepted, may you have found Lailatul Qadr, and may Allah place you and yours under the shade of His Mercy always... amiin.

This year I didn't have my customary open house. I decided to join forces with my parents and contribute dishes to serve to family/friends/guests who might drop by on our auspicious day. I made Red Spicy Chicken and DH made Roast Lamb (I made the gravy to go with it). *Big grin* Turned out I should not have bothered with the chicken, my mum also served Lamb Rendang and Lamb Curry, so with lamb dominating the menu the chicken was quite neglected. Well, waste not, want not, so in the freezer it goes for a rainy day. :) Went to my neighbour's who made excellent Chicken Kabsah, and my cousin's who made Nasi Dagang (Steamed Rice with Coconut Milk served with Traditional Tuna Curry and Cucumber Salad).

Tonight though, is something to look forward to. The same neighbour is hosting a neighbourhood block Eid party, and everyone is invited. We are banning beef from the menu as some Hindus and Buddhists will also be attending, so it will be a barbecue with plenty of lamb and chicken. I will go out and get the lamb chops in a bit and marinade the whole day. Then over to my neighbour's to help out with the preparing for the party. Perhaps a coleslaw would not go amiss, as well as some gravy and spicy sauces. If I have time, I might also make myself a new headscarf to wear for the occasion, insha Allah.

Hope everyone had a great weekend..

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Chosen Ones...

This past week has been quite hectic for me! I tend to get engrossed in one single thing almost to the exclusion to all others... so much so that I simply forgot to post this list.

My shopping day is on Tuesday, so meals are planned that way. Since this is already Wednesday, and this week we will be travelling, eating out and being with other family members in their houses, so this menu plan is for next week, September 8-14, 2009.

Chicken rice, with Home-made Garlic Chili Sauce and Tossed Salad
Jacket Potatoes and Tuna Salad with Cheese
Chicken Stew with Mushrooms
Fried Rice with Chicken and Homemade Coleslaw
Burgers with Organic Veg aplenty!

I am quite please with the above list, as I haven't had all those for quite a while!
What do you think?

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Menu Planning 101

P/S: A list of the Chosen 5 Meals for next week here.

As mentioned in the Happy Housewife's Blog, here is my list of 15 meals below. I will try to link up the recipes if I can find them online, and if not then I will type them out here.

List of 15 Meals

Chicken/Beef Mushroom Stew
Hainan-Style Chicken Rice with Vegetables
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Fried Chicken with Salad
Chicken Casserole
Pasta Bake
Tuna Salad
Clear Chicken Soup
Chicken Curry
Asam Pedas (Fish in Tangy Hot Chili Sauce)
Grilled Chicken with Spices
Chicken/Lamb Kabsah/Biriyani (I add 2 tbsp mint to this)
Grilled Fish
Grilled Lamb
Jacket Potatoes

And another 5 meals (whoops! It's gonna be more than 5 I am afraid):

Clear Beef/Mutton Bone Broth (omit the curry powder, poppy seeds & coconut milk)/Sup Tulang
Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice with spicy sauce)
Nasi/Mee Goreng (Fried Rice/Fried Noodles)
Fish in Tangy Tempoyak (fermented durian) Sauce
Fish n Chips

And Some Side Dishes:

Mirepoix as Soups or Stir Frys
Tabouleh & a Cheesy version here
Asian Salsa aka Sambal (minus the prawn patty - allergy!)
Tossed Salad with olive oil dressing
Potato Salad
Vegetable Stir Fry (Oriental-style, with soy or oyster sauces or both)
Fruit Juices
Japanese (mini) cucumbers
Cherry Tomatoes
Homemade Garlic Chili Sauce (great with Hainan-style Chicken Rice)
Homemade Roast Tomato Sauce
Kerabu (Tangy Thai-Style Salad) with Mango, Chicken or Seafood (replace budu with fish sauce or Worcestershire Sauce)
Kuah Asam (Chopped Onions, Chili and Tomatoes in Tamarind Sauce)
Sambal Kicap Soto (hot chili peppers and garlic blended in sweet soy sauce)