I did a deep clean this morning after strudel stretching yesterday with @gavinmikeycollins and was just reminded of what a spankingly handsome little kitchen I get to bake in!
Today I’ll be showing everyone in SA how my Great Aunty Lucé has been teaching my family to stretch strudel pastry on @afternoonexpress at 4:30pm on @sabc3 CAT. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
I spend a lot of time in antique shops and thrift markets picking up kitchen items from all around the world and through all eras. I could do it for hours! Most of the coppers are from Turkey, the reclaimed butler basin and brass tap was found in Woodstock, my watering can is from the Milnerton Market. The giant cupcake was a gift. The turquoise tea set was for my 21st birthday from my sisters. I have a glass measuring cup from Paris. A handmade clay tea pot from Julz’s mom’s own hands. Bits and bobs from Arezzo in Italy and a bunch of local gins! S/O to all the bakers that have a Magpie kitchen✨👌😊〰️
Always keep a bag of frozen vegetables in the freezer cos you may be too busy to get the groceries and you need to feed the kids some greens.
It was a very busy morning with me and bunny girl at the hospital to get her occasional headaches checked out then rushed home to send the eldest for her tuition. Cooked simple porridge for the recovering child and braised ribs with noodles for the rest.
And did I say how much I love my pressure cooker? Just pop marinated ribs with the marinade sauce (soya sauce, oyster sauce, dark soya sauce, sugar, pepper and fermented beans aka tau cheong) along with some garlic and carrots in the pressure cooker and cook for 30mins. Add in the frozen broccoli and Yee mee. Taste and season if need be, thicken the sauce with some beaten eggs. Easy peasy dinner.
This is my late granma's recipe. When we were little she will whip up this afternoon snack just simply to feed us. Sometimes if we were nice kids and behaved well she would make it for breakfast too. My late granma was a very quiet but loving lady. And I miss her cooking alot. Through cooking we feel her love towards us. It's been almost 3 years since she's gone but I'm grateful that I got to learn this from her.
Am thankful for opportunity given by Abirami from The Star to be featured in their regular food/cooking column. Helped me to think back and share the food my late granma used to cook for us with the rest of the world.
GULA MELAKA PANCAKES
Makes 8-10 pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tbsp coconut milk powder
1 cup water
a pinch of salt
2 tbsp oil
oil, for frying
1 small piece gula Melaka, chopped
To make pancakes
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, eggs and coconut powder. Gradually add in the water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and oil; beat until smooth. The batter should be slightly thinner compared to regular pancake batter.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan. Scoop the batter onto the griddle. Tilt the pan in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
Cook the pancake for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Sprinkle the chopped gula Melaka on top, loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.
When a journalist from The Star approached me a few weeks back asking if they could do a feature of me, my first thought was heh? Scam? I quickly used my Googling skills and I found out that the journalist does exist and she's written alot of articles on home cooks! Of course I started to feel excited and panicked at the same time. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would be featured in a newspaper article. Had a quick telephone conversation with Abirami (the journalist) and she asked me to come out with some dishes. Didn't know what to cook and I kept bouncing off ideas and suggestions with my friends then I decided to pay homage to my late granma, paternal grama and my mom. After all I started cooking cos of them. Growing up with so many fond memories around the dining table. I want to preserve that memory and share them with others.
So if you want to read more about me and also the recipes of dishes I've cooked please grab a copy of The Star papers today (7 April 2018). Will share the e-copy once it's out in the next few days 😘