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Friday, October 31, 2014

Seared Salmon with Sauteed Butterhead and Mushroom

I blamed MAK CHU for everything that had been happening to me these past few days! She is the one who dragged me into this, till I became addicted! Oh no no no... not that bad kind of addict. This is the good kind of addict! Hahaha... But to be addicted to this good kind of addict is quite hazardous.

I am addicted to LAURA VITALE's website!

What made me fall for her website?
1. I like to watch how she prepares her dishes. It looks so simple yet can make you drool!
2. She cares less of how perfect her end product looks like, but they do look good!
3. I like her bubbly character.
4. I like her kitchen and all her kitchen stuffs.
5. And finally, I like looking at her. To my eyes, she looks like Sandra Bullock and I like Sandra! Hahahaha...

And these past few days, I had been skipping my lunch. I know it is bad but I got carried away watching her videos and how she enjoyed her end product. Funny thing is, that makes me full! Hahahaha....

One of her recipes that I watched yesterday was Seared Salmon with sauteed spinach and mushroom. I was so eager to try out the recipe. With my neighbour Kak Ana, we headed for Giant Supermarket to get the stuffs needed. Unfortunately I can't find any baby spinach and cremini mushrooms. So I had to settle for fresh shitake mushrooms and butterhead salad instead of spinach. Yeah I know, butterhead is salad that should be eaten raw but hey, what choice do I have. That's all I can think about that time! Hahaha... Anyway, our dinner was good. Yummilicious and filling. Above all, it is easy to prepare and doesn't take long. Thank you Laura for this lovely recipe! Will surely try your other recipes too. Had quite a list in mind! *wink*

Posted by MamaFaMi
Source : Laura Vitale 

Serves 4

Ingredients :

4 (4oz each) Fillets of Fresh Salmon
10 oz of Cremini fresh Shitake mushrooms sliced
1 Tomato, chopped
6 oz of Fresh Baby Spinach Butterhead salad, washed and dried
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar a squeeze of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil plus 1 tablespoon
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method :

1. Add the oil and garlic in a large skillet with high sides and preheat it over medium heat, once the garlic is nice and sizzling, add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook the mushrooms for 4 to 5 minutes or until they have cooked down, add the tomato and season a bit more with salt and allow it to cook for a couple minutes.

2. Turn the heat up to medium high and add the spinach and place a lid on the skillet and let it cook for a minute or two or until the spinach has wilted. Remove the lid and season with a bit more salt if you feel it needs it, add the balsamic vinegar and just mix everything together so it’s all mixed with the vinegar. Remove the veggies to a plate and cover it to keep warm, set aside.

3. In the same skillet, add another 1 Tbsp of oil and allow it to get nice and hot on medium high, season your salmon with salt and pepper on both sides and place them skin side down in the hot skillet. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side if your salmon is about 1 inch thick.

4. Set it on your cooked veggies and top with a little fresh parsley.

I've served this with some mashed potato.

For the recipe, please click HERE
And this is Mr Hubby's share...

Have a nice day!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Devil's Food Chocolate Cupcakes



1. LIFE has 4 letters so does DEAD.
2. HATE has 4 letters, so does LOVE....
3. ENEMIES has 7, so does FRIENDS.
4. LYING has 5, so does TRUTH.
5. HURT has 4, so does HEAL.
6. NEGATIVE has 8, so does POSITIVE.
7. FAILURE has 7, so does SUCCESS.
8. BELOW has 5, but so does ABOVE.
9. CRY has 3 letters so does JOY.
10. ANGER has 5 so does HAPPY.
11. RIGHT has 5 so does WRONG.
12. RICH has 4 so does POOR.
13. FAIL has 4 so does PASS
14. KNOWLEDGE has 9 so does IGNORANCE.

Are they all by Co-incidence?

We should Choose wisely, this means LIFE is like a Double-Edged Sword. If u think it is your alarm clock that woke you up this morning, try putting it beside a dead body and you will realise that it is the Grace of Allah that woke you up. If you are grateful to Allah, forward this to all your friends to inform them that it is JUST BY THE GRACE OF ALLAH that we are alive. stay blessed.


My dearest daughter Fatin has the habit of showing me photos of creative stuffs we can do with food. And this mama of hers is the kind who likes to challenge herself (within my limit that is because my creativity is very limited! And so is my patience! Hahahaha...). She is very well aware that I will probably try at least some of the things she sent me. Huhuhuhu.. am I that transparent!

So last month, when she invited her friends home to discuss about their Japan trip, she had asked me to prepare this cupcakes as their dessert. And since it is quite simple to do, yeah... why not. Since the photos that she sent does not have any recipes attached, so mama has to go recipe-hunting and I've decided to try the chocolate cake from Ayu @ Curlybabe's Satisfaction. Thank you Ayu for sharing with us. I only did the chocolate cake part. Perhaps next time, I will try baking the full set. I am sure it is yummilicious!

When I asked the girls for the feedback, they said the cake is nice except the icecream that we've scooped onto the cake doesn't go well with it. Blame Fatin for that! I had asked her to go and get a tub of vanilla icecream but she refused. She said, just use whatever is inside the freezer and yes, that day, the only icecream available in the fridge is the solero icecream! And it is sour! Hahaha... So ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to try out this way of serving, please choose the right flavour to go with the cake ya.

Posted by MamaFaMi
Source : Ayu @ Curlybabe's Satisfaction

Ingredients :

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sgar
1/2 cup brown sugar
125g butter
2 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup buttermilk (you can also prepare your own buttermilk by adding 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar to 1/2 cup milk and let it stand for 10 minutes)

Method :

1.Warm your oven at 180C and line your muffin cups with cupcake liners. Since I am using the silicone moulds, I skipped this step.
2.Sift flour,cocoa powder, salt, bicarbonate soda in a bowl. Set aside.
3.Whisk butter and sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
4.Add the flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with water and buttermilk, beating on low speed until just combined. Scoop into the muffin cups.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes.
6. Press the top of the still warm cupcakes with the bottom of the cupcake mould. Leave to cool. Keep in an airtight container if you are not serving it right away.
7. To serve, scoop icecream of your flavour onto the hollow top of the cupcakes. Drizzle with some melted cooking chocolate and decorate as you wish. Enjoy!

Have a nice day!