Jalapeno Poppers, Test #1

January 19, 2011

For the past a few year, I have tried to plan for a trip to visit, a place that I've ever been, at least once a year. I love to experience new things, getting new inspirations for life, by just being in a different city or country. Next week, my parents and I are visiting Hong Kong and Beijing for 2 weeks. Even thought I have been to both places before, I am still looking forward to go there again. For HK, I have visited so many times. Eating is the main activity that we do when we get there. My mom's friends always take us for Dim Sum and many other things which I can't remember all. It always feels like an eating marathon when I go to HK. lol. However, this year will be a little bit different. I will be in HK for the Chinese New Year's in a nice cool weather. I am so excited to see lots of events, take lots of photo, and eat lots of food in HK.  We have also planned to go to Beijing for 4-5 days, directly from HK. Three years ago, I went to Beijing to visit a friend from University. At that time, it was during the summer time, so it was very hot. Luckily, I get to visit Beijing again but in a different season. It looks like it will be below zero! ohh...I missed all the snow and the freezing weather. hahaha. I can't wait to hear what my parents think about the cool weather since they definitely don't get use to this kind of cold weather!

Well, I'm finishing this with this jalapeno popper recipe. This is my first time making it at home. It turned out to be 'okay', but not as good as one can get at a pub. I heard one said to use pickle jalapeno to make it, and it tastes close to that. If you have any good recipe for the jalapeno poppers, please share with me!  Anyhow, I'll see you again in 2 weeks and definitely be back with lots of stories and photos to share with all my dear readers.

Jalapeno Poppers

8 Jalapeno, halved and seeded
3 tbsp cream cheese, softed
3 tbs cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 C milk
1 C crushed panko
1/3 C flour
oil for deep frying

In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with the cheddar cheese. Spoon the mixture into the jalapeno halves. Dip the stuffed jalapeno first into milk and then into the flour. Wait for several minutes for the flour dry out slightly. Then, dip it into the milk again and now into the crushed panko. You can repeat the milk & panko step twice to get a nice thicker panko crust. Wait for the coat to dry out slightly between the steps. In a medium pan, heat the oil to 365F and deep fry the jalapeno for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. 

Homemade Samosa

January 14, 2011

This year, 2011, I have a plan for my blog. I know that this past year most of my posts are more on the sweet side. So, my plan is to try to bake less and cook more for a healthier diet. One of the main reason is that I don't want my parents to have lots of sweet thing even though they love what I bake . My dad has a sweet tooth and usually eats everything and all of what I bake. So, I have to  be careful of what I make for him. If not, he will have high blood sugar.

So, I'm starting my 2011 recipe with savoury snack called, Samosa. I know it's not that 'healthy healthy' because it is deep fried. But, since mom requested for this, I have to make it. My mom is pretty tiny, 5 feet high (i think lol) with 92 lbs. She's a pretty healthy person, eat lots of veggies and tofu and less meat and poultry. However, her guilty pleasure is fried food, especially Thai's fried tofu, taro fritters and corn fritters. She also have a big love for Indian things. She loves spices especially Indian spices like garam masala and also loves chai tea. So, homemade samosa should be her perfect guilty pleasure food since it is deep fried and contains lovely Indian spices. 

This recipe is something that we came up. It is the first time what we made and it tastes wonderfully. Samosa is not a typical thing that can be found easily in Bangkok. We know a place near Indian town that sells this, but mom said ours is better. It's an easy recipe using pre-made frozen spring roll wrapper. So, let's try this and let me know what you think!

Lovely photos from New Year's 2011

January 11, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

I hope you all have a lovely new year holiday. I spent my new year's holiday at Pattaya with my family this year. Luckily, we got to see New year's Eve firework up close from the Ambassador hotel which locates just beside our condominium. It was worth to wait until midnight! The weather was nice, not too hot. I also got some lovely photo of the sunset and parasailing. I hope you all enjoy!

Firework on New Year's Eve

Sunset on New Year's Eve

Cool actions from Parasailing