Friday, October 22, 2010

Dinner for the Boyfriend

My used-to-be carnivorous boyfriend has recently grown to like vegetables ever since his girlfriend became a vegetarian. Elton has been practicing hard with his band for the competition this weekend so I decided to cook dinner for him, a quick and simple one too because he was hungry.

I like this one only because it looks pretty, thank you precious metal plate, I adore you so much because you are so pretty and convenient, I can easily heat anything up on you on the stove! *hugs metal plate*

I blanched the Kai Lan in water and added some tofu, soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce and fried garlic to it. Elton loved it :) yay!

A couple of days ago I decided to make use of the Aubergine and organic French Beans I bought over the weekend, so I cooked them with Sambal. A little too spicy though but was great with rice.

Simply fry a quarter of an onion (chopped) until brown. Add in the french beans and aubergine slices followed by sauteed garlic. In a separate pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of chili giling (ready-packed) then add in a little water and juice from 2 limes. Combine the chili and vegetables together and voila!

Easy peasy veggies are my boyfriend's favourite, and definitely mine too - since they consume less time to cook and hardly go wrong :P

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vegosaurs For Change

To date, we have 195 people who have pledged to restrain from meat once a week as their act of love for our Climate and environment. On behalf of Friends For Motion and our Earth, we thank all of you who believe that a simple step like this will make a difference. You guys are awesome! :)

The first step to making a change starts from within.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Tip of the Day: Type out your shopping list

Just before you take out that pencil and piece of paper to write down your grocery shopping list, think again. That piece of paper will eventually end up in the trash bin. So why not make use of your mobile device to list them down? That way, we are making full use of technology and turning our lives greener at the same time. Every little step counts, so make a change today!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Soy Bread Pudding

So with the help from my boyfriend who just came back from Sabah, together we baked bread pudding for Jenna's 17th Birthday surprise! - hope she liked it ;)

- 7 slices Gardenia Butterscotch bread
- 2 eggs (I used free-range)
- 2 cups Soy milk
- 2 tbs unrefined sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
- Mixed dry fruits (dried oranges, raisins, cherries, etc)
- Sunflower kernels

Firstly, cut/tear the bread into smaller pieces then toast them for about 5-7 minutes making sure the bread slices do not over brown. In a bowl, beat 2 eggs and pour in 2 glasses of soy milk. Mix in the sugar and cinnamon powder until an even mix is achieved. After removing the toast from the oven/toaster, place them into a baking tray together with the dry fruits and sunflower seeds. Pour in the egg mixture earlier on evenly. Bake at 160~170 degree Celsius for 35~45 minutes.

This is definitely a tongue pleaser! Neither too sweet or too bland and so easy to make. Best served with custard / maple syrup whipped cream, or simply eat it on its own! :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Everyday Environmentalist: Ask where your food comes from

Asking where your food comes from is one of the ways you can make positive environmental changes in your life.

Did you know?

1) Buying local, organic food reduces your carbon footprint. Less carbon is burnt to transport fruits & vegetables from local farms than from overseas.

2) Organic food minimizes pollution runoff into our ecosystem.

So before you buy your fruits and vegetables, remember to ask:
where does this come from?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Homemade Cinnamon Protein Bar

Those who are looking to shed off some fat and tone up your bodies, here's an ideal recipe that will definitely help you in the process. This homemade recipe is perfect for a yummy breakfast or even a mid-morning snack! Not only can you save a large amount of money, you can also control what you want in the recipe by making your very own personalized healthy and nutritious protein bar!

Ingredients (makes about 3 protein bars):
- 10 tbs Quaker quick cook oats / Rolled oats
- 4 tbs whey protein powder (I used Herbalife)
- 2 egg whites (I used free-range eggs)
- 1 tbs Cinnamon powder

- Brown sugar / Maple syrup (personal preference)
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence

First of all, stir together all the dry ingredients in a bowl while preheating the oven to 160C. Beat the egg whites together with the Vanilla essence before folding it into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir the ingredients together to get an even blend. Lastly lay the mixture nicely in a baking tray and pop the tray in the oven. Bake till crispy brown on the edges (roughly 15-20 minutes). After bake, remove tray from the oven and allow to cool before cutting into even rectangles. Keep the protein bars in an air-tight container before freezing.

Feel free to play around with your ingredients! You can try adding in other stuff like nuts, seeds, peanut butter, yogurt or even fruit jam for a fruity bar. These protein bars are simply yummy and so easy to make. Try yours today! =)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

[Dip] Basil Yogurt & Spicy Salsa

Happy Merdeka!

What a wonderful way of celebrating this quiet public holiday - a bunch of us gathered at Jenna's house to watch the Twilight Saga series. When there are movie marathons, there are chips. And when there are chips, there has to be dips! So with Jenna's last minute request, I went through my fridge to see what I could come up with...

Basil Yogurt Dip

- 8 oz sugar-free Natural Yogurt
- sweet Basil leaves, chopped
- Garlic, chopped

- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- Salt to taste

Simply mix in the Basil and chopped garlic together in a bowl. Fold in the yogurt and mix thoroughly until the leaves are evenly seen. Add in the lemon juice and salt then stir. Decorate with some basil stem. Voila! Simple and delicious!

Spicy Salsa Dip

- 2 regular red Tomatoes
- 5 yellow Cherry Tomatoes
- 2 Chili Padi's

- 3 Garlic cloves

- 1 Shallot
- 2 stalks Thyme leaves

- 2 tsp Lemon juice

Simply chop everything into small cubes and place them into a food blender (other than the yellow cherry tomatoes). Do not blend for too long because you wouldn't want to be getting Salsa juice in the end. Finally stir in the finely diced yellow cherry tomatoes. Garnish with some Thyme.

The Basil yogurt dip is pretty quick 'n easy. On top of that, it had to yummylicious for two bowls of it to be finished off in such a short period of time compared to the salsa. Just in case you were wondering, yes, I do eat yogurt. In fact, I like yogurt very much. I don't drink milk for health reasons, I never really liked milk anyway, but I don't mind yogurt and other products which contain traces of milk. Like cheese, I don't mind eating it, just not too much of it. So I suppose only the Salsa dip would be suitable for the pure vegans.

Have fun chippin' and dippin'!