Thursday, July 31, 2014

Malaysian-inspired Stir Fried Long Beans

Stir Fried Sambal Belacan Long Beans

That's the Malaysian dish ordered by Billy, my husband, for lunch on our last day in Kuala Lumpur. 

We both liked it so I tried to guess how it is made by giving the ingredients a good munch. I saw anchovies among the beans! Billy said he misses anchovies. I was certain I still had some in the ref at home. :)

Challenged by what I tasted but too tired from the trip back to Manila, I had no time to search about how to make sambal belacan. I ended with this--- Stir Fried String Beans with Dried Anchovies and Shrimp Paste. 

Yeah, I had to make do without the sambal belacan sauce. Afterall, I wasn't sure if any of us would have tolerated the real spicy flavor.

Here's how I did my own modified version of the dish. 

1 cup dried anchovies
1 tbsp garlic
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tbsps shrimp paste
1 bunch string beans, cut
1 large tomato, cut 

1. Heat anchovies in pan until brown and crispy. Add just a very little oil on pan. Cook anchovies in oil. Set aside.
2. Using the same pan, but adding a little more oil, saute garlic, onion and shrimp paste. 
3. Add string beans. Simmer until tender. Add tomatoes.
4. Sprinkle anchovies on top of beans mixture.
5. Serve with hot rice.

The finished product which, to my husband, was "simply perfect"!!!!

But if you would like to get a taste of the original recipe, here are two recipes I found from the net that describe how to make sambal belacan. I would love to try these very soon! This weekend maybe!?? Just click on the links below.


Enjoy your Malaysian meal and the rest of the week!!!!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crocheting a Business Card Sleeve

This is not the first time I'm writing about making a Business Card Sleeve.

In my previous post about crocheting this project (click here to view post), I shared about my experience from a spiritual standpoint.

This sleeve can be used to keep business or loyalty cards.

This time, the feature is about how to crochet on the opposite side of the chain. This tutorial by Rachel Choi of Crochet Spot talks about how to do that.

This is very easy and simple because all you have to do is repeat the rows round and round until you reach the desired size. 

Enjoy making as many business card sleeves using different colors for your friends. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fast Food Dishes by Garden Chef: Corned Beef - Veggie Omelette

Thinking of a dish to serve for breakfast? Or pack lunch for kids? You might want to try this!

For the past weeks, office work has seemed to drain my energy that when I get home I just prefer to prepare simple and easy-to-cook dishes.  Here's exactly one of those quick veggie and egg dishes that I cook for dinner or lunch the following day --- Corned beef-veggie omelette. Here's how.

1/2 large onion, sliced
1 can corned beef 
1/2 carrot, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 small broccoli florets 
1 large tomatoes, sliced
pinch of salt, ground pepper and other spices of choice (allspice, thyme)
3 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp leeks


  1. Heat oil in pan. 
  2. Saute onion and corned beef. 
  3. Add carrots, bell peppers, broccoli and tomatoes. Simmer. 
  4. Transfer sauteed mixture to a platter. Set aside.
  5. Heat oil in pan. Add 3/4 of beaten egg mixture.
  6. Allow egg mixture to settle at bottom of pan.
  7. Spread sauteed corned beef and veggies over egg omelette.
  8. Pour remaining beaten egg over corned beef and veggie mixture. 
  9. Simmer for 1 minute. Top with leeks.
  10. Serve hot with rice or as toppings on wheat bread.

Hmmm... I just love how it turned out! I wonder if there would still be half of this left in the morning!??

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