Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recipe: Eryngii Mushroom Pasta with Chilli Flakes and Rocket

Once a week, I do a fridge clear out, and this week, I had some eryngii mushrooms and rocket that had to be used. So, I decided to make a vegetarian pasta dish with these two ingredients.

Eryngii mushroom pasta with chilli flakes and rocket

The mushrooms are cut into various sizes (some sliced, some cut into matchsticks and some diced) for different texture profiles and then sauteed with some butter, olive oil, garlic and chilli flakes. Then, it is only a matter of tossing the pasta in the mushroom mixture, and then serving it with rocket leaves and generous amounts of Parmesan cheese.

Sounds easy?  Definitely a simple and quick pasta dish to throw together, not to mention very delicious! Love the slight heat from the chilli flakes and buttery, meaty mushrooms. :)

Eryngii mushroom pasta with chilli flakes and rocket
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 2

2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
200g eryngii mushroom, washed, ends trimmed and sliced/diced
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
175g spaghetti pasta
Salt and freshly ground pepper
A large handful rocket leaves, washed
Parmesan cheese

1. In a pot of salted water, cook the spaghetti pasta according to pack instructions, about 8-10 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat and drain, run under cold water to stop from cooking further.

2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan or wok on medium high heat. Add the garlic and chilli flakes, and saute for 1 minute, until lightly golden. Add the mushroom, and cook for 2-3 minutes until it is slightly golden. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the drained pasta, season with more salt and chilli flakes (if required) and give it a quick stir.

3. Using a two-pronged carving fork, swirl some of the pasta around the fork. Slide the pasta off the fork and mound it in the center of a plate. Repeat for each serving. Top with rocket leaves. Grate generous amounts of Parmesan cheese all over.

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Lunch @ Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, The Gardens Mall KL

We were out at The Gardens Mall shopping for some baby stuff (for a friend,not ours :P) and spotted the attractive lunch offers at Yuzu Japanese Restaurant. RM25 for a bara chirashi sushi set.... I'm in!

Since we were the first two diners of the day, service was super swift. Within 10 minutes of placing our orders, our food arrived at our table. I was very pleased with my order of bara chirashi sushi set (RM25) which came with miso soup, chawanmushi, pickled radish, pickled ginger, as well as a scoop of green tea ice cream which was served after the meal. Very good value for money! The bara chirash itself was really good - laden with deliciousness - vinegared rice topped with diced salmon, tuna, snapper and hamachi, ikura, green tobiko, octopus, unagi, shiitake mushrooms, shrimp, seaweed, cucumber and sweet egg (tamago). So yummyyyyyyy! I would defnitely come back for this again.

Smooth chawanmushi

Sooooooo satisfied with this!

Green tea ice cream... smooth and creamy!

Hubby had the Sashimi & Garlic Rice Set from a special promotion lunch menu (available Monday to Thursday) that they were doing. Apparently, this originally costs RM42 and is now RM21 after 50% discount. For that price, we certainly had no complains. Sashimi consisted of 2 slices of salmon, 1 butterfish, 1 hamachi and 1 tuna. Most importantly, they were fresh. This set also comes with garlic fried rice (very fragrant), miso soup, salad and fresh fruits.

Set lunches available from 11.30am to 3pm (daily I think).

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM55.95 (inclusive 6% GST).

Location: Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, Lot T-236, 3rd Floor, The Gardens Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Isetan side)

Tel: 03-2284 7663

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recipe: Scrambled Egg and Mushroom Wrap

Both Hubby and I are trying to eat more healthily for lunch (especially if we've had a big breakfast like curry laksa and char koay teow *ahem*). Wraps are our current favorite, as it takes minimal time to prepare and tastes hearty and delicious.

Scrambled Egg and Mushroom Wrap

We love eryngii mushrooms as they have this lovely meaty texture and it tastes really awesome if you saute it in a little butter. Pair it with creamy scrambled eggs, rocket and cherry tomatoes and you have a complete lunch :)

Scrambled egg and mushroom wrap
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Makes 3 wraps

4 eggs, lightly beaten
200g eryngii mushrooms, washed and ends trimmed
4 tbsp butter
1 tsp milk
A handful rocket
6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Cut the mushrooms in half horizontally, then slice thinly. If still too big, cut into half again.

2. In a frying pan, melt 2 tablespoon of butter over medium high heat. Once melted, add the mushrooms and saute for about 2 minutes, until it is slightly golden. Then, season with some salt and freshly ground pepper and set aside on a plate.

3. Using the same frying pan on medium heat, melt 2 tablespoon of butter and then add the eggs. Using a spatula, keep stirring the egg - the eggs will take about 2-3 minutes to cook. You should remove it when it looks 90% done (not too dry) as the heat will continue cooking it even after you take it off the hob. Add a touch of milk. Season with salt and pepper.

4. To assemble, place eggs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and rocket on a tortilla wrap and roll up. Enjoy!

Messy but satisfying

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Monday, May 18, 2015

McDonald's Happy Meal Book Programme

Family time is important to us - a simple act of sitting down and eating dinner together, playing board games together or bedtime storytelling will strengthen our parent-child bond.

Since a young age, one of my favorite past times is reading and I hope to instill the same good reading habits in my children. So, my daughter will read a book with us before bedtime, and on weekends, we would sit at the decking outdoors and enjoy a book together.  Even when we visit the shopping malls, the children will ask us to bring them to the bookshop to browse, read and buy new story books.

My book collection - yes, I love reading! :)

We were excited to learn via McDonald's Facebook page, that they have launched a Happy Meal Book Programme. This programme is introduced to encourage family togetherness and celebrate the joy of reading. It also aims to strengthen family units by engaging them in fun reading. It is crucial to encourage children to start reading from young in order to build a literate nation.

This month, every Happy Meal box comes with a free book from the Watch Me Grow series by renowned publisher, DK Publishing.  There are a total of 8 books to collect - titles include Penguin, Apes, Butterfly, Elephant, Turtle, Human Body, Panda and Art & Culture. Two titles are featured every week until 27 May 2015.

With our Happy Meal, we got the book titled Elephant - which illustrates everything you need to know about the elephant, including how it grows from a calf to a huge elephant. Did you know that an elephant spends about 16 hours a day eating and only 3-5 hours sleeping? We sure learnt lots of interesting facts from the book.

The kids enjoyed reading interesting facts about elephants

In conjunction with the Happy Meal Book Programme, McDonald's will also be playing host to a series of family-oriented activities such as story-telling competition, Book Time with Ronald McDonald, and meeting with aspiring local authors. This will happen during the weekends at selected restaurants nationwide.  Besides that, participating restaurants will be thematically wrapped (theme is underwater world) to create a fun dining experience for families.

For more details on the Happy Meal Book Programme, you can visit the McDonald's Malaysia Facebook or website.

*This is a sponsored post.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant + Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven, Scotland

Throwback to our Scotland trip last year.... realised that I have not blogged about many of our dining and travel adventures. One of our favorite places in Aberdeenshire is Stonehaven. We made countless trips there as our kids love spending time at Stonehaven Beach and Harbour, as well as Dunnottar Castle. 

Since we had an excellent meal at Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant the previous year, we went back again during this trip. 

We were seated by the large picture window... and this is our view.. stunning! :) 

Bright and cheery

Complimentary bread to start

Hubby picked one of the specials for his starters, Scottish squat lobsters (£8.95). Although they required a little more effort to extract the meat, it was well worth it, as the meat was fresh and sweet.

I went for the Stonehaven Crab Cocktail (£8.50) which is served in an elegant cocktail glass. Crab mayonnaise, tomato and basil concasse, and truffled pea puree make up this delicious starter.

For mains, I immediately zeroed in on the scallop dish -  pan seared local scallops (£22.50) with cauliflower puree, samphire, black pudding bon bons, pink grapefruit and rocket dressing. This was really good - the scallops were cooked to absolute perfection and I liked the bon bons as well, crisp and flavorful.

Hubby had the curry dusted monkfish (£20.50), served with local asparagus, pea and saffron risotto, citrus oil, and sakura cress. Another beautifully done dish.

Stonehaven town from the car park

Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant is located above the Tolbooth Museum. We decided to wander around the museum since entry is free. Outside the museum, you will find these vintage hand-cranked clothes dryer (mangle).

Some vintage stuff inside... iron (my Grandma has one of those), copper pots etc.

Earlier that morning, we visited Dunnottar Castle, unfortunately weather was not very kind to us.... it was rainy and windy!

Opening times: May - Sept Tues- Sun, lunch & dinner;
                         Oct - April Wed - Sat, lunch & dinner; Sunday, lunch only
                         Lunch 12 - 2pm; Dinner 6 - 9.30pm; Sunday:Lunch 12 - 3pm

Price: Total bill approx. GBP63.65.

Location: Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant, Old Pier, Stonehaven Harbour, AB39 2JU, Scotland.

Tel: +44 1569 762287


GPS Coordinates: 56.960759, -2.202161

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Recipe: Stir Fried Pork with Chinese Mushrooms

Chinese stir fries are great when you're having a busy week. When the kids come back from school, we want to be able to cook something quick and easy and serve it within 30 minutes. 

Stir fried pork with Chinese mushrooms

I like this dish for its simplicity, yet it tastes really good. Marinating the pork in some corn starch will make the pork taste more tender. I always make sure we put in lots of mushrooms cos the kids love them.

Stir fried pork with Chinese mushrooms
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes
Serves 4

350g lean pork, thinly sliced
40g mushrooms, rehydrated and stalks removed
1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 stalks spring onion
1/2 carrot, thinly sliced
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp corn starch (corn flour)
Salt or 1 tsp chicken stock granules
2-3 spring onions, cut into 3cm lengths
1 tsp ginger wine (optional)

1. Place pork in a bowl, and add the light soy sauce and corn starch. Using your hands, mix well. Marinate for 5-10 minutes.

2. In a wok, heat the oil over high heat, then add garlic and ginger and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until the garlic is golden brown and fragrant. Then add the pork, carrot and mushrooms and stir fry for about 4-5 minutes, until pork is cooked.  Season with salt or chicken stock granules and ginger wine (if using). Then, add the spring onions and cook for further 30 seconds. Serve immediately with rice.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Celebration @ Palm Hill Cafe, Putrajaya Shangri-La

So mummies, how did you spend Mother's Day this year?

I am glad I accepted the invitation to the Mother's Day Buffet Extravaganza at Putrajaya Shangri-La. Lots of fun to be had by the whole family, and as a mum, there is nothing that gives me more pleasure than to see my kids happy and enjoying themselves.

Putrajaya Shangri-La is a luxury 5-star hotel set within a lush garden park. Palm Hill Cafe is the all-day dining restaurant, serving a range of Malaysian and International cuisine. An open-kitchen showcases the chefs preparing the sumptuous buffets and individual dishes for the diners.

For this Mother's Day exclusive event, other than the buffet spread, they have lots of exciting activities such as coloring contest, cooking demo, pony ride, clown, balloon sculpture, hand and face painting, magic show and more. There were certainly loads to keep us entertained throughout the afternoon.

We started off with the buffet spread first, while being entertained by the live band. To start, diners can choose from the array of salads, appetizers as well as cold cuts and seafood on ice. One of the most popular items is the garlic roasted whole leg of lamb. Love the medium parts of the lamb... went back for seconds.

Other highlights of the buffet for me was the nasi briyani, Indonesian spicy beef, Nestum prawns, chicken wings and curry chicken. You can also get lasagne, pizza and pasta. In between participating in the activities, we also enjoyed the various desserts, ice cream and fresh fruits on display.

Baby C enjoying her lunch :)

My plate

Cupcakes and more

 After lunch, we participated in various activities - one of them was the coloring contest for kids aged between 6-10. Meanwhile, in another part of the room, the cooking demo by Nestle Professionals was taking place whereby the participants learnt how to make 2 dishes - pan seared dory fish fillet as well as a dessert.

There were even lucky draws- with 21 prizes, including hotels stays at sister hotels (China,Maldives, KL, Abu Dhabi and Sabah) as well as MPH book vouchers. I was one of the lucky winners, walking away with RM150 worth of book vouchers.

Her finished piece

They also have an Insta print service, whereby we just had to hash tag our photos taken at Putrajaya Shangri-La and they get printed out for free.

Here is Stanley the clown, who went around making balloon sculptures for the kids. Such a friendly guy. Later on, he also did a magic show on stage which we (both kids and adults) thoroughly enjoyed.

Baby C got a unicorn painted on her hand

Magic show, very entertaining!

With my two precious

Insta Prints...

Lots of nice Insta prints and vouchers to remember the day by

Thanks Putrajaya Shangri-La for the invite, we sure had lots of fun! 

Opening times: 6.30am to 11pm daily.

Price: This Mother's Day lunch buffet was priced at RM120 nett. Children aged 6 years and below eat for free. Children aged 6-12 pay 50% of adult price.

Location: Palm Hill Cafe, Level 1, Putrajaya Shangri-La, Taman Putra Perdana Presint 1, Wilayah Persekutuan, Putrajaya, 62000, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-8887 8882


GPS Coordinates: 2.943387, 101.700251

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