Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Steamed Chicken Rice aka "Nasi Tim Ayam" the easy way

Both Chris and I growing up eating this dish. Indonesians call this: "Nasi Tim Ayam" The original process involved steaming the rice in the steamer until cook but it's too long for an impatient cook like me so I tweak the process a little bit.

First: saute the ingredients and rice in a pan  

Then place them inside a rice cooker. Add the broth and water then press the cook button on your rice cooker. A few minutes (depends on how long your rice cooker cooks) later it's ready to be eaten.

Eat it just as is or with soup.

Steamed Chicken Rice aka "Nasi Tim Ayam"
Printable Recipe
1 part of chicken meats (I prefer thigh but you can use breast if you prefer white meat), cut into small cubes
2 chinese sausages, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 ounce of mushroom, I use either portabello or brown mushroom, sliced
1/2 inch slice of ginger
2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
3 cups of rice
1 can of chicken stock
2.5 cups of water
Fried shallot of garnish.

Heat the pan, when the pan is hot, add the oil, when the oil is hot, add butter, mushroom, and garlic.

Sauté until the mushroom is half cooked then add the chicken meats and sausage.

Once the meat is cooked, add the rice, and the rest of the sauces: soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil.

Place them inside a rice cooker. Add chicken stock and water. Press the cooking button on your rice cooker.

Then a few minutes later, the rice is ready to be eaten.

If you prefer, you can place the cooked rice in a bowl, then flip the bowl into a plate just as if you eat the traditional steamed chicken rice.


The Everyday Tote

Since the burglar took my old purse and bag (picture below), I had been looking for replacement bag that can fit a regular size folder, 15 inch laptop, and books.

I couldn't find one that I like and fit my budget so I thought I should try to make one myself. I made it and was pretty happy with it until Chris pointed out that the faux leather wasn't lining up perfectly. It doesn't bother me so much so I am still using it but it was a good feedback. I made another one for a dear friend of mine.

The inside: polka dots lining, large pocket for small things like keys, pen, lip balm, etc and magnetic button for closure.

I made the handle long enough so it can be hung over the car's head rest
It is not perfect but I like the fact that it's useful, practical, light, and can be thrown in the washer. Yayyy!!!

PS: Last sale of heating pads before Christmas: http://cherishedgoods.bigcartel.com enter DEC31 code for Free Shipping with minimum order of $30 . Offer expires on December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Introducing: Cherished Goods

A few years ago, I learned how to make rice heat pads to warm up my feet during cold nights. Since then, my boys and I use them every.single.day during cold winter months. I then started making these as gifts to friends and family. Some of them asked if I would sell it so they can have more than one.

Inspired by a book written by TOMS' founder: Start Something that MattersCherished Goods was born.

Now that my boys are a little bit older, more independent, and can help out. I thought it’s time to start creating and giving.
 My goal is to create useful, practical, and lovely cherished goods that bring smile and make a difference in people life starting with these microwavable rice heating pads. 

Each one is made with 100% soft cotton flannel fabric and filled with rice, lavender flowers, and eucalyptus essential oil.

PS: During the month of December with each item you purchase, you are also providing a warm meal for homeless men, women, or children in our local community.

All items are shipped priority mail, which takes on average 3-4 business days to arrive.

We only make limited numbers of these. So grab some while it last!

Go here to order your feet warmer or multi-purpose heating pads.

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Home Tour: The Living/ Family/ Learning Room

It's hard to take picture of our living room not because the amount of light but because it is the most used room in the house so it's under constant chaos. Until last Saturday when the boys were out playing I got chance to tidy up and took some pictures.

I got the vinyl wall art from DaySpring.

Kids' study corner:

The abacus from IKEA. You can print the number chart here. Both are very useful tools for learning basic math.

Just for your information the room is never this clean and organized. In fact, it's back to its usual condition in less than 30 minutes.

This bookcase works as shoe racks, socks, and mail holder.

the bookcase that hold everything from homeschooling books, toys, frames, accessories, and a fish tank.

The island, which was extended to the kitchen.

That's it. Hope you enjoy the tour so far.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What I buy at Asian Supermarket and what I cook with them

I go to Asian Supermarkets every 2 to 3 weeks to buy things that I cannot find at Farmer Market or Costco.  I like to get the meat from Japanese or Korean Supermarket, where they sell better quality in smaller quantity. For sauces and other Asian foods, I usually get at Chinese Supermarket, which usually offer better price.

 The pictures below are from multiply trips so pardon the double pictures of some ingredients.

1. Dried Seaweed for soup
2. Shallots
3. Garlic
4. Haiga Rice: the middle ground between white and brown rice.
5. Condensed milk for Cold Brew Coffee
6. Tomatoes Sauce for Red Soup, Spaghetti or Lasagna
7. Rice Seasoning to make sushi
8. Sambal Oelek to make Chili Prawn
9. Anchovies, I started buying this after reading Vicky's post here. I usually add this on stir-fry dishes as flavor enhancer.
10. Green Papaya to make papaya salad

The meats {from Japanese Supermarket}

1. Pork Ribs for Bak Kut Teh or Bak Kut Cola
2. Ground Pork for Fried Meatballs, Fried Wonton, Mapo Tofu, or other stir fry dishes
3. Ground Beef for Meatloaf
4. Beef Shank: I use this for beef soup/ stew: Daikon SoupBeef Bourguignon
5. Chicken for any chicken dishes such as Lemongrass ChickenWorcestershire ChickenKalasan ChickenHainan Chickenor Teriyaki Chicken
6. Beef Bones for soup broth

1. Sesame Sweet Rice Dumpling
2. Bananas
3. Picked Sour Mustard and Marinated Bean Curd for stir frying
4. Tofu for Mapo Tofu
5. Chayote for Sweet Sour Soup
6. Beef Shank

1. Dumplings: hubby's breakfast on weekend.
2. Bread to eat with homemade jam
3. Meatballs for soup
4. Fried tofu also for soup
5. Pho noodles for Vietnamese Beef Noodle
the rest are the same as above

1. Ginger Drink
2. Peanut Sauce for Indonesian Salad, Chicken Satay, or Siomay Sauce
3. Dried Bean curd Sticks for soup
the rest are the same as above

and the sauces:

1. Soy Sauce
2. Fish Sauce
3. Chinese Wine
4. Sesame Oil
5. Oyster Sauce

1. Cooked Dried Pork to eat with rice or bread
2. Hot & Sweet Chili Sauce
3. Sweet Soy Sauce
4. Black Vinegar
5. Sweet Chili Sauce

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thankful List 2014

Every year, The Frugal Girl shares her Thankful List. Every time I read it, I am reminded to take the time to list down my own. 

I am thankful for:

1. God, His love, grace, and mercy to me.  

2. The blessing of family

3. God's Words, which comfort, challenge, change and water my soul

4. Friends, old and new. I shared this on Facebook on my birthday:
Casual friendship begins when one introduce oneself and begin a conversation. Real friendship begins when one take take the risk and initiative to invite other into their life and they begin the messy beautiful journey of getting to know each other, accepting, understanding, giving, receiving, helping, respecting, appreciating, apologizing, forgiving, trusting, caring, and loving. I am grateful for many messy beautiful friendship.

5. My opposite, handy, diligent, God-fearing husband.

6. My sweet, joyful, curious Max

7. After posting the above picture, I am also reminded to give thanks for this gentle, God-loving teacher and mentor.

8. My helpful, silly, and energetic Wes

9. The close relationship they have with each other

10. The chance to travel and explore this beautiful world God created

11. Food and the joy of cooking, eating, and sharing them with others

12. My sewing machine and the ability to sew some pretty and useful things with it.

13. Our home sweet home

14. We have been careful and prayerful in prioritizing and choosing any extracurricular activities so far besides the weekly class with other homeschooler, Max has Taekwondo and Chinese School, which he loves and always looking forward to go to. I am grateful for loving teachers and friends.

15. Instagram
As with activities, I am careful before adding anything on my plate including social media. After resisting for a while, I thought Instagram would be a good tool to record my 1000 gifts and it works.

16. Good Books and the library. I don't know how we can afford my and Max's addiction to books without library.

17. The privilege to be home and teach my kids and the joy of seeing them grow, acquiring new skills, and learning new things.

18. Farmer Market, where we got our fresh non-pesticide  produce

19. The fact that we are safe and unharmed from the burglary. Money and stuff can be replaced. It sure teaches us not to take things for granted.

20. The Body of Christ/ the church.  We are grateful for our home church. It's not perfect but it's where we are called to love, grow, and serve together. We are also blessed to live nearby a wonderful church, where we got to know some wonderful people and the kids got to join some of their children program. This year we are blessed to join a homeschool class at another great church. The body of Christ is amazing.

21. My kitchen tools, which make cooking and baking so much easier.

22. Online recipes, which enable me to experiment and cook different dishes. I cook with recipes and cannot cook without one. One of the reasons I post my recipes was so that I can look it up easily whenever I have to cook or go grocery shopping.

23. My small patio garden

24.  Our health.

25. Running water, electricity, and working appliances.

26. The ministries of many wonderful non profit organization that serve those in need.

27. And I am thankful for you for reading, commenting, and sending encouraging messages.

My prayer to you this Thanksgiving is that you got to "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him!" Psalm 34:8 

Related Posts:
Thankful List 2013
Thankful List 2012
Thankful List 2011
Blessing in 2010 - I didn't write Thankful list that year but I wrote about a one important lesson I learned that year.
Thankful List 2009