Nasi Goreng Recipe

Rice is something that we always have at home, whether uncooked and stored in the pantry, or cooked and on the kitchen counter top or dining table. There’s usually a pot of steamed rice in the kitchen, waiting to be devoured at the next meal. But steamed rice can become a bit boring sometimes, so occasionally, we’d have something different, like Nasi Goreng.

Nasi Goreng is a very popular Indonesian dish. It is fried rice mixed with a bit of meat or veggies, so it can be a complete meal by itself, especially when seasoned perfectly.  If you have cold cooked (not freshly cooked) rice in the house, that would be perfect for this dish, and if you have some bits of veggies in the fridge, you can prepare this dish for tonight’s dinner.

(Note: I’ve added a few substitution ideas, in case you do not have the fresh ingredients on hand, but have the preserved versions in your pantry.)

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NASI GORENG

INGREDIENTS:
Olive oil
4 eggs, beaten lightly
1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
25g ginger, finely chopped (or a generous dash of ground ginger)
2 long red chillies, chopped (or a dash of ground cayenne pepper, to taste)
200g chicken fillet, sliced 1 inch squares or short strips
1 chicken cube
A handful of oyster mushrooms (or 184g can of champignon pieces and stems)
1/2 green capsicum, chopped coarsely
1/2 red capsicum, chopped coarsely
200g fresh baby corns, chopped coarsely (canned version will also do)
4 cups (cold) steamed jasmine rice
2 cups bean sprouts
3 green onions, sliced thinly
3 tablespoons soy sauce (or adjust to taste)
2 tablespoons kecap manis (or adjust to taste)

PROCEDURE:
In a wok, heat oil. Add egg to make a thin omelette. When cooked, remove omelette and let cool.

Saute brown onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Add chicken and chicken cube, and stir fry until chicken is cooked. Add mushrooms, capsicums and corn and cook until tender.

Add rice, bean sprouts, green onion, soy sauce and kecap manis. Stir fry.

Cut omelette into strips. Add omelette strips to the mixture in the wok. Mix well. Remove from heat and serve hot.

Chicken Pasta Soup

A friend of mine makes this lovely chicken pasta soup and posts it online for others to salivate on. It always looks so irresistibly good, so I decided it was time to cook some at home too. After all, a nice bowl of delicious soup fresh from the stove is always good to have these cold winter nights.

Because this soup has meat, veggies and pasta in it, you can eat it by itself and it’s a complete meal. The first few times I made this, I cooked a lot. But as is common with pasta dishes, it’s always not so great anymore if you try to reheat it for the next meal. The pasta is already soggy or bloated, and the soup has mostly disappeared. So, recently, I came up with an idea on how to enjoy this dish for more than 1 mealtime, without compromising the pasta.

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CHICKEN PASTA SOUP

2 cups chicken fillet, skin removed and cut to cubes
8 cups of water
Dash of salt

4 tablespoons butter
1 brown onion, minced
6 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
1 large carrot, diced
3 stalks celery, minced
1 cup ham, chopped
1 chicken cube
Boiling water
1 ½ cups chopped cabbage (optional)

225g elbow macaroni (can be substituted with any similar pasta)
1½ cup thick cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Grated/shredded cheese (optional topping)

Instructions:

Heat water in a pot. Add chicken and salt. Let boil until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

While the chicken is cooking, melt butter in a separate pan. Sauté onion and garlic until they are cooked, then add carrot, celery and cabbage. Cook for about 3 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pot once cooked, but let the pot remain on the stove. Cook pasta in the same water and pot for 10 minutes.

Quickly shred cooked chicken into strips. Add chicken, ham and chicken cube into the pan with the veggies. Cook for 2 minutes.

When the pasta is almost cooked, carefully add the veggie-chicken mixture into the pot containing the pasta. Stir well.

Add cream, salt and pepper into the soup. Cook for about 2 minutes. Be careful not to get the pasta overcooked. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with grated cheese on top.


It’s best to eat this soup in one sitting, otherwise the pasta will absorb the soup and become bloated and dry by the next meal time.

However, if you are time or energy poor (as many of us are) and wish to prepare this soup for two meals, but don’t want to compromise the quality of the cooked pasta, prepare the dish as is, BUT cook only half of the pasta required. Then, add only half of the veggie-chicken mixture and cream to the cooking pasta, reserving the other half for the next meal.

For the next meal, boil the remaining pasta, then add the reserved half of the veggie-chicken mixture when the pasta is almost cooked. Add the remaining cream and season according to taste.

Sharing Time Talks For September 2018

Here are short talks that you can use for Sharing Time in Primary for the month of September:


Week 1: Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:40. One of the principles that Jesus Christ taught while he lived on Earth is Service. The Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He performed many miracles and eventually gave His own life to Atone us from our sins. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve.

Service is an act of faith and a nurturer of faith. When we serve others, we show our love and faith in the Lord. The more we serve, the more our compassion towards our fellowmen increases and our testimonies grow, too. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “We are happier and more fulfilled when we act and serve for what we give, not for what we get.” When we give unselfish service, we find true joy and happiness, increasing our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and strengthening our relationship with Him.


Week 2:  Prophets and apostles show us how to serve.

The scripture cited many instances how prophets served the Lord. In the Old Testament, the book of Exodus 2:16-17 showed the simple act of service done by Moses.

I quote:

“16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.”

Moses was also the one who had brought the children of Israel out from bondage by dividing the Red Sea through the power of God (1 Nephi 17:24-29).

In Mosiah 2:12-19, it was also stated how King Benjamin, a righteous king, served his people. In verse 12 he said, “ I say unto you that as I have been suffered to spend my days in your service, even up to this time, and have not sought gold nor silver nor any manner of riches of you;”.

These prophets are just two of the many who taught us the right way in serving our fellowmen – that is, not to expect something in return but to give and labor with full willingness of heart and love.


Week 3 & 4: When I serve others, I serve God.

“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

This is one of the famous verse in the Book of Mormon that is found in Mosiah 2:17. It is taught that when serve others, we serve the Lord. Some may ask, “How is that possible?”

Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf answered that question in his talk last May 2010. He said that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are His hands. As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart. Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result.

If we are His hands, should we not do the same?

Being a true disciple of Jesus Christ is allowing ourselves to be His instruments in building up the Kingdom of Heavenly Father here on earth. Therefore, when we do good to others, we are doing what Jesus Christ would do – a strong evidence of our faith and service to Him.


 

Know Your Ingredient – Borage

Borage

General Description

A type of herb with edible leaves that is native to the Mediterranean region. Its seed is also cultivated commercially for extraction of borage seed oil. It grows up to 60-100 cm tall. This is also known as “starflower”.

Nutrients and Health Benefits

Borage is the highest plant-source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which is a type of fatty acid. Its seed oil contains stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid and nervonic acid, which are vital supplements for our body.

Medical Use

This herb is used to treat hyperactive gastrointestinal (cramps, colic, diarrhea), cardiovascular (hypertension) and respiratory (bronchitis and asthma) disorders. It can also help in correcting urinary problems.

Culinary Use

Borage can be used a fresh vegetable. It has a cucumber-like taste which makes it fit for making salads or garnish. The flowers are also edible which are often used as cake toppers or decorations. They can also be made into sweet syrups.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 3 and 4)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 3rd and 4th week of August 2018 is “Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 3 and 4 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Italian Desserts

So, you’re planning a party with an Italian influence. What are you having for desserts?

To help you out, here are some of the well known Italian desserts. And nope, you just won’t be able to stop your mouth from watering, so you might as well get some tissues. 🙂

Gelato

Image by By Filipe Fortes from New York, United States

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, so this should be a hit at kiddie parties. In traditional Italian style, though, a gelato is a soft ice cream with at least 3.5% butterfat and contains a small amount of air. Milk, cream and sugar are the main ingredients of this cold sweet.

 Spumoni

Spumoni, as you can guess from the photo, is another ice cream sort of Italian dessert. But what makes it distinct is that it is made of layers of various flavors and colors of ice cream and also contains nuts and candied fruits. Pistachio, cherry and chocolate or vanilla are the most common flavors combined to make spumoni.

 Panna Cotta

Image from Toscana City Centre website

Panna cotta means ‘cooked cream’ and it is so because this dish is composed of thick cream, honey and egg white. With careful monitoring of time and temperatures, this dish could indeed taste like cooked cream. Later versions of panna cotta contain gelatin. This yummy pudding can be served with fruits and syrup.

Cannoli

Image by William Meppem

 Cannolo is the singular form of this word, which means “little tube” in Sicilian language. In plural form, they’re called cannoli. They’re made of tube-shaped pastry dough with a creamy filling (usually with ricotta content). They’re often served dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Semifreddo

Semifreddo means “half cold”.  Most often, it is made by combining equal parts of ice cream and whipped cream, which gives it a similar consistency to a frozen mousse.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 2)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 2nd week of August 2018 is “Heavenly Father wants me to pray to Him often—anytime, anywhere.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 2 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board, with some samples of answers the kids might give to the question given:

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Also, if you need short talks for the children (in case they forget to prepare their talks or if the assigned child is absent) in Primary, feel free to use these talks HERE for this month.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

Families Can Be Together Forever (words only)
Families Can Be Together Forever (with visuals)
A Happy Family (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (words only)
Teach Me To Walk In The Light (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 

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Lemon Slice Recipe

Someone once said “When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade.”

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But in case you don’t feel like having some lemonade, you can also consider making a yummy lemon slice. This is one of the desserts I prepared for a recent birthday celebration.

LEMON SLICE

Ingredients:
(For the bottom layer)
150 g salt-reduced butter
1/2 t vanilla essence
1/4 c caster sugar
1 T cornflour
1 1/3 c plain flour
Icing sugar

(For the top layer)
4 eggs
1/3 c plain flour
3/4 c caster sugar
2/3 c lemon juice

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 160 deg C.

Prepare the bottom layer by melting butter in a bowl. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well. Sift the flours on the mixture, then stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Set aside.

Line pan with baking paper. Transfer the bottom layer mixture to the pan. Spread it evenly and press to compact. Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the top layer by whisking eggs, flour and sugar until smooth. Add lemon juice and continue whisking.

Pour the top layer mixture over the cooked bottom layer. Bake for 20 more minutes and let it cool in the pan. Dust with icing sugar, slice and serve.

Sharing Time – August 2018 (Week 1)

The Primary Sharing Time topic for the 1st week of August 2018 is “The scriptures teach me how to pray.”

Here are a few free printables to help you out with this lesson. All you got to do is print and cut them.  Here is the PDF containing all the printables and I hope you enjoy them.

Download PDF of August 2018 Week 1 lesson printables (8.5″ x 11″)

Here is how they might look like on the board:

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Also, if you need short talks for the children (in case they forget to prepare their talks or if the assigned child is absent) in Primary, feel free to use these talks HERE for this month.

Printable flip charts for some of the songs you might want to choose for August:

A Child’s Prayer (words only)
A Prayer (words only)
Family Prayer (words only)
Family Prayer (with visuals)

More printable flip charts for selected Primary songs and church hymns are available HERE.

 


 

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Recycled Furniture Ideas

There is a lot of campaign going on around the world for recycled stuff. Recycling is often, if not always, a great idea. Not only does it save you money, but it also challenges your creativity and best of all, it’s the more earth-friendly option.

When it comes to furniture, we can’t deny the fact that many furniture pieces are often pricey, most especially for those with tight budgets. If you are a creative soul, you might entertain the idea of recycling another man’s trash and turn it into your treasure.

Here are some of what others recycled and came up with:

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Cardboard sofa
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Living room furniture made from old oil barrels
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Garden hose chair
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Pallet living room furniture
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Luggage chair
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Truck bed
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Bicycle bar stools
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Recycled car part seat