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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Family Fun Never Ends with Happy Go KL Malaysia

February 14, 2019 0
If you think the Chinese New Year holidays are over (and 1 week school break) and it's back to reality again, well you aren't completely wrong; But who says that we can't continue the fun times with the family whether at work or at school?

Why So Serious?
We all have a lil child in us whether you are aware or unaware, but everyone has a lil child in them no matter how old we are. And with that in mind, don't let life take the fun out of you! You should create the fun out of life! Regardless, if we're busy at work stressing over those accounting sheets or that report due next week, or homework for tomorrow; It is important to take some time off to just spend precious moments that no amount of money can buy for you and your family; That precious bonding moments with your family filled with fun is priceless!

With Happy Go KL, I love how the moms behind this (Kirsi & Jilly) came up with this inspiring platform that allows us parents the privilege to have true fun activities with the family right here in the hearts of KL! Sometimes we run out of ideas on what to do with the family besides window shopping at malls all over KL or heading to the theme park; There's gotta be more to that than just shopping malls and theme parks right?


Thankfully for Happy Go KL, through looking up more info on it, I noticed how they are a go-to site for all parents that is just looking for more fun activities and outings for the family, especially if you have kids, this site is perfect! It gives lots of travel tips, fun hotspots, tips of nearby destinations and now they even have games that you can enjoy with the family wherever you are, even at the comfort of your own home, it can be a fun activity for everyone with the right tools.



So I decided to grab their games on-the-go like the fun and educational deck of playing cards (RM35) and also the board games that is my all-time favourite, Lizards & Ladders (a twist to the good ol' Snake & Ladders) RM70. Best decision ever if I may say. Let me tell you why!


The Fun & Educational deck of playing cards was really educational and colourful too. It has animals on every card that represents the wildlife in Malaysia so that the kids can learn the fun facts about the animals as they play with the deck of cards. It can be played in many ways than just one!


Children can enjoy it in the following :
- Snap
- Memory
- Flash Card
- Educational info reading
and more


Adults or teenagers can enjoy the deck with games such as below :
- Gin Rummy
- Last Card
- In Between
- Big 2
- Poker
and more


The Lizard & Ladders game board is created based on our Malaysian rainforest theme and we do have aplenty of Lizards from tiny ones to huge ones running about out there. What I like about this game is how it is fun to know that with the Durian support card you receive, it can either help you on winning the game or get your Durian card gobbled up by the Orangutan.



My kids love playing with the games with their own rules at their own pace of course (you can't set rules on kids, it doesn't work. Period.). But we did have some fun time together and that is the most important whether it rains or shine, we can just have fun times together anywhere!


If you'd like to know more about them, you can check them out at :
Happy Go KL

Happy Go KL Games
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

A Book Is A Gift You Can Open again and again

February 12, 2019 0
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

And this is very true. Since young, my mom always encouraged me to read a book a day. I was one who never liked to study, but my mom told me to read a book instead of just role-playing with Barbie or watching TV all day long (there was no iPads or smartphones back then). So I took her advise and look through books from my sister's room. I remember reading Archie comic books as the first ever story book I touched! However, it was just simple flipping through the pages. Then I told my mom I wanted to see what else is out there?

I remember she took me around town to find a local bookstore who rents books back then and as I was looking at the comics section, she told me to look for stories instead of comics. So I checked out Enid Blyton and that's how my storybook reading journey finally began.



Fast forward to today, I have came a long way and have my parents to thank for. Taking me to the bookstore to return the books and to rent another book to read up and repeat again and again. It was just exciting! Until these bookstores started to close down one by one. And technology started blooming as was I.

As a mom of 2 and soon-to-be 3 kids, I would definitely love them to experience life as is, like a book of wonderful journey that awaits them to start their own story.


So I've been looking online for books for my children and I found this website of My Children's Book that actually offers really affordable and a wide selection of hand-picked titles with up to 80% discounts off it's normal price because they are an online retailer that specializes in used story books for kids in Malaysia.


I love how they categorize their selection by age group and by popular categories and titles. It really shows that they have a large variety of selection to choose for. But most importantly, I can just click and wait for my books to arrive at my doorstep. I don't have to hunt down for the next upcoming book clearance fairs anymore, although the difference of the books may be of its quality such as new or used. But even at bookstores, some books have already been used on the spot itself so its really no difference, so long as it's condition is still good.


My Children's Bookstore also has a guide that explains their condition of their books as you check out their book selection range. They even show the quantity available.



Given the chance, I wouldn't mind receiving a book as a gift. Because books are like keys to very informative knowledge that you may never know what you got yourself into until you start reading it! 


Another thing that I find really useful is that each book has "More Info" that you can view to see the details of the book and its origin publisher and how many pages it consists of. Apart from that, there's also a Synopsis section where most of the books has a short caption explaining what is the book all about. But to really know what the book is truly all about is to just get it!


I gotten 9 books for my kids to learn reading for the first time on their own & also a variety for me to read them bedtime stories. Mostly is Ladybird and also Enid Blyton too!


 

The pricing is definitely reasonably affordable, and the condition are all almost as new and very good! Some other books has options to choose good or acceptable (library copy) conditions etc, which will definitely bring the price lower for sure!

Multiple payment gateway options
So if you're on a budget then why not? Afterall, as long as the book can still be read even though it may not be of fresh prints. I believe every item holds a memory in place and books that has been read, has more stories to tell, atleast it will smell like a real book would smell like! (Most book lovers can relate!)


A book can take you on many journeys at anywhere anytime and that is priceless! And my kids were equally excited to receive their books that I ordered for them!


They are now choosing which book I should read for them every night now. Atleast on the bright side, they are now following my footsteps in showing passion in reading books at a much younger age when compared with me back then.


I was expecting maybe some worn out pages or yellow stains or lots of scribble. But just look at the condition that all these books arrived in!! It looks really new, almost new! There were some with names in it but it wasn't scribbles on every page. Totally worth it!

However, the good condition ones goes out pretty fast but they have over 1,000 titles available, you will be too spoilt for choice!

Browse for more books selection at : 
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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Sizzling Succulent Burgers You Will Adore!

February 09, 2019 0
I love western food my whole life~! I can never go without indulging in western cuisines, but being in Asia, we have more than just western cuisine, we even have fusion. We are definitely blessed with an abundance of food for choice!


But my favourite is BURGERS! I grew up having Burgers for lunch after school on alternate months. I sometimes have them homemade by my dad over the weekends and at night for supper, my parents will stuff me up with burgers just so that I will grow chubby so that when I hit puberty, I will shoot up like a sprout one day and grow tall (unfortunately, am gonna debunk this MYTH, it's not true...).

Since the era of Millennials, you will see many new technology and hip and happening cafes and burger joints popping around own like mushrooms sprouting. However, being a food lover myself and exploring various cafes and burger joints, checking what's the newest and latest in town; I always seek out new flavours and the BEST burgers in town!


Today, I definitely must share this heavenly deal with all of you, because it is the best Sizzling burger I have ever eaten and it is totally worth every bite!


NY Steak Shack introduces their all-new Sizzling Lamb Burgers that will only be available from 7th January until 3rd March 2019! You definitely must come over and try their new menu during this limited time offer only because if you don't, YOU CONFIRM WILL REGRET! (Mark my words...)


The way these sizzling burgers are served, is super unique; Unlike any other burgers served out there already stacked and ready to just sink your teeth in, NY Steak Shack serves their Sizzling Lamb on their sizzling hot plate as how they used to serve their steaks with.


This gives you 2 ways (or maybe even more than 2 ways) to savour your sizzling burger! The most decent way you can eat it, which you ladies will definitely enjoy (especially if you're eating this with your "special one" and want to still look gentle) is to cut it up separately and eat it separately like eating steak politely and professionally, no mess.


The other method which any burger lover will definitely enjoy most is to D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) and stack up your own burger and just sink your teeth in it!


Separately, it tastes perfect like sizzling lamb burger ala steak mode, but I noticed that when you do that, you get full really fast and you tend to eat slower because there's alot to cut up and chew. As a burger as it is meant to be, it tastes HEAVENLY~!


The scent of the mushroom is fragrant and appetising, the cheddar cheese totally matched the lamb patty; And each burger dish consists of two (2) lamb patties totaling 200gms in weight that is grilled to perfection and served sizzling on a bed of fresh onions. What makes it perfect is the black pepper/brown sauce that is poured over the lamb patty as the sizzling hot plate sizzle the sauces right into those succulent patty.



When I placed my mushroom and cheese lamb patty onto the Oregano buns and layer it with fresh lettuce and tomato, I almost wanted to add the french fries in my burger too, but it will be too huge for me to chow down on. So I just let the fries stayed as my sides while I savour the burger by itself and it was the best burger I have ever eaten in my life (I repeated this again because it is the best!). Trust me, as a burger lover, I have tasted many burger variety out there, the famous to the not-so-famous ones to the hidden rare find gems and this is definitely one of those rare find gems worth experiencing!


Imagine a burger that you sink your teeth into, with the patty still warm and juicy and its cheese that is at its perfect melted but not too melted condition, add that with the fragrant and chewiness of the mushroom and its sauce with the black pepper/brown sauce that is infused into the lamb patty thanks to the sizzling hot plate AND the fresh lettuce and tomatoes stays intact and fresh whilst the Oregano bun is still freshly baked, soft and not soaked or drenched with the sauce at all!


And if the burger tastes so perfect, the milkshake will definitely complete your meal in seconds! Complimenting with the Sizzling Lamb Burgers at NY Steak Shack, the Funtastic Milkshakes in partnership with Nestle Ice Cream and Goodday milk, you will definitely be taken on a ride of something out-of-the-ordinary this New Year with the Cornflakes Milkshake, Peanut Butter & Banana Milkshake and Strawberry Milkshake for only RM13.80 each. It tastes really rich and pure, perfectly blended well to satisfy your thirst.


If you're not a milk-lover then don't fret! Their mocktails are the bomb as well!


I love the zesty refreshing mocktails especially when paired with my burger it makes it feel like every bite into my burger is my first bite ever! It's that amazing!


Also, don't forget their all-new Sizzling Lamb Burgers that will only be available from 7th January until 3rd March 2019 only!

Bring your family over to also indulge in their CNY Special deals where you can save up to 50%!


Also, if you are visiting NY Steak Shack this week 11th - 15th Feb 2019, join this contest to win an exclusive voucher!!


For more details visit : 
NY Steak Shack Malaysia

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Friday, 8 February 2019

The Gift of Nature with Pandan Extract

February 08, 2019 0
Sometimes I come across posts that has people asking what's the best gift to give to someone who is visiting Malaysia. There were many answers and most of it suggests souvenirs, handcrafted or embedded with our countries proud landmarks. Some even suggest to take the extra mile and get food and snacks and even give tips how to sneak them onboard without getting tracked down (especially Durian - but it's impossible unless it's Durian Dodol sweet).

However, I would say, the best is to take them to enjoy the food in Malaysia. But they can't takeaway our food back home to their country though; So how?



I recently stumbled upon this brand by Bio Nutricia Extract on it's local and naturally made products here in Malaysia and would love to share about it today.



I got myself some Pandan Leaf Extract just to see if they claim what they say it is. True enough, I was sold at the moment I received my package; I was excited to use it that I googled up recipes to make pandan delicacies with this.



Being a true Asian, we love Pandan flavoured food, snacks, beverages and desserts! I can name a few of my favourite such as the Pandan Jelly Layer Cake, Pandan Chiffon Cake, Nasi Kukus Pandan, Pandan Sticky Rice, Pandan Pancakes, Pandan Muffins, Pandan Kaya, Pandan & Lemongrass drink (this is a Thai detox tea!) and so much more!



I love how it smells so aromatically fragrant. It's unlike the other Pandan extract you regularly find over-the-shelf. This one you can really smell and taste its pure natural flavour of the fresh Pandan extract. I like how it is sodium-free and non-GMO as it is locally grown and harvested from Malaysia itself. It's beautiful green color is not artificial colouring but of its own natural Chlorophyll color. It's also high in anti-oxidants, it's cooling and relieves body heat as it is a soothing and a known alkaline beverage to consume that is healthy for everyone, even vegetarians can consume this! It even consists of natural Phytonutrient as it is grown and harvested in a preserved nature without any chemicals involved at all!


A very detailed process that has been used in extracting this precious rare find gem. Most importantly, it tastes and smells like fresh pandan extract with no chemical substances or placebo effects in the process. All you get out of using this Pandan Leaf Extract is 100% pure pandan benefit!



I made some muffins with this Pandan Extract and also Sticky Rice to be indulged with my Hainan Gula Melaka syrup and a cooling Pandan with Lemongrass beverage to cool down the body on a hot sunny day in Malaysia everyday! Enjoy the recipe and process below :


Pandan Muffin Recipe
This recipe makes 12 muffins. I love it's outcome, my kids love it too! I found this recipe also off the internet at MyMuffinLab.


Ingredients
2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cups castor sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp Bio Nutricia Extract - Pandan Leaf Extract Liquid (for baking)

Preparation Method
1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and place muffin papers in muffin tins or grease muffin tins well with butter.
2. Mix flour and castor sugar.
3. Combine milk, coconut milk, oil, egg and Pandan Leaf Extract in a separate bowl and whisk lightly.
4. Pour into flour mixture and stir with a fork until just combined. Do not overmix.
5. Spoon batter into muffin tins about 3/4 full.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned on top.
7. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out.
Enjoy.



Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe from Runaway Rice.com

From the recipe below, I swapped my toppings with Hainan Gula Melaka syrup instead. It tastes lovely after chilled! Like a sweet dessert on a hot day. I had to do a new batch because my kids finished it before I could snap pictures! Will upload them on my Instagram so stay tuned~!

Lemongrass Pandan Tea Recipe


Ingredients
Water
Pot
2 Lemongrass stalks
3 tsp Bio Nutricia Extract - Pandan Leaf Extract Liquid

Preparation Method
1. Boil water in a pot
2. Add lemongrass stalk into the water
3. Shake the Pandan Leaf Extract and then add 3 teaspoons of Pandan liquid into the boiling water
4. Stir and taste
5. If not enough you can add more pandan leaf extract, if not you can serve your beverage as is or wait for it to chill. I let it cool down and then served some to my kids then kept the balance in the fridge to consume the next day. A refreshing fragrant cooling drink during summer!
Optional : Adding honey, ginger, barley or chia seed can enrich the flavour and make it a nice and healthy drink.



Direction of use for Bakery:
Use for baking or whatever a recipe calls for a flavor. Begin with 1 tablespoon for each 8oz / 226g cup of ingredients & add more depending on desired strength required. Alternatively, can add to ice-cream, kuih-muih, jelly, cake, biscuit, jam, pudding, chocolate, bao/bun, bread, dessert, pop-corn, grazing & filing.

Dosage: 4%-8%
• 1 Tablespoon (10g) • 1 Teaspoon (4g)

Storage:Once open store in a refrigerator.
Precaution: Shake well before use. Avoid sour bitter mixture. Only blend well & enhance with sweetness.



Direction of Use for Beverage:

Measure 2 teaspoons in 250mL of hot water (to release encapsulated aroma), stir & brew for 1 minute before serving. Alternatively, can add to honey, syrup, soy, milk, coffee, latte, smoothies, coco, oat/cereal, dessert & soup.

Dosage: 2%-4%

• 1 Tablespoon (10g) • 1 Teaspoon (4g)

Storage: Once open store in a refrigerator.

Precaution: Shake well before use. Avoid sour bitter mixture. Only blend well & enhance with sweetness.

Additional tips to use the Pandan Leaf Extract by Bio Nutricia Extract :


Pandan Latte
Any type of milk will work. You can warm and foam it and a bit of honey will sweeten it if you like. Drink it hot or pour it over ice for a summer treat. Add it to your smoothie or desserts. Just 1 to 2 teaspoons should do the trick. You can just sprinkle on the top or can mix it up. The liquid will not affect the taste because it is tasteless.

I'd also have to mention that through looking up info into this, I found out why it actually smells so good after heating it up. Apparently, this Pandan Leaf Extract is made with encapsulated technology to preserve the pandan natural flavour and colour, hence a natural aroma will be released once it's heated up.

Where to get this?
Bio Nutricia Extract Website | Facebook | Instagram
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Feast For The Family with Alce Nero & 100comments

February 05, 2019 0
I've always wanted to experience joining a cooking competition that is not so hectic like those reality cooking shows on TV. And thanks to Alce Nero & 100comments my wish came true this year!


It was definitely an experience worth sharing because it's not like everyday you get to join a friendly competition with your fellow friends and synchronize together cooking dishes that can be eaten together at the end of the day!


We were at Berjaya University College of Hospitality today at Berjaya Times Square. Presented by Alce Nero, alongside with the co-sponsors, Oilum, Nutriva and EUBOS, with its media partners Natural Health magazine and 100comments we get to learn new recipes that truly emphasizes on Cooking Right, Looking Good This 2019!


I arrived on time to visit the sponsors booth in the premises to really get to know these brands up-close.


I've heard of Alce Nero since last year on social media but it was my first time seeing the product and experience cooking it today too! I like how it is organic and it's good for children too. My kids will surely love this.


We started by forming groups of 3 and me, Shermyn & Linda were in Group #1. There were 8 groups in total for the cooking competition and we had to either follow the recipe or follow the Chef's instructions for each dish.


We were tasked with 3 meals to prepare, the Appetiser, Main Course and Pastry Dessert. We had 4 hours to prepare them together and there was an additional recipe for the beverage that we were tasked to also prepare but none of us did it due to lack of time.


As we prepared to kick-start our morning, I for one am glad that I'm with my team members because knowing them as mothers themselves who also cooks for their child at home, means that even though we not be as creative as we could but we can cook food that is cooked properly and yummy to be eaten, which our kids approve.


The kitchen was really well equipped and today we were under the guidance of Chef Athira, who is the Chef Lecturer at Berjaya University College. Her instructions were clear and simple, yet, informative at the same time.


Chef Athira, first taught us how to mix the flour with the pastry ingredients from scratch by hand. And I learned that through mixing by hand, it makes the pastry much more tastier and properly mixed well enough through the crumbling method. I mimic-ed her exact methods and the outcome was really good! We got a full score of 10 for this pastry dessert because our pastry tart was really crunchy and doesn't flake easily. It was the perfect Chinese Strawberry Jam Cakes!


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CHINESE STRAWBERRY JAM CAKES
Yield: 4 servings (A Recipe by Berjaya University College & Alce Nero)

Traditionally pineapple are used but this can be replaced with strawberry Jam for this CNY all-time favourite.

Ingredients:

For the Filling:
1 (270 g) jar Strawberry jam

For the Pastry:
250 grams cake flour
60 grams icing sugar
1/4 cup fat free milk powder
1/4 cup custard powder
180 grams cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
2 egg yolks

Instructions:
1.   To make the pastry, add all ingredients except egg yolks into a food processor. Turn on and let it mix for about 2 minutes or until it becomes little balls of dough. At first the dough will turn very crumbly as your food processor breaks down the butter, but it will eventually turn soft into the little dough balls. If you want to try the recipe without egg you can just squeeze these dough balls together to form one big ball of dough. Otherwise, add egg yolks in and pulse for about 1 minute, until smooth dough forms.
2.   Scoop out 1.5 tbsp dough balls and shape between palms to form round balls. Continue until all dough is used up. Set aside.
3.   Take strawberry jam filling from the fridge. Scoop out 1 tbsp of filling and compress between palms. Filling will be sticky and wet to work with. Gently roll between palms to shape into balls. Make enough filling balls to match the dough balls.
4.   Lightly grease the inside of your mould, by brushing them with oil. You can also shape it into your liking.
5.   Take a sheet of plastic wrap and stretch over a flat surface, keeping it as smooth as possible.
I found that plastic wrap really helped to make these cakes pretty. You want the plastic wrap to be 
smooth because your dough will have creases if your plastic wrap has creases. Take one of your dough balls and place it on top of the plastic wrap. Press down with your palm until it spreads out to a thin round. You want the round to be just big enough that it will wrap over the filling. The round should be thin because the pastry is supposed to be only a thin layer of crust. However, keep the middle section of your round slightly thicker and thin out more on the edges. This way, when you bunch all the edges together to seal your pastry, the bunched edges won't become too thick, which would make one side of your cake uneven.
6.   Place a teaspoon of the strawberry jam filling ball in the middle of your round. Lift one side of plastic wrap and peel the round from that side. You should be able to easily peel it off and the bottom side of the round should be completely smooth. Lift round completely from plastic wrap and then cover your pineapple filling with the dough, sealing the edges on top, attempting to smooth them as much as possible.
7.   Place your square mould on top of the plastic wrap. Place your dough ball inside the square, with the bunch up ends side facing up, smooth side faces down. Carefully push and spread your ball until it spreads out completely across the square mould. It may take a few tries to get the hang of it. The dough should fit completely inside the mould. Try to smooth the surface of the dough as much as possible. Flip over. The underside of your dough should look nearly completely smooth and should fill the entire square mould.
8.   Place mould, with the smooth side facing up, on a baking sheet lined with silicone mats or parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350°F. While your oven is heating up, finish making the rest of your strawberry cakes.
9.   Bake for about 25 minutes or until the tops turn a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. After about 15 minutes, gently push the cakes out the moulds. You can eat immediately or wait for them to finish cooling. Store any uneaten ones in an airtight container at room temperature.

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We were then taught to make Italian Seafood Laksa with the Alce Nero Spaghetti from scratch. Making the paste from scratch within a certain time frame was really challenging. Even cutting up all the raw ingredients for the paste was a challenge in itself!



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ITALIAN SEAFOOD LAKSA
Yield: 4 servings (A Recipe by Berjaya University College & Alce Nero)

Ingredients:
24 raw tiger prawns
500 g fresh mussels with shell (approximately 6-7 pcs)
110 g Alce Nero organic spaghetti
400 ml Ayam Brand coconut milk
50 g shelled, unsalted macadamia nuts or peanuts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
50 g piece of cucumber, peeled
110 g beansprouts, cleaned
Juice of 1 lime
A small bunch of fresh basil, stalks discarded and leaves roughly shredded A small bunch of fresh mint, stalks discarded and leaves roughly shredded Sea salt to taste


For the paste:
3 medium red chillies, deseeded and chopped
1 dessert spoon dried shrimp paste
4 shallots, peeled
2 stems of lemon grass, trimmed and outer layer removed, stems chopped
A small piece of fresh galangal or root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 dessert spoon ground turmeric

Instructions:
1.   Prepare the seafood. Peel the prawns, then run the point of a small, sharp knife along the back of each one and remove any black threads that may be present. Set aside. Scrub the mussels under cold running water and remove any barnacles and pull off the little hairy
'beards'. Discard any mussels that are broken or don't close when given a sharp tap with a knife.
2.   Cook the spaghetti al dente and drain the pasta in a colander when they are ready, rinse in cold water and set aside.
3.   To prepare the paste, place all the paste ingredients, plus a tablespoon of water, into a blender or the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Now place the macadamias or peanuts in a medium saucepan and dry-roast over a medium heat until golden brown, then remove to a plate. Add the oil to the same pan and, when warm, add the prepared paste and cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir, then leave to simmer gently for 10 minutes.
4.   Meanwhile, cut the cucumber into four slices lengthwise, then cut each into four long strips.
Set aside.
5.   Roughly chop the toasted nuts.
6.   When the coconut-milk mixture is ready, add the spaghetti, cucumber, three-quarters of the beansprouts and the lime juice. Now season to salt, with taste, then bring back to a simmer, add the prawns and mussels and cook for 3-5 minutes – the prawns should turn a pretty pink colour and all the mussels should open. Discard any mussels that don't open during cooking. Now add half the shredded herbs, then mix the remaining herbs with the chopped nuts. Finally, ladle the laksa into four deep bowls, then sprinkle over the remaining beansprouts and the herb mixture

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The 3rd dish was the Tri-Color Asian Pasta Salad that was pretty easy to do which we had to complete it in 15 minutes! Also because my team members Shermyn & Linda was busy preparing the Italian Seafood Laksa and doing the last finishes for the Chinese Strawberry Jam Cakes, so I took up the challenge and went for this recipe and kinda improvised at the last second because we lacked certain ingredients like green capsicum. So I replaced it with a refreshing cucumber (without the insides) and added chicken stock powder for an enhanced flavour which I personally love how it tastes myself.



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TRI-COLOR ASIAN PASTA SALAD
Yield: 4 servings (A Recipe by Berjaya University College & Alce Nero)

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked Alce Nero organic fusilli tricolore pasta
2 large carrots, cut into 1-inch strips
1 cup snow peas, halved
2 green onions with tops, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, thinly sliced

Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Alce Nero Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:
1.   Cook fusilli according between 8 to 12 minutes. Test dry pasta for doneness after about 4 minutes of cooking by tasting it. Drain and rinse in cold water.
2.   Place the pasta in a large bowl; add carrots, peas, onions and red pepper. Set aside.
3.   In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
4.   Optional: You may add “Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Water”, drained to the pasta for added twist to this summer favourite.

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During the judging by Nathan Deverre, Strategic Marketing Advisor of Ayam Brand Malaysia (Brand : Alce Nero) and Chef Athira, Chef Lecturer at Berjaya University College; Each of our dish will receive a score and also remarks from the judges and the total score will be the Top 3 winning group.

Chinese Strawberry Jam Cakes : Scored a Perfect 10
Tri-Color Asian Pasta Salad : Scored 7
Italian Seafood Laksa : Scored 6
Total Score : 23
Even though we didn't win but we knew that ours tastes the most delicious because everything was well cooked and it was made with lots of motherly love by 3 moms! The only thing we lack in is creativity. "Moms will be moms." Sometimes a good meal don't have to be overly creative as long is it tastes and feels good from the inside out. Even a dish that looks good doesn't entirely means it's cooked or tasty. And through this judging event, it was true, that some had amazing creativity but the prawns were uncooked and whatnot's. BUT it's not about comparing who is the best cook here, I believe the true essence of this event is how we bond with our team members during a short period of time and come up with something together as one. This moment is more precious than any cooked or uncooked food, it's something that money can't buy. It's priceless moments spent together in synchronization.


And thanks to the super quick and clear cut instructions from watching Chef Athira teaches us how to make the Tri-Color Asian Pasta Salad; I went home that day and cooked that dish for my family that night with the Alce Nero Tri-Color Pasta. I changed the ingredients because I didn't have capsicums at home, hence, I used diced onions, potatoes and tomatoes with Tuna in Brine (without the Brine) and Mayonnaise. It came out perfect! I added a dash of Nutriva Premium Nutritional Yeast Flakes (which I bought at their booth today) as garnishing and it really enhanced the flavour way better than an ordinary chicken stock powder!


The 4th recipe that we couldn't make it in time was the beverage where I would probably make it at home instead.

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GINGER SPICED APPLE CIDER COOLER
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients :
1 tablespoon Organic Apple Vinegar-unfiltered
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoon honey @ to taste
2 cups of cold water
A pinch of salt

Instructions:
1.   Mix together and serve cold or with ice cubes

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Have fun cooking!

Alce Nero Malaysia

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