Cooking Again

My mum sent me the biggest box of goodies for Hari Raya but it came just a day late of my lunch party. There is enough food there to last us many months. Thanks so much for the food, Umi!
Umi's Package

She included these pre-packed ketupat or rice cubes. You just drop the individual packets of rice in boiling water and cook it for an hour or so. It tastes just as good as those made traditionally – wrapped in woven palm leaves. I was really impressed! So delicious with sayur lodeh and soto ayam.
Ketupat & Sayur Lodeh

So that spurred me to bake kueh tart or pineapple tarts, which is a must when celebrating Hari Raya. I’ve never made them before on my own. I’ve helped my aunt in the past when I was little but that was limited to putting the tiny pastry embellishments on them!

I found this recipe on the internet but be warned. Once you have visited My Kitchen Snippets, you would want to make all her recipes! Anyway, my kueh tart turned out beautiful! I even made the pineapple jam from scratch. First pineapples of the season and it was so sweet and juicy! Richard said it was the best kueh tart he’s ever had. (*ahem… please note he’s only had about two types in Singapore.)
Kueh Tart aka Pineapple Tarts

I didn’t need the pineapple juice for the recipe and I had a whole glassful from just one small pineapple. We weren’t pineapple juice fans but we are now pineapple cordial fans! I love this recipe and I know I’ve shared the link before but if you haven’t tried making homemade cordial yet, you should! That one glass of fresh pineapple juice gave us a week’s worth of pineapple cordial.
Pineapple Cordial

Today I took the day off. Richard found out yesterday that he has burst one of his disc in the middle of his back. I spent the day cooking and cleaning so he can rest. As a treat, I baked Applesauce Muffins and oh my god! I’m drooling just thinking about them. Soooo moist, light and not sickly sweet. The cream cheese frosting makes them decadent. Really, really good.
Applesauce Muffins
I think I’ll go have another right now. Have a good week everyone!


10 Responses to “Cooking Again”

  1. Team Knit ! says:

    ooh, those are a lot of delicious looking treats! I’ve never even heard of pineapple jam, but it looks amazing. and so do those applesauce muffins! yum.

    – Julie

  2. Salihan says:

    Hey Julie! The pineapple jam is really simple to make. And you MUST try the applesauce muffins! I ate 4 of them yesterday! 😛

  3. Norpipah says:

    Your A1 for Home Economics is not wasted after all.

  4. Salihan says:

    Hehe… it was not wasted at all. 🙂

  5. Wati says:

    That muffin looks really cute!

  6. Salihan says:

    Hehe… thanks Wati. P.S. Roy would love the muffin!

  7. Erna says:

    My family sent up the instant ketupat and some kuihs too. We had the second celebration with the in-laws and some friends and it went well. I did beef satay with the kuah, soto ayam with bergedil, samosa and kuih serimuka. The friends asked us about Ramadan and Eid and we had a chance to tell them the signifance of the 2 events. Where do you get the kuih tart acuan from? I made some but it was those gulung type. Yours look soooo good!

  8. Salihan says:

    Oh Erna! You really made a big effort! What a feast you made! We should really spend Hari Raya together one year. Imagine the food we’ll both cook up!

    For the kuih tart, I used a small metal cookie cutter which has the little rounded edges around it. Bought it from one of the cheap Reject Shop kind of shops. And I used the base of the small plastic medicine measuring cups (available at any pharmacy) to make the indentation where the pineapple jam sits. Hehe… improvised kueh tart acuan!

  9. Erna says:

    that reall was an improvised kuih tart! I must try it one day when I’m free. Yes we should have a get together and celebrate Raya together.We’ll have a feast! Who knows next year? Insha’Allah 🙂

  10. Teresa Foo says:

    Yum! Those are some delicious food there!!! I have not been much in the cooking/baking/crafting mood. Hopefully I’ll be in it soon to make more stuff like you!!! ^_^ Hope Richard gets better soon!!!

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