Tauhu Telor (Indonesian Tofu Omelette)

img_7512Originating from Java, Indonesia, Tauhu Telor is humble food that’s meatless and packed with protein; tofu, eggs, sticky soy sauce are the main ingredients.  The tofu omelette is usually fried in a tall stainless steel basket but you can make the omelette any shape you like with egg rings or a muffin pan.  I found my frying basket at Daiso.  The important stuff is the veggies and sticky sweet sauce.

This is a must-order at every Indonesian restaurant.  Served as an appetizer but you’ll find yourself having to resist another serving or you won’t have room for the main course.  And I wouldn’t blame you!  It’s hard to resist!

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Tauhu Telor
(Indonesian Tofu Omelette)
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Ingredients
:: 1/2 block tofu, drain liquids
:: 5 eggs 🥚
:: 1 cup beansprouts, blanched
:: Carrots, julienned 🥕
:: Cucumber, julienned
:: Crushed peanuts 🥜
:: Indonesian kecap manis. ABC Brand 👍🏻. It’s a sticky thick sweet soy sauce. Great for dipping egg rolls and frying rice.
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Instructions
:: In a bowl, beat eggs. Add tofu and mash into medium chunks.
:: Fry omelette as usual, or use egg rings or bake in muffin tin.
:: Top omelette with julienned cucumber and carrots.
:: Garnish with crushed peanuts.
:: Drizzle with sweet sticky caramelizrd soy sauce. And I won’t blame you for over pouring it! 😋
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Enjoy! #nopassportrequired today. ✈️

 


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Criterias for Pricing Your Home

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When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.

  1. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.
  2. Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available.
  3. Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.
  4. Features and upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles.
  5. Sale types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they’d receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.

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Must-Have Tools For New Homeowners

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When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.

  1. Cordless drill. A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month
  2. Drain cleaners. Shower and bathroom sink drains are susceptible to clogs because of the daily buildup of hair and whisker clippings. You can use chemical clog removers like Drano, but they’re expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. Instead, buy some plastic drain cleaners that can reach into the drain to pull out the clog of hair and gunk. You can purchase them on Amazon or at a local hardware store for a low price.
  3. Shop-vac. No matter how careful you are, spills and accidents will happen and there are some tasks that just can’t be handled with paper towels or a standard vacuum, like pet messes or broken glass.
  4. Loppers. Even the minimum amount of care for your landscaping will require some loppers to remove damaged branches, vines, thick weeds, and any other unruly plants in your yard.
  5. Flashlight. You’re going to want something a little more powerful than your iPhone flashlight when you’re in the crawlspace!

Create A Pet Evacuation Plan

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An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

Buttermilk+Panko Fried Green Tomatoes

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It’s fridge randoms night.  The night before we start a new week of groceries and meal planning.  Tonight we have an adult version of a childhood menu.

Lemon Parsley Pasta 🍋 with Breaded Fish🐟, Buttermilk Panko Green Tomatoes 🍅 and a Lemon Herb Dressing. 🌿

Lemon Parsley Pasta (the lazy way)
:: Place some olive oil, parsley flakes and 2 lemon slices or lemon pepper in the pan.
:: Heat pan.
:: Add cooked pasta.
:: Toss till combined and fragrant.
:: Salt and pepper to taste.
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Buttermilk Panko Green Tomatoes
:: 1 bowl of buttermilk (or egg)
:: 1 bowl of Panko with 2 tsp flour
:: Green tomato slices
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:: Dip one tomato slice at a time in buttermilk, then panko mix.
:: Pan or deep fry until golden brown.
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What’s for dinner at your home tonight?

 


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Before You Move In…

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Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

Change the locks

Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.

Steam clean the carpets

It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.

Call an exterminator

Prior to move-in, you probably haven’t spent enough time in the house to get a view of any pests that may be lurking. Call an exterminator to take care of any mice, insects, and other critters that may be hiding in your home.

Clean out the kitchen

If the previous occupants wanted to skip on some of their cleaning duties when they moved out, the kitchen is where they probably cut corners. Wipe down the inside of cabinets, clean out the refrigerator, clean the oven, and clean in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.


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Breakfast for Dinner

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What’s breakfast for dinner call?  It’s Brinner!  Never heard of it?  I had to look it up too.

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Moving rise-and-shine favorites to the evening time slot felt both fun and indulgent, in an elegant yet whimsical way, especially when I’m eating in the soft glow of Summer’s sunset.  If I am dining with a friend, I would make a side salad.. ooo that would really be a meal without any effort, right?  But for just moi, I kept things really simple with just sour cream, smoked salmon and a dash of pepper.

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Strawberries, Almonds and Pea Sprouts Salad

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Roses 🌹 are beautiful,
Chocolates 🍫 are thoughtful.
French crepes are delightful and
Salads can be #artful! 😍

If you are hosting Mother’s Day brunch this weekend, consider this a stand-out dish to complete the #brunch table.

Juicy #strawberries 🍓, peppery #pea#sprouts 🌱, delicate sliced #almonds and #sweetpeas go really well together. The #flavors are extraordinary, and the colors so pretty, too. 😋

If you cannot find pea sprouts, you can use baby #arugula. Both veggies are similar in size and have a peppery taste.

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Strawberries, Almond and Pea Sprouts Salad
:: 1 bowl of pea sprouts or arugula
:: 1 cup quartered strawberries
:: 1 handful of frozen peas, defrosted
:: 1 handful of sliced almonds
:: Dressing. My favorite for this salad is strawberry, raspberry vinaigrette or similar.

Optional: If you’re feeling extra fancy, shave some good cheese or feta over it.

Assemble sprouts and top with strawberries and almonds. Add dressing just before serving.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the gorgeous #mamas and #furmamas I know! 😘



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Simple Singapore Popiah Wraps

DSC04678On Tuesday, I made this simplified Singapore ‘Popiah’ or fresh spring rolls. It seemed appropriate for a 90 degree day.

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Every culture has their own wrap. Typically friends and family gather around to fill thin flour crepes and lettuce with an assortment of condiments. Like a Chinese burrito party, you could say! Lots of laughs when someone’s overstuffed crepe roll bursts! I made this simplified version for my one-person meal. good for a few days (I could eat Popiah all week! It’s my comfort food.) just jicama, carrots, mushrooms with fresh lettuce, sweet soy sauce and garlic chili, but the full version has about 10 different condiments; sweet soy sauce, garlic chili, garlic paste, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts, fried garlic chips, mashed hard boiled eggs, boiled shrimp, chinese sausage, julienned cucumbers…. of course the lettuce and filling too!

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So many things going into one hand roll, it sure is a umami of flavors bouncing about. Who wants to come to my Popiah Party when I have the full version out? :p Until then, this simplified one-person version will satisfy my craving for some homestyle comfort food.

Ingredients
For Filling for 2-4 persons
:: Diced garlic, about 3 cloves.
:: 1 medium to large Jicama, shredded
:: 4-6 medium carrots, shredded
:: Yeo’s brand salted soy beans, 2 tablespoon
:: Ground chicken or pork (Optional. Usually pork but I made this recipe vegetarian with shitake mushrooms)
:: Shitake mushrooms, diced (Optional)
:: 1-2 cups Chicken or vegetable stock
:: Salt
:: White pepper
:: Table spoon of sugar

Put all filling ingredients in a pot, cover and cook on low to medium heat for about a half hour, stirring occasionally to mix well. Filling is ready when jicama and carrot cooks down to a slaw.

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To make Popiah, traditionally we use a flour+egg+water mixture very very thin crepe (more like a french crepe than a thai or vietnamese spring roll papers),  then lettuce, condiments and fillings go in it. I’m keeping it simple with just lettuce.

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First, you smear sweet soy sauce and garlic chili on lettuce leaves. Then, top with the jicama-carrot filling. If you have more condiments, they are added now.

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Then roll it up and get in my tummy! As simple, refreshing and healthy as can be!

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I need lots of hands and hungry tummies for the full version.  Who’s coming to my Popiah Party this summer? 😀

 


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