Homecooking 101: Project October Week 3

It’s the last week of Project October, I’m going to have to hold a meeting at the end of October and decide whether we’re going to continue Project November. Either way, it’s been lots of fun cooking for Project October,  but a little tiring and challenging to keep within the budget and yet cook something different everyday.

Monday I cooked the chicken two ways. My mum’s tomato sauce chicken  (I can never cook quite the way she does it) which is what I cook whenever I want us to eat a mixture of veges with chicken.Goes well with rice.

Lunch bento was stir fried chicken and cucumber, soy braised hard boiled egg and spinach.

For dessert I baked us banana cupcakes ( pre mix and 98% fat free!) which I topped with a sweet banana chip, it was so moist and yummy, who says pre mix cupcakes aren’t good? It was so easy to bake, I am going to be making more of these.

Tuesday Jo and HC cooked Indian style mamak mee goreng, I’ve never tried the real thing so I can’t judge the authenticity but it sure tasted very Malaysian and was tasty. There were lots of ingredients in it including tomato, potato, beancurd and chicken.

I was sick that day and didn’t go to work so I had time to bake some cupcakes. This time it was vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting , I topped some with hundred and thousands (messy things, not going to use next time but so colourful) and others with sliced fresh strawberries.

Wednesday was Jamie Oliver day since I used all of Jamie Oliver’s recipes. This was his French baked potatoes which include layers of parsley onions and potatoes. Somehow the texture didn’t turn out the way I expected it to be, I guess I was looking for something more baked and heavy, but it came out quite moist and tender and light. Are french baked potatoes supposed to be like this? I don’t know.

The potatoes were served as  the side with the Parmesan chicken and lemon chicken being the main. Quite easy recipe, not too heavy and fresh tasting with lemon and thyme.

Thursday was a quick prawns, basil and cherry tomatoes fettucine topped with toasted pinenuts and parmesan shavings. A light and quick pasta, I marinated the prawns beforehand with garlic and paprika for some spiciness.

No cooking for Friday because it was going out night which is truly the best night of the week. I should really cook something special to round up Project October but I’m not sure what, any suggestions anyone?

8 Responses to “Homecooking 101: Project October Week 3”

  1. 1 mum October 27, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Wah, Jo and Xian Zhang so clever. The mee mamak looks ok, don’t know about the taste though. haha.

  2. 2 sakuratrees October 27, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Ah ma, it tasted alrite lah, just a tad dry. hehehe!

  3. 3 Jaso October 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Hey ah Di! lol

    THe food looks yummy as usual!!
    Hope ya feeling better!!

    Guess wat? i made creamy chicken and mushroom risotto the other day and it actually was edible!!

    Why don’t u make a seafood feast on a budget to end the month? Might be a bit hard since seafood can be expensive…


    a mulitcultural feast where each person needs to make a dish from another country?

    just a thought…

    Catch ya

  4. 5 rita October 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    girl, all your food looks good! i’m hooked on making cupcakes, as well, so hubby has been bringing it to work. too much. hahaha!

    hope you’re feeling better now from your hay fever. did you get some allergy eye drops and nasal spray, too? that helps a lot.

    • 6 daitaoha November 4, 2009 at 10:37 am

      Thanks rita, your husband is very lucky to have cupcakes everyday, I wouldn’t mind that =P

      I have recovered from hay fever except for the odd squeeze now and then, taking hayfever meds to curb it.

  5. 7 slappedbygunk November 7, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    That gratin dauphinois looks the business! Mine always turns out really runny… perhaps because I never stick to the recipe. I have this problem following recipes hehehe.

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