Thursday, February 11, 2010

Asparagus fried rice

YES - Myth confirmed - Asparagus makes your pee smells funny! At least, it is observed for hubby and myself. Guess what? According to wikipedia, we are the 22% of the population who had the genes to smell it! Dunno to be proud or what... Eww...  :P

Extracted from wikipedia "There is debate about whether all (or only some) people produce the smell, and whether all (or only some) people identify the smell. It was originally thought this was because some of the population digested asparagus differently than others, so that some people excreted odorous urine after eating asparagus, and others did not. However, in the 1980s three studies from France,[24] China and Israel published results showing that producing odorous urine from asparagus was a universal human characteristic. The Israeli study found that from their 307 subjects all of those who could smell 'asparagus urine' could detect it in the urine of anyone who had eaten asparagus, even if the person who produced it could not detect it himself.[25] Thus, it is now believed that most people produce the odorous compounds after eating asparagus, but only about 22% of the population have the autosomal genes required to smell them."

Wanted to buy asparagus to wrap in bacon the last time round but couldnt find it in NTUC.

Wanted a crunchy vege to make fried rice and hubby bought baby asparagus though i asked him to buy either long beans or french beans. -_-""

Oh well, i have to admit asparagus goes quite well with the rest of the ingredients in the fried rice. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CNY 2010 Bakes - Pineapple tarts

My first CNY bakes for 2010... Jam is made by MIL. She wants me to bake my own so that she can cut down on her own baking. Gladly do so. Its fun and theraputic to wrap the pineapple jams with the pastry dough...

I started with the open faced ones but its taking me too long to make - the dough sticks to the mould if i press too hard. If i press lightly, the imprints are not deep enough.

Wrapped / round ones are more straightforward. As long as the jam is fully covered by the dough, no peek-a-boos, its done!

U can see how many open faced ones i made in the end. HAHA