snack of the day: rice balls in coconut milk

It has been quite sometime since i posted something about cooking. Today, i’ll be sharing with you our snack of the day.

I spent my childhood days in the province and one of the most popular snacks would be rice balls in coconut milk. Back in those days, sticky rice grains would be finely ground by hand to make rice flour, adding some water to make it sticky enough to form into little balls. As children, we really enjoyed rolling the dough in our palms forming well.. not so perfect rice balls but it’s okay. Mature coconut would be grated by hand too. Hot water would then be added to grated coconut to wake it up, squeeze it to extract coconut milk. So tiring isn’t it?

Thankfully these days, rice balls also called tangyuan are now available in the supermarket and they come in a rainbow of different colors of pink, green and white. Coconut milk is readily available in cans or tetra packs and even in powder form too. No fuss and no worries that i could make this snack anytime. This is my daughter’s favorite snack.

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rice balls in coconut milk

The ingredients are super simple.

1 pack of mini rice balls (as written in the package: do not defrost)
2 tetra packs of coconut milk
sugar to taste

For the procedure, just let the coconut milk boil for a while then add the rice balls and add sugar to taste. Don’t forget to stir it constantly to prevent the rice balls to stick together. It’s quite easy to know when the rice balls are cooked. If you see them rise up and all plumped up then it’s cooked. I usually reserve some coconut milk that i drizzle on top upon serving.

I love the chewy texture of the rice balls as complemented by the creaminess and the richness of the coconut milk.

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rainbow rice ball

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coconut milk

weekly photo challenge: a day in my life

A typical day for me starts early. Waking up late makes my head ache. Breakfast, chores and more chores follow soon after and i don’t want to bore you talking about them.

Some free time gives me the chance to visit my garden and finding flower buds ready to bloom and some have opened up to reveal their sweet scent. Here are some of them, photos taken at different times of the day.

I had some cheese curls for snacks. I know it isn’t a healthy snack but got to give in to my cravings for now.

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cheese curls

I also sliced a lemon to make a refreshing iced lemon water. Well, it’s different from a lemonade. I just put some slices of lemon in plain cold water, no sugar added please. Ahh, so good! They say that lemon in water has medicinal benefits as it helps in cleansing the body and aids in digestion.

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lemon

I usually retire at 10pm and when i go up the stairs towards my room, it’s like i’m the Mother Hen with my girl Kristina, my princess Star, and my adorable handsome adopted kitty Tiger following me. They all sleep with me in the room. Kristina on my side, Star would be near my feet (sometimes on my pillow) and Tiger just stays at the hallway.

About 2am, i suddenly woke up finding 2 big eyes staring at me. It’s Star and she displaced my Shrek stuffed toy and found her in his place instead. Oh kitty, how did you manage to get there? Well, Star slept there all night long.

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kitty Star

When i woke up this morning, i found Star here. She’s waiting for me to get up so she could have her breakfast. Oh, and i could hear Tiger meowing already and definitely hungry. Unlike Star, Tiger is more vocal. Almost always, kitty Star just communicates by just staring at me.

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kitty Star

Oh well, time to feed the fur babies and make myself a cup of coffee.

A typical day for me starts early………

ham and cheese roll

It’s been quite a while since i haven’t posted something about food and recipe. For today, i will be sharing with you my own version of the Ham ‘n Cheese Roll which is great for breakfast or snacks.

The ingredients are simple, most of these you could find in your pantry and fridge and the procedure is very easy.

ham and cheese roll

ham and cheese roll

yummy ham and cheese roll, crunchy on the outside, chewy and cheesy on the inside

You will need:

sliced loaf of bread with edges removed
orange marmalade or any fruit jam
ham cut into strips
cheese cut into strips
1 or 2 eggs beaten
panko breadcrumbs – these are flaky breadcrumbs used in japanese cuisine as crunchy coating for fried foods

Flatten sliced bread using your handy rolling pin or with your palm. Spread orange marmalade and evenly coat the flattened bread. Arrange about 3 strips of ham and a strip of cheese on the side and carefully roll the bread. The marmalade will help keep it rolled and fastened. Then, dip the rolled bread in beaten egg and coat it with panko bread crumbs. Fry until golden brown.

My kids love this so much as much as i do.  I’m sure you will too.

Have a great day!