Foodies Help Breast Cancer Support Group

About two months ago blogosphere diva Maurina kindly invited me to contribute to a new compilation of recipes to be published in support of the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group (BCSG).

I immediately obliged, though not being a chef, yet my partiality for food is legendary. (That was why you asked me,right, Mau?)

Breast cancer had become a matter close to my heart, as rather unfortunately it entered my life when in January this year, both my beloved sisters proved positive. Both chose to go for mastectomy, and both had to undergo chemotherapy – my eldest sister, 3 cycles, and my middle sister 9 cycles. It was a tremendous shock, but we believe in qada dan qadar, and both sisters fortunately were very strong-spirited and fought on. I should say, they are still fighting on.

I do not have a bright blue leotard and red cape or any supernatural powers to save the world- but I do know a few good recipes, that I could share with people who would give not just money to the Breast Cancer Support Group.

Here’s one:

June Hearts Prawns

500 gm tiger prawns, peeled and butterflied

Finely chop:
1 lemongrass stalk
1 small ginger torch/ Bunga kantan
2 kaffir leaves
5 large chillis
½ inch galangal

30ml coconut cream
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp tom yam powder/ paste
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp fish sauce
Juice of ½ a lime
Zest of 1 lime

1 tbsp oil for cooking
Salt to taste

Method:

1. Lightly fry the prawns, put aside.
2. In the same pan, heat oil, and sweat lemongrass, ginger torch, chillis, galangal and tom yam powder/paste until fragrant.
3. Add coconut cream, tomato, fish sauce, honey, oyster sauce and prawns. Mix well. Remove from fire.
4. Add kaffir leaves, lime juice and lime zest and mix well.
5. Garnish with kaffir leaves.

Tips:
A Tom Yam fresh spicekit from supermarkets contains most of the ingredients.
Alternatively blitz everything in a blender and use as a marinade for prawn or chicken before grilling or roasting.

“June Hearts” refers to my two sisters, June and Sayang, whom I love dearly, and who are both courageously fighting breast cancer, and winning.

However, I didn’t realise Maurina’s invitation was for a Desserts Compilation. Nevermind. I did toy with the idea of sugaring up the dish and passing it off as a dessert, but it probably wouldn’t get past the beady-eyed editors’ tastebuds.

But thumbs up for the Pink! Project and here’s a sneak peek at the collection.

Try my recipe and give your support to Breast Cancer Support Group anyway, and wait for the new book and buy it!

The Sporting Spirit, or maybe not.

Of late, me and my mates have been frequenting this “new-ish” place in Tutong town – a sort of month-long celebration of our half-ass and now-defunct attempts at sports revival last month.

Those attempts included, I’m proud to say, Hilltop running/jogging/spluttering* (Delete as necessary), a weekly spot of futsal, badminton at the weekend, and swimming. Not bad eh? Enough to put any national athlete to shame!

So proud were we of our newly-found sporting spirit that we decided to celebrate by minum almost every patang this entire month, as one does.

And what better place to celebrate this reawakening of our olympiad spirit than a new haunt for minum. Only appropriate.

Salam ~ A cosy and very clean little restaurant that’s very well-lit, with very well-laid out tables, and efficient waiters. Just ignore the OTT golden Air Muleh cornice designs on the ceiling. But most importantly it’s a good, unpretentious restaurant that serves your standard fare but has not ignored the humble Roti Kuning bakar, Roti Kosong, Cucur and Kuih Melayu.

A colourful welcome

Roti Kuning bakar (with kaya & butter filling) and Nasi Ayam Penyet

So you will appreciate the dilemma I face when my mobile beeps with the message “Minum?” as I’ve just switched off the engine at the car park of the sports centre, about to do my usual effortless 100 laps around the track or in the pool… One look up into the sky, and I convince myself I’ve just spotted the first make-believe tiny drop of “rainfall” … on a hot sunny day, and that more would come very soon. So baik tah minum kali eh… It’d be rude not to, really.

And the sport?? Let’s just say, it’s been a rainy month this one. *sigh*