Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Home-made Kaya...easy as ABC!



Made Kaya (Coconut Egg Jam) today. The mums in school (a Thai, a Japanese and an American) loved the kaya sandwich (with butter) I brought to school. The kaya's so unbelievably easy to make, and the best part is, sugar can be reduced according to your preference. This recipe uses less sugar than many I've seen; I'm sure the store-bought ones have even more sugar, they are always so sweet.

*I actually have NOT tasted the kaya myself (nor the ayam masak merah), as I'm on a strict diet now. The reviews are based on tastebuds of friends and family. If they turn out yucky, go after them.

*Next day update: The boys had kaya sandwich for tea and loved it. They said it was even better straight out from the fridge. Sean had 3 slices and wanted more.

14 comments:

bACk in GERMANY said...

You are being really hard on yourself, with all the cooking and no feasting.

What diet? Is it working? Blog about it! I need one too!

tealeafs said...

You're on a diet?? Gee, I wish I could! Or at least, get some exercise and cheer myself up with pretty clothes that fit! Guess not until next year ... :(

Lilian said...

PP: Amazing thing is I've not succumbed, my crazy food cravings are under control. I used to think I liked cooking cos I liked eating so much, but now I think maybe I just like cooking.

Re diet, maybe I'll blog about it when I reach my target. I had put on so much weight this year that my BMI went beyond the healthy range and a blood test I took last month indicated fatty liver!! I knew I had to do something cos was feeling really lethargic and the weight was piling on despite not eating excessively. 4 weeks on this diet and my BMI has dropped 2.29 points and is now at the upper end of the healthy range (for adult Singaporeans). I've never drank so much water (2-3 litres a day) nor eaten so much vegetables in all my life! Am tonnes more energetic too. Email me if you wanna know more, but if you only have a few kgs to shed, don't bother, this is for those with lots of excess weight.

Stef: Siao si bor? No need to think of diet lah. The minute I found out I was pregnant with the boys, I started feasting for five! hehe.

Roslyn said...

Just the right time! My friend bought us a bottle of Kaya and Adrian and I have been spreading it on our toasts everyday. Yes, everyday! We eat bread everyday, all the carbs....yeeeks! Will try your recipe once we finish it.

I was going to ask you about the diet when I read 'if you have only a few kg to shed, don't bother'. You sure you have lots of excess weight to shed? I certainly need to shed at least 2kg myself. So drinking lots of water is the way to go? I'm a camel....really terrible!

Lilian said...

I'm gonna make a new batch of kaya for the school mummies later on.

2kg, sup sup suay lah. Rev up on the nocturnal activities hehe. Yup, plenty of water (I'm a camel too, really bad) and get your full 7-8 hours sleep every night.

tealeafs said...

How to 'rev up on the nocturnal activities' and still get 7-8 hours of sleep ah? :P

Lilian said...

Okaylah, 6-7 hours then. 1 hour enough for you?

tealeafs said...

I assumed you were speaking from experience lah. Thought you might share some techniques.

Me? I get enough sleep all the time. :D

Roslyn said...

I drink too little (don't mean alcohol here), sleep too little and my nocturnal activites? Surf net and do my digi scrapbooking :p

Lilian said...

You sound like me a month plus ago when I would surf all night for a certain AI contestant's news. I ended up tired all day. Get more sleep dear!

Alcovelet said...

Huh? Cooking and not eating? Man, you have a an iron will!! Here's to good health!

Ozzie said...

Hi Lilian,

I'm in Australia & would like to have a go at making your yummy kaya. The recipe says "Mix beaten egg with sugar" ... do i need to use an egg beater for this step? And could you also let me know the brand of coconut cream that you used.

many thanks in advance :)

Lilian said...

Hi Ozzie, I used a fork to beat the eggs then just stir the sugar in. As for the brand, it's something I found in Moscow, from Thailand, comes in a can, and says it's for dessert. I think any brand will do. Good luck, keep us posted on how it turns out.

Ozzie said...

Hi Lilian,

Good news, it turned out really well :)It's not as firm (curdey?) as the commercial ones after i blended it... maybe i didnt use enough eggs or the coconut cream was not thick enough?

thanks again for sharing this yummy & great recipe!