Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sambal Udang Recipe (Prawn Sambal Recipe)
5 tbsp cooking oil
500g shrimp(shelled and deveined)
2 cups water
2 tbsp tamarind pulp (mixed with 1/2 cup water & strained)
3 kaffir lime leave (sliced thinly)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
10 dry red chilies (soak in water before grinding)
10 shallot (skin peeled and sliced)
30g belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste)
1. Combine all spice paste ingredients in a blender and blend well.
2. Heat up cooking oil, add in the blended spice paste and stir-fry until fragrant.
3. Add in shrimp & continue to stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes.
4. Add in water, tamarind juice, bringing it to a quick boil. Add in salt, sugar & lime leaves. Dish out & serve hot
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Frogs vs. Toads: Frogs and toads are amphibians, meaning they start off as water-breathing juveniles and develop into air-breating adults. No clear distinction exists between frogs and toads, although the skin of a toad tends to be rougher and drier than frogs. Toads also tend to be covered with warts.
Deadly Tongue: Both critters are characterized by their short, ridged body and wide head. Large protruding eyes and a noticeable eardrum on each side of the head are always on the alert for the next meal. A large mouth houses a long, sticky tongue that quickly flicks out to capture live prey. Without teeth and unable to chew, a frog's meals are swallowed whole.
Vulnerability and Defense: Frogs and toads are very vulnerable as they have no defenses against predators. Their best bet to escape being eaten is their ability to jump quickly or their talent for blending into their surroundings. Some species have evolved glands that secrete a poisonous and distasteful substance on their skin. These animals are usually brightly colored to give warning to a predator ready for a meal that it best look elsewhere
FROGS & AMPHIBIANS
Amphibians include frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians. They are cold-blooded vertebrates, and usually scaleless. Amphibians are animals which spend part of their life in aquatic (water) and a different part of their life cycle in terrestrial (land) environments. They usually start out their lives in water, and then move onto land as they mature, though, as adults, they may breed and spend a large amount of time in the water.