Friday 30 December 2005

Pineapple Tarts

It's a few more weeks before Chinese New Year and you can easily find lot of New Year Cookies all around Singapore. Out of those cookies, Pineapple Tart is one of the most famous one among all. And since I have a packet of pineapple paste sitting in the fridge, I decided to do a test run on this recipe before making them in batches for friends and relatives.

This recipe is from one of the mum's in M4M website but I modify the ingredients a bit to suits our preference. The pineapple tart is more towards the "melt in mouth" version which is more buttery and melt instantly when put into your mouth.

Wednesday 28 December 2005

Low Fat Carrot Cake

It had being on my mind for some time and yet I am still considering whether a not to make an English Carrot Cake which I find the steps rather lengthy and etc. After some read up, I decide to try this Low Fat Carrot Cake recipe since it does not require any oil or butter.

Surprisingly the end result turns out good with a light and fluffy texture plus lemon and nutty scent which was rather different from the usual carrot cake which consists of cinnamon, walnut and cream cheese.

Monday 26 December 2005

Perilla Chicken Roll

Perilla (紫苏/大叶) has a sweet flavour with the scent of plum. They are commonly used in Japanese Barbecue skewers, salads and sashimi. After searching for a longtime I finally managed to find this Perialla leave at Takashimaya Cold Storage which cost about $2.05 for packet of 10 Leaves.

Friday 23 December 2005

Assorted Melting Moments

As a perennial favourite, these buttery little treats will bring back memories of separating the biscuits and licking the cream. This recipe is pretty straight forward to make and it takes about 30 minutes to prepare. And for this batch of Assorted Melting Moments, I sandwich them with different flavour such as butter, coffee and chocolate cream.

Saturday 17 December 2005

Christmas Log Cake

I always wanted to make a decent Log Cake like other home bakers do. So after reading some tips and inspiration from those expert in M4M site. I decided to try making a Mini Log Cake using the clues and recipes that I collected. Actually when you start making it step by step it not as difficult as it looks.  I think the most challenging part is the spread the whipping cream or ganache evenly over the cake and assemble them to look like tree log. .

Thursday 8 December 2005

Lemon & Coffee Pork Chop

Saw this dish from a cookbook that I loan from the library. Decided to try out the recipe since we are coffee lovers and indeed the end result turns out well with hint of coffee fragrant, sweet and sour taste from the tomato sauce and tender bite of meat.

Saturday 26 November 2005

Steam Cod Fillet With Mushroom

Yeah finally I succeed in steaming Cod Fish Fillet using a very simple method with delicious outcome. The end result taste quite similar to those Cantonese style steamed fish with ginger and light soy sauce.

Wednesday 23 November 2005

Steam Luo Han Guo Chicken

Saw this recipe from one of the TV show on 纵横中医三. In one part of this program, there is a cooking show teaching how to use Chinese herbs in our daily cooking to prepare nutrition and delicious dish. Below are some benefits of the herbs used:

罗汉果: Tastes sweet and of cool nature, it clears Heat, treats coughing and nourishes the intestine. e 玉竹: Nourishes Ying, moistens internal Dryness, stimulates Silva and quenches thirst. It heals coughing, treats bothersome thirsty, clears the internal Heat that harms Ying as well as Dryness and pain the throat.

Friday 18 November 2005

Egg Wrap Rice

Although I had a lot of variety of cookbooks in my collection but sometime I am really too lazy to follow all the steps to whip up a meal. Just like today I decided to make something simple and delicious which called the "Egg Wrap Rice". You can wrap any kind of rice in it for eg: Curry Rice, Fried Rice or even just Plain Ric.

Here what I did is to wrap some rice and some stir-fry minced pork with onion and mushroom then serve with some tomatoes and cucumber salad. 

Wednesday 16 November 2005

Claypot Chicken & Sausage Rice

Last few days, I just bought a book that consists 38 recipes on making different type of Claypot Rice. Some are really very easy to make and all you need to do is just cooked the rice and arrange the prepared ingredients on top, covered and cooked over low heat for a few minutes. After which leave it on the stove covered for 15 minutes and you can enjoy a pot of yummy homecook claypot rice within 30 minutes

Stew Papaya & Peanuts Soup

Tried this soup twice and find that it is worth sharing because it is very smoothing and nice to drink. According to the recipe this soup contains protein, minerals, vitamin A, B and C. It improves skin texture; heals coughing; expels sputum; improves eyesight; clears Heat inside the body; cleanse the digestive system and soothes constipation. So give this soup a try if have any digestive problems or etc.

Tuesday 15 November 2005

Chocolate Chips Almond Cookies

Very tempting to try out this "so call" Famous Amos Cookies from M4M website. Thanks to one of the members who shared his recipe with clear steps on making this wonder cookies. The ingredients are rather straight forward and you need some grated Gula Melaka which one of the key ingredients. Besides that I replace chocolate chip and nuts with 1 whole block of Cadbury Almond Chocolate as I have run out of chocolate chip and I can't find Macadamia nuts around.

Monday 14 November 2005

Steam Seabream With Mushroom

I had being searching around to see how does a Sea Bream look like because I had never bought a sea bream before. From a book it says that Sea bream contains much protein and it cures asthenia, benefits digestive system and skin. Also by eating this steam sea bream with mushroom regular it helps to make your skin glow with natural sheen. Whether this is true or not, steamed meal is usually better than those fried dish so you might want to give it a try.

Saturday 12 November 2005

Almond, Sea Coconut And Pumpkin Soup

When you first taste this soup, it will taste some how like you are drinking red bean soup. Because they do have the similar taste due to the dried tangerine peel and lily bubs. This soup helps to promote circulation of Qi, expel septum and aids digestion. The sweet and bitter almonds also clears the heat, moistens internal dryness and avoids coughing. It is a very good sweet soup to consume before or after dinner to smooth your throat. Do consider and give it a try.

Wednesday 9 November 2005

Chicken & Sea Coconut Soup

Being wanting to cook this soup for quite sometime but since it was difficult to get hold of the fresh Sea Coconut I postpone it till now. From what I have read from books, Sea Coconut can expels sputum, heals coughing, reduces night-time urination as well as nourishes the lungs and skin. Furthermore it makes a refreshing, fragrant soup together with red dates and chicken.

Tuesday 8 November 2005

Detoxifies Soup

These days the weather is pretty bad with super hot and humid afternoon or rainy gloomy sky. So in order to keep healthy, I come up with a new weekly menu planner that includes at least 3 - 4 of these Detoxifies Soup in our dinner. In short, soup is like the rain after drought to keep your skin moist and radiant. Loofah (丝瓜) is rich in vitamins B and C; besides that it also helps to clear heat, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation and prevents skin aging too. Furthermore this soup also whitens the skin and improves wrinkles and prevents freckles.

Wednesday 2 November 2005

Three Treasure Seafood Pot

Three Treasure Seafood Pot is similar to those 一品锅 that which usually found at the coffee shop 煮抄摊 where they have variety of seafood such as: prawn, squid, mussels, scallop, fish and mix vegetables. This version that I made consists of three seafood which are prawn, squid and fish fillet and the total ingredients including veggie is only about $8.00. Definitely much cheaper when comparing to those sold outside.

Monday 31 October 2005

Deep Fried Grouper With Bread

All along I have being doing Prawn Toast but recently after seeing one of the recipe which used fish instead of prawn I decide to give it a try. I bought a piece of grouper fillet From NTUC and cut it into 6 equal pieces and come out with this Deep-Fried Grouper With Bread.

Saturday 29 October 2005

Non-Baked Oreo Cheesecake

I am sure KRAFT Philadelphia Cookies and Cream Cheesecake is also one of your all-time favourite despite of your age. This cheesecake serves well as a after meal dessert or as birthday cake for celebration too. It is pretty easy to prepare because of its non-baked method. All your need to do is to mix, stir and chill the cake for a few hours in the fridge till it set.

Wednesday 26 October 2005

Kakiage Don

This is another quick Japanese rice dish which featured deep-fried prawns and assorted veggie. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and get everything together before serving. The main ingredients for this dish are prawns and mixed vegetables such as carrot, asparagus, mushroom and etc.

Friday 21 October 2005

Baked Seabass Fillet With Hazelnuts

I always wanted to try some Italian Cuisine but as the price was rather steep when compared to our Asian dishes due to its ingredients. Recently I try out this dish from an Italian Cookbooks which I loan from the regional library. It is the most simplest recipe which requires a few command ingredients that are ready in most pantry. The whole preparation plus cooking takes about 30 minutes and we we gets to enjoy yummy Italian style seafood dish at home.

Wednesday 19 October 2005

Omelette Donburi

Japanese Food is usually the most time consuming to prepare because they often have many steps and sides dishes such as rice to the salad and main course where a lot of preparations and ingredients are needed. Today since my best friend and mum are coming over for dinner, I would like to give them a surprised by making this most simple Japanese dish that I modify from a cookbook which I borrow from library.  Omettle Donburi and Mini Potatoes Salad.

Wednesday 12 October 2005

Stir Fry Cereal Prawns

This is one of our favourite and a must order dish while having Cze Char. Before that I didn't realize that this dish can be easily prepare at home with just a few accessible ingredients. We love the fragrant crispy cereal that is toss together with butter, curry leaves and etc. 

This dish is not difficult to prepare and you just need to buy a packet of "Instant Cereal Prawn Mix"  and follow the instructions given at the back. With that you will be able to enjoy your very own Homemade Cereal Prawn.

Monday 10 October 2005

Stir-Fry Chicken With Aloe & Bell Pepper

Aloe Vera contains naturally occurring antioxidants in the form of vitamins B complex, C and E, plus beta-carotene which is converted by the body into vitamin A.

Dietary nutrients in Aloe Vera also include potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, chromium and sodium and all are essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Bell pepper is rich in Vitamins A and C so do not over cooked as to maintain its crispy texture. It helps whiten your skin while achieving a pinkish tint, a natural sheen and resilience.

Saturday 8 October 2005

Turkey Wrap & Salmon Delight

These few weeks I am running out of dinner ideas and at time I also don't know what to cook for for the family. Although I might have a lot of recipe books at home but sometime I am just too lazy or tired to whip up 2 - 3 courses meal. So yesterday night, I turn this breakfast dish into dinner and we had Turkey Wrap and Smoke Salmon with Scramble Egg.

Tuesday 4 October 2005

Thai Lemon Grass Chicken

This dish is known for its Thai-style dish fragrance with blend of spices and herbs such as; lemongrass which is one of the unique characteristic taste of Thai dish. With the combination of lemongrass and chicken together, the special dish is infused with citrus scent and a touch of sweetness. This can also make a perfect BBQ dish as well.

Thursday 29 September 2005

Lemon Butter Chicken With Roasted Vegetables

A very interesting dish that made with the combination of lemon and butter. Although the original recipe use fish fillet but I still go on with the cooking even though I am using chicken. Luckily the end result was good and we love the refreshing lemon fragrant that pair well with the creamy sauce.

Friday 23 September 2005

Steam Asparagus With Fish Paste

This is another healthy dish which used Asparagus and fish paste as the main ingredients. Besides that I also add in a few vegetables to mix with fish paste for nutrition value. Asparagus is a good supply of minerals - calcium, iron, carotene, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur - and vitamins. Green asparagus contains twice as much Vitamin C as the white variety and a high percentage of Vitamin A. So remember do not over cooked it.

Thursday 22 September 2005

Rainbow Shredded Fish

This dish was actually taught by one of my best friend; Bee Choo while we were staying in Australia. She used to cook this delicious fish dish that is full of vitamin C, protein and colours. 

Wednesday 21 September 2005

Steam Ginger Prawn in Lotus Leaf

This is one of the healthy seafood dish for those who love Fresh Prawn. Because all you need is to steam the prawns with some minced garlic and ginger till cooked to enjoy some fresh and juicy prawn. 

Fried Chrysanthemum Chicken

Saw this recipe from one of the TV cooking show, but I modify it a bit to suit our taste. If you love the scent of Chrysanthemum Flower, you will definitely loves this dish. The main ingredients for this recipe are chicken fillet and Chrysanthemum. And with other combination of ingredients like lemongrass and onion, you will be able to create a special flavour, so do give it a try. 

Tuesday 20 September 2005

Taiwan Style Pork Cutlet

This Taiwan-style Pork Cutlet (台式炸猪排饭) is one of the famous local dish which you can find it most Taiwan restaurant. "台湾小吃之一". Even though this dish has quite a strong "ginger" and "five spices" taste, overall it still a special meat dish to go with white rice, egg and stir-fry cabbage.

Friday 9 September 2005

Tandoori Chicken & Raisin Rice

This famous barbecue chicken is a well-known traditional dish from Northern India prepared in an underground jar-shaped clay oven that believed to have originated in Persia. The oven can be heated to very high temperatures and therefore sears the chicken and seals in the juice.

In modern days, delicious result can be obtained in a conventional oven or grill pan too. And the trick to get tender chicken is to use yogurt as one of the marinade to keep the chicken from drying out. Although the recipe is easy to follow but it was quite difficult to find "Tandoori spices" in Singapore.

Saturday 3 September 2005

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is one of the most easy to prepare dish where you can add in any ingredients of your choice then top it with generous amount of cheese. Now you can try out this perfect base for your Homemade Pizza with these easy recipe shown below. And if you don't have any oven at home, don't worry you still can whip out a decent pizza by using oven toaster or Happy Call Pan

Friday 2 September 2005

Snowskin Mooncake

Managed to make these assorted mini Snowskin Mooncakes today with my mum. Snowskin version is rather easy when compared to those traditional bake mooncake where you need to prepare the dough, wrapped it with filling in the mooncake mould and bake in the oven.

Likewise for snowskin version you can do a short-cut by using premixed snowskin flour mixture with shortening and liquid such as juice, red wine, and etc.

Wednesday 31 August 2005

Portuguese Chicken & Raisin Rice......

This Portuguese Chicken is done by using MasterFoods Portuguese Chicken Seasoning which blends the wonderful flavour of lemon and chilli to create a traditional "Portuguese" dish at home. This dish is pretty simple, what you need to do is just marinate the meat for a few hours then grill. pan-fry or bake in the oven till cooked.

Butter Raisin Rice

This Butter Raisin Rice goes well with any baked or grilled poultry and it has buttery taste and nutty fragrant that is very appetizing to go with meat dish. As for the rice ingredients you can always add or remove ingredients according to your preference such as; adding roasted cashew nut instead of almond or dried mixed fruits instead of raisin and etc

Friday 26 August 2005

Grill Mushroom With Mixed Vegetables & Tuna Mayo Tomatoes

Always wanted to try grilling some veggie so I decided to test out with the beautiful tomato and mushroom which I bought earlier. To begin with dinner, I turned the veggie into two starter dishes; Grill Portobello With Mixed Vegetables and Stuffed Tomato With Tuna Mayonnaise.

Wednesday 24 August 2005

Chicken Carbonara

Yummy!!!! This creamy Chicken Carbonara is one of my favourite because I prefer creamy white sauce than tomato sauce. Besides that the extra cheese topping also makes it even more tasty.

Saturday 20 August 2005

Deep-Fry Prawn Toasts

Suddenly we have the urge to eat Prawn Toast so I modify slightly from one of my old recipe and come up with this. It's took about 30 minutes from preparation to deep-fry and it definitely worth the effort when you see and try the end-result. By seeing this, one of my friend even thought I cut out this photo from one of those food magazine.

Wednesday 17 August 2005

Deep-fry Lemon Fish Strips

Had this for yesterday night dinner. This is a simple and easy to prepare dish which you can try out it too.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 Piece of Dory Fillet
1 Cup Self-Raising Flour
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Water
1 Egg York
1 Teaspoon Lemon Rinds

1. Cut fillet into strips and marinate it with some pepper and extra lemon rinds.
2. Sift flour into a large bowl and gradually whisk in combined milk, water, yolk and lemon rinds until smooth and consistency of pouring cream
3. Set batter aside for 15 minutes.
4. Heat oil until a piece of bread sizzles as soon as it is added.
5. Dust fish in flour with a few pieces at a time. Dip into batter, draining off excess and deep-fry for about 3 minutes until golden and cooked through.
6. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm then continue with remaining fish.

Note: You can do a Seafood Basket by add in Prawns, Calamari, and Chips.

Tuesday 26 July 2005

Orange Mousse Cup

Find this Orange Moose Cup recipe very interesting and easy to do so I just give it a try. If you are a citrus fans than this dessert is something that you have to try. But if you are not then you can replaced it with Mango or Strawberry Mousse. So next time when you are squeezing orange juice, remember to keep the orange case to try out this recipe.

Friday 8 July 2005

Rose N Lavender Fragrant Cookies

Saw this special recipe from one of a dessert book that I borrow from the library. The original recipe is on baking Rose Petals Cookies but then I modify it and made into Rose and Lavender flavour. I personally like these cookies and I find the Lavender flavour is very fragrant and after you had a bite it seems to make you smells like lavender too.

After baking these cookies my kitchen and even the whole living room is filled because floral scent which refresh brighten up the day.

Thursday 23 June 2005

American Chocolate Cake

Yesterday I finally had some spare time to try out  this tempting American Chocolate Cake recipe that I put on list. Perhaps due to the Chocolate Ganache Cream the tase of the cake is quite similar to MUD CAKE with a slight dense texture. But overall it still rated good for us with its chocolatey after taste. Thanks for the recipe from one of the Mummy from Mum's Website.

Ingredients for Cake: 

125g Unsalted Butter
175g Brown Sugar
½ Teaspoon Vanilla essence
2 Eggs
35g Cocoa Powder
130ml Warm Water
140g Self-Raising Flour

Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache:
100ml Dairy Whipping Cream
125g Dark Chocolate

Methods on Cake: 

1. Mix in cocoa powder and water. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla essence, beating well after each addition until well combine.
3. Then add in a bit of cocoa mixture and flour slowly until finish.
4. Spoon batter into a 10”x14”x1” cake tin. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degree for 15-20 minutes.

Methods for Chocolate Ganache:
1. Heat whipping cream until it comes to just under the boil, remove from heat and add in dark chocolate and mix well.
2. Slice cake into 3 layers. Spread ganache over first layer, cover with another layer. Repeat twice. Cover the top with ganache. Posted by Hello

Saturday 11 June 2005

Steam Egg White Rainbow Cake

Got this recipe from one of the mum's Zur (click on link for her recipe) from the M4M website. It's a very interesting cake with colourful layers that definitely caught everyone's attention. The cake itself is very soft with a fluffy and good texture for steamed cake. Other than the colours this can be consider as s health cake since the main ingredients are Egg Whites instead of whole egg plus only small amount of sugar is used.

Overall it took about 1/2 hrs to prepare the cake and 30 minutes to steam. Posted by Hello