Tuesday 31 March 2009

Blog Anniversary Event

Cuisine Paradise is going to be 4 years old on 30 April 2009. On this special occasion I would like to giveaway some small gifts as a token to all my blog readers irregardless of where you are from as long as you wish to take part in this giveaway :)

All you need to do are:-
1. Leave me your Name and Gift Description that you prefer on the Post Comment Link(the comments will only appear after I approved it); AND
2. Email me Your Entry Details as shown below to ellenaguan@hotmail.com : (please put eg: Gift Set #1, Gift Set #2 or etc... on your email subject, in order for me to do the sorting and luck draw list as well compare your details in case i didn't received your email. Thanks)

Gift Description:
Your Name:
Country You are From:
Blog URL (if you maintain one):
Email add for contact if you are the winner:

Please Note:
Only ONE DRAW ENTRY is allow for each visitor, please help to let others to get a chance to get their desire gift too :) There will be a limit of 40 entries per Gift for the draw and I will update each gift so that you will know which items is closed for the draw. Thanks for your support and enjoy the fun............

This Blog Birthday give away will end on 17 April 2009 (2359hr Singapore Time). I would like to thank all of you for the regular visits, comments, feedback and sharing in all my related blogs to Cuisine Paradise all these years.Posted by Picasa

Four lucky winner will stand a chance to win one of these gift set and it will be sent via registered mail to you upon the announcement of the draw on 20 April 2009. And hopefully, as a winner you will be able to receive the "gift" before 30 April 2009 in order to celebration this joyful occasion with this blog.

Gift Set #1 -Pooh Sushi Stamp Mould & Egg Mould
(30 entries as on 17.04.09)

Gift Set #2 - 2-1 Mickey Mouse Multi-Purpose Cutters
You can use this set of cutter to make something like what is shown in this Mickey Mouse Bento Set.
(36 entries as on 17.04.09)

Gift Set #3 - Assorted Wiener Cutters + Mickey Furikake Case
(11 entries as on 17.04.09)

Gift Set #4 -Ocean Picks, Baran, Fork & Spoons and Animal Sauce Bottles + Winnie The Pooh Furikake Case
(8 entries as on 17.04.09)

P/s: Dear readers, thanks you for all the support and participation on this blog event. In order to show my sincere appreciation for your draw entry, I have included another extra item for Gift Set 3 & Gift Set 4. Thank You.....

Sunday 29 March 2009

Blueberry Yoghurt & Jam Muffin

At this raining and cosy afternoon, both me and my son tends to have craving for some hot and pipping homemade muffins. So this is what we come out with after sourcing for all the ingredients we have in our kitchen pantry....... Finally we decided to make Blueberry Yoghurt & Jam Muffins for afternoon tea.

Baked Tomato With Potato & Corn

This is our Saturday Quick Lunch - Baked Tomato Cups with Mashed Potato & Corn Kernel serve with extra herbal butter toast and a cup of Camomile Honey & Vanilla Tea. What a simple and relax afternoon lunch for a sunny weekend meal.

Since I bought some potato, carrot, sweet corn and tomato to make ABC soup for dinner. I add in extra dose of potato cubes and sweet corns to make the soup so that I can use some of the potato and corn to make this Quick and Easy Lunch. If for normal day, you can just steam 1 medium size potato together with a small corn then use it to make this baked tomato cups.

2 Medium Tomato
1 Medium Size Potato
1/4 Carrot(optional), cut into thick slices
1 Corn Stick
2 Slices of Sandwich Cheese
Butter & Herbs(optional)

1. Rinse and slice the top of the tomato off and scoop out the seeds and pat dry the tomato cups and set aside.
2. Peel, and cut the potato into square chunks.
3. Remove the husk of the corn and cut it into 3 section and halves it.
4. Place the potato and corn on a plate and steam it for about 15 minutes or so until the potato are cook through and soft.
5. Mashed the potato and carrot with some pepper then add in 1 slice of cheese(tear into pieces) and 1.5 tablespoons of corn kernel and mix well.
6. Scoop the potato mixture into the tomato cups, top with some extra corn and arrange on a baking dish.
7. Add 1 teaspoon of butter and some chopped parsley(optional) or mixed dry herbs(optional) into the remaining corn kernel and mix well.
8. Scatter the corn kernel mixture around the side of the tomatoes in the baking dish and place it into the oven toaster for about 5 minutes.
9. Next the extra cheese slices on top of each tomato cups and baked in the oven for another 30 second or so..... remove and served with tea and cut fruits.

a) You can also used the frozen or can corn kernel instead of fresh corn.
b) You can place the butter herb toast together in the oven toaster with the tomato cups at the side.

This is a very Easy and Health snack for both kids and adult. If you kids do not like tomato as what it is, you can try to stuffs it with this mixture of mashed potato and corn kernel the next round when you make ABC soup.... Tomatoes have lots of important health benefits, including reduction in risks for cardiovascular diseases, colorectal cancer, inflammation, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and thrombosis, so you should certainly consider including a cup of tomatoes in your daily diet for the maximum benefits. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday 18 March 2009

Traditional English Afternoon Tea

I have saw this Traditional English Afternoon tea from one of the food variety show in Media Cop Channel 8 series before. During my study days in London, we used to have afternoon tea at school but that was not as grand as this. But I do missed those days, when you can enjoy a cup of freshly brew English Tea and enjoy some oven baked scones with jam.

Today, my brother was free to treat us to this Traditional English Afternoon Tea @ The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Millenia "Chihuly Lounge" offers this wonderful tea special from 2.30pm - 5.00pm from Monday - Friday. You can have your choice of any Traditional English Tea to serve with these wonderful snacks.Posted by Picasa

Monday 16 March 2009

Upcoming Mystery Event

Dear Readers and Visitors of CUISINE PARADISE blogs, there will be a Mystery Event that will be review to you before end of MARCH 2009. Till then do come back and check it out at the Main Blog @ Cuisine Paradise to find out more on this exciting upcoming event........

Don't MISS out this opportunity to be able to participate on this Mystery Event........ So from now on, stay tune and get prepared for the party ......... :)

Sunday 8 March 2009

Bento #22 - Panda Panda

Em... this weekend Bento is...... Panda theme and ... one of Reyon's favourite movie is the Kung Fu Panda which I brought him to watch during last year school holiday.... Since today he wanted rice to be include in the bento, I decided to make him this Panda Panda Bento.

As you can see from the picture below how I roughly arrange the layout of the items in such a small kiddy bento box. I used some curl lettuce to put on the base of the box for decoration as well as lining purpose. Next I secure one side of the box with two Taiwan sausage wrapped with lettuce and I put a food cup containing poached shredded chicken breast with corn kernels.

Don't worry if you do not have a mould to make the shape of the panda head. You can used a piece of cling wrap and scoop about 2.5 tablespoons of sushi rice on it then wrapped it tightly and mould it into a ball shape then shape it according in order to fix the space in the lunchbox. When you have, cut out oval shape from the Nori sheet and cheese to form the features of the panda. You can also decorate it with some cut fruits and extra accessories like panda pick or panda chocolate cookies.Posted by Picasa

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Thursday 5 March 2009

Features Of My Exclusive Recipes

Dear readers of Cuisine Paradise, thank you for your support during these years. Today I have a good news to share with you, the Author of Cuisine Paradise, who is me, Ellena, has being invited to be a featured recipes contributor for a Singapore leading kids and parents magazine name "Parents World".

I have never dream that my blogs writing hobbies can bring me so far to such a stage that my recipes can actually be published on a local magazine. All these credit to the editor, Daniel Goh who is willing to give me such an opportunity to feature and published some of my very own exclusive recipes that is not posted in my blogs. So if you happen to find this Magazine in your kids school bag or at any newsstands or bookstores do give it a flip through and you will find that it acutally contains a lot of useful information and tips on parenting and kids issue.

Furthermore, you might also find some of my exclusive recipes in the magazine too... :0

p/s: So sorry I won't be able to post the recipes from the magazine here as due to copyrights issue.

Sunday 1 March 2009

Lotus Seeds & Cod Porridge

Cooking and making sure that our kids have the best nutrition of all is always the tougher job for a mum. Although I love to cook and bake but then my son was rather a picky eater when it comes to food. He won't eat rice that is too soft or too dry. He wants his porridge to be cooked in certain standard.... As far as I know I didn't impose all these eating habits to him but I don't know why he is so particular when it comes to food so with his problem it's always hard for us to feed him with stall food. So whenever I can, I will cook porridge for him because it is the best and easier way to incorporate more items in it so as to get all the nutrition in one pot.

Today's dinner will be Lotus Seeds & Cod Porridge, in order to make the porridge come with a nature, fragrant and sweet taste I added some sweet corn, carrot slices, wolfberries and lastly some Chinese barley. As you know Lotus Seeds strengthen the Heart, Liver, Spleen and Kidneys and also energize the Qi and promote blood cell formation. So sometime is good to add it into porridge or soup to promote good health. And I always cook something like this in two person portion so that both my dear son and I will get to enjoy the same food.........and this is one of Reyon's favourite Porridge dish. Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1/2 Cup Uncooked Rice
120g Cod Fish Fillet, cut into thick slices
1/4 Section of Sweet Corn, cut into halves
6 - 8 Slices of Carrot, cut into 0.5cm thick
1/2 Tablespoon of Wolfberries
8 Dried Lotus Seed, pre-soaked in hot water
2 Tablespoons of Chinese Barley

1. Wash the rice and add enough water for making porridge then bring it to boil.
2. Add in the sweet corn, carrot, lotus seeds and barley; simmer over low heat till the rice grain is soft.
3. When the porridge is almost done, remove the barley bag and add in the cod fish slices and wolfberries.
4. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, switch off the heat, covered and let the porridge rest for about 10 - 15 minutes before serving. (this will allow the grain to slowly absorb the fish flavour and as well expand into much softer texture, but if you prefer whole grain porridge you can serve it immediately)

1. As you can see I place the Chinese Barley inside a disposal tea-bag before putting it into the pot to cook with the rest of the ingredients so that the cooked barley will not be mixed into the porridge.(for this case, i just want the barley to make the porridge more fragrant)
2. Rinse and soak the dried lotus seeds with HOT water till soft. (DO NOT use tap water to rinse first or else it won't be soft easily)

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Bento #21 - At The Beach

Today's Bento theme has being a long waiting one for my dear son. As most of the reader from my blog will have read about that my dear son loves to go picnic at the seaside. And I have also tried making a few of his meals on seaside theme before. But today's challenge will be a little difficult for me because he wants the real sight of the seaside atmosphere being present in his little bento box.

I have being scratching my head for ideas on how to make this seaside bento appear real..... so after much thought and some brainstorm chat with another bento mummy, Amy(from mothering corner website) I decided to give this bento a try. Last night, I have draft out the idea of the layout and what are the animals that I would want to include in it.

For the colour layers, I have used egg white with some blue food colouring and spinach juice to make scramble eggwhite represent the sky and ocean. As for the sand, I choose multi-grain bread and tear a zigzag layer to form the beach with some cheese stars(as starfish) and since I do not know how to make a seashell, I place a small seashell on the bread. My dear son was thrill when he saw this...........Posted by Picasa

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