Monday, 26 August 2013

[Recipe] Roasted Lemon And Herbs Chicken with Wine

I always love comfort food like this during "cold" weather; especially winter. It is so easy to prepare by just assembling all the ingredients together on baking dish, pop them into the oven and by an hour or so everything will be ready. So all you need to do, is prepare some salad, couscous or coleslaw to go with it for a hearty weekday meal.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

[Mid-Autumn] Mooncake Festival 2013

[Crystal Jade] Mystical Treasure Set
Time flies, in another month's time most of us will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival where friends and family gather to enjoy assortment of mooncakes and food. And during this period of time getting mooncakes for friends and business associates has also become a tradition routines. Below are some Traditional and Contemporary mooncake variety which you might be keen to take a look while placing your orders.

[Crystal Jade] Magnificent Five
[Photo: Crystal Jade] With gifting in mind, this year Crystal Jade has introduce their Mystical Treasure Set (SG$89.00 per box of 4 pieces) which comprises four premium flavours of Gold Leaf Mooncakes encased in a newly-designed, limited-edition treasure chest (shown on the first photo above). Each set includes Crystal Jade’s premium offerings such as: Gold Leaf White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Gold Leaf Red Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Gold Leaf Plain White Lotus Paste, and Gold Leaf Mixed Nuts and Ham.

On top of that The Magnificent Five (SG$69.00 per box of 5 pieces) also makes another great gift that is packaged in a luxuriously quilted gold box. This set includes: Super Five Yolks with White Lotus Paste, Plain White Lotus Paste, White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Red Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, and Mixed Nuts and Ham.

[Crystal Jade] Snow Lotus Konnyaku Mooncake
[Photo: Crystal Jade] For a twist and something with lighter taste, you might want to consider the new Snow Lotus Konnyaku Mooncake (SG$20.00 per box of 4 pieces) which is under Crystal Jade Floral Tea Konnyaku Mooncakes range.

Crystal Jade Mooncake
Hotline: (65) 6512 0800
Online Brochure: Mid-Autumn Festival 2013

Mondays to Fridays: 
9am – 6pm


[Thye Moh Chan] Mid-Autumn Pastries
For something different than the usual baked mooncakes, you might consider getting one of these handmade Teochew pastries that comes with a selection of silky-smooth fillings wrapped with a layer of flaky pastry skin  from Thye Moh Chan. Below are the range (detail here) that you can choose from:-


Sweet or Salty Tau Sar (single yolk)
Pick your choice between sweet or savoury mung bean filling which has been prepared from scratch. Each piece of mooncake is wrapped with a single salted egg yolk with the sweet rendition topped with white sesame. Whereas for the savoury one, it is blend with salty mung bean paste, fried shallots, white sesame and seasoned with white pepper.
Medium (4 pieces per box) @ SG$24.80, Large (1 piece per box) @ SG$22.80

Yuan Yang
Make with generous filling of savoury mung bean paste, fried shallots, white sesame, spicy pork floss and salted egg yolks, this novel creation is also accented with a proprietary spice mix.
Medium (4 pieces per box) @ SG$24.80; Large (1 piece per box) @ SG$22.80

Double Delight
Wrapped with double delights of red bean paste and a unique ‘crystal’ filling made with winter melon, melon seeds, dried orange peel, white sesame, spring onions, and glutinous rice flour.
Medium (4 pieces per box) @ SG$24.80

Durian
For durian lovers, this is a contrast between smooth D24 durian-infused bean paste and crispy pastry.
Medium (4 pieces per box) @ SG$35.20

Traditional Teochew Mooncake
An old-time  favourite with combination of maltose, white sesame, dried kumquat and five-spice powder, rendering a unique and unforgettable taste.
Large (1 piece per box) @ SG$18.00

Promotions:
From 13 July to 31 August, enjoy 25% discount for purchase of 10 or more mooncake vouchers. Mooncake collection date: 5 August – 15 September

Corporate Sales Discount:
- 25% for 10 boxes and above
- 30% for 50 boxes and above

OCBC Cardmembers Privileges:
From 13 July to 31 August, OCBC Cardmembers enjoy 20% discount for purchase of 2 boxes or more.

THYE MOH CHAN
Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road, #01-45
Singapore 059413
Telephone: (65) 6604 8858

Operating hours:
10am – 10pm daily

[BreadTalk] Hello Kitty Mini Mooncakes
[Photo: BreadTalk] This year BreadTalk will be lunching their "limited edition" Hello Kitty Mini Mooncakes @ SG$25.00 per box of 4 pieces from 07 - 19 September 2013. These mooncakes comes in 4 different flavour such as:- Azuki Milk and Nuts, Green Tea Apricot, Chocolate Walnut and Glutinous Rice Yam specially packed in the Hello Kitty designed carrier so fans remember to grab them while stock last.


[Mandarin Oriental] Green Tea Paste and Japanese Kyoho Grapes
[Photo: Mandarin Oriental] This year apart from the traditional baked mooncakes, Cherry Garden also introduces the Homemade Mooncake with Green Tea Paste and Japanese Kyoho Grapes. This pairing between the sweet green tea and refreshing plum wine-infused grapes is pricing at S$62.00 per box of 4 pieces.

[Mandarin Oriental] Snow Skin Mooncake with Ginseng Egg Custard
[Photo: Mandarin Oriental] As for the premium snow skin selection, Cherry Garden also introduces Imperial Treasure Mooncake with Mangosteen Rind and Durian Paste as well as the Snow Skin Mooncake with Ginseng Egg Custard which is a luscious yellow delight that captures the velvety smooth essence of egg custard, along with crunchy bits of pine nuts, tinged with the aromatic herbal notes of the ginseng pricing at SG$62.00 per box of 8 pieces

CHERRY GARDEN
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
Marina Square
Singapore 039797
Telephone: (65) 6885 3541
Enquiry: mosin-mooncakes@mohg.com


[Photo: Din Tai Fung]
[Din Tai Fung] Baked Mini Mooncakes Treasure Set
Fans of Din Tai Fung, for this coming Mid-Autumn Festival you will be able to try their very first Baked Mini Mooncakes which comes in two new flavours such as White Lotus Seeds Paste with pineapple fillings or pine seeds and orange peels. Personally I prefer the one with orange peels which balance the sweet, savory and tangy taste of this festive treat.

[Din Tai Fung] White Lotus Seed Paste with Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Filling (left) vs White Lotus Seeds Paste with Pine seeds, Orange Peels and Quarter Yolk (right)
Each box of their Baked Mini Mooncakes Treasure Gift Set consists of four mini mooncakes (two of each flavour) pricing at SG$23.80 nett and it will be available from 01 August - 19 September 2013 at all Din Tai Fung Outlets islandwide.

[Updated on 31st August 2013]

[Eater Palace (食珍)] Flaky Teochew Yam Mooncake
Eater Place (食珍) is one of the pioneer brand that offers Flaky Teochew Yam Mooncake or also known as Or Nee Mooncake.  This has always being my favourite mooncake because it's quite different from the usual baked mooncake that is make with lotus seeds paste. I love it's layers of flaky skin which enclosed the smooth and fragrance yam paste and pumpkin which makes it just like having my favourite Or Nee (yam paste).

[Eater Palace (食珍)] Yam and Pumpkin Flaky Teochew Mooncake
The mooncake comes in a box of either two or four pieces with flavour such as:-
- Yam
- Yam And Pumpkin
- Yam Salted Egg Yolk
- Vegetarian Yam

You can sample these flaky mooncake at Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Festival (basement event hall) and grab a box or two back as gift too.

[St Regis - Yan Ting] Royal Milk Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Red Bean Paste and White Chocolate Champagne Truffle @ SG$68.80 per box of 8
[St Regis - Yan Ting] Assort Snowskin Mooncake
This year Yan Ting has introduce five new snowskin creations  using quality ingredients with flavours such as "Mao Shan Wang" durian (SG$108.00 with box of 8 snowskin mooncakes), mixed berries, green tea, purple sweet potato and royal milk tea with chocolate champagne.

And if you can't decide on what flavour to choose, you can also grab a  box of a Assorted Snowskin Mooncake (excluding durian snownkin mooncake) shown above at SG$67.80 with 8 mini mooncakes in it.

[St Regis - Yan Ting] Four Traditional Baked Mooncakes Premium Gift Set
Yan Ting also offers exclusive premium gift box set together with your selection of 8 snowskin (SG$138.00) or 4 traditional baked mooncakes (SG$158.00). The gift set comes with a charming oriental teapot with two tea cups and a canister of Dongding Oolong Tea.

Yan Ting mooncake will be available at Yan Ting Restaurant located at level 1U or the Mooncake counter next to The Drawing Room located at the lobby from 19th August to 19 September 2013.

Yan Ting - Fine Cantonese Cuisine
The St. Regis Singapore
Level 1U
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911
Telephone: (65) 6506 6887


[Hong Kong Mei Xin Mooncake] Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks
Mei-Xin Mooncake (美心月饼) is the Hong Kong's leading brand of mooncakes and this year I an si glad to receive a box of the Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks (retail price: SG$51.00 for a box of 4 mooncakes) from our Hong Kong relative who visit Singapore two weeks ago. Indeed their lotus seed  paste is smooth with a delicate fragrance and it pairs well with the salted egg yolks in it.

If you are keen to sample of their baked and snowskin mooncakes, do visit their booth at Takashimaya Mid-Autumn Festival (basement event hall) from Now to 19 September 2013, 10.00am – 9.00pm.


Friday, 16 August 2013

[Recipe] Gula Melaka Banana Cake With Walnuts

Our family loves "banana" cake except me. But about two weeks ago, when I saw Maryann (@tubbykat) Gula Melaka Banana Bread's photo on Instagram (here) I know immediately I am sold for this combination because of my favourite "Gula Melaka" which is one of the key ingredients for this recipe. With that added it definitely enhance the taste and aroma of the cake which makes them similar smells rather like caramel popcorn.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

[Recipes] Quick Lunch Bentos For Kids

It's past mid-week and I am sure everyone is looking forward to weekend. In this post, I will be sharing 5 different quick lunch bento (with two recipes) ideas which you can prepare for your kids or yourself in a way too. I am always delighted to create my bento with "colourful" items which brighten my day or for the one who eats it. Although I might not be a skillful bento maker like some of those experts who makes really good character (charaben) bento (example, Samantha Lee) but in a way I am happy with what I can do for my boy.

And I am sure you can make simple bento too with a mixture of bread/rice, meat and some sides with fried stuffs, fresh fruits and vegetables I am sure you can create something interesting out from the box.


SANDWICH SUSHI ROLL


Sandwich sushi roll can be a quick breakfast or tea snacks which you can prepare for your kids at anytime of the day. To make it more nutritious, wholemeal or mutli-grain  bread can be use to replace normal white bread together with addition of some lettuce and cucumber in it. And also you can choose fillings like egg, tuna or chicken mayonnaise depending on their preference.

(Serve: 1   | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 1 Slice of Wholemeal Bread
  • 1 Slice of Sandwich Cheese
  • 1 Hard-boiled Egg
  • 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • Cucumber and Salad Green
  • Side Dishes For Bento

  • Bento Tools:
  • Bento Box
  • Side Dishes Food Casing
  • Food Cutters For Decorations
  • Cling Wrap
  • Food Tweezer and Small Scissor
  • Drinking Straw and Dried Spaghetti

Method:-
1. Place all side-dish in food casings and arrange them on one corner of the bento box.

2. Put bread on a sheet of cling wrap, using a rolling pin to flatten bread slightly then spread a tablespoon or more of egg mayonnaise on it leaving 2cm free along the other end of the edge.

3. Top with lettuce and cucumber strip then lift up the bread and place it on top of the "cheese stars" (cut out from sandwich cheese using heartshape food cutter).

4. Roll up to enclose filling then cut the sandwich into 4 rounds.

5. When done, arrange the rounds on the food case and you are ready to serve it with the sides.



PANDA ONIGIRI BENTO


Have you thought of making Onigiri (rice ball) using bread? With sandwich bread that can be easily get in all household, you can use it to  make cute animal onigiri like what shown above. Instead of Panda, you can shape and decorate it to look like dog, cat, pig and etc base on your creativity.

Below is a simple recipe and step-by-step photo guide on how to make the bread onigiri.


(Serve: 1   | Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 1 Slice of White Bread
  • 1 Slice of Sandwich Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Tuna Mixture
  • Seaweed Sheet
  • 2 Raisin/Blueberry for Panda Ear
  • Side Dishes For Bento

  • Bento Tools:
  • Bento Box
  • Side Dishes Food Casing
  • Food Cutters For Decorations
  • Cling Wrap
  • Food Tweezer and Small Scissor
  • Drinking Straw and Dried Spaghetti

Method:-
1. Place all side-dish in food casings and arrange them on one corner of the bento box.

2. Put bread on a sheet of cling wrap, using a rolling pin flatten the bread then cut a 2cm slit on each corner of the bread (refer to the step-by-step photo above).

3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of drained tuna and place it on the centre of the flatten bread (you can drizzle some mayonnaise on it).

4.Carefully hold the 4 corners of the bread together and with the help of the cling wrap, shape the bread into a panda face (oval).

5. When done, arrange the tuna bread on the food case and you can start to decorate the feature of the panda using cheese and seaweed sheet.

6. Lastly fix the panda ears using either raining or blueberry with the help of dried spaghetti stick.



ASSORTED DESIGNED RICE BENTO


[Rice Bento] Cute Tuna Mayo Onigir
[Rice Bento] Kani and Cucumber Roll
[Rice Bento] Cucumber Roll with Teriyaki Chicken
Making your own bento like the above is  actually not as difficult as you think of. You can be creative to incorporate different side dishes/fruits which you prefer. Pick a meat or veggies to go with your sushi roll and at the same time add on some simple decoration to make it look more presentation. I hope this post can give you some inspiration to make a simple bento for your kid(s) this weekend to encourage and rewards them for coming CA2 exam. Good luck and all the best for the kids who are taking the coming CA2 or PSLE Exam.

Monday, 12 August 2013

[Recipe] Lime And Chilli Roasted Snapper

Although I do enjoy both baking and cooking as a hobby as well as a way to express my love for my family through food. But there are also days where I am on my down-side with no inspirations or mood to do anything. Moreover I just don't feel like spending more than an hour to prepare a meal with 2 dishes and a soup with lot of washing to be done, so the easier way is to settle for a quick one dish meal.


LIME AND CHILLI ROASTED SNAPPER


Last two weeks due to long weekend holidays (Hari Raya and Singapore National Day) plus I was busying with some bakes (durian hokkaido chiffon and durian butter cakes),  I decided to make good use of the oven since it had already being warm up after the bakes. So instead of using the usual steaming  method to prepare the fish, what I did was,  place the prepared fish into the oven and baked till it was cooked. Surprisingly the baked fish taste so juicy and yummy just like using steaming method too. 

(Serves: 2   | Preparation: 10 minutes  | Cooking: 20 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • *1 Whole Snapper (800g - 1kg), clean
  • 5g Fresh Ginger, sliced thinly
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, sliced thinly
  • 4 - 6 fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves, shredded
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass, lightly pound and cut into sections
  • 8 Cherry Tomato, halves
  • *1 Long Red Chilli, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 Cup loosely packed Coriander Leaves
  • Some Peanut / Cooking Oil

  • Lime And Chilli Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Thai Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Peanut Oil
Note:-
* Instead use 2 x 500g Plate Size Snapper
* For spicy version use 2 bird eye chillies instead

Method:-
1. Preheat oven to 220°C (Degrees Celsius) and layer baking tray with foil and baking paper.

2. Rinse the fish thoroughly and pat dry with kitchen paper towel. Stuff a mixture of ginger, garlic, lime leave, lemongrass and chilli in the fish cavity.

3. Rub fish all over with oil and place it in oiled and lined baking tray, scatter reminding ginger, chilli, lemongrass, garlic, lime leaves and cherry tomato over it.

4. Roast, uncovered for 15 - 20 minutes or until cooked through. Meanwhile, prepare lime and chilli dressing by mixing the ingredients together.

5. When the fish is done, drizzle dressing over it, sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.


Have a great Monday everyone!!!!

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