Showing posts with label Finger Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Finger Food. Show all posts

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Pezzo Launches Ho Ho Hola Hawaiian Pizza + Win A Year Supply Of Pizza

[Pezzo Pizza] Hot Chick, Fisherman's Favourite and Sambal Ikan Bilis (clockwise)
Pezzo, a home-grown pizzeria chain with 13 convenient pizza-by-the-slice kiosks and 6 delivery stores around the island of Singapore. With its fresh new look of bright red and yellow Carnival-themed storefronts and custom designed delivery boxes, Pezzo hopes to create the same happiness for their customers through its pizzas too. And thanks to the folks of Pezzo, we get to try some of their new creations plus their Ho Ho Hola Hawaiian pizza which will be available for this festive season till 31 December 2013.

[Pezzo Pizza] Sambal Ikan Bilis, Ho Ho Hola Hawaiian (top row), Fisherman's Favourite and Hot Chick
The pizzas are Pezzo are freshly made with hand-stretched dough that topped with freshest quality of meat and vegetables together with different types of cheese to enhance the taste of each creations. Overall we were quite satisfy with the taste of the four flavours that we had tried but the crust was not very consistent (perhaps due to hand-stretched) as certain portions were relatively thicker than the other which we think there is still rooms for improvement.

Below are some of our thoughts on each of the flavours that we had tried.

Monday, 2 September 2013

[4 Recipes] Quick and Easy Meal With Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender

With a new gadget; Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender added to  my kitchen pantry recently, I decided to work on a lunch menu to test out its features and functions on blend, process and whisk. And in this post, I will be sharing four recipes using those functions which I am quite happy with the end results.

Actually before using the hand blender I did a Google search on it's review; and I am pretty distracted with some of the negative reviews on it's universal cutter and blender. But all those worries are gone after I test out the blender with the recipes shown below and I am glad that now I can easily hand small amount of ingredients using this reliable blender.

Above is my set of Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender which you can reader more on it's features and function in my product review post here.


BEETROOT AND POTATO SOUP


Beetroot is a "powerful" root vegetable which contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid which is good for the body. And I have also shared a few recipes using beetroot like ABC Power Cake which we all love. In this post I prepare a thick soup with beetroot, carrot and potato using my new Bosch hand blender and surprisingly the soup turns out great with a smooth texture and fragrance aroma from the bay leave (don't worry there is no raw beetroot taste at all).

To enjoy the soup, we top it with a dollar of Greek Yogurt (or you can use sour cream) and serve it together with some rustic bread which makes it a great hearty dish during cold days.


(Serves: 2  |  Preparation: 10 minutes  | Cooking: 30 - 40 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 2 Medium Beetroot (250g)
  • 1 Small Carrot (100g)
  • 3 Medium Potatoes (250g)
  • 1 Small Brown Onion, diced
  • 1 Bay Leave
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Cup Chicken Broths
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Some Sour Cream / Greek Yogurt, optional

Method:-
1. Peel and dice beetroot, carrot and potato into small cubes. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion and carrot, cook on low heat for 3 minutes till onion is tender.

3. Add in beetroot, potato, bay leaves and chicken stock. Bring to boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until beetroot is tender.

4. Remove from heat, take out the bay leave and use Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender to process the mixture on Speed 8 till smooth then season with salt and pepper.

5. Ladle soup into serving bowls, top with some sour cream and pepper. Serve warm with bread.



SESAME CHICKEN MEATBALL


This Sesame Chicken Meatballs makes it a great party/finger food for both Adults and Kids. It's super easy to prepare and you can even do a spicy version by adding 1 bird eye chilli and a stick of lemon grass to the existing ingredients.

In the past even though my family loves meatball, patty and etc, I don't usually prepared them at home because my existing Bosch food processor is way too "huge" to minced 150g of chicken breast or pork fillet. But now with my light weight hand blender everything seems like a breeze and I can easily prepared my minced meat within a minute or two (depending on the texture that you want).

(Make: 15 - 18 meatballs | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 150g Chicken Breast Fillet, diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce/ Light Soy Sauce
  • ½ Teaspoon Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger Juice, optional
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary
  • 4 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • Oil for Deep-frying

Method:-
1. Using the Bosch Ergo Mixx Universal Chopper, place diced chicken, fish sauce, lime juice, ginger and rosemary in the provided container together with the blade and process using Speed 6 till almost smooth.

2. Remove the paste and hand roll about ½ tablespoon of the mixture into small round shapes.

3. Next coat it with sesame seeds and place on plate while repeating the rest of the chicken mixture.

4. Deep-fry meatballs in batches, drain well and serve with extra sweet chilli/tomato sauce.


PUMPKIN AND SWEETCORN PANCAKES


Pancake is the easiest dish to prepare if you are looking for a quick breakfast idea. You can either make it sweet or savory by adding in different ingredients like cheese, bacon, carrot, tomato or even plain. Here with the help of my hand blender (balloon whisk), I can easily prepare my favourite (serve 1 - 2) wholemeal pancake without the need of taking out my electric beater.

Other than making corn fritter, I also like to add fresh sweetcorn kernels into my wholemeal pancake for that extra crunch and natural sweetness. For this recipe, you can swap between pumpkin or sweet potato depend on your preference and their availability in your pantry.


(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 100g Cake/Wholemeal Flour
  • 3g Baking Powder
  • 50g Pumpkin, finely chopped
  • 50g Sweetcorn Kernels
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 20g Brown Sugar
  • 15ml Grape Seeds Oil
  • 120ml Milk
  • 1 Egg White
Method:-
1. Using the Bosch Ergo Mixx Hand Blender Balloon Whisk beat egg yolk with brown sugar till thick and creamy.

2. Slowly whisk in oil and milk then stirs well in between till combined.

3. Next add in pumpkin, corn kernels and flour mixture, mixed well and set aside.

4. With a clean balloon whisk attached to the hand blender, whisk egg white on Speed 6/8 till stiff peak.

5. First fold in 1/3 of the whites into the flour mixture and stir till combined then follow by remaining whites and stir till no trace of white found.

6. Heat up a lightly oiled frying pan, pour ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake and cook until it is golden brown on both side.

7. Remove and keep warm, continue with the remaining batter.

8. Serve pancake with maple syrup or honey together with butter.


CHOCOLATE BANANA TOFU MOUSSE
(Eggless version)


Love this "Eggless and Sugarless"  Chocolate Mousse dessert to bits as it's very different from the normal chocolate mousse recipes which requires cream, eggs and sugar. Here cream is replace with "tofu" whereas egg and sugar is being replace by "banana" for a light and healthier version with natural sweetness mainly from banana and chocolate.

If  using "raw egg" is an issue for you (I usually avoid recipe using raw egg) to avoid making chocolate mousse for the kids, perhaps you would like to try this version by using banana and tofu which I am sure it will be a much healthier dessert to prepare for the whole family.


(Serves: 4  | Preparation: 10 minutes  | Chilling: 1 - 2 hours)

Ingredients:
  • 200g Pressed Tofu
  • 300g Ripe Banana
  • 160g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extra, optional
Method:-
1. Rinse and drain pressed tofu on kitchen paper towel.

2. Melt chocolate in a double-boiler over a pot of simmering water or microwave in a heatproof bowl for 1 minute on HIGH. Stir mixture till smooth and set aside.

3. Place banana, tofu and melt chocolate into the provided tall beaker, use Bosch Ergo Mixx Hand Blender and process the mixture on Speed 6 till smooth.

4. Transfer the mixture into small sterilized bottle jars and keep in the fridge for about 2 hours till firm.

5. Serve with whipped cream or berries.

With the four step-by-step recipes above featuring different functions of the new Bosch MSM6 ErgoMixx Hand Blender I hope it will be of some help for those who is keen in getting a hand blender for their kitchen. Friendly speaking this hand blender do come in handy if you are working on small portion of ingredients especially for "baby/toddler" food or quick dishes like mashed potato, cream soup, pancake, muffin and etc. For more recipe ideas using Bosch kitchen products you can visit their recipe site @ http://www.bosch-home.com.sg/recipe-home-page.html


*All recipes and opinions expressed in this post are my own and there is no monetary compensation received.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Huiji Baked Honey Chicken Wings

2013 is approaching within another 2 more days before 2012 ends and indeed this year I have another fruitful year with new recipes testing (Happy Call Pan, Korean Recipes, Joyoung Soymilk Maker, Zespri Kiwifruits and etc), family trips (Voyager Of The Seas, Tokyo (Japan) and Bangkok (Thailand)) and friends that I get to know through blogging and other social media platforms.

With another festive countdown gathering to celebrate 2013 I am sure finger food will be something handy for you to prepare or bring along as one of the potluck dishes.


HUIJI BAKED HONEY CHICKEN WINGS


As most of us love either BBQ, Grilled or Baked Chicken Wings as one of the party finger food. Here with a twist of my favourite Baked Rosemary Honey Chicken, I have marinated the wings using Huiji Waist Tonic to infuse it with herbal taste and as well as aroma when baked.


(Serves: 2-3 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 30 minutes)

Ingredients:
8 Chicken Wings
1.5 Tablespoon Honey
1 Cup (20ml, using huiji measuring cup) Huiji Waist Tonic
1/2 Tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Minced Ginger, optional

Method:-
1. Trim and rinse chicken wings, pat dry using kitchen paper towel. Marinate wings with the above ingredients and set aside in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

2. Line baking tray with baking paper or alumimum foil, tuck in the wings and arrange it on the baking tray.

3. Bake in preheated 200° degree Celsius(400 degrees Fahrenheit) oven for about 30 minutes or till meat is cooked through. (flipping the wings two to three time during cooking to even the brown colours)

4. You can also scatter some sesame seeds on the wings half way through baking time.


This is a very simple and easy to prepare dish which you could marinate it overnight in the fridge and bake it in the oven an hour before the party. I am sure this would be a finger licking food with it's caramelized taste from the honey and sweet herbal fragrance from the Huiji Waist Tonic.

Lastly I would like to wish everyone a Happy 2013 ahead. Thanks for all your support towards Cuisine Paradise website and Facebook page I would continue ti try my best to share more recipes and reviews in coming new year ahead.

Monday, 13 August 2012

{Zespri Kiwifruits Feast} Apple, Kiwifruit Mint Smoothie, Baked Drumlets With Kiwifruit, Spicy Penne with Salmon and Kiwifruit plus Lemongrass Jelly with Kiwifruits


I am sure those of you who has being following my threads on the various social media platforms (such as facebook, twitter and instagram) would have been seeing me updating a lot of "kiwifruits" related posts for the past one week. (so sorry if I have "spam" some of your timelines :p ) As you have read from my previous post(s), this year I am taking up the "Zespri® 14 days Daily Scoop of Amazing Challenge (#14daysofZespri)" to test out how creative I can work with these "fuzzy brown fruits" to incorporate them into our daily diet.

So over the past weekend, I have come out with a 4 Course Kiwi-licious Menu starting with:- Apple, Kiwifruit And Mint Smoothie, Baked Drumlets With Kiwifruit And Mint, Spicy Penne With Salmon And Kiwifruit follow by a refreshing Lemongrass Kiwifruits Konnyaku Jelly for dessert. In this post, I would be sharing the first 3 recipes whereas for the Lemongrass Jelly it would be featured in another post.


APPLE, KIWIFRUIT AND MINT SMOOTHIE



Last Saturday, to start off our Kiwifruit Feast, we had this refreshing "Apple, Kiwifruit And Mint Smoothie" before meal. And in order to enjoy a glass of icy cold smoothie without adding ice to dilute the taste of the drinks, I used Frozen Kiwifruits. After blending all the ingredients together, the texture is quiet similar to those ice blended beverages but with thicker flavour!


(Serves: 2     | Preparation: 5 minutes )

Ingredients:
2 Frozen Zespri® Green Kiwifruits, cut into quarters
2 Green Apples, cut int cubes
Handful of Mint Leaves, roughly chopped
1 Stall of Lemongrass, cut half and lightly bruised
1/2 Tablespoon of Honey, optional

Method:-
1. In a blender, combined green apple, kiwifruits, mint leaves and honey (if adding) together and blend till smooth.

2. Pour into 2 serving glasses and garnish with lemongrass to act as stirrer as well as to enhance the flavour.

ALTERNATIVELY:-
3. You can half filled the glasses with Kiwifruit Smoothie and top it up with either sparking water or cream soda for a refreshing summer night drinks.



BAKED DRUMLETS WITH KIWIFRUIT AND MINT



Next for appetizer I have prepared this "Baked Drumlets with Kiwifruit and Mint".  I am sure most of you have tried Honey Baked Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Rosemary Chicken and etc. But have you tried Kiwifruit Chicken before? Here I am challenging myself to a new recipe using kiwifruit as a marinade and dressing for this dish.  And surprising, it turns out quiet well and the meat is super tender and juicy due to the natural tenderizer in kiwifruits.


(Serves: 2    | Preparation: 15 minutes     | Cooking: 30 minutes)

Ingredients:
1 Zespri® Green Kiwifruit, cut into halved
6 Chicken Drumlets
1 Teaspoon Light Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Cooking Wine
Dash of Sesame Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Chopped Mint Leaves
Some Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Method:-
1. Trim the bone end of each chicken drumlets, remove skin around the bone and push the down the flesh to the head of the drumlet to form a cluster.

2. Marinate the drumlets with honey, half kiwifruit (mashed it with a fork till paste form), light soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, pepper and mint in the fridge for about 15 - 30 minutes. (do not marinate for more than an hour as kiwifruit juice might over tenderizer the chicken meat)

3. Line baking tray with baking paper or aluminum foil, arrange marinated chicken drumlets (remove from the fridge 5 - 10 minuets before cooking) on it and bake in oven toaster for about 30 minutes (flipping the drumlets two to three time during cooking to even the brown colours).

ALTERNATIVELY:-
~ Bake in a preheated 200° Celsius(400 degrees Fahrenheit) oven for about 30  minutes or till cooked through.

If this set of Kiwifruit beverage and finger food are on a cafe menu, will you order :)


SPICY PENNE WITH SALMON AND KIWIFRUIT



Last year's for my Zespri Kiwifruit main course, I did a "Pan-fry Salmon with Green Kiwifruit" that was served with a vinaigrette dressing. Whereas for this year, I decided to cook Penne which is sort of like a salad that is toss chillies oil with salmon chunks and kiwifruit which makes it similar to Aglio Olio.

For this dish, each mouthful that you taste will be a different experience ranging between spicy, sour, sweet, fragrant and cheesy (if crumbled cheese is added) due to the ingredients used.  For us, this is a very interesting experience.


(Serves: | Preparation: 5 minutes    | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 Zespri® Green Kiwifruits, cut into wedges
180g Penne Pasta
200g Salmon Fillet, cut into thick chunk
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 - 3 Fresh Small Red Chillies, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
Rind of 1 Lemon
1/2 Tablespoon Dried Parsley OR
1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
Freshly Ground Black Pepper and Salt to Taste
Some Crumbled Cheddar Cheese, optional


Method:-
1. Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water until tender; drain.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large frying pan; cook salmon, chilli and garlic, stirring until salmon chunks are just cooked through.

3. Remove salmon from heat and stir in parsley and lemon rind for 10 seconds till fragrant.

4. Combine pasta with salmon and kiwi mixture into the pan, give it a good toss in the pan for 10 seconds, season with freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.



LEMONGRASS KIWIFRUIT KONNYAKU JELLY
(Upcoming Post)


For dessert I made this light and aromatic Lemongrass And Kiwifruit Konnyaku Jelly which was inspired from one of the dessert that I had during Chinese New Year dinner. So I thought maybe I could combined two of my favourite ingredients into one simple dessert to ease the recent heat waves. And as you can see from the photo above, there is also a  "Winnie The Pooh" shape jelly at one corner, so if you are keen to try this 10 minutes jelly, do stay tune for the up coming recipe soon.

Till then for more interesting recipes using Kiwifruit, you can visit Zespri's website @ http://www.zespri.com.sg/


Photo Credits: Zespri®
Lastly just for a quick note which I think I have mentioned in my previous post(s) too. Kiwifruit actually has 5 times the nutrition of apples and also more essential nutrients than 27 other popular fruits such as oranges and banana. I have included a Fun comparison chart above for your quick reference.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Zespri Kiwifruit, Your Daily Scoop Of Amazing

I am sure recently when you are doing your daily or weekly groceries shopping, you would notice that most supermarket are storing or having promotion on Zespri® Kiwifruit such as Zespri® Gold, Green or Organic which are available in their peak season.

So with Zespri® Kiwifruit as a great source of fibre which is essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system. I decided to take up the Zespri® 14 days Daily Scoop of Amazing Challenge which I am sure it will helps to improve my health (which I always have indigestion problem) as well as in-cooperate a balance diet and at the same time boost out our family immune system too.

Eating and bring Kiwifruit around is such a breeze with a handy kiwifruit container like this (I got this from last year Zespri® event but sometime you can get this free during Zespri® Kiwifruit promotion in the supermarkets too). As you can see from the photo above, it comes with a 2-in-1 plastic spoon and knife which enable you to cut and eat the fruit without having a mess.

As most of us know, Zespri® Kiwifruits is low in calories and fat which is a perfect snack to eat every day too. So when I post a photo on instagram and facebook page yesterday evening asking which kiwifruit I should bring along for dessert when dining out,  I received quite a number of suggestions from readers, where most of them prefer Zespri Gold (I guess they have impression that Zespri Gold is sweeter than the Green). So below I include a chart comparing both Zespri® Gold and Green for your leisure read up and better understanding of these two kiwifrutis.

Photo Credited to Zespri®


Other than serving it as snacks or desserts, Kiwifruit can also be a great breakfast choice especially for many Singaporean who are caught up in the morning rush like school kids or working adults. To eat this fruits, all you need to do is cut it into half and scoop to enjoy. Moreover kiwifruit has dose of Vitamin C, fibre and anti-oxidants which will help to promote good health and directly benefits the body.

And as usual for this year blogger's introductory pack, we also received quiet a number of interesting cute kiwifruit items such as keychains, recipes booklet, pens, lunch box, fresh kiwifruits and etc like what we get last year (HERE, if you still remember the Zespri® Goodie Bags Giveaway). So please stay tune for this year's Zespri® Goodie Bags Giveaway (more details will be reveal soon) if you are interested to win some of these lovely items.

Since I have extra supplies of kiwifruits (on top of those that I bought weekly) from Zespri® I decided to share the goodness of this amazing kiwifruits with some of my besties and other family members whom I know they would definitely love them to bits.

Emmmm! Even Mum's Beagle is curious about the taste of the kiwifruits


RECIPES USING ZESPRI KIWIFRUITS


Below are some of my Zespri® Kiwifruit recipes that I have shared last year using Zespri® Gold and Zespri® Green Kiwifruit which you might be interested to read more about it.


MENU
Kiwi, Lime And Mint Cooler
Avocado with Gold Kiwifruit Salsa
Pan-fry Salmon with Green Kiwifruit



DESSERT / TEA 
Kiwi And Lime Cupcakes


Lastly if you like to try other new dishes or bakes using kiwifruits, do stay tune for my upcoming post(s) on how/what I am going to create for this year using these amazing kiwifruits from Zespri®.

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