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

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Fun Recipe Ideas using The Laughing Cow Cheeses

[Main] Cheesy Penne with Salmon and Broccoli
Dairy products such as cheese and milk are often considered as a natural source of calcium to strengthen children's teeth and bones. With that our fridge is always packed with bottles of fresh milk and array of cheese in all form such as cheese spread, sandwich cheese and belcube cheese.

The Laughing Cow cheese products have been around for many many years. It’s known for its superbly smooth and creamy taste. So in this post I would like to share a quick pasta lunch recipe which can be easily prepared in less than 20 minutes using their cheese spread and sliced cheddar to create a delicious white cheese sauce. Besides that there are also a few fun ideas of adding cheese into your daily diet. 

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 the new gadget Bosch ErgoMixx Hand Blender added into my kitchen pantry, I decided to work on a lunch menu to test out its features and functions to blend, process and whisk. 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 were put in vain after I tested out the blender with the recipes shown below. Now I am glad that I can easily handle small amount of ingredients using this reliable blender.

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®.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Deep-fried Banana with Popiah Skin

This is a yummy finger food that mum taught me while we are having a conversation about how to use those banana that I always stock up for our weekly fruit supply. She mentioned that she saw a Taiwan cooking clip from youtube which use fresh "popiah skin" to wrap banana with some Japanese mayonnaise and deep-fried till golden brown.

So without hesitate, I bought some fresh popiah skin and start making some for our morning tea.  After which when I posted this photo on my "Instagram", someone comment that it looks similar to one of their Philippines dessert which is known as Turon or Banana Lumpia.  And when I did a Google, it shows that Turon is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas and a slice of jackfruit which dusted with brown sugar and rolled in spring roll wrapper and deep-fried.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Rosemary Honey Chicken Drumlets


There are many ways you can enjoy honey either on it's own, mix it with water or juice, drizzle on fruits and pancakes or use it for baking cake or savoury food. No matter which method you prefer, a daily dose of honey in whichever way is good to boost the body's supply of antioxidants which is therefore essential for protecting against free radicals.

In my last related honey post, I have shared a "Honey Lemonade" recipe which is good for flushing out your body system and gives it a boost to increase your daily energy. And in this post, I will be sharing another finger licking recipe using honey to enhance it taste and colours.


ROSEMARY HONEY CHICKEN DRUMLETS


If drumlets is not your preference you can always replace it with mid-joints or even chicken maryland for a hearty serving portion together with some mashed potato or garden salad to complete the meal.


(Serves: 2-3 |      Preparation: 5 minutes |         Cooking: 30 - 40 minutes)

Ingredients:
10 - 12 Chicken Drumlets
1 Tablespoon Honey Sheep Lemon West Coast Honey
1/2 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Cooking Wine
1/2 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Sprigs Rosemary, remove leaves and roughly chopped

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, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, cooking wine, pepper and rosemary leaves. Set aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

3. Line baking tray with baking paper or aluminum foil, arrange marinated chicken drumlets(remove from the fridge 10 - 15 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 - 40 minutes or till cooked through.

4. Next brush chicken drumlets with some extra honey lemon during the last 5 minutes of cooking time to enhance the colour and flavour of the drumlets.

5. When done, remove from oven and serve immediately.

Personally I love this hassle free recipe which consists of light fruity flavors of lemon with fresh herbs and honey which makes it an refreshing starter for parties or even main dish. And in conjunction with the Food Revolution Day mentioned below, I would like to encourage more readers or food lovers to choose and eat your food wisely. Nothing beats homecook food which use fresh ingredients, I am sure with some simple recipe(s) such as this Rosemary Honey Chicken Drumblets above, you are able to feed your loved ones with fresh and healthier meals anytime of the day.



HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE


Recently there is a wave about this "Food Revolution Day" which is going to take place on 19th May 2012 in different parts of the world. Initially this project is bought up by Jaime Olive to bring awareness across food consumers on proper diet habits using fresh ingredients rather than processed food which are high in sugar, unnatural preservatives and unknown chemicals. And here in Singapore we also have a group of food lovers who gets together to support this event, and this would be held on 19th May 2012 at The Lawn.

So all food lovers in Singapore, come and join with us on Food Revolution Day where all food lovers gather for a dinner party, share and learn about their knowledge about food! To find out more, you can hope over to Facebook or Twitter now to get the latest updates! Cya there!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Caramel Popcorn

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Popcorn or popping corn is corn (maize) which expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. There are many techniques for popping corn from either normal kitchen pan/pot, microwave to large scale popcorn machines. Usually Popcorn is eaten in movie theatres that served in choices such as salted or sweetened. But now instead of having it only in the cinema, we could also easily make them at home or purchase in major supermarkets.

About a year ago "Garrett Popcorn" which is a chain of popcorn outlets open it's first outlet in Resort World Sentosa and now they have many other outlets located in Singapore too. (detail HERE). I love their Caramel Flavour with Macadamia Nuts where I could enjoy my favourite nuts and popcorn coated with delicious caramel.


CARAMEL POPCORN


My boy prefers popcorn which is sweeten like those sold in the "cinema" compared to those available in the commercial shops (either nuts, chocolate,  cheese, colouring and etc). And since it is pretty easier to make "popcorn" at home using minimum ingredients and a cooking pot (or home type popcorn machine), we always "pop" some whenever we crave for them.


(serves: 4 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Corn Kernel

Caramel Sauce:
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Golden Syrup
3/4 Cup Caster Sugar
100g Butter Chopped


Method:-
1. Line a big baking tray with baking papers, allowing 2cm overhang at long ends.

2. Heat oil in HCP(or any cooking pan) over medium heat. Add 2 - 3 corn kernels to test the heat. (Oil is hot enough when corn turns slowly in a circle)

3. Add remaining corn, cover and lock the pan(if using HCP). Shake pan gently when corn starts popping.

4. Remove from heat when corn stops popping. Transfer to a bowl and discard un-popped corn.

5. To make Caramel Sauce:- Clean the pan using kitchen paper towel after removing the popcorn. Place honey, golden syrup, sugar and butter in the pan. Stir and cook over very low heat for about 6 minutes or until sugar dissolved.

6. Next bring the mixture to boil without stirring for another 5 minutes or until light golden.

7. Work quickly, pour mixture over popcorn and stir to combine. Rest caramel popcorn in prepared lined baking tray to cool completely.

8. Break into pieces and served or stored in air-tight containers.


Although this recipe is done using Happy Call Pan (HCP) but you still can apply the same method using any heavy duty pan/pot to achieve the similar results. Have a lovely weekend everyone!!! Cheers!

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