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Sunday, 9 February 2014

[With Recipes] 2014 Chinese New Year Lunch Gathering With Relatives

This is the second year we invited our relatives over for Chinese New Year lunch gathering where everyone can mingles around as well as enjoy some homecook dishes and cakes prepared by my mum and myself. As usual we have a big group of relatives and to prepare a semi buffet for 30 people in a home base kitchen with gas stove and a microwave convection oven (my built-in oven was down) was rather a bit challenging for us. But thanks god we managed to get all the food up on time and everyone enjoys the array of food and family bonding time too.

So here is a long-winded post with photos of the food as well as related recipes (or recipe links) for your reference in case you need some inspiration on what to cook before the 15 days of lunar new year ends on Friday, 14 Feb 2014 (ooooo it's also Valentine's Day too)

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.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Parents World Junior Chef Workshop And Competition

Photo Credit:- Parents World Magazine
Time flies, about two years back in 2011 I was engaged by Parents World Magazine for their Great Kids Cookout event to in-charge the Pizza and Bento workshop which you could read about it here. And this year, we are back with them at ARC (Alexandra) with more exciting workshop for your kids from 22 - 30 June 2013.

There are two work stations each handle by Chef Catherina Hosoi and Ellena Guan (me) for this Junior Chef Workshop such as:- Soup and Dessert (by Chef Catherina Hosoi), Bento and Pizza Toast (by Ellena Guan). To register for the workshop, simple just spent a minimum of S$30.00 at ARC or VivoCity from 31 May to 30 June. Below are some samples of the pizza toast and bento which will be taught during the workshop.

Creative Pizza Toast that will brighten up your kid's day as well as boost up their appetite for fussy eater with bits and pieces of the colourful ingredients in it.

Simple recipe on how to make Pizza Toast

Instead of the usual "rice" Onigiri, in this workshop we replace rice with another daily staple food like bread for a change and it's also easier for kids to handle too. I am sure the kids will be thrilled to receive a colourful breakfast/lunch bento set like this.

So do drop by ARC this school holiday from 22 - 30th June and pick up your kid's desire workshop to hands-on as well as bring back some yummy food to feast on. See you there!

Photo Credit: Parents World Magazine
On top of the Junior Chef Workshop mentioned above, VivoCity will be collaborating with Parents World Magazine to organise the ‘Junior Chef’ Competition 2013' for children aged 5 to 12 years old. This competition is categorised into two age-groups such as:-

5 -  8 Years Old
Cake Decoration Competition where younger kids get to demonstrate their budding creativity through designing their own Cake.

9 - 12 Years Old
Whereas for the older kids, they will need to whip up a mouth-watering sweet delight for the Dessert Making category.

Winners for both categories will walk away with a range of attractive prizes! So do sign up your kid of this Junior Chef Competition to showcase their interest in cake designing and cooking.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Quick Easter Bunny Bento

With Easter Sunday coming up this weekend, I prepared a quick Easter Pizza Bento for my boy as his breakfast.  Actually there are nothing complicated about this bento, what I did was transformed the pizza toast which I had made previously into something Easter themed with Bunny and Easter Egg.

After which just use your imagination to decorate the bunny as well as the oval shape so that it would resemble Easter egg design.


QUICK EASTER BUNNY BENTO



(Serves: 1  | Preparation: 10 minutes )



Ingredients:
2 Pieces of Wholemeal Bread
1 Slice of Picnic Ham
1 Slice of Sandwich Cheese
1 Cherry Tomato, halved
Some Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
Some Mozzarella Grated
Garnish with dried parsley and grated Parmesan cheese
Easter Theme Cutters

Method:-
1. Using a Bunny and Oval shaped food cutter, cutout the shapes from the wholemeal bread. Set aside.

2. Lightly toast the bread for about 1 - 2 minutes in a toaster oven till slightly crisp.

3. Spread a layer of tomato sauce on the toasted bread, top it with some Mozzarella cheese.

4. Decorate it with ham, sandwich cheese and tomato then bake it for another 30 seconds or more to melt the cheese


5. When done, serve pizza with some fresh fruits and milk (or juice).



OTHER EASTER RELATED RECIPES


Easter Chicky Bento with "3D Pumpkin Rice Chick" plus side-dishes such as Nuggets, Pumpkin Sliced and Cherry Tomato sandwich with cheese to complete the meal.

Easter Cupcakes baked using empty egg shells which had being dyed with food colourings.

Chocolate Hot Cross Bun, a prefect treat for coming Easter.

Nested Easter featured volcano like toasted loaf which consists runny soft-boiled egg, extra bits of fried bacon that served together with a bed of shredded cucumber and mixed dried fruits.

Lastly for this coming long weekend, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter Holiday.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Homemade Pizza Using Perfect Italiano Cheese

March school holiday is going on this week so we have more rest and relax time to enjoy our breakfast and afternoon tea. And upon request from my kid, we have assorted pizza in different base such as "Thin or Thick Crust" using Pita Pocket, Wrap and normal sandwich bread.

And with a decent packet of Pizza or Mozzarella Cheese, you could also turn homemade pizza into something similar like restaurant serving which impressed your family or friends. Below we have 3 quick pizza ideas (with recipes) which I hope you would find it useful as a quick meal idea.


HAM AND TOMATO PIZZA
(using wholemeal wrap and Perfect Italiano Grated Mozzarella)


If you love "Thin Crust" pizza, I am sure you would love this! Just pick up any flavour / brand of wrap, despite whether it is plain, wholemeal or etc. Most important tip is to pre-bake the wrap for a minute or two (on both side) to get it slightly crisp before spreading the sauce and add on the toppings. In this way the base will remain crispy instead of soggy after baked and makes it an addictive finger food.


(Serves: 2  | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 1 Piece of Wholemeal Wrap
  • 30g Of Shaved Ham, roughly tear
  • 100g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated
  • 2 Broccoli Florets, cut into smaller pieces
  • Some Cherry Tomato, halved
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
  • Garnish with dried parsley, chilli flakes, grated Parmesan cheese

Method:-
1. Lightly baked the wrap on both side for about 2 - 3 minutes in an toaster oven (or pop it into a preheated 180 Degree Celsius oven) till slightly crisp.

2. Remove, spread a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce on the wrap. Top it with half the amount of the Mozzarella cheese.

3. Arrange shaved ham, broccoli and tomato on it then follow by another layer of Mozzarella cheese.

4. Pop the prepared pizza back into the toaster oven (or normal oven) and bake for another 5 minutes or till cheese melted and turn slightly golden brown in colour.

5. To serve, top with some garnishing of your choice and enjoy it while hot.



HAM AND MUSHROOM PIZZA TOAST
(using wholemeal bread and Perfect Italiano Grated Mozzarella)


For a quick breakfast idea, grab any type of sandwich bread you have at home. Spread it with some tomato base pasta sauce (or with any tomato or BBQ sauce that you have), add some Mozzarella cheese plus your favourite toppings (or anything you can find in your fridge) to create a delicious pizza toast like what we have done.  This recipe is very easy and it can be done within 5 - 10 minutes using whatever ingredients on hand to create a delicious pizza treat at anytime of the day.


(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 Slices of Wholemeal Bread
30g Of Shaved Ham, roughly tear
100g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated
1 - 2 Brown Button Mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 - 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
Garnish with dried parsley, chilli flakes, grated Parmesan cheese

Method:-
1. Lightly toast the wholemeal bread on both side for about 1 - 2 minutes in an toaster oven (or pop it into a preheated 180 Degree Celsius oven) till slightly crisp.

2. Remove, spread a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce then top it evenly with half the amount of the Mozzarella cheese.

3. Arrange shaved ham and mushroom on it then follow by another layer of Mozzarella cheese.

4. Pop the prepared pizza back into the toaster oven (or normal oven) and bake for another 3 minutes or till cheese melted and turn slightly golden brown in colour.

5. To serve, top with some garnishing of your choice and enjoy it while hot.


Short Video Clips on making Pizza Toast

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ASSORTED PIZZA
(using pita pocket and Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus)


For a more satisfying treat that close to a "Thick Crust" pizza, you could get a packet of Pita Pocket which is available in the supermarket (bread section) that comes in either small or medium rounds. With that you could enjoy a mini pizza party for your family movie night using your favourite toppings like Hawaiian, Tuna, Seafood and etc.


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

Ingredients:
  • 4 Wholemeal Small Pita Pocket
  • 250g Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus Cheese
  • 1 Hardboiled Egg, halved
  • Some Tuna Mayo
  • 4 Fresh Prawns, Halved
  • Some Fresh Basil Leaves, thinly shredded
  • Some Cherry Tomato, halved
  • Some Ham And Capsicum, sliced
  • Some Fresh Pineapple, cubed
  • Some Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
  • Garnish with dried parsley, chilli flakes, grated Parmesan cheese

Method:-
1.Lightly toast the pita pocket on both side for about 1 - 2 minutes in an toaster oven (or pop it into a preheated 180 Degree Celsius oven) till slightly crisp.

2. Remove, spread a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce then top it evenly with half the amount of the Pizza Plus cheese.

3. Top with your desire ingredients and follow the similar steps base on the recipes shown above.


Lastly I hope with these 3 quick pizza recipes it would somehow or rather inspired you to prepare more homecook food for the family which I believe it is not as difficult as what you think. Just start with something simple, like the Pizza Toast which requires only normal sandwich bread, cheese and ham.  I am sure you could do, remember to share your pizza photos with us over at our facebook page (HERE). Hope to see yours soon :)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

[With Recipes] Lunar New Year Lunch Gathering With Relatives

This year mum and I decided to do a combined New Year lunch gathering to invite our relatives over for a festive lunch. We hope to take this opportunity to get touch and mingle with everyone since we seldom get a chance to eat together as a big group during normal days of the year.

{Chinese New Year Gathering} Our Big Family! Photo Credit to Alvin @ http://mralvinlyt.tumblr.com/
As this was my first time cooking for 30 pax, I was pretty excited about the whole gathering and I also spent quite some time drafting the menu to cater for festive feel plus majority preference.  And thanks God, everything went on smooth with surplus of food and everyone has a wonderful family bonding time together too.

Gift For Our Neighbour
Beside the family gathering, every year we also prepared something as a token of appreciation for our neighbours. Being staying around my area for more than 10 years and we have two families of wonderful neighbours whom we always joke and chit chat whenever we see each other. And every year during Lunar New Year, Malay Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas season, we would exchange gifts and food together to soak in the festive atmosphere as well as appreciate each others culture and friendships.



FAMILY LUNCH GATHERING DURING
DAY 2 OF CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR


Above is my draft lunch menu which we also added a few last minute dishes in order to feed a group of 30 persons. And below are some foodporn of the dishes that we had during the lunch gathering.......


APPETIZER


{Appetizer} Spicy Top Shell
Since I don't really fancy top shell, I have limited ideas on how to create a dish using this. But mum on the other hand loves to use this as side dish (Chinese Salad) together with some onion, cucumber and spicy sauce. And to enhance the taste, mum also added in some small chilli (diced) and crashed roasted peanut which makes it taste similar to Thai-style salad.


(Preparation: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
3 Cans of Top Shell
2 Japanese Cucumber, skin removed
6 Calamansi (酸柑), halved and juice
6 Shallot, thinly sliced
1 Small Chilli, chopped
2 Tablespoons of Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, optional
Some Roasted Peanuts (optional), roughly chopped

Method:-
1. Rinse and drain the top shell, thinly sliced and set aside.

2. Cut the cucumber into halve, lengthwise then sliced 0.5cm thick diagonally.

3. In a mixing bowl, mix together top shell, cucumber, shallot, chilli, calamansi juice, chilli sauce and some freshly ground black pepper together.

4. Season the taste with more calamansi juice/chilli sauce, top it with some crashed peanuts before serving.


{Appetizer} Yogurt With Mixed Fruit Salad
For kids and those who don't like the Spicy Top Shell, I have prepared some Yogurt With Mixed Fruit Salad as alternative choice. This is a quick appetizer which you could easily whipped it up at home using assorted fruits of your choice like:- dragon fruit, apple, pear, avocado, orange, strawberry and etc. Mix the cut fruits with either flavoured yogurt or Greek yogurt for a thick and creamy texture. 


MAIN DISH


{Main} Mini Buddha Jumps Over The Wall
Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (佛跳牆) is made from numerous delicacies with more than 10 ingredients such as bamboo shoots, scallops, sea cucumber, abalone, shark fin, chicken, Jinhua ham, pork tendon, mushrooms and etc. These ingredients are then simmered over low heat for many hours with just the right amount of heat to achieve the irresistible taste of this traditional dish.

But on our end, instead of making this soup dish from scratch we shorten the cooking process by using ready bought "Buddha Jumps Over The Wall" soup broth. On top of it, we add in extra ingredients like abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, scallops, chicken broth and etc to create our quick and easy Mini Buddha Jumps Over The Wall (迷你佛跳牆).

{Main} Longevity Noodles With Superior Broth
You might find this "noodle dish" familiar because I have shared the recipe in my previous post on the Chinese Cooking Demo by Chef Eric Low.  

For our version instead of using the traditional Longevity Noodles, we replaced it with Ee Fu Noodles and also add in Chinese Cabbage (Napa Cabbage) for extra sweetness.

{Main} Braised Pork Belly With Mushroom
To pair with the steamed white rice, mum specially prepared this pot of Braised Pork Belly With Mushrooms which is well received and gone within minutes too.

{Main} Stir-fry Sweet Peas with Leek And Carrot
A very "green veggie" dish that mum and I come up with using Sweet Peas, Celery, Chinese Leek, Mushrooms, Carrot, Wolfberries, Lily Buds and Chinese Preserved Sausage for extra seasoning flavour. Before serving, I also scattered some roasted cashew nuts on top for extra crunch too.  

{Main} Baked Honey Chicken With Rosemary
Instead of deep-fried chicken wings, I bought 2 kg of mid-joints to make 2 different recipes to cater for two groups of guests. First we had this Baked Honey Chicken With Rosemary which was savory and yet with hint of sweetness from the caramelized honey. Recipe can be found here

{Main} Korean Spicy Chicken Wings
Next for my cousins and aunties who are fans of Korean food and drama. I specially made this Korean Spicy Chicken Wings for them. Although mine were not as spicy and fiery as compared to those from Nene Chicken, but majority of them love my combi of using Gochujang paste, sesame seeds, grated ginger and etc which you could find my recipe here at one of my Korean Cooking Project post.

{Main} Hakka Style Rice Wine Chicken
Traditional Hakka Style Rice Wine Chicken (黄酒鸡 ) (my recipe) made by my mother-in-law who is a typical Hakka lady whom is good in culinary skill. She has a lot good traditional recipe on Hakka delicacy such as Abacus Seeds (recipe),  Steamed Pork Belly with Mui Choy (recipe), Soon Kueh and etc which I still learning and try to make it simple to share the recipes in my website with those who are keen in trying those dishes.

{Main} Homemade Assorted Mini Pizza
Everyone loves pizza especially those with lot of cheese and pipping hot ones that are just out from the oven. In order to speed the preparation and serve it hot, we used ready bought Pita Bread (thick crust) and Wholemeal Wraps (thin crust) from supermarket to use as the pizza base.

It's so fun creating our own pizza using ready bought pizza base (put in the fan-force oven for about 3 minutes till slightly crisp before use), pizza sauce (I used tomato base spaghetti sauce) , sausage, pineapples, capsicums, shredded mozzarella cheese, prawns, tomato, mayo tuna and etc as the toppings.
 
{Main} Assorted Finger Food
Party cannot do without fingers food like nuggets, chicken gyoza, fish balls, sotong balls, hotdog, sausages and etc as these are the all time favourite for both kids and adults.


DESSERT


Assorted Drinks

{Dessert} Osmanthus And Chestnut Koi Jelly
I love dessert so for this New Year gathering, I made some Koi and Ingot Jelly using Konnyaku Jelly Powder plus Osmanthus Flower and Water Chestnut. You can read more on how to make this auspicious jelly at the recipe post here.

{Dessert} Longan And Cranberry Yogurt Cake
For cake I also made two different flavour to cater for the group of old and young. And since it was the 2nd day of Lunar New Year, I decided to bake my new inspiration which was the Longan And Cranberry Yougrt Cake. I really love this new flavour which is moist, fluffy and full of flavour from the dried longan, cranberry, cointreau and chia seeds. Give this a try if you love orange flavour cake with dried fruits in it.

Recipe is available at this link here.

{Dessert} Double Chocolate Yogurt Cake
Chocolate lover would love this because I use 70% dark chocolate plus chocolate chips and Valrhona Dutch Process Cocoa Powder to make this moist and rice chocolate cake. To enhance the texture of the cake, Greek yogurt and fresh orange juice were also added into it.


Ingredients: (makes 2 small loaf tins, 17cm x 8cm x 6cm)
175g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
200g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, 60g each
200g Self Raising Flour
45g Valrhona Cocoa Powder
100g Mini Chocolate Chips
40ml Orange Juice
200g Greek Yogurt

Method:-
1. Please refer to here for steps on making.


{Dessert} Baked Cheesy Nian Gao With Prata
Apart from the cakes and jelly I also made this addicting snacks for the guests and they really enjoy it, especially for those kids who do not know how to appreciate "Nian Gao (年糕)" on it's own. With this fusion method of wrapping traditional nian gao with shredded cheese using ready bought prata skin I am sure it would make a great snack for your visiting guests.

If you could not find prata skin, replace it with either puff pastry or spring roll wrapper (deep-fry the end product instead of bake) . But remember do not over-filled the wrapper with Nian Gao or else the parcel would burst during baking or cooking.  Related recipe could be found at my recipe link here.

Lastly I would like to wish everyone a Prosperous and Happy Lunar New Year! 
祝大家新年快乐,万事如意,蛇年行大运! 发发发!!!


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