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Sweet potato steamed cake ~ 红薯蒸蛋糕

After making the  Okinawan black sugar steamed cakes, I  made these and this time  added in some sweet potatoes.  These are moist, not overly sweet and can be enjoyed as a healthy breakfast or served with  a hot pot of brewed tea to snack on.



Sweet potato steamed cakes ~  红薯蒸蛋糕Ingredients
1 egg60 gm caster sugara pinch of salt100 ml milk150 gm plain flour2 tsp baking powder2 Tbsp vegetable oil150 gm sweet potatoMethod Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1 cm cubes, soak in water, drain.Mix the plain flour with baking powder and salt, sift.Whisk egg and mix in sugar.Add in milk, mix well, followed by oil, mix till well incorporated.Mix in the sifted flour and drained sweet potatoes.Mix well and scoop into paper and silicon cups.Steam  in medium boiling water for about 20 mins.Remove from steamer and let stand for 10 mins. before unmoulding.Yield :  6 steamed cakes







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Passion fruit pancake ~ 百香果煎饼

These pancakes are soft, light and fluffy using buttermilk rather than milk.  They taste lovely with a drizzle of maple syrup while the addition of fresh passion fruit gives it a nice tropical flavour.



Passion fruit pancake ~  百香果煎饼Ingredients
113 gm self-raising four1 Tbsp sugar155 ml buttermilkPulp from 2.1/2 passion fruit (leave pulp from 1/2 passion fruit to serve)1 'L' eggMaple syrup or honey to serveMethod Sift in flour into a mixing bowl, add in sugar, mix well.  Make a well in the centre, whisk in buttermilk, passion fruit and egg.  Whisk till smooth.Lightly grease a non-stick pan, add in 1.1/2 Tbsp of batter for each pancake, allow it to  spread.Cook for 2 mins. till bubbles appear and begin to pop, flip over to cook for 1 min. till golden brown.  Repeat with remaining batter.Serve immediately with maple syrup or honey with some fresh passion fruit pulp.Yield :  13 pancakesNote :  To make buttermilk, I added 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice to the 155 ml milk, or you can use vinega…

Noodles with peanut butter sauce ~ 花生酱面条

A quickie noodle dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy and which can be served as a side or  main.
Noodles are tossed in a creamy peanut butter sauce, topped with some pork fillet and garnished with some blanched vegetables.   These delicious noodles can be served chilled, warm or at room temperature.



Noodles with peanut butter sauce ~   花生酱面条Ingredients

100 gm pork fillet, cut into cubes2 servings of dried noodlesRomaine lettuce or any other vegetable1 Tbsp peanut butter + 2 Tbsp hot water or more + sugar to tasteSesame oil2 pips of garlic, choppedSeasoning for pork fillet :  1 tsp light soya sauce, , 1/4 tsp each of sugar, cornflour.  Salt & Pepper
Method Saute the chopped garlic and toss in the seasoned pork fillet.  Stir-fry and cook till the meat is tender and cooked through.  Set aside.Blanch the some lettuce in boiling water, drain and set aside.Cook the noodles in boiling water, drain and place on a serving plate.  Drizzle on some sesame oil to mix and loosen the noodles.Top…

Thai Milk Tea Chiffon Cake ~ 泰国奶茶戚风蛋糕

I made this Thai milk tea chiffon using the recipe for my  Peppermint tea chiffon,  adjusted the tea and this time I omitted the tea leaves in the cake.  This chiffon is incredibly light and fluffy and the Thai milk tea flavour lingers on after each bite.  The tea is indeed very fragrant and the sweet aroma filled the air when the cake was baking in the oven!







Thai Milk Tea Chiffon Cake  ~  泰国奶茶戚风蛋糕   
Ingredients (A)
10 gm Thai milk tea leaves200 gm plain flour, sifted twice3 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt6 egg yolks70 gm caster sugar100 ml canola oil150 ml Thai milk tea  (200 ml warm milk, steep in the Thai milk tea leaves for 10 mins. strain to get 150 ml)(B) 6 egg whites70 gm caster sugarMethod Prepare the milk tea and set aside.Sift the plain flour twice with baking powder and salt. Beat the egg yolks with sugar till creamy, add in oil and continue beating till thoroughly mixed.Add in the strained milk tea, mix well.Add in the sifted flour, mix well, set aside.Beat the egg whites till …

Ayam Rica Rica ~ 印尼香辣鸡

Ayam (Chicken) rica-rica is a speciality from Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi province of Indonesia.   Rica means 'chilli' in North Sulawesi language, therefore Ayam rica-rica literally translates to mean chicken with chilli sauce or fresh chillies.   In Manado cuisine, almost all kinds of meat, poultry, seafood can be prepared into rica-rica dish but the most popular among them is Ayam rica-rica.  I tired cooking this dish and undoubtedly it  was well recieved by my family members and they requested that I make this again in the near future.



Ayam Rica-Rica  ~   印尼香辣鸡  (Adapated from  'here' )Ingredients
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces2 lemon grass, crushed3 kaffir lime juice5 kaffir lime leaves1 tomato cut into wedges1 tsp salt1/2 tsp sugarTo blend into paste 10 red chillies10 bird eye chillies10 shalltos6 pips of garlic2 inches gingerMethod Marinate the chicken with some salt, set aside.Stir-fry the paste till fragrant.Add lemon grass, lime leaves, salt an…

Almond Butter Cake ~ 杏仁牛油蛋糕

This is a delicious, moist, old-fashioned butter cake full of almondy flavour.  It looks pretty with the almond flaky top, certainly a crowd pleaser.   This cake is best consumed on the day it's freshly baked because of the crunchy nutty top but leftovers can still be kept chilled and reheated before serving.








Almond Butter Cake ~ 杏仁牛油蛋糕   (adapted from 'here')

Ingredients

250 gm butter100 gm caster sugar4 eggs150 gm self-raising flour75 gm plain flour90 gm almond mealAlmond flakes to garnishMethod Sift self-raising flour and plain flour together.  Set aside.Beat butter and sugar till light and creamy.Add eggs one at a time, mix well.Add in the flour, mix well, followed by the almond meal.   Mix till  just combined.Scoop batter into a lined 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.Sprinkle almond flakes on top.Bake @ 170 deg.C for  40 to 45 mins.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.Let cool in pan for about 15 mins. before unmoulding and letting it cool completely on a wire rack.





Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, & Trump International Golf Links, Scotland

The ruins of Dunnottar Castle at Stonehaven is perched on a gigantic rocky outcrop with sheer cliffs of 160 ft high.  It is one of the most beautiful medieval fortress in Britain and the site of some of the
most fascinating and dramatical historial events in British history.   Sometimes the castle may be closed due to high winds in the castle.







We also visited Trump International Golf Links located at Balmedie in Aberdeen which was opened in 2012.







Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Salad ~ 越南米粉沙拉

A refreshing salad for a hot day ~ consisting of  a stir-fry chicken from the pan,  paired with freshly blanched rice vermicelli, julienned carrots, lettuce and topped with roasted peanuts.  Rounded up with a lime and chilli dipping sauce.  This makes a satisfying main-course salad or even a wholesome meal on its own, fuss-free!





Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Salad   ~  越南米粉沙拉Ingredients

200 gm dried Vietnamese rice vermicelli200 gm chicken breast, seasoned with some salt, light and dark soya and sugar1 small carrot, julienned3 limes, chilli padi, romaine lettuce, roasted peanutsSauce Mix 4 Tbsp lime juice with 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 Tbsp fish sauce or to taste.Method Season the chicken breast and pan-fry till cooked with some sauce.  Let cool and cut into slices.Soak the rice vermicelli till slightly tender.Boil a pot of water and toss in the vermicelli, stir and drain when noodles are al dente, cool uncer running water.  Fluff and leave in strainer to drain well.Place some lettuce in a bowl, a…