Monday, July 29, 2013

Salted Egg steamed Tofu



Tofu or soy bean curd is nutritious, full of protein, low in carbohydrates with no oil or sodium.  Rather bland in taste on its own but pairs well with many ingredients.  This is a very easy dish to prepare  with minced meat and Shitake mushrooms topped with salted egg yolk.  The egg yolk adds a golden hue to the colour of this dish.   A fuss-free dish which goes down very well with a bowl of hot, fluffy, white rice.













Recipe for Salted Egg steamed Tofu

Ingredients
  • 4 pieces white soft Tofu
  • 100 gm mince pork
  • 1 Shitake mushroom, soaked, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 salted egg 
  • Sesame oil
Seasoning for mince pork and mushrooms
  1. 1 tsp each of oyster sauce and light soya sauce.
  2. 1.1/2  tsp cornflour
  3. 1/4 tsp sugar
  4. 3 tsp salted egg white
  5. a dash of pepper
 Method
  1. Season the meat with the above seasoning.  Set aside.
  2. Place the 4 pieces of Tofu on a plate.
  3. Scoop some seasoned meat and mushroom paste onto the tofu, level the surface.
  4. Sprinkle on some mashed up salted egg yolk.
  5. Pour on some balance egg white mixed with a bit of water onto the base of the Tofu.
  6. Steam on high heat for about 8 mins.
  7. Drizzle on some sesame oil. 
  8. Serve immediately with white rice
Note :  The above meat paste is enough for  6 pieces of Tofu




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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chicken Mango Salad



This is a light and refreshing salad which is simple, tangy and super easy to whip up for all seasons and occasions.  You can serve  this as a meal on its own.  I used leftover roast chicken, tossed in some vegetables and mango slices, drizzle on some dressing and it's  done!



Recipe for Chicken Mango Salad

    Ingredients

    • 1 chicken breast seasoned with some seasalt and pepper, pan fried and sliced.
    • 1 mango, sliced thinly
    • Cherry tomatoes, cut
    • Mescluin mix vegetables
    Dressing - Mix altogether
    • 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp honey, 1.1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
    • Toasted peanuts
    Method
    1. Arrange the salad green, cherry tomatoes on a serving dish.
    2. Top with the sliced mango and chicken slices.
    3. Drizzle on the dressing and sprinkle on some lightly toasted peanuts.
    4. Serve immediately.




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Monday, July 22, 2013

Lemon Kumquat Osmanthus Jelly


Don't you think this look lovely?  A refreshing cooling dessert to beat the heat in this hot and hazy weather...... tangy and fragrant!







Recipe for Lemon Kumquat Osmanthus Jelly

    Ingredients

    • 250 ml Lemon Kumquat Vinigen
    • 1000 ml water
    • 1  Tbsp dried Osmanthus flowers
    Method
    1. Pour 1 packet of Konnyaku Jelly powder into a pot.
    2. Add 1 litre of water and 250 ml Lemon Kumquat Vinigen, mix well, keep stirring   and cook till free from lumps.  Once the mixture is boiling, turn to low heat, add in the Osmanthus flowers, stir well for another 3 minutes.  Turn off heat and add in the malic acid, stir till dissolved.
    3. Pour mixture into jelly moulds.  Allow  jelly to set  before placing into the refrigerator, preferably overnight.
    4. Serve chilled




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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Walnut and Date Biscotti


There's  neither oil nor fat in this Biscotti and with reduced sugar, one can pamper oneself with  a few extra pieces without feeling guilty and worrying over the waistline.  Dunk them into either hot coffee or tea ...... enjoy!






Recipe for Walnut and Date Biscotti  (adapted from  'here' with slight modification)

    Ingredients

    • 100 gm caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1  tsp vanilla
    • 1  tsp baking powder
    • 1/4  tsp salt
    • 230 gm plain flour
    • 60 gam walnuts, coarsely chopped
    • 75 gm dates, chopped
    Method
    1. Beat sugar and eggs on high speed till thick, palte and fluffy.  Add in vanilla.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, mix well.
    3. Add to the egg mixture and beat till well combined.
    4. Fold in chopped walnuts and dates.
    5. Transfer dough to a well-floured suraface and toll into a log, about 12 inches long and 3.1/2 inches wide.
    6. Place log onto a parchment lined baking tray and bake @ 180 deg C for 20 to 25 mins. or till firm to the touch, slightly golden.
    7. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 15 mins.
    8. Transfer log to a cutting board and cut into 1/2 inch diagonal slices.  Place Biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet.  Bake @ 165 deg C for 8 to 10 mins., turn slices over and bake for another 8 - 10 mins. or till golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Store in air tight container.
    9. Yield 20 to 24 Biscotti.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken


This is a very easy, fuss-free chicken dish which is finger-licking good.  Just marinate the chicken with some sauce for a few hours, preferably overnight, put them under the grill and you'll be rewarded with a delicious meal.  This is also a quick way to serve something delicious which is also very affordable.


Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Ingredients

  3 pieces chicken thigh, deboned
       6 cloves garlic, minced
      10 gm  ginger, minced

Marinade

  1  Tbsp honey, 1/2  Tbsp lemon kumquat vinigen
 1.1/2 Tbsp light soya sauce, 1.1/2  Tbsp cooking wine
   1.1/2 tsp each of oyster sauce, fish sauce and sesame oil.

Method

Rinse chicken thighs. Pat dry.  Make some cuts on the chicken thighs.
  Mix with the minced garlic, ginger and marinade for a few hours, preferably overnight.
Place marinated chicken thighs on an alluminium foil lined baking tray.  
Glaze with some marinade. Grill both sides for about 6 mins.
Remove  and glaze with the remaining marinade, grill for another 3 mins.
Serve with some salad greens.




This post is linked to  Little Thumbs Up event organised by  Zoe of   Bake for Happy Kids
and   Doreen of  my little favourite DIY   and hosted by  Alvin of  Chef and Sommelier

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

# Bundtamonth : Salted Caramel Bundt Cake


This Caramel Bundt Cake of mine does not have a caramel topping or a glaze and I just tossed in some nibbed almonds to help give this cake a little facelift.  Now, where's the caramel you may wonder for Caramel Bundt Cake is the theme for July's Bundtamonth.  Ah... the caramel is inside the cake!
I did burn the caramel syrup a little, must admit, and it tasted a wee bit bitter on its own.  Fortunately, this was not evident in the baked cake.  In fact, the dark amber syrup helped in giving the cake a nice golden colour.


















Recipe for # Bundtamonth :   Salted Caramel Bundt Cake
(adapted from ' here'  with modification)

    Ingredients - for the Cake

    • 240 gm plain flour
    • 1/2  tsp baking powder
    • 144 gm salted butter  (Add a pinch of salt if unsalted butter is used)
    • 140 gm sugar (original 250 gm)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2  tsp vanilla
    • 1/3 cup salted caramel syrup
    • 1 cup milk
    • Nibbed almonds (optional)
    Salted caramel
    • 200 gm granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup water, divided
    • 1  tsp light corn syrup  (I used golden syrup)
    • 1/8  tsp seasalt
    Method for Salted Caramel
    1. In a deep, thick saucepan, add 1/4 cup water, sugar and golden syrup, mix well.  Bring to the boil on medium heat.  Cover with lid for 2 to 3 mins.  Remove lid and cook till sugar turns light amber, swirling occasionally.
    2. Remove pan from heat, add the remaining 1/2 cup water.  (Do be careful as it'll bubble quite vigorously).
    3. Return to medium heat, whisk till syrup is smooth, add in the seasalt.  Set aside to cool.
    Method for Cake
    1. Lightly grease and flour a 6 cup Bundt pan (I used an 8 cup), toss in the nibbed almonds at the base.
    2. Sift the flour with baking powder, set aside.
    3. Cream butter and sugar till light, creamy and fluffy.  Add in vanilla.
    4. On low speed, mix the caramel in 2 batches (batter will curdle).
    5. Fold in sifted flour alternatively with the milk.
    6. Pour batter into the prepared pan.  Level the surface.
    7. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg C or 45 to 50 mins.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
    8. Let cake rest in pan for about 20 mins. before unmoulding onto a wire rack to cool completely.



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Monday, July 8, 2013

Steam Fish with Essence of Chicken


Ginger, young and old be it  sliced, julienned or chopped  is a common ingredient in Chinese cooking.  I used fresh young ginger in this quick and easy dish of mine, simply put, it's Steam Fish with Essence of Chicken.  Ginger pairs well with fish and other seafood as it helps to neutralise the excessively strong fishy flavours and also it adds aroma to the dish.


Recipe for Steam Fish with Essence of Chicken

    Ingredients

  • 220 gm Garoupa  fillet
  • 1 bottle of Chicken Essence
  • 1 small knob of young ginger, finely chopped
  • 2  tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4  tsp sugar
  • 2  tsp garlic oil
  • A red chilli and spring onion to garnish
  • A bit of seasalt to season
  • Dash of pepper
Method
  1. Wash and pat dry the fish fillet, place on a plate, and season with a bit of seasalt and a dash of pepper.
  2. Combine the chicken essence, fish sauce, sugar and chopped ginger.
  3. Drizzle the sauce onto the fish fillet.
  4. Steam on high heat for 5 mins.
  5. Drizzle on some garlic oil and garnish with spring onions and red chilli.
  6. Serve immediately.






Linking this post to  Little Thumbs Up event  organised by  Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids  and
Doreen of   my little favourite DIY   and hosted by  Alvin of Chef and Sommelier


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dilmah Cranberry and Apricot Friands


This is another French 'tea cake' with Dilmah tea .... Dilmah Cranberry and Apricot Friands.  These little cuppies are fruity, light and moist but I couldn't really detect the taste of  tea in them.  They are at their best, served warm with a hot cup of tea.





 
Recipe for Dilmah Cranberry and Apricot Friands

    Ingredients
    • 4 egg whites
    • 115 gm butter, melted
    • 60 gm almond meal
    • 80 gm icing sugar, sifted
    • 50 gm plain flour, sifted
    • 60 gm dried cranberries, chopped
    • 40 gm dried apricot, chopped
    • 1 Dilmah teabag + 60 ml boiling water
    • Icing sugar for dusting
    Method
    1. Add boiling water to the tea bag and let steep for 10 mins.  Set aside.
    2. Place egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until frothy.
    3. Add melted butter, almond meal, icing sugar and flour.  Stir till well combined.
    4. Squeeze the remaining water from the tea bag and remove it.  Add tea and  chopped cranberries and apricots to the batter.  Fold through gently until the tea is  well blended.
    5. Divide the mixture into the lightly greased and floured Friand moulds.
    6. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 15 to 20 mins.  till golden brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
    7. Stand Friands in the moulds for about 5 mins. before unmoulding onto a wire rack to cool.
    8. Dust on some icing sugar.  Serve.
    9. Yield :  12 Friands




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Monday, July 1, 2013

Slow Cooker Braised Chicken and Feet


Braised chicken feet in black bean sauce is a common sight at Dim Sum restaurants and most of  the time they are pre-fried. Being the lazy me, I just dumped them into the slow cooker together with the chicken, added in some spices and let them mingle together while I attended to my other household chores.  I put the slow cooker on 'high', attended to it some three hours later and after adjusting the taste, it was ready to be served.


















Recipe for Slow Cooker Braised Chicken and Chicken Feet

    Ingredients
    • 300 gm chicken feet
    • 400 gm chicken, cut to bite size
    • 3 slices ginger
    • 8 cloves, garlic, crushed
    • 3 dried chillies soaked in water to soften
    • 3 star anise
    • 4  tsp light soya sauce
    • 1  tsp each of dark soya sauce, rock sugar and seasalt
    • 2.1/2 cups water
    • 2  tsp cornflour + sauce to thicken
    Method
    1. Season the chicken pieces with some salt, light and dark soya sauce, set aside.
    2. Blanch the chicken feet in boiling water for about 10 mins to rid of some oil.  Drain and rinse in running water.
    3. In a slow cooker, add in the dried chillies, ginger, crushed garlic and water.  Add in the chicken feet and cook on high for 2 hours.
    4. Add chicken  and cook for another hour or more till the chicken feet are soft and the chicken tender.
    5. Use some of the sauce to make the cornflour thickening. 
    6. Fine tune to taste, dish out onto serving plate.
    7. Seve hot with white rice.


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