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Walnut Red Dates Chicken Soup ~ Confinement food ~ 核桃红枣鸡汤

This is a very refreshing and delicious soup that mothers in confinement after delivery can enjoy.  Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamins like Vitamin E and B6 and minerals like manganese and phosphorus, while red dates promotes red blood cells and boosts blood circulation.  Having a soup with meals will certainly help to keep the mother hydrated.



Walnut Red Dates Chicken Soup ~  Confinement food ~ 核桃红枣鸡汤
Ingredients

800 gm free-range chicken, chopped60 gm walnuts60 gm seedless red dates2 honey dates2.5 lt waterSeasalt to tasteMethod Boil the water in a pot and once boiling, add in the red dates, honey dates and walnuts.Bring to the boil and then add in the chicken pieces, cover and let soup simmer under medium low heat till the chicken and walnuts are tender.  This will take about 2 to 2.5 hours.Add seasalt to taste.  ServeYield :  4 servings


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Baked Red Bean Lotus Paste Mooncake ~ 2018 ~  红豆蓮蓉月饼

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Ondeh Ondeh Pandan Cupcakes ~  香兰小蛋糕
Ingredients
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Kahlua snow skin mooncake ~ 2018 ~  咖啡冰皮月饼
Ingredients for Dough

65 gm kao fun
17.5 gm wheat starch       )   Mix and steam for 3 mins.
17.5 gm superfine flour   )   Let cool and sift
60 gm icing sugar
25 gm shortening
65 ml hot water                )   Dissolve the coffee granules.
1.5 tsp coffee granules     )   Let cool
2 tsp Kahlua liqueur

Filling
250 gm lotus paste (store bought)
For a 50 gm mould, the dough is 25 gm
10 gm melon seeds, slightly toasted
 and filling is also 25 gm

This recipe is adapted from my previous post of Cointreau Snow Skin mooncake.   Please click 'here' for the method.



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Ingredients

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Yam Paste Mooncake ~ 2018  ~  芋头月饼
Ingredients
500 gm yam100 gm sugar25 gm wheatstarch1/8 tsp salt70 ml vegetable oil (may require less)Method Peel yam, cut into slices and weigh out 500 gm.  Steam yam slices on medium heat for about 30 mins. till soft.Immediately mash up the yam slices while still hot (yam will harden once cooled) OR can use a handheld blender to blend.  (I used the latter).Pour the mashed yam into a non-stick pot, stir on low heat adding oil little by little.  Gradually add in sugar and salt.  All th…

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Pumpkin choc chip bread  ~    金瓜巧克力面包
Ingredients

150 gm plain flour70 gm wholemeal flour1 tsp bicarbonate of soda2 tsp cinnamon2 large eggs50 gm brown sugar (I used panella sugar)70 gm caster sugar340 gm smashed pumpkin120 ml canola oil1/4 cup ml milk100 gm choc chipsa pinch of saltMethod Remove the skin, seeds and membrane from the pumpkin, cut into cubes and steam till soft.  Drain off the water and smash the pumpkin.Whisk the flours, bicarbonate of soda, salt till well combined, set aside.Whisk the eggs, milk, sugars, then add in the oil and mix till no oil surfaces.Add the mashed pumpkin.Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and gently fold in the choc chips.  Do not overmix.Pour the batter into a greased and flour dusted non-stick 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  Level the surface.Bake in a preheate…

Cordycep Flower Soup ~ Confinement food ~ 猪骨虫草花汤

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After cooking, you may notice that the soup has a hint of orangey colour.

Cordycep Flower Soup ~  Confinement food ~  猪骨虫草花汤
Ingredients
25 gm dried cordyceps flowers, rinsed, 450 gm soft pork bones for soup 10 seedless red dates 10 gm goji berries 20 gm yuk chook 2.1/2 lt water seasalt to taste
Method Blanch the pork bones in hot water, drain, rinse and set aside Boil 2.1//2 lt water in a pot and once boiling, add in the dried cordycep flowers,  red dates, yuk chook and pork bones.  Bring to the b…