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Honey Chicken ~ 蜂蜜鸡

  This is a delicious yummy chicken dish which can be whipped up in a short period of time.  Suitable for working mothers who are always in a hurry.  The chicken is tender, smothered in a thick honey sauce.  An easy recipe to serve on the table and which pairs deliciously with white or brown rice. Honey Chicken ~  蜂蜜鸡 Ingredients 6 drumsticks about 680 gm 2 Tbsp honey 1/2 Tbsp oil 3/4 Tbsp dark soy sauce 1.1/2 Tbsp light soy sauce 1 Tbsp chopped garlic 1 cup water or more if more gravy is desired Sesame oil to drizzle  Method Put some oil in a non-stick pan and place the drumsticks in it. Pour in the honey, cover and let cook for about 10 mins. Open the lid and add in the chopped garlic, light and dark soy sauce.  Add in water, cover and let cook for another 15 mins.  Can add in more water if the dish is too dry.   Mix well with a wooden spoon till the chicken is tender and cooked through.  Drizzle on some sesame oil.  Dish out and serve.
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Earl Grey Chiffon Cake ~ 伯爵灰茶戚风蛋糕

  This Earl Grey Chiffon cake is a tea infused chiffon cake, and it's light, spongy, airy and not too sweet. Earl Grey happens to be one of my favorite breakfast tea and is typically a black tea flavoured with oil from the rind of the bergamot orange, a citrus fruit with the appearance  and flavour between an orange, a lemon, a bit of lime and grapefruit all in one.  Bergamot oranges are grown in Calabria, Italy and certain parts of France. The rind of this bergamot orange is dried and added to black tea leaves to produce Earl Grey. Earl Grey Chiffon Cake ~  伯爵灰茶戚风蛋糕 Ingredients (A) 6 'L' eggs 70 gm caster sugar 80 ml vegetable oil 1/2 cup Earl Grey tea from 4 bags of Earl Grey tea) 2 Tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves from the tea bags 150 gm plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla (B) 6 'L' egg whites 70 gm caster sugar Method Sift the plain flour with the baking powder, set aside. Steep 4 bags of Earl Grey tea in a cupf of boiling water.  Once cool, measure out 1/2

Herbal Drunken Prawns ~ 药材醉虾

  This seafood prawn dish can be whipped up with some herbs that are easily available in any Chinese household.  The key ingredients are fresh prawns, some herbs and not forgetting the Shaoxing Huatiao  wine that will 'drunk' the prawns, hence the name 'Herbal Drunken Prawns'.  You can go easy on the wine for a slightly milder taste if this is also served to kids.  A super easy dish to prepare, just cook the broth, dump in the prawns but remember not to overcook them. Herbal Drunken Prawns ~   药材醉虾 Ingredients for seasoning prawns 300 gm large prawns 1 Tbsp sugar 1 to 2 Tbsp Shaoxing Huatiao wine Ingredients for herbal broth 10 gm yu zhu (fragrant solomon's seal) 5 gm angelica root (tung kwai) 5 slices ginger 4 gm dong shen 1 seedless red date 1 stalk of spring onion (white stem) 50 ml Shaoxing Huatiao wine 1/2 Tbsp goji berries (to add just before serving) 500 ml water Salt and sugar to taste Method Trim and devein the prawns.  Marinate with sugar and wine, set as

Oreo Cookies ~ 奥利奥曲奇

Here I am taking or rather using a very popular cookie to put inside a cookie.  Believe me, this cookie was a crowd pleaser amongst kids at a recent small gathering.  This cookie is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside and ready to tuck in after about 10 mins. baking time but of course needs a bit of patience to wait a little while longer for the cookie to cool further.  Can give this a try for the coming Chinese New Year which falls on 10th February 2024! Oreo Cookies ~  奥利奥曲奇                                        Ingredients 115 gm vegetable oil OR melted butter (I used oil) 80 gm caster sugar 1 egg 185 gm plain flour 1/2 teasp baking soda 1/4 teasp salt 9 Oreo cookies, with cream, crushed (110 gm) 1/4 teasp vanilla Method Sift flour with baking soda, salt, set aside. In a mixing bowl, with a hand whisk, beat oil and caster sugar till creamy. Break in an egg, beat till well incorporated. Fold in sifted flour, mix well with a spatula. Mix in the crushed Oreos thoroughly. Cov

Almond Yoghurt Cake ~ 杏仁 酸奶蛋糕

  This cake is made with almond meal and yoghurt and has a delicate flavour with a hint of lemon and a tang from the yoghurt.  There was a sweet nutty smell wafting from the oven during the baking process.  This cake is rich and moist, perfect for breakfast, tea or with ice cream for a delectable dessert.  In fact this cake works for any time of the day. Almond Yoghurt Cake ~ 杏仁 酸奶蛋糕         Ingredients 90 gm plain flour 90 gm almond meal 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp seasalt 2 'L' eggs 90 gm caster sugar 1/2 cup oil 180 gm yoghurt at room temperature 1 tsp vanilla Zest from 1 lemon (optional) 20 gm chopped walnuts (optional) Method Sift the plain flour with the baking powder and baking soda, salt.  Set aside. With an electric whisk, whisk eggs and sugar till creamy. Add in oil, yoghurt and vanilla, continue whisking till fully incorporated. Sieve in the flour mixture, fold into the mixture. Sieve in the almond meal, mix well. Add in the lemon zest and chopped

Soft milk loaf ~ 軟奶麵包

This cotton Soft Milk Loaf is a light white bread with milk which is soft, fluffy and it's perfect for toasts or sandwiches.  The soft texture is stretchy and can be easily pulled apart with your hands.  Slice up any leftovers and freeze them, then just heat them up in the oven toaster or microwave for a few seconds for breakfast or tea.  I tried making french toasts with them and they were yummy.        Soft milk loaf  ~   軟奶麵包     Ingredients 400 gm high protein flour 1.5 tsp salt 3 Tbs sugar 3 Tbsp milk powder 1.5 tsp yeast 1 egg about 50 gm 180 gm water 40 gm soft butter Egg wash to glaze Method Pour flour into a mixing bowl, add in milk powder, sugar, salt, mix well with a ball whisk. Add yeast, mix well.  Add in the beaten egg and water. Attach the dough hook and beat till a ball of dough forms. Add in soft butter, continue beating for about 10 mins. or more.  Take out some dough and do the window pane test.  Stretch the dough into a thin layer and if it doesn't break, me

Banana Yoghurt Muffins ~ 香蕉酸奶玛芬

  These are healthy Banana Yoghurt Muffins made with oil, yoghurt and no butter thus making them super moist and delicious.  They are fluffy and light, packed with banana flavour, convenient for grab to go or just pop into your kids lunch box. Banana Yoghurt Muffins  香蕉酸奶玛芬                   Ingredients 180 gm plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 2 'L' eggs 5.1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup plain yoghurt 360 gm over ripe mashed bananas 80 gm caster sugar (40 gm brown and 40 gm caster sugar) Vanilla a pinch of salt Decorate with sliced bananas, nuts (optional) Method Whisk plain flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a bowl.  Mix well. Mash the over ripe bananas in a mixing bowl. Mix in the eggs, vanilla with a ball whisk. Mix in the oil, yoghurt and whisk till fully incorporated. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (flour mixture).  Fold in till slightly moistened.  Do not overmix. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into a paper l

Jumbo Chai Tea Cookies

  This is a sweet smelling, fragrant and crispy shortbread cookie.  They are easy to make, full of flavour with spices from the Chai Tea bag and rolled in spiced sugar before baking.  Great with a cup of coffee or tea.  If you love spices, this is the cookie for you! Jumbo Chai Tea Cookies Ingredients 113 gm butter 1/2 cup oil 90 gm caster sugar (or light brown sugar) 250 gm plain flour 1 egg 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 Chai Tea bag 1/2 tsp vanilla a pinch of salt 2 Tbsp granulated sugar + 1/4 tsp cinnamon (sugar mixture) Method Sift the plain flour with baking soda, salt.  Set aside. Cream butter and sugar till fluffy, add in the oil and beat till thoroughly incorporated. On low speed, add in the egg and vanilla, mix well.   Open up the Chai Tea bag and pour the tea leaves in the mixture, mix till thoroughly incorporated. Fold in the sifted flour, mix well.  The dough is soft at this juncture. Cover the mixing bowl with cling wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Prepare the sugar mixture