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Showing posts from June, 2013

X'tra Good Apple Walnut Bundt Cake

This is a sugar dusted Apple bundt cake with a thin crunchy crust and a moist and nutty inside.  Made  with tart Granny Smith apples, chopped walnuts and a sprinkling of cinnamon, it was very aromatic.  The sweet smell of cinnamon and vanilla lingered in the kitchen for quite a while.

Recipe for X'tra Good Walnut Apple Bundt Cake


3 eggs1 cup sunflower/canola oil7 oz soft brown sugar12 oz plain flour1/2 tsp baking powder1  tsp baking soda1  tsp cinnamon1  tsp vanilla1/4  tsp salt2 cups peeled, cored and shredded apples1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely choppedIcing sugar for decoration (optional)Method Grease and lightly flour a 10 cup Bundt pan, set aside.Sieve flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in the cinnamon.  Set aside.Beat eggs, oil and sugar till light and creamy.Add in the shredded apples to the egg mixture.Fold in the sifted flour.Finally, mix in the chopped walnuts.Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg.C for about 50 - 60 mins. till golden b…

Chilli, Salt and Pepper Seafood

This is another dish taken from the book, Women's Weekly - 'Toss', a simple seafood stir-fry.  A very tasty and colourful dish which pairs well with plain hot white rice.

Recipe for Chilli, Salt and Pepper Seafood


200 gm prawns100 gm fresh scallops, roe removed2 capsicums, sliced1 red chilli, finely chopped1 tsp seasalt1 tsp light soya sauce1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper1/4 tsp sugarSome spring onionsMethod
Shell and devein the prawns, leaving the tails intact.Combine seafood, salt, sugar and black pepper in a large bowl.Heat some oil in a wok, stir-fry seasoned seafood till cooked, dish out, set aside.In the same wok, add in some oil, stir-fry the capsicums and chopped chilli for a while, toss in the seafood, add light soya sauce and spring onions.  Dish out and serve immediately with white rice.

This post participates in 'Cook your Books # 1' hosted by Kitchen Flavours.

Pork Patties with Mixed Peas.

I used to get this from the economy rice stall when I had to fetch my children back and forth from school and will occasionally  prepare this at home.  It's been quite a while since I've cooked this.....

Recipe for Pork Patties with Mixed Peas


250 gm minced pork6 shallots, choppedWatties mixed peas1  tsp cornflour + 1.1/2 tsp water to thickenSeasoning for the minced pork 1/2 tsp each of sugar, dark soya sauce, seasalt1 tsp each of oyster sauce, light soya sauce4 tsps of cornlfoura dash of pepper and sesame oilMethod Marinate the minced pork with the seasoning, cornflour and chopped shallots for about 2 hours or more.  Mix well.  Use hands to shape each into 1/2 inch thick and 2 inch round patties.Pan fry them in a non-stick pan, cook on each side till light golden and cooked through.  Transfer them onto a plate.Simmer 3/4 cup water, add in some salt and light soya sauce.  Fine tune to taste and add in the cornflour thickening.  Toss in the mixed peas.Pour the mixed pea…

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This is my second attempt at making Vanilla ice cream.  My first try was without the custard base and the texture was smooth but  it was far too sweet.  This time around I tried a recipe with a custard base and   reduced the amount of sugar.  I was delighted when I finally achieved a not too sweet but creamy, smooth and full of vanilla fragrance ice cream.  I find it a challenge to snap pictures of homemade ice cream, for they melt so fast.....

Recipe for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream(adapted from 'here' with slight modification)


250 ml whipping cream250 ml full cream milk5 egg yolks1 vanilla bean (scrape the seeds from the bean with the back of the knife)90 gm caster sugar  (reduced from 130 gm)80 gm choc bits, crusheda pinch of saltMethod In a pot, stir and lightly boil the cream, milk, salt and vanilla seeds till the milk begins to foam up slightly.  Remove from heat.With a handheld whisk beat the egg yolks and sugar till light and fluffy.Gradually pour the cream milk mix…

Pork Salad with Apple and Raisin

I was browsing through a book .... Women's Weekly - 'Toss" and it contained many recipes for salads, stir-fries and quick meals.  This is a very straightforward salad making use of greens and fruits but I threw in some leftover pork fillet as well!  Pork fillet, one may ask.......  Sounds weird with added meat but then it's just personal preference and moreover I just don't like to put food to waste.

Recipe for Pork Salad with Apple and Raisin


250 gm pan fried pork fillet seasoned with some salt, sugar and light soya sauce.1 medium size green apple, sliced, thinly.  (Drizzle on some lime juice to prevent browning).1/2 cup raisins2 cups salad greensLime Dijon dressing 1  tsp Dijon mustard2  tsp lime juice2  Tbsp olive oil1 clove garlic, pressed -  All mixed well togetherMethod Slice up the pan-fried pork fillet.  Place them into a large bowl with the salad greens and sliced apples.Mix in the dressing, toss gently to combine.Sprinkle on some raisins.Serve im…

#Bundtamonth: Mocha Swirl Pound Cake

This month's Bundtamonth theme is Swirl Bundt Cake, a decision made by the co-founders Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora of  Cake Duchess.  As I've a soft spot for Bundt cakes but more so for Bundt pans I surfed the internet  for some inspiration to bake a swirly bundt cake.  There are a lot of awesome recipes for swirly bundt cakes and I finally settled for a simple Mocha swirly.  To give plain Jane a makeover, I decorated it with Kahlua icing topped with lightly toasted nibbed almonds which was an added  boost to the flavour of the cake.  I didn't make the icing too thick as I preferred a not too sweet topping.

Recipe for Mocha Swirl Pound Cake
Ingredients 12 oz plain flour 2  tsp  baking powder a pinch of salt 9 oz caster sugar 12 oz unsalted butter (if use salted butter, omit the salt) 5 eggs 1/2 cup milk 10 gm instant coffee powder 10 gm cocoa powder 10 ml hot water 1.1/2  tsp vanilla
Kahlua Icing  Mix 3/4 cups icing sugar with 2 Tbsp Kahlua to a thick and dropping cons…

Sweet Potato Rice

It's one of those evenings when I'm too lazy to crack my brain over what to cook for dinner and to make life more relaxing, I whipped up this one-dish meal.  It has carbohydrates, protein and adding sweet potatoes to our diet is beneficial too for these tubers contain Vitamins B6, C and D and also have a fair amount of potassium and calcium.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Rice


400 gm Japanese sweet potatoes100 gm pork fillet20 gm dried shrimps2/3 cups rice  sesame oilFried shallots and chopped spring onions for garnishingSeasoning 1/2 tsp each of sugar, light soya sauce, salt1  tsp oyster sauceMethod Season the meat for about an hour, set aside.Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into cubes.In a wok, shallow fry the dried shrimps, add in the marinated meat followed by the sweet potatoes.  Give the mixture a few stirs, turn off heat.Wash the rice and place in the rice cooker with less water than normal.When the rice is cooking half-way add in the sweet potato mixture and let it co…

#MuffinMonday : Apple Bran Muffins

I was browsing through some recipe books and these muffins caught my eye.  Have not used bran in muffins before, only added it in bread and since there were also apples at hand, I just had to try this out this recipe.
These muffins are a healthy lot with apples and raisins and should there be leftovers, fret not, just warm them up in the oven toaster, and you're all set for a healthy breakfast or tea!

Recipe for Apple Bran Muffins

300ml milk150 gm Oat Bran75 gm wholemeal flour150 gm plain flour1  Tbsp baking powder2 eggs90 gm butter, melted80 gm light brown sugar1/2  tsp vanilla2 green apples, peeled, cored and chopped2  Tbsp raisins40 gm lightly toasted walnuts, chopped Method
Put milk and oat bran in a bowl, stir till well mixed, set aside.Sift plain flour with the baking powder, mix in the wholemeal flour.In a mixing bowl, use a ball whisk to whisk the eggs, melted butter, sugar and vanilla.Stir bran mixture into the egg mixture, mix well, then stir this mixture into t…