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Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken ~ 越南焦糖鸡

This is a quickie and delicious chicken dish, braised in caramelised sauce.  The ingredients are not too difficult to find and if you can't find kaffir lime leaves, you can omit them altogether.  This dish serves well with white rice and a side veggie dish.  Try it!




Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken  ~   越南焦糖鸡
Ingredients

3 deboned chicken leg cut into bite size2.1/2 Tbsp brown sugar or Palm sugar1/2 cup water1 Tbsp fish sauce1 Tbsp lime juice3 pips of garlic, chopped5 shallots, mincedSome black pepperSome shredded kaffir lime leaves (optional)Method Season the chicken with some salt and pepper.Place brown sugar and water in a wok over medium heat till bubbles appear and sugar melted.  Add in the other ingredients except the chicken and lime juice.Add the chicken pieces, skin side down, flipping over now and then, cook till chicken is tender and cooked through.Add in the lime juice and fine tune to taste.Dish out and serve with white rice.

Matcha/Green Tea Pound Cake ~ 抹茶磅蛋糕

I was so pleased when I saw the nice green colour of this pound cake after I removed it from the oven, for true to the recommendation by the lady at the shop where I usually get my ingredients, she assured me that I won't be disappointed.  Yes, it is green and not pale or brownish.  The homemade red bean paste complimented well with the green tea and the cake stayed moist and soft even after three days kept in an airtight container, refrigerated.







Matcha/Green Tea Pound Cake ~  抹茶磅蛋糕  (adapted from 'here'.)
Ingredients
150 gm plain flour1 Tbsp matcha/green tea1/4 tsp baking powder150 gm unsalted butter3 large eggs130 gm icing sugarRed bean paste for fillingGreen tea powder or Icing sugar for dustingMethod Sift baking powder with green tea powder and plain flour, set aside.Beat butter with icing sugar till creamy.Add in eggs one at a time till well incorporated.Fold in flour in 2 portions.  Mix well.Pour half batter into a lined 23 x 13 cm loaf pan and distribute the red bean p…

Rum & Raisin Bundt Cake ~ 朗姆酒和葡萄干蛋糕

It's been a while since I've baked a Bundt cake.  As I need to finish up the Rum in the pantry, I surfed the internet for a Rum cake recipe without having to have a cake mix as one of the ingredients.  I managed to locate one, modified it a bit and here's the recipe which I am going to share with you today.  This cake is slightly dense but moist, full of Rum flavour and aromatic, but trust me you  won't get drunk after eating it!






Rum & Raisin Bundt Cake  ~  朗姆酒和葡萄干蛋糕(adapted from 'here' with modification)
Ingredients
280 gm butter250 gm caster sugar4 'L' eggs42 gm milk powder320 gm plain flour (take out 2 Tbsp to mix with the raisins)1 Tbsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt1/2 cup milk3 Tbsp Rum1 tsp vanilla80 gm raisins soaked in 4 Tbsp RumRum Glaze 2 Tbsp water boiled with 3 Tbsp sugar till sugar is dissolved2 Tbsp Rum, mix well Method Prepare a 10 cup Bundt pan.  Grease with butter and dust with flour.Soak the raisins with Rum for a few hours or overnight.  S…

Stir-fry Broccoli with Baby Oyster Mushrooms ~ 西兰花与牡蛎蘑菇

This a quick stir-fry dish of broccoli with baby oyster mushrooms.  Light and refreshing with white rice.  To make it a vegetarian dish, just omit the garlic and fry with the chopped ginger.





Stir-fry Broccoli with Baby Oyster Mushrooms ~  西兰花与牡蛎蘑菇

Ingredients

300 gm baby oyster mushrooms, cut into 2300 gm Broccoli, cut into florets1 tsp chopped garlic and ginger1 tsp vegetarian oyster sauceSalt, sugar and light soya sauce  to tasteMethod Stir-fry the oyster mushrooms without any oil.  Water will be released, and after a few minutes, once the water has evaporated, dish out the mushrooms.With some oil in a wok, saute the garlic and ginger till fragrant.Add in the broccoli, stir-fry for a few minutes, add some salt followed by the mushrooms.Add in the oyster sauce, a bit of light soya sauce.Give it a few stirs.  Fine tune to taste.Dish out and serve

Banana Wholemeal Raisin Muffins ~ 香蕉葡萄干全麥玛芬

For a change I baked these hearty, healthy wholemeal muffins in a mini loaf pan.  I placed a slice of banana on top, added in a sprinkling of raw sugar thus resulting in a moist and slightly crunchy muffin.  These muffins are best enjoyed, warm.







Banana Wholemeal Raisin Muffins  ~  香蕉葡萄干全麥玛芬
Ingredients
220 gm self-raising wholemeal flour450 gm over-ripe bananas, smashed50 gm raisins80 gm caster sugar2 'L' eggs1/2 cup vegetable oil1 tsp cinnamon1 tsp vanillaa pinch of saltExtra bananas for toppingRaw sugar to sprinkle  (optional)Method Whisk wholemeal flour with sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.In another bowl, beat eggs and vegetable oil till pale, add in vanilla, mix well.Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Add in the smashed bananas and raisins.  Mix till just moistened.  Do not overmix.Using an icecream scoop, scoop batter into the greased and lightly flour dusted mini loaf pan, till 3/4 full.Place a half-sliced piece of banana on top.  Sprinkle on some raw…

Yoghurt Apple Cake ~ 酸奶苹果蛋糕

Loaded with freshly sliced apples, this yoghurt apple cake is moist and slightly sweet.   Before serving I added a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top, which is the 'icing on the cake'!





Yoghurt Apple Cake ~   酸奶苹果蛋糕
Ingredients (A)

4 'L' egg yolks13 gm caster sugar20 ml vegetable oil54 gm plain yoghurt67 gm plain flour(B) 4 egg whites27 gm caster sugar2 apples, cored and sliced without skinMethod Sift the plain flour, set aside.Beat egg yolks with sugar, add in oil and yoghurt.  Mix well.Beat egg whites till frothy, gradually add in sugar and beat till stiff peaks, but not dry.Fold 1/3 egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, then pour this into the remaining egg whites, mix in well.Pour the batter into an ungreased 8 inch springform pan, tap the pan to remove air  bubbles.Place and arrange the apple slices onto the cake.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 50 to 55 mins. till golden brown and test with a skewer till it comes out clean.Immediately invert the cake supporte…

Simple French Toast ~ 法式吐司

I had this simple French Toast for brunch recently and there's not much to be said with regards to the recipe.  For 4 slices of bread, I beat up 2 eggs, add a pinch of salt, dunk the bread into the egg mixture and pan-fry the bread.  Drizzle on some honey or maple syrup, add in some bananas or any fruits of your choice, throw in some nuts for crunch and good measure ....... and voila, enjoy!




Chicken Floss Swiss Roll ~ 鸡肉松蛋糕卷

This is a savoury swiss roll filled with peanut butter and chicken floss.  The airy and light sponge is delicious with this combination and it can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack at any time of the day.






Chicken Floss Swiss Roll  ~  鸡肉松蛋糕卷

Ingredients 
(A)  4 'L' egg yolks
       30 gm caster sugar
       30 ml vegetable oil
       30 ml milk
       50 gm plain flour   )  sifted
       20 gm rice flour     )

(B)  4 'L' egg whites
       40 gm caster sugar
       1 tsp lemon/lime juice or vinegar

(C)  Chicken floss and peanut butter for filling

Method

Line a 10 x 10 inch square pan with parchment paper.Whisk egg yolks, sugar, oil and milk till well incorporated.  Fold in sifted plain and rice flour.  Mix well.In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites with lemon juice or vinegar, add in sugar in batches and beat till stiff peaks but not dry.Fold in 1/2 meringue into the egg yolk mixture, mix well.  Gently pour this into the balance meringue and mix well but not to overmix as th…

Coconut Lemon Muffins ~ 椰子柠檬玛芬

These muffins with a tropical flavour of lemon and coconut are very soft and moist.  They stay fresh till the next day, kept in a container.






Coconut Lemon Muffins  ~椰子柠檬玛芬 
Ingredients
210 gm plain flour80 gm caster sugar1 cup plain yoghurt1 'L' egg1/3 cup vegetable oil1 tsp baking powder3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda1/4 tsp salt1 Tbsp lime juice25 gm dessicated coconutRaw sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)Method Sift the flour with baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, whisk in the sugar.Beat yoghurt, egg, oil and lime juice till smooth.  Stir this into the dry ingredients just till moistened.Fold in the dessicated coconut.Using an ice cream scoop, fill up paper lined muffin pan 2/3 full.  Sprinkle on some raw sugar.Bake in a preheated oven @ 200deg.C for 18 to 22 mins. till golden brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes out clean.Serve warm or cool to room  temperature.Yield :  10 muffins.

Avocado Chocolate Brownies ~ 鳄梨巧克力布朗尼

These fudgy and gooey brownie squares are not only pretty to look at with swirls of peanut butter but they are delicious as well.  This is a healthy brownie recipe as I've replaced butter with avocado and used wholemeal flour instead.








Avocado Chocolate Brownies  ~   鳄梨巧克力布朗尼
Ingredients

2 medium size ripe avocados, cubed2 eggs150 ml honey75 gm wholemeal flour30 gm cocoa powder1 tsp baking powder1 tsp vanilla2 Tbsp peanut butterMethod In a blender or food processor, combine avocado, eggs, honey and vanilla till smooth.Whisk wholemeal flour with baking powder and cocoa powder.Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until a batter forms.  Pour the the batter into a parchment lined 8 x 8 inch baking pan.  Soften the peanut butter in the microwave for a few seconds, then drop dollops on the batter and swirl.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 20 to 30 mins.Press the top and if it bounces back when you gently touch it with your finger, then it is set.  Also test with a skewe…

Topo Map Cake ~ 地图蛋糕

I think it is more appropriate to name this cake just as 'Topo map cake' for the layers in this cake really look like a map.  Layering this cake can be quite challenging as a great deal of patience is required.  But patience and endurance do pay and after the cake is baked and once you sliced it up, you'll be so pleased to see the pretty layers and the colour combination.  Not only does it look awesome, the texture is good too, soft and moist.




Topo Map Cake  ~   地图蛋糕 (adapted from 'here')

A)  250 gm salted butter
      100 gm caster sugar
      4 large egg yolks
      200 gm self-raising flour
      60 ml milk
      1 Tbsp matcha powder, sifted
      1 tsp vanilla
      Cocoa powder for dusting
B)  4 large egg whites
      50 gm caster sugar

Method

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla till creamy, add in egg yolks one at a time.Fold in sifted flour alternating with milk till well incorporated.Divide into two portions.  Leave one portion plain but sift in matcha powder into…

Vietnamese Braised Pork Ribs ~ 越南排骨

These succulent pork ribs are meaty and tender and they go very well with white rice.  They are delicious and finger licking good!


Vietnamese Braised Pork Ribs ~ 越南排骨
Ingredients
1 kg pork ribs2 lemon grass, lightly smashed and finely chopped, about 2 Tbsp1.1/2 Tbsp soy sauce1/2 Tbsp fish sauce1 tsp salt1 Tbsp brown sugar1/2 Tbsp garlic, chopped or grated1 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder1 Tbsp finely chopped gingerMethod Marinate the pork ribs overnight with all the above ingredients.Reserve the marinade. Cook the ribs in a non-stick pan, add in 2 cups water and continue to cook till the ribs are tender and the sauce has been reduced.Fine tune to taste. Dish out.Cook the marinade with a bit of cornflour to thicken.Pour the marinade over the ribs before serving.