Monday, December 21, 2009


Everyone is having christmas mood, shopping for christmas gifts. However, don't foget to celebrate 东至 (the last chinese festival in a year) which falls 3 days earlier than the merry christmas, 22 of December.

Every year, i will buy the ready-made glutinuos dough (pink/ yellow/ white)and the peanut powder from the grocery shop. Just need to boil the ginger soup, and roll the ready dough. Simple and express for working mom.

But, this year i intended to try to make my own dumpling. As i always say, when you got the right recipe, every baking or cooking become easy. Yes, i got the right recipe again! It's as easy as ABC. :)

Recipe from Feminie
Festive cook book

100g glutinous flour
60ml warm water

1. Slowly pour the warm water into glutinous flour. Stir until well-combined.
2. Knead a piece of soft dough aroung 20g, blanch into a pot of boiling water for 1 min or until it afloat .
3. Use the cooked dough to mix with the rest of the uncooked dough. Knead until smooth and non-sticky.
4. Roll into long sticj, apport dumpling dough into 22 portions, shape round, flatten them and wrap in 5-6 chocolate chips filling.
pandan leave 3pcs. knotted
ginger, peel and use back of the knife to press hard

1. Boil water with knotted pandan leave and ginger.
2. When the water is boiled, put in all the dumpling and cook for 3-5 mins
3. When the dumpling afloat, add some crystal sugar for sweetness.
4. Cook for another 2mins, you can have hot and QQ dumplings now.

Friday, December 18, 2009

English Scones

My first impression towards Scone is-- it's HARD like STONE when i was holding it. I would never try it if it's not recommended by my mom. She encouraged me to try the raisin scones from Milky Bakery. Gosh! I love it once i have a bite.

Scones-- a british quickbread/ cake/ biscuits. It can be eaten plain, or best serve with some jam. I put some blueberry filling to serve warm, and it's really delicious!! I just love the taste of each bites. It tastes so differently from cakes or muffins. I want to thank Ching for her sharing of this simple recipe. I can have homemade scones now, yeah!!
Recipes from Ching午茶时间@Scone
(A)300g all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g fine sugar
1/4 tsp salt

(B)80g butter, cut into small cubes

(C)1/2 egg
70ml milk

1. Mix all the ingredients (A) into a bowl.
2. Rub the cubed, softened butter into the flour until crumbly.
3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk.
4. Mix with a spatula until it forms a soft dough.
5. Take the dough and knead it on a floured surface but don’t over-knead it.
6. Roll it flat with around 1 inch thickness. Use the scone mould / biscuits mould to cut out. Place on the baking sheet with parchment paper.
7. Brush the top with egg. Bake 150C for 25 mins. Serve warm with your favourite jam.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Brownie with Cheese

Yes, I know i have just posted the same recipe recently. And, i repeated again and again. But, i really can't bear to turn down my husband's request/craving for this rich chocolatey brownie. He even volunteer to help me to buy the cream cheese, and later he asked, "Can i have it tonight?" Oh! how can i be so cruel to disappoint him, rite?

This time, i halve the recipe and use a loaf tin for a smaller portion. They are all gone within half a day! The reason i post it here again.... just because i took the picture in different angle from last bake.... just lwanna share... :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Express homemade Kaya

I love kaya toast, but I never thought i will be making kaya myself. I am a lazy bone. I understand that making kaya needs continuously stiring to avoid burnt at the bottom. Hand is tiring and the process takes very long time.

BUT, i came across this recipe which i would call it EXPRESS HOMEMADE KAYA. From preparation, cooking until it's done, i took only half an hour. Can you believe it? It's so easy, simple, and super-express to make a homemade kaya.... Oh! i was so delighted that i feel like singing .... LOL....The taste? you can't doubt it!! as tasty as those homemade kaya. The flavour of egg is just too...too strong!

Recipe from Ching 咖椰のDIY
150 castor sugar
2 tbls brown sugar
100ml coconut milk
some pandan leave


1. Stir together eggs, castor sugar and brown sugar in a bowl. Cook on the stove with minimum gas, continue stiring until sugar dissolve.

2. Filter the egg and sugar mixture. Cook on the stove again with minimum gas, and added in the pandan leave. Continue stiring while adding in the coconut milk slowly.

3. Stir until the kaya is thicker and creamier. Remove the pandan leave. Leave cool before storing. Now, enjoy your kaya with toast!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Potato Croquettes (可乐薯饼)

I had read many Croqueties from food bloggers. The ingredients are easy to prepare and the cooking method needs just frying. A simple and easy, yet very tempting snack! Most importantly, my kids love it!

3 potatoes (boil, cut, smashed)
100g lean pork (chopped)
1/2 stick carrot (diced)
1 onion (diced)
3 fresh/ dried mushroom (diced)

Plain flour
1 egg
Bread crumbs

1. Fry some garlic with onion, mushroom, carrot until fragrant. Add in lean pork, continue frying until cooked. Leave cool.

2. Mix the pork mixture into smashed potato. Mix and stir until well combined. Use clean hand to make them into patty.

3. Dust the patty with flour, dip it into egg, then dust with bread crumbs. Use palm to press a bit, so that the bread crumbs will adhere to the patty.

4. Fry until turning gold.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Chocolate Muffin with Chocolate Chunks

Since last baked for brownie, my hubby is craving for chocolate. He requested me to bake the rich chocolate brownie again, but i am bored of having the same food continuosly. It has been quite some time that the family do not have muffins. (I never bought muffin from bakery, as i found them too sweet and not soft/fluffy to my taste)

Again, i used the "Best muffin recipes" in my cookbook. This time, i omitted the chocolate chips, and substitute with chocolate chunks/flakes to add into batter. I spinkled some chocolate chips on top for a nicer presentation. Somemore, the milk i used is Dutch Lady Chocolate flavour fresh milk. Oh, can you imagine how rich of the taste of chocolate in my muffin ??? LOL .......

The texture , again, turn out soft and fluffy. Thanks Hsling ..... :)

Please refer recipe from Triple Chocolate Muffins
Ingredients are all the same, except:
*I substitute the chocolate chips to a small bowl of chocolate chunks/flakes, chopped from dark chocolate bar
*liquid increased to 60ml chocolate flavour milk