Friday, July 23, 2010

Tomato, Mushroom with Mozzarella Tart

I have been blogging for more than 2 years now, it started as a blog to keep Hub & my overseas friends in the loop but I find it harder and harder to do that now esp when my son takes up almost 100% of my time. It has become a blog where I keep all my recipes, so that I will not forget how to prepare these dishes! You will be surprised how many times I refer to my blog when I bake, I can't remember most of the measurements ; ))
Anyway, I made this for lunch and it is definitely a keeper! Simple, fast lunch you can fix for that unexpected guest ; p

What You Need:
(Recipe adapted from here)

1/2 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
1/2 roma tomato, thinly sliced
About 4 white or brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tbsp 6 cheese
1/4 cup red onion, diced finely
1tsp salt & pepper
Dash of dried parsley

What To Do:
  1. Set oven to 400F
  2. Add a little oil & red onion in a microwavable bowl, microwave on high for 2 mins. Remove and set aside
  3. Place pastry sheet on a non stick pan, bake for 10 mins or when it starts to puff like this,4. Add topping, onions(drained) & cheeses,
5. Brush with the oil that was microwaved with onion
6. Bake for about 20mins or till brown
7. Serve while hot!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Curry Puff Eggrolls

I got this idea while making the Avocado Eggrolls that day, since the eggroll wrapper actually taste like 'Epok Epok' so why not make curry puffs with it?? So I came up with my own curry filling...
Here's my 'secret recipe' ; P
All wrapped up and ready for frying!!! It tastes GREAT!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fried Minced Pork Yee Mee

Simple lunch while Hub's on his way back to SG for work...

What You Need:

1 piece of Yee Mee (boil for 5 mins, drain and soak in cold water until ready to use)
1 bunch of broccoli florets (lightly blanched with boiling water)
About 1 cup of minced pork
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp chilli paste (I use Taho sambal blachan)
1/2 cup stock

3 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

What To Do:
  1. Marinade pork and set aside
  2. Saute garlic in 1 tbsp of oil till slightly brown
  3. Add pork and stir it to break it up
  4. Add broccoli and fry for 2 mins
  5. Add noodle, oyster sauce, dark sauce & chilli. Stir evenly
  6. Add stock and stir for another 5 mins
  7. Serve!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Korean Spicy Wings

I have no idea why I have not posted this in my blog before...I mean I make this almost every Sunday for my 'Family BBQ Day' and it is my all time favorite! Okok, I simply love chicken wings...grilled or fried ; p
Sometimes I use boneless chicken thighs for this recipe and it tasted just as good! Well, if you like Pizza Hut's spicy wings then you have to make this!

What You Need:

About 16 wings
3 heap tbsp of hottest Gochujang you can find (you can get it from any Korean grocer, it comes in a red tub)
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
3 cloves garlic, smashed & minced

What To Do:
  1. Marinade wings with all the ingredients overnight or at least 6 hours
  2. Grill them on BBQ pit or bake at 365F for about 15mins
  3. If you are using oven- switch to BROIL(520F) and broil it for about 15mins turning the wings occasionally to get that charbroiled look
  4. ENJOY ; P

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Baked this today, am tired of making pandan chiffon so I thought I will try this out. I got this recipe from here, it's a Martha Stewart clip. Another reason I made this is for my son, this is a yolk-free/oil-free recipe. To be honest on a scale of 1-10, I give it a 4. Don't get me wrong, it's a ok recipe....but I prefer my chocolate cake dense and full of chocolate flavor. On comparison, this is light and you can hardly taste or smell the chocolate. Like I mentioned before, I am very particular about cakes coz it is my all time favorite dessert ; ))
Anyway, here's the recipe if you like light cakes...

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Scant 1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce, semisweet chocolate, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 12 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Anglaise (recipe follows)
Baking Directions

Preheat oven to 350° with rack in center. Sift together onto a piece of parchment paper, 3/4 cup sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add grated chocolate; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. With machine running, add remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a slow steady stream, beating until fully incorporated, and stiff glossy peaks form. Add vanilla and almond extracts; beat to combine.

Remove from mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, gently but thoroughly, folding into egg white mixture until fully combined. Pour into a 10-inch non-stick angel food cake pan. Tap pan on counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake until cake springs back when depressed with a finger, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool, inverted, 1 hour before removing pan.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Picture with VIP

Was honored on Sunday when a VIP came to visit Hub's workplace. Was thrilled when he carried my baby for photograph session and at that moment when he picked my baby, a feeling of sadness swept over me...Sad because my late Dad never had a chance to carry nor see my boy but yet I know he will be proud to know that his grandson managed to get a shot with such important figure...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Cheesecake Factory Avocado Eggrolls

Cheesecake Factory is one of my favorite restaurant here in US. If I am financially capable, I would love to franchise it back to Singapore ; ))
This is their signature appetizer *YUM!!* & it is really simple to make....I will just post the recipe for the eggrolls, the recipe for the sauce comes later. (Actually the difficult part is making the sauce)
Here's the recipe for the eggrolls (makes abt 8)

What You Need:

1 avocado, sliced abt 0.5cm thick
About 8 sundried tomatoes, sliced
4 shallots, diced
1 handful of cilantro, cut into 1" in length
About 1tsp salt
About 1 tsp olive oil
8 eggroll wraps

What To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except wrap) together
  2. Lay the eggroll wrap on a flat surface
  3. Spoon about 2 tbsp of ingredients onto the wrap. Wrap & seal with some water
  4. Deep fry it for about 5-8mins or golden brown

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Shrimp Paste Chicken

This is one of my favourite dish when I go for Dim Sum, it is also known as Har Cheong Kai. Try making it yourself, it's really easy ; )

What You Need

About 10 wings
1 tbsp of HuaTiao wine
2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee shrimp paste
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp tapioca flour
3 tbsp rice flour
2 cloves garlic, minced

What To Do
  1. Mix all ingredients and wings together, leave it in fridge for at least 4hrs. Best overnight.
  2. Take it out of the fridge about 1hr before cooking to bring the meat to close room temperature
  3. Heat up oil in a wok and deep fry it till golden brown or cooked
NOTE: You can try using 1 tbsp LKK shrimp paste and 1 tbsp black shrimp paste(the rojak kind) for a more 'pungent' taste