Sunday, November 5, 2017

Banana Bread



What do you do if you have some overripe bananas?  You can bake a loaf of banana bread. Banana bread is not only easy to bake, it is healthy as well.  Mixer is not required.  You only need 2 big bowls, a whisk and a rubber spatula or wood spoon.  It is better to use overripe banana as it is softer and sweeter.

Banana Bread


Ingredients (loaf tin : 9 x 5 x 3 inch)

Dry

1.  230g all purpose flour
2.  150g sugar
3.  1 tsp baking powder
4.  1/4 tsp baking soda
5.  1/4 tsp salt (If you are using salted butter, omit the salt)
6.  1 tsp cinnamon powder

Wet



mashed bananas

1.  3 bananas (mashed)
2.  2 eggs
3.  1/2 cup (113g) melted butter
4.  1 tsp vanilla extract


Method

Preheat oven (180 degree Celsius)

1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

Combine all dry ingredients in a big bowl.

2. In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and whisk well.
3. Pour the combined wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and lightly fold the mixture with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.
Combine dry and wet ingredients
4.  Pour the batter into a loaf tin lined with parchment paper.

Ready to go into the oven.

5.  Baked for 55 to 60 min in 180 degree celsius oven or until the toothpick comes out clean after inserted in the center.


Delicious banana bread







Thursday, October 26, 2017

Matcha Castella Cake

My family and friends like my castella cake.   I bought matcha powder recently and decided to bake matcha castella cake.
I was proud of myself after baking it.  The texture was soft, moist and spongy.


Ingredients

Part A
1.  5 egg yolks
2.  1 whole egg
3.  50g condensed milk
4.  30 g fresh milk
5.  70g cake flour
6.  10 g matcha powder
7.  75 g oil

Part B
1.  5 egg whites
2.  1 g salt (slightly little than 1/4 tsp)
3.  65 g sugar

Method

Part A
1.  Heat oil in microwave for 2 mins.
2.  Sift cake flour and matcha powder into oil and mix well.
3.  Add milk and egg yolks and stir until batter become smooth
4.  Stir in condensed milk until no crumbs and shinny

Part B
1.  Add salt to egg white and beat until foamy
2.  Add sugar gradually and beat until stiff peak.

Part A + Part B
1.  Mix 1/3 of egg white to Part A
2.  Mix the rest of Part B to Part A
3.  Bake in a pre-heated 150 degree Celsius oven using the waterbath method for 60 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean.










Sunday, October 15, 2017

Spicy Shredded Meat 鱼香肉丝


Spicy Shredded Meat is a Sichuan dish.  In Chinese is “Yu Xiang,” (鱼香), which literally means “fish fragrance,” or “fish flavor.”  but there is no fish in this dish.  Shredded meat is used instead.  This is a versatile sauce as beef or eggplant can be used too.

There is a story behind the '"Yu Xian" sauce.
A housewife wanted to cook fish for her husband but discovered that there was no fish at home.  Since there was some sauce which was used for cooking fish left, she decided to use the sauce to cook several other foods.  Her husband liked the dishes she cooked with the sauce.  Gradually, her neighbours knew and learnt this cooking method and hence "Yu Xiang" became a popular delicious cuisine.

Ingredients

1)  200g shredded pork
2)  1 cup black fungus (shredded)
3)  1 stalk celery (shredded)
4)  1 carrot  (shredded)

Marinate for pork
1)  1 tbsp light soy sauce
2)  1 tbsp wine
3)  1 tbsp water
4)  1 tbsp cornstarch

Sauce for pork (1)
1)  1 tbsp minced green onion
2)  1 tbsp minced ginger
3)  1 tbsp garlic
4)  1/2 to 1 tbsp. hot bean paste

Sauce (2)
1)  2 tbsp. light soy sauce and water
2)  1/2 tbsp sugar and wine
3)  1 tsp vinegar and cornstarch


Method
1.  Marinate pork with light soy sauce, wine, water and cornstarch.
2.  Stir-fry shredded pork until cooked and set aside.
2.  Stir-fry black fungus, celery and carrot and set aside.
3.  Cook green onion, ginger, garlic and hot bean paste until fragrant.
4.  Add shredded pork, wood ears, celery and carrot to the wok and mix well.
5.  Finally, pour sauce (2) and mix well before serving.  Make sure all the ingredients are coated with sauce.



 



Sunday, October 8, 2017

酸辣湯 Hot and Sour Soup


Hot and sour soup is my number one favourite soup.  It is sourish yet spicy taste which I like.  Some places do have good hot and sour soup but some are just too diluted.  Many ingredients are used but it is not difficult to make.  The only time consuming part is to cut all the ingredient into thin strips. Although it is time consuming, I am always happy to see my family enjoy the soup.  



Ingredients
1)  1 box tofu
2)  1/2 carrot
3)  about 80 g meat (more if you like)
4)  2 eggs
5)  2 wood fungus (if it is the dried type, soak it in water to rehydrate it)
6)  3 dried mushrooms
7)  20g bamboo shoots
8)  1 litre chicken stock
9)  20 ml rice vinegar / apple cider  (more if you like to sour)
10)  2 tbsp. light soy sauce
11)  2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
12)  2 tbsp. hot bean paste
13)  1 tsp salt
14)  some pepper
15)  some sesame oil
16)  3 tbsp. cornstarch dissolve in 50 ml water

Method

1. Soak dried mushrooms in water to rehydrate them.
2. Cut wood fungus, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu and meat into thin strips.
3.  Marinate meat with about a tablespoon of egg and 1/2 tsp soy sauce.
4.  Heat pan with some oil.  Stir fry carrot for a few minutes to release beta-carotene. Add wood fungus, mushroom and bamboo shoots and continue to cook.
5.  Add chicken stock and water.   Bring it to a boil.
6.  Add meat and let it simmer.
7.  Once meat is cooked, add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, hot bean paste, salt, pepper and vinegar. (You might want to taste the soup to check if there is a need to add vinegar)
8.  Finally, add tofu into the soup.
9.  Pour in the cornstarch and give it a gentle stir to thicken the soup.
10.  When the soup returns to a boil, slowly pour in the beaten eggs. Do not stir the soup at this moment.  Let the egg set before stirring.
11.  Before serving, drizzle some sesame oil and garnish with some chopped spring onions.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Castella Cake 原味鸡蛋糕


I really enjoy castella cake.  It is very popular in Singapore now.  There is usually a queue at any bakeries selling it.  I like this cake because there is no cream of tartar or baking powder added to it and the texture is also moist and fluffy.





Ingredients

Part A
1.  6 egg yolks
2.  75 g oil
3.  60 g milk
4.  90 g cake flour

Part B
1.  6 egg white
2.  1g salt (that is approximately slightly less than 1/4 tsp)
3.  80 g sugar

Method
1.  Heat oil in a microwave for 2 mins
2.  Add sifted cake flour into oil


Mix flour with oil



3.  Add egg yolks and milk and mix well, then set aside.

Add egg yolks and milk



Part B
1.  Add salt to egg white and beat until foamy.
2.  Add sugar gradually and beat until stiff peak.


stiff peak

Part A + Part B
1.  Mix 1/3 of part B (Egg white) into Part A and mix well



Mix 1/3 egg white to batter
2.  Mix the rest of Part B to Part A.

Mix the rest of Part B to Part A
3.  Pour batter into baking pan (8 inch square pan)
4.  Preheat oven 150 degree Celsius.  Bake for on the lowest shelf using waterbath method for 60 mins or when a toothpick is insert into the center of the cake and it comes out clean with nothing sticking, the cake is done.   (my oven seems to be very hot, so I turn my temp down to 130 degree Celsius)
If the top of the cake is slightly brown, cover it with a piece of baking paper to prevent it from getting burnt.


Add cheddar cheese for extra flavor


Friday, September 8, 2017

Japanese Seaweed Chicken

Japanese Seaweed Chicken can be done within 15 mins.  It is sweet and savoury at the same time.







Ingredients
1.  100g chicken fillet
2.  some seaweed

Sauce
1.  2 tsp soy sauce
2.  2 tsp mirin
3.  2 tsp sugar

Method
1.  Cut chicken fillet.  Make sure it is almost the same size as seaweed so that it is easier to wrap.
2.  Wrap fillet with seaweed.


3.  Pan fry fillet until cook.


4.  Pour sauce over chicken.  Coat every chicken fillet with sauce and cook until sauce is absorb by fillet.




Cute Bento Boxes


My new hobby is creating cute bento boxes.  Creating bento boxes help me de-stress.  I am able to let my creative juice flow and come up with some cute or crazy ideas.  Some of the bento boxes were so cute...too cute to be eaten.  I wanted to give my gals a surprise by making different cute bento boxes for them.

Here are 4 of my creations.

Bees in the garden
Knock Knock Kitty
What's inside  :  Rice, Tamagoyaki, String Beans with carrots and Seaweed chicken


What's Up Bunny

What's inside  :  Rice, Sugar Snap Pea with Mushroom, Burger, Potato croquettes


Hello Polar

Hello Teddy

What's inside  :  Rice, Broccoli with Carrots, Tamagoyaki, Baked Pork Cutlet
Just Bento

What's inside : Pork belly with spring onion, cauliflower, Thai style tau kua (firm dou fu)
 
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