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.
















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)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chili...Mr Baek's receipe


Mr Baek did it again!  I tried this chili recipe after watching Home Cook Rescue 3.  The pot of chili I made using this recipe was great.  Unlike the usual chili recipe, this recipe does not require beans or a lot of spices.  Yet, it was flavourful and we just can't stop eating it.
The second time I tried this recipe, I used pasta sauce instead of ketchup as I ran out of it.  It was equally good, if not better.


Ingredients
1)  2 cups onions (that is about 1 big onions, chopped)
2)  1 cup mince beef (about 200g)
3)  2 tbsp. chili powder
4)  1 tbsp. sugar
5)  2 tbsp. mince garlic
6)  1 tbsp. ketchup  (can replace with pasta sauce too)
7)  2 tbsp.worcestershire  sauce or soy sauce
8)  1/3 tbsp. butter
9)  1 tsp cumin powder

Method

1.  Cook butter, beef, chopped onions, mince garlic over medium heat.



2.  When onions turn transparent, add ketchup, chili powder and worcestershire sauce and stir well.


3.  Add 1 cup of water and stir occasionally.

4.  Finally add cumin.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until desire thickness. 














 
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