Friday, March 24, 2006

Mini Carrot Cake with Walnuts

The recipe for this carrot cake was actually given to us by our gym instructor. It is a really easy recipe and the cakes comes out beautifully soft and moist. For lazy people who hates washing up, there is only 1 bowl to clean and wash.

I like baking it as mini cupcakes as it cuts the baking time by more than half and is easier to freeze and defrost for morning tea.

Makes 10 cupcakes

1 cup sugar
½ cup oil
1½ cup grated carrot
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup flour
½ tsp salt

Method :

1. Mix together all the above ingredients.

2. Pour into paper cases or directly into muffin tins.

3. Bake at 180 degress for 15 - 20 minutes.

See here for Mini Carrot Cupcake with Passion Fruit Glazing.

mini carrot cake with passion fruit glazing

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs

A sweet & sour dish that is always welcomed on our dining table. An all time favourite especially cooked with spare ribs.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Claypot Chicken Rice

This is one of those really easy one pot meals where everything is thrown and cook together. Really delicious and full of flavour. One of our favourites and very moreish....

Recipe serves 3-4 persons

250g raw rice (washed & drained)
1 tsp sliced young ginger
4 chicken thighs or breast (cut into bite sizes)
1 pcs chinese sausages (sliced & pan fried till crispy)
2 tbsp pan fried salted fish (chopped finely)

2 tbsp Fish Sauce
2 tbsp sugar
½ tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce
2 tbsp cooking oil
400ml water

peas, mushrooms

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Plain Rolls, Char Siew Buns and Apple Butter Buns

These buns and rolls are made from the recipe I shared here . Even though the buns are partly wholemeal, it has a really soft texture.

Plain rolls with no filling

Char Siew (bbq pork) buns

Apple Butter buns

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Spicy Chicken with Basil

The thai basil and capsicum in this dish definitely added the 'oomp' to the chicken. The sauce is rich and full of flavour.

spicy chicken with basil
Ingredients :
1 kg chicken (cleaned, washed, dried, cut into pieces)
Seasoned with 1 tbs soy, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Pork Balls

These Pork Balls are a favourite of mine and it is a good addition to our kon loh meen (noodles). I usually fry them and then freeze it for later eating.

fried pork balls

Ingredients :

1 kg mince pork
3 Tbsp light soya sauce
½ tsp white pepper
3 Tbsp corn flour
2 Tbsp sesame oil
8 pc of waterchestnut (chopped)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hot & Sour Spare Ribs

These ribs are wicked . They are so good - heaps better than any of those I have eaten at a restaurant.

hot and sour spare ribs

50g preserved red beancurd
30g sugar
50g oyster sauce
30g chinese cooking wine

1 kg pork ribs, cut into bite size pieces
3 cups cooking oil
100g cornflour, mixed with 100g rice flour
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
300ml chicken stock (use canned or stock cube)

Sauce :
100g tomato sauce
50g chilli sauce
50g plum sauce
50g oyster sauce
salt and sugar to taste
20g hua tiow wine (Chinese cooking wine)
20g sesame oil
20g dark soy sauce
sesame seeds to garnish

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Aloo Dum (Potato in Masala Sauce)

I love eating potatoes especially those cooked in a curry sauce. This particular spicy masala sauce is healthy as no cream or coconut milk is added but the sauce is thick and rich. The recipe is from this blog .

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Vanilla Yoghurt

Cool and refreshing Vanilla Yoghurt laced with Strawberry Vodka conserve served with Pepino fruit sticks. Low calorie and very healthy.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Strawberry Jam

I had to try out this recipe which I got from kc - never had jam cooked with vodka before. The strawberries from the garden bed were a bit midget in size (a bit late in the season). Besides bread, this jam would be good as a topping for ice cream and yoghurt.
A very quick and easy recipe, takes less than 10 minutes to make.

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