Thursday, September 19, 2019

Spiral Rainbow Taro Mooncakes

Finally trying spiral rainbow mooncakes because I still have a lot of taro paste left. Eat warm is quite nice!πŸ˜‹

















Dough recipe cut in half since I only have 500 gram fillings. Fillings 50g each. Water dough divide into 5. Oil dough divide into 4 color and then divide into 5 each.

Recipe from➡️ iwen baking

Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup

Sister in law gave me 4 home grown bitter melon. So I decided to make soup with them since I've been stir frying bitter melon for a few days now. Soup is delicious!πŸ˜‹










Ingredients:

4 medium bitter melon

600g grounded pork
200g shrimps
30-40g glass noodles
6 g dried black fungus
1-2 shallots minced
3 scallions white part minced
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsp sugar
1 tsp chicken powder seasoning
1 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp oil

Soup seasoning:

12 cups water
2 tsp chicken powder seasoning
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
Salt

Instructions:

1. Soak dried fungus and glass noodles for 10 minutes.  Wash fungus with some salt and rinse. Chop fungus into small pieces. Chop noodles into 4 sections.

2. Flatten shrimps and chop into smaller pieces.  Add to pork. Add all other ingredients and seasonings.  Mix well and stuff the bitter melon.

3. Bring water to boil. Add in stuffed bitter melons. Bring to boil. Add in chicken powder. Turn to medium low heat for simmer. Simmer 25-30 minutes until tender. Add in left over meat balls.

4. Add seasonings to taste. Garnish with chopped scallions.

Serve hot

Friday, September 13, 2019

Happy Mid-autumn Festival

So proud of myself this year. First time baking mooncakes and happy with result. Just hope next year I will not be ...last minute..lol😴

Happy Mid-autumn Festival!!!
 Mung bean durian
 Pandan coconut
 Young coconut
 Taro


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Mung Bean Durian Mooncakes

Spent yesterday making mung bean durian mooncakes and coconut mooncakes.  Mom and dad are happy they have moonies to give away. They took most of my moonies and now I need to make more so I can give too! I am so late!!!🀣










Monday, September 9, 2019

Artichoke Tea

I went to the market yesterday and saw a large pile of artichokes on sale 2 for $1. I was like omg...this is the cheapest I've seen. So of course I bought 6. Came home to make artichoke tea using my instant pot.

Artichoke tea is pretty good for your health especially lower blood sugar level, improve digestion, heart and liver health. Haha...and I think good for constipation too!🀣














Recipe:

3 artichoke cut into halves
4 liter water
3 Rock sugar to taste
Pandan leaves (optional)

Place everything into instant pot fill water to max line. Cover and pressure cook high pressure for 20 minutes.  Then natural release. Strain and refrigerate. Serve cold or hot.

Can cook on stove and simmer for 1 hr.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Coconut Mooncakes

It seems I'm always last minute on making mooncakes or maybe everything...🀣 Last year I told myself I'll make mooncakes to give to families and friends next year. However, every year I'll get lazy and delay...lol. I'm not very experience with making mooncake so here I am experimenting.  I must be crazy making so much fillings and dough when I'm just experimenting. So last minute I decided to just bake 5 just for tasting first. So far the people who tasted it say very good! I just love the coconut and some candied melon in it for crunch.πŸ˜‹


 After baking. These are 50g cakes.
Before baking














Ingredients:

600 g grated coconut (used old coconut today)
270 g sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
50 g melon seeds roasted
50 g sesame seeds roasted
30 g light corn syrup
About 90-100 g fried glutinous rice (koh fun)
100-120 ml water
Some vanilla powder

Instructions:

1. Mix sugar and salt with grated coconut and let soak for few hours or overnight in refrigerator.

2. On medium low heat lightly roast melon seeds and sesame separately. Remove from pan.

3. Add sugared coconut to pan and continuously stir on medium heat. Add in water, stir then add in corn syrup and stir well.

4. Slowly add in fried glutinous flour and stir well. Add in toasted melon and sesame seeds. Add in vanilla powder. Taste if not sweet enough add in more syrup.

5. Remove from heat to cool. Then for 50g mold use 35g fillings and 15g dough or 20g for thicker. For 100g mold use 70g fillings and 30g dough. Since mom loves more dough I used 40g instead.

For dough: I used Jeannie Tay mooncake dough recipe. ➡️ Recipe
I didn't use all 450g all purpose flour as my golden syrup is very thick and dark since it's been 1 year old. I also used canola oil instead since no vegetable oil.

Bake at 180C for 15 mins. Take out (spray with water in fine mist on cakes right away) then cool 15 mins. After 15 minutes cooling, brush egg wash and bake for 7-9 minutes until golden  brown. (Strain egg wash first for better result. Apply only thin layer)

Recipe yield. About 16 (100g) mooncakes.
Here are my 100g mooncakes.

 After egg wash and baking
Before baking

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Indonesian Kuih Lapis

After a week vacation and then a week recovering, now I'm finally ready to bake again. Went to visit mom and she has a lot of yolks left from cooking. So to not waste them I tried making the famous kuih lapis. I have to say this is a cake I used the most butter and yolks! 15 yolks altogether and 4 sticks of butter 450g! Taste is good but I believe you need the right oven to bake this. My oven has only 1 temperature setting so could not turn off bottom heat, which cause bottom to be burnt.  Of course I need to cut off bottom and sides for it to look and taste good. My bake this time is a fail.😭 If I ever bake this again, I'll need to use water bath method so bottom and sides cake will not burn.



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Green Grass Jelly Powder

I really love eating fresh green grass jelly. The jelly made from jelly vines also called cyclea barbata have a fresh leafy taste and some stated help with lowering high blood pressure too. Since living in the US, this plant is not easily available.  Thanks to my friend for sharing a plant with me a few years ago. I plant the vines in pots and need to bring them indoor every winter. And of course I can only eat when I get enough leaves.🀣

So trying to find alternative way, I thought there might be a powder form where I can make anytime of the year. Which I did find one. I was super excited but of course ended disappointed because taste and texture not same as the fresh leaves. The texture and taste is exactly like the canned version green grass jelly. Totally different than my vines. Guess I'll need to take better care of my vines so I can get more leaves out of them.😁

Made from green grass jelly powder

Strain at least twice since powder so small
 Jelly powder from supermarket. Bought for $1.59
Home grown jelly vines. Best grow on semi shade area
Color and taste of fresh jelly is so refreshing. Love the chewy texture too.πŸ˜‹


Monday, August 12, 2019

Grilled Fishes for Spring Rolls

Tonight dinner was quite delicious! Grilled striped bass and catfish for spring rolls. I'm trying to be on a diet...but eating too much isn't helping...haha.🀣

Dessert is home grown grass jelly.  So cooling for this hot weather and spicy fish sauce.πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
Recipe used ➡️ yummies4dummies





Thursday, August 8, 2019

Durian Swissroll and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Having relatives over so decided to make some desserts for the kids. Baked durian swissroll and chocolate chips/macadamia cookies.

 Swissroll using Suka Amel hurricane recipe, except I whisk merginue to firm peak. Filling with durian and whipped cream. Roll, wrap and refrigerate over night for easier cutting.
Cookies recipe from biggerbolderbaking. Dough made nigh before. Take out leave room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hr. Divide into 2 batch. One add in semisweet chocolate and the other add in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Baked middle rack for 11 minutes.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sichuan Double Cooked Fish

Trying out a new dish today since hubby went fishing and caught a striped bass. Didn't want to grill again so trying out double cooked method similar to double cooked pork belly. Saved some non spicy for kids while we eat the spicy one. So very yummy with rice!πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
Recipe used ➡️China Sichuan Food

 Fry until golden crispy
 Cornstarch fish
Marinated fish