Monday, 12 September 2016

Creamy lemon berry cheesecake

This recipe comes from the box of Philadelphia cream cheese 

This is how mine turned out
I changed the base to Oreo and used only 3/4 punnet of blueberries in the cake 
I also did a raspberry sauce to decorate the top

The cake
2 x 250gm cream cheese softened about 30 mins 
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 lemon - grate the zest n get the juice
1 cup of heavy cream
3 teaspoons of gelatin dissolved in 1/4 cup of boiling water 
1 punnet of blueberries 
I omitted the strawberries 

Firstly prepare the base 
The base 
15 Oreo cookies with filling crushed to fine bits 
80 gram melted unsalted butter
Mix them together and press into the base of the 20cm spring form tin
The type with a removable base
Chill in the fridge 

Place the softened cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl n beat together till combined
Then beat in the gelatine mixture till just combined
Add the cream and lemon juice and beat till combined
Fold in the lemon zest and blueberries 
Pour into prepared tin and chill

Prepare the raspberry sauce - recipe from this link 

Decorate the cake with rice crisp milk chocolate I bought from baking shop Phoon Huat 

You can buy the happy birthday signs from SKP the store that sells a lot of plastic wares.

We enjoyed the cake however maybe I will recommend to remove the Oreo cream next round as the base looked a bit greasy 

The cake ,raspberry sauce n the chocolate 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Banana Cake

My friend Helga posted this recipe she adapted from a cookbook to Facebook and I decided to try but I found I didn't have self raising flour so it checked for a recipe to make it.

Here is the recipe for the banana cake

To make self raising flour
1 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp fine salt 
1 tsp baking powder
Mixed together 

Other ingredients
250 gm ripe bananas ( about 2.5 bananas)
3 eggs 
40 gm melted unsalted butter
1 tsp baking soda
100 gm brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Cut the bananas into smaller slices into a medium bowl and mix with the baking soda and set aside.

In another medium bowl, mix 3 eggs with the brown sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla till the sugar is dissolved. 

Add the prepared flour into the eggs mixture n mix thoroughly till no more white flour can be seen 

Then add the egg mix into the bananas 

Stir well and then add in the melted butter. Combine. 

Preheat oven to 180c.

I lined my loaf pan with baking paper with paper hanging over the sides of the loaf pan and pour the batter into it. This helps to remove the cake easily.
Place a few slices of bananas on the surface.
Bake for 35-40 mins.
Cool before cutting.

Before removal from pan 

11 slices ( I ate a piece)

Happy Baking!!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Roti Boy Buns

I can still remember buying roti boy buns in Malaysia and they were very popular many years back.

Today I happen to come across this YouTube video on how to make them

I was already making bread buns so I used about 300 gm of my dough to make 6 of these roti boy buns.

Wrap a pc of cold butter I use 4-5 gm wrap in a small pc of dough 10 gm

Further wrap into the main bun dough 

Before proofing

After proofing about 30 mins

Make the coffee paste n chill it in a piping bag

Ready to pipe ( sorry my nozzle hidden) actually can don't use nozzle 

Pipe rounds about halfway on the bun

Baked at 180 for about 15 mins

I used bread flour - see the butter in the middle?

Light coffee flavour

Do give it a try! Happy baking 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Baked cream cheese tarts

These are delicious and I applied 3 different toppings. The original recipe is from Alex Ong but I followed this blog recipe

I made 12 tarts and I still have left over cream cheese filling so perhaps next round can make up to 15 tarts for 1 batch. I think is because my tart size is small as I used my Zhui kueh molds.

I kept the filling and the remainder pastry dough in the fridge to make more tarts next day.

Making the tart shells each 30 gm
Should have reduced to 25gm as my mold size is smaller - next time!

Spoon cheese filling into cooled cooked tart shells - baked at 190c 11 mins

Ready to bake 

Baked  at 180c for 9 mins


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Cheese and Bacon Potato Gratin

This is a dish for potato lovers
I used up 4 russet potatoes and a few slices of bacon in there. It is aromatic and I like the flavour.

You can find the recipe here

Although the link says Jamie Oliver but this recipe is contributed by Mardi Michel

I omitted the white mushrooms n flaked almonds and for cheddar cheese I replaced with pizza plus shredded cheese from Perfect Italiano.

Through the same link you can find Jamie Oliver's  festive potato bake .

4 large russet potatoes, some bacon , whipping cream cooked with garlic.

I find that it's a huge serving 

We just ate for fun but I kept the balance and brought it to work for my lunch the next day . Just wrap in aluminum foil n heat it up.

 Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible

Bacon that I used

Cross section of my potato gratin . I added some diced yellow capsicum as well.

Do give it a try! Happy baking!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Waffles mania

Chocolate waffles

Pandan waffles 

Yes, for the last 2 nights I tried making 2 types of waffles from 2 recipes

Asian pandan style waffles , recipe from 

Western style chocolate waffle recipe from 

Both are made using the morries brand .
I bought this which comes with interchangeable plates for making waffles, mini donuts or sandwiches.

I personally prefer the chocolate waffles

Do check out the recipe links above and try. Happy cooking!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Quick cookies - with chocolate chips

This is really a quick cookie recipe and delicious too!

For this recipe  I made 24 cookies
I made with plain flour instead of self raising flour

100 gm unsalted butter softened 
100 gm castor sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
75 gm plain flour mixed with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda n 1/8 tsp fine salt
75 gm plain flour mixed with 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/8 tsp fine salt 
2 tablespoon Hershey's semi sweet mini chocolate chips

Put butter n castor sugar in a mixing bowl
Use a wooden spoon to stir till paste like
You shouldn't feel much grains of sugar left
Add in the tablespoon of golden syrup n mix well
Add in the first 75 gm of plain flour mixture
And the chocolate chips 
Mix well till no more white flour
Add in the second 75 gm of plain flour mixture 
Mix well
Preheat oven to 170c ( original is 180)
Prepare 2 trays lined with baking paper 
Use 2 teaspoons
One to scoop and the other to help push onto the tray 
Please do not press the cookie dough down
Place them apart 12 on one tray
I am using a table top Cornell oven
So I use the middle rack to bake these about 13 mins
When done, let the cookies sit on the tray for another 2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack n cool completely 
The cookies are very soft when just taken out of the oven 
They will harden upon cooling
They are crispy but I did not find them chewy as described in the original recipe 
Maybe I made smaller cookies as I made 24 and not 12 pieces

Dough can be pinched instead of using spoons too. 

Maximum 12 on my tray 

After baking they spread out

Do try this recipe - easy, quick and delicious!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Stirfry Udon with dark sauce

This is a yummy dish of stirfry udon with dark sauce. Easy to prepare n delicious.
Good to do since my helper off day and I prepare this simple dish for my family.

The original recipe is from Rasa Malaysia

I have changed some ingredients like the kecap manis sauce to Feng He Garden dark sauce so the taste may not be the same - however, my family enjoyed it very much.
I also substituted pork with prawns for my children.

Oyster sauce I used Lee Kum Kee 3 tsp
Dark Sauce Feng He Garden 4 tsp
Soy sauce Kikkoman 3 tsp
Fine sugar 1.5 tsp
Sesame oil a dash
Water 12 tbsp initially 
Added more during cooking 
Mix above in a large bowl and set aside

Pork filet slice n marinate with oyster n Kikkoman soy sauce for 15 minutes - keep in fridge covered

1/2 large carrot julienned
1 stalk spring onion cut into 1-2 inch lengths 
2 pcs garlic sliced 
Some bunashimeji mushrooms - pls wash n separate 
Dodo brand large rectangle fish cake 1.5 pcs sliced 
Chinese cabbage sliced into strips about  - see photo 
Cooking oil

2 eggs stirfried n cut into strips (optional)

3 packet of udon - fairprice brand

Remove marinated pork from fridge about ten minutes before using 

Boil water n cook udon for 2 minutes n drain water n set aside 

Heat some oil in large frying pan 
Fry the garlic for short while no need to brown 
Add in the pork n fry till half done n push aside leave in the pan
Add in the carrot n stirfry 
Add in mushrooms n stirfry all include pork
Add in cabbage n stirfry
Add in fish cake n stirfry 
Add in udon n prepared sauce 
If sauce cannot cover all udon , mix in a little water to sauce bowl and pour over udon
Use a pair of chopsticks now to move the udon around n coat with sauce
Then add in spring onions n cook a minute more
Can be served with egg strips 

Note - I prepared for 2 adults n 2 young children 
Amount can be increased for older children 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Oyster dark sauce chicken wings

I am glad these turned out yummy!

The gravy mixed with the rice to eat is tasty too!

1 pack of mid joint bought from Fairprice supermarket 

Sauce ingredients
Feng He brand dark soy sauce about a tablespoon 
Oyster sauce about 2 tablespoon
1 teaspoon of sugar or more (taste n adjust)
Water about 1/2 a small rice bowl
Mixed all together 

Cornstarch water 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 2 -3 teaspoon water 

Some ginger and yellow onion slices 

Wash and pat dry the chicken wings
Rub some salt on the wings and keep aside 20 minutes

Heat a pan or wok with some cooking oil
Add in the ginger and onion and fry till fragrant
Turn to low heat
Then add in the wings and fry on both sides are browned slightly 
I cover my pan at the same time if not too much oil splatter 
Then add in the sauce and mix the wings 
Stir in the cornstarch mix and cover 
Cook till gravy reduced 
Taste and adjust - add water or sugar if necessary 
Serve with rice 

Brown the wings

The sauce bubbling 

Ready to eat

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Fried mid joint chicken wings

My chicken wings are fried in a wok. Deep frying is not really my forte as I am so afraid of being scalded. But these turned out ok!

One tray of mid joints ( bought from supermarket)
Kikkoman soy sauce 2 tsp
White pepper 
Corn flour 4 teaspoons
Cooking oil 

Marinate the chicken with the soy sauce, sprinkle of pepper and coat them with the corn flour
Leave in the fridge about one hour 
Before frying take them out and bring to room temperature about 15 minutes
Heat your wok and add in the oil
Try to add enough to cover the wings
Use medium fire to heat the oil, lower the temp to low before adding in the wings 
I cover the wok 
Then when I smell the wings fragrant smell , I quickly lifted the wok cover away
I flipped the wings n continue frying to nice golden brown.

Serve them with your favorite chilli or tomato sauce.

Steamed cod fish

Steamed cod fish is simple to prepare 

This cut of cod fish has no bones. I bought from the fishmonger who removed the bones from it.

Cod fish 1 piece
6 pcs sliced ginger 
Some white pepper 
A few drops of fish sauce
Some Chinese parsley 

Place the cod fish skin side down
Marinate the fish with some pepper n few drops of fish sauce
Place the ginger slices on top 
Place the parsley on top also 
After marinate about 30 minutes, steam the fish about 8 minutes. ( longer for thicker cuts of fish) till you see gravy form.

Serve warm best.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Steamed chicken legs

My helper is on home leave and I have to cook fast and easy dishes. Her preference is to fry everything and I needed to cook something more nutritious for my family.

This is a great and easy recipe I found on this blog 

You need only 1 hour in total.

I used 1 chicken leg and 1 drumstick chop into sections 

Gouqizi - bought from Hock Hua medical 

Following her recipe
Marinate the chicken with the goqizi, 8 ginger slices, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 3 tbsp huatiaochew, 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce as the light soy sauce for 30 minutes

Steam with spring onions scattered on chicken till cooked about 15 minutes.

Serve with rice. Tasty meal!