Home-made pork dumplings

all wrapped up before they were put into boiling soup! hehe

individual portions. hehe YUMMYY!

we made a while big pot! haha.
over enthusiastic you may say. hehe
but we were super happy!

wantons with mince meat noodles.
perfect match!

so give it a try! hehe

Ingredients :

350g of mince pork
10 chestnuts, cut into small pieces
4 huge dried mushrooms, soaked and cut into small pieces
3 stalks of spring onion
1 tsp corn flour
soy sauce, salt and pepper for seasoning
wanton skins

Steps :

1. Mix all the ingredients together well.

2. Place a portion on the wanton skin
wet the two sides of the skin and fold it into half.
Press all the air out and stick two of the ends together to form a wanton!

Wantons. DONE!

not too difficult yes? hehe
give it a try!

Plum Tatin with Ice cream

Ingredients :
(from The F Word)

4 large ripe but firm plums
60g cold butter
60g caster sugar
300g puff pastry (one sheet of ready made puff pastry)
Ice cream to serve

Steps :

1. Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6.

2. Make sure the plums aren’t too ripe or they’ll fall apart when you try to cook them.
Halve the plums and remove the stones.
Cut into quarters and arrange, cut side down, on a tray lined with kitchen paper.
If you have time, refrigerate the plums overnight to dry them out a little
(this will help prevent the plums from releasing too much juice during cooking).

3. Cut the butter into thin slices and use to cover the base of a 21cm ovenproof pan
(or four small separate pans if you’re making individual tarts), no deeper than 6cm.
Sprinkle over the sugar evenly, then arrange the plum quarters in a circle around the pan,
cut side down, adding one or two quarters in the centre.

4. Place the pan over a medium heat and let the butter and sugar melt,
gently shaking the pan once in a while to encourage the caramel to form.
When the syrup has caramelised to a terracotta colour, after about 10 minutes, take the pan off the heat.
Set aside.

5. If you’re using your own puff pastry,
roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured board to a 24cm round
(or into four 6cm rounds if you wish to make individual tarts),
using a cake tin as a template.
if you’re using the ready made puff pastry sheet,
using a plate as a template, cut out the 24cm round.
Prick the pastry all over with a fork, then lift it up using a rolling pin and lay over the plums.
Carefully tuck the pastry edges down the side of the pan. Prick a hole in the top of the pastry.

6. Bake for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 180˚C
and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and crisp.

7. Leave the tart to cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a large serving plate.
Slice into individual portions and serve warm with dollops of clotted cream.

before I flipped it over. nice and crisp and golden!

our individual portions (:

we were happy and so were our tummys!

Gordan’s Classic Lasagne

i thought the top was a bit too charred.
but Cheok described it as an equivalent to roast pork! haha
so I guess. it’s not too bad.
no charred taste. so im happy (:

My first go at cooking lasagne.
the cheese sauce and the meat just went really well!

absolutely love it.

though I didn’t have a shot with it in nice layers.
cos it topples once it’s lifted up.
but it was still quite yums!

Ingredients :
(Recipe from Gordan Ramsay’s Cookalong Live)

2 tbsp olive oil
½ large onion, peeled
1 large carrot, peeled
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 pinches dried oregano
300g minced beef
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
30ml (2 tbsp) red wine
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
50ml milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the cheese sauce :
25g butter
25g flour
300ml milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
60g Cheddar cheese, grated
30g Parmesan cheese, grated
6 sheets of ‘non-cook’ lasagne sheets

Steps :

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.

2. Heat the olive oil in a hot pan.
Grate the onion and carrot and crush the garlic before frying together.
Season with the bay leaf, a pinch of oregano, Worcestershire sauce and a little salt and pepper.
Allow the onion to soften before making a well in the centre of the pan.
Place the mince in the middle of the pan and stir to break it up.
Add the tomato puree and allow to cook out for 30 seconds.
Continue until all the meat has browned nicely.
Add the wine and cook off the alcohol before adding the tomatoes.
Leave to simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.
Finally add the milk, turn off the heat and set aside.

3. To make the cheese sauce, first melt the butter in a saucepan.
Add the flour and using a wooden spoon, stir to form a paste.
Over a gentle heat add a third of the milk, whisking to prevent any lumps forming.
Add the rest of the milk a third at a time, whisking as you go.
Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of ground nutmeg.
Allow the sauce to cook out for another minute before adding the Cheddar cheese.
Stir and remove from the heat.

4. Spoon half of the meat sauce into the bottom of the baking dish
and place pasta sheets on top (break the sheets if necessary to avoid any overlapping).
Next, pour in just under half of the cheese sauce,
and spread evenly using a spatula before spooning the remaining meat on top.
Add the final layer of pasta and use the spatula to pour over the remaining cheese sauce.

5. Finish with the grated Parmesan and sprinkle with another pinch of oregano.
Add a light seasoning of salt and pepper before cleaning the edges of the dish
and placing in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Stuffed Chicken Legs with Pea and Broad-bean Risotto

Friday nights are always fabulous dinner nights.
Baby and I try new recipes to cook and bake.
just so to take the stress off that is induced from Uni or work.
and it always works! (:

So this week. Baby decided to make one of the dishes that I have been wanting to try :

It had alot of preparation before you actually get to sink your teeth into the yums.
So thank you for the effort sweets!

so yes. this is what you do to make the stuffed chicken legs

take slices of streaky bacon and lay them side by side
on an oiled big sheet of aluminium foil.

the chicken legs were stuffed with sausage meat, pistachios, parsley and thyme.
wrap the leg to form this round beauty
place it on the slices of bacon
and wrap it into a roll

very carefully twist the sides.
careful not to tear the aluminium foil.

Baby did it in cling wrap first
just so you get to see how it should look like inside! (:

you boil it for 25mins and take it out onto a plate
and chill it in the fridge for 30mins.

take out the foil and you should get something like this!
it should stay in the rolled up shape

pan fry the rolls to crisp up the bacon
till it’s nice and brown

then slice it into thick medallions to show off the inside (:

the pistachios just gives this nice colour to the dish

serve them on a plate of risotto.

a sniff from home

we had half a duck sitting in our freezer for the longest time
and just though of making something that we really miss with it.
and the thing that came up in our minds was..

and it wasn’t difficult to make at all! (: hehe

Ingredients :

Duck ( chopped up into pieces)
Bamboo shoots (1 can)
3 tablespoons of oyster sauce
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of chinese wine
2 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
1 big chunk of ginger (sliced thinly)
2 small onions / shallots
1 teaspoon of fermented black bean
1 teaspoon of fermented yellow beans
3 heaps tablespoons of chilli paste

Methods :

1. Fry the ginger and onion till brown, add the duck and fry skin down first.
2. In a bowl, mix the sauces together and pour it into the pot. Add in the chilli paste and stir well.
3. Mix the sauce through and well. Add 4 tablespoons of water. Let it simmer for about 1/2 hour.
4. Add in the bamboo shoots and let it simmer for another 20-25mins.
5. Serve with rice.

it tasted great! though i didn’t have the fermented beans.
the taste wasn’t very different from my mummy’s. hehe
so im happy. and my tummy is also very happy (:

give it a try. and let me know how it went!

sticky date pudding

I got to make the Sticky Date pudding that was shown on Masterchef Australia a couple of weeks ago.
at long last. haha.
had the mind and heart to give it a try! hehe
and i must say.
I am super happy with how it turned out! hehe
from the pudding, to the praline to the butterscotch sauce.
absolutely loved it!

Baby holding up the whole piece of almond praline! hehe
nice colour aye? hehe
baby helped me with it. (:

the puddings coming out of the oven.
i didn’t have the metal holders.
so I just used the ramekins
and it came out nicely as well. hehe
almost like a souffle right? haha.
but really moist and spongy on the inside.

served with the butterscotch sauce and whipped cream with vanilla seeds.
super happy hehe.

Recipe by Kirsten Jenkins – Masterchef Australia

Ingredients :
(Makes 8)

180g dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1¼ cups (310ml) water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¾ cup (165g) firmly packed brown sugar
60g butter, softened chopped
2 eggs
1 cup (150g) self-raising flour

Almond praline
½ cup (110g) caster sugar
¼ cup (35g) slivered almonds

Butterscotch sauce

50g butter
1 cup (220g) brown sugar
1 cup (250ml) cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps :

1. Preheat oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan-forced).
Lightly grease eight (½ cup capacity) metal dariole moulds.
(I used ramekins! turned out good too!)

2. Place dates and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil over a high heat.
Remove from the heat.
Add bicarbonate of soda, stir until dates start to break down, set aside to cool, stirring occasionally.

3. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl using a hand beater,
gradually add eggs one at a time, beat until light and fluffy.

4. Add date mixture, stir to combine.
Carefully fold through sifted flour, divide mixture evenly between the eight moulds, until 2/3 full.

5. Place moulds in a baking tray,
carefully pour water in tray until it comes up 1/3 of the side of the moulds.
Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until golden and skewer comes out clean.

6. Meanwhile, for the almond praline, combine sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan over medium heat
and cook caramel without stirring, swirling pan, until deep golden.
Scatter almonds onto a baking paper-lined oven tray, pour over caramel and cool until set.
Break praline into pieces.

Enjoy! (:

bloomin’ easy vanilla cheesecake

sorry about the super poor quality photos
i think it’s time to change my camera. haha
but yes.
it sure has satisfied our cheesecake cravings
and though I was a bit anxious to have it when it’s not cold enough.
it was still quite good!
the best result was when you chill it over night in my opinion.

and it’s pretty easy to make as well.
so give it a shot! (:
can last you for ages! haha
(we still have half in the fridge, awesome for exam preparations!)

so here is the recipe :

Bloomin’ Easy Vanilla Cheesecake
(Adapted from Jamie Oliver)

Ingredients :

150g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
250g digestive biscuits, crushed
115g caster sugar
3 tablespoons of corn flour
900g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 large eggs
115ml double cream
1 vanilla pod (I used 1 tsp of vanilla extract with vanilla beans)
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 orange

Steps :

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4, and grease and line the bottom and sides of a 24cm springform cake tin.
Mix the biscuits and butter in a bowl, press into the base of the prepared tin and cook for 10 minutes.
Then remove from the oven and allow to cool.

2. Turn the oven up to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
Combine the sugar and cornflour in a bowl.
Add the cream cheese and beat, ideally with an electric whisk, until creamy.
Add the eggs and beat well.
Gradually add the cream, beating until smooth,
then beat in the vanilla seeds or extract and lemon and orange zest.

3. Scrape the mixture on to the biscuit base, and gently shake it to level out the surface.
Put the cheesecake in the centre of the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes
until the top is golden brown and the filling has set around the edges.
(A piece of foil over the top will stop it browning too much.)
Let it cool at room temperature and serve after 2 or 3 hours, or,
for a slightly firmer texture, put it in the fridge until it’s nice and cold.
(Overnight is best or at least for 3 hours)

DONE! (:


Fluffy Buttermilk Sultana Scones

I use to make the scones my mummy taught me.
with 7-up and cream.
but I really wanted to try those that are made using buttermilk. (:
saw a few recipes. but decided to use the one I saw on Kitchenwench
been reading her blog lately.
and she is so inspiring! hehe
and she teaches how to make all the korean yums.
so I was jus addicted. haha.

anyways. the scones came out alright.
though there is definitely room for improvement.
like the shape of the scones and stuff.
but it was super YUM! hehe
really light
and definitely fluffy! hee

absolutely loved it!
I didn’t even need to eat it with cream
just jam and it was awesome enough. hehe

though I couldn’t get them in the nice scone shape.
cause it was stickier than I thought it would be.
so I just scoop and plop! haha.
that’s why the scone was unevenly shaped.
i kinda like it this way.
what do u think? hehe

Ingredients :

2 cups of self-raising flour
25g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
80g cold butter, cubed
100g sultanas
1 cup / 250ml buttermilk

Steps :

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and line a baking tray with some baking paper,
then liberally dust with flour and set aside.

2. Sift together all the dry ingredients (both flours, sugar and salt),
then rub in the cold butter with your fingertips till the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Add the dried fruit and toss well so it’s well coated.

3. Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture,
then pour in the buttermilk and quickly stir together till it holds together,
then tip onto a floured chopping board and knead till just combined.

4. As my mixture was stickier than it was suppose to be,
I plopped heaps tablespoons of mixture onto the baking tray.
(If you got your dough nice and dry and easy to roll out,
Pat the dough about 4-5cm flat,
then dip a round cutter into some flour and stamp out the scones,
carefully placing the scones closely together on the prepared baking tray.)

5. Lightly dust the tops with flour, then bake for 20 minutes,
or till the scones are golden and sound hollow when lightly tapped on the top.
Remove the tray from the oven and tightly wrap a clean tea towel around it for 5 minutes
before serving with some homemade strawberry jam and freshly whipped cream!

Fluffy Buttermilk Sultana Scones. DONE!

Enjoy everyone! (:

chocolate souffle : second night in a row !

I watched Masterchef and they made a chocolate and jaffa souffle
Not a big fan of jaffa.
I left it out.
so it’s just chocolate Souffle. for the second night in a row! haha

because I never had my souffle rise perfectly on the sides.
I was hoping this one would be it.
and IT WAS IT! hehe

it rose. perfectly.
i was super happy! hehe
and it was still nice and gooey in the center.
the way baby likes it. hehe

poke it in the middle and add a scoop of ice cream
match-made in heaven  hehe

guess who’s the happiest girl on Earth?
awesome. and super easy as well! hehe

Ingredients :

120g of 70% dark chocolate
4 eggs, seperated
50g sugar, and extra to coat the ramekins
butter to coat the ramekins

Steps :

1. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees celcious.

2. Boil a pot of water and put a heat proof bowl over to melt the chocolate.
Make sure you don’t get any water in the chocolate, or it will be ruined.
Butter the ramekins with a brush and with upward strokes on the sides.
Coat the buttered ramekins with caster sugar.

3. Cool the melted chocolate and beat in the egg yolks.
IN another bowl, beat the egg whites with a bit of the sugar to get the meringue started.
Slowly add the rest of the sugar till you get stiff peaks.

4. Add 1/3 of the meringue mixture into the chocolate mixture until incorporated.
Then slowly stir in the rest of the meringue mixture gently.

5. Scoop the mixture into the ramekins slowly and carefully, not to get any on the sides.
Then bake it in the over for 10 mins.

6. Sift icing sugar over the top immediately after you’ve taken it out of the oven
and put a scoop of ice cream in the middle of the souffle.


Chocolate Souffle. DONE!

Bon Appetit everyone (:

Spiced Monk Fish

since we started watching The F Word.
we haven’t stopped trying the recipes.
every week.
we try and cook at least 1 or 2 recipes from any series.
and when we saw the episode on Monk Fish
we have been tempted to try it!
but we didn’t know if we could get Monk Fish at Victoria Market

for the past few weeks.
we didn’t see any sign of Monk Fish at all.
and trust me. we never stopped looking for it! hehe
but last Friday
we spotted it! hehe.
another name for Monk Fish is Stargazer haha.
so cute. (:

of course. haha
not even thinking it for the second time.
we just asked for a large piece.
and paid for it.

not cheap. but so worth it!

i cooked it and sauteed some potatoes with thyme and garlic to go with (:
the fish was cooked to perfection
tender and still juicy.
and the coating of five-spice powder and paprika.
just compliments the sweetness of the fish.
we both enjoyed it very much!

stacking the slices of potatoes.
not as crispy as I hope the outside will be.
but still yumms!

then put one piece of fish on the potatoes.

and then. the second piece. (:

try it! it’s super easy and quick!

Ingredients :

4 monkfish tail fillets, skinned, each about 170g
1 tsp five-spice
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

5 small washed potatoes sliced thickly
2 cloves of garlic, crushed but left whole
25g butter

Steps :

1. Lay the monkfish on a board and remove any greyish membrane.
Mix the five-spice powder, paprika and seasoning together on a plate.
Roll the monkfish fillets in the spice mixture to coat evenly all over.

2. Heat 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-based frying pan
and sear the monkfish fillets,
in batches if necessary for 4 – 5 minutes on each side until golden brown all over.
Baste as you cook to keep the fish moist.
When the fish is just cooked through,
remove to a cold plate and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

3. To serve : Stack the potatoes in the middle of the plate.
Gently place the pieces of fish on top of the potatoes.

4. Spiced Monkfish with sauteed potatoes.