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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Spinning Lego Theme Birthday Cake

24 July 2015





Back to the grandparents home...Lego theme birthday party to celebrate my son's 6yo birthday with families.  Back here, I do not need to bake and decorate cake because my cake decorating mentor is here ~ My sister in law :) In the past, before I started cake decorating, she's the one who made beautiful cakes for my son's birthday. And, she's the one who inspired me, given me courage and sharing useful tips with me. A big THANK YOU to you, Jasmine Ng. 



This Lego theme cake was made of Lego, I mean the structure that made the cake SPIN! 

With the effort of 3 of us ....

~ My sister in law design, bake and assemble the cake.

~ My hubby built the 'spinning' structure with Lego bricks. 

~ I made the fondant figurines ~ Emmet and Good Bad Cop

.....the cake was really awesome! Everyone enjoyed the party, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

Here's the Spinning Lego Theme Birthday Cake...









.....and the mini figures...Emmet 






....and some pictures....












Winnie The Pooh & Penguin Of Madagascar Theme Birthday Cake

24 July 2015







My boy couldn't decide between Winnie the Pooh and Penguins of Madagascar .So I made this for him with the theme - 'Pooh Found South Pole' .  It's so hard to put these 2 themes together! I'm glad that all the kids likes the cake .













The closer look of my Winnie The Pooh fondant figurine. 


Whenever I present my cake, people ask the same question... 'Can I see the inside?'.... Here you go ;)

After the party....


Here's a video of the making of Penguin of Madagascar....







Here's a video of the making of Winnie The Pooh fondant figurine...







Candy Crush Theme Birthday Cake

21 July 2015



Candy Crush Theme Birthday Cake for my son's 6yo birthday celebration at home :) 







The fun part of decorating birthday cake is the 'assembling' part.



My draft.










After 1 year.....
I'm still keeping the royal icing cake toppers that I have made, my boy said 'No, please don't throw them away...'

Photo taken on 29 July 2016

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Steamed BBQ Pork Bun (aka Char Siew Pao) 家乡叉烧包






These soft and fluffy steamed Char Siew Pao is quick and easy to make. No machine needed, just mix and knead for few minutes, no shortening(白油)added in it. Using coconut oil is definitely a healthier choice! 








Made some cute chicken steamed bun/ pau for my dearest son.

<< Click here for Chinese Steamed Bun/ Pau with Chicken & Mushrooms fillings recipe >>
Photo updated: 17 July 2017


Ingredients:


To prepare the dough:

(A)

300g Hong Kong Flour 香港粉 300克

1 tsp Baking Powder 发粉 1小匙

1 tsp Instant Yeast 酵母 1 小匙

40g Sugar 糖 40克

(B)

1 tbsp Medella Premium Organic Coconut Cooking Oil or any neutral flavour cooking oil 油 1 汤匙

150g Water 水 150克







To prepare the filling, click here for recipe 叉烧馅食谱 >> BBQ Pork Filling Recipe









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Method:


1. Mix (A) in a bowl, gradually stir in (B) to form a dough and continue to knead for 5 minutes. 
将所有材料搅拌成团,揉5分钟。我用手揉,不用搅拌器。

2. Cover with cling wrap and let it rest for 40 minutes.
盖上保鲜纸,发酵40分钟。

3. Transfer the dough on the lightly floured worktop, knead for 2 minutes. Divide dough into 15 portions, roll out the dough, add fillings, shape and let it proof for 40 minutes. Steam in a hot steamer for 12 minutes (medium heat). 
取出,放在做面上揉两分钟。分割,包馅。发酵40分钟。蒸12分钟(中火)。

4. When it is done, turn off the heat, let it sit in the steamer for 5 minutes before removing from the steamer. 
蒸好后熄火,待5分钟后才将包子取出。若喜欢我的食谱,可以LIKE和追随我的面书专页,不要错过最新食谱发布。

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Packed this for my 7yo for his school recess snack, little boy loves it and wanted the same food again and again :)



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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Black Chicken Dang Shen Soup (aka Codonopsis Root Black Chicken Soup) 乌鸡党参滋补汤-补血养颜,滋补肝肾,明目



Dang Shen is one of the must-have ingredients when cooking Chinese herbal soup. I used it in steamed chicken (click here for recipe) and soups the most, it adds sweetness to the food without any unpleasant herbal smells. Here are some of the health benefit for adding these precious roots in our daily food:



Codonopsis Root ( Dang Shen ) health benefits:


• Improves body function, anti fatigue.
• Stimulates nervous system, improves immune system.
• Increases red blood cells, white blood cells.
• Improves the function of macrophages.
• Enhances blood coagulation.
• Raises blood sugar.





The method that I'm sharing here is pressure cooker method. If you do not have a pressure cooker, just boil and simmer for 2 hours in a conventional pot. If cooking in a slow cooker or double boil, cook for 4 hours. 


Ingredients:

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(A)


1 Black Chicken (skinless) 

2 sticks Dang Shen 

1 slice Ginger

5 Seedless Red Dates

800ml Hot Water or until 1/3 full, just enough to cover all the ingredients)

(B)

20g Dried Longan 

10g Wolfberries 






 Salt (add to taste, optional)





Method:

1. Wash the chicken, immerse in hot boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard the water.




2. Put all ingredients (A) in the pressure cooker. I am using 4.5L WMF Perfect Pro pressure cooker.




3. Close with the cover and set the knob to 1.




4. Use medium heat until the cooking indicator rises to the 1st orange ring.







5. Reduce heat to low and let it cook for 30 minutes.

6. When the cooking is over, turn off the heat. Wait till the indicator (orange ring) go down or turn the knob to lock/unlock to release pressure. When there's no more pressure, open the cover.




7. Add (B) and some salt to taste. Repeat step 3 to 5, cook for 15 minutes. Continue with step 6.



8. Serve warm.


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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Cold Soba With Homemade Honey Soy Sesame Dressing

Cha Soba, seasoned with honey soy sesame dressing. 
Served with egg and unagi for my 7yo snack during school recess.

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Created on 14 July 2016.


A simple yet really delicious cold soba seasoned with homemade honey soy sesame dressing. Light and refreshing, that's how I describe the taste! 

This is slightly different from the cold soba with dipping sauce (click here for recipe)  that I preciously shared. This recipe is a lot easier to prepare because there's no need to cook the sauce. Just mix and toss! ;)



Little boy loves this so much, so....? .... Same food on the next day ;)

Photo updated 15 July 2016


Ingredients:

Soba/ Cha Soba

Honey Soy Sesame Dressing:

1 portion of Sesame Oil

1 portion of Soy Sauce

1 portion of Honey

Note: 2 tsp soy sauce + 2 tsp sesame oil + 2 tsp honey for 1 small serving.


Garnish:

Some chopped spring onion

Some toasted sesame seeds

Some shredded seaweed


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Method:

1. Cook the soba as directed on the package instruction. Reduce 1 minute cooking time. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing all the honey soy sesame dressing ingredients until well combined. Set aside.

2. When the cooking is done, transfer the soba noodle into a sieve, throw in some ice cubes and rinse under running water (filtered water) for 1 minute. 

3. Drain. Toss in the honey soy dressing. Make sure the soba noodles are well coated. Garnish with spring onion, toasted sesame seeds and seaweed. Serve chill. 

Note: Shake off the excess dressing if this is to be served later, else the soba noodles may turn soggy. Or if you're packing this for an older kid or grown up, pack the dressing separately, toss in right before serve. 

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Red Dragonfruit Soft Bread 火龙果软面包(中种面团)




Making pink bread with natural colour from fruits is quite challenging because the natural colour from the fruits tends to fade or change after baked. 

I have tried beetroot for red but turned out orange, blue peas flowers for blue but turned out greyish...


Blue Peas Flower bread


 and red dragon fruit for pink loaf but turned out yellow. 



First attempt ~ I was so happy when I see pink at the edges, but....


....too bad, the inside is not pink! ~ First attempt.
This photo was taken on day 4. Still very soft on day 4. 


Although I have failed badly, I never give up because this bread taste really good and very soft. So I have decided to try again, made small buns instead of big loaf, baked with low temperature, shorten baking time. And, yes....this time, I have succeeded! Pink soft buns, nice colour, taste great! 

Here's the video to show how soft is the bread....on day 2 :) 






All pink! 

Ingredients: (yield 10 buns)


(A) 
200g Bread Flour 高筋面粉 200克
4g Instant Yeast 快速酵母 4克
16g Milk Powder 奶粉 16克
25g Egg (lightly beaten) 全蛋 25克
50g Red Dragonfruit (cut into small chunks) 火龙果 50克(切小块)
90g Milk (plain/ strawberry milk) 牛奶(原味或草莓口味) 90克

(B)
70g Bread Flour 高筋面粉 70克
40g Sugar 砂糖 40克
About 1tsp Salt 盐 1小匙
35g Milk 牛奶 35克

(C)
30g Butter (softened) 牛油 30克



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I use Blue Jacket Unbleached Bread Flour in this recipe. 

Method:


1. Mix (A) to form a dough. Cover with cling wrap and let it proof for 60 minutes.

中种面团(A)所有材料一起搅拌,至所有材料混合均匀即可,第1次发酵60分钟。

2. Cut (1) dough into smaller pieces, add in (B) and knead to combined. Gradually knead in (C) until the dough is smooth and elastic.

将发酵好的中种面团撕成小块,和主面团材料(B)一起搅拌均匀。再加入(C),揉至光滑有弹性。

3. Cover with cling wrap and let it proof for 40 minutes. 

进行第2次发酵40分钟。

4. Transfer the dough on worktop, deflate and divide dough into 10 portions and roll into balls. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes. 

将面团分成10份, 搓圆、休面10分钟。

5. Roll out the dough and roll into balls, transfer to a lightly greased/ lined baking tray. Cover and let it proof 50-60 minutes. 

擀成长条形卷起,搓圆,排入烤盘。最后发酵50-60分钟




6. Egg wash and bake in a preheated oven 160'C for 12-15minutes. 

刷上蛋液。放进预热160C烤箱、烤12-15分钟。若喜欢我的食谱,可以LIKE和追随我的面书专页,不要错过最新食谱发布。

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