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Saturday, 27 June 2020

Avocado Cream Sauce

Are you an avocado lover? I do.  Most time I simply enjoy an avocado by cutting open a ripe one and sprinkling with a pinch of salt and pepper. I can't help but consume them without guilt.  

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Baked Basil Chicken with Tomato and Garlic

Basil grows very well in my balcony as it gets almost 6 hours of full sun daily.  However, I don't harvest basil often as I only use a few leaves on bread or pizza.   Just a couple of weeks ago,  I discovered a  recipe for basil oil sauce, which can be used in many ways: drizzle over salads, on top of grilled meat or fish, mix it with rice for a delicious basil garlic rice, etc. So , I harvested 2 cup of basil and made a jar of basil oil sauce. It's fantastic ! Now the humble chicken thighs get a major upgrade with this sauce .

Friday, 8 May 2020

Chicken and Mushroom Buns

If there is one basic bread recipe that is suitable for making savory buns, I would say it must be Master Baker Wu Pao Chun's toast recipe.

Wu Pao Chun 吳寶春 is known for his “Champion Breads” of Red Wine Logan and Lychee Rose Royal bread which used premium ingredients such as rose petals, dried lychees and millet wine. With huge chunks of dried lychee bits and an abundance of roasted walnut in the bread, every bite we took exploded with zestiness.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Healthy Old Dough Mantou

When I was in Shanghai , I frequently patronized XibeiYouMianCun 西贝莜面村, a stylish northwestern Chinese restaurant.  It serves healthy and delicious Chinese food ranges widely from soup Xiao Long Bao filled with mutton, to oat noodles with tomato sauce. There are also Mongolian beef which is very popular too, as well as steamed vegetarian dumplings to try out. I simply can't have enough of them. How I wish this restaurant open a branch in Singapore !

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Quick & Easy Cheese Loaf

This cheese loaf was a hit with my family. I've made it almost every week. The crust was crisp, but the bread was soft with awesome cheese flavor. I usually make the bread to go with some tomato or mushroom soup, and it was the perfect accompaniment. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Oven-Grilled Whole Sea Bass with Lemon

Sea bass is the most sort after food-fish in Singapore. Locals calls it Jin Mu Lu. Sea bass has low calorie, low cholesterol, high protein and omega-3 fatty acid content, it's the fish equivalent to chicken breasts. Sea bass is often used for steaming in Chinese cooking.  I never thought of grilling the sea bass until I saw a photo from "beitaichufang", a gourmet lifestyle and food magazine based in China. The grilled fish looks so delicious !

Monday, 12 September 2016

Cinnamon Apple Fritter Bread

2015转瞬即逝, 2016 也已过半 ,已经整整一年没有光顾我的快乐工坊了!忙啊忙,都市人的通病。。。

终于有时间坐下来写点东西, 思绪不禁飘到去年7月份。 去了趟欧洲出公差,当地人文、历史、古迹和风景,深深地吸引着我。和美国的粗犷壮丽相比,欧洲精致小巧,犹如一幅古画。遗憾的是,由于大量移民的涌入,社会治安问题堪忧。 即使今年二月又去了一次,也因心有余悸, 很多地方都没能光顾。或许是在新加坡这个小岛上呆得太久了,安全意识淡漠,  难免对自己生存能力是否退化产生疑虑。新加坡之外的世界也许才是更加真实的。希望女儿有一天也有机会去别的国家求学、工作或者生活一段时间, 锻炼一下思维,开阔视野,让自己的人生更丰富。

8月开始,为布置新家,一头扎进淘宝,漂洋过海地从中国买家具和各种“神器”。不仅仅是价格的因素,对于我这个宅女来说,能避开新加坡的人潮,随时随地在网上讨价还价,吃顿下午茶的功夫就把宝贝买到手,很有满足感。更何况 同样的产品,选择如此之多,  真是受宠若惊呢。 如今中国魅力四射,内心对她既熟悉又陌生。随着离家越来越久, 情感上的归属感也越来越模糊。在外二十载,不知不觉中, 已是“边缘人”。然人生没有“如果”,从不喜回头看,唯有前行。无论选择了哪一条路,都会有不同的风景,有不同的人相伴而行。无所谓好与不好,一切皆是上天的安排。

今年又赶上孩子小六毕业考,很难专注在“小悦工坊”里。烘培一放下,就是一年了。如今,毕业考在即,孩子也在自觉地做最后的冲刺。在陪读间隙,拿起以前的食谱,烤了这个肉桂苹果蛋糕面包。喜欢这款蛋糕因为它用吐司盒来烤, 很别致。烤的时候,肉桂的香味飘满厨房和客厅。很久以前烤过一次,没想到时隔这么久,挑剔的小女儿竟然把它列到最想吃的食物的第一位。觉得有必要分享一下。也许很久没有开炉,孩子们竟然一口气点了好几样她们以前吃腻的东西。想想之前每次都是我主动征求意见,现在两个女儿竟然要猜拳来决定先做谁点的食物,感觉自己“美食博主”的地位瞬间高大上了。

Cinnamon Apple Fritter Bread

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped (any kind is fine), mixed with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar + 1-3 tablespoons of milk or cream, mixed together to a drizzling consistency)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan. (I greased and then lined with parchment paper for easy removal)
  2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour and baking powder together in a bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth.Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar mixture.

  5. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, about  40 minutes.
  7. Let cool for about 15 minutes before drizzling with glaze.
Recipe adapted here.