Tuna Buns

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This is one of my favourite past time… To make bread. One dough but you can make a few different type of fillings using the same dough! I have tried various types of filling and they tasted good! Some with popular demand, that I keep on making the same one as my family loves them. And it is pretty easy to make!

Recipe :

Dough

250gm of Bread flour
40gm of Fine Sugar
5gm of Yeast
125gm of Water
30gm of Egg
1/2 tsp of Salt
30gm of unsalted butter
1 tbsp of Evaporated Milk

1. Put all ingredients into the mixing bowl except the butter and salt.
2. Mix well then add in the salt and butter and mix into a soft dough.
3. Take out and cover it, rest for 30minutes.

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4. Divide the dough to 55 to 60 gm each, rest for 20 minutes.
5. Flatten the dough and wrap in the filling.
6. Put the dough on the baking tray and proof to double the size 45 minutes.
7. Brush with egg wash on it.
8. Sprinkle some cheese and parsley on it and bake at 200degree celsius for 12 to 15 minutes.

Tuna filling:
2 tin tuna flakes
1/2 no of onion
1 tsp of chilli flake
50 gm mayonnaise
1/2 tsp black pepper
Lettuce

1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

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Swirl Green Tea Mooncake

Hello! As lantern festival is around the corner, I decided to make mooncakes! I love the swirls and the end product! but it is tedious to make it! I will try again next year and hopefully it turns out to be better!! =)

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Before baking, it was like this :

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Recipe :

Sweet Potato Fillings (~20 balls)

300g sweet potato (400 – 500g when unpeeled)

1/4 cup milk

2 oz butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Boil & mash potato, add rest of ingredients & mix to paste. Roll into balls.

Moon Cake Dough (A) & (B)

Water Dough (A)

200g all purpose flour

28g icing sugar

Pinch of salt

80g cold butter

80g water

Rub-in method (ball should not stick to hand)

Cover and set aside for 20 minutes

Oil Dough (B)

180g all purpose flour

Pinch of salt

90g oil

1/2 tsp green tea powder (originally it was pandan essence)

Melting method (well in center)

Cover and set aside for 20 minutes

1. Preheat oven 185 degree celcius

2. Divide A & B into equal balls

3. Take A & wrap B into it

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4. With the sealed side facing up roll into rectangle

5. Roll up like a cyclinder, roll again into thin strip

6. Roll again.

7. Cut cyclinder in the middle into 2 pieces

8. With the cut side facing down, flatten the dough making the edges slightly thinner than center

9. Wrap filling. Pinch to seal

10. Bake for 30 minutes until top and bottom show brown

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Blueberries Cream Cheese Butter Cake

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Hmm… it doesn’t look tasty right? But it tasted good! with the cheese taste and butter.. wooolala! Anyway, this is another recipe that I got it from the net.

Recipe
(seen at Cook Republic and maameemoomoo)

– 1 1/2 cups (340g) caster sugar (I used 195g, but it can be reduced further as i still find it too sweet.)
– 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes, otherwise, 1/4 tsp regular salt
– 2 1/4 cups (250g) self-raising flour, sifted (No self-raising flour? No problem! Use 250g plain flour + 3 tsp baking powder and mix well)
– 250g butter, softened
– 250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
– 1/3 cup (70ml) milk
– 3 large eggs 
– Optional: 150g berries of your choice, fresh, frozen or dried (I used blueberries!)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line a square 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Also grease and line a small loaf pan with baking paper.
* The batter filled up a Wilton 6-mini loaf pan and a 6-large muffin pan. ( I did it on a whole baking tray instead of the above)

2. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time until fluffy. Add the cream cheese and milk. Beat until smooth.

3. Add the flour, beat briefly until mixed. Fold in the blueberries with a light hand. Spoon 3/4 of the cake batter into the square tin and 1/4 of the cake batter into the loaf pan.

4. Bake the square pan in the pre-heated oven for approximately 50 minutes until a skewer in the middle comes out clean. Bake the loaf pan for approximately 35 minutes.
* I baked all together and it took about 30mins for the muffin tin and almost an hour for the mini loaf tin.

5. Dust cooled cakes with icing sugar and garnish with berries before serving.

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Recipe Reference : http://www.thelittleteochew.com/2012/10/berries-cream-cheese-butter-cake.html

‘I Didn’t Love My Wife When We Got Married’

I’m a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap.  I guess that’s why I told my wife I loved her on our second date.

I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly.  I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably be weird.

I still remember her reaction.  She kind of gave me this half-shy, half-amused smile.  Then she nodded and looked off into the sky.

I wasn’t heartbroken by the response.  I think part of me recognized that she was much smarter and more modest than me.

But as time has gone on, I also realized that she knew something that I didn’t.

Like most Hasidic Jews (we both became religious later in life), our dating period lasted a very short time.  After two months of dating, we were engaged.  Three months after that, we were married.

And that whole time I was swooning.  This fire was burning in me, a fire that burned just like that second date: I was in love.

But then we got married, and everything changed.

Marriage, quicker than I was ready for, did this thing: it started sucking away that emotion.

I tried so hard to keep that fire going, to keep that emotion alight, but it got harder and harder.

I mean, how you can feel that burning love when you’re sitting at the table discussing how to use the last twenty dollars in your bank account?

How can you feel it when you get into an argument?

How can you feel it when you think it makes perfect sense to put your socks on the floor after you’re done with them, and she has this crazy idea that they need to go in the laundry basket?

There was no way I could keep that dating fire burning as practicality invaded our lives.

And at first, it drove me nuts.  That emotion meant love!  That excitement was how I knew I cared for her!  But suddenly, life was this grind.  Even when I was with her.  Especially when I was with her.

And even worse, it seemed that the harder I tried to be sentimental and lovey-dovey, the less it was reciprocated.

But it wasn’t that she wasn’t giving me love, it just seemed to come at different times.

Like, when I offered to do the dishes.  Or make dinner after she had a hard day.  Or, once we had a daughter, when I shared the responsibility of watching over her.

I don’t think I noticed this consciously for a while.  It just kept happening.

But I think it had an effect on me.  Because as our marriage progressed, I found myself offering to help out around the house more and more.

And after each time, there would be this look she would give me.  This look of absolute love.  One that was soft and so beautiful.

It took me longer than I care to admit to understand what was happening.

But eventually it became clear.  Through giving, through doing things for my wife, the emotion that I had been so desperately seeking naturally came about.  It wasn’t something I could force, just something that would come about as a result of my giving.

In other words, it was in the practicality that I found the love I was looking for.

And what was even more interesting was that once I realized this on a conscious level, and started trying to find more opportunities to give, the more we both, almost intuitively, became lovey-dovey.

And now, as I’m a bit older and a bit more experienced with this relationship, I’ve finally come to realize something. Something I haven’t wanted to admit for a long time, but is undeniable.

I didn’t love my wife on that second date.

I didn’t love her when we got engaged.

I didn’t even love her when we got married.

Because love isn’t an emotion.  That fire I felt, it was simply that: emotional fire.  From the excitement of dating a woman I felt like I could marry.  But it wasn’t love.

No, love isn’t an emotion or even a noun.  It’s a verb.  Better defined as giving.  As putting someone else’s needs above your own.

Why wasn’t I getting reciprocal lovey-doveyness when we were first married?  Because it wasn’t for her.  It was for me.  An emotion I had in my chest.

And even when I let it out of my chest, it wasn’t love.

Being sappy isn’t love.  Telling someone you love them doesn’t mean that you do.

And that’s why my wife just gave me that half-smile.  She knew, even if I didn’t, what love really is.

And now that I’ve tried to change the way I look at love, the more I become shocked at the messages of love I had gotten when I was younger.

From Disney movies to my favorite shows like “The Office” to practically every pop song released, love is constantly sold as an emotion we have before we’re married.  An emotion that, once had, somehow magically stays within a marriage forever.

I can’t imagine a bigger lie.  And I’m saddened to think about how much those messages bounced around in my head for so long.  And how much I’m sure those messages are bouncing around in other people’s heads as well.

I think that might be a big part of the reason the divorce rate is so high in this country.  Imagine a whole nation of people constantly chasing the emotions they had when they were dating.  A country of people trying to live a Disney movie.

That’s a recipe for disastrous marriages; for a country with a 50% divorce rate;  for adultery (the classic attempt to turn the fire back on); for people who do stay together to simply live functional, loveless marriages.

It’s sad to see just how common all the above is.  How many people are in pain simply because they’ve been lied to.

Those people deserve better.  We all deserve better.

It’s time that we changed the conversation about love.  It’s time that we redefine it.

Because until we do, adultery will continue to be common.  Loveless marriages.  Divorce.

Living Disney movies in our minds, and tragedies in our lives.

– See more at: http://popchassid.com/didnt-love-wife/#sthash.l7z1n1BB.dpuf

Steamed Cod Fish

Does this look appetizing enough? haha…Image

the cod fish is sooo sweet and delicious! really a chinese delicacy!

A closer look :

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Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 thick slice of Fresh Cod Fish Steak (About 1 inch thick)
  • 2 slices Ginger 
  • a dash of pepper

For the Sauce 

  • 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Rock Sugar (You could use normal sugar if you don’t have rock sugar)
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Hsao Xing Wine 

For Garnishing 

  • 3 bulbs of garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • some spring onions, cut into 1 inch length

Method

  1. Clean fish, pat dry. Place ginger on a steaming dish, place fish on top.
  2. Bring water in the steamer to a boil and steam fish over high heat for 6 minutes. 
  3. While the fish is steaming half way, heat sauce ingredient in a pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove fish from the steamer, pour away the steaming liquid .
  5. Add a dash of pepper and drizzle sauce over.
  6. Fry chopped garlic with oil in another pan until golden brown. Don’t burnt it.
  7. Pour the hot garlic oil over, garnish with golden brown garlic and spring onions. Serve!

Note 1 :  The purpose of ginger (or sometimes we used spring onions) slides under the plate is to provide ventilation to the underside of the fish and or avoiding the skin sticking on the plate. But of course, it gives better flavor to the dish in whole. 

Note 2 : There is a delicate balance between perfectly cooked fish and overcooked fish. First of all, remember the principle of residual heat. A pan will hold heat when it’s removed from the heat source, continuing to cook the food for several minutes. For best results, cook fish until it is almost done, then remove the pan from the stove. Let it stand for about 1 or 2 minutes before serving. I know, waiting is really torturing. 

The criteria we go with is that the meat still has a tinge of red but the meat comes off the bone easily with chopsticks or a fork. If the meat sticks to the bone then it is under cooked  If you overcooked your fish, the texture will turn harder and not as tender as what you expect. Different fish size requires different steaming time. I’m not sure about others, but to me, my fish steamed nicely according to below timing. Fish must be in room temperature.

  • 400g Fish = 6 to 7 minutes
  • 450g Fish = 7 to 8 minutes
  • 500g Fish = 8 to 9 minutes
  • 600g Fish = 9 to 10 minutes

Recipe reference : http://annieliciousfood.blogspot.sg/2012/07/hong-kong-style-steamed-cod-fish.html

Mug cake (I called it Mud pie)

Well, this cake is extremely easy to make. Good for starters! My brother likes it alot.Image

I have adapted this recipe from a web, and i find it interesting that she can make a cake in just 5 minutes! in her recipe she used microwave but i decided to bake it and it turns out fine! crispy on the outside and moist of the inside. =)

Recipe

5 minute Chocolate Mug Cake

Makes 2

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips or flakes plus 2 tablespoon extra
  • A small splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 microwave safe coffee mugs

Step 1 – This recipe makes two mug cakes and therefore is made in two separate mugs. You can mix the entire thing in the mugs and therefore avoid any extra dishes except for the egg which I whisk lightly in a bowl. Add dry ingredients to the mugs, and mix well ensuring the there is no flour stuck at the bottom.

Step 2 – Pour in the milk, oil, chocolate chips or flakes and vanilla extract and mix well. Whisk egg lightly in a bowl and pour half of the egg in each mug and mix well. Add the extra tablespoonful of chocolate chips or flakes on top of the batter. Cover with glad wrap.

Step 3 – Do one mug at a time. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 1 minute on _medium _heat. Then microwave for another 30 seconds on medium heat. Check on the consistency-it should be cooked but still moist and gooey. If it is still not cooked, microwave on another 30 seconds on medium heat. Remember, it will cook further on standing.

(Note for Step 3: I baked it instead of microwave it, no timing, i just use a stick to poke the centre to check if it is cook.)

 

Step 4 – Allow to cool a little and serve with ice cream.

Recipe reference : http://www.notquitenigella.com/2009/05/29/the-five-minute-chocolate-mug-cake/

Zebra Cotton Cheesecake

Made this in the past weekend! Was craving to bake (note: not craving for cheesecake) I had so much fun baking at my aunt’s house!

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I was trying to poke the middle portion with a stick to check if the inside was cooked. And it goes…Image

it tasted great! with the cheese melting in my mouth. sorry that my pictures are not very appetizing.. but it is really good! I ❤ the stripes too! actually it looks more like a tiger instead of a zebra because it is yellowish! I will try to make it again and take nicer pics next time.

Recipe

250g Cream Cheese                                                                                    
25g Butter
Sugar 75g
4 Yolks
1/4cup Milk
1/4tsp Vanilla Extract
Plain Flour 25g
*10g Cocoa Powder
4 Whites
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 150deg
2. Line a 7″ square baking tin with baking paper
3. Beat cream cheese, butter and 50g sugar until creamy.
4. Mix in yolks, milk and vanilla.
5. Sift in flour and fold gently into the mixture
6. *divide batter into two equal portion.
7.* Sift in cocoa powder into one portion and fold in gently
8.* Set aside both batter
9. Whisk whites with the remaining sugar until stiff;
10.* fold half gently into the cheese mixture & the other half to the cocoa mixture
11.*Spoon cheese mixture into cake tin starting with the cheese mixture first in the center of cake tin.
12.*Next, spoon cocoa mixture into the center of the cheese mixture(step above)
13.*Following the sequence steps above until both batter runs up.
14.Bake in water bath for about an hour, let cool & serve.