Sunday, September 25, 2016

Passion Fruit-Pineapple- Vodka Mint Popsicle


Fruity popsicles used to be my kids favorite. I used their favourite fruits from grapes, strawberry, blueberry to banana. I used to make for them every weekend and they get rewarded with one when they practice their piano pieces :) No practice No popsicle !  Since they are all married now and having their own family, they make their own ice popsicles.  Today, I make some fruity popsicles with vodka and mint added to the already refreshing fruits.... pineapple, passion fruits and lemon .   This is absolutely delicious !  The vodka and mint really add extra punch to the fruity popsicles.

Our weather is hot and humid year round.  I had a photography session with these refreshing popsicles at 5am in the morning and even then, you could see that it is starting to sweat :)  Of all the fruity flavor, this is the best thus far..the fruit used in this popsicle matches and compliment each other well.  You can omit the vodka and mint if you are making for children.  

these fruits are great for making fruity popsicles
pineapple juice, passion fruits and lemon juice
mint and vodka are added for extra punch

I used Absolut Vodka

put them in the freezer for 1 hour before putting in the wooden stick

after putting in the wooden stick , put back into the freezer and
freeze for 5-6 hours or overnight

Tips and tricks for removing popsicles from their moulds… 
Hold your mould under warm running water for a minute. 
Be sure to let the warm water hit the top and bottom of the mold, not just the middle. 
Your goal is to loosen the ends, not melt the middle of the pop

love the refreshing taste and color of these popsicles



despite a 5am photoshoot , the ice popsicles are starting to melt :p


Passion Fruit-Pineapple- Vodka Mint Popsicle

Ingredients:

1/2 medium (approx 500g) pineapple, peeled , cut into cubes for puree
7 passion fruits -  pulpy juice and seeds
1/3 cup (80ml) water
1/4 cup (50g) castor sugar
2 tbsp of vodka
1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves - lightly crush the leaves
The juice of 1/2 medium lemon

Peel pineapple and discard hard inner core. Finely dice around ½ cup of pineapple
and roughly chop the rest. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and
bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 1 minute, then remove
from the heat and set aside to cool briefly. Combine roughly chopped pineapple, passion fruit pulpy juice, sugar syrup, vodka, and lemon juice in a blender and blend on high until
smooth. Pass mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a jug, discarding solids. 
Spoon a little finely diced pineapple and mint leaves into each ice-block mould then
top with pineapple mixture. Snap on tops or if using wooden sticks freeze the ice-blocks
for 1 hour before inserting wooden sticks. Freeze at least 5 to 6  hours or overnight.


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Notes on health benefits of passion fruit
excerpt taken from here

Health benefits of passion fruit

  • Delicious, passion fruit is rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. 100 g fruit contains about 97 calories.
  • The fruit is a very good source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit pulp contains 10.4 g or 27% of fiber. Good fiber in the diet helps remove cholesterol from the body. Being a good bulk laxative, it also helps protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time to toxic substances in the colon and wiping off cancer-causing toxic substances from the colon.
  • Passion fruit is good in vitamin C, providing about 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • The fruit carry very good levels of vitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as ß-carotene and cryptoxanthin-ß. Current research studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties, and along with vitamin A are essential for good eye-sight.
  • Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A, and flavonoids may helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Fresh granadilla is very rich in potassium. 100 g fruit pulp has about 348 mg of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids, and helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Furthermore, granadilla is a very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pizza Bun


Pizza Bun...look how gorgeous it looks.. not look gorgeous but taste fantastic too. Great for any kids party or any afternoon tea party.  Pizza and bun put together...mind, this is really really good. I used my favorite pizza dough and used ingredients that is usually placed on pizza tops. If you take this pizza bun to any pot luck party, your friends and guests will be wow over :)

It may look complicated to make but actually it is easy to pull together the pizza bun.  A keeper for sure and I find making it fun and relaxing :) I am sure after reading thru this post, you will want to make it too.

the pizza dough ready for action :)

1) place dough on grease proof paper and roll out into a round disc of 12 inch diameter
and cut 6 equal slits 3 inches out  from center 

2) brush pizza sauce on surface after the slits towards outer ring
and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce

4) this part is the most exciting part...pull the slit from the center
towards the outer ring...and fold over from the outer ring
as shown in the pic above

this is how it looks after pulling the center slits towards the outer ring

5) wrap streaky bacon strips over the portions of the  fold over slits, use a mini bamboo 
skewer to hold the end part of the streaky bacon strips
as shown in the pic above

6)fill up the exposed part alternately with tomato slices. fresh button mushroom slices,
drizzle herbs infused rice bran oil over the tomato and button mushroom and topped
with extra mozzarella cheese

7) place the pizza bun on the middle rack and bake in preheated oven of 200 deg C
for 25-30 mins or until cooked

8) remove from oven and serve while still warm

 close-up of the bacon wraped pizza bun

close up of the mushroom pizza bun

close-up of the tomato pizza bun

look impressive and you will wow your friends
with this flavor packed pizza bun



the pizza dough is soft and fluffy, you will want more after the first bite !



  • Basic Pizza Dough:
  • 4 cups all purpose flour, plus additional for kneading
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1 1/2 cup warm water. Whisk 2 cups of flour and the olive oil and cover with a damp cloth. Set aside in a warm place until doubled. About 1 hour. Stir in the remaining flour and the salt and knead.. yes KNEAD! for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. It’s a good work-out! Let the dough rest for 10 minutes before rolling out or refrigerate


ingredients for pizza toppings

6 strips of streaky bacon
2 tomatoes- remove seed and cut into slices
7 fresh brown button mushrooms - cut into slices
grated mozzarella cheese

Herbs infused rice bran oil  - to drizzle over the toppings before baking
mix 1 tbsp of dried mixed herbs to 1/4 cup rice bran oil

Pizza sauce
3 tbsp tomato puree + 2 tbsp of tomato paste + 1 tbsp of rice bran oil + 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs

To make the pizza bun, follow the steps written below each picture shown above


Enjoy

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Palm Sugar Jelly


Making jelly is such an easy job for me...anyway it is the easiest and no fuss at all compared to making cake or cupcakes.  Love this sweet and fragrant dessert. Making these cutie lil gold fishes and heart shaped jelly for cell group.  Anything made with passion and love will turn out awesome.  The texture of the jelly is perfect....and the level of sweetness is just nice.  I shall give thanks unto the Lord for the wisdom bestowed unto me, enabling me to make this lil cuties into beautiful jellies :)

I love the gold fish jelly mold which I bought years ago and still serving me well :)























Bronze colored gold fishes :p  love the translucent gold fishes
and those heart shaped ones just as delightful

Palm Sugar Jelly

ingredients:

37grams of agar agar strips (soak in water for 5 mins )
1.5 litres of water
1 piece of palm sugar
1/4 cup cane sugar - amount to dividual taste
2 pandan leaves ( screwpine leaves ) tie into a knot

Method:

Put 1.5 litres of water and screwpine leaves, palm sugar and cane sugar  to boil. Once the palm sugar and cane sugar has dissolved. Off heat.   Sieve the sugar liquid mixture twice to remove any sediments.
When that is done, put back the liquid mixture back on stove and add in the soak agar agar strips and boil under medium low heat until the agar agar strips has fully melted. Off heat.
Pour into moulds and leave it to cool down and set totally before removing from mould.  Chill in fridge before serving.

Enjoy  !


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Focaccia With Salami, Cherry Tomato And Rosemary Toppings


Been craving for some focaccia , no , I think it is more the craving to knead and the longing for the aroma of freshly baked bread :p okay whatever it is ...focaccia it is !  I chanced to see some salami at the non-halal section of Jusco and bought some back for the toppings..with the extra, I sandwiched some in the middle of the focaccia before baking.  The salami was well salted and it really taste good. Not often that you get to buy them from Jusco and so happened that day... it was my blessed day :)

I goggled for a good focaccia dough recipe and I found Jamie Oliver's Three flavor Focaccia dough recipe a good one.  Easy to make and within half an hour, I got the dough ready for proving. I tweaked it and used three types of flour to make the dough.  Instead of following Jamie's flour ratio, I used 2 cups of bread flour (high protein flour ),  1 cup of cake flour (low protein flour) and 1 cup of multi purpose flour. And guess what !  the dough turned out so good that I would like to share with you.  The good thing about focaccia is , it is versatile, you can add anything you want to make it more tasty. I added salami , cherry tomatoes for texture and rosemary, rice bran oil and black pepper for flavor.  Awesomely delicious !

this dough recipe does not need much kneading...
just vigorously knead for 
5 mins and leave to prove for 45 mins or till double in size
in a warm place

I marinated the cherry tomatoes with 
rosemary infused rice bran oil and toasted black pepper

I have extra salami , so I placed the slices of salami 
with the rosemary infused rice bran oil and black pepper
on the top1/2 part of the rectangular shaped dough 
and then fold over the bottom part
so that the salami is sandwiched in between

push the cherry tomato half way down the dough so that
 it won't pop out during proving. 
Shreds the salami into smaller pieces and drizzles the rosemary infused oil 
evenly on the surface , make deep dimples before baking

leave to prove for another 20 mins before baking at 230deg C for 
20-25 mins or till golden brown and cooked

the aroma of freshly baked focaccia is heavenly 

the salami  on the top is crisps and smell so good
and the salami which is sandwiched in the center is moist and yummy

wow...look at the texture of the focaccia and 
can you see the crisp and crunchy salami
on the top and the moist one in the center...yummz!

























Wild Boar and I had this for afternoon tea......simple and yet delicious.
You can serve this focaccia with soup and a salad for dinner 

























this picture is to test out my photography skill and I like what I am looking at :)


Focaccia With Salami, Cherry Tomato And Rosemary Toppings

Dough - adapted from Jamie Oliver 

2 cups bread flour ( high protein flour )
1.5 cups cake flour ( low protein flour )
1.5 cups multi purpose flour
1/2 tbsp sea salt
1 tsp heaped dried yeast
1 tbsp sugar
300 +  lukewarm water
2 tbsp of olive oil * I used rice bran oil

rosemary infused oil - mix together the ingredients together and let it rest till the aroma of rosemary is infused into the oil

a few sprigs of rosemary
4- 5 tbsp of olive oil * I used rice bran oil
1 tsp of crushed toasted black peppercorn

toppings

cherry tomatoes - marinated with the rosemary infused oil
100 g of salami slices
rosemary that was used in the infusion of the rice bran oil
sea salt

Method:
  1. Place the flours and ½ tablespoon of sea salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the middle. Add the yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, and mix with a fork. Leave this for a few minutes and, when it starts to foam, slowly pour it into the well, mixing with a fork as you go.
  2. As soon as all the ingredients come together, which may take a minute or so, knead vigorously for around 5 minutes until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl with some olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Dust with a little extra flour, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes until doubled in size.
  4. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7 and prepare the toppings.
  5. Marinate the tomatoes with the rosemary infused oil. 
  6. Once the dough has risen, punch down the risen dough, using the hand , shape the dough on a floured surface into a rectangular shape, place the slices of salami on the top 1/2  part of the rectangular, drizzle a tsp of the infused oil together with rosemary over the surface of the salami. Fold the bottom part of the dough over the salami top. 
  7. Then place the now square dough on a greased baking tray and gently spread it out to cover the tray. push the cherry tomato half way down the dough so that it won't pop out during proving. Spread out salami shreds all over the surface and drizzles the rosemary infused oil evenly on the surface , make deep dimples with the fingers all over the surface and leave it to prove for a further 20 mins.  Baked at 220 deg C for 20-25 mins till golden brown or cooked.
Enjoy !

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Green Tea Crepe Cake

When my kids were back the last trip, we had this homemade green tea crepe cake for dessert. This green tea crepe cake was made by my daughter-in- law , Elaine .  I asked her to try Martha Stewart's crepe  recipe. I prepared the batter for the crepe and she does the rest.  From making the crepes to the assembling of the crepe cake.  Great bonding time for the whole family.  From making to eating the crepe cake.  I look forward to another great time baking and cooking with my girls :) And thank you Elaine, despite being tired, made this crepe cake for all of us to enjoy :)

Elaine gave me a jar of green tea powder from Korea  and we used the green tea powder  for making the green tea cream filling....it was the most delicious crepe cake I have eaten thus far.  The color of the green tea did not come out well in the photos . The crepes were soft and delicious. And the fragrant of  green tea in the whipped cream makes it even more delicious.  I have KIV this crepe cake for my coming birthday...maybe this time with durian cream filling :)  I am salivating just thinking of it.

you need to know the technique of making crepe using a non-stick crepe pan
and Elaine nailed it :)

the crepe is really soft 

beautiful crepes ....

due to poor photography on my part, the color of the green tea cream 
did not come out as green....

it need skill to apply the cream layer by layer, if not, the whole cake will be 
lob sided..again Elaine nailed it !

it is level and a few more layers to go....
chill it before serving

the most delicious crepe cake I have eaten


Green Tea Crepe Cake 

Crepe batter - adapted from Martha Stewart with some adjustment

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups whole milk
5 large eggs
3/4 tbsp vanilla extract
170 gm of unsalted butter - melted + plus more for pan

Green Tea Whipped Cream - adapted from Eugeniekitchen

2 cups whipping cream
2 tbsp castor sugar
2 tsp green tea powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks.  Add in sugar, green tea powder and vanilla extract and whip until peaks form.


  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually pour milk mixture into flour mixture, whisking until smooth. Whisk in butter. Pour through a fine sieve into an airtight container; discard lumps. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Lightly coat a 6-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet with butter. Heat over medium heat until just starting to smoke. Remove from heat; pour about 2 tablespoons batter into center. Swirl to cover bottom. Reduce heat to medium-low; return pan to heat. Cook until edges are golden and center is dry, about 30 seconds per side.
  3. Slide crepe onto an overturned plate. Repeat with remaining batter, coating pan with butter as needed, and stacking crepes. Let cool.
  4. Place 1 crepe on a flat serving dish. Spread about 1/4 cup green tea whipped cream onto crepe. Top with 1 crepe. Continue layering crepes and green tea whipped cream (Use 15 crepes, ending with a crepe on top.) Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour before serving.

Enjoy!