Saturday, January 25, 2014

Audio Technica M2

You must be wondering what is so good about this Audio Technica M2 In-Ear Monitor System .  I just came to know more about this monitor system from  Peter , our sound engineer .  He recommended to our music director this wireless monitor system. He said that we should get audio-technica m2 for our church stage .  Our youth singers would be glad to have it for it delivers professional performances giving accurate mix without problems of feedback and clutter caused by floor monitors. The system comes with EP 3 headphones , M2T stereo transmitters, and M2R stereo receiver . Using the M2R stereo backpack receiver will ensure that you hear yourself accurately and allows you to hear yourself better at lower volumes, protecting your ears and providing the monitoring quality you need to perform your best.  Mmmm, this is interesting and for me, Peter is truly a great sound engineer and advisor to our music ministry.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ham Buns


Nothing beats the joy of making buns especially when it turned out nice and to your expectation :) . Another mission accomplished ! Another item off my To-Do List ! I guess I will be contented as long as I have something to bake and to blog about  (“,)

I created this blog for two purposes…one, to leave behind a baking journal for my Piggies and for them to come here and see what I have been doing in my kitchen daily and two, to share with friends and readers as I journey through the successes and failures of my baking experiences. I always practice the principle of - good things must be shared ! (“,) And I want to share this Ham Buns recipe by Aimee with you guys...a deliciously soft and fragrant bun :))





Ham Buns - adapted from My Baking Cottage

Ingredients:
300 g bread flour
24 g milk powder
3 g bread improver (may be omitted)
150 g water
3 g instant yeast
20 g caster sugar
3 g salt
30 g egg + extra for egg wash
30 g butter
Handful of spring onions, chopped
1 tsp canola/olive oil
dash of pepper
10 slices of picnic ham (square shape)

Method:

  1. Sift flour, milk powder and bread improver (if adding).
  2. Combine sifted ingredients with the rest of the ingredients (except butter) and mix to form a dough (Do not allow salt to come into direct contact with the yeast).
  3. Add in softened butter and continue mixing with your dough hook (knead if you do not have a stand mixer) until the dough becomes smooth, shiny, elastic and pass thewindowpane test.
  4. Place dough in a bowl, let it proof for about 60 minutes, or until double in size.
  5. Punch out the gas, and divide the dough into 10 equal potions, each about 60 g. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Roll each dough into a square the size of the picnic ham.
  7. Place the ham on the dough, and roll it (swiss roll style).
  8. Cut the rolled dough with ham wrapped inside into 5 equal portions (do not cut through entirely).
  9. Twist and turn the dough to form a shape of a flower (it looks prettier with the ham facing upwards).
  10. Let shaped dough proof for another 50 minutes or until double in size.
  11. Mixed chopped spring onions with oil and pepper.
  12. Brush pproofed dough with beaten egg, sprinkle spring onions on top.
  13. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C for 15-20 minutes.

Native Instrument Maschine

My boy was talking to me about the Native Instruments maschine he recently bought and seriously I know nothing about it , I just nodded my head all the time as if I knew something about it :p  He says that maschine is super easy to learn and the menus are quick and easy to navigate.  He bought one and he spends the whole night reading the menu and not wanting to go to bed with the excitement on how the device/software has the ability to start and stop record mode instantaneously. It comes with over 6GB of ready-to-use, professional and inspiring sounds.  It can create rhythms and melodies right away with included drum kits, basses, synths and acoustic instruments and it also includes Komplete elements that provide more than 1,000 stunning sounds drawn from the flagship Komplete 7. There are many more features to it.  As my boy was telling me about the features, I continue to nod in agreement on how great this maschine is and though the price is a bit but it is worth it.




Baked Tapioca Honeycomb Cake ( Bingka Embun )


When I flipped through a magazine or cookbook and if I like what I see I will want to try out the recipe. Who doesn't ? ;p   I saw this good looking piece of cake that I just could not resist the urge to wanting to try it out , I baked it ! and mine turned out not honeycombed haha but only 30%  resembled the original one LOL! Did I go wrong with the steps ? Anyway, this Baked Tapioca Honeycomb Cake or Bingka Embun is delicious though it may not be 100 percent perfect . It has the  'pak tong koh ' texture , slightly chewy and have a slight spring when you bite on it.  Hmmm it was a real disappointment for me. I have to try it out again I guess till I get to see at least 80% of honeycomb in this cake :)))




















Tapioca Honeycombed Cake ( Bingka Embun ) 
- adapted from YumYum Issue 65


Ingredients A

30 ml warm water
20 gm plain flour
1 tsp yeast


Ingredients B


5 egg yolks
100 gm castor sugar
100 gm tapioca starch
200 ml thick coconut milk, boiled and leave to cool


Method:

1. Put ingredients A into a mixing bowl and stir well. Rest for 5 minutes.
2. Add in ingredients B and mix well. Cover with a piece of wet towel and prove for 2 hours.
3. Line a 7" round baking pan with banan leaves and grease with cooking oil. Pour the mixture into the lined and greased pan, leave to prove for another 20 minutes.
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20 minutes or until cooked. Remove and leave to cool before cutting into pieces.



Enjoy !

I Wish I Could Strum The Guitar :)

When I see my Josh strumming away so well and can sing well...I am bit in awe of him and wish I could do the same too.  He must have taken after his paternal side :) My father in law was a musically talented person and I guess Josh took after his granddad . Josh is eyeing this gibson les paul standard faded at guitar center and I know he is saving to get this guitar. I asked him what is he going to do with his present guitar and he said his colleague wanted to buy from him his present one but he is not sure whether he is selling it to his colleague or keeping it.  I guess Josh knows what he is doing :) I guess he has to have a music studio in his apartment later when he decides to get an apartment. And I told him, he must not forget to allocate one room for WB and me when we visit him in the future :p

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chocolate Swirl Bun



I couldn’t believe I had such a satisfying weekend. A weekend filled with bun making, kimchi making and trying out new dishes which turned out to be a delight for the family. A memorable day indeed , trying out this chocolate swirl bun. This recipe was taken from a Japanese website. Who would believed that this Momsie is such a daring person, one who doesn’t read Japanese yet dared to use a translating software to translate the ingredients into English and using her amateurish skill to make this delightful bun ! A real treat for the Piggies…the bun turned out fantastically soft and the chocolate swirls , though it doesn’t look nice but it added flavor to the bun. Two thumbs for this delicious bun.

This chocolate swirl bun taken with a cuppa of hot coffee on a rainy or cold night…Mmmm one word…Heavenly !




















Chocolate Swirl Bun

Ingredients translated into english :

280 gm High Protein Flour
70 gm superfine flour
9 gm instant yeast
53 gm castor sugar
53 gm egg ( 1 egg )
5 gm salt
18 gm skim milk
35 gm butter
35 gm shortening
150 gm water



melt some dark chocolate and leaves it to thicken before applying on the dough


Method:

Put all the ingredients into a mixer and blend into a dough.  Take out and knead till it is smooth. Leave to proof for 40-45 minutes.  Knock down and roll into a 1/4" thick square piece.  Apply melted chocolate on surface and roll like a rolled cake .  Cut into equal portion of 1 1/2" piece and place on aluminium cupcake liner and let it proof for 10-15 minutes.  Bake at 200 C for 10-12 minutes or until cooked and evenly brown.





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I Am The Happiest Momsie When My Piggies Are Back :)

Piggy Jo and Piggy Josh were back last weekend for an important function :)  My lastest addition to the Piggy family is Piggy Bunny and we had a wonderful weekend.  We tried out most of the food in town and I baked a cheesecake for dessert. Truly I feed my piggies well , there is no doubt about this or they are not called my Piggies.

Josh will entertained us with him strumming his guitar and crooning away to our delights. He can sing well and at times I thought he sounded like John Mayer LOL!.  Daddy WB asked him to get  excellent shadow sh 145 acoustic pickup the next time he visits a music store when he is back in the Lion City. I don't really mind if he spends his wages on some musical stuff.  I am the happiest Momsie on earth when my Piggies are back home with us. My boy loves music before he entered school and today , he plays the piano and the guitar very well.  He told us that the next time he comes back , he wants to ship back his electric piano to the Lion City instead of getting a new one mmm I think it is a great idea to ship to his new place instead of getting a new one :)  Today they have all gone back to their respective home an now the house seem quiet without my Piggies. I guess I have to learn how to occupy myself when the nest is empty...yea baking more cakes and cookies would be the best solution :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blueberry Cheese Tarts




We love family gatherings and Chinese New Year is just around the corner and this is the time when all the family members are gathered together again.  Making these delectable cheesy tarts again makes me happy.  They are lots of blueberries at the supermart ...it is berries season again.  They are easy to make and blueberries in cheese cream fillings mmmmm yummy !   Using a food processor has make it easier for working wives like me. Just blitz everything in the processor and you get a nice pastry. Thank God a food processor was invented..making it so much easier for people like me . A few pulses and the dough is done...isn't that quick (",).  


You may have noticed that the paper liners were far too big for the tarts :) for these are the only size available in my pantry ^____*


Blueberry Cheese Tarts
( adapated from Alex Goh's Irresistible Pastry )
Sweet Pastry

Ingredients:
(A)
200 gm butter
100 gm icing sugar
¼ tsp vanilla essence

(B)
1 egg

(C)

420 gm flour
1tbsp milk powder

Method:


1. Cream (A) lightly and add in (B). Cream until smooth.
2. Add in (C) and mix until well blended.
3. Press it into the tart mould

* the weight of pastry is 780 gm

Filling:
Ingredients:
(A)
250 gm cream cheese
40 gm sugar
25 gm butter
(B)
1 egg
(C)
25 gm whipping cream
(D)
20 gm flour

Topping:
some canned blueberry pie filling

Method:

1. Press the sweet pastry into the tart mould. Prick some holes onto the pastry shell and bake at 190º for 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Leave it to cool.

2. Filling: Cream (A) until light and smooth. Add in (B) and cream until well blended. Add in (C) and mix until well combined. Lastly add in (D) and mix until well incorporated.

3. Put the cheese filling into the baked pastry shells. Place some blueberry jam onto it and swirl it into a marbling effect.

4. Bake at 200º C for 10-12 minutes.

Note: Baking the cheese filling for too long will cause it to crack. If you want it to look more attractive, glaze it with apricot gel.


Have a great Monday !


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Business Insurance Policy Is Important For Businessman

When one goes into a business venture in New Zealand , the most important thing to do is to buy a business policy.  Business Insurance in New Zealand is competitive.  This is what WB's lawyer friend told him.  There are many insurance companies in NZ and one has to be wise to choose a business insurance that gives a good coverage for your business.  There are many types of business insurance you need whether you are running a big business or a smaller scale businesses.  Every business has it owns risks and one need a coverage that will prepare one in the event of any kind that can threaten your business.

And WB's lawyer friend advises that should WB wants to invest in  NZ , there are many factors he needs to consider and  he needs to find the right policies to protect his business from perils . And platinum liability insurance is one to be considered.  He asked WB to check out Platinum Life Insurance
for better understanding of the  business insurance in New Zealand.  















Monday, January 13, 2014

Baileys Spices Cookies




It’s time to use up all the baking stuffs from the pantry and fridge. Expiry date waits for no one and I have lotz of nuts , all in small amount that doesn’t fit into a recipe so I decided to combine these leftovers into one recipe…can? Haha, leave it to this Super Momsie , anything is possible :p

I came upon this beautiful Rum Spices Cookies from the internet a I knew I had to try it out , since I have some leftover nuts which is due soon, I tried out her cookies and it was good, exactly as she described in her post! I don’t have Rum at home but have Baileys so I used Baileys instead, thus I renamed them as Baileys Spices Cookies LOL ! , but the rest of the ingredients are the same . This is definitely good to munch on , the beautiful aroma of the Baileys blend well with the nuts and spices ! A cup of steaming hot black coffee and some of this delectable cookies will surely perk you up when you are having your afternoon tea LOL!

I halved the sugar becoz Baileys is already sweet and mine looks darker becoz I used demerara sugar instead of brown sugar. The texture of the cookies turned out perfectly even though I used demerara sugar :p. Slightly chewy due to the demerera sugar ,I absolutely love it !





Baileys Spices Cookies - adapted  fromYummly with slight changes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground almond 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsps unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar * you can add more if you want it sweeter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsps spiced rum * I use baileys instead  



  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fully combined.
  • Mix together egg and rum in a small bowl and then mix into the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Drop tablespoon (or any size you'd like) balls of dough onto a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Be sure to leave a little space around the balls for them to expand while baking.
  • Bake for 14 minutes or until cookies have puffed up but are dry on top.
  • Wait for cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet. If you remove them too early, they won't come off cleanly.

  • Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99



  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fully combined.
  • Mix together egg and rum in a small bowl and then mix into the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Drop tablespoon (or any size you'd like) balls of dough onto a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Be sure to leave a little space around the balls for them to expand while baking.
  • Bake for 14 minutes or until cookies have puffed up but are dry on top.
  • Wait for cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet. If you remove them too early, they won't come off cleanly.

  • Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99
    kie Directions



  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fully combined.
  • Mix together egg and rum in a small bowl and then mix into the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Drop tablespoon (or any size you'd like) balls of dough onto a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet. Be sure to leave a little space around the balls for them to expand while baking.
  • Bake for 14 minutes or until cookies have puffed up but are dry on top.
  • Wait for cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet. If you remove them too early, they won't come off cleanly.

  • Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99
    Method:

    Preheat oven to 325 F.  In a small mixing bowl mix flour, ground almond, baking soda, all the ground spices, and salt.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar till fully combined. Mix together egg and bailey in a small bowl, and then add into butter mixture till well combined.  Add in flour mixture and fold in till just combined.  Drop tablespoon ( or any size you like ) balls of dough onto a parchment or slipat lined cookie sheet.  Be sure to leave a little space around the balls for them to expand while baking. Bake for 14 minutes or until cookies have puffed up but are dry on top. Wait for cookies to cool before removing from cookie sheet.  Store in air tight container.
    In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fully combined.
    Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99
    In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt
    Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99
    In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt
    Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99

    In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
    Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99


    In a small mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
    Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/12/hot-buttered-rum-cookies.html#qIf1r0w0RqmQLk4l.99
    Have a great Monday !



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    New Zealand On My List To Visit

    My friend Miss Tan spent a vacation holiday in New Zealand last month ,and came back with lots of to tell about her recent trip there. Listening to all  her adventures in New Zealand,  I have put New Zealand as a must visit country in the near future.   I  did some research on the country and found out that New Zealand is an island country located in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean. It has a rich and fascinating history, has a mixture of Maori and European culture. History has it that the Maori were the first to arrive in this island country, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki about 1,000 years ago. It was Dutchman Abel Tasman , the first European , to have visited the country but it was the British who made the country part of their empire. For me, it is always good to study and know the country before travelling there and that is what I am doing now.  Doing my homework first before I step foot on the country :)    The amazing Maori history sites and taonga (treasures) and the beautiful colonial-era buildings are dotted throughout the country and these places that will surely intrigue my family.

    There are many things for my children to discover about this fascinating country.  Exploring the magnificient landscape and coastline will excite them. And a long list of thrilling activities for them if they are keen to join us for this coming planned trip to NZ.  WB is looking forward to a more relaxing holiday. Travelling around as I discovered,  will not be a problem for there many campervansfor sale and it would be a great to travel around  NZ in a mobile home. It gives you the freedom to take each day as it comes.  Saving on hotels will definitely allow us to travel to more places.

    Trying out the food in all the famous NZ restaurants would be in my itinenary for sure.  Being a foodie and with the intention of opening my own cafe after retirement, I will definitely check out Hot Chef Equipment as recommended by my NZ friends and see what they have to offer . Hot Chef Equipment seems to be the best one-stop online warehouse for commercial kitchen equipment.  Ok , we planned to visit this country together next year and I intend to let Mike and wife knows when we are coming over so that they can make themselves available for us when we are there LOL!  They are Property Lawyers of Auckland . And if WB wants to invest in properties in New Zealand, he can consult my friends for advise on properties in NZ.  Killing two birds with one stone :)

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    Green Peas Cookies CNY




























    I guess many of us Chinese will be thinking what to bake for the coming Chinese New Year celebration I found this Green Peas Cookies recipe from Lydia of My Kitchen. I used self raising flour instead of plain flour. I find that using self raising flour the cookies are more fluffy and truly melts in the mouth. I love it...thumbs up and a big Thank You to Lydia for sharing this recipe :))) Easy to make and simply yummy !



    . instead of using a cookie cutter, I roll them into balls
    and using the back of the ball pen cover to make a small
    indent on the balls :)) and glaze with egg yolk
    before baking



    . Geeen Peas Cookies - CNY ( adapted from My Kitchen )
    ( makes 65 pieces )


    Ingredients:

    130 gm green peas ( snack type - grinded ) * I bought the ready ones from Wah Seng
    90 gm icing sugar
    1/4 tsp salt
    170 gm self raising flour
    100 gm vegetable oil

    Glazing

    1 egg yolk
    1/2 tbsp milk

    Method:

    1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl till well mixed. Add oil and slowly mix until a dough is formed.

    2. Roll dough into small balls. Place the balls 1 inch apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Using the back of a ball pen cover ( make sure you wash the cover before using ) make a small indent on the balls.

    3. Glaze the top with egg yolk mixture.

    4. Bake in preheated oven at 170º C for about 15 mins or until the surface is browned.

    5. Cool completely on a rack before storing.




    Enjoy !






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    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Pineapple Tart I


















    I had fun piping it out and it was great practicing my piping skills…..join me in baking this cookie tarts if you have not baked these gems for the coming CNY.  They are like cookie tarts :p  something different for this CNY.


















    Pineapple Tarts
    Ingredients:
    (Make 50 pieces )

    Ready made pineapple paste – (from cake shop )

    Pineapple paste:

    300g grated pineapple
    150g castor sugar
    1/2 tsp pineapple essence
    1/4 tsp lemon essenceEgg

    To make the pineapple jam: Place grated pineapple and sugar in a heavy-bottomed aluminium saucepan and cook over moderate heat until it begins to boil. Add essences and lower the flame, then continue to cook until mixture is almost dry and thick. Keep stirring all the time (this takes about an hour). Leave aside to cool.

    Pastry
    100 gm butter
    30 gm powdered sugar
    1 egg yolk
    ½ tsp vanilla essence

    160 gm plain flour
    10 gm milk

    Egg glaze
    1 egg yolk
    ½ egg white

    Method:

    Cream butter and powdered sugar till fluffy, add in egg yolk and vanilla essence. Add in the flour and milk last. Use a piping nozzle , pipe into a flower on parchment paper , ½ inch apart and egg glazed it. Put pineapple paste on top of the piped flower. Bake at 170º C for 15- 20 minutes.
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    Hair Restoration

    My brother who stays in New Jersey discovered that his hair is thinning . And he is worried that he will be getting bald soon !    WB is getting bald but he somehow looks good with his goaty beard *wink . My brother consulted his doctor whether it is safe to have hair transplant .  The doctor told him that hair restoration is on the increase with minimally invasive Neo Graft and approved by FDA.  So this vain brother of mine is thinking of having this hair restoration done at Hair Transplant New Jersey

    He checked out with the hair clinic and they explained the procedure to him. NeoGraft is the first minimally invasive FDA approved automated hair transplant system and does not remove any of the scalp so there will be no scar. It transplants individual follicles to create the most natural look. And it requires local anesthesia and has very little or no down time. My sister in law , San is keen to do Botox in Philadelphia and since her husband is going for the hair restoration...talking about the husband's vanity ! She is even more conscious of her own image.   Working hard at the restaurant is taking a toll on her and she does look aged.  She is taking one of her restuarant worker to do a Liposuction in Philadelphia since she is going there herself.  I advised her that she has to be careful when going for botox and liposuction treatment.  She must first consult the doctor there and get a clear picture of what they are in for.  



    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Pineapple Tart


    Chinese New Year without pineapple rolls or tarts will not be CNY.  Every chinese household will have this delicacy item coz pineapple in hokkien/cantonese - ' ong lai ' / ' wong lai '  literally means good luck arrives in English.  Well, to the chinese everything is luck and prosperity :)) So it is a must have tarts in a chinese home during Chinese New Year . As for me, it is a delicacy more than the meaning it holds.   For me it is way too sweet :) but my brothers love them so when they come visiting, they are the ones who will help finish the whole load of pineapple rolls :p   I am sure we will be busy baking these tarts and other chinese cookies for the coming CNY which is just 3 weeks away.   

    And today I have good news to share with you.   Food delivery in Malaysia , Foodpanda , has made it easy for every busy person  who lives in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Penang, Melaka, Johor and Perak .  All you have to do is log on to their homepage, type in your location, choose a restaurant and pick your favorite dish and tada the food will be on its way to your doorstep.  So simple and easy. You can either pay cash on delivery or through paypal.  They have a list of favorite restaurants you can choose from. You can download the app to your mobile phone and the fastest way to order food on the go. They have deals of the week which will be great for the family especially when you don't feel like cooking or moving out of the house to eat is too tiring, you can just order online and Foodpanda will have it delivered to your doorstep.  

    Back to these wonderful pineapple tarts,  I am sure you will want to try baking these tarts without having to neglect your family meals :)  These tarts are yummilicious !  The tart just melts in the mouth  :)




    Pineapple Rolls  ( adapted from Amy Beh 2nd Cookbook )



    Ingredients


    150g butter
    100g margarine
    50g icing sugar
    2 egg yolks
    1/2 tsp vanilla essence
    1/4 tsp salt


    Sift:350g plain flour
    50g cornflour


    Pineapple jam:

    300g grated pineapple
    150g castor sugar
    1/2 tsp pineapple essence
    1/4 tsp lemon essenceEgg


    Glaze:


    1 egg yolk
    1 tsp condensed milk
    1/4 tsp salt
    l/4 tsp water


    Method

    To make the pineapple jam: Place grated pineapple and sugar in a heavy-bottomed aluminium saucepan and cook over moderate heat until it begins to boil. Add essences and lower the flame, then continue to cook until mixture is almost dry and thick. Keep stirring all the time (this takes about an hour). Leave aside to cool.

    To make the pastry:

    Cream butter, margarine and sugar until light. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Add essence and salt and beat until fluffy.Fold in sifted dry ingredients and mix to a firm dough. Put mixture into a nastar mould and press out into strips 6cm to 7cm long.Place 1/2 tsp of pineapple jam filling on the edge of a strip and make a small elongated roll. Cut off excess dough. Put nastar rolls on greased trays. Brush with egg glaze. Bake in preheated oven at 180ºC for 20 minutes or till golden brown. Cool on wire racks before storing.

    Note: To make egg glaze, lightly beat the above glaze ingredients together.




    Enjoy!




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    Sunday, January 5, 2014

    Chicken Pie With Caramelized Onion Crust II




















    My family loves pies , tarts and quiches . Savoury or sweet they love them :) I have tried out many types of crust for chicken pie but this one with caramelized onions turned out to be a winner. I love the aroma of caramelized onion in the pie crust….it is something so different from those classic ones :) It is so easy to make…and I know for sure I will use this crust again and again :) I used this crust once for my mango chutney pie and it became a favorite .  For this time,  I filled it with chicken and mushroom filling…whoa it was a perfect match and every mouthful turned out to be so yummy good…. you have to try this one out….you will be mesmerized by the sweet aroma of caramelized onions.  The pastry is really good and will be great for the coming CNY tea snacks.  It can be prepared a day before.




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       Click here  for the recipe 



    Enjoy !



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    Making My Blog Popular

    Many of my blogger friends have told me that I need to make my blog popular.  It just means that I need to engage a SEO expert for advice on how to further raise my rank so that more sponsors and advertisers will look for me.  Getting a local seo package will surely boost up my google ranking for my blog in a short period of time .  Being a SEO illiterate, I do not understand much about the techie language and being not able to understand the instructions, I might make a mess if I would to do it myself. 

    Thus, I rather engage an expert to do it for me. Seriously, I do not mind spending a bit more on getting the expert to do it for me.  I am sure many bloggers out there are like me, scared to make changes and afraid to mess up our blogs.  I thanked my blogger friends for sharing their experiences with me, thus now I know more about google ranking and search engine visibility score and meta tag analyzer .  After hearing so much from them, I know I really have to seek help from SEO expert if I want to be ranked higher ! :)