Monday, February 16, 2015

Nugget Salad Bun

Love these nugget buns.  They are delicious...every bite , your teeth will sink into the flavorful chicken /fish nuggets and if you top it with the salad...gosh you would think you have gone to heaven and back.  A complete meal in one bun....great for kids and adults.  I will surely make this again and again for WB loves it and that is most important.  Retirement means having to feed WB breakfast , lunch and dinner :p  and these delicious nugget buns will be great as a brunch meal for WB.   

make sure not to cut through the nugget wrapped bun

lovely sight to feast your eyes upon
and at the same time have your tummy making
the rumbling sound :p

top with lettuce and mayonaise for a
complete meal

Nugget Salad Bun  - adapted from KWF

350 g Bread flour 
50 g Cake flour 
8 g instant Yeast 
1/8 tsp Salt 
Sugar 30g
Milk Powder 50g
White Sesame Seeds 1/2 tbsp
Milk 290g (original recipe calls for 300ml of full cream milk, but I used 290g of HL milk)
Butter 50g

28 pieces chicken nuggets, fried (I used breaded fish burger patty and cut each into 4 pieces after frying as the nuggets shown in the book is breaded)

Mayonnaise 3tbsp
Lettuce 100g (shredded)

1. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add in milk to form a smooth dough. (If using mixer, mix at medium speed.)
2. Add in butter. Knead dough till smooth and elastic. Cover and rest dough for 30 mins.
3. Divide dough into 30g per portion. Roll into rounds and rest for 10 mins.
4. Flatten each dough, wrap in fried nugget. Seal all edges and roll into square shapes.

5. Cut the dough into halves and put them together into mould.

Tip: Try not to cut through, leave the bottom layer of dough intact and fold along the uncut dough. If you do cut through, you can place the halves on top of each other and give them a light press. To ensure your dough stands straight and does not fall apart, it is good to place them in small cups (2 inch diameter) for second proofing.

6. Leave to rise until double in size. Baked in preheated oven at 200°C for 15-20 mins until cooked.
7. When cool, drizzle with mayonnaise and garnish with lettuce shreds before serving.

Note: If you intend to store the bread for later consumption, do not fill the toppings beforehand.

Enjoy !

Thinking Of Getting A New Guitar

"Thinking of changing your old guitar for this Gibson 2015 Les Paul Classic   ...that was the question I overheard  my WB asking our son Josh over the phone.

My Josh loves playing the piano and guitar. When he went to work in the Lion City, he was like a fish out of water, he could not bring his piano with him to the place he stays .  So he bought an electric guitar with the ear plug so as not to disturb his landlord :p  Now he is thinking of changing his old electric guitar which he bought just 2 years ago.  WB got the description of this  2015 Les Paul Classic  that has a traditional weight-relieved mahogany body which is topped with figured maple and has a Slim Taper neck shape which will make performers feels at home with it. And the bound rosewood fingerboard is buffed to perfection and is dressed by a PLEK system.  No wonder my Josh is impressed with it and is now thinking of changing his old one for this Gibson 2015 Les Paul Classica.  I can't wait to visit him in April and listen to his strumming on the new Les Paul Classica !


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sausage Tomato And Cheese Bread

I had a wonderful weekend! My neigbour asked me to teach her daughter, Alice who is sixteen, how to make simple and savoury bread. I thought this savoury little bread packed with sausages and tomato and with rich topping would be ideal for her as teenagers normally love pizza like bread.  Alice loves baking too and I thought, why not give private tuition to her.  One to one personal teaching would be fun.

As I have said many times, baking makes me happy and on top of the world ;p nothing gives me more pleasure than baking and teaching someone like Alice would be fun especially now that I have fully retired from a government job. Teaching people how to bake is my first love now .  Last Sunday was the first baking lesson for Alice and I chose this simple to bake pizza like bread for her.  

The first thing she has to learn when attending my baking classes is to know something about personal hygiene .  I am very particular on this issue is because we handle food and especially kneading dough when making bread.  We have to have good hand hygiene.  I made her wash both hands with soap before she starts handling the ingredients :)   She is happy to learn about personal hygiene and how important it is to a person who deals with food all the time.  Food poisoning is not something to take lightly.  We had a great time baking together and I can see she has great potential to become a good baker one day.   Her  mom was happy with her bakes .  And Alice loves these cute little pizza like bread baked in little tart tins .  You can try baking these little pizza like bread in tart tin yourself . They are great for children parties too.  As for myself, I used to bake them for my Piggies whenever they are back for their holidays.  

The soft and fluffy texture plus the savory sausages, tomatoes and the richness of those melted mozzarella cheese is GOODNESS a thousand folds :) 

Sausage Tomato And Cheese Bread - taken from Dailydelicilous

200 g Bread Flour
3 g Instant dried yeast
20 g Sugar
3 g Salt
20 g Unsalted butter (soft)
140 g whole milk
Tomatoes (cut into small dice)
Mayonnaise and Ketchup
Mozzarella cheese, shredded


Put the flour, the sugar and yeast in a bowl, whisk to combine, add and salt whisk again. Pour the milk into the bowl.

Use large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together, and knead briefly to bring all the ingredients together.

Take the dough out of the bowl and knead, you will see the dough will be elastic after about 2 minutes.

Add the butter and knead by using the heel of your hands to compress and push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself. Give the dough a little turn and repeat. Put the weight of your body into the motion and get into a rhythm. Keep folding over and compressing the dough. Knead for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is soft, pliable, smooth and slightly shiny, almost satiny.
Or you can also try stretching part of the dough, if it can stretch into a thin sheet without breaking, you've kneaded enough.

Put the dough into a light buttered bowl. Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size (can be 1 hour or 1 hour and a half check often depend on the temperature).
Take the dough out of the bowl, deflate by touch it lightly.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Butter 10 small tart pans (9 cm.).
Divide the dough into 10 pieces , rest for 10 minutes.
Roll the dough into circle 12 cm., and place the dough into the tart pans.
Use your finger to press the dough until the dough is up to the rim of the pan (without shrinking back)

Brush the base of the dough with the ketchup, put the sausage on top and sprinkle with cheese.
Place the diced tomatoes, sprinkle again with cheese.
Squeezes the mayonnaise over the bread.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the breads are golden brown.

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Blemished Accordions ?

The other day after Bible classes , a few of us  went for  a light snack  at a nearby coffee house and we ordered some light sandwiches and hot coffee.  I love the fellowship and our discussions was on the lesson learnt that morning. Besides that, we talk about our adult kids and we had so much fun together.  It is really great to be retired and taking life at a more relax attitude :)

One of our senior member is looking out for an accordion that is not so expensive. I suggested he take a look at some very good priced one though it may be from the  scratch-n-dent accordions.  Slightly blemished but at a good price which I think will be a good buy for him.  I don't normally recommend stuff to people unless I know them well and I think Uncle Cheah will agree that he need not purchase a brand new one.  It is just for his own long as the accordian still have a good sound .  And the best thing is , it is at a much reduced price compared to a brand new one.  Anyway, he can have a look at their website before he decides. They have new ones too but at a higher price :)

I am looking forward to our next lesson.  We have a great teacher and she guides us through the Bible in a year....for lazy people like me, it is really a blessing in disguise that I retired early and get to know the bible chapters better with her guidance and teaching!