Saturday, 21 August 2010

Char Siew Buo Luo Bao

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 13:39:00 13 comments Links to this post
This was made two days ago, i didn't have the time to post about it as i was busy with my duties at the Youth Olympic Village. It is so exciting to be part of YOG 2010 !! Singapore's first ever : )

For this Char Siew Recipe, it was published on the most recent sunday times. I saw it and then decided to try out the recipe. Well maybe my skills aren't good enough because i still feel that the ones sold at crystal jade still taste better, haha :d


After baking


Before Baking




Roasting in action


Crumb mixture for pastry top




The char Siew filling was really too sweet for my taste, and i did cut down on that honey (strongly not recommended for people who can't eat sweet stuff)



The bun itself was soft on that day but became quite stale the next. I halved the recipe for the bread dough but added double the amount of butter it called for. i think that's why it only manage to 'double' in size after what seems like 2 hours instead of the stated 1 hour.

The pastry on the top of the bun had texture similar to that of a butter cookie, haha you can see how the stiff the pastry is in the picture below. haha i give myself a 6/10 for first attempt.
I won't be uploading the recipe since i am quite unusure about it : ) Hope you guys understand, haha!



Oh by the way, this is a picture of a yogurt chiffon cake i made on tuesday ;)

Friday, 13 August 2010

Sesame 5 grain animal cookies

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 00:29:00 11 comments Links to this post
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Rabbit



Dog



Cat



Elephant


Hen



Bear (its not a pig)

This is my number one favourite healthy cookie! It is so good that me and my mum wiped out 60 cookies in 3 days! NOTE: they are not mini size animal cookies

It is just a cookie cramped with as much goodness as possibleee. (you'll soon find out why)

You must really try this recipe if you are one of those people who likes to eat those healthy high fibre cookies sold in the supermarkets. (Those individually packed ones? I shan't mention any names, haha)

This cookie is way better!! Plus they are so cute! I like to eat off their bodies before attacking the head. lol (sound a bit sick) Oh i've calculated the calories based on USDA's food calorie database, they are approximately 30 calories each. Like i said, they are not mini sized ones, so it is a must try!!

However, got to be careful with the dough cause it is a little bit sticky. I keep my hands clean by using those plastic cutters/scrapers for bread making to flatten the dough before cutting them out. I work with small amount of dough one at a time instead of rolling them and cutting them all at one go, they tend to stck to the work surface.

The trick here is to use the scraper to scrape up the flattened dough off the work surface. (using hands to peel the dough tends to break it apart and you'll have to rework again) Before you cut the dough with the cutter.

I twice baked the cookies for extra crispness and to last longer ( but there wasn't a need to,lol)


Here's the recipe

Ingredients

100g 5 grain flour
100g Wholemeal flour
40g Ground almonds
60g Nestum cereals
12g Each of black and white sesame seeds, toasted at 150C for 10 minutes(Keep an eye on them)
1/4 Tsp baking powder
20g milk
110g Maple Syrup
50g Canola oil
pinch of salt

Preheat* 170C

Method

Mix the dry ingredients together, including sesame seeds, excluding salt
Whisk maple syrup, oil, salt and milk together to form a paste
Mix a well in the center of the dry mix
Pour in the Wet mixture
Stir gradually using a spoon
Use hand to form a dough if necessary
Flatten dough with Scraper or palm of the hand
Cut out dough and place directly on baking pan.
Preheat oven* after half the tray is filled with unbaked cookies.( My oven bakes about 30 cookies per tray)
Bake for 12 minutes at 170C
Bake second time after all cookies have cooled at 140C for 10 minutes (Bake with the underside up)
Hello Mr bear : )

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Food Blogger's Meet up

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 23:54:00 6 comments Links to this post


Hello guys! The meet up hosted by Pei lin was so awesome! I am so blessed to know these food bloggers after following their blogs for so long! They are really hippie people ;) There was so much food! All made with tender loving care, haha! Edith (http://preciousmoments66.blogspot.com) opened up her house to us so we will not have to bear the embarrassment of being chased out of any particular restaurant for hogging up their seats as we chat!

Haha, i can seriously understand that food is the way to life! With food, we meet new people, make new friends. Through food, we show care and concern. Having GOOD food injects excitement to any party! lol alright i'll shall show you the delicious food my fellow blogger friends whipped up. (Sorry but its incomplete, i was too excited to eat, so i skipped some of it, thus no pictures, all in my stomach, haha)


Aimei brought swiss roll hand rolled with pork floss, seaweed and cucumber. Its sweeet and savoury at the same time :)



Edith's Awesome curry and Bandung







Grace's mini burger buns are to die for! i will PAY for them! Sadly she doesn't sell haha, she made Mini blueberry tarts too!



ZhuoYuan's Homemade Green Tea Truffles! He is the 1st person i've ever made who can make such wonderful confectionary with chocolate! He made rum and raisin, dark chocolate truffle too! I love the rum and raisin version : D






My sesame cookies!

There was also almond cream by jane, Peilin's chocolate cookie and durian tart(Can you believe it?? It taste really good!), Jess's mango pomelo dessert, Shirley's Special Mee Rubus, Bee Bee's wonderful soon kueh!



PS : all my favourite food : )



Presents to take home : D From Ai mei and Jane


After the meet up, i decided to explore the area, so i walked from lavender to bugis, pass raffles city to dhoby ghaut and then reached clark quay. Over there i saw a group of people with those huge DSR (or is it DSL?) camera shooting away. Haha so i "copy cat" and took out my digital camera and took some pictures

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Saturday, 7 August 2010

Blogger's meet up

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 23:40:00 3 comments Links to this post
I am really excited about the blogger's meet up initiated by pei-lin. Thank you! It must be hardwork to arrange such an event and you deserve a round of applause for your courage and effort :)

All my fellow food bloggers will be bringing such fabulous food! I am so lucky! I will be bringing my humble whole wheat sandwiches.

Check in tmr for pictures of it :) I am going to make it tmr. haha

till then, see ya!
 

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