Saturday 27 February 2016

Rose Infused Milk Pudding

Well, as the saying goes "life is not a bed of roses"... And learning how to overcome the misadventures or unpleasant situations are part and parcel of life.

Chance upon this easy to make milk pudding. Since I've got some dried rose buds, quickly made these desserts to try .... love the hint of rose fragrance and smooth silky texture.

Recipe adapted from : Day Day Cook
Modified slightly below as I've reduced the sugar amount.

Rose Infused Milk Pudding
Serves 3
Ingredients :
250ml fresh milk
2 egg whites
15g granulated sugar
2 - 4 dried rose buds
Strawberries for garnish (optional)

1) Briefly rinse the dried rose buds, use only the petals and place them in the heat proof bowls. Set aside.

2) In a big bowl, combine the egg whites, sugar and milk. Mix well with a whisk.

3) Run the mixture through a sieve, thereafter, pour the mixture into the individual heat proof bowls.

4) Cover the bowl with cling wraps.

5) Prepare a steamer and steam under rapidly boiling water on medium heat for about 9 - 10 mins.

Serve immediately with some berries if you like. My big boy commented it tasted like soy milk beancurd but with rose fragrance. My hubby is not a fan of sweet dessert but he enjoyed it too :)

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Linking this post to Little Thumbs Up - Feb 2016 which is organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Sweet Home-Chefs.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Butter Oats Asparagus

I'm sure Cereal Prawn is one of the very well-liked dishes amongst the CNY celebration food.  A popular dish that served at most zi char stalls and restaurants. Of course ... the prices hiked during festive season too.

We have been feasting with too much meaty stuffs during the CNY celebration week. So instead of using prawns, I tried out with just asparagus, so called "a vegetable dish". I have adopted asparagus 芦笋 in cooking some CNY dishes as it sounds auspicious like 顺顺, 如意顺利 {proceed smoothly in whatever you do} ^-^!
Anyway, glad that my family liked it as I again 'agak-agak' guesstimate the taste and ingredients.

Butter Oats Asparagus
Serves 4
Ingredients :
1 bundle asparagus about 200g
100g unsalted butter (you can use salted butter and omit/reduce the salt)
100g plain oats or cereal (I used rolled oats)
3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 - 3 red chilli padi, deseed and thinly sliced
Curry leaves, a handful just the leaves without stem. Wash clean and pat dry with kitchen towel.
1 - 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust the sweetness to your preference).
Pinch of salt to taste
Cooking oil for pan-frying the asparagus

1) Wash, rinse and drain the asparagus in colander.  Cut and discard about 1cm of bottom stalk. Cut diagonally about 1 inch long lengthwise.

2) In a wok or frying pan, heat some cooking oil with medium flame.
Pan-fry the asparagus for about 2 minutes, remove and set aside. Lightly pat with kitchen towel to drain off any excess oil.

3) Using the same wok or frying pan, wipe clean the excess oil with some kitchen towel. Melt the butter over low flame.  Stir-fry the garlic followed by chilli padi and curry leaves until fragrant. The curry leaves looked crisp at this stage and you could also smell the aroma of chilli and curry leaves.

4) Add in the oats and sugar, quickly stir them around. Pour in the asparagus, pinch of salt and coat with oats mixture evenly for about a minute. (Note: use low flame as the oats will be browned very quickly in high heat).

Off the flame, dish to a serving plate and serve immediately.

We loved the fragrance of butter & curry leaves. Mouthful of crispy crunchy oats a perfect complement to the asparagus! Enjoy!

Here's wishing everyone 顺顺利利 , 万事如意in Year of the Red Fire Monkey! 

Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 hosted by Yen from GoodyFoodies, Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids

Monday 1 February 2016

Warm Scallops with Asparagus Fruity Salad & $500 Paypal CASH Giveaway!

Scallop is one of our favourite CNY home-cooked dishes as it sounds auspicious like (带带)'代代平安' "peace to every generation" in Mandarin and Cantonese.  I usually make stir-fry scallops with asparagus for our CNY celebration dish. With my previous attempt in making warm salad here and Abalone Salad, so I tried out and 'agak-agak' guesstimate the taste and ingredients for this Warm Scallops with Asparagus Fruity Salad.

I like that this salad dish serves during CNY celebration that's full of auspicious symbolic:
Asparagus & Pear 芦笋 & 梨  = '顺顺利利' proceed smoothly in whatever you do
Scallop 带子 = '代代平安' peace to every generation
Pineapple 黃梨  = 旺来 <ong lai in dialect> wealth bestowed 
Pomelo 柚 = 有 / 又 again & again ... thought to bring continuous prosperity. The more you eat, the more wealth it will bring.

Warm Scallops with Asparagus Fruity Salad
Serves 4
Ingredients :
Baby Asparagus 120g
Large Frozen Scallops about 18 pcs
Pineapple 2 fresh large slices (use canned pineapple if you prefer)
1 large China Pear - cored and peeled
Dash of pepper & salt
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil

Salad dressing: Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
Juice of 1 large Lemon
1 tablespoon Honey
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon wholegrain mustard
Dash of pepper & salt
Pomelo - some for garnishing

Method :
1) To save time, thaw the scallops (in steps 3 & 4) and prepare the salad dressing in advance. Put all the dressing ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake until well combined. Season with pinch of salt and dash of pepper. Chill for 1 - 2 hours.

2) Cut the fruits (pineapple and pear) in bite sizes. Chill the cut fruits in fridge.

3) Thaw the scallops. Rinse well and pat dry with few layers of kitchen towels. Do not cover, refrigerate the scallops for 30 minutes to dry.

4) Season the scallops with dash of salt and pepper to taste.

5) Saute non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan. Add in the scallops, set in a single layer in the pan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until bottom of each scallop is nicely browned. Turn scallops over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until they're firm and nicely browned.

6) Wash, rinse and drain the asparagus in colander.  Trim and discard about 1/2 inch of bottom stalk. Cut length wise about 2 inches long.

7) Meanwhile, prepare a small pot of boiling water and an ice bath (a bowl full of ice and water). Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for about 1 minute and quickly remove them from the boiling water and plunge them into the ice bath for about 15 seconds and drain.
(this act is called “shocking”). 
Blanching and shocking allows the partially cooked vegetables to cool quickly so they retain their crunch. 

To serve the salad, arrange the cut fruits and asparagus on a big serving plate. Top with the scallops and garnish with some pomelo. Pour the chilled lemon honey vinaigrette dressing and gently toss until just combined.

Warm tangy salad with natural juicy fruity sweetness.  My big kids gave big thumbs up for this :) Happy ^-^! I'm sure this salad will be well liked by everyone (from young to old) in the family. Do give it a try if you intend to dish up for CNY celebration.
Enjoy !

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Linking this post to Cook & Celebrate Chinese New Year 2016 hosted by Yen from GoodyFoodies, Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids