December 25, 2015

Savory Crispy Cheese Cookies

This Christmas, I’ve decided to make these Savory Crispy Cheese Cookies over the usual sugar cookies. You’ll need only six ingredients to pull off this recipe. These cheese cookies have a crisp texture on the outside and crumbly on the inside. I love munching on them with a piping cup of hot tea. They are good, and I mean it...
December 23, 2015

Easy Roasted Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Making these easy roasted garlic button mushrooms never fails to disappoint. At least in our household. They are perfect as a side dish to go with just about any type of protein, a great dinner party starter or simply on its own...
December 18, 2015

Crispy Thai Shrimp Cake

This Crispy Thai Shrimp Cake is yet another crowd-pleasing appetizer and my favorite item to order whenever we are at Thai restaurants. This version requires no corn starch or flour so it is important to use the freshest prawns / shrimps you could get your hands on. The trick to achieving the “QQ” or bouncy effect with every bite is to “grab and slam” the prawn mixture against the bowl for several times...
December 16, 2015

No-knead Crusty Artisan Bread

When I saw the No-knead description, I was immediately sold. Believe it or not, I’m still trying overcome the fear of kneading dough for 10 mins with my bare hands. And no, I don’t have a bread machine. There is really not much arm muscle strength involved at all, maybe only when I was transporting my cast iron pot into the oven. The recipe requires the use of Dutch oven (I used a 5-quart size cast iron pot) but if you do not have it, fret not. You could use an oven safe dish with a lid, Pyrex baking dish covered tightly with aluminum foil, stainless steel pot with a lid...
December 11, 2015

Cuban Mojo Marinated Roast Pork

If you have watched “Chef”, then you must know this Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork is from that movie. The consultant chef in that movie is super generous to share his recipe! If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to buy the Blue-Ray/ DVD or download it (legally). I wouldn’t spoil the plot for you but a piece of warning - don’t watch with an empty stomach. ..
December 9, 2015

Japanese Corn Potage

If you are corn-lover like me, then you MUST make this Japanese Corn Potage. Corn Potage is a creamy corn soup made popular by Japanese. In fact, it is so popular in Japan, they are sold in vending machines. Making this sweet, velvety comfort soup takes only 20 mins and I love to freeze the leftover (if any) and enjoy it on a rainy day...
December 4, 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Fruit Cake

I’ve been receiving multiple requests from BNF fans requesting for a fruit cake recipe. After multiple researches and few recipe tests, I’m proud to present you this Quick and Easy Christmas Fruit Cake. Actually, you could enjoy this rich and ultra-moist fruit cake anytime of the year but since Christmas is around the corner, I wanted to make this for my dad-in-law who is a huge fan of fruit cakes...
December 2, 2015

Croquetas de Jamón

Tapas-style eateries have been sprouting up in our sunny island for a while now and it seems like the trend is here to stay. If you are not familiar with the term, think of Tapas as the Spanish version of Dim Sum. Call me greedy but I love the idea of ordering small plates of savory food and be able to enjoy the different variety in one single meal. One of the must-order items on my Spanish tapas list is Croquetas de Jamón. As much as I love having them outside, it makes much more economical sense to make them at home...
November 27, 2015

Dark Chocolate Roulade with Roasted Strawberry Mousse

The name of the recipe post “Dark Chocolate Roulade with Roasted Strawberry Mousse” might sound all fancy and stuff but do not be intimated. It is really an easy-to make flour-less sponge chocolate roll filled with (lots of) light wondrous whipped cream and roasted strawberries. I decided to use a flour-less recipe for the cake as I prefer it to be lighter side and also for anyone who is looking for a gluten-free dessert recipe. Since Christmas is around the corner, this would make a wonderful dessert and centerpiece at lunch or dinner. A homemade cake just brings special joy to the holidays. The cake would not be completed without blanketing it with a layer of decadent dark chocolate fudge all over and to create that Yule Log effect, I used a fork to give it the signature peeling bark look...