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June 8, 2022
This Smoked Salmon Rillettes is one of my favorite recipes from “Everyday Dorie” Cookbook. As mentioned in her book, you do not need expensive salmon for this as they will be flaked, chopped and mixed into a wonderful caper-mayo dressing. You could also use frozen salmon!
March 31, 2022
March 4, 2022
Steamed pork rib is a Cantonese style dim sum dish that can be found in every dim sum restaurant. The best kind of ribs to use are pork spare ribs or baby back ribs (小排骨). This cut of rib is tender with the right amount of fats. If in doubt, simply let your butcher at your local market know you are making steamed pork ribs and to cut them into small bite size pieces.
February 25, 2022
Mushrooms are such a versatile ingredient, they literally pair well with any main dishes, or even on their own! You simply can’t go wrong with the combination of garlic + butter + mushroom. But there is one other ingredient or rather seasoning that will take your garlic butter mushroom dish to the next level. And that is soy sauce. When you mix the four ingredients together, an intensely savouriness aka umami is formed.
February 25, 2022
Creamed Spinach Gratin is an easy yet elegant side dish to make whenever you are in pressed for time. You could make the creamed spinach ahead of time and pop it into the oven when you are ready to serve. Most versions call for frozen spinach which is what I would normally use as well. I’ve decided to experiment with fresh spinach today. Instead of thawing the frozen spinach and squeezing them dry, simply blanch the fresh spinach for about 15 seconds in boiling water. Rinse them with cold water and squeeze them as dry as possible. Whether you are using frozen or fresh spinach, it is important to remove as much water as you can to prevent your creamed spinach from being too watery.
February 25, 2022
To me, a perfect steak should be gloriously brown and crusty on the outside and juicy in the centre. If you are a steak lover, forget about non-stick pans or stainless steel skillets. I highly recommend you investing in a cast-iron pan. It will change the way your steak looks and tastes.
February 14, 2022
Are you a shrimp / prawn person? Well, I am. They are so versatile and readily available at most local markets and supermarkets, I find myself using them whenever I need to whip up a quick meal. If you are not a fan of prawn, you could try using squid, chicken or even tofu as your choice of protein.
February 10, 2022
Valentine’s Day is a day to be romanced and a stunning homemade dessert is always a good idea to pamper your partner. Over the past V-days, I’ve made Be My Valentine Chocolate Cookies, Sweetheart Palmiers, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu in a Cup. This year, I’m making an easy, delicious dessert that does not involve any baking. This show-stopping Strawberry chocolate Wafer Parfait is sure to put a smile on that special someone’s face that you love!
February 9, 2022
I love pasta. There’s something comforting in serving a one pot / one pan meal. Plus, it makes cleaning up much easier too. There are lots of variations of Seafood Marinara Pasta, you could add any type of seafood you like to make it really flavorful. I used fresh prawns and squid. I couldn’t find any clams but that would be one of the seafood I uses regularly.
January 28, 2022
Have you tried this well liked Taiwanese snack called Snowflake Crisp Milk Nougat (雪花酥 / 雪Q餅)? It is so popular that people started making them at home, especially during Chinese New Year and it quickly went viral all over the internet few years ago. In fact, it is the new trending Chinese New Year homemade treat! Nougat crackers are very popular in Taiwan. Think of a sweet, chewy soft nougat sandwiched between two pieces of salty crackers. The sweet and salty combination is really addictive.
January 26, 2022
Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate the beginning of a new lunar new year. Truth be told, it is the food that gets me excited! I especially look forward to the yearly reunion dinner where family members would all gather on New Year’s Eve and enjoy a sumptuous feast. Symbolic ingredients like abalone, fish, chicken, noodles will always make their appearance on the dining table. Whatever you decide to cook, Chinese New Year is a time to show generosity, abundance and indulgence during this period, so be sure to prepare plentiful.