All posts filed under: Dinner

Potato Bacon Buns

Hey guys, it’s Friday again! I hope you all have had an amazing week! I am really looking forward to the weekend. Just want to spend a cosy weekend at home with my husband and probably catch up with some friends too. Life has been a little bit hectic at the moment. I haven’t had much time for cooking. I really miss it! Today, after I came back from the grocery shopping, I realised I didn’t get any bread from the bakery. I really can’t be bothered going out again. So I have a perfect excuse to warm up my oven. 🙂 I want something more than just plain bread.  I want something with filling. I sautéed some potatoes with bacon and heaps of black pepper in olive oil. My Kenwood chef has to do the work to make the dough. When the dough is ready, I made eight buns with the filling I prepared. Time to let it rise again. Patience, patience and patience! I cut the top before sending them in the oven. They looked …

Tagine Chicken wings and Prawns

Have I talked to you guys about Tagine yet? It’s my secret weapon to cook a quick meal. It’s a bit like one pot meal. I find myself using my cast iron Tagine whenever I am busy, but still want a home cooked meal. All I need to do is chop all the ingredients and marinate for a while. I normally would like to chop everything when I get home after work and marinate for 30 minutes. During that time, I can go play and feed the pets, or have a glass wine with my hubby. For this recipe, I made a sauce for the chicken wings and prawns. It has oyster sauce, wholegrain mustard and tomato paste. If you don’t like chick wings, you can always use different meat. I just like chicken wings. It goes well with rice. Otherwise, make a green salad. Dinner is ready! 🙂 INGREDIENTS: Chicken wingettes and Prawns: Chicken wingette – 8 Banana prawns – 8 Five spice powder – 1 tsp Minced ginger – 1 tsp Fresh ground black pepper …

Blanched Asparagus

Baby asparagus is so delicious and tender. when it’s the season for fresh asparagus, I love to cook it just use the basic method – blanching. It’s simple, but it also let the origin food flavour shine.  It’s the easiest way to enjoy the food. Remember to trim the ends of the asparagus. Although spears are tender, the ends usually can be tough. It is hard to chew and unpleasant. You wouldn’t want to spoil your mood of enjoying nice food. I like to drizzle a little bit of olive oil and add a pinch of salt to the water I use to boil the asparagus. It not only helps to seal the nutrition in the vegetables, but also gives a bright green colour after you blanch the asparagus. INGREDIENTS: Baby asparagus – 2 bunches Extra virgin olive oil – 1, 1/2 teaspoons and extra Black bean paste/Soy Sauce – 1 teaspoon Sea salt Black pepper – freshly ground INSTRUCTIONS: Rinse and trim the asparagus end. Prepare a large sauce pan and boil enough water …

Roasted Fennel with Rice

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a lovely week. I actually have been sick for few days…Winter flu…It’s really horrible. Anyway, when I am sick, all I want to eat is vegetables, vegetables and more vegetables. I found the fennel bulb in my fridge and some other vegetables. Here is what I came up with. I will keep this post short since I am still a little bit dizzy. What I did was that I roasted the fennel wedges with soy sauce and olive oil for 30 minutes until it’s caramelized. I found it tastes better in this way. You will see I used a mixture of short grain rice and black rice in this recipe because my husband does not like black rice much. However, I really love black rice. So I added some shot grain rice to make the texture softer than just black rice. You can also replace the chick stock with vegetable stock. In that way, it will become a complete vegetarian dish. 🙂 INGREDIENTS Fennel bulb – 1 Large Portobello …

Hazelnut Soft Bread

Hey guys. I hope you are having an amazing day. I have a sweet soft bread recipe to share with you today. It looks like my desire for soft bread is still going strong. Last week, I used some hazelnut spread to make this sweet bread as my afternoon snack. When I said it’s sweet, it was actually not that sweet. I am watching my sugar intake. Anyway, all the sweet taste came from the organic honey I added in the filling. It’s just perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Apart from honey and hazelnut spread, I added some cream cheese as well to give it a rich texture. If you like it sweeter, you can add some brown sugar, rice malt syrup or just add more honey. I used a round baking tray to shape the bread into a flower and garnished with some almond slivers. Feel free to use almond flakes if you prefer. The bread can be eaten cold or warm. I prefer to have something warm in a …

Damper with Feta

I only found out about damper a month ago after I have been living in Australia for over four years. Shocking! I love it! I made one yesterday for our dinner party. Everyone liked it. It was so easy to make and so delicious. So I have to create a post to share it with you guys. It’s really a great solution for a quick bread.  After it’s baked, it is crispy outside and soft on the inside. Damper is a traditional Australian soda bread that is baked on campfire by swagmen. Basically, it’s made from flour, water or milk, and butter. Personally, I think it tastes a little bit like savoury scones without so much butter and egg. In this recipe, I add feta cheese, dill and pine nuts. Unfortunately, I ran out of sun-dried tomatoes. Otherwise, I will not hesitate to put some in the bread. When I say it’s simple to make, I am not kidding. There is absolutely no need to knead the dough (oh, how much I love that! 🙂 ). Rub …

Apple Rose Pie

One of our friends had a trip to an apple farm and brought boxes and boxes of apple back. These apples are so good, sweet, juicy and crunchy. Totally my type of apple. Since I got so many in my kitchen, I have been trying all sorts of way to cook/eat the apples when they are still fresh. I use them in my salad, dessert, to cook with pork or make some apple juice. I made these apple rose pies yesterday. It turned out pretty and tasty. I love the way it looks and how simple it can be made. I used some cranberry sauce I made yesterday in the pie. Speaking of the cranberry sauce, it’s from my last bag of frozen cranberries. No more! 😦 Oh, can’t tell you how much I love it! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post. The Pie is very pretty. I love it as a dinner dessert with some icing sugar and whipped cream! 🙂 Makes 2 6-inch pies INGREDIENTS Firm apples – 5 or 6 (Royal Gala …

Guest post: Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Hey lovelies. Happy Friday! 🙂 Last week, my blogging friend, Karen from Nature Inspired Mom, had a guest post on my blog. She wrote about how to create an easy to maintain mini herb garden. You can find the post here. Karen writes about hiking, gardening and healthy living on her blog, Nature Inspired Mom. I am also excited and honoured to contribute a post on her blog too. It was a meatball recipe. You can find my recipe here, Meatballs in Tomato Sauce. Thank you very much, Karen, for inviting me to write a post on her blog. Enjoy! xoxo  

Cauliflower Miso Soup

I love cauliflower. It is probably one of my favourite vegetables. The best thing about cauliflower is that it is so easy to cook. Sometimes, I just break the head into small pieces and cook it with some butter. Once it’s cooked, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. it’s just delicious! Today’s recipe is a simple cauliflower soup with miso paste. If you like creamy soup, you will like this one. There are many ways of making a cauliflower soup. You can make it with blue cheese if you like  a strong flavour. The thickened cream or yoghurt will make it creamier. You can also cook it with potatoes or carrots. Personally, I think cauliflower soup goes well with many different spices/herbs. I have tried coriander, parsley, paprika, and cumin seeds. I use oregano for today’s recipe. I hope you enjoy the recipe. 🙂 Makes 2 servings. INGREDIENTS Coconut oil – 2 tbsps Onion – 1, chopped Garlic cloves – 3, chopped Cauliflower – 1/2, broken into small pieces Potato – 1, small, chopped Chicken …

Pearl Meatballs (Glutinous Rice meatballs) |Zhen Zhu Wan Zi

The celebration of Chinese New Year was officially over last Saturday, which was the 15th day after the lunar New Year. As usual, we cooked a lot and ate a lot to celebrate the New Year. Apart from cooking, we attended the Year of The Rooster Concert in Brisbane to celebrate the occasion. It was a great concert with a combination of Chinese traditional music and western music. We especially loved the piece performed by the Pipa player. If you don’t know what Pipa is, it’s a four-stringed pear-shaped lute. The history of Pipa can be dated back over 2000 years. Back to today’s recipe, Pearl Meatballs has been a staple on my CNY Eve dinner menu. I make it every single year, and the love is still going strong. The combination of pork mince and glutinous rice is just perfect. It does need a little bit of time to prepare, but I think the results are definitely worth the effort. If you have less time, a food processor can always help. In this recipe, I added some water …