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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 …

Take Care of Yourself During Change of Weather

Hello, lovely people. I hope you are all well. It’s getting warm here. I can see tiny teeny green leaves coming out from our grape wine. Can’t wait for the warm weather! Although I am so looking forward to the warm weather, my hay fever is having its moment. Half of my colleagues in the office are sick. I guess it happens when weather changes. I got flu few weeks ago as well. So I thought it might be a good idea to put together a post about how I deal with change of weather. Just few things I do to boost the immune system. Remember that I am not a professional to give health advice. These are just my home remedies that I want to share with you. Water Water!Water!Water! I intend to drink a lot of warm water when weather changes. I think we all know the benefits from drinking water, flushing out toxins, boosting immune system, helping with healthy skin, etc. Ginger Turmeric tea I also drink a cup of ginger turmeric tea everyday, …

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 …

Dog Birthday and Dog Cupcakes

Hello lovely people. I hope you have had a good week so far. 🙂 Our dog had his 4th birthday this week. I still remember he was such a cute puppy! I know, we all think our dogs and cats are cute. Can’t help it! To celebrate,  I baked some cupcakes for him. First things first, let me introduce my babies. We have Chico (the dog), Tigger (black and white cat) and Leo. I had a post about Leo last year. If you want to know a little bit more about him, you can find the post here. Both Chico and Tigger are 4 years old this year and Leo is half-year older. Aren’t they gorgeous? 😉 The minute I showed Chico the cupcake, he fell in love with it immediately. I can tell, haha. 😉 Certainly, Tigger wanted to have a bite as well. Leo was somehow busy attacking my tree at the backyard. However, when mom said we had to take photos first, the kid was very disappointed….. At last, the birthday boy got …

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 …

Matcha Crêpe Cake

We celebrated our anniversary recently, and I made this Matcha crêpe cake as the dinner dessert. I don’t know if it’s age, we spend more and more time together at home. We would make dinner together, open a bottle of wine or two maybe, try different recipes, talk or listen to the music we both love. We celebrate things, just not very loud, I guess. 🙂 Sorry! I got carried away. It happens quite often lately. Back to the cake! I got this 15cm frying pan the other day for 10 dollars. It’s the perfect size for making crêpe cakes. For the batter in this recipe, I made about 18 crêpes. I think I used 15 crêpes for the cake. The numbers may vary depends on the size of your pan and the thickness of the crêpe you make. When you make the crêpe, keep the pan at low to medium heat. It might take a little longer to finish making all the crêpes. However, it will not burn it. Pleae be careful not to burn your fingers, …

Dried Cranberry Butter Cookies

It has been raining for days here. I enjoy a rainy day from time to time. I would brew a pot of tea and read a good book. However…after two, three, four, five days of rain, I usually start to have sad and miserable feeling. It’s really humid and WET! I am pretty sure my poor dog and cats share the same feeling since they can’t run and play at our backyard. Anyway, life goes on. We need rain. It’s good for the lawn, the trees, the flowers and many other things. Don’t forget the rainbow! 🙂 In order to cheer myself up, I do what I usually do…baking! Bake something that smells delightful and tastes yummy. What would that be? The cranberry butter cookies. These cookies are so easy to make. All you need to do is just beat the butter and mix the rest of ingredients together. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. You will have delicious cookies ready for you. INGREDIENTS All purpose flour – 200g Dried cranberries – 80g, chopped Egg yolks …

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 …