Friday, 28 September 2012

Chinese Mooncake

I look forward to Mid Autumn Festival every year because that's the time mooncakes go on sale in all Asian supermarkets. By "sale" I don't mean a clearance sale...They are deathly expensive but because of tradition, everyone has to buy them as gifts.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Green Apple and Celery Juice

I've been addicted to juices and smoothies lately so I went and bought a book. It's called Smoothies and Juices and there's 100 recipes in the book. There are four categories: fruit smoothies, veggie smoothies, dessert smoothies, and juices.

I was planning on a 7 days of juicing diet where I choose 3 recipes from the book as my breakfast, lunch and dinner. But I knew that was going to work even before I started the diet. The smoothies are usually ice cold so I can't exactly make them at work. I'd have to have my breakfast at 8 then wait till 5 for my next smoothie. So then I decided I would just make a smoothie whenever I get a chance.

The first I tried was a Green Apple and Celery Juice. It was the BEST thing ever. I drank the whole thing in seconds and pondered whether or not anything better tasting exists in this world. Or could it just be me being a freak and love the taste of all green things?

 The ingredients are real simple: 2 apples, 4 ribs celery and the juice of a quarter lemon. Squeeze the lemon juice into a cup then juice the apples and celery through a juicer. Trust me, it's the most refreshing thing ever!

Of course I came across some pretty gross recipes in there as well. Never attempt cucumber/carrot/celery/tomato juice. I don't know how that recipe even made it into that book. The tomato just makes it taste like cucumber juice turned sour. It was awful and I had to dump it.

I've tried quite a few recipes so far and some are extremely good. I will continue to post the winners as I try them.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel and Pecans

In my phone, there is a list of "Things To Make" . When I'm feeling adventurous, I'd scroll through and find something interesting to make. This cake was one of those, and surprisingly it didn't stay on the list very long before I decided to try it.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Caramel Carrot Muffins

This is a simplified version of the many carrot muffin recipes out there. I was asked to whip up something for my dad's lunch the next day. It was very last minute so I had to work with whatever I had on hand. As some of you may know, recipes for carrot muffins have the longest ingredient list ever. They ask for many different "moisturising" agents such as pumpkin purée, apple sauce, crushed pineapples...ect. I had none of that so I had to improvise. To bring some interesting flavours into the mix, I chose to caramelize my butter and sugar.

Friday, 14 September 2012

The "Enegizer" Juice

I started juicing last week and I'm really loving it. I've been reading up on it a lot lately and since there's an old juicer sitting in the back of my cabinet somewhere, why not.

My parents bought this juicer years ago, but you know how much kids loved their carrot juice...there was no chance. So then it was put away...long enough that I had forgotten we even had a juicer.

I saw some recipes floating on the internet but never thought much of it. It was not until the day we went to finish a business deal on a beverage franchise that it stuck with me. We were first offered ice creams while we were waiting for the inventory count. ME, being all health concious, asked if it was possible to have a drink instead. They agreed and I took my time going through their menu, eventually coming across this "freshly squeezed juices" section. They must have really hated me cause it took them 5 minutes to make the juice and 20 minutes to clean the juicer.

Anyways, I went home and got out my juicer that same night and started this habit or "trend".

There's nothing complicated about juicing. You put whatever you want in whatever amount you want into the juicer and its done in minutes. My favourite combination so far is apple, beets, celery, carrots, and ginger.

1 Lg Apple (Fuji)
2 med carrots
1 stalk celery
1 small beet or half a large one
1 nob of ginger

I know the picture above is kinda deceiving but I made 2 servings with that. There's really no science behind it so you can change up the amount however you want. I like having beets in mine cause without it the juice oxidises and turns brown. I brought it to class one day and I'm pretty sure I got some odd looks my way.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Mocha Mousse Marshmallow Cream Pocky Cake

You know that habit of mine? Where I try to make everything from scratch? Well I've finally learned my lesson and realized that that kinda life style is preeeeeetty impossible. I guess this is why grocery stores exist.