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Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Christmas is just around the corner, wanted to make something Christmassy and something with fruit...Voila! my orange poppy seed cupcakes.
Found this recipe from library, the original cake with syrup cake but i chose to do with out the syrup.







Orange Poppy Seed Cupcakes

Ingredients :
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/4 cup milk
185g softened butter
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 cup caster sugar (i reduced to about 3/4 cup)
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup orange juice (about 1 big navel orange)


Method:
1. Combine seeds and milk in small bowl and let it stand for 20mins.
2. Preheat oven to 180c (160c for fan forced oven). Line paper cases on cupcake mold.
3. Beat butter, rind and sugar until light and fluffy with electric mixer.
4. Add in eggs, one at a time.
5. Add in the rest of the ingredients and the poppy seed mixture and fold in till well-mixed.
6. Spoon the cake mixture into individual paper case.
7. Bake for about 15min to 20mins,test with skewer comes out clean.

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Home grown Basil Leaves

Just to share my home grown Basil Leaves and their little parsley friends at the side.

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Homemade Healthy Soymilk / Soybean milk /豆浆水

Last week when Skype with my parents, dad showed off his homemade soymilk / soybean milk, it makes me suddenly have the urge to try it. Went to the asian supermarket to get some soybeans and started to google for some recipes, they are different variations of methods from different people. I decided to use my common 'common sense' again to try out. I made twice with different methods. 1st one is grind the soaked beans first before boiling and the 2nd one is boil the soaked beans first before grinding and the latter one definitely a winner to me.

First attempt - the boil after grind version


Second attempt - the boil before grind version. You will notice it turns out more yellowish than the first version.

As i mentioned earlier i didn't follow the measurements i just adjust according to my 'common sense'

Don't worry for the first timer, making soymilk is not difficult at all just need a little patience you will get there ;)

Soul Recipe Homemade Soymilk 豆浆水

What you need to make the soymilk
1. Grinder
2. Muslin clothe / cheese clothe / tea towel (which ever that comes in handy for you to strain the soymilk. The hole of normal strainer / sift is too big to stop the soy residual from getting through)
3. A sift to support the clothe during the straining process.
4. Big stock pot (if you don't have big stock pot, a normal pot can do the job too but you need to do it in batches)

Ingredients :

  • 500g Soybeans ( you don't need exactly the amount just pour the portion as you want, after soaking the beans will double in size)
  • water (refer to the method below)
  • crystal sugar for tasting
  • option : ginger about thumb size

Method :

1. Soak the soybeans with water with the ratio of 1:3 (e.g if you bean is 1 bowl then add 3 bowls of water in.) and soak for 8hrs to 10hrs. (If possible change the water in between for few times)
2. The beans will be double in size and the hull / skin of the beans will be loosen. Remove the hull by rubbing or pinching the beans slightly the beans will slip out from the hull easily.
This is how the hulls look like.


And this is how the soaked and hull removed beans look like.



3. Add the soaked beans and water into a big stock pot with ratio of 1:3 again (add in ginger as you like) and boil for about 15mins to 20mins. Skim off the foam on the stop with a spoon.
4. Once it is done, off the heat and let to cool for a bit then transfer to a grinder to grind till creamy.
5. Lay the muslin clothe on the sift and pour the blended soy milk onto the clothe. Now, wrap the clothe from all the angles and twist it and it's time for your arm muscle training time ;)... squeeze the liquid out till the last drop (you might need a fan or airconditioner next to you now..sweating?...there you go..). Don't throw away the residual, it can be used for cooking or can use as fertilizer for your plant.
6. Once collected all the soymilk from your hardwork, pour the soymilk back to a clean pot and under medium heat add in sugar according to your preferred sweetness.

Enjoy!

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Aunty Julie's Curry Puff

I got this curry puff recipe from Bessie (Thanks Bessie and Aunty Julie for this lovely recipe), the lovely wife of my hometown church's pastor. The church had a cooking demo by a nice lady - Aunty Julie (my ex-church mate too ^_^), she demonstrated how to make curry puff, it triggers my urge to try out this recipe.

As i wasn't able to be there to see the demo, i can only count on my own 'common sense' to do it. The pastry pleating part was the most difficult one, i had to go youtube to get some idea on how to do the pleating. I have succeeded! even though it came out with all shapes and sizes...hahahha... not too bad though for the first timer i reckon....*thick skin*

These curry puffs are so yummy,i let my neighbour try some (this is the first time they try curry puff) they just love it!

The texture of this pastry is very crispy, the taste very close to the IKEA's curry puff in Damansara.



Here you go the yummiest curry puff recipe....

Aunty Julie's Curry Puff

Ingredients for pastry:

  • 1 kg all purpose flour
  • 300ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • appx. 300ml water
  • 3 lime juice (i use lemon juice instead)
  • Extra oil for deep frying the curry puff (the amount of oil uses depending on how big is your wok or skillet)
Method to prepare pastry :

1. Mix flour with oil to resemble bread crumbs.
2. In another small bowl mix 200 ml water with salt and lime juice.
3. Add the liquid into flour mixture, then slowly add in the rest of the water to make into a smooth dough.
4. Wrap the dough with cling wrap and let it rest for half an hour to 1 hour.


Ingredients for potatoes filling :
  • 1 1/2 kg potatoes cut into small cube(i added some cubed chicken breast, just adjust the quantity according to your own preference)
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 3 big onions chopped
  • 3 sprigs of curry leaves (or about 1/4 cup of dry curry leaves if you can't get the fresh ones)
  • Salt and sugar to taste ( i added some soy sauce and fish sauce)
Method to prepare filling:
1. Heat oil in pan and add in curry leaves and onions cook for 1-2 minutes.
2. Add in curry powder, fry till fragrant then add in potatoes,water, salt and sugar.
3. Cook till soft and dry.

To make the curry puff :
1. Take some dough, flatten with rolling pin and use a round mould to cut into round shape.
2. Put some filling onto the round shaped dough, fold over and pinch the edges to form pattern.
3. Deep fry in warm oil over low heat until golden brown in color.

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Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chips Cookies

Have not been baking cookies for years, Christmas is just around the corner, suddenly feel like doing something Chrismasy.Thus, search for some basic cookies recipe.


Tried out this recipe and everyone loves it.


Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chips Cookies

Ingredients :

150g softened butter
1/2 cup caster sugar (i put slightly less)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup chocolate bits (your own preference either dark choc or milk choc)
1/2 to 1 cup Macadamia nut or other nuts like almond nuts, brasil nuts or walnuts.

Method:

1. Preheat oven at 160c.
2. Line baking paper on baking tray.
3. In a big mixing bowl beat egg, caster sugar, brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy look about 1 to 2 mins with electric mixer.
4. Stir in flour in 2 batches and mix well.
5. Stir in chocolate bits and Macadamia nut and mix evenly.
6. Spoon the mixture to palm and roll into ball shape and place onto the baking tray and press slightly down. Leave about an inch space in between the cookies as the cookies will expand during the baking process.
7. Bake for 15- 18 mins
8. Once the cookies is baked and out of the oven, transfer them to the cookies cooling rack to cool off.
9. When the cookies are totally cooled off keep them in an airtight container. It can be kept for few days.

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