Monday, November 30, 2015

Rich and Creamy Chinese style Fresh Mango Puddings

Time files and in the twinkling of an eye, today is the last day of November 2015!

This means that Little Thumbs Up (Mango) hosted by Jozelyn (Spice Up My Kitchen) is ending today with an amazing amount of participation of more than 110* entries. Doreen and I really have to thank Jozelyn and everyone with a big bow! Thank you so much for your continuing support for Little Thumbs Up!
* I will update the total nuimber later.

As Christmas is arriving soon, Yen from GoodyFoodies (also known as Eat your Heart Out), Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and I are hosting Cook and Celebrate: Christmas 2015 event starting from 1st December 2015 (tomorrow!). So don't forget to link your Christmasy cooking with us.

For my last submission to Little Thumbs Up (Mango), I tell myself that I have to make some mango puddings!

Do you know that mango pudding is a Chinese / Hong Kong kind of dessert?

Mango pudding is often served as one of the desserts in Chinese dim sum or yum cha restaurants. Most ideally, the best mango puddings are often served cold with rich, smooth and creamy texture and luxuriously fragrant flavours. Most typically, mango puddings are made of mangoes, sugar, evaporated milk or cream plus agar or gelatin for their semi-firm or jelly-like kind of texture. Most often, the quality of the puddings can vary depending on the recipes and the ingredients used to make this dessert.

Not to brag but I have to say that this recipe make my most ideal kind of mango puddings. Why? They are fully packed of fresh mangoes... That's why!!! In fact, four of these puddings are made of two really large R2E2 mangoes! If I do my maths right, one serve of these puddings is actually made of half of a large mango!!!

My husband squealed in my ears when he discovered two of the fat and juicy mangoes that he bought ended being these four little puddings... He said that I'm wasting the fresh mangoes but ended enjoying one of these puddings! Hmmm...

I remember watching an episode of SBS food safari at here a lot time ago and also remember very clearly that the show said that the secret to make a good mango pudding is to use mango ice cream!!! My eye brow rose instantly after knowing this secret and can't forget this recipe until today. From this, I have deduced something... Although I'm not exactly sure that using mango ice cream can make the best mango puddings, I'm 100% sure that the best mango pudding has to be SWEET and CREAMY and this kind of taste has to be from the ice cream!!!

Instead of mango ice cream, I like to use the real mangoes and cream to make my puddings and these are what I have made.

smooth creamy Chinese fresh mango puddings
Nice and creamy Chinese style fresh mango puddings

Thursday, November 26, 2015

No or Low Fat Yogurt Waffles (Two Recipes)

After enjoying crispy and fluffy pandan waffles that I have made with the saturated-fat-enriched coconut milk and butter, I ask myself...

Can I use low (or no) fat yogurt to make crispy waffles?

Yes of course but I need to load the waffles with extra butter... like this one that I have found at all recipes which is quite standardized and similar to the Donna Hay's one but the Donna Hay's one uses the 2% buttermilk instead.

Knowing that fat is crispy waffle's best friend, I'm very surprised to find this 0% fat Greek yogurt waffle recipe at Creme de la Crumb being completely low fat with no butter or any fat added! How is this possible? Let's find out...

low fat yogurt crispy waffles
Low fat yogurt waffles

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mango and Cardamom Yogurt Milkshake (Cornersmith)

I can't believe that our long awaited Summer is arriving soon. In two weeks time, Australia will be getting its full blast of sunshine. Yes! It's time for put on our hats, slip slop slap and enjoy the outdoor and heat! I'm happy because I'm a summer person :)

I like to enjoy our warm and relaxing weather to the max with something nice, refreshing and summery and so I made this super sensational mango and cardamom yogurt milkshake.

Super sensational? I was like whoa when I had my first sip of this sweet tangy creamy but light milkshake. Yum yum! Then it was glup glup glup...

mango cardamom yogurt milkshake
Mango and Cardamom Yogurt Milkshake

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Strawberry Rhubarb Rose Jam (Cornersmith)

My son and I are having a common dream for years. Since the day that my son started counting, we wish that we can open our own café.

"Mum, you will bake the cakes in the kitchen and I will collect money from the customers." said my son who confidently claimed that no customers can escape from his sight without paying.

"Then who serves the customers?" I asked.

"Daddy!" This answer came instantly.

Believe it or not, my son and I seems to have this conversation again and again. And even until today, we still don't have our café. LOL! Well although a dream is a dream, I believe that dreams like these are sometimes good to keep us alive. Agree?

You don't have to totally agree with me because I know people who are brave enough to step out of their comfort zone and can sometimes live larger by fulfilling their dream. After reading how Alex and James went through to open and operate the successful Cornersmith café in Marrickville, New South Wales, I wish that I can be as brave as them!

To me, Cornersmith café is not just an ordinary café that sells coffee, sandwiches, breakfast and cakes... then ka ching! Definitely not the kind that my son thinks... LOL! It is is a family-run business who believe in ethical food production and getting involved with their local community. Besides operating a café, Cornersmith do their own pickling too and run a range of home food craft workshops to impart the art of preserving food at home.

Sad to say that I have never been to Cornersmith café before but reading their book has been given a great vision of their honest and friendly café and I have become more inspired to make homemade jams and fruits compote at home.

strawberry rhubarb rose jam cornersmith
Strawberry Rhubarb Rose Jam (Cornersmith café recipe)