Thursday, June 23, 2016

Basic Buckwheat Crepes and Pancakes - Gluten Free with a nice QQ texture

My family and I are not allergy or sensitive to gluten but we don't mind eating these gluten free crepes and pancakes that are made with buckwheat flour all because of their QQ texture.

QQ Buckwheat crepes and pancakes???

Why use buckwheat flour if you can use all purpose flour to cook crepes?

According to Wikipedia, buckwheat is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds. Despite its name, buckwheat is NOT related to wheat and is also often mistaken as a cereal grain. Instead, buckwheat is related to rhubarb and sorrel.

So this means that food that is made with buckwheat (with no wheat) is gluten-free!!! Absolutely!!! For people who are not allergy or sensitive to gluten like me, it is nice to know that buckwheat flour is also a healthy ingredient to use for cooking as it is high in fibre and protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and has yummy nutty flavour.

So what is the QQ?

"QQ" in Chinese term means chewy food with bouncy texture. I reckon the use of buckwheat flour has made crepes and pancakes a little different from those that are made with wheat flour (aka all purpose or plain flour). Different because they are extra QQ with nice nutty earthy flavours to enjoy! Yummie....

Here, I like to recommend two very good basic buckwheat recipes that I have tried, enjoyed and adored.

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Basic QQ Buckwheat Crepes

Monday, June 20, 2016

Coconut Prawns with Sweet Chill and Ginger Dipping Sauce

When I first saw the book, In the Kitchen by Simmone Logue, I was in love with Simmone's serene and therapeutic way of creating her food. Her rustic and country style of cooking is so beautiful and I can see that all her food so rich in styles and flavours. In simple, everything looks so GOOD!!!

Yeah... everything looks so good in this book that I can't even decide what to cook. Hence, the indecisive me was asking my husband and son to pick the recipes that they want me to cook.

After hearing some rustling sounds like the book has been flipped for a couple of pages, I heard a firm and loud "I want this!!!"

"I love these! We always have coconut prawns with beers for our Friday pub." said my husband with a keen and celebrating face.

Prawns!!! I was mortified for a while when I heard the word, PRAWNS!!!  Remember I said before that I'm allergy to prawns and was having some drama cooking prawns tempura at here. Fortunately for this time, I have manged to overcome my prawn problem by buying myself a box of disposable food handling gloves. Silly me!!! Why didn't I think of this idea earlier???

Yes! I made it and managed to cook these fabulous coconut prawns accompanied with 100% homemade sweet chill and ginger dipping sauce. Although I can't taste of these prawns, I can judge by looking at my husband's and son's satisfying faces and clearly, I can see that they taste awesome!

coconut prawns sweet chill ginger dipping sauce
Coconut Prawns with Sweet Chill and Ginger Dipping Sauce

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Milky Butter Salted Egg Yolk Sauce - Yummy with Fried Chicken and Popcorn

I can't deny...

Everything tastes so good with salted egg yolks lately!

Gosh! Can you imagine a health freak like me is loving all sorts of food with salted egg yolks? According to Michelin Guide Singapore, most typical salted duck egg yolks contain twice the cholesterol levels in most typical fresh chicken egg yolks. However, weight-for-weight wise, salted eggs contain more protein, fat, calcium and potassium than fresh duck eggs, but have lower iron and vitamins. Knowing the food facts well, I won't mind indulge in salted egg food but of course, I like to do it moderately.

Here, I have an extremely easy and good recipe to share... It is a simple recipe that makes a really nice creamy salted yolk sauce!

Why is this sauce so special? It is different from most typically salted yolk savoury sauce that we eat with prawns, crabs, chicken or fish which are made by cooking salted egg yolk crumbs with butter until they are nutty in texture. To mask the "yolky" taste and also create a better taste and texture, some salted egg yolk sauces are seasoned with curry powder, curry leaves, fresh chilies or chilli powder and some are cooked with cream and milk.

This creamy butter salted egg yolk sauce that I have cooked is different... because I have found an interesting technique to cook my sauce. Plus my special seasoning ingredient is actually milk powder!!!??? Yeah... No curry, chillies and cream!!! Just milk and milk powder!!!

Sweet, salty, creamy, milky... It is so GOOOOOOOD to eat with crispy crumbled fried chicken!!!

easy butter salted duck egg yolk sauce fried chicken
Milky Butter Salted Egg Yolk Sauce - So yummy with fried chicken!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Strawberry Orange Frangipane - A Cake that is Easy to bake, Super Moist, Fat Reduced and Nutritionally Balanced

Whether you are health conscious or even a health freak or not, I'm sure everyone has a soft spot for some unhealthy food somehow. Unhealthy food? Food that are high in salt, sugar, fat and empty calories... like chips, crackers, cakes, puddings, desserts, chocolate and cookies... Food with BAD preservatives and artificial colourings and additives like bacons, hot dogs, ham, sausages, lollies and fizzy drinks...


Whenever I stop my son from eating any so-called unhealthy food, he will show me a sad face with his droopy bottom lip.

"...but Mum, these are too yummy." Then followed by a series of comments like... "You are too boring." "I want to eat because I'm so hungry." "You can't stop me because you like them too!" etc etc etc... I guess this is our human nature. Can't deny the fact that we will give any kind of excuses to eat the food that we want to eat. Hmmm...

To satisfy our craving for comforting food, I'm constantly looking for recipes that can create food with a different perspective. Recipes that use fresh and healthy ingredients to transform the so-called unhealthy food into nutritionally balanced treats that we would desire!

Thanks to this book, Quick. Easy. Healthy. Good Food Every Day by Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis, I have found one recipe that is really GOOD! Good because it can bake this strawberry orange frangipane cake that is easy to bake, super moist and tasty to eat and nutritionally balanced for our health.

strawberry orange frangipane
Strawberry Orange Frangipane