Thursday, July 28, 2016

White Chocolate Muffins with Cacao Nibs Crumbs - Easy, Melt and Mix (Donna Hay)

I enjoy learning new things.

And here, I asked myself... What is cacao nibs? I have been seeing them everywhere... in many recipes and in most health food shops and supermarkets like Coles and Woolies. Hence, I did a search at Google for an answer.

According to Serious Eats, cacao nibs are small pieces of fermented, dried, roasted and crushed cacao beans and so they are basically raw chocolate that has not been ground, not mixed with sugar and not moulded into the blocks or bars kind of chocolate that we commonly eat. In another words, cacao nibs are actually chocolate which are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals like magnesium and potassium and can improve your mood but with NO sugar and they are not sweet!!! Now, do you think that cacao nibs are good for you? Hmmm....

Can you imagine... eating chocolate that is not sweet? I don't mind. Do you?

I find nibbling cacao nibs kind of nice and interesting but my son hates it. They can be slightly bitter and yet fragrant with coffee-like flavours, nutty and crunchy.

"I don't like these cacao nibs! They are not sweet and they are not chocolate!!!" My son whinged as I was trying to explain to him the benefits of eating cacao nibs. What should I do to convince my son that cacao nibs are delicious?

Well, my baby step it is to mix cacao nibs with chocolate! Then, use the cacao-chocolate mixture to bake something delicious... like these white chocolate muffins with cacao nibs crumbs. Fingers crossed. I hope that I can convert my son to like cacao nibs.

white chocolate muffins cacao nibs easy melt mix Donna Hay
White Chocolate Muffins with Cacao Nibs Crumbs

Monday, July 25, 2016

Like Tim Hortons Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

We are lucky that we have traveled to many countries...

During our travels, we have learnt and tasted many interesting food... like the famous Ginseng Chicken Soup also known as Samgyetang (삼계탕) at Tosokchon in Seoul, Japdog (Japanese Hot Dog) in Vancouver, many authentic Japanese ramen and sushi in Tokyo, In-and-out Burger in California, clam chowder at Boudin Bakery at San Francisco, many famous Singapore local food like Hainanese chicken rice, fried carrot cake, laksa, nasi lemak, popiah, mee siam and the list can go on and on and on... Gosh! I didn't realise that we are such a glutton! LOL!

Thinking of all these food that we have ate, I have to say that I can't complain... but at times, we do have our trip-out moments recalling some of these food that we had ate... like wishing that we can be on holidays on everyday!!! Are you the same?

Thankfully, these Tim Hortons like red velvet cookies with cream cheese filling that we ate before in Vancouver is not difficult to recreate... and eating these cookies is making us feeling as happy as we were in Vancover again...

copycat Tim Hortons red velvet cookies cream cheese filling
Copycat Tim Hortons Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Best Chocolate Brownies (Kirsten Tibballs)

If a reputable chocolate cookbook says that this is the BEST chocolate brownie, you know I know that this brownies is going to be real BEST!

Reputable chocolate cookbook? At the back of the book, Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs, George Calombaris, an Australian MasterChef judge said "The queen of all things chocolate has done it again!"

Wow!!! Kirsten is the queen of chocolate... You tell me if you think that this Chocolate book is not reputable enough. Ha!

Then, I wonder... Why is this chocolate brownies recipe the best? Is this best brownies really the best?

After baking it, I know why...

best chocolate brownies Kristen Tibballs
The Best Chocolate Brownies

Monday, July 18, 2016

Homemade Tuna Fish Floss - Surprise! Surprise! It is really easy to make!

Every weekday at about 6pm, my husband arrives home from work and the first thing he always asks is "What's for dinner?".

As usual, I don't bother replying him as I'm like "See it yourself!" LOL!

On this day, the same thing happened...

"What's for dinner?"


Then, it was surprise!

"Did you make these meat floss?" asked my husband with impressed look.

Yup! Since my husband looked impressed with my cooking, I thought I better response... LOL!

"How did you do that?"

My son heard the commotion and came to our dinning table to make more noise. Feeling excited, they grabbed the spoons on our dinning table and each took a big mouthful of the floss.

"Hey... Don't touch the fish floss! They need to be dry!" I exclaimed and walked forward to smack two itchy hands!

"Ok... but is dinner ready?" After tasting the floss, my husband and son said that they are very hungry for dinner and I guess it's an indication saying that floss is nice!

homemade tuna fish floss
This was our dinner.
Homemade tuna fish floss with plain congee