Showing posts with label Appetizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Appetizers. Show all posts

Enticing Edible Flower Pot Salad with Abalone ( 鲍鱼花盆沙拉 )

enticing edible flower pot salad with abalone recipe
Are these potted plants really edible? Foodies, are you in the mood for an invigorating appetizer with a difference?

Tasting as good as they look are these Enticing Edible Flower Pot Salad with Abalone Appetizers ( 鲍鱼花盆沙拉 ). These show-stoppers are pleasing to your palate, and they are packed with abundance of nutrients such as the healthy Pea Sprouts and Baby Oyster Mushrooms.

chinese new year skylight australia abalone recipe
Hidden underneath the potted plants reveal succulent cubes of Skylight Australia Superior Abalone ( 天亮牌澳洲上等鲍鱼 ), sitting on a bed of green apples and egg mayo combo with a hint of Wasabi for an added punch. Mix them all up for a delicious healthy treat this Chinese New Year!
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Christmas Prawn Cocktail Salsa with Caviar Recipe

christmas recipes chilled prawn tomato salsa with caviar
Foodies, be tantalized by the simple flavours in these Zesty Christmas Starters! Beautifully presented and topped with Caviar, these Chilled Succulent Prawn in Tomato Salsa Appetizers make great treats for your family and guests.

luxury haven lifestyle blog christmas lunch
These pretty salsa were part of our 5-Course Christmas Menu last year where two of my ex-colleagues came over for lunch. What we had:
  • Mango and Mint Soda
  • Prawn Cocktail Salsa with Caviar
  • Seafood Soup with Garlic Bread - Crayfish, Mussels, Clams, Fish
  • Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Baby Spinach and Honey Baked Ham
  • Mango Pudding with Strawberry Rose
  • Hazelnut Log Cake with Flower Tea
christmas tomato hearts shrimp salsa recipe
With Christmas just weeks away, don’t you think it is a wonderful way to celebrate with these highly-prized gourmet Black Pearls? Not a good cook? Don’t worry, these are so easy to make; even your kids can do it! Let’s get going!
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Parma Ham Avocado Salad with White Truffle Honey Recipe

parma ham avocado salad white truffle honey recipe
Prosciutto di Parma Ham is widely used in Italian restaurants but sadly, these delicious Italian dry-cured ham are clearly under used in Asian homes.

The wafer-thin salted ham is often served as an Antipasto, Pizza topping, wrapped around Grissini, or you can even use it to wrap your meat. There are so many ways to prepare Prosciutto.

miele al tartufo bianco honey with white truffle
Knowing I am a huge fan of Truffles, my girlfriend bought me two bottles of Miele al Tartufo Bianco from London some time back. You may think it is weird to pair salad with honey, but the Parma Ham Avocado Salad with White Truffle Honey is so fragrant, and truly out of this world! So home cooks, try this healthy dish if you are tight on time cause it is so easy to make!
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Crispy Thai Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce ( 香脆泰式虾饼 )

crispy thai prawn cakes sweet chilli sauce recipe
One of our favourite dishes in Thai restaurants are these popular Thai Prawn Cakes. They make a great appetizer, and definitely a crowd pleaser. Paired with a sweet chilli sauce, these make great finger food too!

succulent thai prawn cakes recipe
Crunchy on the outside, and juicy inside, these Crispy Thai Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce ( 香脆泰式虾饼 ) are not difficult to make at all. Using Panko, a Japanese-style breadcrumb for coating deep-fried food such as Tonkatsu, the result is a light and succulent patty.

thai sweet chilli sauce prawn cakes
I was in the mood for Thai food, so I made these Thai-Style Prawn Patties to go with our meal, and it was delicious with the sweet chilli sauce! Check out our enticing recipe!
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CNY Calmex Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 )

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Also known as Spring Festival ( 春节 ) in China, the Chinese New Year ( 农历新年 ) is the most important traditional festival celebrated by all Chinese across the world, lasting for 15 days.

Today marks the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. It is known as Yuán Xiāo Jié ( 元宵節 ) or the Lantern Festival. Families gather together on this day to eat traditional sweet dumplings called Tāngyuán ( 汤圆 ), made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with fillings such as red bean, peanuts etc, symbolizing reunion.

CNY is a time for families to be together. During this 15-day period, dishes with lucky symbolic meanings such as Fish ( 鱼 ), which means Surplus ( 余 ) in Mandarin, are well-celebrated. Gourmet food like Abalone ( 鲍鱼 ) is considered a luxury item in traditional Chinese cuisine and is commonly served in China’s state banquets.

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Being a huge fan of Abalone, this gem is never lacking in my menu on special occasions. During one of my family’s visits to my mom’s place, I made this CNY Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 ), using her favourite brand of Calmex Mexican Abalone ( 车轮牌墨西哥鲍鱼 ). This recipe will show you how to make a luxurious take-out dish.

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Fruity Inari Sushi Egg Mayo with Caviar Recipe ( リラックマいなり寿司 )

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It is time again to make these party-friendly Inari Sushi ( いなり寿司 ), which make great gifts for friends. Generally, Inari Sushi are Japanese rice filled in ready-made sweet tofu pockets. Since I do not fancy sushi much, I have made my Inari Sushi using egg mayo as the base, and adding my preferred ingredients according to my mood.

facebook inari sushi tofu pockets recipe
These were going out to three different parties. For this batch, I have made one set with Edamame and Crab Sticks, topping them with Rilakkuma ( リラックマ ) Fish Cakes, and another with Tuna and Pear.

chinese new year potluck recipe inari zushi
These character fish cakes are so adorable, and they are great for food presentation. So kawaii!

cny fruity inari sushi egg mayo with caviar
For that festive cheer, turn them into a gourmet food by adding a touch of Caviar and throw in some chocolate gold coins! Let’s check out the recipe for my Fruity Inari Sushi Egg Mayo with Caviar Recipe (リラックマいなり寿司 )!
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CNY Multi-Coloured Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ( 鸿运当头七彩鱼生 )

cny multi coloured smoked salmon yu sheng recipe
It is time once again for the annual CNY Prosperity Toss aka Lo Hei ( 捞起 )! I have always been very impressed with the restaurant staff for their ability to shout out the auspicious phrases while preparing for the diners’ Lo Hei session.

colourful chinese new year rainbow salad recipe
Do you know what the different ingredients mean? Well, every single ingredient plays an important role in this Chinese Auspicious Salad and I have listed them all in this post. This year, I am determined to practise these useful phrases for my coming prosperity toss session with my family and you should too.

For the non-Chinese, diners are supposed to pour the respective ingredients while shouting the auspicious phrases before commencing the prosperity tossing game and lastly, yelling “ Huat Ah! ” ~ an expression to get rich and lucky.

creative chinese new year salmon yu sheng recipe
I love making the Yu Sheng Salads cause those served outside are extremely sweet and not to my liking. Last reunion, I came up with another creation using my Doll Dress Jelly Mould which was just collecting dust in my kitchen cabinet. The result was another satisfying work. Don’t you think the CNY Multi-Coloured Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ( 鸿运当头七彩鱼生 ) is so vibrant and pretty?

Let’s get to work, and also find out the meaning of these Yu Sheng ingredients!
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Delicious Prawn and Spinach Filo Cups with Foie Gras Recipe

prawn spinach filo cups with foie gras
Light, crispy and stuffed with yummy fillings, don’t you just love munching on these delicious Filo Pastries?

philadelphia cheese spinach filo tarts recipe
These are probably some of the easiest treats to make; the only hard work involved is layering the filo sheets which can be a pain. You just need patience, but I can assure you it is definitely worth the effort.
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3 Quick Homemade Snacks with a Mexican Theme this Christmas!

christmas homemade mexican food recipes
Whether you’re dining alone on the sofa, with a partner over a candlelit dinner or hosting a whole group of friends round for snacks and drinks, Mexican food is a delicious and fragrant way to treat your palette. From the basic dip and chip combination to a filling and scrumptious burrito bowl recipe, here are three recipe overviews to get you started in the world of salsa, rice and beans. Nothing complex, nothing too spicy, but all authentically homemade and all absolutely delicious and on par with any gourmet Mexican restaurant.
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Creamy Spinach in Camelina Oil with Crispy Baits on Toast

creamy spinach camelina oil white baits on toast
In the mood for a zesty toast with a difference? Try this Creamy Spinach in Camelina Oil with Crispy Baits on Toast! Loaded with tons of nutrients and antioxidants coming from the Spinach and Camelina Oil, this healthy and inviting fusion appetizer is set to please even the most finicky foodie.

labo camelina oil spinach baguette
With flavors accented by a slightly nutty note arising from the gourmet #CamelinaOil and a creamy sauce enlivened by a touch of lemon zest, this healthy bite is a great way to start the day and it is so simple that anyone can make!

christmas party food camelina oil daiso sushi tray
Add on Crispy White Baits for an added punch especially if your kids dislike veggies! Substitute with Silver Fish if you can’t find white baits. Be one of the winners to walk away with bottles of LABO Camelina Oil Worth $49.80/Set now and get cooking!
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Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Caviar on Avocado Salad

typhoon tasting platter scallops appetizer
It’s healthy, it’s appetizing, and it’s bursting with flavours with each bite into the Scallop and Caviar combination! Infused with the nutty flavour from Camelina Oil, the Seafood Appetizer and Avocado Salad make a perfect marriage that keeps the palates clamouring for more. Not only you can cook with the all-purpose gourmet oil, it makes great dressing for your salad too!

hokkaido scallops on wooden sushi tray
Daiso Wooden Sushi Tray
Send your spoon to the bottom of the appetizer and dig into the Creamy Camelina Oil Salad comprising of Avocado and Tomato cubes in mayonnaise.

lifestream labo all purpose camelina oil recipe
Do you know that one bottle of 500ml Labo Camelina Oil contains more Omega-3 content than 580 softgels of Fish Oil Supplement, and one tablespoon is sufficient to meet your daily Omega-3 requirement?

lifestream labo healthy gourmet camelina oil recipe
Typhoon Tasting Platter Food
A simple drizzle of the 100% pure Camelina Oil not only works wonders to sharpen every distinguished flavour, but it also gives you Omega-9 and plant sterols, making it the healthiest culinary oil available in the market. Shall we put on our apron now and start making the Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Caviar on Avocado Salad? Don’t go yet, cause we are rewarding 2 of our followers with bottles of LABO Camelina Oil!
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Healthy Mini Chicken Burgers, Perfect Party Appetizers

labo camelina oil high smoke point hamburger recipe
As much as I enjoy eating hamburgers occasionally, I am not much of a fan of buns. Frankly, I only like the meat patties sandwiched between the buns so I was in high spirits when Mos Burger launched their Natsumi Burgers many years ago. If you have not tried Natsumi Burgers, they are basically meat patties sandwiched between lettuce, made for customers like me.

lifestream labo camelina oil review hamburger recipe
Recently, I have discovered a Superfood - the Camelina Oil, a healthier oil with high smoke point which is a good substitute for my Olive Oil. Extracted from the Camelina Sativa plant, Camelina Oil is suitable for all types of cooking which means that I only need to have one type of cooking oil in my kitchen.

party recipes cute mini chicken burgers
Using the LABO Camelina Oil, I came up with 3 appetizer recipes like these Healthy Mini Chicken Burgers that make great party food. The juicy mini burgers envelope a medley of colourful capsicums ( bell peppers ) and vegetables, namely tomatoes and green coral lettuce, slathered in a tangy Wholegrain Mustard dressing. Excite your palate with these cute appetizers, perfect for ladies and kids!

healthy homemade juicy hamburgers with bell peppers
My family loves these bite-size finger food! Searing in the flavourful juices with Camelina Oil while charring the outside, now you can enjoy guilt-free homemade fast food. Check out how you can buy this gourmet oil at the end of the post, with a discount of course!
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LABO Camelina Oil Superfood with High Smoke Point + 15% Disc!

singapore lifestyle blogger reviews lifestream labo camelina oil
According to the Singapore Heart Foundation, Cancer, Coronary heart diseases and Diabetes are some of the top killer diseases in Singapore. Every day, 16 people die from cardiovascular disease ( heart diseases and stroke ) in Singapore. Hence, it is never too late to start adopting heart-healthy habits such as choosing the right kind of cooking oil like those containing Vitamin E, an antioxidant, so as to reduce your risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.

lifeststream labo camelina oil comparison chart
Personally, I believe in the importance of cooking with good oil. After learning of its heart-healthy effects, I have since switched to using Olive Oil in all my cooking, except for deep-frying on rare occasions. No doubt prices are dearer, but health is more important.

best cooking oil comparison chart
Just when I thought I am using the best gourmet oil, I have found an even better culinary oil - the LABO Camelina Oil ( 樂保亚麻荠籽油 ) with a high smoke point of 245°C, suitable for all types of cooking from Salad to Deep-Frying and Baking. This is great since most Asian cooking methods use high heat, so it is a perfect substitute for Olive oil which has a low smoke point .

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Retailing at all Unity Pharmacies and online at Lifestream, find out why you will love this healthy culinary oil, plus followers of Luxury Haven will get to buy this Superfood at 15% off!
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Healthy Abalone Salad with Avocado Dressing ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鳄梨酱 )

abalone salad baby spinach party recipe
Have a can of Abalone but no idea what to do with it? Moon Festival is just next week! How about adding the delicacy to your greens and make it an epicurean salad, and having Mooncakes as desserts to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival ( 中秋节 ) with family and friends?

cold storage hussey mesclun salad baby spinach recipe
Combining a mix of Sunflower Seeds, Mesclun Salad and Baby Spinach, tossing with Taylor’s Avocado and Garlic Dressing, and lastly topping up with slices of Abalone, don’t you think this simple dish is too good to pass?

new moon australian abalone recipe
I am using the New Moon Australian Abalone ( 人月澳洲鲍鱼 ) in this recipe, which gives you 1 whole abalone and ¼ piece. Please do not discard the brine. Instead, store in a container and use it for your next cooking session.

taylors avocado dressing recipes abalone salad
Let’s assemble the Healthy Abalone Salad with Avocado Dressing ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鳄梨酱 ) together!
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Refreshing Iced Bitter Gourd with Honey Recipe ( 冰鎮苦瓜 )

paradise group bitter gourd on ice appetizer recipe
Inpsired by Putien Restaurant’s ( 莆田 ) Iced Bitter Gourd ( 冰鎮苦瓜 ), I tried making one recently when I was thinking of what appetizer to serve my guest for our 6-Course Chinese Dinner.

refreshing iced bitter gourd honey appetizer
Using raw bitter gourd aka bitter melon, this is an extremely healthy and easy recipe that anyone can prepare. Served together with Honey ( 蜜糖 ), the Bitter Gourd on Ice ( 冰鎮苦瓜 ) is a tasty and awfully refreshing starter for any occasion. Let’s check out the recipe!
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Tuna Recipes Round-Up, A Yummy Treat For All! ( 8种金枪鱼的做法 )

cute kids friendly healthy ayam brand tuna recipes
Hey foodies, are you also a fan of Tuna? Do you know that Tuna has a list of amazing health benefits especially for our heart?

Tuna fish has very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that help in reducing coronary heart disease. Besides, canned tuna is very economical and packed with protein.

stuffed jalapeno snacks with philadelphia cheese tuna
Well, one of our favourite tuna recipes is definitely the Sweet Mini Peppers stuffed with Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Olive Oil and we kept making more! Check out these friendly Tuna Recipes Round-Up and start making them for your family and friends!
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Daiso Shrimps Ahijo with Mushrooms Recipe ( ダイソーオーマイアヒージョの素 )

daiso oh my ahijo garlic oil recipe
I like cooking with garlic, and Japanese Ahijo is certainly one of my favourite food. Ahijo ( アヒージョ ) is a dish cooked in garlic oil; also known as Ajillo in Spanish. Gambas al Ajillo ( Garlic Shrimp ) is an extremely popular Spanish dish, and the Japanese version is known as Shrimp Ahijo.

daiso oh my ahijo grilled pork garlic sauce
One of my favourite pastimes is browsing in Daiso; you will never know what you can find in these $2 shops. Recently, I found the Oh My Ahijo ( オーマイ アヒージョの素 ) and the Oh My Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce ( オーマイ 豚肉のにんにく醤油焼き ) in Daiso. The results were rather satisfying, and my family likes the dishes. You may follow the instructions on the package or do it your own way just like me; I have given it a tweak.

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That evening, I made Shrimp Rolls with Wasabi Mayo, Green Dragon Veg with Sakura Ebi, Shrimps and Mushrooms in Garlic Oil, and Japanese Pork Ginger using the Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce from Daiso.

daiso oh my ahijo garlic prawns olive oil
I had added Cherry Tomatoes, Enoki Mushrooms and Champignons into my Shrimps Ahijo, and the dish tasted wonderfully fragrant. Let’s cook this Delicious Shrimps and Mushrooms in Garlic Oil!
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Calmex Abalone From Mexico, How To Tell It’s Not Counterfeit

ocean garden products calmex abalone salad recipe
Calmex Mexican Abalone ( 墨西哥车轮牌鲍鱼 ) by Ocean Garden Products seems to be one of the world’s finest quality abalones. Apparently, the Calmex abalone is canned with only the best wild abalone from Mexico and quantity is limited, hence the hefty price tag.  But can you tell the real stuff from the fake? Read on.........

chinese new year calmex abalone salad recipe
Old folks like my mum swear by the famous Calmex brand. I recalled her paying around SGD 80 ( SGD 100 approx USD 70 ) for their canned abalone donkey years ago, then the price went up to about SGD 130 in 2011. We stopped buying it completely when the price escalated to SGD 180 in 2012! We thought it was crazy, but I was very blessed that year. My BFF Jacqueline, who also swears by the brand of Mexican abalone, bought 2 cans of Calmex for me when I invited her and her hubby over for dinner then. Lucky me!

ocean garden products calmex abalone from mexico recipe
Prices of abalone dropped in recent years, and it has become very affordable especially with the Australian and New Zealand ones. The latest pricing for Calmex abalone is approximately SGD 146. Not sure why the sudden fever, but I had received a total of 10 cans of Calmex to date on my last birthday and this Chinese New Year from friends and ex-colleagues! I just have awesome friends, don’t I?

salanova red green lettuce italian salad recipe
Frankly, hubby and I haven’t had Calmex abalone since 5 years ago. We just couldn’t afford it anymore after it went up to SGD 180; I had also stopped monitoring the prices since then. Well, I guess the best way to rekindle with my first love was to do a salad dish, with just a light dressing to get the best out of the precious shellfish.
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