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Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

Strawberry and Celery Smoothie with Chia Seeds, So Full of Goodness!

celery strawberry smoothie with chia seeds recipe
Are you into Juicing? For those who do not like eating fresh fruits and vegetables, juicing is a great alternative to boost your immune system and at the same time aid removing toxins from your body.

Although juicing can help your body absorb the nutrients better, beware of that additional sugar as these extra calories can lead to weight gain.

Well, here is a fibre-rich, no-sugar-added Smoothie that is so full of goodness! The downside with juicing is that you don't get the healthy fibre that is in whole fruits and vegetables. Hence, I prefer to blend my fruits and vegetables to make smoothies instead. This way, I can retain the goodness of the fibre needed in a healthy diet and besides, fibre can help me feel full.

Using Magnolia Milk with Oats for a fuller stomach, and adding the Superfood Chia Seeds which is known to lower cholesterol levels, let’s check out how to make this Delicious Strawberry and Celery Smoothie!
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Hearty Whole Tomato Rice with Minced Pork Recipe ( 番茄饭食谱 )

how to cook whole tomato rice with broccoli
I once watched a TV program featuring the popular Whole Tomato Rice ( 番茄饭 ), and it looked relatively easy to make. All you need is a Rice Cooker, and this healthy rice is up in less than 30 minutes! This makes a great one-pot meal be it lunch or dinner.

Instead of the plain Whole Tomato Rice which can be quite boring, I tweaked the recipe a little. I added Broccoli, Garlic and Minced Pork, and marinated my meat with the Fuying Japanese Style Olive Vegetables with Mushrooms ( 富瀛日式冬菇橄榄菜 ). If you don’t take pork, simply replace it with your preferred type of meat.

tomato rice japanese style olive vegetables recipe
Topped with Crispy Anchovies and served with a bowl of piping hot soup, your Whole Tomato Rice with Broccoli is packed with all the nutrients you need for a meal!

This is a scheduled post as I am currently in Australia on a Media Trip with my hubby. Follow my trails in Facebook or Instagram! For now, let’s check out how easy this rice cooker dish is! Oh, and don’t forget to participate in our Giveaway at the end of this post!
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Hockhua CNY Abalone Winter Melon Ring Video by Share Food

share food hock hua abalone winter melon recipe
Ring in the festive cheer and indulge in a epicurean feast with your loved ones this Chinese New Year! Treat your family and friends with this Abundance Abalone Winter Melon Ring, filled with premium ingredients such as Dried Scallops, Goji Berries and Japanese Enoki Mushrooms.

Simmered to perfection in a rich and addictive Australian Abalone sauce, check out our latest cooking video tutorial that will surely leave you drooling for more!
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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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CNY Braised Pumpkin Soup with Fish Maw and Scallops (红烧南瓜鱼鳔羹)

braised pumpkin soup with fish maw hokkaido scallops
The Lunar New Year is just weeks away, are you ready to whip up a feast? I have fallen in love with Pumpkin these recent years, and have been trying to include this nutritious vegetable ( technically a fruit ) in my cooking. Loaded with blood pressure-regulating minerals potassium and magnesium as well as iron, this delicious starchy soup packs a punch with robust flavours from the pumpkin.

Simmered in a claypot, this Braised Pumpkin Soup with Fish Maw and Hokkaido Scallops ( 红烧南瓜鱼鳔羹 ) is certainly a delight with every spoonful of delicious seafood pleasing the palate with an explosion of flavour. Make this mouth-watering dish your Chinese New Year must-have booster!
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Japanese Cucumber Appetizers with Foie Gras and Caviar Recipe

japanese cucumber appetizers with foie gras caviar recipe
Low in calories with high water content, Cucumbers have amazing health benefits. Known as Kyuri ( きゅうり ) in Japanese, these green vegetables provide excellent hydration to our body.

christmas appetizers with golden goose liver foie gras
Best eaten raw as part of salad or garnish, the Japanese Cucumber is sweeter and slimmer with smaller seeds and thinner skin. Last Christmas, I made these Delightful Japanese Cucumber Appetizers with Foie Gras and Caviar decorated with Rosemary Herbs as part of our festive meal, turning these economical veggies into a high-class gourmet starter.

As easy as ABC, anyone can assemble these cool appetizers without much effort so let’s check out the fuss-free recipe!
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Christmas Prawns and Spinach Filo Rolls in Philadelphia Cheese

philadelphia cheese christmas prawns and spinach phyllo rolls
The anticipation heightens as you sink your teeth into these Crispy Filo Roll-Ups, filled with succulent Prawns and healthy greens in Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Filo, Fillo or Phyllo, these Rolls or Pastries are made by layering many sheets of Filo brushed with butter and then baked. These yummy treats are great for dinner parties. Filo Pastry Sheets, available in supermarkets, are wonderful alternatives as working with filo from scratch takes up a lot of time, which requires patience and skills to roll into thin sheets.

I found the Fillo Factory Whole Wheat Fillo Dough in Cold Storage, and it was on sale. I quickly grabbed a box and went home to experiment with it. While I have tried many filo pastries, it was a first for me with this Whole Wheat Fillo Dough.

philadelphia cream cheese christmas spinach phyllo rolls
Wrapped with cheesy delicious fillings, these Prawns and Spinach Filo Pastries with Rocket Salad make a delicious Christmas treat! So work those muscles out! Have fun stacking those tissue-thin sheets layer by layer and fill them up with your favourite ingredients! I guarantee it’s worth the effort!
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Sparkling Mango Mint Soda, Perfect Christmas Party Spritzer

christmas bubbly fruit infused spritzer recipe
Craving for a non-alcoholic bubbly? Check out this Sparkling Mango Mint Soda, a crowd-pleaser in any occasion!

heart shaped stirrer non alcoholic bubbly mango spritzer
I first tried this drink at PS Café in Palais. The soda was so uplifting and tasty that I decided to experiment with it. Infused with lime, mint leaves, and zesty mango bites, this refreshing spritzer makes a wonderful Christmas thirst quencher! For the party-goers who love their drinks stronger, simply add a hint of white wine and let your hair down!
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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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Fruity Christmas Mini Cakes Recipe with Edible Toppers

fruity christmas mini cakes recipe edible cake topper
As adorable as they look, these delicious Christmas goodies make great gifts. Using F&N Fruit Tree Fresh Cranberry, Pomegranate and Apple 100% Mixed Juice, coupled with Pandan Leaves instead of food colouring, these cheery red and green desserts will put anyone in the Christmassy mood.

phoon huat baking goods redman shortening lotus paste
I made these cute yummy treats last year after my friends were calling for more of my Snowskin Mooncakes. So I bought extra White Lotus Paste since it has long expiry date, and kept refrigerated until it was time for me to play with again.

beautiful christmas plastic cake toppers
When the festive holiday finally arrived, I tweaked my Snowskin Mooncakes recipe. Off I went to Phoon Huat baking store and bought some nice decorative cake toppings, and out came another interesting product - Fruity Christmas Mini Cakes with Edible Toppers! Are you ready to play in the kitchen?
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Brown Rice with Fried Dace and Edamame Recipe ( 美味豆豉鯪魚糙米饭 )

healthy brown rice with dace fish edamame recipe
Since I hit the 50s, I have been exploring more into healthy eating. I have heard a lot about the goodness of Brown Rice ( 糙米 ), and have been thinking how to make it tasty so that my family can accept the taste.

Brown Rice is a highly nutritious food, and according to Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health ( HSPH ), the fiber in brown rice helps lower cholesterol, moves waste through the digestive tract, promotes fullness, and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.

Gotta admit it is an acquired taste and honestly, I have not tried any appetizing brown rice until I visited Crystal Jade recently. It was brilliant of them to add the popular canned Fried Dace Fish into the rice, and I was determined to replicate their yummy dish. The moment I told my son I would be cooking brown rice for dinner one day, the first response I got was, “Yucks!” Well, I can truly connect cause I have never liked eating brown rice either, but this has changed since my last visit to the Chinese restaurant.

mili dace fish recipe black beans with edamame
In this recipe, I am using the Natural Harvest Fresh Rice Organic Thai Mixed Fragrant Brown Rice ( 新鲜米有机香糙米 ), and Mili Fried Dace Fish with Salted Black Beans ( 豆豉鯪魚 ). I also did a bit of tweak to the original dish that was served in the restaurant by adding Edamame ( 日本枝豆 ), a popular Japanese young soy bean snack which is low in calories, contains no cholesterol, and an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium.

hairy gourd soup with dried conch slices recipe
I am happy to have introduced the one-pot dish to my family, and changed their perspective of the yucky food. I have paired my healthy brown rice with a Delicious Hairy Gourd Soup with Dried Conch Slices ( 節瓜响螺片汤 ).

chinese food healthy organic brown rice recipe
Both hubby and son took an immediate liking to the Brown Rice with Fried Dace and Edamame ( 美味豆豉鯪魚糙米饭 ) that I had prepared, and I am so glad that they even emptied the entire pot! I hope you will like this recipe as much as we do, so let’s get cooking!
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Fragrant Thai Lemongrass Soup with Fish ( 美味泰式香茅鱼汤 )

fragrant thai lemongrass soup with fish recipe
Lemongrass ( 香茅 ) is certainly one of my favourite herbs due to its scent and the many medicinal benefits. I burn lemongrass essential oil for relaxation, I use lemongrass oil for my massage, and I also like adding the herb to make Lemongrass Tea and soups like this Fragrant Thai Lemongrass Soup with Fish ( 美味泰式香茅鱼汤 ).

sour thai lemongrass fish soup with oyster mushrooms
This is a relatively easy recipe where you will get nice tender fish fillet with a sourish tang. Simply adjust the dish according to your taste and the seafood you have on hand. The recipe is also great for those who can't take the spicy Tom Yum Soup, so this dish is a wonderful alternative. Come, let’s try cooking this refreshing soup!
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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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Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes with Chocolates ( 巧克力冰皮月饼 )

adorable hello kitty snowskin mooncakes with chocolate truffles
Uncover delicious Chocolate Truffles within these decadent Adorable Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes! When my “partner-in-crime” bought the Hello Kitty Mooncake Mould for me, I couldn’t resist but to start my 1st mooncake-making project last year.

Crazy ideas formed, and the two of us came up with all sorts of flavours and made about 250 Snowskin Mooncakes in just 2 days! We used tea like Matcha and Earl Grey, liqueurs such as Baileys and Grand Marnier, and also Fresh Fruits for the colours instead of food colourings. The response we got was overwhelming!

ikitchen less sugar black sesame lotus paste mooncake
Over at Phoon Huat baking shop, we bought different types of mooncake pastes like Black Sesame ( 黑芝麻 ), White Lotus ( 白莲 ), Green Tea ( 绿茶 ), Dragon Fruit ( 火龍果 ) etc. Coincidentally, I received some premium chocolate truffles so I suggested using them for our Snowskin Mooncakes.

The outcome was so cute, but I only had handful of these Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes with Chocolates ( 巧克力冰皮月饼 ). So I gave my mooncake-making partner 3, kept 1 to make a special mooncake for my hubby, 1 for my prince, and gave away the rest by slotting the gemstone into some of the mooncakes that were going out to my good friends.

cute hello kitty snowskin mooncakes chocolate truffles recipe
Do you have chocolate truffles at home too? Shall we try making these Assorted Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes with Chocolate Truffles ( 巧克力冰皮月饼 )?
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Fresh Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Sweet Corn Paste ( 香橙玉米冰皮月饼 )

mid autumn festival snowskin mooncakes black sesame paste
Using Fresh Fruits, these Snowskin Mooncakes had my foodie friends went gaga last year during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They are in love with the Fu Lu Shou ( 福祿壽 ) mooncakes, representing the three gods of Prosperity ( Fu ), Status ( Lu ), and Longevity ( Shou )!

mid autumn festival assorted snowskin mooncakes recipe
The Sweet Corn Lotus Paste from Phoon Huat ( 奋发 ) was quite nice actually. The level of sweetness was acceptable since we picked the less sugar paste as I don’t really have a sweet tooth. Paired with the Orange Snowskin, the combination delivered a flavourful bite without being too overpowering. Come, let’s put on our gloves and start making these Yummy Fresh Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Sweet Corn Lotus Paste ( 香橙玉米冰皮月饼 )!

luxury haven snowskin mooncake making class
Top to Bottom ( L-R ): Grand Marnier Snowskin Mooncake with Dragon Fruit Paste ( 柑曼怡冰皮月饼 ), Fresh Strawberry Snowskin Mooncake with White Lotus Paste ( 草莓白莲蓉冰皮月饼 ),
Fresh Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Dragon Fruit Paste ( 鲜橙火龙果冰皮月饼 ), Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Lotus Paste ( 百利酒冰皮月饼 )
Well, you probably have seen all the positive feedback on our Strawberry Snowskin Mooncakes. Here's another one on which flavours this foodie likes..........
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Strawberry Snowskin Mooncake Recipe Using Fresh Fruits ( 水果冰皮月饼 )

mid autumn festival fresh fruits snowskin mooncakes
It is the season for Mooncakes once again, and I have received request to post my recipes early so that they have more time to prepare, so here you go! For those health conscious and do not like artificial food colouring, I am sure you will love this Strawberry Snowskin Mooncake Recipe Using Fresh Fruits ( 水果冰皮月饼 ).

fresh strawberry snowskin mooncake with lotus paste recipe
I went crazy last year, and made about 100 Snowskin Mooncakes of all kinds of designs and flavours to give away on my first attempt! I only managed to post the Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Paste ( 百利酒冰皮月饼 ) the last time due to time constraint. Well foodies, here’s sharing with you our Strawberry Snowskin Mooncakes with White Lotus Paste ( 草莓白莲蓉冰皮月饼 )!

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Pork Piccata with Ruggeri 36-mth Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

cheesy pork piccata with emborg mushroom sauce recipe
Known as the King of Cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano is often shaved or grated over food, and I love the gritty texture and the strong umami flavour of the gourmet cheese.

You may wonder if there is a difference between Parmigiano Reggiano and Parmesan Cheese. Do you know that Parmigiano Reggiano is actually the real deal, and it can only come from the Parma region in northern Italy? Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a product with the Protected Designation of Origin ( PDO ), so Parmesan is kinda like an imitation. According to the trademark laws in Italy, the cheese cannot be called Parmigiano Reggiano unless it's made in Italy according to a specific recipe.

antica pizzicheria ruggeri 36 mth parmigiano reggiano cheese
A lovely friend, who was back from Italy recently bought me this delectable 36-mth Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese from Ruggeri Antica Pizzicheria. Parmigiano Reggiano is used to generate deep essence in dishes such as soup, pasta and risotto. The older the age, the more intense the flavour, which also means you will get different results with a 24, 36 or a 48-month cheese. A 24-mth-old Parmigiano Reggiano is used in soup and pasta courses, whereas an older cheese like the 36-mth-old can enhance the flavour in main courses such as this Pork Piccata.

italian pork piccata ruggeri parmigiano reggiano cheese
Instead of using a standard sauce to finish my dish, using a Mushroom Cream Sauce allows me to add flavour and texture without making the dish too heavy.

pork piccata ruggeri 36 mth parmigiano reggiano cheese
To have a truly authentic Italian experience, I added Pork Piccata with 36-mth Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and paired with some healthy vegetables, bringing the main course to a scrumptious new level.
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Ginger Flower Buds Remedy for Arthritis ( 姜花治关节炎 )

torch ginger flower remedy anti inflammatory properties arthritis
Used in Malay cuisine, Ginger Flower Bud aka Torch Ginger Flower ( 姜花 ) is part of the ginger family and is high in antioxidants and loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. More importantly, its anti-inflammatory properties can help treat Arthritis ( 关节炎 ).

ginger flower buds for penang assam laska recipe
The remedy was given to me recently by a trusted source mainly to address the issue of Arthritis. When cut, this pretty pink edible flower bud releases an aromatic fragrance and you will love the scent even more when you put it into the water to boil.

As the Chinese saying goes “ 姜越老越辣 “ - literally translating into “ The Older The Ginger, The Spicer It Is “, meaning The Elders Know Better. I have not seen nor heard of this flower but after speaking with my 89-year-old mom, she said it is popularly known as Rojak Flower. The wise old lady went on to explain that the bud is usually sliced thinly to be used in salads such as the traditional Rojak, and it is easily available in Tekka Market.

Thanks to my Malaysian neighbour who uses the flower buds in her cooking, she told me where I could find them near our home. Also called Bunga Kantan in Malaysia, the buds are used to zest up curries or the famous Penang Assam Laksa.
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Carrot Potage with Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks Recipe

carrot potage with prosciutto wrapped breadsticks recipe
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is known to protect our lungs against toxins that are linked to lung cancer. Carrots are also known to promote good eye-sight, but how do you know that these orangey root vegetables are good for your eyesight? Well, have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses? LOL!

creamy carrot soup with parma ham wrapped grissini
This homemade hearty Carrot Potage simmered in a chicken stock is sweet, creamy and extremely nutritious. Turn this comfort soup into a classy dish by pairing it with Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks. You will find Grissinis aka Breadsticks in almost every restaurant in Italy, and they make great appetizers especially with the Italian dry-cured ham.
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Stuffed Chicken Breast with Parma Ham in Just Few Easy Steps!

feta cheese stuffed chicken breast with parma ham
These delicious Chicken Rolls with Feta Cheese are wrapped in Parma Ham and pan-fried till fragrant. Best part, they only require minimal ingredients, and are ready in just few easy steps.

feta cheese recipes wrapped chicken fillet parma ham
What you get in this recipe is tender Chicken Breast Fillets stuffed with chunky pieces of delicious Lemnos Feta Cheese.

maille whole grain dijon mustard stuffed chicken recipe
Paired with the Maille Whole Grain Dijon Mustard, these Stuffed Chicken Breast with Parma Ham taste amazing! Let’s get rolling, shall we?
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