Easy Recipe for Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the largest festivals in a Lunar calendar and Chinese community. As the date of every 15th of August of the Lunar Calender, which means autumn has come. In this year, the mid-autumn festival is 15 September 2016 (Thursday).

On that day, family will reunion and enjoy a dinner earlier and then have the mooncake for the dessert under the Full Moon. The next day of the Mid-autumn festival is a public holiday in Hong Kong.

Mooncake is a very traditional baked cake, made of egg yolks and lotus seed paste. Various ingredients such as nuts and Chinese ham are also available for another variation. Usually it is sweet. I recommend the best way to taste the mooncake is to bake for few minutes (180C ) so the crust is more crispy. Some of mooncake lovers will have mooncakes within that week / month as the mooncakes are only available for sales in mid-autumn festival.

To pair with the mooncake, I am sharing my recipe which is also a dessert of Hong Kong :

Pomelo, Sago and Mango Drink , let’s do it.

POMELO, SAGO AND MANGO DRINK  (for 1 pax)

Ingredients:

Mango :  1 piece (Matured)

Pomelo : 2 slices

Sago  :    2 table spoons

Fresh Milk :  half cup

Coconut Milk :    1-2 table spoons  for seasoning

Coconut Sugar/ Sugar (Optional)

Equipment:

Blender

Method:

Boil sago for 10 minutes until cooked transparently (can keep in the container for serving)

Now we make the mango drink :

(1) Peel mango and cut into small pieces

(2) Put coconut milk, milk

Combine (1) and (2)

Blend together to smooth mixture

Then combine pomelo and sago, with the mango drink to serve. It is a no sugar added drink as Mango already contains sugars for sweetener.

 

Serve it chill is recommended.

Enjoy! Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Easy Recipe – Pain Perdu , good for tea time !

Pain Perdu, meaning a “Lost Bread” from French, is one of recipes from France. This one is easy to cook at home, and less fats than the version from Hong Kong. The one from Hong Kong is deep-fried and with peanut-butter filling between two of the sliced breads, which is deemed as a high calories tea break item in Hong Kong.


So, today I will use one piece of bread for my tea time serving with some fruits and my coffee, hoping that it is less calories… 🙂

Ingredients  (1 pax)

  1. bread of your choice 
  2. 1 egg
  3. 30 ml of fresh milk
  4. cinnamon
  5. salt
  6. butter



Method

  1. beat the egg in a mixing bowl
  2. add a pitch of salt
  3. add a pitch of cinnamon
  4. mix well the mixture
  5. put the mixture on a tray with milk
  6. soak the bread until all mixture is absorbed (cut your desired size in advance)
  7. heat the skillet with butter
  8. pan fried on medium heat and serve with Nutella or toppings of your choice.

Bon appétit!





Easy Recipe – Organic Soya Milk

Soya beans are rich in protein so it is good for vegetarian. Even though I am not a vegetarian, I suggest you to make soya milk at home instead of purchase the packaged one, with less sugar and more nutrients intake.

I picked the organic soya beans here.

 

Organic Soya Milk

Ingredients:

Organic Soya Beans : 250 grams

Sugar : a little (optional)


Equipment:

Blender

Filter bag


Method:

1) Soak soya beans in the water and remove the skins (it takes time to remove)

I recommend to remove all beans for mise en place and keep in the fridge for preparation. 

2) Use a blender to blend the amount of your desire , the pictures shown here is only 3 tablespoons of beans I have made. 

3) After blending, use a filter bag to filter the milk.

4) Boil the soya milk and add sugar if you prefer.

5) Serve it hot or chill !

As soya milk cannot keep long, so it’s good to cook desired portion for consuming.

Let’s try!

Soya Beans – After removal of skins

Boiling

Easy Recipe – Pesto Sauce

Easy recipe to share tonight is homemade pesto sauce !


I have bought a basil for my herbal garden and tonight I hand picked some fresh basil for preparing my pesto sauce for my linguine.


Ingredients: (for 2 pax)

Fresh basil leaves (see photo)

Parmesan cheese (grated)

Pine nuts 30 grams


Seasoning :

50 ml extra virgin olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Salt

Black pepper


Equipment:

Blender with chopping function



Method:

1) wash the fresh basil

2) toast pine nuts (optional)

3) put grated parmesan cheese, basil leaves, and pine nuts with all seasonings

4) blend it all into a mixture


I have blended too much and not added so much olive oil, so the mixture is less fat (actually parmesan is fatty) .


Let’s try!

Homemade Pesto Sauce with Linguine

Housekeeping Tips – Removal of Cup Stains

People drinking tea or coffee could leave the coffee or tea stains easily inside the cup. There is some cleaning detergents for that but I have used the cheaper option and I highly recommend you to use.


It’s Baking Soda!  You can see the before and after effect below:

Before and after (left to right)

 Method:


1) put a teaspoon of baking soda into the cup

2) add a little bit of water (1-2 teaspoons)

3) use a kitchen wrap or paper to remove the stains


Have a try!





Economical Japanese ingredients

Occasionally having Japanese cooking at home, not a fine Japanese cuisine, but you can make some economical Japanese dining at home with the following ingredients:


1) Japanese Kosakana Furikake (Rice Seasoning)

You can use some rice seasoning, mixing with the normal steamed rice to increase more rice aroma and taste. There are many favors and seasoning recipes in the market at your choice, such as sesame, dried salmon, dried fish or seafood etc. Just be aware of sodium intake. It recommends to consume once or twice a week.

2) Miso Soup Paste and Wakame

There are many miso soup in the market such as less salted, or regular tasted miso soup. However, I recommend the white miso soup that is less salted, and it is perfectly matched with the instant wakame ingredients. Yummy and very low cost ! You can serve it for regular soup or a soup base for cooking with noodles.

Miso soup

Left: White Miso soup paste, Right : wakame for miso soup

cooking miso soup

Cooking miso soup. Just use a spoonful of miso can make 1-2 pax

Easy Recipe – Flan Caramel Home Style

One of my favorite desserts is Flan Caramel! Flan caramel

It is so easy and just spent you 15 minutes to make, just using milk, eggs and sugar!

Ingredients: (for 2 persons)

2 eggs

250 ml fresh milk (use cream for rich and tasty for option)

1-2 tablespoons of white sugar

few drops of vanilla essence (optional)

For caramel:

2-3 tablespoons of white sugar


Method:

1) Warm up the milk and sugar in a casserole (not boiling)

2)  In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs well and smooth

3)  Pour the milk mixture to the egg mixture, vanilla essence and mix well

4)  Use a casserole to melt the sugar into caramel

5)  Pour the caramel in the container preferred for the base

6) Pour the milk and egg mixture into the container

7)  Cooking

Option A) Use a bain marine (water bath) method, bake the flan in a 180°C for 10 minutes.

Option B) Water steaming in a Chinese Wok, for 10-15 minutes.

It’s ready! Serve it hot or chill !!

Bon appetit!

Nail Art – Summer Inspiration

Spring is always in raining and high humidity in Hong Kong especially for the month of April. I don’t like Spring but summer time in May and June is awesome, with sunshine and breeze sometimes.

It’s time to arrange the closet and nail colour. There is a contrast for nail color application for different seasons. Dark / pale color I use for the fall / winter but pastel / neon color for the spring/ summer. Well , it all depends on the occasions and the mood as well.

I just share some of my nail art photos I DIY in last season. I don’t have a full equipped nail art pens but some of the basic equipment I do use like a brush and stamp kit (but not handle them very well).

Friends of mine always ask me how to draw patterns for both hands, but I can do writing for my both hands. Practice makes perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY facial/body scrub

I read some article to clean the darkness elbow and one of the remedies is good to try and share to you all I must say. As these two ingredients are easy to get them from a bakery home.

MILK + Baking Soda

Just use a spoonful of milk and add 3 tsp of baking soda

Mix them like a paste

Apply on your face (chin and mouth area) and the body before taking a shower

Very low cost and effective!!

Plus moisturizing your skin!!

 

Let’s Try!

 

 

 

 

好易做食譜-港式燉奶 Milk Pudding HK Style

Milk Pudding R1

最近想食下燉奶,但有間燉奶店依家賣成$30以上,嘩!嚇死了!所以我決定自家製!

This is a Hong Kong styled dessert called Milk Pudding and actually it is very easy to make it at home at a very low cost.

材料:(1人份)Ingredients for 1 person
蛋白 Egg White: 1 /隻piece
鮮奶(建議使用鮮奶)Milk  (recommended fresh milk)
糖-2茶匙(可以自己選擇)Sugar 2 tea spoons

食物成本 Food cost:HK$3-4

做法 Steps:

1) 將沙糖加入牛奶煮熱(不用滾,只要溶掉沙糖)Boil the sugar with the milk (just dissolve the sugar)
2) 將蛋白打勻 (beat the egg white)
3) 將熱奶慢慢倒入蛋白(一邊搞拌以免把蛋煮熟)Mix egg white with the milk mixture
4) 將奶倒入盛器 serve them on your container

煮法1 / cooking method 1:
焗爐180度焗15分鐘 (用水隔離焗 (bain marin)) Use bain marin to bake 15 mins at 180 degree
煮法2 / Cooking method 2:
用水蒸15分鐘  use water bath to steam for 15 minutes

Milk pudding

Suggest to use an aluminium foil to cover it during baking

就係咁簡單!Enjoy!