braised beef brisket

March 31, 2016 at 7:14 pm | Posted in dinner, Savoury | Leave a comment
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sorry this recipe is in Chinese but I was craving for this dish after eating costco chicken for a week…

I added carrot to it too.

my only complain is that the beef is tough unlike what we get from restaurants.


fry chicken

March 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Savoury | Leave a comment
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  1. Heat large or small skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, until a few drops of water splashed in the pan bead and dance.
  2. Add chicken pieces, pressing them against bottom and side of pan.
  3. Meat may stick, but will loosen as browning continues.
  4. Place lid on pan slightly ajar.
  5. When meat loosens, turn and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

oil or grease is unnecessary. recipe taken from saladmaster

A beautiful concept but messy affair. lots of oil and occasional tiny splatter when I was moving the chicken, hence the ajar lid but I covered it completely and made my crispy sink soggy. and I might’ve cooked it a little too high heat burning the skin a little before the chicken is fully cooked.


blue chip Marbulous cookie

March 14, 2016 at 12:04 am | Posted in Pie | Leave a comment

it was nothing like blue chip cookies lol

we doubled the recipe and added a total of 1 cup white sugar and 3/4 cup brown sugar.

The cookie tasted like dark chocolate and imo we didnt have enough white chocolate.

we made 22 cookies in total. therefore one recipe should make 10 cookies. it was quite difficult to mix the batter so I would suggest to stick with 1 recipe next time.

Banana Chia Cake

March 12, 2016 at 11:34 am | Posted in bread, Cakes | Leave a comment
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banana cake (my old recipe) vs Banana Chia Bread (recipe from savy naturalist) Recipe

Old nana cake my recipe this time
Butter ½ cup 1/4 C
Sugar ½ c ½ c (slightly less)
Eggs 2 2
Sour milk ½ c n/a (1/2C plain yogurt)
Almond milk n/a n/a
Baking soda 1tsp 1tsp
Baking powder 2 ½ tsp 2-1/2tsp
Salt ½ tsp  (salted butter)
Vanilla 1tsp n/a
Cinnamon n/a 1tsp
Banana 3 medium 3 large
Chocolate chip ½ c (optional) n/a
Chia n/a 50mL
Temperature (time) 275F (1hr) 350 (0.5hr)
2 loaf pan 1 medium loaf pan

I first cream butter and sugar together and then added whole banana and unbeaten egg (because I was too lazy). Add your choice of dairy. but what I did do is adding all the dry ingredient together first and then mix it into the wet ingredient. add chia. then bake for 45mins.



March 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm | Posted in dinner, Savoury, snack | Leave a comment

I’m gonna make this over the weekend!

How to Cook Chickpeas (And Other Legumes)


March 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Posted in dinner, Savoury | Leave a comment
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The chicken bought fresh today, marinated for 2 hours. I tried a 1) dry rubbed,  2) korean rib sauce, and 3) kraft bbq. The bbq sauce tasted weird directly but amazing after cooked on chicken!

All turned out great. I liked the bbq sauce just because it was thicker and sticks well on the chicken while marinated and baking.

I also simultaneously tossed some potato with melted and then solidified butter with spices.

baked @400 degrees and the chickens were done around 30-40mins and the potatoes were done at 40mins (to my surprise that it took so long). The chicken came out really nice – juicy and moist.


I want to try this next! skillet so I can cook less at once. and try to get the seared crispy skin 😛

Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken

Banana Chia Bread

March 4, 2016 at 11:44 pm | Posted in bread, Cakes, Loaf | Leave a comment
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banana cake (my old recipe) vs Banana Chia Bread (recipe from savy naturalist) Recipe

Cake (my old recipe) Bread (savy naturalist)
Butter ½ cup 2 tbs, whipped
Sugar ½ c ½ c
Eggs 2 1 large, RT
Sour milk ½ c n/a
Almond milk n/a ½ C
Baking soda 1tsp n/a
Baking powder 2 ½ tsp 2tsp
Salt ½ tsp ¼ tsp
Vanilla 1tsp n/a
Cinnamon n/a optional
Banana 3 medium 2 large
Chocolate chip ½ c (optional) n/a
Chia n/a 1/3 C
Temperature (time) 275F (1hr) 400 (1hr)
2 loaf pan 1 medium loaf pan

Savy naturalist Recipe Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a medium loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl mix butter, egg, banana and sugar. In a medium bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and mix until combine.  Slowly add flour mixture and milk to wet ingredients, alternating until incorporated. Fold in chia seeds. Place batter in loaf pan and place in the oven for 60 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

I thought the chia idea is pretty interesting so I wanted to try incorporating it in to my all-time loved banana cake recipe.

apparently 1tbs of grind up chia soak in 3 tbs of water for 5mins can be used to substitute 1 egg. or replace 25% of oil and egg? chia has omega 3 fatty acid

here’s another super healthy banana cake recipe

what I ended up doing was soak 1/3C chia in 2/3C almond milk + 2/3C water

and I’d suggest baked @350F for 1hr 

people say the temperature is a balance between browning of the outside and cooking of the middle. more sugar = lower temperature needed; I guess that explains the 400 for bread and 275 for cake.


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