Saturday, February 27, 2010

RAISIN AND OAT BAR

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Trying for the first time to bake bar cookies, it turns out to be greatest hit with my family. It is soft, healthy and very pleasant taste, I bet you would love this bar once you tried it.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rolled oat
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup raisin
3/4 cup butter melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

DIRECTION

1. Preheat oven to 170 C. Grease a 8 inches square pan and line with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together oat, flour, and baking powder.

3. Combine butter, sugar, essence and milk until well combined.

4. Mix together dry and wet ingredients, pour into prepared pan and level the top.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

6. Remove and cool in the pan.

7. Cut into desired shape and store in an airtight container.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

WESTERN FOOD PLATTER

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After days of rice and bread dishes, we want to have something different so prepared this meal consisting of baked potato wedges, baked beans and roasted chicken. My family really enjoyed them with a request to include this in our weekly menu. Recipe for baked potato is similar to the pan fried potato except this time baked in an oven for 20 minutes, continue baking for another 20 minutes after turning them. Here goes the recipe for Roasted Chicken.

INGREDIENTS

1 kilogram chicken pieces
2 tablespoons dark soya sauce
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chili sauce
salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash and trim excess fat of the chicken. Drain.

2. Put in chicken in a bowl, rub with all the ingredients. Marinate for at least for an hour.

3. Line baking pan with aluminium foil, arrange chicken together with the juice.

4. Bake one side for 25 minutes at 180 C and another 25 minutes after turning it.

5. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CHICKEN RICE

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We used to buy chicken rice from our favorite shop but no more from now since my family have accepted and enjoyed this one cooked by me. Added carrot and potato in the soup to make it healthier,  fried the chicken with addition of turmeric, ginger, garlic, soya sauce and honey although the chicken could be taken as it is.

INGREDIENTS

RICE
500g long grain rice washed
3 shallots sliced
3 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 screwpine leaves
chicken stock
water
salt

SOUP
1 whole chicken cleaned
2 screwpine leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger sliced
3 shallots
1 piece cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons white peppercorn coarsely ground
salt

CHILI SAUCE
10 red chilli
5 red bird's eye chili
4 cloves garlic
1 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 inch ginger
salt to taste
2 teaspoons vinegar/lime juice

DIRECTIONS

1. Boil water, salt, screwpine leaves, rub chicken with ginger and garlic then put the chicken into boiling water with  shallot, cinnamon and white pepper, cook until tender. Keep the stock for making the soup and cooking the rice.

2. Remove chicken  from the stock and cut into bite sizes. If you prefer to fry them, coat with 2 tablespoons of  honey, turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, salt and dark soya sauce, marinate for 30 minutes..

3. Heat the oil, add shallots, ginger, garlic and screwpine leaves, fry until fragrant. Add the rice, stir for about two minutes..

4. Add water, chicken stock,  and salt, water level should be 1/2 inch above the rice,cook the rice until done.

5. For the soup, reboil chicken stock, add water,  vegetables if any, spring onion, salt and pepper.

6. Put the red chili, bird's eye chili, garlic, ginger and 1/2 cup water into a blender.

7. Transfer ground ingredients in a pot, add water, brown sugar and salt. Cook until thick.

8. Remove from heat, add vinegar or lime juice.

9. To serve, place the rice and chicken in a plate together with the soup and the chili sauce.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

PAN FRIED POTATO

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When my son is asking about chips, this recipe came into my mind, not only it is healthy but very delicious. To speed up cooking, boil the potato until half cooked with little salt, drain then sprinkle with the required spices. Try to cut the potato almost same size for even cooking. Used minimum oil just to coat them and to obtain lovely brown color.

INGREDIENTS

5 medium size potatoes cut into wedges
salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil
1 - 2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the cut potato, water and salt into a pot. Water level should be above the potato. Boil until half cooked. Drain.

2. In a bowl combine together potato, chili powder, garam masala, salt and turmeric powder. Mix well. Caution not to break the potato.

3. Heat the oil, add in the potato and fry until light brown.

4. Remove from heat. The potato is ready to be served.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

PRUNE CAKE

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Do you want a healthy and easy recipe that only takes about 10 minutes to prepare? This cake uses prune as one of the ingredients and not overly sweet. One great thing about prunes however they are good for you. Prunes are dehydrated plum come from sweetest and flavorful plums.

Having long holiday due to Chinese New Year so bake this eggless cake to be enjoyed by my family. It is so moist and received compliments from my sons definitely would bake it again. Due to shortage of prunes have added some raisin to the batter.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup pitted prunes chopped
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
extra prune to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven @ 180 C. Grease 7 inches round cake pan.

2. Sift flour and baking powder, add sugar and prune. Mix well.

3. Combine together butter, milk, orange juice and vanilla essence until well blended.

4. Pour butter mixture onto flour, mix until well incoporated.

5. Transfer this mixture into a greased pan, sprinkle the prune on top and bake for 25-30 minutes or a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

6. Cool on rack.

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