Sunday, April 21, 2013


Stir Fried Cabbage Recipe  @

A meal isn't complete without a side dish especially vegetable.  My family prefer a simple and non spicy version of vegetable.

Here is a quick delicious recipe that you could serve with rice or as a stuffing for flat bread. This is a basic stir fry but feel free to substitute with other veggies or add shredded chicken or meat if desired.

If you have delicate palate, this is a perfect choice and isn't spicy. I like my veggies with some crunch but if you prefer a softer one,  cook it a bit longer.

Stir Fried Cabbage Recipe @


Stir Fried Cabbage Recipe  @

A meal isn't complete without a side dish especially vegetable.  My family prefer a simple and non spicy version of vegetable.

Here is a quick delicious recipe that you could serve with rice or as a stuffing for flat bread. This is a basic stir fry but feel free to substitute with other veggies or add shredded chicken or meat if desired.

If you have delicate palate, this is a perfect choice and isn't spicy. I like my veggies with some crunch but if you prefer a softer one,  cook it a bit longer.

Stir Fried Cabbage Recipe @

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Banana Crumb Cake Recipe @

Baked this Egg Free Banana Crumb Cake for brunch or as a dessert.  I had some overly ripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter.

This recipe is a perfect way to clear those bananas. It isn't a fancy cake but a moist and crumbly cake, full of flavor. This Banana Crumb Cake was lighter  than a typical banana cake. What makes this cake so special was the addition of  luscious crumb topping.

This cake was  perfect for a small gathering, it was easily completed in one sitting!

Banana Crumb Cake Recipe @

Sunday, April 7, 2013


I bake this lighter and flavorful  Black Bread Rolls made with unsweetened cocoa, honey and instant coffee

This Black Bread  Rolls gets its color from cocoa and coffee. While it was a straight forward method but it takes a longer time to rise, mine took 2 hours to double in size. Anyway it worth to wait since this produces a remarkably pleasing roll.

Instead of having a regular loaf, I turned it into sliced rolls after brushing some butter over the dough then sprinkle sugar over the butter. It was rolled into a log then slice equally about an inch thick.


Use your bread machine, it will be super easy. just put everything in the BM to prepare the dough.

Add more sugar since this recipe did not turn out very sweet, incorporate additional sugar for a bit extra sweetness

You can use other filling too, cream cheese, coconut, chopped nut are great alternatives.

Yield    :    10 rolls

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp instant coffee
1/2 tablespoon cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp instant yeast
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 medium banana mashed
less than 1/2 cup warm water
2-3 tablespoon softened  butter to brush over dough
2-3 tablespoon white/brown sugar to sprinkle


Place flour, instant coffee, cocoa and instant yeast in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, combine melted butter, banana, salt, honey and warm water.

Add in honey mixture to the dry ingredients.

Mix well and forms into soft dough. Knead on floured board until elastic and smooth.

Transfer into greased and covered bowl, let rise until double for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Punch dough down, roll out dough into rectangle about 10 x 12 in.

Brush 2-3 tablespoon of softened butter over the top of the dough. Sprinkle sugar over the butter on the prepared dough.

Starting with long edge, roll up dough, pinch seams to seal.  Using sharp knife,  equally  cut into  1 in  thick slice.

Place cut side up in a prepared pan, flattening them slightly. Let sit for 45 minutes, towards the end of rising time, heat the oven @ 190 C.

Bake for 15 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013


Kofta (Meatball) Curry Recipe @

These spicy meatballs are served in a mildly hot gravy, seasoned with onion, ginger, garlic and some spices. These koftas are fried before cooking. If you're health conscious, avoid frying, you can simply  drop the meatballs in the gravy and let them simmered until it was cooked through or another option was to bake them..

Kofta (Meatball) Curry Recipe @

It can be made from ground beef, lamb or chicken. The corn flour acts as a binding agent so you will get  a smooth and beautifully shaped balls.

This low fat version of kofta curry without coconut milk, yogurt or cream had just the right amount of heat and spice.

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Baked Yeast Doughnuts Recipe @

I really love baking doughnuts because I can easily avoid some calories and fat. This is a great make ahead  recipe. You can get the dough mixed up the night before and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.

The baked yeast doughnuts make from ingredients you probably already have. Using yeast dough these little treat involve no deep frying but still taste delicious.

Make them more exciting and fun with variable glazes/toppings, such as chocolate, nuts and sprinkles, vanilla, caramel or maple. They are such a delight for the whole family!

Baked Yeast Doughnuts Recipe @

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)  add lots of flavor and protein to all kind of  dishes.  These are a staple in Middle Eastern cooking. Chickpeas are common ingredient in soups, salads and stews.

Here is a recipe for delicious chickpeas simmered in  fragrantly spiced  and slightly tangy gravy. It can be easily adjusted to suit your palate.

Readily available in a can but I had used the dried garbanzo beans that require soaking overnight. They are then rinsed and boiled until soft before you can proceed in  making any dishes.

Chana Masala  always make a popular side dish and a regular on our table.

Servings    :   3-4

1 cup garbanzo beans soaked overnight
2 onion chopped
2 tomato chopped
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1  tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp  garlic minced
2 tablespoon oil
1 tsp ginger minced
salt to taste
handful of cilantro


Rinse and drain garbanzo bean. Place beans into deep pot, cover with  3 cups water and salt, cook until the beans turn soft. Retain the liquid from boiling the beans.

Heat the oil, splutter the cumin seeds, add the onion, cook until onion turns soft.

Add in ginger and garlic, stir until fragrant.

Now add the tomato and salt. When tomato turns soft, add in all the spices except garam masala, cook until oil separates.

Add in the boiled garbanzo beans and  some cooking liquid,  cook until the gravy thickens  using medium heat, stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. The gravy should   be semi thick and not too watery.

Stir in garam masala and  more salt if needed. .

Garnish with cilantro. Serve  hot. with naan, puri, paratha or pulao.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013


Mini Apple Lattice Crostata Recipe @

This free form pie is simply the easiest you'll ever make. It consists of a buttery  pastry and filling.

I have made my pastry completely  by hand but you can also obtain a good result using a food processor.

The filling was even easier - no cooking required, just combine the sliced apples with sugar, lemon juice and all purpose flour.  Keep the sliced apples separately, it will produce more juice if kept longer. When you have rolled out the pastry, combine the apple (without the juice) with the rest of the ingredients except the butter and mound them on your pastry. This will often take care of the problem of soggy base.

I have given my crostata a makeover by topping the apple mixture with pastry strips rather than weaving a traditional  lattice but it can be done without it.

Mini Apple Lattice Crostata Recipe @

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Dry Fruit Naan Recipe @

This flat bread needs no introduction. It was a popular bread served in an Indian restaurant. Normally made using clay oven or tandoor but  it can easily prepared in your kitchen by baking them in a oven or  on stove top.

Naan was a regular fare in our home since my son was a great fan of this naan stuffed with dry fruit. Am using ready made mixture of sultanas, glaced cherries and mixed peel as its stuffing.

I had successfully pan fried these naan without oil and it doesn't  stick to my cast iron pan at all.  To get a perfect result, make sure the pan was  fully  heated  before placing the naan and cook them using medium heat.

Naan Recipe @

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Bingka Pisang Recipe @

There are over riped bananas laying on my kitchen counter so I'd decided to  bake the traditional cake with them.  Banana is a versatile fruit, either eat them on their own,   add them in smoothies, cake, pudding, bread, ice cream or even cereal.

This  traditional cake was made with  mashed banana.   If possible, use fully ripe banana, it is much sweeter and you only need to add lesser amount of sugar in your cake..

Most of traditional recipe does not require any baking powder nor mixer, just simple mix and bake method but the end result  was far better and healthier.

Yield  :   8 in  loaf

1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoon cornflour
1 1/4 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon oil

Bingka Pisang Recipe  @


Preheat oven @ 180 C and grease 8 in cake pan.

Place flour, cornflour and salt in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, oil and mashed banana.

Now add wet ingredients into  flour mixture, stir until well combined

Pour mixture onto prepared pan, bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan 20 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

When completely cool, slice to serve.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013


Semolina and Oatneal Pancake Recipe @

When your everyday oatmeal breakfast becomes boring, mix it up with these  pancake!  You'll certainly love this savory pancake, packed with the nutrition of a bowl of oat  and semolina

Made with semolina and rolled oat, flavored with chopped onion, cilantro and sliced green/red chili, these pancake are easy to make, scrumptious to eat and a little healthier twist to a standard breakfast recipe.

Semolina and Oatneal Pancake Recipe @

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Thumbprint Cookies Recipe @

A sweet and buttery cookies, each of these  indented  cookies contains a special jammy center - strawberry. orange, raspberry  or whatever flavor you desire.  Normally it was rolled into a ball then flatten but now I had used a cookies cutter to do the job, simply filled the center with preserves/jam.

Serve these colorful bites with piping hot cup of tea or a glass of milk.

These colorful cookies are also great for serving at holiday party or for sharing at a cookie exchange.

Thumbprint Cookies

Sunday, February 3, 2013


Yeast Rolls Recipe @

Soft Butter Rolls Recipe @

This roll is light and fluffy tasted so good  warm from the oven with butter spread on top.

It's  just a basic rolls but you can create a lot more from it.  The dough can also be shaped in many other ways, so use your imagination . These make awesome cinnamon rolls, crescent rolls,  filled buns or stuffed bread  too.

This is my all time favorite rolls.  These Soft Butter Rolls  make a perfect soft roll always!

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Having a super bowl party or get together this weekend? I have lined up for you a  healthier and non complicated collection for you to serve your guest and free you from  tying up in the kitchen all day and away from your guest..

These recipes are great to make ahead of time and don't take a lot of effort or expense. So try a few of these tasty snacks and party on! Click each title for full recipe.


This is just a basic recipe but add your own twist to it and let your guest enjoy your creation.












If you're not into football, these are great food to serve for any occasion and I'm sure there will be an idea or two you'll be bookmarking.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013


Cabbage Fritters Gluten Free

If you're looking for  simple and delicious gluten free  fritters, you should try this recipe makes with only a few ingredients. The star ingredient for this fritter is cabbage. Along with chickpeas (garbanzo)  flour, onion, green chili and other ingredients, they are well combined to form into a thick batter before dropping them into hot oil.

Cabbage Fritters is a great example of how to enjoy delicate flavor of cabbage in your favorite appetizer/snack. Cabbage also contains Vitamin K, Vitamin C, fiber, folate and magnesium.

Keeping cabbage cold will keep it fresh and help it retain its vitamin C content. Put the whole head in a plastic bag in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Cabbage Fritters Gluten Free

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Egg Free French Toast

Made this  Egg Free French Toast  for our breakfast today using pandan (screw pine leaves) flavored bread, which was perfect.

My family was super impressed, can't really tell that it was eggless. We loved it! I served them with brown sugar and banana slices. Actually the syrup was a left over from my Monkey Bread from scratch , diluted with few spoons of milk.

For other variation, you can add besan (chickpea flour) instead of cornflour and seasoned with ground black pepper and chopped cilantro for a savory  version.

To obtain a nice golden color, use low medium heat when frying the toast.  If you are allergic to dairy product,  replace it with  almond or soy milk instead.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


Monkey Bread From Scratch Recipe @

Nothing beats homemade bread, fresh or fluffy from your own kitchen. Get your kids involved for lots of kitchen fun especially for this Monkey Bread from scratch recipe, make them rolling and coating the dough with sugar, a great way to introduce them into baking.

I only use 2 cups of flour since I'm feeding a small family but feel free to double  or triple the recipe. Also  had rolled the dough into a  smaller ball (1/2 in) instead of 1 in. In fact it rose up to the brim of my bundt pan.

It should work with 18 cm  ring pan too. Anyway it turned great and my family devoured them in no time. I'm sure your family will love it as much as we do!.

Monkey Bread  Recipe @