If you’re on a quest for beautiful skin, skip the trip to Sephora, head to the supermarket and get yourself some salmon. According to @drankiemake Salmon is jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids- which help to calm inflammation, retain skin moisture, elasticity and act as a natural oil barrier to protect the skin from the outside world. Now that you know just how great salmon can be for your skin, you can try out the following recipe
Preparation time: 10 mins
Puff pastry 1 sheet
Smoked salmon 6pcs
Sour cream 4teaspoons
Baby spinach 1bunch
Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Line baking tray with parchment paper, defrost puff pastry on top of it in room temperature.
Roll up the edges of the puff pastry(approx 1cm ), brush them with honey for a shine and light browning.
Using a fork, prick the central area of the puff pastry but not the border.
Bake the pastry for 15 minutes until puffed and pale golden in colour.
Meanwhile peel the lower two thirds of each asparagus and wash.
Cook in boiling salted water for 2 minutes until tender, drain and lay on a plate.
Remove the pastry from the oven and cool a little. Decorate with sour cream and the other ingredients as desired.
These short ribs are even better when they are allowed to sit overnight.
4 pounds short ribs (trimmed off excess fat)
Half a kiwi
Half a peeled and cored Asian pear
2 cups soy sauce
½ cup mirin
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
½ cup of brown sugar
1 medium carrot
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
2. Drain the ribs of excess blood, then put them in a Dutch oven, cover with water, and bring to a quick boil, discard the water afterwards.
3. In a food processor, pulse one small sweet onion, half of a kiwi, and half of a peeled and cored Asian pear until puréed.
4. Place the clean short ribs in Dutch oven and spoon the onion/kiwi/pear mixture over the meat. Cook in oven for 1 hour.
5. While the meat is cooking, cut carrot into 2-inch chunks. Set aside.
6. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of soy sauce, two tablespoons of minced garlic, ½ cup of mirin and ½ cup of brown sugar.
7. Take out Dutch oven, the fat will rise to the top after cooking, drain it off before adding the remaining ingredients.
8. Add the soy sauce mixture and chopped carrots to the pot, give everything a good stir. Then cook in oven again for 1.5 hour until vegetables and meat are cooked through and you can easily pierce through them with a fork.
Spent the morning recreating my favourite pancakes from Bill’s.
And this is how i made it!
• 3 eggs, separated
• 190ml milk (i like using whole milk)
• 100g plain flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 250g ricotta
1. In a large bowl, stir together the egg yolks, milk, flour, baking powder and salt with a fork. Add
the ricotta and mix just a little.
2. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Pour the egg whites into the large bowl and
fold in. There should be some lumps of ricotta throughout.
3. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with enough vegetable oil to coat the pan. Scoop about
1/3 cup of batter into the pan to make 1 pancake. When the underside of the pancake is golden,
flip and cook on the other side until golden as well.
4. Serve warm with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for kneading
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Heat oven to 260 degree C.
Mix flour and Greek yogurt together in a bowl; transfer to a work surface floured with self-rising flour. Knead dough, adding more flour as needed to keep dough from being too sticky, for 8 to 10 minutes.
Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes and then cut crosswise into slices and serve!
The more you weigh the harder you are to kidnap. Stay safe… Eat pork belly!
1 pound fresh pork belly
2½ cups chicken stock
½ onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
3-5 whole allspice cloves/ anises
¼ cup real maple syrup
100ml bourbon whiskey
4 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp soy sauce
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a large pot or Dutch oven. Sauté onion, garlic, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and spices until fragrant.
Add in stock and cook for 20-30 minutes.
Place pork belly in the Dutch oven, bake for 2½ hours, until tender.
Drain away sauce; chill the pork overnight to improve the texture of the meat.
When ready, tip the ketchup, soy sauce, maple syrup and bourbon into a small pan. Set over a high heat and bubble for 5 mins until thick and syrupy. Pour over the chunks of pork and toss to coat. Roast for 15-20 mins more until sticky.
Winter is here! Dark days of winter make me want to pull on my heaviest sweater and stay in bed all day. That’s where these simple, casserole recipes come in handy. Baked to perfection in a single pan – a hearty casserole always satisfies your hunger and warms you from the inside out.
4 bone-in chicken thighs
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 bowl sliced mushrooms
Creamy Parmesan Garlic Sauce:
¼ cup butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup bacon
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Season chicken with generous amount of salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sear chicken on both sides, for about 3-5 minutes each side, until golden all over. Transfer chicken to a plate.
Fry bacon in the remaining oil, add in mushroom and cook for a further 3-5 minutes, or until just beginning to soften. Transfer to the same plate as the chicken
To make the sauce, melt butter, add in garlic and cook until tender. Whisk in chicken broth, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper and salt.
Put chicken and mushrooms back to the sauce, brush chicken with butter and sprinkle with extra salt and pepper, bake for 30-40 minutes.
As the year ends, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you have accomplished and look ahead to your new goals.
Cooking, hoarding recipes, photographing food and, of course, eating, have been my lifelong passions. Two years ago, I started the page << Miss Amateur Chef >>, this has changed my life and taken my obsession with food to a whole new level. The kitchen has always been my place of solace; working in the kitchen, testing recipes bring not only joy but beautiful memories. This little project of mine allowed me to properly document my favorite recipes- which I believe can now live on forever =)
Let’s start the new year with a scrumptious breakfast! This French toast is a real crowd pleaser, it comes out best when you work with thick slices of loaf bread and allow them to soak in the mixture overnight. “Preparation is the key to success”- this applies to cooking and everything else in life. May all our preparation in 2017 make us FIERCE and UNSTOPPABLE in 2018!!!
4 thick slices Brioche
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Beat together egg, milk, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.
Soak slices of bread in mixture overnight, until saturated.
Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat, cook bread slices on both sides until golden.
We all have a holiday tradition or recipe that we hold so dear and near to our hearts, don’t we? One that we keep making the same way for years and never get bored with. Boeuf bourguignon is one of such dishes for me. Hearty and so packed full of flavour. It is a must in our house in the winter months.
This Christmas I am trying to make an elevated version of beef stew based on Gordon Ramsay’s recipe with a few modifications: cutting down the amount of red wine and adding in extra tomatoes cause I like a little more acidity in the sauce. The vegetables are sautéed instead of adding to the stew at the very beginning so to avoid a soggy texture.
p.s. This is my first time working with pearl onions and they are truly god-sent!
Olive oil, for frying
3 thick-cut meaty beef short ribs
2 tbsp tomato purée
250ml bottle red wine
1 cup beef stock
100g pancetta lardons
6-8 small chestnut mushrooms, trimmed and halved
6-8 pearl onions
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tomatoes cut in wedges
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Season the short ribs thoroughly, then panfry in the dutch oven for 10–15 minutes to brown well on all sides.
Add the minced garlic, pushing it to the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato purée and heat for a minute or two to cook it out. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up the bits at the bottom. Put in tomato wedges.
Bring everything to the boil and cook for 10–15 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half, then add stock to nearly cover the ribs. Bring to the boil again, basting the ribs with the juices.
Put the dutch oven in the preheated oven for 3–4 hours, until the meat is tender and falling away from the bone.
About 10 minutes before the short ribs are ready to come out, peel the pearl onions and boil them for 5 minutes.
At the same time, panfry the pancetta for 2–3 minutes until crisp and golden. Add the mushrooms and carrots, cook for 4–5 minutes until tender. Drain off any excess fat.
When the short ribs are ready, remove from the oven and transfer to a serving dish. Spoon off any excess fat from the beef cooking liquid.
Serve the short ribs topped with the hot pancetta and mushrooms and the sauce poured around.