Happy Birthday to my fatter half!
Biscoff is one of my favourite cookies, crispy and aromatic, full of caramelized sweetness of well-toasted sugar, they are simply out of this world! And you know what? These Belgian babies are even more addictive when made into buttercream icing…
- 5 large egg whites
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (cubed)
- 1 cup Biscoff spread
Place egg whites and sugar into a medium-sized bowl, whisk until combined.
Place bowl over a hot water bath on the stove and whisk constantly until the mixture is hot and no longer grainy to the touch (approx. 3mins).
Whisk on med-high with hand mixer until the meringue is stiff and cooled (the bowl is no longer warm to the touch (approx. 5-10mins)).
Switch to paddle attachment. Slowly add cubed butter and mix until smooth. Add Biscoff spread and mix until smooth.
The place is located at Yokohama – a bit far from the city centre of Tokyo, but it definitely worths a detour. Looking like any other other yakitori restaurant from the exterior, but u will be surprised to enjoy the very high quality skewers they serve here.
Using only the finest Miyazaki chicken (sashimi grade) and the best charcoal available. Above all, the grilling technique is perfect!
Masters in action!
The best chicken liver skewers- served still pink at the centre, surely not for the faint of heart!
The oh-so-good chicken cartilage.
Chicken kidney with ginger paste on top.
Meaty chicken thigh.
My favourite of the night – chicken aorta! So plump, fatty and juicy!
3-2 Fukutomicho Nakadori Naka-ku Yokohama Kanagawa
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
- 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
- 1g instant yeast
- 3/4 cup raisin
- ½ cup of walnut
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 350ml warm water (about 35°C)
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in the warm water and honey. This should result in a sticky dough, if it is not sticky to the touch, add a few spoonful of water. Gently shape the dough into a ball as best you can. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rest at room temperature and allow to rise for 12-18 hours. The dough will be doubled in size and covered in air bubbles.
2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using lightly floured hands, shape into a ball as best you can. Transfer dough to a large piece of parchment paper.
3. Using a very sharp knife, gently score an X into the top. Leave dough alone for 30 minutes.
4. During this 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 246°C. Place the dutch oven (with the lid) inside for 30 minutes so that it’s extremely hot before the dough is placed inside. After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven from the oven and carefully place the dough inside by lifting it up with the parchment paper and tucking it all– the parchment paper included– inside the pot. Cover with the lid.
5. Bake for 25 minutes with the lid on. Carefully remove the lid and continue baking for 10 more minutes until the bread is golden brown. Remove pot from the oven, carefully remove the bread from the pot, and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.
Woohooo It’s starting to feel a lot like spring!
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so ready for the change in season! Awaken your taste buds with this lemony dish after winter’s heavy meals.
- 1 ½ lb littleneck clams, scrubbed and cleaned
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, mined
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- Heat up a skillet on medium heat.
- Add the butter and saute the garlic until slightly browned.
- Add the clams into the skillet, and quickly toss around.
- Add the wine and cayenne pepper. Cover the skillet and let cook for 1 minute, or until the clams are all open.
- Add the lemon juice and parsley, stir to combine well. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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.
- Serve with risotto!
Let us eat cake, it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere. Oh, in fact it’s everyone’s birthday today!
Ingredients (yield two 4-inch cakes):
- 150g butter, at room temperature
- 150g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 150g self raising flour
- 10-12 cherries, stoned and halved
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease two 4-inch cake tins with butter and flour.
- Lay the cherries at the bottom of the cake tins.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until pale and creamy.
- Fold in the flour until well incorporated. Transfer to the prepared cake tin.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
- Serve while still warm!
Happy year of the dog everybody!
Chinese New Year is the time when you visit your friends and relatives, very often those you only see during this time of the year, and got “interrogated” by them =.=. Gift plays an important role in Chinese culture, so you never go empty-handed! If you pay attention to TV commercials enough, you may notice that many of the most popular gift items among Hong Kongers are, interestingly, not Chinese produces. Kjeldsens Cookies, Almond Roca, Sugus, Ferrero Rocher… just to name a few. Ferrero Rocher is particularly popular in Hong Kong for its golden package, a color Chinese people love for it symbolizes wealth. I’m not a superstitious person, but I do like their creamy, nutella-like centres!
And…. Surprise, surprise! They are equally nice when made into cookies!!
Ingredients (yield 12 pieces):
- 6 Ferrero Rochers (freeze them before baking)
- 1 cup (packed) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup butter (1 stick), softened
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place the Ferrero Rochers in the freezer until firm, about an hour. Remove from freezer and hit with a hammer in a zip-loc bag a few times until they’re broken into chunky pieces. Put back in the freezer until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the full egg, then the vanilla, mixing until smooth. Add flour mixture in three parts, stirring until just combined after each addition.
- Stir in ½ the Ferrero Rocher pieces. Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Place the remaining Ferrero Rocher into the tops of the cookies, pressing them into the dough slightly.
- Bake for around 10 minutes until edges are nicely browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
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.
Peanut butter has always been one of my favourite food. That’s been the case ever since I was a little girl. I may have developed a more refined palate over the years ( at least I hope I have… ). Still nothing- not the finest caviar, the most aromatic truffles or the flakiest croissants, can beat the pure joy of eating peanut butter straight from the jar. Haha, yes, still doing that, feel no shame for that!
Hope u like this bread roll idea as much as I do! There is just something about those two flavors that brings back childhood memories ♥
Ingredients (yields 6 rolls):
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/8 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 pkg. active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/8 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup jam
Honey for glazing
- In a large bowl, combine 1 cups flour, 1/8 cup sugar and pinch of salt, set aside.
- In a sauce pan, melt butter and milk until warm. Let cool to about 40 degrees C.
- Once yeast has proofed, add in milk/ butter mixture along with an egg to the flour mix.
- Stir to combine the remaining flour gradually, until dough starts to pull away from bowl.
- Dump out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, add in additional flour as needed, about 5 minutes.
- Cover the dough and let rise in warm place until doubled.
- Once doubled in size dump the dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll out into a 12″x15″ rectangle.
- Spread peanut butter over the dough (leaving 1” at the edges), then dollop jam over top, spread unevenly.
- From long side, roll the dough up, cut off edges and then cut into 6 equal rolls using dental floss.
- Place rolls cut side up in a greased muffin pan and cover again and let rise until doubled.
- Once risen preheat oven to 180 degrees C, bake for about 20minutes.
- Apply honey evenly using a brush, then bake for 10 minutes more.
- Serve warm!