Caution: The following recipe is not for the faint of heart!!
Okay, just think of it as Chinese Bolognese meat sauce! Although pork belly is the cut where bacon originates, and is known to be heavy in fat, you’ll find that the Lu Ro, despite flaunting thick layers of fat, is surprisingly not as greasy as you might have imagined. In fact, since the pork is cooked under low heat for an extended amount of time, the amount of fat is somewhat mitigated.
Braising has always been one of my favorite ways to cook meat; it is the best sort of kitchen alchemy- transforming tough cuts of meat into something completely flavorful and tender, and you know what… braised meat tastes even better the next day!
1 lb skin-on pork belly, cut into 1/2” pieces
2 teaspoons oil
1 piece of medium size rock sugar
a couple of shallots, finely chopped
4 dried shiitake mushrooms, cut into 1/2” pieces
1/4 cup rice wine
1/2 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1 cups water
2 hardboiled eggs, peeled (optional)
For the spices (wrap everything in the spice packet):
3 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
2 slices fresh ginger
Preheat oven to 160 degree C.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over low heat, add in the sugar. Add the minced shallots when the sugar starts to melt. Turn up the heat to medium high and stir-fry the shallots for a minute.
Add the mushroom pieces and chopped pork belly; stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes.
Pour in the blanched pork, rice wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and water. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add the spices (which should be wrapped in cloth), along with the peeled hardboiled eggs.
Transfer everything to the oven and cook for around 1½ hours.
Once the meat is fall-apart tender, remove the spice packet. Transfer Dutch oven to the stove, cook under medium high heat to thicken the sauce, stir occasionally, for about 5-minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon. Serve over steamed white rice!
Sometimes, all you need to do is bake, and that very act will bring you instant peace and happiness. Whether you’re baking a loaf of brioche or whipping up some quick banana bread for breakfast, the joy that fresh, warm bread brings to the table is unlike any other.
Came across this ultra easy pizza dough recipe, calling for only two ingredients- greek yogurt and self-rising flour, on allrecipes.com the other day. Instead of ordinary pizza, I used it for a more fancy-looking braided bread and I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out!
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour, plus more for kneading
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons butter
2 gloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of mushroom, thinly sliced
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg white, beaten
1 bowl of chicken cubes (marinated to taste with salt and pepper)
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.
Melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, about 3 mins. Stir in chicken cubes and mushroom. Cook for 5 more minutes, stir occasionally. Remove from heat.
Unroll pizza dough on parchment sheet. Starting at center out, roll dough into 15 x10 -inch rectangle with a rolling pin. Sprinkle cheese over center third of dough. Spoon onion-chicken mixture evenly over cheese.
Make cuts 1 inch apart on both long sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling. Alternately cross strips diagonally over filling; turn ends under and press to seal. Brush egg white over top.
Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes and then cut crosswise into slices and serve!
A nice change from all the sweet cookies out there. Crumbly, cheesy, and delicious… An ideal nibble with a glass of dry white wine!
1¾ all-purpose flour
1¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon minced fresh Rosemary leaves
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch of grated nutmeg
250g butter (softened at room temperature)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 large egg yolk
75ml heavy cream
Additional rosemary leaves and coarse salt for garnishing
Beat butter and lemon zest using an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add in the egg yolk and cream.
In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
Gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Cream together until well combined.
Divide the dough in half. Place each on a sheet of parchment paper, roll into a log approximately 2 inches in diameter. Wrap logs tightly in the paper and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least two hours.
Preheat oven to 160˚C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice each log into 1/3-inch thick slices. Space them 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Garnish each cookie with rosemary leaf and a light sprinkling of course salt.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until just golden at the edges. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
This, friends, is the moment we’ve been waiting for- spring is finally here! Beach vacation, sunshine, and sandal season are right around the corner. As the day gets longer, it’s the time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather (instead of working in the kitchen). For a quick springtime snack, light and easy is the name of the game. With this recipe, you can pull off some bakery-worthy pastries at home in just 30 minutes. Perfect for any time of the year, but I swear: they just taste better in spring!
1 sheet puff pastry (thawed)
1 pack Cream Cheese (8 ounces), softened
4 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
1 cup canned Cherry Pie Filling
Icing sugar for garnishing
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Take out a sheet of puff pastry and thaw for 10min.
Cut the sheet into 6 equal pieces.
With a knife, score ½” border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the area within the border (this will stop the center of the dough from rising).
In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of mixture into the middle of each piece of dough and spread around evenly.
Add about 6 cherries into the middle of the cream cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.
These are essentially British, delicious and simple to make… Get baking and fill your home with the smell of freshly baked scones!
It is no secret that I have always wanted to open my own cafe. And this is the sign that I will put up at the storefront when a batch of scones are hot and ready (Yes! I stole the idea from Kripsy Kreme’s neon sign!!).
Ingredients (serves 8):
Plain flour, for dusting
1.5 cups self-raising flour
40g butter, softened and cubed
3/4 cups milk
1 cup dried fruit, e.g. cranberries/ raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift self-raising flour into a large bowl.
Rub butter into flour using your fingertips, until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the centre. Add milk and mix until mixture forms a soft dough. Add in dried fruit if any.
Knead gently until smooth (don’t overwork the dough or scones will be tough).
Pat dough into 2cm-thick. Cut out 8 rounds using a 5cm round cutter.
Place scones onto baking tray, 1cm apart. Sprinkle tops with a little plain flour.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and well risen.