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Shortbread Raspberry Cookies

These are Shortbread Raspberry Cookies. They are not traditional Chinese New Year cookies, but this buttery treat is a real crowd-pleaser.

Shortbread Raspberry Cookies

Ingredients

2 Sticks (227 grams) Unsalted Butter, softened
150 g Caster (Superfine) Sugar
200 g (7 oz/ 1 2/3 cups) Plain (All-Purpose) Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg, Lightly beaten
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
About 200 g (7 oz/ 2/3 cup) of Raspberry or your favorite Jam

Method

Preheat the oven to 180˚C /350˚F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the butter and sugar in a good-sized bowl and work them together by hand or with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the flour and baking powder and work them in. Add the egg and vanilla and knead them in until it is all compact and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least an hour.

Working with a teaspoonful of dough (about 15 grams) at a time, roll the dough between your palms to form small balls and place the balls 2 inches apart on the…

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

This Lemon Garlic Shrimp is a great appetizer to any meal or served as a light snack with some salsa. The crispy Panko breadcrumb coating added more flavor and texture to every bite of the tasty fresh shrimps. Just sprinkle some salt and squeeze some lemon juice onto the shrimps before serving. Yummy.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb (454 g) Peeled White Shrimps
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour

2 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten

1 Cup Japanese (Panko) Breadcrumbs
Zest of 1 Lemon

1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Chili Flakes
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Sea Salt
Lemon Wedges

4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil



Method

In a medium bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, and some freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat the oven to 425˚F.

Pour the oil onto a large baking tray, and place in the oven for about 5 to 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the shrimps into the flour and shake off the excess flour. Then dip the shrimp in the beaten eggs, and then i…

Rosemary And Garlic Baguette Chips

These little baguette chips are crispy, and irresistible with dips.

Rosemary And Garlic Baguette Chips

Ingredients

1 Baguette

4 Tbsp Butter, softened
4 Cloves Roasted Garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp Finely Chopped Fresh Rosemary

¼ tsp Sea Salt

A few grind of Black Pepper


Method


Preheat the oven 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the butter with garlic, rosemary, sea salt, black pepper in a bowl, and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined.

Thinly slice baguette into 3mm-thick slices with a serrated knife. Spread some flavored butter on sliced baguette, and place in a single layer. Bake in preheated oven for 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown and crisp. Remove from the oven, and let it cool completely before serving.

Brunch Chimichangas

Chimichangas are deep-fried burritos. It's typically served with either salsa, guacamole, cheese, or sour cream. Here, I have opted to baked these Brunch Chimichangas instead of frying them. The soft tortillas will house the diced onion and pepper scrambled eggs, cheese, and roasted tomato salsa. Neatly wrap it all and brush with olive oil before baking in the oven until crispy on the outside. Serve with some fresh guacamole, it tastes fantastic!

Brunch Chimichangas

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Butter
1 Red or Green Bell Pepper, diced
1 Medium Onion, diced
8 Large Eggs
½ tsp Sea Salt
1/3 Cup Roasted Tomato Salsa, click here for the recipe
1 to 1 ½ Cups Sargento® Chef Blends™ Shredded Taco Cheese or Sargento® Fine Cut Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican
8 (about 7 to 8 inches) Tortillas, warmed
Guacamole

Method

Melt butter in large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook 8 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally.

Beat eggs and salt together in small bowl; add to s…

Chicken Sliders

Try this Easy Chicken Sliders with Spicy Tomato Sauce, or, with your favorite dressing. 


Chicken Sliders

Ingredients

Baked Chicken
2 Pieces (360 grams) Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breast, lightly pounded and cubed (about 2 inches)
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
¼ Cup All-Purpose Flour
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs

Spicy Tomato Sauce, click here for the recipe
6 Mini Burger Buns, toasted

Method

Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line a large baking pan with tin foil.

Season the chicken cubes with sea salt, and black pepper. Toss the seasoned chicken cubes with the flour, then into the beaten eggs and coat with Panko breadcrumbs making sure that all the nooks and crannies are covered. Arrange coated chicken cubes in a single layer.

Drizzle a little oil on top of the chicken and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.

To serve, spread some spicy tomato sauce on the buns, and place the baked chicken on the bun. Serve immediately.

Mango Orange Smoothie

I'd like to kick start the New Year with this refreshing Mango Orange Smoothie recipe as my first post for 2013. It's a tantalizing combination of mango, orange juice, banana, Greek yogurt, and some almond milk. Very yummy and healthy, it’s one of my favorite morning pick-me up drinks. A perfect drink as well for all of you who are adhering to a healthy new year resolution. :-)

Mango Orange Smoothie

Ingredients

1 Ripe Mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
½ Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
1 Frozen Sliced Banana
4 Tbsp Greek Yogurt

1 Cup Almond Milk

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and process until thick, smooth, and creamy. Serve immediately.

Makes 3 Cups