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Apple Crumble

Apples are in season now, nicely priced and a great variety available to choose from here in Vancouver. I like the Ambrosia variety from British Columbia, it has just the right crisp and sweetness. I admit I do get carried away sometimes and add shredded apples into my salad and oatmeal too. :-) In any case, I am posting a simple Apple Crumble recipe today. This is one of my all time favorites. So, do try this recipe. Apple Crumble (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 3 Large (4 cups) Ambrosia Apples (or any variety), peeled, cored and diced ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon 2 Tbsp Sugar 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice Topping ¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour ¾ Cup Ground Almond ¼ Cup Sugar A pinch of Sea Salt 1 Stick or ½ Cup Chilled Unsalted Butter, diced Method Preheat the oven to 400˚F. In a mixing bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, sugar, and lemon juice and mix well. Transfer the apple mixtures into a 5 cups shallow baking dish or into a few smaller baking dish. In a clean mixing bowl, combine the flour, almond, sugar, an

Bread And Butter Pickles

I was watching Tyler Florence's cooking show on TV a couple of weeks ago. He shared a recipe for Bread and Butter pickles, which was so easy to make that I had to try out the recipe at home. I made a small batch and had the pickles after 2 days in the brine. It tasted really good, I like the freshness and the crunchiness of the pickles. Try it. Bread And Butter Pickles (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 6 Pickling Cucumbers, wash 1 Cup White Vinegar 1 Cup Sugar 2 Cups Water 2 Tbsp Pickling Spice 1 tsp Ground Turmeric 2 Cloves Garlic, peeled 1 Red Chili, halved (Optional) Method Slice the cucumber into ¼-inch thick rounds and place in a prepared jar together with the chili, if using. In a large pot over moderate heat, add vinegar, sugar, water, pickling spice, turmeric and garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil and carefully pour into the jar of cucumbers. Seal the lid and allow cooling to a room temperature. Refrigerate overnight and can be serve the next day.

River Prawns With Sweet And Sour Chili Sauce

Today, I am posting a River Prawns recipe using the sauce from my Sweet And Sour Chili Crabs. As some of you may know, that sweet and sour chili crab is probably the most popular crab dish in Malaysia and Singapore. So, do you know the key ingredients needed to make that fantastic sweet, sour, and spicy sauce? Well, it's the good old bottled tomato ketchup and chili sauce condiment you have in your kitchen, believe it or not. If you can’t get hold of river prawns, then, you can consider using spot prawns instead. These two variety of prawns have a similar texture, the flesh is tender and juicier. Whichever type of prawns you opt to use, make sure you toast some bread or have some steamed rice to mop-up that delicious sauce. Enjoy! River Prawns With Sweet And Sour Chili Sauce (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 lb River Prawns (8/12 per lb), washed and pat dry 3 cloves Garlic, chopped 1/2 inch Ginger, chopped 1 medium Yellow Onion, diced 8 Thai Birds-eye Chilies, finely chopped 2 Eggs,

Spiced Mini Hasselback Potatoes

Here is the mini hasselback potatoes recipe. The spices used for the potatoes were inspired from my previous post, the Dry Potatoes With Ginger and Garlic . I am using the Fingerling potato variety for this recipe. They are small, buttery, and is just the perfect compliment for my finger sandwiches. Using a clever suggestion from one of my readers, Marcus, I used a wooden spoon to facilitate cutting the potatoes to an even depth. It certainly made the cutting process easier, thanks Marcus. Spiced Mini Hasselback Potatoes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 Bag (800 g) Fingerling Potato, washed ½ tsp Ground Ginger ½ tsp Ground Turmeric 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 tsp Fennel Seeds 1 tsp Sea Salt 3 Tbsp Peanut Oil 


 Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Place the potato on a wooden spoon, flat side down. Start from one end of the potato and cut all the way until the knife touches the spoon, at about 3 to 4 mm intervals. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, fenn

Tandoori Chicken Sandwich

I’m going to share with you a lovely finger sandwich that I made over the weekend. It’s Tandoori Chicken Sandwich with mango salsa and spiced mini Hasselback Potatoes as a side dish. I am posting the Tandoori chicken recipe today. The salsa recipe is available here . Just make sure all the ingredients are diced smaller. The mini hasselback potatoes recipe will be on my next post. Tandoori Chicken Sandwich (Printable Recipe) Ingredients Tandoori Chicken 12 to 16 French Rolls 1 Mango Salsa recipe Spiced Mini Hasselback Potatoes 1 Packet (100g) Organic Sprouts

 Tandoori Chicken Recipe 4 Pcs (about 780g) Chicken Breast, boneless and skin on 1 Cup Plain Yogurt
 3 Tbsp Freshly Squeeze Lemon Juice 1 Clove of Garlic, minced 1 tsp Garam Masala 2 tsp Minced Ginger 1 tsp Sea Salt ½ tsp Ground Turmeric 1 tsp Ground Coriander 1 tsp Ground Cumin 2 Tbsp Canola Oil Method

 Spread the chicken pieces out and with skin side down, make a few slit on each breast. 


Curry Coconut Prawns

Have you noticed the subtle appearance changes on my blog? What do you think of the new template and the layout? I would like to get your feedback. As for me, I personally like the new clean and organized layout. Well, for those who are interested to know, this template is the work of Ellie from Rainy Day Templates . Anyway, I had fried some Curry Coconut Prawns a couple of days ago. They were scrumptious, lightly spicy, crunchy on the outside, and succulent inside. Make sure you have plenty of napkins, lots of beers ;) and some good friends around to enjoy these fantastic prawns. I think they are certainly a great bar/pub grub. Curry Coconut Prawns (Printable Recipe) Ingredients

 1 lb (454 g) Peeled White Prawns (Preferably size 35/45 per lb), tail intact
 3 Large Eggs, Lightly Beaten
 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
 1/2 Japanese Breadcrumbs (Panko) 
1 ½ Cup Desiccated Coconut 3 ½ Tbsp Curry Powder 
½ to 1 tsp Chili Powder 
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
 Lime Wedges (Optional) 
A small handful of Fr

Lime Soup With Chicken

This Lime Soup With Chicken is healthy and very refreshing. If possible, consider using organic or free-range chicken to make the broth. Whole organic or free-range chicken is definitely more expensive; but, you can try to purchase just the carcasses for the broth, cheaper this way. So, do try making the soup and enjoy the rest of the week. Lime Soup With Chicken (Printable Recipe) Ingredients
 2 (about 370 g) Chicken Breast, skinless and boneless 8 Cups Chicken Broth 2 Lime, juiced Sea Salt to taste For the garnish ½ Cup Diced Tomatoes ½ Cup Diced Onion ½ Cup Diced Red Pepper or Yellow Bell Pepper ¼ Cup Diced Cucumber 2 Jalapeno Chilies, finely chopped 4 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro Method In a medium saucepan, place the chicken breast with enough water to cover. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat and simmer the chicken for about 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it cool, and shred. To make the lime soup with chicken

Chocolate Souffle Cakes

I had a chocolate craving over the weekend. So, I decided to bake a Chocolate Soufflé Cake from my latest cookbook addition, BAKING, by James Peterson . All the recipes seems doable and includes step-by-step picture guides for even the novice baker, like me, to succeed. I will attempt to bake more going forward using the recipes from this cookbook. Obviously, I will share my thoughts about the book with you as well, my valued readers! Recipe adapted from BAKING by James Peterson Chocolate Souffle Cakes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients Room-temperature butter and unsweetened cocoa powder for coating thew ramekins 1/2 Cup Butter 8oz Bittersweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped 4 Eggs, at room temperature 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar 3 Tbsp Flour Confectioner's Sugar for sprinkling Method Brush six 5- or 6-ounce ramekins with butter and coat with cocoa powder. Combine the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a whisk or silicone spatula unt

Boiled Peanuts

Has anyone ever tried boiling fresh peanuts (aka groundnuts) at home? I recently bought a couple of bags of fresh peanuts and boiled them with some sea salt, star anise, and turmeric. Boiled peanuts are a great healthy snack. I like having the peanuts while they are still slightly warm and they can be very addictive once you get started! Boiled Peanuts (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 lb Fresh Peanuts 3 Star Anise 1 tsp Turmeric Powder 3 – 4 Tbsp Sea Salt Method In a large pot, place all the ingredients and enough water to cover the peanuts. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer the peanuts for about 4 hours and season the peanuts with sea salt, if necessary. Continue to cook for another hour or until the peanuts are soft. Serve warm or at a room temperature.

Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables

My local produce store had some fresh colorful baby peppers, zucchini, and squash that caught my attention. They looked so cute that I had to pick some up. Back at home, I decided to roast the vegetables with some olive oil and tossed them into a bowl of cooked mini pinwheel pasta. Seasoned with some lemon juice, sea salt, and pepper. VoilĂ , a simple and wonderful pasta salad created! :) Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 Box (1 lb) Dried Pasta
 400 g Sweet Baby/Mini Bell Peppers, seeded and halved 1 Pack (112 g) Baby/Mini Zucchini, cut into ¾ inch pieces 1 Pack (112 g) Baby/Mini Yellow Squash, halved 
4 Cloves Garlic, whole 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 Cup Chopped Basil
 1/2 Lemon (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) juice
 Sea Salt To Taste
 Freshly Ground Black Pepper


 Preheat the oven to 400˚F. In a large roasting pan, combine peppers, zucchini, squash, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 25 minutes.

 In a large pot, bring about 5 L

Green Curry Chicken

I made some Green Curry Chicken today. Together with some warm steamed rice, it's just the right fix for the cooler weather here in Vancouver these days. I used an authentic ready-made green curry paste imported from Thailand by my Asian grocer in Chinatown. Yummy! Green Curry Chicken (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 2 Pcs Chicken Breast (about 400g) Boneless and Skinless
 3 Tbsp Green Curry Paste
 3 Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves, torn 1 Can (400 ml) Coconut Milk 2 Tbsp Fish Sauce 1 Tbsp Palm Sugar 200 g Small Eggplants, trimmed 1 Red Chilies, sliced A handful of Thai Basil Leaves 2 Tbsp Of Peanut Oil or Corn Oil Method Cut the chicken into smaller pieces and set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil on a moderate heat and cook the green curry paste until fragrant. Then add in the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, fish sauce and palm sugar and bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. Add the eggplants and cook for anot

Home-Style Bean Curd With Black Bean Sauce

This Home-Style Bean Curd with Black Bean Sauce is another simple and easy to prepare Chinese comfort food. The best way to enjoy it, serve with some warm steamed rice. Extremely satisfying! The ingredients for this dish are easily obtainable at most local grocers here in Vancouver. Try it! Home-Style Bean Curd With Black Bean Sauce (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 Packet/Block (350 g) Firm Bean Curd/Tofu, drained, cut into ¾ or 1 inch cubed ½ Red Bell Pepper, diced ½ Green Bell Pepper, diced ½ Medium Yellow Onion, diced 2 to 3 Thai Bird’s Eye Chilies, chopped 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped 2 1/2 Tbsp Black Bean Sauce 2 Scallions, chopped 3 Tbsp Peanut or Corn Oil Sauce 3/4 Cup Vegetable Stock or Water 1 tsp Dark Soy Sauce 2 tsp Soy Sauce 2 tsp Shaoxing Wine 3/4 tsp Corn Flour Method Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat. Fry the bean curd in batches until light golden in color. Drain the bean curd on paper towels and set aside. Pour off the oil and reserve 1 Tbsp. Heat the oil on low heat

Roasted Potato Stacks

These Roasted Potato Stacks looks beautiful, don’t they? This is one of my family’s favorites, in addition to the Hasselback Potatoes. These Potato Stacks can either be a great side dish or enjoyed as a snack. I used a mixed variety of small potatoes, finely sliced using a Japanese Mandoline. Of course, you can carefully slice the potatoes thinly using a sharp knife; but, using a mandoline makes it effortless and so much faster. So, consider giving the recipe a try and to all my Canadian readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday to all! Enjoy! Roasted Potato Stacks (Printable Recipe) Ingredients

 24 (1 kg) Small Mixed Color Potatoes, scrubbed 
 ¼ Cup Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Chopped Rosemary 1 ½ Tbsp Lemon Juice, or to taste Sea Salt
 Freshly Ground Black Pepper 1 Regular-Size Muffin Pan


Preheat the oven to 220˚C (425˚F). Lightly oil the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan. (Peel the purple color potatoes, if using.) Otherwise, slice all the potatoes thinly with a Mandoline or