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In Pastry, Recipe on
July 2, 2018

Fresh Berry Fruit Tarts

We didn’t really have much dessert growing up.

Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t deprived during childhood. There were plenty of sweet treats in the form of chocolate bars (a lunchbox staple back in the day!) and of course birthday cakes. But things like pastries were most foreign.

With limited disposable income, the choice between spending $5 on something like this fruit tart which could feed one or on a supermarket mud cake which would last the family a week, it’s not hard to see why.


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In Breakfast, Dessert, Recipe on
April 3, 2018

Breakfast Panna Cotta Granola Bowl

Inspired by Tinker Northcote’s Mango and Saffron Panna Cotta, this Breakfast Panna Cotta is a simple combination of coconut panna cotta and seasonal fresh fruit. It is sure to brighten your morning!

My usual breakfast on a weekday is a bowl of cereal. Yes, it’s not the most exciting I’ll admit. But it means I always get one serve of dairy by 9am in the morning, it’s easy, cheap and I can mix up the type of cereal I buy to get a bit more variety.

So when it comes weekends, I’m usually more into a savoury cooked breakfast. Something along the lines of eggs and toast- if you read any of my café reviews, you’ll probably notice I almost never order granola or muesli. Or anything sweet for that matter!

This Breakfast Panna Cotta Granola Bowl is one of the few sweet, cold dishes that I would actually order at a café. Would being the keyword, as I’ve yet to order one, but the combination of a silky smooth panna cotta with fresh fruit and berries sounds good to me!

I know there’s a number of cafés which offer breakfast panna cotta bowls in Sydney, but I’ve yet to come across one that plated quite as beautifully as the one from Tinker Northcote. Which unfortunately, is in Melbourne. Not to worry, I do enjoy recreating dishes from cafés so their version of this dish served as great inspiration for me!

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In Cake, Recipe on
November 3, 2014

Spring Fruits Asian Cream Cake

If there’s one thing I learnt from making this cake, it’s that I really need to learn to read labels before buying things!

I’d made a quick visit to the local supermarket to buy the cream for this cake, but being in a rush, I picked up the low fat version, and bought it anyway since it’s healthier anyway. Bad decision. The bottle clearly says not for whipping, but I didn’t want to waste it so I attempted whipping it up and failed, of course. I got it to sort of whip up in the end by adding some gelatine, but it’s really not the same.

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In Cake, Recipe on
February 15, 2012

Pineapple Upside Cake

I’ve been meaning to write a post since the beginning of the month, you know, as one does when they come back from a month-long holiday- usually of beautiful holiday shots and food so delicious it makes you want to hop onto the next plane to that exact destination. But instead, I’m still trying to sort through the few thousand photos I took, to find the couple of food shots that I was actually bothered to take (you’re allowed to be lazy when you’re on holidays right??) so that post might just take a little while for me to write….

But the longer I don’t write a post, the more time I keep spending just thinking about my blog. It’s crazy, I know.

In other news, I turned on the oven for the first time this year last week for my mum’s birthday. She didn’t want anything too messy or complicated and ended up choosing a pineapple upside down cake, which was just as well as it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. And it gave me an excuse to start making my way through the many cookbooks I just bought in Hong Kong! Read more

In Dessert, Recipe on
October 21, 2011

Strawberry Ice Cream

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The first time I made ice cream was about 5 years ago, when I browsed upon the “shakey shakey ice cream’ recipe on the abckids website which looked really fun to make. The idea was basically this-  mix a couple of ingredients (basically just milk and sugar), put them into a ziplock bag, and then put that bag into a bigger ziplock bag filled with ice and shake until it becomes ice cream. Fun right?

Unfortunately, the ‘ice cream’ tasted like sweetened frozen milk more than ice cream and did not freeze completely, so it ended up in the bin and that was the last time I attempted to make my own ice cream again! We actually have an ice cream maker at home (and we’ve had it for quite a long time!) but my dad is usually the one who makes ice cream. Not that we have homemade ice cream often- the last time he ever made any ice cream was at least 5 years ago!!

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With the warmer weather approaching, and the many tempting ice cream recipes I’ve seen on blogs, I thought it was about time I got the ice cream machine back out for a churn. I used a simple custard based recipe from a cookbook I’ve had on my shelf  for a while, added some strawberries to the mixture (it’s our favourite homemade ice cream flavour so far!). It was actually surprisingly fun to watch the mixture slowly solidifying as it touched the edges of the freezer bowl and turning into ice cream. And almost impossible to resist sticking my finger in!!

Before long, I had a tub of delicious and creamy ice cream! The texture was softer and creamier than what I remember of my dad’s non-custard based ice cream. I especially loved the fresh strawberry taste which was nothing like the fake strawberry flavoured ice creams you get at the supermarket (I don’t like strawberry ‘flavoured’ things). And needless to say, it was quite addictive- just ask my sister, she couldn’t get enough of it! Now I know what I’ll be up to this summer 😉

 

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Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Recipe adapted from Delicious Ice Cream

300ml milk
1 vanilla pod
4 large egg yolks
115g caster sugar
250g fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
300ml double cream

1. Pour the milk into a large heavy-based saucepan. Split open the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds into the milk, then add the whole vanilla pod too. bring almost to boil, then remove from heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
2. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk together until pale and mixture leaves a trail when the whisk is lifted. Remove the vanilla pod from the milk, then slowly add the milk into the egg mixture, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon. Strain the mixture into the rinsed-out saucepan or a double boiler and cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring all the time, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle. Remove the custard from the heat and leave to cool for at least 1 hour, stirring from time to time to prevent a skin from forming.
3. Meanwhile, puree the strawberries with a blender or by pushing them through a sieve. Stir into the custard mixture with the lemon juice.
4. Whip the cream until it holds its shape.
5. If using an ice cream machine, fold the whipped cream into the cold custard, then churn the mixture in the machine following the manufacturers instructions. Alternatively, freeze the custard in a freezer container, uncovered, for 1-2 hours, or until it begins to set around the edges. Turn the custard into a bowl and stir with a fork or beat in a food processor until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Return to the freezer and freeze for a further 2-3 hours, or until firm or required. Cover the container with a lid for storing.

* I also added a little bit of alcohol (rum) into the mixture with the strawberries because I read somewhere that alcohol makes ice cream smoother. 

This post is linked to Foodie FridayI’ve submitted this recipe to the Power of pink challenge 🙂