Sunday, April 13, 2014


Kick start the day with a hearty muffin and fill the kitchen with the enticing aroma of freshly baked muffins. The options are endless, use it to create your own by adding different fruits, nuts, vegetables, flavorings or various grains.

The key to making great muffin is mixing the batter just enough to combine all the wet and dry ingredients but without over mixing it.

These baked muffins are low in fat. super moist packed with fresh fruit, fiber and good for us fats. I added grated apple, mashed  banana and carrot also using coconut palm sugar but this is entirely up to you. You can use white or brown sugar, either one you  still get perfect result. For extra nutritional boost, replace half cup of the flour with whole wheat flour.

Yield    :     16  muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled  oat
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter or oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated apple
1/2 tsp salt
1 med banana mashed


Preheat oven @ 180 C and grease muffin pan or  line it with paper liners.

Mix  all purpose, whole wheat, rolled oat, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk melted butter, sugar, banana and orange juice.

Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, pour in the liquid. Stir together using metal spoon.

Fold in apple and carrot.

Spoon mixture into greased muffin pan about 3/4 full.

Bake for 25 minutes until well risen  or until a skewer inserted comes out clean

Leave in pan for 5 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


If you're looking for quick and delicious treat, this Microwave Bread Pudding for one is what you need. You can use any type of bread you have in hand, torn in pieces or cubed.

Look easy right but wait, you'll end up spending more time for cleaning if you don't follow these golden rules:

1.  Sugar
     Use less sugar if you're using sweetened bread

2.  Bowl size
     Make sure it is microwave safe,  only half filled your bowl with the pudding otherwise overflowing will            occur and  you need extra  time for cleaning the mess

3.  Microwave wattage
     Mine was  800 W. Remember microwaves vary in power so your pudding might need  less or more            time

Regular milk can be replaced with non dairy milk if you have a problem also you can add  other fruits  of you choice.

Serves     :       One

3 slices bread
2-3 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoon raisin
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
butter to dot on top


Lightly grease your microwave safe bowl.

Torn bread into small pieces into the bowl.

In another bowl, combine sugar, milk, egg, salt and vanilla extract, beat well.

Pour milk mixture into bread,  sprinkle raisin  and stir lightly. Dot with  butter.

Microwave uncovered  on High for 6 minutes until  edges are firm and center is set..

Cool slightly and enjoy!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


Curry puffs or Asian pies are a favorite for many of us. It was made with flaky pastry,  stuffed with curried potato and deep fried until golden brown. But now they came with variety of fillings like sardine, minced meat and hard boiled egg.

Nowadays, most people resort to buying  from the malls instead of preparing them from scratch. It was tricky and time consuming affair.

I have seen a few of my friend making curry puffs using instant roti prata so this is a nice chance to try my hand making them.  First of all,  you need to prepare the filling and let it cool.  My filling are made using mashed potato and cooked green peas. You can even substitute the filling according to your preference .

Most importantly, do not leave the prata too long at room temperature, it becomes sticky and hard to handle.  You can start cutting and  shaping  immediately after you've removed them from a freezer.

If instant prata is not available. you can still  make these piping hot snack using puff pastries. Baking the puff is also a healthier option as it removes excess oil and fat.

Makes   12 puffs

6 Ready made prata slightly thawed

2 big potato boiled & mashed
1 big onion chopped
1 tsp cumin seed
1 cup green peas boiled
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tomato chopped
salt to taste
2 tablespoon oil



Heat the oil, splutter the cumin seeds. Add in onion and salt, fry until translucent.

Now add the tomato, stir until it turns soft. Add in chili powder and turmeric, stir well.

Add potato, peas and cilantro. Cook until heated through.

Add garam masala and salt if needed.

Remove from heat, cool.


Place one prata lined with plastic on a board.

Cut into 2 halves. Lightly floured your plastic for easy removal.

Place a heaped tablespoon of filling on one side of the dough.

Fold the dough to enclose the filling, press the edges together to seal.

Make few slits on top of the puff, transfer into baking sheet.  Complete the rest of the dough.

Bake in a preheated oven for 35-45 minutes @ 180 C.

Transfer onto rack to cool.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


Sometimes we love to skip our regular diet by having  various type of noodles, flat bread or even pasta. For today, I'm going to cook my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup.

My recipe was a bit different since I have added bird's eye chili,  to make it spicier and ground almond for slight nuttiness to the soup. This is the most loved chicken soup by my family.

Whenever I cooked any chicken dish, I make sure to remove the skin and excessive fat hidden in between the flesh. You can always ask the poultry seller to remove the skin and cut the chicken according to your requirement, how big you want it to be.

In addition of cooked noodle, you  can make this heavenly soup with pasta or rice cake (lontong) too. You can  control the spice of this Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup by adding more or less chili and also modify the vegetables  to your preference.

Instead of serving the chicken as it is, you can shred the chicken with your fingers as you pick it off the bone. Simply pull the meat apart into chunks.

Warm the belly and heart with  a big bowl of  Spicy Chicken  Noodle  Soup.  This endless  customized recipe is healthy addition to any meal or a great centerpiece  dish in its own right.

Servings     :    4-6

600 g fresh yellow noodle/rice noodle
2 carrot peeled and thickly sliced
2 potato peeled and cubed
3 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground fennel
1/2  tsp turmeric
1 stalk lemon grass bruised
4 whole almond  ground
10 bird's eye chili or 1 tsp ground pepper
2 big onion chopped
2  big onion sliced and fried till  crisp
2 cloves garlic minced
1 thick slice ginger
6 cups water
salt to taste
chopped cilantro
1.75 kg chicken pieces  with bone still in
2 tablespoon oil


Heat the oil in a deep pot, add in lemon grass and onion  fry until it turns translucent.

Add in coriander. cumin. fennel, turmeric,  ginger, garlic,  bird's eye chili and little water, cook until fragrant.

Now add the ground almond and chicken pieces, stir until chicken is coated with spices.

Add 6 cups of water, carrot and salt, let simmer until chicken is half cooked.

Now add the potato, continue cooking until potato turns soft and chicken is fully cooked. Check if more salt is needed.

Remove from heat. Bring a large pot of water to boil,  When water is boiling, put in noodles, let  cook   for 3-5 minutes (this is for fresh noodle). If using dried noodle, cook it longer.  Strain.

To serve, put the noodles in a bowl, add soup and garnish with fried onion and chopped cilantro.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


Another brownies for you all. I just can't get enough of them at the moment. Not only because I happen to have a pantry full of their ingredients but also they are so easy to make and taste so delicious. This Eggless Coffee Brownies certainly take the cake.

There are so many brownies recipes out there and everyone has a favorite. I'm sure you have one that suits your taste. All these brownies have enough chocolate flavor but varying the amount of chocolate, butter, sugar and flour, the texture of each brownies is quite different.

I did minor changes to regular brownies recipe by adding  strong coffee. The contrast of flavor is extremely good.

Yield   :   2 dozen

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
100g melted butter
1/2 cup strong coffee
1/4 cup  milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda


Lightly grease 8 in pan and preheat oven @ 180 C.

Sift together both flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda into a mixing bowl.

In another bowl, whisk together butter, milk,  strong coffee and vanilla extract.

Now combine wet ingredients with flour mixture. Stir until well blended.

Stir mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Leave  in pan for 10 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool completely.

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