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Hi! Thanks for visiting my humble blog :) My name is Alice. I'm a mother of two, a girl and a boy, married to just one man LOL! I love food, I love cooking, I love baking, and it has been growing even stronger with my ultimate love for my family - they're my best customers :) This blog is my e-recipe book, a means of sharing and learning one another. To connect, I'm just an email away: ilove.icook.ibake@gmail.com... Have a great day!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

AFF Taiwan: Stuffed Tofu Soup, Blog 4th Anniversary & Giveaway

My last submission for this month Asian Food Fest - Taiwan
Saw this at Peng's Kitchen and immediately I gave it a try. Very satisfied with the result, tasty hearty dish eaten with rice or on its own :)

What you need:
4 blocks of small firm tofu
200g fish paste
200g squid paste
200g minced pork
4 shitake mushroom, finely diced (I grinded)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp pepper (I used 1/2)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp light soya sauce
2 stalks spring onion - chopped
2 tsp Chinese parsley - chopped (I skipped)
2 tsp potato starch
4 cups stock
2 tbsp. fried shallot
1 tsp pepper (I used 1/2)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil
  1. For the broth, mix everything in a pot and bring to boil
  2. Marinate minced pork with grated ginger, pepper, sugar, sesame oil, salt and soya sauce
  3. Stir in potato starch, spring onion and parsley, stir til sticky. Stir in chopped mushroom. Set aside for at least 30mins
  4. Combine fish and squid paste, set aside
  5. Cut tofu in quarters. Deep fry til golden brown. Drain and cool completely
  6. Slit at the cut side and scoop out some of the tofu to make a pocket
  7. Fill in pocket with marinated meat. Put a thick layer of fish paste mixture to seal the cut side completely. Do the same for all the fried tofu
  8. Cook the stuffed tofu into the boiling broth for 10mins over medium heat til well cooked
  9. Scoop out tofu and place onto serving bowl. Pour over the broth. Sprinkle some spring onion and fried onion. Enjoy! :)
I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest – Taiwan hosted by Alan from Travelling Foodies
Okay, now an announcement... This month of August is my 4th year of blogging, to be exact is 14 August :)
I was in my deepest stage of blogging blue on that very day I didn't post anything about it. I didn't even bake anything special LOL
Since today is the last day in August, and I am now in the mood of typing, today is the day to share with you all :)
Just like the previous years, I feel grateful and blessed to be able to reach another year of sharing and learning my passion and meeting many wonderful bakers and cooks
My initial intention of creating this blog was just to have an e-recipe book. And it has been surprisingly leading me to many wonderful unexpected surprises!
For all my readers, thank you so much for the support all along!
My hope is that this blog is not only useful to me, but also others :)
If I can mention things I need to improve in the future...
First, I will try to be more consistent in the participation for whatever events I have decided to join in - I have been lacking, not in all, but some of them - yes. And deep inside my heart, I really wish I could join in even more events! Ah, if only one day has 48 hours instead LOL
Second, my apology for those diligently visit my blog, leave comment. I really genuinely appreciate it. I will try hard to blog hopping more often in regular basis! :)
Now, to welcome the beginning of the journey of my fifth year, I have just created my Facebook page. The link is HERE 
Don't laugh, I know I'm very late. But late is always better than never, right? LOL
For those who have liked the page, thank you very much! :)
Okay, to share my excitement, I have giveaway courtesy of Lee Kum Kee!
Who doesn't know Lee Kum Kee? With so many products - sauces, premixes, etc., the name is well known island wide and even other countries
Lee Kum Kee has been so generous by sending me a hamper of their products. Really love the pair of bottled tomato ketchups. Cute, isn't it? :)
The teriyaki marinade and the ketchup are the latest products released in the month of June this year
They claim that the teriyaki marinade filled with white toasted sesame seeds and no preservatives added. And with just a spoonful, you can get a restaurant quality dish with the sweet and savoury teriyaki flavour
As for the bottled tomato ketchup, it is made with red ripe tomatoes, has no added preservatives and no artificial flavouring. And it's halal too
The design is eye catching and appeal to children. Its easy squeeze bottles allow parents and children to create instant food art by making cartoon characters, adding final touches with the ketchup
So glad to announce that I have 3 sets of this hamper to give away :)
My apology though, that it's only for Singaporean readers
How you can join:
  1. Like my Facebook page HERE
  2. Leave a comment below: "I want to win Lee Kum Kee hamper!" with your name & email address
The giveaway will open for one week. Closing date will be on 7 September and the winners will be announced on the following day,  Monday 8 August and I will email each winner for the mailing address. The hampers will be delivered to your doorstep
Please note that the hamper doesn't come with the red bamboo box, but it'll be inside a gold paper bag instead
So, what are you waiting for? Come join the giveaway! :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Product Review: Bosch MaxoMixx Hand Blender & Tionk Butter Cake

I'm so excited and honoured to get the opportunity to have Bosch sent me one of their latest kitchen gadget, MaxoMixx Hand Blender model MSM87180, delivered right to my doorstep!

I never expect it comes in such a big box :)
When I opened it up, I was like - whoaaaa! LOL
This multi tasking set comes with different attachments with different functions, such as chopping, blending, whisking, grinding, and even crushing ice!
I really love the base unit. Shiny silver metallic colour, very classy!
Before I decided which one I would use first, I took out the whole set and explored each and every part of it. It looks complicated but believe me, it's very easy to use!
I am one gadget idiot, and it took minutes for me to understand how it works
The hand blender is so sturdy and nice looking too. Love it!

This release button has another one at the other side and to press together to operate. It works so easily!

On button. It has turbo speed function too

Adjustable speed control

Universal cutter L and XL

The ice crush blade

Blender jug and whisk, and look at the hand blender blade just behind the jug
Okay. Now time to decide what to make. I had quite a few in mind, but I finally baked the popular tionk butter cake by Fiona Lau
What is tionk? It actually is typical butter cake - with a softer and fluffier in texture
It bounces back whenever pressed, hence the name. Cute, isn't it? :)
I was really curious because of the rave reviews. After I had my first bite, I understand why it's so popular. It's soft, fluffy, buttery, so delicious, so addictive!
My all time favourite butter cake I always use is HERE
It's actually very similar to this butter cake, if I can't say exactly the same LOL
The only difference is the dairy used. It uses milk instead of whipping cream
Anyway, both are equally fabulous. The usage of whipping cream here is a great idea to finish up whatever balance of whipping cream you have in the fridge
Why I didn't have the picture of the whole cake? Because half of it was gone in minutes - thanks to my family. Even my fussy boy loves it! He messily cut the cake himself without asking me to get another slice after he had one big slice. Look at the picture below, the bigger portion of the cake on the right had a weird shape. yes, it's his work LOL
Here's the recipe...
What you need:
240g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
5 large eggs
200g sugar
220g self raising flour
50ml whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 160degC. Separate the egg yolk from the whites
  2. With electric mixer, beat egg whites til frothy, add in sugar gradually, and beat til stiff peak
  3. In another bowl, beat butter til creamy and pale, add in vanilla extract and mix well
  4. Add in egg yolk one at a time and mix well
  5. Add in 1/2 of the flour, mix well. Add in whipping cream, mix and add in the remaining flour, mix
  6. Mix in 1/3 of the egg whites and stir til evenly mixed. Add in the remaining egg whites and fold gently til just incorporated
  7. Pour batter into lined 8" round pan. Tap hard the pan before putting it in the oven - at the sides and the bottom part
  8. Bake for 60-70mins til skewer comes out clean
So, I decided to use the whisk to beat the egg yolk mixture, while my other mixer did the egg whites. I adjusted the speed to the lowest and I pressed the on button and I was shocked. I never expect it's so powerful. I didn't need to increase the speed for this. Super like! :)
I took the picture below with my mobile phone using my other hand. Apology for the quality :)
Such a temptation - guilty pleasure! LOL
Anyone want to try?
Back to the gadget. Overall, I'm very pleased with it. And it seems that they all will work pretty hard assisting me in the kitchen LOL
Stay tuned for more recipes using the hand blender set in the coming months :)
This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (August 2014 Event: Flour) - organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe
You see the tionk tionk cake? :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bake Along #67 Plum Tartlets (Back In The Day Bakery)

Cakey tart? How is the texture? I have to try this! - my thought about the 67th bake for Bake Along
So I did today, and let me tell you, my diet was gone into the deepest drain today!
It was really good I ate THREE in a day! I felt so guilty I just had my evening exercise LOL

It looks just like cupcakes, but once you sink your teeth in it, you will have crumbly buttery moist sweet yummy tart. Not the usual tart, this has a cake like texture
And with the tang from the plum, it's perfect! Yum yum yum...

I followed the recipe posted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids. Thanks Zoe, you have made my life so much easier! :)

What you need:

150g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (I used cinnamon)
1/8 tsp fine sea salt (I skipped as I used salted butter)
125g unsalted butter, room temperature (I used salted)
1 large egg yolk
40g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
lemon zest from 1 lemon
2 plums, pitted and sliced (I used red plum)
2 tbsp brown sugar (I used Demerara sugar)
icing sugar for dusting

  1. Preheat oven to 180degC. Line 6 cups of a muffin tray
  2. Cream butter until pale and fluffy (about 2mins on medium high speed)
  3. Add in egg yolk, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and beat til mixture is light in color
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cardamom (for me it's cinnamon) and salt (for those using unsalted butter)
  5. Reduce speed to low and add sifted flour mixture in thirds, mixing til just incorporated, do not overmix
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the 6 muffin cups. Place plum slices in each cup, pressing lightly into the batter. Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar (for me it's Demerara sugar)
  7. Bake for 25mins (mine was 30mins) until the tartlets look set and the tops are bubbly and caramelized to a golden brown. Dust with icing sugar just before serving

My weekend indulgence started early this week :)
Also this post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (August 2014 Event: Flour) - organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AFF Taiwan: Taiwanese Chicken Rolls

I love all kinds of bean curd rolls. A must order every time I go for dimsum
So, when I saw this chicken rolls, I was drooling and determined to give a try
Thanks Kimmy for the wonderful recipe, it's delicious!
My family and I enjoyed this so much. I made half recipe and it's gone after dinner. The next time I will definitely make full recipe, or more! :)

She mentioned that the original version in Taiwan is usually much longer in shape, and has no chicken in it, even though it's called chicken roll. It uses pork instead. But since I have a lot of chicken breast in my freezer, I used chicken instead :)

Here's the recipe (adapted from Kimmy from Cooking Pleasure)
What you need:
300g fish paste, blend with 2 tbsp water to make sticky paste
300g lean pork (I used chicken breast), cut into strips
1 yellow onion, cut into fine shreds
2 tbsp tapioca flour
1 pc beancurd skin, cut into 8"x 5"rectangle pcs
Marinade for meat:
2 tsp light soya sauce
2 tsp cooking wine
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1/2 tsp sesame oil
  1. Marinate pork strips with seasonings. Set aside for about 15mins
  2. Add in fish paste and onion. Mix all with hands
  3. Cover and keep in the fridge for about half an hour
  4. Place about a handful of mixture at the centre of the beancurd skin. Fold both sides and roll up like spring roll
  5. Heat oil in a wok and deep fry til golden and crispy at both sides over medium heat

I guess I should have put more filling, mine were not round enough. It's flattened after cooled. It didn't affect the taste, though :)
Look at Kimmy's. It's so round and full of filling in it, so nice!

This is one of the recipes I definitely will be making again (especially since I still have some leftover beancurd skin LOL)
I will for sure put more filling so I can get fat rolls :)

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest – Taiwan hosted by Alan from Travelling Foodies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sticky Lemon Chicken (Gordon Ramsay)

Finger licking good chicken is one dish my family and I love
So when I see Gordon Ramsay has his own version, I gave it a go and everyone enjoyed it :)

Recipe is from HERE inspired by Karen from some flour, sugar n butter
Hers look so appetizing!

I just realized when I saw this picture I have put the lemon slice at the wrong side LOL

What you need:
(with slight modification from the original recipe)
600g chicken (I used 1 free range chicken and cut into parts)
salt and pepper
5 tbsp olive oil
10 cloves of garlic (or 1 head), cut into half for each clove
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (I skipped cos I didn't have it)
3 tbsp dark soya sauce (I used kecap manis)
4 1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 lemon, sliced
200ml water
2 tbsp dried parsley (I used 1 tsp)
Heat heavy base pan with oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper
Cook chicken in the pan for 5 mins, turning once for each piece
Add in garlic, soya sauce, honey. Stir well and make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated. Cook for 5 mins
Add in water, cover and cook for 20 mins. Open up the lid and lay lemon slices on top of the chicken. Cover and cook for another 10mins
Season chicken with parsley, cook for another 5 mins. Serve with rice, lots of it :)
***The modification I made mainly was to meet my family preference. They dislike any dish which is too lemony, hence the short cooking time of the lemon
***I used a lot more water and cook it longer in order to have more sticky sauce. We like slathering it over rice. Yum! :P

This post is linked to Cook like a Star organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Yen from Eat Your Heart Out and Mich from Piece of Cake

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AFF Taiwan - Taiwanese Chicken Rice

I saw this at Violet's Kitchen and I know this dish will be loved by my family
Never had this before, so I gave this a try and I am glad I did, it's yummy!
Such a simple meal can be so satisfying :)

I decided to use the recipe from An Acquired Taste
It said that the original recipe uses turkey meat, and it's called Turkey Rice (火雞肉飯 huo ji rou fan) but chicken breast is the alternative when turkey is not available

What you need:

2 chicken breasts, blanch in boiling water for 3 mins and drain
1 tbsp oil
3 shallots, slice thinly
2 spring onions, cut 3 inch pieces
6 slices of ginger
2 star anise (I skipped)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp light soya sauce
3 cups chicken broth
cooked white rice
pickled daikon and cilantro for garnish

  1. Heat oil in a heavy based pot, and sautee shallots til golden brown. Add in spring onion and ginger, fry for 1min
  2. Add in chicken and just enough broth to cover. Add in salt and soya sauce
  3. Bring to boil and reduce to low, cover and let simmer for an hour
  4. Take out chicken breast and shred
  5. Prepare rice in a plate or bowl, arrange shredded chicken on top and pour gravy
  6. Serve with pickled daikon and cilantro (I had my blanched greens instead)

Easy to prepare and delicious! I like :)

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest – Taiwan hosted by Alan from Travelling Foodies

Friday, August 22, 2014

AFF Taiwan - Braised Pork On Rice (滷肉飯 Lor Bak Png)

One Taiwanese dish I ate ages ago whenever I was in Taipei during my singlehood
Now is the time for me to experience cooking it myself :)

My family enjoyed this dish. Since we do not fancy fatty meat, I mixed pork belly with lean meat. In fact, 75% of the meat was lean meat
Since lean meat takes longer time to soften, I braised for longer period of time
Even though I diced them real small, it still took a little longer than an hour to get the softness I want. This was in fact a good step in giving maximum flavour to the dish
Very tasty, fragrant, juicy and full of flavour. Yum! :)

Source: Doris from Sumptuous Flavours
(with slight modification)

What you need:

400g lean pork
100g pork belly
2 tbsp dried shrimp, soak til soft and coarsely chopped
20g brown rock sugar
1 star anise
1/4 tsp five spice powder
3 tbsp light soya sauce
2 tbsp dark soya sauce
5 cloves of garlic, minced
4 shallots, minced
6 eggs, hard boiled - shells removed
3 tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine
some cooked rice

Garnish: blanched xiaobai chai, Japanese pickled radish (too bad I couldn't find this on the day I cooked this dish, so I skipped this)

  1. Heat wok with a little oil (since mainly was lean meat). Add the pork cubes and fry until water has evaporated
  2. Add in the minced garlic and minced shallots. Continue to stir-fry until fragrant
  3. Add in dried shrimp. Stir. Add in water to cover the pork pieces. Add in shaoxing wine
  4. Add in rock sugar, soy sauce and dark soya sauce. Stir well
  5. Add in hard boiled eggs to the pork and gravy. Turn the eggs occasionally so they're browned evenly
  6. Simmer for about 20 mins. Add in star anise and five spice powder and continue simmer for another 45 mins (add water whenever necessary)
  7. Adjust taste, give a good stir, let it boil and off the heat
  8. Serve with hot cooked rice, blanched vegetables and pickled radish

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest – Taiwan hosted by Alan from Travelling Foodies


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