Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Gong Xi Fatt Chai/Happy Chap Goh Meh

I hope it is not too late to wish everyone Gong Xi Fatt Chai. Well, better late than never right. At least I made it before the Chap Goh Meh. Wish everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous and blessed year of the Ram. As for me I didn’t go back to Malaysia this year so it is a very small celebration with some friends. Here are some pictures I took of us doing the tossing of Yee Sang/Prosperity Toss and some of the food. Hopefully next year I will be home to celebrate it with my family.

Prepared these two platters of Yee Sang on the second day of CNY to share it with my Zumba buddies. It was the first time for them to try out our Yee Sang. They love it! Is a labor of love as it took me some time to cut, sliced and chopped :)

Happy tossing

Everyone enjoying the yee sang.

I prepared the above platter for the weekend CNY get together with my best friend. Just a few of us. Don't you just love all the vibrant colors?

Good food good friends, can't ask for more. Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Caramel Agar Agar/Agar Agar Caramel

This eggless caramel pudding tastes very much like flan but it is much lighter. I think I like this version better but Carlos prefer the egg version. I can’t blame him as he grew up eating that with Dulce De Leche.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Shrimp and Carrot Fritters

I love fritters of any kind. They were great for afternoon tea or even breakfast. I prepared this batch for fritters when my friend Nini’s came over for afternoon tea. We had it with some Chinese tea from Teavivre – Tea for Life . They sent me some sample packets to try out a few weeks ago. We tried out the Jasmine ‘Dragon Pearl’ Green Tea. When I opened the packet I can see the unopened bud and small leaves in it. I understand that the tea leaves were hand rolled into small pearl shape, which will slowly unfurl during brewing. The flavor is so delicate and light, with great aroma of sweet jasmine and faint hint of green tea. You have to drink this tea slowly to savor all the delicate taste.

Now let's get back to the fritters. I’ve made a lot of fritters but I think by far this is the best tasting one as the fritters came out crunchy and with a bit of sweetness from the grated carrot. It goes really great with a cup of tea. What a great way to cleanse the palette.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Persimmon and Banana Muffins

I am a big fan of persimmon and the last season my backyard persimmon tree gave me quite a few fruits compare to the previous year. Carlos is not a fan of it and I’ve been eating it a lot and giving some away too. The persimmon is the Fuyu kind which is round and crisp and I like eating it as it is but there were a few sitting on the kitchen counter and they were getting soft and over-ripe. I decided to dice them up and used it in the muffins and since I have a couple of blacken bananas I decided to add them into the mix as well. By the way, persimmons are wonderfully good for you. They are full of fiber, vitamins A, C, antioxidants and iron. So next time if you see these nice orange fruits at the farmers market or supermarket do pick up a few.