Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Easy Orange Cake

Surprised that the cake actually turned out well. It is really a simple cake using simple ingredients. Even hubby gave the thumbs up! How cool is that? There is a burst of orange flavour and goes really well with a cup of coffee. What's more? It's home baked. You know the ingredients and can eat it with a peace of mind. Here is the recipe :

150g butter
About 1 tbsp finely grated orange rind
150g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
60ml milk
About 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius. Prepare a loaf pan (greased and lined with baking paper)
  • Cream butter,sugar and orange rind till light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs one at a time.
  • Add in milk, orange juice and fold in the flour till all combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50minutes till golden brown or till cooked through( test for doneness)
  • Let it cool in the pan for a while then turned out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Something Egg-gy

Egg tarts have always been my favourite. I have been toying with the idea to bake them for almost a week now. I finally did it today.The recipe I used is from KUALI and yields exactly 12 tarts. This is just perfect for a small family like mine. No fuss. There are even extras to giveaway to my neighbour who has been sharing her bakes as well. Isn't it nice to have nice people staying in your neighbourhood?

This recipe is a keeper.The crust is just nice. The custard soft and smooth. Yummy!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Braised Chicken Wings

Super fast and quick dish. Mom used to say no reason not to cook when it is this easy. She taught me this when my kids were younger. This has been one of our lazy day dish ever since.

All you need is :

2 packets of mid joint wings ( from NTUC)
Thumb size ginger - cut into slices
1 clove of garlic - smashed with the back of the knife
Soya sauce, dark soya sauce,oyster sauce and sesame oil ( about 2 or 3tbsp each ,according to your taste. I don't really measure.)
some pepper

Basically, throw everything in a pot to marinate.Let it stand for about 5mins or so. Then, fill up with water till all wings are covered. Bring to boil under high heat. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 or 25mins till soften. Mix in some corn starch solution to thicken the sauce.

This is how it looks like when marinating.

Ready to serve. It goes well with rice or porridge.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Banana Cake

I think this has to be the most easiest cake to make. All less than 15mins to mix. One thing to note is the banana must be really ripe. This is inspired by my elder son. He actually came back some time back with some banana cake from his home econs class. He was excited and eager to get each one of us to try his cake. Obviously, he was proud that it tasted good. I am proud of him too. Really. He was beaming and I can understand the feeling because I felt the same each time when I bake.The best part about the experience is he offered to bake together with me today. I was surprised. What a way to bond. Here is the recipe we used (actually from his text book! Ha!) :

100g butter
80g sugar
100g self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs - lightly beaten
1 banana (we used 2 but not ripe enough)- mashed
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1 loaf tin (greased and lined)

  • - Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius.
  • - Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  • - Add in eggs gradually, add in milk,vanilla essence and the mashed banana. Mix till combined.
  • - Sieve flour and salt together and fold into the batter.
  • - Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for about 30 mins or till cooked through.

Turn out the cake when cooked to cool completely.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Life is good

I feel good.

Work. Life . Balance .

I have been thinking lately. Life is what you want it to be. Simplicity can be such a wonderful thing. Me,hubby and the little one can be having dinner in our room watching TV on a small table and that warms me anytime better than a fine dining restaurant.

I want to slow down and really enjoy every little details. Treasure every moment.


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