After seeing Cheah post her beautiful Pumpkin Choc Chip Muffins, I also wanted to bake some as I still have some pumpkin leftover in my fridge. Totally agree with Cheah, these muffins are moist and delicious. especially with the choc chips and cranberries in them. Definitely going to bake these again soon.
Ann Low 10/29/2014
From scrambling eggs to cooking a tasty fish supper: How to best cook with your microwave oven
In today’s busy world, it’s important for many of you to be able to cook meals fast. With work, children, exercise, hobbies and — dare I say it — sleep, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to sit down with a recipe book and plan weekly meals. Luckily, there’s the microwave.
The microwave oven, invented in 1945, is a fixture in nearly every kitchen these days so why not use it to its maximum potential? Of course it can efficiently reheat leftovers, but the microwave can actually do so much more. There are many types of model, offering varied functionality so it’s important to do your research before purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the wide range of healthy meals you can cook in a microwave:
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Why not go traditional and cook some porridge oats for breakfast. They’re tasty, can be topped with a variety of treats (raisins, brown sugar, coconut, fresh or frozen blueberries etc.) and will keep you fuller longer than a bowl of cereal — perfect for those cold, winter mornings. Simply combine oats and milk in a ratio of one to two (for example, a half a cup of oats and a cup of milk), cook for two minutes, stir, cook for another minute or so and let stand to cool.
Other good breakfast ideas include scrambled eggs (beat the eggs first, microwave for 45 seconds, stir and microwave for 30 seconds repeatedly until the eggs are set), hot granola, poached eggs and applesauce.
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Soup is actually incredibly easy to make in a microwave. Simply steam the veggies in a bowl with a bit of water and a lid (butternut squash is always good this time of year) until they are soft, add to a couple cups of stock and blend as best you can with a whisk. To finish the dish, season with salt and pepper to taste. An egg sandwich, warm brie on Melba toast and a ‘baked’ potato (or sweet potato!) are also easy and delicious options.
Consider going slightly more gourmet for dinner and whip up some succulent flounder. People can get nervous about cooking fish in the microwave but as long as you follow the directions, it’s completely safe. Fold the fish towards the center since the microwave cooks food from the outside in and steam it in paper towel, wax paper or plastic wrap.
Other tasty and completely doable dinners include lasagna (get the no-cook lasagna noodles), couscous and sausage with hash browns.
Finally, complete the meal with something sweet. You can make banana bread in a mug, an oatmeal cookie and even cheesecake in the microwave.
So, living in a small apartment with no oven or simply want to whip up a fast, family dinner? Plug in the microwave and get going!
Ann Low 10/27/2014
I was very surprised and happy when I received this mini ang ku kueh mould from Eileen two weeks ago. Eileen also shared her Pumpkin Ang Ku Kueh's recipe on her blog using the same mould and her AKK looked so cute and pretty lol! Since Eileen sent me this cute mini moulds, I too made them and at the same time support the LTU Pumpkin theme event for October.
Thank you very much Eileen for these cute and lovely gifts. I love them to bits :)
Ann Low 10/24/2014
Saw a savoury and appetizing pumpkin salad recipe in Epicure magazine sometime ago. I didn't take down the exact ingredients but remember it was mixed with miso paste, ginger and sesame oil. So here is the Miso Pumpkin Salad that I made for myself as a salad snack. Very easy to prepare in less than 30 minutes and best to serve it warm with a hint fragrance of toasted sesame seeds and coriander leaves.
Ann Low 10/23/2014
I happened to buy 3 pieces zucchini for only three dollars at the market the other day. Don't know what to do with them, I google searched for a recipe and came across my friend Zerrin of Give Recipe shared this quick bread recipe, Chocolate Yogurt Zucchini Bread. Zucchini doesn't have a lot of flavour but it gives a nice moist texture and I love that this recipe little oil is used. With the yogurt and chocolate chips added also made this bread taste so delicious. Thanks to Zerrin for sharing this great recipe.
Ann Low 10/19/2014
Here is another healthy recipe adapted from Taste.com that I told myself I would love to try. Simple and delicious Roasted Pumpkin and Apples with maple syrup coated. You can serve it as a side dish with roasted meat or stand alone snack. Also a lovely way for those who don't usually eat pumpkin.
Ann Low 10/16/2014
and hosted by Eileen (Eileen's Diary)
Ann Low 10/13/2014
Have not made biscuits or cookies for a while and suddenly I have a craving for some crunchy biscuits. Just remember I saw this Oatmeal Biscuits recipe in this cookbook 烘焙新手 that I bought recently. As I always have organic rolled oats in my pantry, I immediately tried this recipe. These biscuits are very fragrant and crunchy, Even the kids can't stop grabbing for more while playing.