Thursday, December 8, 2011


Ingredients: (serves 3)

cooked rice
150g soy bean sprouts
1 zucchini, julienned
1 carrot, julienned
100g oyster mushroom, sliced
1 piece fried firm tofu
100g enoki mushroom
minced garlic
salt, sugar & pepper to taste
sesame oil
cooking oil
3 eggs
2 chicken thighs - marinade with light and dark soy sauce with sesame oil and pepper

Sauce: (mix everything together)

4 tbsp Korean red chili paste (kochujang)
1 tsp finely minced garlic
1 tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 scallion, finely shredded
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp warm water to dilute
  • Pan fry the marinated chicken and leave it aside.
  • Cook bean sprouts in a cup of water with a little salt for about 20 minutes.  Drain.  
  • Sprinkle zucchini with a pinch of salt.  
  • Heat up a little oil in a wok and saute zucchini, carrot and bean sprouts separately with some garlic, sesame oil and salt. 
  • Saute the oyster and enoki mushrooms separately with a dash of soy sauce, sugar and salt.  Add a little sesame oil.  Dish them out.
  • With a little oil, fry the tofu.
  • Then fry eggs, sunny side up.
  • To serve, put the cooked rice in a bowl and placed all the vegetables, mushrooms  and meat over the rice.  Then place the egg in the centre and drizzle bibimbap sauce over it and mix.
  • ENJOY! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lemon Yellow Butter Cake

After baking a batch of friands which used only egg whites, I decided to make this lemon butter cake using the remaining egg yolks. Recipe adapted from Joyofbaking.

Ingredients: (all at room temperature)

6 egg yolks
180 ml milk
60ml lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g self-raising flour
200g caster sugar
170g butter
zest of 1 lemon
icing sugar for dusting

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
  • Grease molds with butter.  (You can also use a bundt pan or any other pans)
  • In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, vanilla and 1/4 cup milk.
  • Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix on low speed.
  • Add butter and remaining milk and lemon juice and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Increase to medium speed and beat for about 2 minutes to aerate and develop the cake's structure.  
  • Gradually add in egg mixture in three additions; beating about half a minute after each addition.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 40 - 45 minutes or until cooked when tested.
  • Cool the cakes in the pans for about 5 minutes before removing.
  • Dust the cakes with icing sugar before serving.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dark Chocolate Mini Friands


220g icing sugar, sift
75g plain flour
185g butter, melted
6 egg whites, whisked until foamy
100g almond meal
20g dessicated coconut (optional)
zest of 1 orange (optional)
dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.  Grease two 12-holes mini muffin pan.
  • Combine flour, almond meal, dessicated coconut and icing sugar in a bowl.  
  • Add melted butter and egg whites into the flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Divide mixture among the muffin holes then spoon some chopped chocolate into the centre of each friand. 
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until browned and cooked when tested.
  • Allow friands to stand in the pans for about 5 minutes, then run a small rubber spatula around the outside of each friand to loosen before turning them onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Dust friands with cocoa powder and icing sugar when served (optional).

Meat Loaf


0.5 kg minced beef (or combination of minced beef and veal or pork)
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red capsicum
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp barbeque sauce (or steak sauce)
5 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1 egg
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup almond meal (optional)
1 tbsp oil

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
  • Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  • Heat oil and fry garlic and onions until softened. Add in carrots and capsicum.  Stir fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Combine everything together in a big bowl.  
  • Transfer meat mixture into the prepared pan. 
  • Bake for about 1 hour or until cooked.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Zucchini Slice


350g zucchini
150g carrots
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
100g bacon, finely chopped
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup cream
50g plain flour
50g self-raising flour
90g tasty cheese, grated
2 tbsp oil
cherry tomatoes, halved 
chinese parsley, chopped

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius.  
  • Line a baking dish with baking paper.
  • Fry bacon and onion until onion has softened.  Set aside to cool.
  • Grate zucchini and carrots.  Squeeze out excess liquid.
  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, cream and oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, combine grated zucchini, carrots, onion, bacon, cheese, parsley and flours. Then add in the eggs and cream mixture.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. 
  • Place cherry tomatos on the zucchini mixture.
  • Bake for about 45 mins or until golden brown or set.
  • Let it cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve with salad or mashed potatoes.

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