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Lemon cheesecake (non-baked)

  “Do you know you can make a cheesecake without having to bake one? And, you don’t need to use an electrical mixer too!” said J.   “What? No oven? No electrical mixer? Are you sure?” said F4T.   This was my first re-action when J (an ex-colleague) shared her non-baked lemon cheesecake (a.k.a. icebox cheesecake) with me many years ago. As a person with zero knowledge in baking at the...

Triple chocolate brownies – a gift from someone special

Early one morning, FEDEX delivered a parcel to my doorsteps. It was a box of triple chocolate brownies from someone special in London. They looked so delicious and inviting! Who can resist this sinful indulgence, especially when it comes to triple chocolate? Without a second thought, I quickly took one and put it into my mouth to savour. It was sooOOOoo delicious, moist, velvety…….. the best I had eaten...

Penang nyonya kuih

(Ang koo kuih from Eaton)   What is nyonya kuih? Nyonya may be originated from the Portugese word “dona”, which means “lady”. It refers to female descendants of the early Chinese immigrants who settled in Penang, Malacca and Singapore. Kuih is an Asian concept of cakes and pastries, different from that of the Western one in term of texture, flavour and appearance. Ever since I left...

Avocado with banana dessert

After making some California hand rolls, I had half an avocado sitting in my refrigerator. So I used it to make a quick and easy teatime dessert for my son. He ate so fast even before I had finished washing up all the dishes used in the preparation! He claimed that he was not full and ate the remaining half of the banana. Then he grinned at me and said, “It tastes good, mommy!” Ingredients: ½ ripe avocado 2-3...

Gingko nuts, dried beancurd skin & barley dessert

This is a very common and popular dessert among the Chinese. In fact, it is also my hubby’s all-time favourite. As there are too many good recipes on hand, I had totally forgotten about his request. Last weekend, I had made this dessert especially for him so that I can happily cross out this “long outstanding” and “KIV” request from my checklist. My references are from the followings: a) 我的厨房笔记...

Purple sweet potatoes tong sui (dessert)

Sweet potato is one of my son’s first baby foods. Since then, it has become his all-time favourite regardless of the cooking methods. Sweet potatoes come in many colours ie purple, pink, yellow and orange. Among them, purple sweet potato is the fastest to turn soft when it is cooked. I had tried to boil colourful sweet potatoes tong sui for my family but purple sweet potato is still considered the best...

Sweetened red bean paste with lotus seeds and lily bulbs

Recently I was given a packet of red beans (Azuki beans) by my cousin sister who had bought it personally from Japan. To my astonishment, these Japanese red beans are as shiny as pearls. They are totally different from those sold in the local market. Therefore, I picked this recipe to try out these beans. The results is: The paste texture is thick and very smooth. The beans were so soft that it will “melt”...

Longan + lotus seeds + lily bulbs + wolfberries “tong sui”

This dessert ( 红枣桂圆莲子百合枸杞糖水)is suitable for all seasons. It can be served hot or cold. According to this posting, the combination of lotus seeds and lily bulbs provides the equivalent effect of bird nest. My modified version is as follows: Ingredients: 20 fresh/ dried lotus seeds (I used the dried lotus seeds) 2 whole pods fresh lily bulbs /20 petals dried lily bulbs (I used the fresh...
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