[Recipe] Nusskranzkuchen – Nut Ring Cake

My first healthy and guilt-free Nusskranzkuchen got a thumbs up from all my guinea pigs (aka family and some friends)!! Since I bought my Austrian recipe book in Vienna, I had been eyeing this recipe in the book called Nusskranzkuchen. I altered some ingredients to make it lower in sugar. The original recipe called for icing sugar so…

[Recipe & Tips] Crumbly and Buttery Short Crust Pastry

18 January 2016 – Cooking fiesta with grandma During my holiday back in Malaysia, my sis and I listed down a list of dishes we MUST learn from our grandma and her short crust pastry was top on the list 😀 Rule of thumb for yummy short crust pastry – 2 flour : 1 fat…

[Recipe] Winter Solstice Festival (“Ball Ball” day)

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, winter solstice falls on December 22 or 23 (solar calendar) every year. For the past 22 years, I never knew Chinese Winter Solstice Festival was more important than Chinese New Year. I just knew that no matter what you must do whatever you can to have at least one tang…

[Recipe] Aloha ‘Auinala Tea Cake

Take me back to Hawaii!!! ❤ (Click the link above to watch a video that summarises my 9 days in Hawaii with my exchange friends) Aloha everyone!! Today, I was just looking through my album of pictures and reminiscing the amazing time I had in Oahu, Hawaii early March this year. If someone sees me looking…

Malaysian Kuih: Onde-onde

Onde-onde, my favourite of all the Malaysian kuih-muih because of the chewy texture of the glutinous rice balls, freshly grated coconut on the outside and the burst of oozing gula melaka on the inside. Seriously hands down better than any chocolate (and this is coming from a chocoholic!) I would use freshly grated coconut if you can find…

[Four Recipes] A quadruple of dips!

Whether it’s with nacho chips, carrot sticks, pita bread or your fingers, here are 4 simple and very easy dips you can make. It’s a great and delicious way to satisfy the savoury cravings without having to reach out for that bag of chips. I don’t know about you but sometimes I actually cringe at the…

[Recipe] Chunky Monkey Banana Bread

My grandpa and I used to buy bananas together whenever we went to the shops but I never understood why he would hang the bananas up and wait days for the bananas to have brown spots before eating them. It made no sense to me. Why on earth would I want to eat an ugly…

[Recipe] Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts

I titled this blog as “Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts” but really, there’s never a wrong time for pineapple tarts 😀 Traditionally, these tarts are made and eaten during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year. You may choose to put 1-2 star anise to give it that asian touch. I guess that’s what makes it…

[Recipe] Kuih Bingka Ubi (Cassava)

Kuih-muih (plural for kuih) is the Malay word for bite-size snacks and usually of Malay-Peranakan origin. It comes in many varieties (sweet, savoury, plain, colourful, steamed, fried, baked) and are eaten at all times of the day… Well, actually that’s not quite true. Most shops stop selling after about 10-11am to maintain the freshness of the…

A trip down memory lane: Apam balik

Apam balik is Malaysian peanut pancake filled with crushed peanuts, sprinkles of sugar and sometimes, creamed corn. It goes by various names such as Jing Loong Pau, Ban Jian Kuih and Martabak Manis. It’s one my absolutely favourite Malaysian street food and it is to-die-for. It comes in 2 ways – 1) thin, crispy and…

Choc “truffles” – antioxidant bomb

Hmm.. Tastes like real deal except without all the sugar! I first made them with the intentions of making healthy protein bliss balls to keep me sane and euphorically happy during my exam period (It was also during all the hype about these special bliss balls, so I couldn’t help myself from trying to reinvent my own…

ANZAC bikkies – more than just oat biscuits!

G’day, mate! If you like oat biscuits, you will love ANZAC bikkies. It’s a sweet biscuit made from oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar/natural sweetener, baking powder, butter and golden syrup. Absolutely addictive! Bloody oath! (Oh, and in Australia we like to shorten words like biscuits into bikkies even if it has the same number of syllables). Perfect…