Thursday 29 September 2016

Serve The Lord With Gladness

Oodles of Zoodles! This is a healthy and delicious way of having pasta. No, I didn't buy another nifty kitchen gadget called spirilizer to spirilized the zucchini. I use a vegetable shredder which works just as well.

To keep this meal healthy, I have it with a quick home cooked tomato stew and buttermilk roast chicken.

Zoodles In Tomato Stew for one

1 large tomato
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme/rosemary(I used both)
1 tsp of chopped garlic
2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper to taste.


  • Chop tomato into small cubes. 
  • Minced garlic and chop the fresh herbs
  • Heat the oil in the pan, fry garlic and add the chopped tomatoes. 
  • Throw in the herbs and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook tomatoes in low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the zoodles.

Maple Buttermilk Roast Chicken For Two

4 chicken thighs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 tsp of sea salt to taste
freshly grind black pepper
1 sprig of fresh thyme or rosemary
1 crushed garlic


  • Combine all ingredients in a bag ( taste the marinade to check if more maple syrup or salt/pepper needed)
  • Keep in the chiller for a day or two.
  • Roast in 190-200C oven for 35-40 mins.

You need carbo to fuel your day? then have it with dauphinoise potatoes which is also simple and easy to prepare.

Simple Dauphinoise Potatoes for One

2 large potato
1 crushed garlic
1/4 milk
1/4 cream
salt and pepper to taste


  • Slice potato thinly in even slices.
  • Heat up milk and cream, Add the crushed garlic
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Throw in the potato slices and let the mixture simmer.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a baking dish,discarding the garlic.
  • Pour over the cream mixture, just enough to seep through the layers. 
  • Bake in a pre heated 190C oven for 30-45 minutes till top is browned.

Serving God is a great privilege, and service to Him must be rendered with excitement and enthusiasm. 

Tuesday 29 March 2016

In His Great Mercy

 Last week was holy week where Christians across the world commemorated Good Friday and celebrated Easter Sunday.

The Lord Jesus died on the cross for our mankind. He endured pain and sufferings.  His death on the wooden cross is proof of the powerful love that God has for each of us. Therefore, let us glory in His cross, and praise the Lord for what He did for us. He has paid our debt, those who place their trust in Him for salvation are delivered from the debt of sin. All can be saved if we come to Him by faith.
"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."

I baked these chocolate hot cross buns with recipe adapted from Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns


350g bread flour
40g caster sugar
20g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp instant yeast
240g fresh milk
25g unsalted butter, room temperature

Flour paste

40g cake flour
40g fresh milk
15g melted butter

  • Preheat oven to 170C. Add in all ingredients except butter. Knead till smooth.
  • Add in butter, Continue kneading until dough is shiny and smooth. 
  • Cover and proof in a greased bowl until double in size.
  • Punch down the dough and divide dough into 9 portions. Roll in round balls and rest for 15 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into roll and place on baking tray.
  • Make the flour paste for the cross. Mix the ingredients till smooth. Fill in piping bag and draw cross lines on top of the bread.
  • Bake at 170C for 20-25 minutes.

Christ is risen! What joy we have on Easter Sunday as we celebrate Jesus' Resurrection.  All who have believed in Him have been raised to a new life in Christ. Christ has transformed the lifeless and gives all new birth, a living hope through the resurrection of Christ.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead"1 Peter 1:3

These mini vanilla cupcakes with strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream were baked for Sunday school Easter party.

I always like my vanilla cupcakes recipe. I think they're great! moist and soft. These cupcakes were baked in my new oven and I noticed they were very unevenly browned:(  This recipe yields 36 mini cupcakes.

Swiss Meringue Butter Cream(Strawberry)
Adapted from Martha Stewart

5 egg whites
3/4 cup caster sugar
220g unsalted butter, cubed,
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tablespoons strawberry jam or home made strawberry puree
red gel coloring


  • Combine egg whites and sugar in a pan over a pot of simmering water.
  • Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm and sugar is non grainy. 
  • Transfer to the mixer bowl with whisk attachment and beat on low to medium speed.
  • When bowl is cool, add the butter cubes, one at a time. Add in vanilla extract.
  • Switch to paddle attachment and continue beating on low speed until mixture is smooth.
  • Add strawberry jam/puree and gel coloring.( use a toothpick to dip gel)

Leftover butter cream can be kept in freezer for 3 months.  To use, bring butter cream to room temperature and beat cream until smooth. 

Saturday 19 March 2016

Consider It Pure Joy

 A fast cooked dinner for son before he goes to work. Chicken Katsu, Salmon Teriyaki, Mesclun Salad and rice.

Chicken Katsu is so easy and fast to prepare. To cook for one, you  need one chicken breast cutlet, 1 beaten egg, 1 cup of panko, salt and black pepper to taste.

Pound the cutlet with a rolling pin or a heavy meat cleaver if you have one.
Season with salt and pepper.
 Heat the frying pan with cooking oil until the temperature is about 180C.
 Dip the chicken cutlet into the beaten egg, and coat it with panko.
Shake off the excess and repeat the process.
Gently drop chicken cutlet into the pot and deep fry until both sides turn golden brown.
 Dish out when chicken is done and lay it on a paper towel or greaseproof paper.
 Slice the chicken and serve.

Salmon Teriyaki

Heat up a non stick pan or grill pan till very hot. Pan sear and cook the salmon.  Spoon sauce over the fish until sauce is syrupy. Dish and plate.

To make the Tonkatsu sauce and Teriyaki sauce for single serving, these are the ingredients. The measurements are estimated. Taste as you mix.

Tonkatsu sauce
1 tsp English mustard
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1/2 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
1 tsp water (optional, mix to taste)

Whisk all ingredients until smooth.

Teriyaki sauce
2 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
2 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp corn starch + 1 tbsp water

Whisk soy sauce, mirin and sugar and bring to boil. Add cornstarch mixture and whisk briskly. Reduce sauce to the consistency you like.

Book of James

Bible study for this month is on the Book of James.  James wrote his Epistle to challenge his readers to examine their faith to see if it was genuine saving faith. For Christians to survive suffering and grow in maturity, we must have genuine faith.

All of us face testing and trials which are unavoidable. We cannot face them effectively without Christ, our Lord and Saviour. He allows trials to come into the lives of His people. But he gives us the attitude of joy and ability to persevere if we have true faith and trust in Him.

Consider it pure joy,my brothers and sisters, whenever you  face trials of many kinds, because you  know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1-3

Thursday 11 February 2016

God Made Him

Happy Lunar New Year to all! I'm back!!!

This Rose Chiffon cake recipe is created by my friend Angeline. I met Angeline during a food event about 2 years ago and we have been keeping in touch on Facebook and whatsapp.

Angeline is a very talented and creative homecook, and this recipe was even featured in The Straits Times. I have baked this cake countless time because this is now my favourite cake to bake. I just love the colour and flavour.

Do you believe me when I said I baked this cake with the oven turn off? My oven temperature setting has gone kaput, and when the power is on, it becomes very hot even at the lowest temperature. When this cake was ready to bake, I said my 'oven prayer', switched off the power and left in the oven to bake. I have no oven thermometer to check the temperature too. After 30 mins in the oven, I turned the oven on for 5 minutes and off again. The cake was done in 45 mins time and I have no idea at what temperature!

My oven prayer is answered! This cake is very tall for a 5 eggs recipe in a 23cm tin. It is light and fluffy, the perfect texture of a good chiffon.

This cake is just as good on its own but with the fresh cream, it taste even better. The fresh cream is whipped with condensed milk and sweetness can be adjusted to your taste.

Rose Chiffon

Ingredients A
100g cake flour
5 egg yolks

15g castor sugar
20ml rose syrup
80ml milk
70ml oil
1.5 tsp rose essence

Ingredients B
80g castor sugar
10g corn flour
5 egg white


  • Mix 20ml rose syrup with 80ml milk.
  • Combine egg yolks and sugar and mix well.
  • Add the milk mixture, oil and essence and mix till well combined.
  • Add flour into the yolk mixture and mix till combined.
  • Make the meringue. Combine sugar and cornflour.
  • Beat egg white till foamy then add half the sugar and flour mixture, continue to beat for a few minutes then add remaining sugar/flour mixture.
  • Beat till stiff peak.
  • Add the meringue in 3 additions to the yolk mixture, fold in gently till all whites are incorporated.
  • Pour into a 20/21cm chiffon pan and bake at 150C for 40-45 minutes. When done turn the pan over and cool it upside down.

Condensed milk Chantilly Cream

300ml whipping cream
condensed milk to taste

Pour 300ml of whipping cream into a cold mixing bowl and whipped till soft peak, slowly drizzle in the condensed milk till stiff peak.

The Book of Philemon

Our recent study on the book of Philemon teaches us to receive and forgive those who have sinned.
We were once runaways ourselves like Onesimus. We have to do what is right, even facing the consequences of our own sinful actions. The gospel is a message of second chances, and we don't hold past sins against people who have repented.

Jesus took our debt upon Himself. He was created without sins to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
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