Pandan Snow Skin Mooncakes with Lotus Seed Paste - An easy, no bake variation of a Chinese traditional sweet treat that is popular during Mid-Autumn Festival.
We are 3 days away from Mid-Autumn Festival which is on September 13 2019. Fortunately, it falls on a Friday this year. And since Bella and Jamie get to stay up a little later on Fridays, we will have more time for a traditional Chinese meal at home. Kian also returns home from his work trip in time for the festivities. So, it is perfecting timing as the family reunite over a Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. It is also our family tradition to light lanterns and enjoy mooncakes in our backyard after dinner.
Apart from buying my favorite Hong Kong brand baked mooncakes, I have also been making Snow Skin Mooncakes with Mung Bean Paste and Snow Skin Mooncakes with Red Bean Paste every year for the last couple of years now. However, this year, it is most unfortunate that my local Asian supermarket did not have any peeled split mung beans available. They were out of stock for 2 weeks! But when a door closes, another one opens. I actually found ready made red bean paste and lotus seed paste at the store. So I decided to make my snow skin mooncakes with ready made red bean paste instead. They worked out well and tasted pretty good.
I also bought the lotus seed paste and decided to try out another snow skin mooncake recipe - Pandan Snow Skin Mooncakes with Lotus Seed Paste. This recipe does not require any steam cooking and hence, is a lot easier and less time consuming to make. They also seem to refrigerate better too. I also receive extremely positive reviews from Bella and Jamie. They have been enjoying the Pandan Snow Skin Mooncakes with Lotus Seed Paste as an after school snack.
As with my other snow skin mooncake recipes, I recommend measuring the ingredients with a digital scale for food. All of the ingredients can be found at your local Asian supermarket.
Pandan Snow Skin Mooncakes
by Miss Crumbs A Lot, inspired by Singapore Hawker Food
200g (7oz) Glutinous Rice Flour (divided)
200g (7oz) Powdered Sugar
30g (1.8oz) Shortening
A few drops of Pandan Essence
A few drops of Green Food Coloring (optional)
180ml (6 fl oz) Water
A few pieces of Pandan Leaves
1 500g (17.6oz) pkt Lotus Seed Paste
1 50g size mooncake mold
1. Divide the lotus seed paste into 30g (1oz) portions and roll them into balls. Set aside.
2. Bring water and Pandan leaves to a boil and then allow it to cool. Discard the Pandan leaves and add in Pandan essence. Mix well.
3. In a non stick pan, toast the glutinous rice flour until it turns light yellow. Divide them into 150g 5.3oz) and 50g (1.7oz) portions and set aside to cool.
4. Once glutinous rice flour is cooled, mix together 150g (5.3oz) flour, sugar and shortening. Add in Pandan water slowly and knead until a soft dough (snow skin wrap) is formed. You may use an electric mixer with a dough hook and add a few drops of green food coloring if you prefer a more intense color.
5. Divide the dough into 25g (0.88oz) portions.
6. Dust your hands, counter top and mooncake mold with the remaining 50g (1.7oz) toasted glutinous rice flour.
7. Wrap each lotus seed paste ball with snow skin wrap and seal completely. Shape it into a ball first then gently mold it into an oval.
8. Place the oval into the mooncake mold, place it on the counter top and gently push the shaping tool to shape the mooncake into the mold. Remove from mold gently.
Makes 16 pieces
Bookmark this quick and easy Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry recipe as it could be your best bet against weeknight stress.
My kids have been back to school for a couple of weeks now and and I'm pretty certain a lot of you are in the same situation as me. Are you juggling between packing school lunches and shuttling the kids to and from sports practices? And for all the stay-at-home-mamas, are you trying to complete as many chores as you can before the kids get home? What about the working mamas who are trying to get it all together and still have a job?
Regardless of what type of mother we are, we are all trying our very best! And having a quick and easy dinner recipe that is delicious is definitely a win for all! This Simple Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry can be whipped in a matter of 15 minutes. I served it with rice, some steamed broccoli and Spinach Egg Drop Soup. Voila! Dinner is ready, family is happy and satisfied and I did not stress about it.
Here are some more of my quick and easy weeknight recipes that could be useful to you:
1. Asian Spiced Roast Chicken
2. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
3. Broiled Pineapple Salmon
4. Honey Ginger Lime Pork
5. Spaghetti Bolognese
Simple Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry
by Miss Crumbs A Lot, inspired by Cooking Classy
2 pieces of Chicken Breast (Boneless & skinless, cut into 1 inch cubes)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Light Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Mirin
1 inch piece of Ginger (minced)
2 cloves of Garlic (minced)
2 tsp Cornstarch
Sesame Seeds & Chopped Green Onions (for garnishing)
1. In a measuring cup, mix together the light soy sauce, water, honey, mirin and cornstarch.
2. Heat olive oil up in wok or frying pan, stir fry minced ginger and garlic until fragrant.
3. Add in chicken pieces and continue str frying until chicken is cooked and browned.
4. Add in sauce mixture and continue to cook, allowing the sauce to thicken.
5. Serve with white rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
Makes 4 servings
Japanese style small bite size chicken that is deep fried to a crispy perfection.
Japanese cuisine has always been very popular in Singapore and is also one of my family's favorite. The Japanese cuisine offers such a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. Needless to say, Japan is one of our favorite countries to visit.
Kian and I have visited multiples times but Bella and Jamie have yet to do so. Although, we have stopped over at Narita Airport a few times and the both of them always enjoy what ever little time they have immersing in the language, culture and of course the food. With their love for Japanese food, we think they are absolutely ready to tour the country.
I've mentioned before in my other Japanese inspired recipes, Chicken Donburi and Pork Katsu Curry, that the cuisine is more than just raw seafood and sushi. And one of my children's favorite is Chicken Karaage. This simple recipe calls for chicken thigh meat that is cut into small bite size, marinated and then coating them with corn starch prior to deep frying. An easy recipe that is so versatile, it can be served as an appetizer, side dish or as a main meal with rice or noodles.
by Miss Crumbs A Lot, adapted from No Recipes
1 1/2 lbs Chicken Thighs (skinless and boneless)
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Sake or Japanese Cooking Rice Wine
2 tbsp Minced Ginger
1 cup Corn Starch
Vegetable Oil for Frying
1. Cut chicken thighs into small bite sizes. Marinate it with soy sauce, sake or Japanese cooking rice wine and minced ginger for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
2. Heat vegetable oil in wok until the oil reaches approximately 350 degrees F.
3. Dredge the chicken pieces in corn starch and coat each piece evenly.
4. Deep fry the coated chicken pieces in batches. Once the chicken is golden brown and crispy, remove from oil and allow the chicken to rest on tempura paper or paper towels for a few minutes before serving.
5. Serve with lemon wedges.
Makes 4 servings
A classic combination by pairing sweet melon with savory prosciutto, making it a delicious appetizer.
The summer holidays have officially come to an end with Bella and Jamie starting school last week. I hope everyone had a great summer. We definitely had a great one that was filled with fun camps, birthday celebrations and traveling.
You may have noticed that I took the entire summer off from blogging and some of my friends have been asking why haven't they seen any post from me lately. We have been busy having fun and making memories but now, I am back in the swing of things. However, I still like to take things easy. So, I'm just going to start by sharing a super simple recipe, or rather more like a serving suggestion, that my family loves.
Melon with Prosciutto di Parma is a perfect summer dish. It is so easy to put together that I cannot even recall how many times we had this dish as an appetizer or side dish this past summer. Honestly, we will be happy to have this all year round. That's how much we love it. And since it still feels like a thousand degrees here in Houston, we are going to save the Fall and pumpkin talk till later and indulge in this sweet and savory classic dish.
Melon with Prosciutto di Parma
by Miss Crumbs A Lot
Half a Cantaloupe
6 to 8 slices of Prosciutto di Parma (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup of Arugula
1. Cut cantaloupe into 4 slices and remove skin.
2. Wrap each slice of cantaloupe with prosciutto di parma.
3. Dress a serving plate with arugula.
4. Place the wrapped cantaloupe on the bed of arugula.
5. Feel free to double to triple the recipe for more servings.
Makes 4 servings
Another quick, easy and delicious week night dinner recipe with delectable flavors derived from bacon and pesto sauce.
In a blink of an eye, we have jumped right into summer! School has been out for 2 weeks now and Bella and Jamie are looking forward to their first summer camp next week. Even though it is the summer holidays, we still keep it fairly active for the kids with martial arts classes, piano and swim lessons. I may be slowing it down a little in the kitchen but we can't possibly eat out or get take out all the time. So, here's another family favorite that I'd like to share with you that is quick and easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.
Bacon Wrapped Pesto Chicken
by Miss Crumbs A Lot
6 Pieces of Chicken Thighs (skinned and deboned)
12 Slices of Bacon
6 tbsp Pesto Sauce
6 Slices of Mozzarella Cheese
Salt & Pepper
1. Preheat oven at Convection/Roast function at 375 degrees F.
2. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Spoon 1 tbsp of pesto sauce in each chicken thigh piece and place mozzarella cheese slice in the middle. Roll the chicken thigh up and wrap with 2 slices of bacon per chicken thigh.
3. Place on a baking tray and roast for 40 minutes. You may broil the chicken for 3-5 minutes to brown the bacon, if required.
Makes 4 servings
This broiled pineapple salmon is a breeze to make - a no fuss sweet and savory dinner with no clean up!
I cannot believe we have 2 more weeks of school and the summer holidays are upon us already. In the last month, we have just been busy with life. We can all relate to a busy life. The good news is, this busyness is a good kind of busyness, a choice. I got to volunteer as a chaperone at my kids' school field trips and spend a really fun day with them individually. We also kick-started our new home building process (we are so excited), and along with our usual after-school activities, we are also preparing for Bella's first upcoming piano recital. These are some fun times so I reckon I should say we are attempting to live a full life. And not forgetting Kian taking over for 4 days while I went on a girls' trip to Nashville for some girlie fun.
It is possible to live a well paced & present life and we should allow ourselves to slow down and live a full life. That is why I love quick and easy recipes for dinners that are still delicious. And might I add that there is literally no clean up? So, instead of slogging in the kitchen to make a meal and cleaning up after the meal, I am able to be present at the dinner table with my family and not have to rush through the meal.
Take this Broiled Pineapple Salmon recipe for example. The flavors are so vibrant and palatable with just a handful of ingredients and preparing it is such a breeze. I definitely got the thumbs up from the family and had made this recipe multiple times already. I definitely recommend you bookmark this recipe.
Broiled Pineapple Salmon
by Miss Crumbs A Lot, adapted from Delish
8 slices of Fresh Pineapple
1 Salmon Filet (about 1-1.5 lbs & I used Sockeye)
Salt & Pepper
3 tbsp Butter (melted)
3 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce (I used Lee Kum Kee)
2 tbsp Cilantro (chopped)
3 cloves Garlic (chopped)
2 tsp Ginger (grated)
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Green Onions (thinly sliced)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking tray with foil and coat with cooking spray.
2. Place pineapple slices in an even layer in the middle of the tray and bake for 20 minutes in the middle rack.
3. Season the salmon filet with salt and pepper and place it on top of the pineapple slices.
4. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, sweet chili sauce, chopped cilantro, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes. Brush it evenly all over the salmon.
5. Broil on high on the second highest rack for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of your fish and doneness preference. This should charr the pineapples and fish slightly and keep the middle of the filet medium rare and pink.
6. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion and serve over rice, if desired.
Makes 4 servings
A favorite quinoa dish of mine that is made simply with a handful of ingredients. Healthy and extremely versatile, you can enjoy it as a side or as a meal on its own.
The last couple of weeks had been rough on our family. Seasonal allergies were on an all time high in Houston for us, and everyone in our household has been dealing with some really bad allergy symptoms. From extremely congested noses to itchy and watery eyes that later developed to fevers and asthmatic symptoms. It has gotten so bad for us that both Bella and Jamie had to stay home from school for a few days.
While caring for sick children at home, I found that this Smoked Salmon Quinoa Bowl recipe, that I actually make all year long, came in really handy. A fresh and easy salad that can be enjoyed as a meal or as a side. Deliciously simple, packed with flavor and lots of fresh vegetables, this is the perfect easy lunch or dinner.
Smoked Salmon Quinoa Bowl
by Miss Crumbs A lot
1 Cup Dry Quinoa
1 Cucumber (peeled, cored and diced)
1 Avocado (peeled and diced)
1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
15 Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
3 tbsp Shallots (finely diced)
1 15.5 oz Canned Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Juice of 2 Limes
1 1/2 tsp Dill Weed
Salt & Pepper
Smoked Salmon (or any other protein of choice)
1. Run cold water over 1 cup of dry quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer.
2. In a 1 1/2 qt pot, add in 1 cup of rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
3. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 min or until all water is absorbed.
4. Fluff gently with a fork and allow it to cool slightly.
5. Gently toss the cooked quinoa with diced cucumber, avocado, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, shallots, black beans, olive oil, juice of 2 limes, dill weed and season to taste with salt and pepper.
6. Top with smoked salmon or any other protein of choice and serve.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Spaghetti Squash Bolognese, a wonderful pasta alternative that is lower in carbs & calories served with a simple bolognese sauce, a healthy week night dinner option!
One of Bella's & Jamie's favorite week night dinner is Spaghetti Bolognese and because it is such a quick & easy recipe, I make this dish as often as every other week. However, trying to stay on a low carb diet with a pasta meal makes it rather difficult to adhere to it. And we were starting to get tired of zucchini noodles or "Zoodles". So, I decided to try spaghetti squash instead.
I roasted the spaghetti squash and paired it with my usual bolognese sauce. It was delicious! The stringy squash resembled regular spaghetti and has a slight sweet flavor to it. Both Bella and Jamie loved it and have since requested that I make the squash as a pasta alternative for them too.
Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
by Miss Crumbs A Lot
1 Medium Spaghetti Squash
1 lb Minced Beef (20% fat, 80% lean)
3 stalks of Celery
1/2 Large Onion
5 cloves Garlic
1 28 oz Can Tomato Sauce
1/4 cup White Wine or White Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Cut the spaghetti squash into half, remove the seeds and rub 1 tbsp of olive oil and a little salt on the inside.
3. Place the squash cut side down onto a baking tray, add a little water in the tray and bake for 40 to 60 minutes (depending on the size of the squash and if you prefer it more al dente or softer).
4. In a food processor, mince the carrots, celery, onion and garlic (separately)
5. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pot and stir fry the minced onion and garlic until fragrant.
6. Add minced carrots and celery and continue stir frying for a few minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
7. Add white wine into the vegetables and mix well.
8. Add the minced beef and stir fry until meat is cooked, breaking up the minced meat.
9. Season with salt and pepper. Allow it to simmer for 20 min.
10. When the squash is done and cooled slightly, use a fork to fluff the squash to make the insides resemble spaghetti. Serve with bolognese sauce and parmesan cheese, if desired.
Makes 4 servings
Quick, fresh and delicious, this easy weeknight dinner makes family meal time simple and enjoyable.
If there is one dish that I'd prepare for my family a lot, and I'm thinking almost on a weekly basis, it is oven roasted chicken. This is by far one of the easiest meals to prepare and clean up. It is literally a "shake and bake" situation here. Hence, they make a frequent appearance on our dinner table.
In my pantry, I do have a pretty decent spice rack that is filled with a variety of dry rub ingredients. Every other week or so, I'll try different combinations of spice powders on my chicken dinners. Needless to say, the family absolutely love it and very often request for this dish. Do not be disheartened by the long list of ingredients listed below. These spice powders are inexpensive and last for quite a while. On top of that, the flavors that they add to the meat is heavenly.
As I mentioned before, I make oven roasted chicken on a regular basis and so I have developed quite a few dry rub recipes in my arsenal, many of which have less than 5 ingredients required. And I promise I will share them soon. But for now, give this unbelievably flavorful and crispy chicken a try. I even have it such that you can prepare the dry rub once and store it in an air tight container, ready for multiple use.
An extremely appetizing and easy salmon recipe that will definitely make a frequent appearance on your dinner table.
It has been a while since I posted a new recipe. Truth be told, I am a creature of habit and very often, I make the same recipes over and over again for my family. Fortunately, everyone at home enjoys these dishes and are not complaining. However, when I do throw in a new recipe, it is definitely appreciated.
With the end of Chinese New Year celebrations and all the indulgent feasting over, we are definitely ready to go back to a more healthy and wholesome diet. This broiled salmon is a perfect week night dinner dish. The sweet and tangy flavors paired with the rich and buttery texture of salmon makes it great meal that is full of good fats. And not to mention the simplicity and ease of this recipe.
Mustard Herb Salmon
by Miss Crumbs A Lot adapted from Delish.com
1 lb to 1.5 lb Sockeye Salmon (cut into 4 to 5 fillets)
1 tbsp Coarse Grain Mustard
2 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tbsp Minced Shallots
3 tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves (chopped & divided)
2 tsp Fresh Rosemary (chopped)
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Lemon Slices (for garnishing)
1. Pre-heat oven on high in broiler function.
2. In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of coarse grain mustard, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp minced shallots, 2 tsp chopped thyme, 2 tsp chopped rosemary, juice of 1/2 lemon and season with salt & pepper.
3. Spread the mixture over the salmon fillets on a baking tray and broil for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on how thick your salmon fillets are.
4. Garnish with the remaining 1 tsp of chopped thyme and lemon slices before serving.
Makes 4 to 5 servings
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