Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wacky Cocoa Cream Cheese Cupcake |古怪的可可奶油干酪蛋糕

A week ago, I am cracking my head on what to prepare to let the little boy bring to his school for Potluck Day. Those chocolate, junk foods and sausage is out of my list. I have 1 options, cream cheese cupcake or Hokkaido cupcake. I have end up with this wacky cupcake as I have no more eggs in the fridge!

Ingredients for cupcakes:
Yield 10-12
200g all purpose
110g granulated white sugar
3½ tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
240ml milk
80g canola oil
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar (optional)

Cream Cheese Filling:
200g cream cheese at room temperature
60g granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cream Cheese Filling:
1. Using mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
2. Add the sugar and lemon juice and beat until creamy and smooth. Set aside.

1. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
2. Mix milk, oil and vinegar.
3. Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients until nice and smooth.
4. Divide the batter evenly among the cups. Then spoon the cream cheese filling into the center of each cupcake and cover a bit using the batter.
3. Bake in the preheated oven 180C for about 25 minutes, or a toothpick inserted into the chocolate part of the cupcake will come out clean.

Hope you and your friends enjoy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fish Maw Scallops Chicken Soup | 鱼漂干贝鸡汤

Bamboo fungus is new ingredient for me, I just get to know about it when I saw it in the pork shop I use to go every week. I am surprise that this fungus has a lot of benefits that I never know.

There some info I found from the net.
Bamboo fungus is rich in crude protein, fat, and a variety of essential vitamins, especially glutamic acid content is very rich. 
Bamboo fungus has the role of fat, can reduce the accumulation of abdominal fat, weight loss Cellulite, plus dictyophora adsorption cool air in the mountains bamboo forest, slightly cold, so at the same time lowering blood pressure, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering utility for people who have been suffering from mild fatty liver, is blindly therapeutic medicine.
Bamboo fungus can qi Yin, lungs and cough, heat and dampness, to improve immune disease resistance, to some extent inhibited tumor initiation and proliferation of lung cancer patients have a better therapeutic effect.

Half chicken without skin or 4 drumsticks
5-6 scallops
2 medium size fish maw
Half pack bamboo fungus (竹笙)
8 red dates
5g wolfberry

1. Blanch chicken in boiling water for 2mins. Drain away water.
2. Add 2L water in a pot, bring to boil. Add in all ingredients except bamboo fungus, bring to boil again. Lower heat and simmer for 1.5hrs.

3. Add in bamboo fungus at last 30 mins and taste with salt.