Thursday, July 31, 2014

Broccoli Chowder with Corn & Bacon

A bowl of warm hearty creamy soup with homemade garlic foccacia

This is a healthy creamy soup without added cream or butter. Bacon is added as garnish and helped to boost up the flavour of this creamy vegetable soup. Omit the bacon and replaced the chicken stock with vegetable stock, it becomes a great vegetarian dish to enjoy! 

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 800ml chicken stock
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 300gm broccoli florets
  • 400gm sweet corn kernels
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 250ml fresh milk
  • salt & black pepper to taste

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a deep pot, cook bacon over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8-10mins. Remove bacon.
  2. Increase heat to medium, add onion and fry till soften about 6mins.
  3. Add flour, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add stock and potato, bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 mins until potato is tender. 
  4. Add broccoli, corn, rosemary and milk. Cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, 8-10mins.
  5. Season with salt & pepper. Ladle chowder into individual serving bowl and topped with bacon. Serve with crusty bread of your choice.

This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (July 2014 Event: Potato) - organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Jasline (Foodie Baker)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Stained Glass Jelly

This is another colourful rainbow that is yummylicous and candy to the eye! It looks complicated to make this but it does not! It is so much simple than the Rainbow Agar Agar I've did previously :D 

Preparing the coloured jelly (agar agar) first, the only natural colour extract here is the blue from dried bluepea flower! 

Stained Glass Jelly
  • 1 packet agar agar powder  (4 tsp)
  • 800ml water 
  • 120gm sugar (can increase up to 200gm sugar if you prefer sweeter)
  • blue - 2 tbsp dried bluepea flower
  • red - konnyaku cherry colour
  • green - pandan paste
  • orange - konnyaku peach colour

  1. Steep bluepea flower in 200ml water for 15 mins. Strain liquid and discard flowers. Combine liquid with 30gm sugar and 1 tsp agar agar powder and bring to boil for 2 mins. Pour mixture into a small container. Cool completely before chilling.
  2. Bring the balanced 600ml water to boil. Add in remaining 90gm sugar and 3 tsp agar agar powder and cook for 2 mins. Remove from heat.
  3. Divide mixture into 3 equal portions and add in red, green and orange colours respectively.
  4. Pour into individual containers and leave to set before chilling.
  5. Cut the stained glass jelly into small cubes and gently toss to distribute the coloured jelly evenly and set aside in fridge.

After the coloured jelly had set, cut them into small cubes and ready to proceed in preparing the condensed milk jelly. Keep them chilled while preparing the milk jelly.

Condensed Milk Jelly
  • 1 packet agar agar powder
  • 900ml water
  • 12 tbsp condensed milk
  • 2 pandan leaves, knotted

  1. Combine pandan leaves and water in a pot and bring to boil. Add in agar agar powder and cook  for 2 mins. 
  2. Add in condensed milk and stir evenly. Turn off heat. Discard pandan leaves.
  3. Ladle a scoop of milk mixture into a 7" square pan. After it is semi-set, gently sprinkle in a layer of stained glass jelly over, pour in some milk agar agar mixture. Layer in more stained glass jelly and milk mixture. Make sure the last layer of coloured jelly is well submerged without protruding out. 
  4. Set in room temperature before chilling. Chill completely before serving.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Porridge by Soy Milk Maker

I've owned this soy milk maker for quite some time but so far only use it to make soy milk! After testing out recipe on porridge making using the machine, I'm hooked! Just need to soak the grains overnight and best if you have some homemade stock on hand, a bowl of thick and creamy porridge will be ready in just 15 mins! The machine will cook and grind the porridge till smooth, unlike if cooking over stove I've to constantly check on the pot to avoid the porridge from scorching.  Hehehe another great way to prepare simple and healthy meals when Mummy feeling too tired or lazy on some days! 

Mixed Grain Brown Rice Chicken Porridge

Mixed Grain Brown Rice Porridge
  • 60gm organic mixed grains
  • 40gm brown rice
  • 500ml homemade stock
  • 1/2 chicken, cut into chunks
  • 2 stalk spring onions
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • spring onion and toasted sesame seeds for garnishing

  1. Rinse grains thoroughly and soak in water overnight.
  2. Marinate chicken with ginger juice, soy sauce, wine, salt, pepper & sesame oil for at least 30mins.
  3. Cut spring onions into sections and place onto a heatproof plate. Arrange the marinated chicken over including the liquid.
  4. Steam over preheated steamer for 30mins. Cool down till it is easy to handle. Remove the meat and shred finely, discarding the bones. Combine the broth and shredded meat together.
  5. To cook porridge : Add soaked grains and stock into the soy milk maker machine. Select the rice paste function and start button. Porridge will be ready in 15 mins.
  6. Open the lid and add in salt & pepper and stir evenly to mix. Scoop into serving bowl and serve with the shredded chicken. Garnish with spring onion and toasted sesame seeds.

Mixed Grains Pumpkin Porridge

Mixed Grains Pumpkin Porridge
  • 60gm mixed grains 
  • 40gm white rice
  • 1 cup pumpkin cubes
  • 600ml homemade fish stock
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • sesame oil

  1. Rinse and soak mixed grains overnight.
  2. Rinse white rice.
  3. Place all grains, pumpkin cubes and stock into the soy milk maker machine. Select the rice paste function and start button. Porridge will be ready in 15 mins.
  4. Open lid and add in salt & pepper. Stir evenly to mix.
  5. Drizzle with some sesame oil and serve.

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