Vegan Lemon & Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Vegan Lemon & Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Today is the Easter Bank Holiday Monday, nearly the end of the Easter holiday! Have you got a wonderful time?

In the old days, I liked to make some event for my kids when they’re little so they can play in the garden with an Easter eggs hunting. Or busy in the kitchen with all the paints and paintbrushes everywhere to paint their own signature Easter egg. If the weather is sunny and dry, we can have a picnic somewhere. Those precious memories still fresh in mine. Wish my children remember it!

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Vegan ‘Scallop’ & Kale Green Pizza~Gluten-free

Vegan ‘Scallop’ & Kale Green Pizza~Gluten-free

Fancy pizza tonight? Are you going to get them from a takeaway or make it yourself? Yeah, I do like a pizza for dinner sometimes, but not from a takeaway today. Most of the time, I like to make it from scratch (also from my heart) for my tight budget!

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King Oyster Mushroom Skewer With BBQ Sauce 素燒烤醬杏鮑菇串

King Oyster Mushroom Skewer With BBQ Sauce 素燒烤醬杏鮑菇串

Have you tried this king oyster mushrooms before? Once you have, I think you won’t resist the texture and the flavour. Next time, if you find it from your local Farmer’s market, get some if you can. I’m sure you’ll love it, trust me!

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Improved Homemade Mushroom Sauce (II)

Improved Homemade Mushroom Sauce (II)

You must be wondering why the sauce is not in a bottle but in an ice-cube tray?

If you follow me a certain of time, you’ll remember my first mushroom sauce recipe in two years ago. That’s my first attempted to challenge myself. It was a nice sauce without any artificial flavoring, preservatives and unnecessary colouring. The best advantage is in line with economic principles and healthier.

Today’s version is incredibly scrumptious, I enhanced the recipe by adding some warm spices mingle to evoke the flavour of this multi-purpose sauce. The secret adding is the star anise and tahini sauce. Use them or not it depends on you, but it yields a perfect blend with minimal effort.

I made it in a cube size for easy to storage, because I made a large quantity and store in the freezer. So, I can have my own mushroom sauce whenever I need it.

It is absolutely a decent recipe. Highly recommend you to try it! 🙂

Improved Homemade Mushroom Sauce (II)

Ingredient: 

  • 150g Dried Shiitake mushrooms washed and soaked few hours
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 2 tbsp Flax-meal + 6 tbsp Water, mix together
  • 2 tbsp Fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp Ground Star anise
  • 2 tbsp Tahini sauce (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Thick Soy sauce or (5 tbsp Light Soy Sauce)
  • 3 tbsp Dark Soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pink Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sweet glutinous rice flour 糯米粉

Method:

  1.  Wash the dried mushrooms, soak in just enough water for few hours before starting the work.
  2. Reserve the soaking water, and clean the mushrooms under running water.
  3. Put the mushrooms in a blender with the ginger and water (make it 4 cups with the reserved mushroom water. It needs to blitz into few portions if you have a small blenderBlend until smooth without any lumps. Add the flax meal mixture, tahini, ground star anise and do few pulses until well combined.
  4. Pour the mushroom mixture into a large pot over medium heat. Add the remaining seasoning except for the rice flour. Let it bring to the boil, stirring constantly! Lower the heat to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce start thicken. Mix the rice flour with a little bit of water and turn the heat to medium. Pour over the mushroom sauce. Whisk thoroughly and the sauce becomes more thicken. Off heat.
  5. Grease a shallow rectangle tray and spread the mushroom sauce evenly into the tray. Cover the top with a piece of cling film, it should let the cling film touch the sauce.

Note: 

  • Use the soaking mushrooms water to give the sauce more favourable. If your sauce is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time. Otherwise, if it is thinner, add more rice flour to thicken.
  • Adjust the taste by adding the seasoning when you simmer the sauce.
  • You can make half portion of the recipe, it still can last a certain of time.

Grape & Nectarine Relish

Grape & Nectarine Relish

I am not sure it is called preserve or relish, but it is either one of them. I get mixed up sometimes!!! I know relish is made from fruits and/or vegetables. Also has a sharp and spicy flavour, balanced by sweetness and tang. Today I have nectarines and grapes at a bargain price, so that’s it the main reason I decided to make.

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Vegan Condensed Milk

Vegan Condensed Milk

The dairy condensed milk is far too sweet than this vegan version with a lot of unhealthy white sugar that’s all I know. It is not an essential item in my kitchen cupboard. But why do I make it? Silly? NO. I make this vegan condensed milk for some special reason!

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Fried Tofu with Japanese Style Sauce ~ 日式和風醬煎豆腐

Fried Tofu with Japanese Style Sauce ~ 日式和風醬煎豆腐

I am going to fulfill my words today. Remember I did the homemade tofu a few post before. I said I will make something with it. Now is the promise here to show you all.

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Vegan Butter

Vegan Butter

I did have tried a few times of vegan butter making, they’re good for spreading. But this time, I like to make something harder for some reason. You will find out later, stay tuned for more!

Until I found one here, the rose and bean. I feel over the moon because this is exactly what I eagerly hard to search.

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Homemade Strawberry Balsamic Preserve (草莓香醋果醬)

Homemade Strawberry Balsamic Preserve (草莓香醋果醬)

So sad about what had happened in England recently. 💔

The weather in here is getting better and better, summer arrives! We desire it for so long, same as we desire for peace in this entire world.

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Korean Kimchi II (Tongbaechu-kimchi 통배추김치)

Korean Kimchi II (Tongbaechu-kimchi 통배추김치)

Over the years I’ve posted recipes for a few of them before. My first kimchi was a bit sour, it is combined with Taiwanese and Korean Kimchi. Now I prefer my kimchi more close to the Korean version. Yup, my taste bud has changed, so I take a challenge. Keep watching! 🙂

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