All About Chinese New Year Cake & Snack from Previous Years
Let me say Happy Chinese New Year to you guys, it is on this Friday, 16th of Feb, 2018, the year of Dog. Just 2 days after Valentine’s day! It should be really busy for all the Asian family already, the lady in the house obviously!
I just start to take action from today. But all the schedule and planning I have done before the last two weeks. Why? Is that serious? I can tell you the answer is YES! All I need to plan is how many stuff I’ll prepare, also my own vegan food as well.
This year I haven’t got time to try something new but I still loyal to my cake from all the past years. You can see how busy I am! Wish you all love them! ♥♥♥ Happy Chinese New Year, all the best wishes and good health to you all! 🙂
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)
150g Dried Shiitake mushrooms washed and soaked few hours
Wash the dried mushrooms, soak in just enough water for few hours before starting the work.
Reserve the soaking water, and clean the mushrooms under running water.
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 blender. Blend until smooth without any lumps. Add the flax meal mixture, tahini, ground star anise and do few pulses until well combined.
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.
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.
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.
Have you got stuffed with all delicious food during Christmas and New year? May I just say it is the right time to set a diet plan for all of us. Or you have planed one already? Would you like to share with us?
As we say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018 another new year! We remember some of the moments that defined the year just passed. No matter how good or bad, we need to choose put all down and keep moving on to celebrate the new year coming.
I wish and believe 2018 can be a year of renewed confidence of all over the world.
Let’s Cheers with this delicious and simple to make Golden milk with Chai spices.
2 cups Nut milk of your choice
2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
Pinch of Ground ginger
Pinch of Nutmeg
2 Star Anises
Maple Syrup for sweetness
Whisk everything in a small saucepan except the syrup over medium heat until combined and simmering. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes to infuse the spices. Pour into a mug and sweeten with Maple syrup.
Christmas table can’t without mince pie or gingerbread cookies, right? So, I’m going to make gingerbread this year. Wish you like it! 🙂
This gingerbread was reduced sweetness to suit young children. You can use the gluten-free flour to substitute the plain flour.
It is fun and exciting to make this cookie with your children, wish they won’t make a big mess around your kitchen. 🙂 Also, you can teach them to make a little hole on the angel’s or father Christmas’s head before baking. Tie a ribbon through the hole and hang on the Christmas tree for decoration.
The recipe was inspired by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Vegan Molasses Gingerbread
1/3 cup Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Unrefined brown sugar
3 tbsp Molasses
1/4 cup Nut milk of your choice
1 cup Wholewheat plain flour or use gluten-free flour
1 cup Quinoa flour or buckwheat flour
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of Pink Sea salt
1 tsp Mixed spice, or 1/2 tsp each of ground nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add molasses and soymilk. The molasses and soymilk won’t really blend with the oil but that’s ok.
Sieve all the dry ingredients in the milk mixture. When they all mix well combined until a stiff dough is formed. Wrap in cling wrap and chill for an hour or up to 3 days in advance.
Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C/155°C in a fan oven. Lightly grease your cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to a little less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the shapes with your favourite cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to gently place on cookie sheets. If you are using them to decorate a tree or something, remember to punch a hole in their heads before baking. Bake for 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and let them cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet then move to a cooling rack. Wait until they are completely cool before icing. But I just put few white chocolate chips for a simple decorate.
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.
Since the half-term of October has passed, the sunlight got shorter. Apparently, the winter has landed quietly here. Can you believe it is December already? The weather drops down to 0°C some of the night time.
I am planning to make some holiday treats for Christmas gifts to all our family and friends this year. Any ideas? I’m pleading for your help, can give me some idea generously, please?