Category Archives: Festive Gourmet

Festive Food

My Valentine’s All-Day Breakfast

“Romantic coffee pancakes with smoked salmon, cheesy scrambled egg & flowers.”

Valentine’s Day is always romantic. Though we hope that everyday is just as great as the festive day itself, but who doesn’t wish it to be a little more special and memorable, and simply to mark the day.

If cooking dinner is not for you, you want to be brought to romantic candle-lit dinner, don’t you? Still, wish to do something for your loved one, how about a fanciful breakfast yo kick start your romantic day? read more

Bird Nest Pineapple Cakes (燕窝黄梨酥)

“Bird nest incorporated into pineapple paste filling, just feeling luscious this Lunar festival.”

Making these into cake blocks in order to stuff in more bird nest into its pineapple filling. The chunks of pineapple cake would look more generous this way.

Same pineapple filling recipe I had previously, or even store-bought readymade kind of pineapple paste will do the job. Only the crust was made with slight difference this time.

Chinese New Year Goodies: Pineapple Tart Rolls (黄梨酥) read more

Festive Dish: Steamed Pork Belly with Taro Pineapple & White Radish (年菜: 好意头(芋头)旺来扣肉)

“It’s not your ordinary Kou Rou (steamed pork belly) dish.”

I have my conventional recipe for Kou Rou dish. And here, I was to bring my pork Belly dish to a new level, with the necessary festive twist. Simply to prepare it as one of our Chinese Lunar New Year dishes!

I would like to consider this an entirely different pork belly dish. Not only the side ingredients were adapted for auspicious purpose, the recipe was just different. Cai po, Miso paste, mirin, etc were used here.. Weird? It turned out so well, in fact! read more

Simple Rosemary Cajun Chicken Chop with Mashed Kudzu Root

“It’s our ritual to cook this chicken chop for Christmas, I would still add a twist to my already-good recipe.”

Chicken chop for this Christmas Eve was a little bit simpler and quicker to cook as I was out to run errand urgently the whole day. Only managed to fix the meal the last minute, I had to whip up our dinner within an hour. And, this is what I had here.

It was real quick and simple to cook this chicken chop, all I had to do was to get all the ingredients from supermarket first. Making mashed Kudzu root was my first attempt to create something new in place of potato. read more

Salmon Sushi Cake

“Happy birthday, pretty!”

Having to bake so many cakes Regularly, I was kinda feeling lazy. It might also be lacking of surprise element to the birthday celebration.

Making a sushi cake not only special, sushi is also our favorite food, especially with salmon as its filling. Hence, I decided to make this as a birthday surprise, at the same time, our quick and simple dinner meal. I thought this was the best simple celebration to mark this day.

Yields 8″ sushi cake
Ingredients
3 cups of Japanese rice (I used Calrose rice)
1 tablespoon of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of Apple vinegar
1 teaspoon of Mirin
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Louisiana Seafood Boil

“Are you ready for a feast?”

Planning for any gathering, or feeling like fixing a feast for your loved ones? For the seafood connoisseur, here’s my easy and delicious all-in-one seafood treat.

This is especially great to cook for a group epicureans to get together. Chatting, laughing and having great food together… Great food, great home cooked food, but minus the hassle of cooking up extensive dishes. You would still be able to impress your guests with this lucious meal. :) read more