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Smoke Salmon Bacon Cream Cheese Pate (with Sweet Potato Powder) on Cucumber

“Creative cream cheese pate on cucumber serves as a great appetizer for parties.”

Easy quick fixing appetizers, starter or party snacks that you wouldn’t want to miss to impress your guests.

Yes, minimal cooking, and simple all-dump-in method is all you need to whip this up. However, what you get is not simple, it’s certainly a restaurant standard creation.

Yields 10 – 15 pieces
Ingredients
250g cream cheese, semi cooled to almost room temperature
100g light sour cream
50g smoke salmon, chopped to bits
5 – 6 slices of streak bacons
1 sprig of fresh dills, finely chopped
1 – 2 tablespoons of purple sweet potato powder
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
Pinch of coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of bacon oil (*yielded from sautéing streak bacons)

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Homemade Purple Sweet Potato Powder (自制紫薯粉)

“You need nothing else, but only the sweet potato for this. With my quick and easy recipe, it’s definitely a breeze to get it done without hassle.”

Yes, 1-ingredient recipe and less than 1 hour of your precious time, is what you need for the homemade ground sweet potato. This sweet potato powder is, basically, great to add into cake baking, bread making, kueh (chinese cake), snacks, and hot beverages. Yes, anything you like it with sweet potato. Oh, my favorite hot beverage, Sweet Potato “Latte” (Steaming hot milk with sweet potato powder). :)

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Easy Homemade Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

“Authentic and guaranteed freshness. This awesome homemade blueberry jam will definitely blow you away!”

Yes, this is. This is the easiest way to make your own fruit jam. Nothing fanciful, instead. Just for the freshness and goodness here. You might wonder why sugar if it’s healthier homemade jam. Low pectin fruits like blueberries, need it. Yes, you could either add the store bought commercial pectin from baking supplies stores, or add sugar, to preserve the jam in a more natural way. I choose the later, but all, I used towards healthier version of sugar which is the black sugar.

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Low-Carb Cheesy “Toast”

“My toast ain’t bread. It’s low-Carb food. It’s vegetable!”

Yes, having on diet to shed away the final round of my baby weight for the past few months, I learnt to eat low carb food. This is one of the dishes I have learnt to make, to replace high carb ingredients, once in awhile.

You may call this a “toast”, “pancake”, or “Rosti”. It’s made of mashed cauliflower as its main. I liked it a lot as it’s just yummy and doesn’t taste like vegetable. Even my toddler son ate it. To me, it resembled a cheesy pancake meal. :)

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

“A side dish, that’s as good as a 1-dish meal!”

When come to Vietnamese food, the summer rolls are the sides which I would never missed. Yes, this is my favorite side dish in the Vietnamese cuisine. So much so that I would want to make my own so that I could have it anytime, even at home. And, I would eat summer rolls as a meal, sometimes. Why not, it has all the vegetables, meat, prawns and bee hoon in one! :)

Summer rolls are not difficult to make, but needed quite a bit of preparation work done. I wouldn’t mind, because I knew I would have the best spicy peanut sauce made by myself that I could adjust the taste best suited to my liking. You are right, the summer rolls would never complete without a nice dipping sauce.

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Mango Sticky Rice

“Delicate dessert to be made at home. Who says you can only eat this in the Thai restaurant?”

When I had craving for food which normally served in the restaurant, I would always try my mean to cook it at home. Not so the economic reason sometimes, I enjoyed the satisfaction and achievement for being able to whip up food which looked deceptively difficult to assemble and overvalued by the market. It just made me feel contented to see my loved ones enjoy my creation more than having it outside.

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