Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Banana Walnut Muffin

I had bananas that were just begging to be baked. And so I made banana walnut muffin after last week’s trip to Starbucks made me eat one of their banana walnut muffins again.

My recipe:

1. 200 g salted butter

2. 3/4 cups brown sugar

3. 1 egg

4. 2 tsp vanilla essence

5. 2 cups self-raising flour

6. 3/4 cup walnuts

7. 3 large ripe bananas

And for the topping:

Mix 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts with 2 tbsp sugar

Steps:

In a mixer, cream butter and then add sugar. Add egg. And then the vanilla.

Then slowly add the dry ingredients, just to mix.

Spoon into muffin liners and then top with the walnut mix and bake till brown

Too much sugar. Next time I’ll cut down on the sugar.
breakfast, Salads and Vegetables, Sides, Snack

Fritata

A simple fritata using the two pan method because I don’t have an oven proof non-stick pan. It’s so delicious I wonder why I don’t make this more often!

The secret for me is to really cook the vegetables well first. Make sure it’s cameralised and smells heavenly. I only used virgin olive oil and butter.

I sliced not too thinly white button mushrooms, one whole red capsicum and fried them in garlic with the olive oil and butter. Then I remembered I had some leftover florets of broccoli and added that too after the capsicum and mushrooms have been fully cooked and slightly charred.
And then I poured in 5 beaten eggs that have been seasoned with salt and pepper. And grated in parmesan cheese.
I cooked Low and slow on the stove and then used another pan to flip over and cook on the other side. At this point in time, I wished I had an oven proof non-stick pan!
To serve, I grated more parmesan cheese while still hot and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Delicious!
Obviously, this slice was not enough. Two was just nice. ☺️
Poultry

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken. The Malay kind, the Korean kind, the US kind, the Japanese kind… I can’t imagine a country without their own fried chicken version!

Today, instead of spending lots of money ordering KFC or Texas Fried Chicken in, I decided to make my own for the family.

It starts with marinating the chicken in buttermilk for a couple of hours in the fridge. Before that, add salt to the chicken and then marinade. I’ve tried not adding salt to the chicken before and only to the flour mixture and I must say, the chicken came out pretty bland.

After that, coat the pieces in seasoned flour. Here, I use my own recipe based on the kind of spices that I like.

In this tray, I’ve added two cups of plain all purpose flour, two tablespoons of corn flour, two tablespoons of smoked sweet paprika, two teaspoons of garlic powder, two teaspoons of salt and a few rounds of freshly ground black pepper.
Remove marinaded chicken and place them in
another tray. Here I have one whole chicken cut up and six pieces of tender inner fillets.
For the broccoli slaw, I’ve cut up into small florets 1 small head of broccoli and one carrot, thinly sliced. To it I added, 1 small tub (200g) of Greek yogurt, one tablespoon of Japanese kewpie mayonnaise, one tablespoon of cider vinegar, some sea salt and black pepper mixture. Mix well and refrigerate.

And that’s all there is to it! Fry the chicken till done by mixing them to the flour mixture, serve with the slaw and mashed potatoes. I made a simple mash by boiling and ricing russet potatoes, adding salt, milk, butter and pepper. Top with mushroom soup as a sauce (I always have ready made frozen soup in the freezer.)

Two piece meal anyone?
Or perhaps three pieces?

Here’s a video I made trying to capture the entire lunch process in less than 30s. Enjoy!

Asian Dishes, breakfast

Singapore Style Breakfast

The teenage girl wanted to eat soft boiled eggs with kaya toast. I’ve posted a few times, mostly not what I made, but in my opinion one of the best kaya toast eateries in Singapore here.

I got only two eggs right out of 6. It’s not easy to make soft boiled eggs because 1. You’ve really got to get the temperature and timing perfect 2. The quality of eggs plays a part too

So I had the first two eggs right but the last four were way undercooked. And so I realised what the problem was. I’ve placed too many eggs in my basket! Or in this case, my pot.

But in the end, it all turned out fine and the girl was happy with her breakfast before her Chemistry tutor arrived for her lesson.

I’ve also started making videos so enjoy the video I’ve made for this post! ☺️

You can also follow me on Instagram at @shasha_cooks

Cakes and Cookies, Desserts

Lemon Loaf

I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time and today is finally the day.

For the lemon loaf today, I followed this recipe

I followed the recipe faithfully EXCEPT for the lemon extract. While the author recommended NOT to use lemon juice, I went ahead and used lemon juice and I think it makes little difference. Perhaps extract will have a more robust lemony flavour but lemon juice works just as well. My substitute was 3 tbsp of lemon juice.

Now, I wished I had lined the loaf tin instead of following the author in just greasing and flouring the tin well. I did, but half the bottom of the cake still stuck to the pan! My heart bled lemon juice seeing that. Sigh. Next time, line the tin with parchment paper, girl, I say to myself sourly.

Measure and organise ingredients.
First step: in a bowl add 3 large eggs, one cup of sour cream (I used a tin of 200g), and 1 cup of caster sugar. Whisk well till combined.
Once combined, drizzle in 1 cup of vegetable oil. I used sunflower. Add 3 tbsp of the lemon juice, and 2 tsp of lemon zest. And then add in the dry ingredients: 1.5 cups of plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt. Mix to combine but don’t overmix. You will see lumps but according to the author. Don’t over mix and try to smoothen it out.
Pour into greased and floured loaf tin, I really
recommend lining the bottom with parchment paper. Please don’t make the same mistake I did.
Bake in a 175 degree Celcius oven till cooked. It
should be nicely browned and a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre of the cake.
Transfer to a cooling rack with a pan at the bottom. Drizzle with the glaze. You should wait till it’s completely cooled but I couldn’t wait. It was fine. The glaze uplifted the cake because it’s made with 1 cup confectioner’s sugar with 3 tbsp lemon juice.

This recipe is really delicious!
Look at how moist it is. And very lemony!

Try following this recipe for a wonderful weekend treat! 🍋🍋🍋