Weight gain is inevitable over the holiday season, and especially this one with majority of the population's relatively sedentary work-from-home lives. I started with leftover roll cake from NYE, which paired wonderfully with cold brew and cold frothed milk. It was no Irish Coffee, but a decent drink nonetheless.
1) Sablé Cookies w/ Chocolate Ganache
Influenced by the gradually descending Valentine's spirit filling the d̶e̶p̶a̶r̶t̶m̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶s̶t̶o̶r̶e̶ air (and with immense hatred towards overbearing soft centre truffles), the search began for a Nama Chocolate recipe - a cult favourite in Japan. The foundation was no more than a 2:1 ratio of chocolate and heavy cream, with the only downsides being mandatory refrigeration and inescapable breakouts.
It was an odd combination, even if I do say so myself. Seeing success in a soy-star anise braise, I opted to experiment with lemon and rose this time around. The juice of a shriveling lemon, rose cooking wine, dried rose buds, and even cinnamon sticks lent a lightly savoury tone with prominent citrusy kick. In the absence of dark soy sauce, light soy sauce was supplemented with an extra dash of sea salt; light brown sugar was supplemented with molasses.
Pictured while being consumed in conjunction with the above, the stewed basa dish materialized out of need to relieve the freezer of bulky packaging. Pan-fried scallions and a knobby nugget of ginger established a fiery framework, into which a pinch of chili powder, fennel seeds, and and heaping tablespoon of paprika were added. Coconut milk assisted in moderating the flames, though the broth was ultimately too gingery yet very anti-inflammatory.
I awoke to the thought of bruised bananas residing in my fruit drawer, and the unexecuted concept of molten lava cakes.
And yes, chill your muffin batter as you would oatmeal cookies. It prevents/lessens the impacts of overmixing.
If there was ever a "Pantry Quiche", this would be it. The idea dawned up me as a fellow ahgase requested ideas to use up 10 eggs over 2 days. Outsourcing inspiration for such a versatile ingredient would have never crossed my mind - yet there I was, rummaging through my History tab for no-brainer, no-extra-grocery-trip recipes.
- Steamed Pork Patty with Salted Fish / 咸魚蒸肉餅
- Soya Chicken (Half) / 油雞半隻
- Fried Pork Loin with Peking Sauce / 京都肉排
- Sweet & Sour Pork with Pineapple / 菠蘿咕嚕肉 >