Monday, June 29, 2015

Viennese Biscuits basic to compilation of varieties of possible flavors

Oh how much we love Marks and Spencer Viennese Biscuits. After a long long baking journey, here we are finally baking these scrumptious eggless butter shortcake swirls!

If used Lurpark butter, it can be called Danish Butter Shortcakes.

However, if we use New Zealand butter can it be called New Zealand Butter Shortcakes? Likewise for Australian butter.

Base Cookie Dough Ingredients:
125g Salted Butter
125g Plain FLour
25g Icing Sugar
25g Corn Starch
0.5 teaspoon Vanilla Paste
1 tablespoon Milk

  1. Place Salted Butter and Icing Sugar and whisk until light and fluffy. Add Vanilla Extract and whisk for 10 secs.
  2. Pour sifted flour and Corn Starch into mixing bowl. Mix until well combine.
  3. Add Milk and mix well, the mixture should be thick, sticky, soft and can hold it's shape.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Fill the dough into a piping bag with 1M tip or Star tip.
  6. Pipe your desire shape onto the silicon mat, remember to leave approx 1cm.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are slightly light brown.

Full recipe:
6cm x 8cm size yields approx 12pcs. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Straight down 1" size flower approx 65pcs. Bake for about 15 minutes.
Ring loop 2" diameter size yields approx 30pcs. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Some Extra Tips Below:
- To have uniform shape cookies, draw grids on one of the baking sheet, place another baking sheet on top and pipe according to the shadow grid. Continue until complete.

Below is my creations hopefully it'll inspire you. You may bake the Viennese Biscuits and make all kinds varieties as below. Hope you all will love this recipe.

Dark Chocolate Viennese Biscuits
Coming Soon

Strawberry Sandwich Viennese Biscuits
Coming Soon

Passion Fruit Sandwich Viennese Biscuits
Coming Soon

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Salad Lunchbox a.k.a. Salad Mealbox Ideas

Salad around my working area cost from the range of S$8 to S$15! Also, keeping up to a change to a more healthy lifestyle.

It's time for me to pack us own salad or change our daily meal to save some money in the long run.

Summary of what we will be using, restocked our house with some items!

Salad Base: Butterhead Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Rolla Rosa, Red Chicory, Endive, Green Frisse, Pea Sprout, Red Sails Lettuce
~Yet to try...Broccoli, Carrot, Cucumber, Capsicum, Celery, Beetroot, Pumpkin

Fresh Fruit Topping: Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Pear
~Yet to try...Tomatoes, Mandarin Orange, Mango, Avocado, Peach, Apricot

Dried Fruit Topping: Dried Goji Berry, Raisins, Dried Cranberries

Nutty Topping: Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Cashew Nuts
~Yet to try...Almond, Pistachio, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Other Topping:
~Yet to try...Chick Peas, Kidney Beans, White Beans, Edamame, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Spring Red Radish, Corn

Protein: Fish Ngoh Hiang, Hard-boiled Egg, Bacon, Sausages, Corn Beef, Egg Mayo, Quinoa
~Yet to try...Smoked Chicken Breast, Smoked Salmon, Beef Pastrami, Ham, Tuna, Crab Stick, Beef Pepperoni, Fish

Carbohydrate: Croutons
~Yet to try...Pasta, Soba, Glass Noodles

Salad Dressing: Ceasar Salad, Honey Mustard
~Yet to use...Honey Yuzu aka Citron Salad Dressing Recipe

Below are our creations hopefully it'll inspire you.

Salad Meal 1
Salad Base : Butterhead Lecttuce, Romaine Lettuce, Rolla Rosa, Red Chicory, Endive, Green Frisse, Pea Sprout
Topping : Walnuts, Strawberries
Protein : Fish Ngoh Hiang
Dressing : Ceasar Salad

Salad Meal 2
Musclun Salad Base : Butterhead Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Rolla Rosa, Red Chicory, Endive, Green Frisse, Pea Sprout
Topping : Hazelnuts, Blueberries, Dried Goji Berry, Hard-boiled Egg
Protein : Bacon
Dressing : Ceasar Salad

Salad Meal 3
Salad Base : Butterhead Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Red Sails Lettuce, Pea Sprout
Topping : Macadamia Nuts, Dried Apricot, Dried Cranberries, Croutons
Protein : Corn Beef
Dressing : Honey Mustard Salad

Salad Meal 4
Salad Base : Butterhead Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Red Sails Lettuce, Pea Sprout
Topping : Cashew Nuts, Dried Goji Berries, Dried Cranberries, Grapes
Protein : Bacon
Dressing : Honey Mustard Salad

Salad Meal 5
Salad Base : Butterhead Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Red Sails Lettuce, Pea Sprout
Topping : Croutons
Protein : Sausages
Dressing : Honey Mustard Salad

Salad Meal 6
Salad Base : Butterhead Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Red Sails Lettuce, Pea Sprout
Topping : Hazelnuts, Dried Cranberries, Pear
Protein : Sausages, Egg Mayo, Quinoa
Dressing : Caesar Salad

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Six Best Swiss Chocolatiers in Geneva!

Sometimes a sky-high reputation can be hard to live up to. For example, the Swiss are well known for their skill in watch and chocolate making. And yet for as long as I can remember, I haven't really been all that impressed. I mean yes, confectionery from Toblerone and Nestlé isn't bad, and some Lindt chocolates are even quite good, but by and large they aren't (in my opinion) that much better than many other brands available on our shores.

The secret, though, is that the best Swiss chocolate isn't made by multinational manufacturers, but by the dozens of small individual boutique artisan shops around the country. By nature of their (relatively small) size, they don't actively export any of their chocolates outside the country - so for those of us in Asia we really do need to fly to Europe to buy and try. Or ask someone else flying there to buy on our behalf, of course!

So without further ado, here's our in-alphabetical-order mini-guide to Six of the best Swiss Chocolatiers in Geneva! For maximum convenience we've chosen only stores that are within walking distance of Geneva's main shopping street, so you'd totally be able to visit all the stores within an hour or two.

Auer Amandes Princesses Best Swiss Chocolate Geneva

Auer Chocolatier
Amandes Princesses - 15.00 CHF
Auer's signature Amandas Princesses are almonds in crispy sugary coating, and then further coated in creamy milk chocolate with a dusting of cocoa powder. This was one of our favorite chocolates - the sugar gives just the right hint of crispiness to go along with the creamy chocolate and crunchy almonds. 4.5 stars.

La Bonbonniere Alcohol Best Swiss Chocolate Geneva

La Bonbonnière
Alcohol-center chocolates and Pavé de Genève - 26.00 CHF
These spheres (a variety of liqueurs including vodka, brandy, whisky, etc) are alcohol'ed on steroids - the teetotalers amongst us could actually get tipsy on a couple of these. The Pavé de Genève (those cube things) literally translate to "Geneva's Pavement," and are named after city's cobbled sidewalks. These are rich, silky, and supremely luxurious - but perhaps slightly lacking the complexity of Du Rhone's version (see below). These are best eaten cool - they're a little too hard if eaten straight out of the fridge, but melt too quickly if they're out too long in our Singapore heat. 4.0 stars.

Du Rhone Moccas Glaces Best Swiss Chocolate Geneva

Du Rhône Chocolatier
Moccas Glacés - 25.50 CHF
These coffee-flavoured Pavé de Genèves are absolutely delicious - the coffee adding a depth of flavour that's absent from regular offerings. Du Rhône won the Gault & Milleau Prize for these chocolates and we think it was well deserved! 4.5 stars.

Faverger Avelines Best Swiss Chocolate Geneva

Avelines - 9.70 CHF
The most 'commercial' chocolatier on the list, these were also the least enjoyable chocolates for us. Don't get us wrong, the hazelnut praline sandwiched between layers of smooth chocolate are still pretty good; just that they're a little weak in comparison to the others. 3.0 stars.

Note that Favarger sells two additional 'colors' in their Aveline range with green and blue wraps (milk and dark chocolates). These aren't worth the effort to buy and carry back to Singapore.

Laderach Assortment Best Swiss Chocolate Geneva

Läderach – chocolatier suisse
Assorted Chocolates - 24.20 CHF
These assorted chocolates are typically made by hand and priced by weight. We quite liked most of the choices - particularly the ginger ones, although some were perhaps a tad on the sweet side - like the dulce de leche. 4.0 stars.

Teuscher Champagne Truffles Best Swiss Chocolate Geneva

Truffes au Champagne - 31.50 CHF
A tad bit disappointed here. Teuscher makes a big deal of these truffles being made with Dom Pérignon Champagne. But we couldn't detect any hint of alcohol, and the truffle overall was really really sweet (bordering on sickly sweet). 3.5 stars.

We hope this mini-guide helps you on your quest to find the best Swiss Chocolate in Geneva! If you noticed, the prices aren't exactly cheap, so if you're on a budget we'd recommend definitely trying Auer's crispy/crunchy almonds and Du Rhône's coffee pavement slabs. Happy chocolate hunting!

At time of writing, 1.00 CHF = 1.43 SGD.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dry Foochew Chinese Red Wine Chicken Recipe

Serving for 2

2 tablespoons of Sesame Oil
30g of sliced Old Ginger
300g Chicken
3 tablespoons of Foochew Red Glutinous Rice Wine 红糟酒 Residual
50ml of Water
50g of sliced Shiitake Mushrooms
50g of sliced Black Fungus

  1. Heat pan on medium high heat and fry Old Ginger until fragrant.
  2. Place the Chicken and top with Foochew Red Glutinous Rice Wine 红糟酒 Residual.Pan dry until fragant, then add in Water and mix well.
  3. Cover & let it simmer for 25mins.
  4. Add in the Shiitake Mushrooms & Black Fungus, continue simmering for 5mins.
  5. Serve hot with Rice.

Recipe of homemade Foochew Red Glutinous Rice Wine 红糟酒

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