[Recipe] Red Dates and Longan Cake Using Airfryer


The red dates and dried longan, as star ingredients, lend a very Oriental feel to the entire cake. As such, I have chosen this to be my latest Chinese New Year-themed recipe. I usually bake a cake for my parents for CNY because of its significance (the 糕 in 蛋糕 sounds like 步步"高"升). What do you usually give them when you visit them to 拜年?
 
I like how moist this cake is and this is overall an easy recipe. The sugar level has been reduced, so don't worry about the calories if you are eating this with your festive snacks. 😜

Enjoy your cake over sips of Chinese tea. Comment below to tell me how your cake turns out!

Red Dates and Longan Cake Using Airfryer 
Yield: 1 loaf cake (6.5 X 3 X 3 inches)

Ingredients
(A) Dry ingredients
40g cake flour/ top flour
90g almond flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

(B) Wet ingredients
100g butter, softened
65g caster sugar
2 eggs

(C) Others
30g red dates, deseeded
20g dried longans

Directions
1) Preheat.
Preheat airfryer at 160 degrees Celcius for 5 minutes.

2) Combine.
Combine the dry ingredients together.

3) Combine.
Beat butter and sugar together. Mix the eggs in, one at a time.

Tips: The mixture may curdle, don't worry it's okay.

4) Chop.
Chop all the red dates (except 3 pieces) and dried longans into small pieces. For the last 3 red dates, half it.

5) Combine.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients, red dates and dried longans (except the 6 pieces of red dates that were halved). Fold the mixture until just combined.

Tips: Do not overmix.

6) Pour.
Pour the batter into the baking pan. Place the remaining 6 pieces of red dates on top for decoration.

7) Bake.
Cover the pan with aluminium foil and poke some holes. Bake in airfryer at 160 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes.

8) Check.
When ready, open the foil and use a toothpick to check for doneness. With the foil removed, continue baking the cake for another 5 minutes so that the cake can achieve a golden-brown colour.

Enjoy!



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[Review] OurPasar Essentials: An Online Halal Grocer that Meets your Daily Needs


In the past year, many of us have turned to online retailers and service providers to avoid crowds due to the pandemic. In one way or another, we have/ have heard of friends who have become e-experts overnight - from buying online groceries to attending classes via ZOOM.

OurPasar - An Online Halal Grocer
I was recently introduced to OurPasar, an online halal grocer which sells a wide range of produce such as meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables.

I tried their service to deliver 1 kg of Frozen Sirloin to my home. Here's my review:

1) Careful Packaging
My item was delivered in a clean new styrofoam box to retain temperatures and the raw beef was fully submerged in ice. The beef was still kept frozen (and not half thawed), so thumbs up for that!

2) Packed Fresh
The beef I purchased was frozen so I had expected it to have been at least a few months old. Surprisingly, my sirloin was just packed the day before.

OurPasar's goal is to keep its produce fresh by shortening the gap between food producers to end consumers. It tightly controls the supply chain and keeps processes efficient to ensure sustained quality and freshness of the produce from farm to table.

3) Reasonable Price
OurPasar's price is comparable to supermarkets and wet markets. For instance, their vegetables are less than S$2.50 and the sirloin I had was is at S$15/kg (U.P. S$17).

Do Check Them Out!
If you would like to try an alternative local grocer or have halal needs, do check out OurPasar.

They have regular promotions and special discounts. The current ones include:
  • The sirloin I had is now at $15/kg (sliced into 5 convenient slices for steaks).
  • Quote 3OFF for S$3 off for all new users.
  • Quote FREECHIX for free whole chicken within min spend of S$65.
  • Quote FREEBSTEAK for free batang steak with min spend of S$95.
  • Quote FREESALMON for free salmon with min spend of S$180.

And so if you are curious, I used my sirloin to cook a dish of Stir-Fried Beef Cubes with Mixed Vegetables. How will you cook yours? :)

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[Recipe] Beef and Spinach Penne Using Pressure Cooker (Ninja Foodi)


Would you believe it if I told you that it took me under 10 minutes to get this nutritious Beef and Spinach Penne-Fusilli all done up (who noticed the steam 😜)? And for half the cooking time, I could just let the Ninja Foodi run on its own so I could do other things. Very fuss-free. Importantly, the pasta was full-flavoured, with all the meat juices and pasta sauce all sealed in. 👍

Enjoy my super easy 3-step one-pot recipe!

Ingredients
130g mushrooms
80g spinach
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 litre water
250g minced beef
210g penne (I like to mix some fusilli for variety)
250g store-bought pasta sauce

Directions
1. Place first 4 items into the Ninja Foodi. Cook on Saute mode HI for 5 minutes.

2. Place remaining items into the Foodi. Pressure Cook for 4 minutes, followed by quick release.

3. When ready, give all the ingredients a good mix.

See, the fusilli is well-cooked!

Serve hot and enjoy!

Ninja Foodi OP300 Multi-Function Cooker

If you need recommendation for a pressure cooker, I use the Pressure Cooker function of Ninja Foodi OP300. This all-in-one kitchen gadget can pressure cook, steam, slow cook, sear, saute, air crisp, bake, roast and grill. Very useful! Find out more about it on the Ninja Kitchen's webpageQuote to get this at a special price of S$374.25 (U.P. S$599)

[Recipe] Red Bean Soup Dessert using Pressure Cooker


Red bean soup is a common Cantonese dessert, available at many dessert stalls or restaurants. Red beans, sometimes known as azuki beans, are good for improving heart health and digestion,  balances sugar levels in the body.

Some recipes call for the use of rice or glutinous rice to thicken the dessert, but my mum uses oats. It's definitely a healthier version!

Below is my recipe using the pressure cooker. My mum uses traditional boiling and takes around 1 hours but I take half her time. Either way, both contain the same nutritional benefits! :) 


Recipe: Red Bean Soup Dessert Using Pressure Cooker

Ingredients (Serves 4)
120g red bean
30g dried longan
30g sugar
20g oat
10g lotus seed - optional 
2 dried tangerine - optional 
1 litre water

Directions

1. Prepare tangerine peel.
Use a knife to carefully scrape away most of the white pith on the inside of the peel. The while pith is bitter, so we don't want that. :)

2. Prepare lotus seed (if using).
Soak lotus seeds for 30 minutes. Split each into half and remove the black germ in between. 

3. Pressure Cook.
Add the red beans, lotus seeds, tangerine peel and water into the pot. Pressure cook on High for 20 minutes. Quick release when it is ready.

4. Prepare oats.
Meanwhile, add some (boiling) hot water to the oats. Stir and set aside.

5. Add remaining ingredients.
Open Pressure Cooker lid. By now, the red beans would have softened dramatically (see below). Add oats, longan and sugar. 


6. Saute.
Saute on HIGH for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir. 

Enjoy! Serve hot or cold. The dessert will thicken further as it cools. 

Ninja Foodi OP300 Multi-Function Cooker
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[Recipe] No-Sugar Peach Gum Dessert Using Pressure Cooker



The peach gum dessert is one of my family's most favourite dessert. Costing at just a fraction of the price of bird's nest, peach gum allows collagen to be easily absorbed into the body. This recipe is pleasantly sweet yet also does not require sugar, because I rely on the dried longans and red dates for their natural sweetness.

I recently started using the Ninja Foodi NP300 Multi-Cooker and the pressure cooking function has been a real time-saver, cutting cooking time to just one-third. Below is the Pressure Cooker version of my recipe, but if you would like to prepare this dessert via traditional Boiling, please refer to this recipe instead.

Ingredients from "A Healthier You"

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are available at the local wet market or Chinese medical halls. For convenience, you can also purchase them from A Healthier You, a Singapore-based online health store selling herbs, herbal tea blends, herbal soup packages and floral teas.

In particular, I like how large A Healthier You's wolfberries are. Their peach gums also contain very few black impurities and I really like how this saves me a lot of preparation time and effort (compared to other brands). 

PS: A Healthier You packages all their items in a pretty gift box, so it's suitable for gifting. Quote <HEDGEHOG 10> for 10% off. Free delivery is available for purchases above S$70.


Recipe: No-Sugar Peach Gum Dessert Using Pressure Cooker

Ingredients (Serves 4)
30g peach gum (桃胶) 
15g lotus seed
45g longan
40g red dates
20g wolfberries/ goji berries
800ml of water
Rock sugar (only if required)

Directions

1. Soak peach gum.
Soak the peach gum overnight.

2. Prepare lotus seed.
Soak lotus seeds 30 minutes. Split each into half and remove the black germ in between. 

3. Pressure Cook.
Add the lotus seeds, longan, red dates and water into the pot. Pressure cook on High for 20 minutes. Quick release when it is ready.

4. Remove impurities.
Meanwhile, remove the black impurities from the peach gum.

Tips: Using a toothpick helps me dig out those small black bits easier.

5. Continue boiling.
Add the peach gum. Continue pressure cooking on High for 3 minutes. Wait for natural release.


6. Add the wolfberries.
Add the wolfberries. Stir for 5 minutes. Enjoy!


Ninja Foodi OP300 Multi-Function Cooker

If you need recommendation for a pressure cooker, I use the Pressure Cooker function of Ninja Foodi OP300. This all-in-one kitchen gadget can pressure cook, steam, slow cook, sear, saute, air crisp, bake, roast and grill. Very useful! Find out more about it on the Ninja Kitchen's webpageQuote <HEDGEHOGFOODI> to get this at a special price of S$374.25 (U.P. S$599)


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[Review] Overly Cheezy, the Latest Pizza Joint in Singapore


Like most of us who have been mainly at home in the last few months, I have been ordering quite a bit of food delivery recently. Earlier this week, I was recently given the opportunity to try Overly Cheezy Pizzeria, the latest pizza joint to open in Singapore.

A Haven for Cheese-Lovers
A brainchild of various top chefs from Italy, France, Japan and Singapore, this establishment offers pizzas with - as you can guess from its name - lots of cheesy goodness.

Savour all 5 different cheese flavours oozing from the gruyere (a Swiss cheese), mozeralla, emmental, parmesan orange and cheddar, incorporated in each pizza.

Signature Truffle Pizzas
I tried their signature pizzas, the Trufflicious Wild Mushroom and Trufflicious Hawaiian (2 regulars for S$22, with top-up of S$3 each) and the cheesy white truffle sauce offered each bite with a creamy burst of flavours.

Side Dishes
Along with the pizzas are sides such as the Cheezy Salted Egg Fries (S$7.90), Overly Wings (S$10.90 for 6 pieces) or Garlic Bread (S$3.90).

While my fries and chicken wings arrived warm, I liked how putting them in my airfryer before eating amped up the crispiness a little.

Dessert
To end the meal on a sweet note, try their Molten Lava Cake (S$8.90), available in Belgian Chocolate or Hokkaido Matcha.

Use a fork and break the cake down the centre, and see the gooey hot chocolate flow out from the centre.

Overall
Overall, this new pizza joint gives traditional pizza companies a run for their money. A good alternative especially when the other pizza delivery platforms get really busy. 

No pork and no lard is used in Overly Cheezy's dishes. In this National Day month, let's also #SupportLocal!

Thank you Overly Cheezy for sending these over.

Overly Cheezy Pizzeria

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