Spiced maple apple upside down cake

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Today’s post will be a short but very sweet one. I want to share with you a delicious, comforting, incredibly moist apple maple cake with you. 176

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Have these pictures convinced you that little description is needed for this cake? No? Yes? This cake will sure to be a hit with whoever you choose to share it with! And the best part of it, it’s technically healthy for you; there are apples in it after all. Right? Perfect for breakfast I must say – heated up with a cup of coffee, how could you go wrong?
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Fish en Papillote

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Mediterranean style fish en papillote
Mediterranean style fish en papillote

Growing up in an Asian family, steamed whole fish was a staple in our diet. I remember going to to the Asian supermarket with my parents and watching the fish swim in the tanks. And lo and behold, one of those swimming fishes would end up on our dinner table. Nowadays, live fish are available in most supermarkets but now living by myself, I realise that I do not have the stomach to cook a whole, recently live fish by myself. Instead, I choose to buy fillets and bake them. Recently I saw a picture of fish en papillote – a mix of steam and baked fish on the internet and was inspired to switch up my norm!

Asian style fish en papilotte
Asian style fish en papilotte

Over the weekend, Chipgirlfoodie and Alicia came over to try out my brand new Anova precision cooker (more to come later)! We decided to sous vide some duck breast, roast vegetable, make spicy Korean rice cakes and make fish en papillote! A lot of food for 3 girls, I know and we managed to polished  it all off save a few carrots….

Anova Precision Cooker
Anova Precision Cooker

To save you all from reading a ridiculously long post, I am only going to focus of the fish en papillote in this post. I was so impressed with the way the fish turned out, I made it again for dinner tonight! Because the fish is wrapped and baked in liquid, the fish comes out incredibly moist and flaky. From start to finish, this recipe will take you no longer than 20 to 30 minutes depending on what you decide to add to the dish. For our little dinner party, we decided to make a Mediterranean style fish and for dinner, I decided to recreate the flavours of my culture with a twist with a brown butter, soy, ginger, garlic, chilli fish.  Continue reading

Simple butter free loaf cake

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I have a weird fixation with cake. I love cake and frosting, specifically cream cheese frosting but I don’t like all baked goods, like cookies, I’ll eat them if I’m desperate, but won’t go out of my way to eat them. At work recently, I had an intense craving for egg-y, vanilla cake. I also knew that with my unpredictable work schedule, I wouldn’t have time to wait for my butter to soften if I wanted to get to bed a decent hour. Instead, I needed to find a recipe that required no softened butter, so melted butter recipes or coconut oil recipes.017

A couple clicks on google and up popped a “Lemon Pound Cake with Coconut Oil”. Looked simple enough and I had most of the ingredients save the half and half but I had buttermilk, same difference right? So off I went!022

The cake was incredibly moist and dense. I altered a few things based on what I had and what I had energy for but the cake still turned out really well! The only thing I would change is the cooking time and temperature. At 300 degrees F., the cake needed every minute of the suggested 1 hour and 30 minute bake time to fully cook through. Because of the long bake time, the loaf was able to develop and nice crunchy crust that was delicious. The next time I make this though, I will try bake it at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time. Continue reading

Coconut vegetable curry

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Busy season has come full force. My days have been full of working papers, tie outs, and red pens. It doesn’t leave much time for me to do much else … like grocery shopping, cooking, laundry etc….Luckily, I was able to sneak in a few hours on Sunday to watch the Superbowl with my friends. While the outcome was not exactly what we were rooting for, the company more than made up for it :).

What’s a get together without some great eats with the gang. I was a bit too eager to dig in and neglected to take a picture of all the goodies we were indulging in. I did remember to snap a picture of the nachos that chipgirlfoodie and I made based on seriouseats.com. Seriously, they were joking when they said these were the ultimate nachos, that cheese sauce…I could just drink it.

Gameday nachos!
Gameday nachos!

Of course with any successful get together, there is bound to be a ton of leftovers….including 6 large fully baked russet potatoes… chipgirlfoodie has some serious potato eating to do…sorry inside story. Just a few hours ago, there were 6 wrapped baked potatoes in my fridge. I have now recycled two of them in this vegetable curry I made…four more to go…

Coconut vegetable curry
Coconut vegetable curry

In addition to the said potatoes, I also had a left over vegetable platter to take care of.  What better way than to use up all the leftovers than to bath them in a creamy, spicy coconut curry. This recipe was really simple and since all the vegetables came pre-cut, preparation and clean up was also minimal! I loosely based my recipe on one found on finecooking.com subbing in ingredients that I had and really kicking up the spice level.  Continue reading