Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Strawberry Smoothie

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Whenever I finish doing body workout, I like to have a full-glass of smoothie, like this mango blueberry smoothie, or this strawberry smoothie. Both are super healthy and handy to be prepared on the go. Yesterday was the starting day of Spring down under here. Strawberry is still in season. Lucky that I got some beautiful strawberries at a bargain price. I especially love the vibrant red colour of this smoothie, very pleasant and refreshing. If fresh strawberries are not available for you, you can use frozen ones instead. The taste is equally good.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Green Tea (Matcha) Custard Snowskin Mooncakes

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The Mid-Autumn festival is just around the corner. What makes the festival unique for me this year is that I can celebrate it with my own brand mooncakes. The customized mooncake mould, engraved with my Chinese blog title, 簡易食譜 (means "easy recipes" in Chinese) was a hearty birthday gift from my loved ones in the family. I treasure it so much. With it, I made these green tea (matcha) snow skin mooncakes with custard filling. The matcha powder was bought from Japan a few months ago when we travelled there. I adjusted all the amount of flours in order to show off its beautiful green colour. The deep and vibrant green colour goes so well with the bright yellowish filling. Do they look similar to those pandan snowskin mooncakes I made before? Although both kinds of snowskin mooncakes are in green and yellow, the texture and taste of both end products are totally different. Which one would you like most? I like both.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ginger and Brown Sugar Tea (Chinese Health Tea)

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When it turns cold, it’s good to warm up your body with a healthy warm tea. I especially like this simple Chinese ginger brown sugar drink. It tastes not too sweet with a touch of ginger taste. Ginger has a wide range of antioxidant properties as well as helps reduce digestive disorders. The extra ingredient I added, dried longan pulp, is good to calm your nerves and help you have a sound sleep. Not only does brown sugar sweeten your tea with a molasses flavour, it also gives you more minerals, like calcium, potassium and iron. In Chinese medicine, this tea can help relieve menstrual cramps.