Saturday, December 20, 2014

Salt and Pepper Tofu (Classic Chinese)

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Salt and pepper are great partners as seasonings. I have made different Chinese dishes with salt and pepper, like prawns, chicken wings, quails, pork chops. All these dishes are simple and delicious. These two humble condiments are very versatile, not only going so well with meats, but also tofu. You can’t imagine that a bit of salt and pepper will turn the blank tofu into amazingly tasty food. This dish is often served in Chinese restaurants. The chefs often use deep frying method. As I tend to use less oil in my home cooking, I pan-fried the tofu instead, followed by stir frying and mixing with other ingredients. It’s very easy and straight forward.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Layered Coffee Panna Cotta

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After having made the green tea panna cotta and posted on my Chinese blog, a reader asked what else could be used if not using green tea powder. Having pondered a few seconds, a word "coffee" came up in my mind.

I still had the urge to make layered panna cotta without chilling each layer and running back and forth from my fridge. I’d like to make it in one go. Well, the method I used was so simple and straight forward without any fuss and tricks at all. All I had to do was to mix all ingredients well together, then waited patiently for the mixture automatically forming layers itself. After half an hour or so, the two layers of dark and light brown in colour was gradually developing.

Why two layers instead of three like the green tea one? The instant coffee powder I used can be dissolved completely without any particles left in the sieve. Thus only two layers could be formed. As for making the green tea panna cotta, I pressed the dark green particles through the sieve that created the darkest green layer at the bottom. If you like it with one layer, simply chill the dessert in fridge after a brief cooling time. No matter how many layers, this creamy, silky smooth dessert with coffee aroma is perfect for wrapping up a dinner or well prepared ahead for any celebration occasions.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Layered Green Tea Panna Cotta

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Would you think like me when you see this green tea panna cotta with vibrant green and red colours? They are wonderful for Christmas party, aren’t they? I most like the three different layers of green colours which make me feel refreshing and pleasant. Each bite of the silky smooth pudding adds an ounce of happiness. Making the layers is easier than you thought. It's just like making a panna cotta without any layers. What you have to do is to let them sit at room temperature and wait patiently. I really like the creamy and smooth texture and would love to have it after every dinner.