Sunday, January 24, 2016

Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

I love a bowl of hearty soup to eat with bread for breakfast. Usually I will cook my favorite two soup which is the wild mushroom soup and pumpkin soup(Recipe here) as the ingredients are always available in my kitchen. Lately I have tried something new and I will definitely add them to my breakfast menu. Broccoli potato cheese soup is one of them. 

Parmesan Cheese(grated)
sea salt
Note: Potato is just to get the creamy texture in replacing heavy cream or milk. Therefore a small to medium size potato will be enough.

1. Stir fry minced garlic with some cooking oil until fragrant.
2. Add in broccoli and potato.
3. Cover with water. Water should be slightly less than the ingredients.
4. Bring to boil and cook until broccoli and potato are soft.
5. Use a handheld blender to blend into creamy soup.
6. Season with sea salt.
7. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top.
8. Ready to serve.

Cheesy sweet potato balls

I bought a pack of organic sweet potato. When I cut open, it is a mixture of different colors, purple, orange and yellow. Weird. Never encounter this before. Anyway, I made cheesy sweet potato balls for tea break. It is simple and fast, most important it is also healthy and yummy.

Sweet potato(steamed and mashed)
mozzarella cheese cubes
black sesame

1. Take one teaspoon of sweet potato and put on your palm. 
2. Gentle press on the sweet potato so that it sticks together.
3. Place a cheese cube at the center.
4. Cover with another teaspoon of sweet potato.
5. Make into a ball shape.
6. Spray or brush the sweet potato ball with water.
7. Roll the ball on a plate of black sesame.
8. Repeat until all the sweet potato has been used up.
9. You can either steam, bake or fry the sweet potato balls.
10. I opted for steam as it is healthier. I steamed for 10 minutes at medium heat. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Parmesan Cheese Loaf

Since I have half block of Parmesan cheese, I decided to try out cheese loaf recipe using my bread maker. The loaf is as fluffy as normal plain loaf with very nice cheese fragrant. It is even more delicious to spread a layer of butter on top, but calories are higher.

High protein flour   250g
Parmesan cheese(grated) 30g
Water 120g
Sugar 45g
Salt 3g
Yeast 4g
Butter 25g

1. Put everything except yeast and butter in the bread maker bowl.
2. Turn on P30 for 15 minutes and then let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
3. Add in butter and yeast. Do note that yeast has to be put directly in the bowl.
4. Turn on P30 for 15 minutes and then let the dough rest for 10 minutes. 
5. Take out the dough. Split into half. Roll into two bun shapes.
6. Put the dough back to the bowl without the kneading pan.
7. Turn on P22. Take out 10 minutes before the program ends.

Japanese curry with shabu shabu pork

My version of Japanese curry

I bought organic curry powder from Taiwan. Instead of the spicy type I bought the sweet one, thinking that if I want extra spiciness I can add some chili powder. Anyway, I did not have to add chili powder as we feel that the taste is just right. I am glad that my family including my 4 years old loves it.

1 pack curry powder
1 large potato
1 large carrot
1 large yellow onion
1 pack shabu shabu pork

1. Cut potato, carrot and yellow onion to desired size.
2. Heat up some oil in the pan.
3. Stir fry yellow onion till soft and fragrant. Remove and put aside.
4. Stir fry potato and carrot till the surface is cooked. Remove and put aside.
5. Add in curry powder. Stir fry for a while.
6. Add in onion, carrot and potato. Cover with water and bring to boil.
7. Simmer for 15 minutes.
8. Season with salt and sugar.
9. Add in shabu shabu pork.
10. Add few tablespoons of milk to get a smooth texture.
11. Serve it with warm rice.