Friday, July 13, 2012

Chicken in Soya Sauce


Whole chicken
Star Anise
Bay leaf
1 tablespoon Chinese Rose Wine (preferred) or Shaoxing Wine
Cloves (optional)
Water (optional)
Silan Date syrup
Soya sauce

Spring onions
Sesame oil
Chili (optional)

White vinegar
white sugar
chilis (optional)
Ginger (grated)

Sunday, July 8, 2012


6 cups of white flour
1/2 cup of flax seeds grounded
2 tbs of yeast
1.5 tbs of salt
Warm water about 3 cups to a sticky dough
Herbs/Olives etc.,
Nigella Seeds, Coarse Salt for topping
Flour for dusting

Add above with whatever herbs you fancy at the time. 
Leave to rest about 3 hours.
Shape and place on floured tray.
Rest a further 40 mins atleast.  Don't worry if it doesn't rise much this time, much of the rising will happen during baking.

Heat oven to 275oC
Empty tray on bottom for steaming.  
When oven is hot slide bread in.  I don't have a pizza stone, so I warm my tray, take it out and slip the bread dough on.  
Throw water in bottom tray, close immediately - steam makes the crust crunchy.
Dust a little flour on top for that 'artisan bread' look.

This bread I tweaked from the original here

Original Recipe - Tested

Source Link - Artisan Bread - (Video) - Click Here

Sweet clip of someone using the recipe

4 cups white
1 cup Rye
1 cup Flax ground

4 cups white
1 cup Rye
1 cup Flax ground
Olive Oil

Saturday, July 7, 2012


with a cuppa tea

So cripsy dry perfect with a cuppa.
Biscotti much like chinese food uses what you've got, that is whatever dried fruit and nuts you have knocking around, ie., walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, apricots, figs, rasins (rasins they tend to burn) mixed peel etc.,

  • 3 cups Plain flour
  • 1.5 cups Sugar
  • 1 tps. Baking Powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 yolks - optional
  • Dried fruits chopped 
  • Lemon zest (optional)

Mix eggs yolks, sugar, beat for 5 mins. ( Recipe calls for 2 yolks, I just use whole 4 eggs)
Add flour with baking powder.
Add nuts etc., zest

Line tray and bake at 180oC till 'pale done'
Leave to cool completely.
When cold slice desired width and bake till golden.
(I like it thin as possible for delicate crispiness)
(Tip: use best serrated knife for this)

 All sliced up

 Before 2nd baking

After 2nd baking

Great Pressies

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Gift of Homemade goodies

Home made granola  attached with wooden scoop.

Home made strawberry jam
Crispy thin biscotti
Classic scones riddled with currants

Nothing beats the gift of home made food!
Time and attention, lovingly cooked and baked.
Think I enjoy making this and giving this more then the receipetent !
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