Bakes (traditional)

Election day bake – my cup cakes

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At my little boy’s school, teachers and kids sell cakes together on  election days. I love the looks in the kids’ eyes  when I bring up my cup cakes – the oohhs and aahhhs make me & my little boy super proud.

Here are my contribution to the cake stall this year – 6 dozens of cup cakes.

Cups cakes for election bakes 1

Cups cakes for election bakes 2

Cups cakes for election bakes 3

Morrocan spiced lamb and pumpkin puffs

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Here is another pie/pastry filling I made this week. I used the spiced lamb with pumpkin in mini pies, puff triangles and round puffs. The mini pies and puff triangles looked immaculate (and hence uninteresting). The round puffs, however, was bursting with the beautiful lamb and pumpkin, looked so delicious and tasty so good.

Moroccan and cumin lamb and pumkin puffs

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Beef/pork lasagne with silverbeet & chargrilled vegetable sauce

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Although I am well known for my Asian food stall at the school fetes, my signature dish is actually a lasagne. My lasagne is fresh, intense and satisfying. In some small ways, it is different to the others.

Tasty beef lasagne with silverbeet

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Vegemite twists and Chinese Luna New Year

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Vegemite twists with puff pastry

I can hear you asking –  what has vegemite to do with Chinese Luna New Year?

My little boy’s school is running a food festival next month.  I am baking some vegemite twists for the Australian food stall.

The shape of this twist is borrowed from a Cantonese fried sweet pastry called ‘DanSan’ (蛋散). DanSan is a humble homemade pastry with flour, eggs and sugar, and deep fried in hot oil. Dan San is often made just before a Luna New Year, together with ‘YouJiao‘ (油角), a deep fried pastry with a filling of peanut, coconut and white sugar.  My memory was that my second uncle always rolled out the pastry, we all helped making the DanSan & YouJiao, and my grandmother deep fried the pastry in a wok of hot oil over a coal stove.  Because it was Chinese New Year, my grandmother allowed me access to the brown urn where the cooked pastries are kept under the stairs, I was in heaven!

I still remember that, during the first 10 days of a Luna New Year, families would visit their relatives to ‘BaiNian’ (拜年), or wishing  them a happy new year. They would bring a bag of the pastry and some fruits as gifts. Their hosts would return the bags with their own homemade pastry and a few of the fruits. This is called ‘HuiLi’ (回礼), or the return of gifts. During these visits, children would get red envelopes from older relatives with money in them. The envelope is called LiShi (利是), meaning good luck.   As a little girl I always looked forward to such visits, where I could stock up on the hard-to-get pocket money. 

And once a year, the family gathered together for a rare group photo.

My family in the 70s #1
My family in the 70s, in front of grandfather’s terrace house

Here is my version of Australian ‘DanSan’ look-alike made with puff pastry & Vegemite, and I hope these little yummy treats can bring you good luck for 2016.

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Cup cakes and lots of cup cakes

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I love making cup cakes. I had made cup cakes for kids birthdays, engagements, election bakes & school fetes – any excuses will do. The funny thing is, my little boy & I do not even like eating cup cakes. That is probably why my hubby is so festively plump.

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Chocolate meringue biscuits (low FODMAP, gluten free)

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These little biscuits are so good and moreish.

Just received confirmation from Monash that amount of cocoa powder used in this recipe (5g, or 2tsp) is low FODMAP, so I am sharing this recipe as a Low FODMAP. If you on a low FODMAP diet, please take care not to have too many in one go – Monash recommends sugar intake 1 serve = 16g. Enjoy.

 

Chocolate meringue biscuits (lowfod map gluten free)

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Cherry Ricotta Tart / Crumble

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I have to confess, the only reason I have a picture of a crumble here, was that I dropped my Cherry Tart!  It is yummy regardless.  This recipe is a variation of the Golden Apricot Almond Tart.

Cheery Ricotta Tart

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