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Monday, August 31, 2015

10 sweet & savory breakfast ideas! - #breakfastseries


In case you missed, I have these #breakfastseries posts on my blog for quite some time whereby I post recipes perfect for brekkie or light brunch. :)

As always, after weeks of creating recipes, snapping & editing photos, and drafting this blog post, I now have 10 really nice recipes for sweet and savory breakfast ideas. I hope you will like them as much as I do. Some are great for kids with hearty appetite. :)



Banana "Split" with Yogurt & Maple Syrup

Ingredients:
(Serves 1)

1 medium banana
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
A handful fresh blueberries
Some sunflower seeds

How to:

Peel and split the banana lengthwise. Lay the two halves on a plate. Scoop the yogurt and put it between the banana halves. Drizzle the maple syrup over the bananas and yogurt. Top with blueberries and sprinkle with sunflower seeds.



Steel-cut Oatmeal with Fruits & Seeds

Ingredients:
(Serves 1) 


1/2 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses sugar (optional)
1/2 cup fresh milk
1 small banana, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 ripe Packham pear, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
A handful fresh blueberries
Some sunflower seeds
Some flax seeds

How to:

Cook the oats with water and sugar (if using) for 12 minutes over the stove. Once done, remove from the heat and pour into a bowl. Scatter the fruits over the top and sprinkle with sunflower seeds and flax seeds.



Braised Pear in Caramel Sauce

Ingredients:
(Serves 2) 


4 medium ripe Packham pears
1/4 cup demerara sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

How to:

Preheat oven to 220°C. Split the pears lengthwise and remove the core. Arrange them (flat side down) in an oven-safe round baking dish. Sprinkle sugar on top of the pears. Bake for 35 minutes or until sugar caramelizes. Add heavy cream and bake for about 15 minutes longer. Let cool so that the sauce thickens. Serve at room temperature, topped with sunflower seeds.



Yogurt Smoothie Bowl with Fruits & Seeds

Ingredients:
(Serves 1)
 

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh milk
A handful fresh blueberries
Some sunflower seeds
Some flax seeds (brown & golden)

How to:

Soak the rolled oats in warm water overnight. The next morning, drain the oats and discard the water. Pour oats into a bowl, stir in Greek yogurt and milk until combined. Scatter blueberries over the top and sprinkle with sunflower seeds and flax seeds.



Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:
(Serves 1)
 

2 tablespoons chia seeds
 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 ripe Packham pear, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

How to:

Soak the chia seeds in 1/4 cup water overnight. Soak the rolled oats in warm water overnight. The next morning, drain the oats and discard the water. Scoop Greek yogurt into a bowl. Pour oats onto the yogurt. Pour the chia seeds gel onto the oats. Top with pear and drizzle with pure maple syrup.



Breakfast Ideas with Blueberries Chia Jam

Blueberries Chia Jam
Yogurt Buttermilk Pikelets (served with Blueberries Chia Jam)
Pancakes with Yogurt & Chia Jam
Chia Jam-filled Breakfast Crepes


Get these recipes here.



Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread




Breakfast Egg Muffins

Ingredients:
(Makes 8)

6 eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons fresh milk
1 cup fresh shiitake mushroom, chopped
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, don't thaw
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup fresh homemade elbow pasta
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste 
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
 
How to:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Brush 8 muffin cups with vegetable oil generously. Beat the eggs with fresh milk until combined. Add in all other ingredients except cheese. Mix until combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups. Top with shredded cheese.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes before removing. Use a sharp knife to go around the muffins to loosen them before removing gently.



Sausage & Cheese Bread Pudding

Ingredients:
(Serves 4) 


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 pork sausages, casings removed, cut into round slices
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 long French baguette, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
6 large eggs
1 cup cooking cream
1 cup fresh milk
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste
3 thyme sprigs

How to:

Grease an 8"x8" baking dish with butter. Set aside. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook until browned. Remove the sausages and place them in a large bowl.

Turn down the heat to medium, add onions and cook until caramelized. Then, add the onions to the sausages. Add in bread cubes and grated Cheddar. Toss well and scoop this mixture into the prepared baking dish.

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, cooking cream, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour this egg mixture evenly over the bread mixture. Add the thyme sprigs. Cover tightly with a transparent wrap and keep refrigerated overnight or at least 3 hours.

The next morning, take the baking dish out from the fridge and let it warm up to almost room temperature. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Serve immediately.



Homemade Pizza

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)


3 multi-grain wraps
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shaved
1 tablespoon salted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
2 breakfast ham, cut into strips 
2 smoked streaky bacon, cut into strips
1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
6 small fresh shiitake mushroom, cut into strips
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, crumbled
Salt & ground black pepper, to taste

How to:

To make the pizza base: Spread the shaved Mozzarella cheese between the three multi-grain wraps. Set aside. At this point, preheat the oven to 200°C.

To make the basic white sauce: Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Add flour and stir until well combined. Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens.

To assemble: Spread the white sauce on the topmost layer of the wrap. Top with with the rest of the ingredients.

To cook: Bake in preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheeses have melted. Serve immediately.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Simple Goan Fish Curry


Simple Goan Fish Curry

It's IHCC's potluck week. I have cooked a pot of hearty, chunky minestrone. And, I also cook a pot of Simple Goan Fish Curry by Diana Henry, one of the 12 chefs listed on IHCC.


Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:
(Serves 4) 

For the curry paste:
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 garlic cloves, crushed
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 green chili, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
3 small yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
2/3 cup tiny tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan rock salt

Other ingredients:
500g firm white fish fillets (I use local ikan tenggiri), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 & 1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon molasses sugar




How to:


1. Put all ingredients for the paste in a mini food processor. Grind until mixture becomes a paste.

2. Heat up some oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the curry paste. Cook, stirring continuously, until fragrant. Add splashes of water if the paste is drying up.

3. Season the fish with salt, then add them to the curry paste. Simmer gently over medium heat, stirring occasionally until they are cooked through.

4. Turn down the heat and stir in plain yogurt and molasses sugar. Simmer for a few minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly. Taste for seasoning. Serve with rice.


I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, August 2015 Potluck!


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This post is also linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up (August 2015 Event: Brown Sugar and Molasses) organized by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids), Doreen (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Jess (Bakericious).


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chunky Minestrone


Chunky Minestrone

It's IHCC's potluck week. Time for some really hearty minestrone! And this time I find inspiration from Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the 12 chefs listed on IHCC.


Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:
(Serves 3-4) 

1 cup radish (1-inch cubes)
1 cup cucumber (1-inch cubes)
1 cup potato (1-inch cubes)
1 cup pumpkin (1-inch cubes)
1/2 cup beetroot (i-inch cubes)
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup French beans, cut into 1-inch strips
1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
1 large rosemary sprig
6-8 cups homemade beef stock
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
Salt and black pepper
Some extra virgin olive oil

 

How to:

1. Put all ingredients (except salt, pepper, and olive oil) into the stainless steel inner pot of the thermal cooker. Put the pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Once boiling, decrease the heat and let it simmer for about 40 minutes.

Note: Photos of the thermal cooker.

2. Once done, remove the rosemary sprig and season the minestrone with salt and pepper. Then, place the pot into the thermal cooker, close the cooker's lid, and set aside for another 40 minutes to 1 hour.

3. When it's time to serve, ladle the minestrone into bowls, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and serve immediately.



I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, August 2015 Potluck!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread - #breakfastseries


Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread

Blueberries. Bananas. I got these two gorgeous fruits to "marry" one another and baked a loaf of quick bread packed with wholesome goodness!

On a side note, here are my previous bakes with blueberries and/or bananas:

Mixed Berries Cream Muffins
Buttermilk Cake with Mixed Berries
Blueberry Buttermilk Cake
Very Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Blueberries Cream Cheese Jumbo Muffins
Best Banana Cake
Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chips
Maple Syrup Banana Bread
Protein-packed Banana Donut-Muffins

 
Note: Shereena, I'm getting somewhat there (not really there yet) with my #throwbackrecipes. Thanks for your idea! ;)


Freshly baked!

Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients:
(Yields one 9"x5" loaf)

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 tablespoon molasses sugar 
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh milk
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons demerara sugar (optional)


How to:

1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with baking paper.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. In another bowl, whisk together coconut oil, egg whites, and vanilla extract. Stir in mashed banana, Greek yogurt, and milk.

3. Combine flour mixture into the wet ingredients mixture. Fold gently with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in both types of blueberries until combined. Be gentle. Batter will be thick.

4. Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and demerara sugar (if using) over the top.

5. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Before baking.

Some berries popped.

Can you see the chunks of blueberries and bananas?

I love my banana bread with visible banana chunks.

Crunchy top from the demerara sugar and seeds.

This loaf is gone within three days!


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This post is also linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up (August 2015 Event: Brown Sugar and Molasses) organized by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids), Doreen (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Jess (Bakericious).


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Green Housekeeping Made Affordable with EcoHaus.com.my


Introducing EcoHaus

About 1.5 months ago, I was introduced to EcoHaus.com.my, a budding online distributor of green housekeeping supplies in Malaysia.

Run by a mommypreneur, EcoHaus' mission is to promote the awareness for using natural and safe yet effective and affordable housekeeping products as we fulfill our social responsibility to protect our family and the environment for a better future.

EcoHaus sources and selects eco-friendly, biodegradable, and sustainable cleaning products. These products selected are compliant with the approval of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976), Green Seal™, and EcoLogo™.

Products

I was given the privilege to test-use five of their products.


#1 - EcoHaus Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser – Spray Bottle (16oz / 473ml) 

For day-to-day housekeeping, this concentrated all-purpose cleaner is perfect and safe to use on furniture, counter top, kitchen stove, oven, dining table; basically anything in the kitchen. I like!

I use it mainly to clean my toddler's chair and the surrounding floor after his meal times. I also use it to clean my kitchen stove from oil and food stains after cooking. Just spray and wipe with wet cloth. Or dilute a capful in a basin of water before using. Fast and convenient! Thumbs up!

My hubby uses it to as a degreaser to clean his mountain bike chain.

For more info about detailed product description and how-to-use instructions, see this page.



#2 - PROXI® Multi Surface Cleaner (Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Cleaner) - 500ml

Now, this is a specialized, versatile product. Not to be confused with the concentrated all-purpose cleaner, this multi surface cleaner is best used for removing organic stains and odor on carpet, upholstery, and curtain. Also great for removing stains, hard water deposit build-up, soap scum stains in toilet, shower surface, grouting and concrete floor.

See below to compare the before and after photos of my toilet floor.


For more info about detailed product description and how-to-use instructions, see this page.



#3 - Enviro Care® Washroom Cleaner - 500ml 

As the name suggests, this product is used mainly in the toilet – basin, wall, floor, toilet bowl, etc – for day-to-day or weekly cleaning. Good to use together with the Multi Surface Cleaner in point #2 if you want.

For more info about detailed product description and how-to-use instructions, see this page.



#4 - Enviro Care® Glass Cleaner - 500ml

As the name suggests, this product is used to clean glass. This solution leaves windows, mirrors, formica, ceramic tile, and all other polished surfaces squeaky clean, free of streak, and hard water deposits.

For more info about detailed product description and how-to-use instructions, see this page.



#5 - Toilet Seat Cover - 20 sheets per pack


This product is a life-saver. Before I use this product, I always have to waste lots of toilet paper by layering them on the toilet seat (public toilet) before I sit down. Now, I just need to take out one toilet seat cover, lay it down on the seat, and do my business in peace. Thank you for this! It can be flushed down the toilet too!

For more info about detailed product description and how-to-use instructions, see this page.


Find EcoHaus on 11street.my

EcoHaus' products can also be found on 11street.my. Get them at best buy prices and start going green today to do Mother Nature a big favor! :)


Contact

For more information, please visit:

Website (Online Store): http://www.ecohaus.com.my/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecohaus.com.my/
Email: enquiry@ecohaus.com.my / jphannmarketing@gmail.com
Contact number: +6012 2016 522


Thanks EcoHaus for collaborating with me for this post and for these useful green housekeeping products.

EcoHaus.com.my is listed on Featured Mommypreneurs on joycescapade.com.


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