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Mango-cado salad with strawberry poppy seeds vinaigrette

This Mango-cado = mango and avocado salad as a Welcome spring,,,I'm ready to have a little garden and herbs in my back yard and looking forward to warmer weather.






Ingredients :
- 1 Avocado
- 1 mango
- 2 strawberry
( cut avocado in half remove the seed and take the avocado meat with the spoon,peel mango and cut in cube,thinly slice strawberry as a topping to add color on the salad,just arrange mango cube and strawberry in the middle part of avocado )




strawberry poppy seeds vinaigrette :
- 5 fresh strawberry
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp wine vinegar
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
( mix all ingredients except poppy seeds and blend it together until well mixed,add poppy seeds,stir and pour into mango-cado salad )


E N J O Y and Have a great weekend everyone,,,


Stuffed Pancake Rolls/Dadar Gulung

Stuffed Pancake Roll is one of traditional Indonesian foods filling with mixed coconut and Palm sugar or brown sugar, we call it "Dadar Gulung" the pancake batter is more like a crepe batter to create a thin pancakes,fill with sweet coconut mixture and Roll it.
this recipe adapted from www.melroseflowers.com





Stuffing Ingredients :
- 1 1/2 cups fresh grated coconut
- 3/4 cup palm sugar / brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of salt

Stuffing: Mix the grated coconut, and palm sugar, cinnamon and salt together. on the sauce pan cook the mixture over medium/low heat, constantly stirred for approximately 5 minutes, set it aside.

 Pancakes Ingredients :
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup cornstrach
- 1 3/4 coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 drop pandan paste
- spray oil
Preparation for Pancake : Mix the rice flour, cornstarch, coconut milk, ½ tsp. salt, pandan paste/ green coloring and egg into a smooth batter. Lightly oil / spray oil an 8-inch frying p…

Cabot Greek mango and raspberry parfait

What I love about this Cabot Greek style yogurt is Rich and Creamy and layer with the two of my favorite fruits Mango and Raspberry,it was perfect to me,I can have this for my breakfast,lunch or simple easy dessert :)



for 2 serving you will need :
- 1 cup Cabot Greek style plan yogurt
- 1 mango/ peel and cut in cube
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberry
- 1 tsp ginger syrup ( optional )


Easy preparation :
in the parfait glasses,just layer,2 tbsp of yogurt,mango cube,raspberry,another layer of yogurt,mango and few raspberry on top and sprinkle with one teaspoon of ginger syrup if you like more sweetness.


Baked salmon with pickled ginger

This baked salmon recipe is very easy and simple with four spices ingredients fix,,,I serve with Mashed purple potato with cabbage and vegetables fritters,,,
I use pickled ginger SUSHI CHEF for this recipe, this pickled ginger normally use as a Sushi condiment.






Ingredients :
- 2  6-8 oz salmon fillets
- 1/2 tbsp lemon pepper spices blend
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp pickled ginger
- 4 slice lemon


Preparation :
Preheat oven on 350 degree F
Season/ sprinkle salmon fillets with lemon spice blend and olive oil
in the aluminum foil,arrange 2 slice of lemon,seasoned salmon fillet,then pickled ginger on top
wrap it loosely and ready to bake about 20-25 minutes

ENJOY,,,and have a great Sunday everyone,,,,



Oatmeal with coconut milk and caramel

Oatmeal,,,Oh oatmeal, I will never cook it again in microwave :(  I always make a mess every time I cook oatmeal in microwave,  Even I follow cooking direction but still,I  always miss it :)
My shortcut breakfast turn into not short anymore because I have to clean up a mess LOL

By the way I don't like plain oatmeal, there is no taste to me,I like to add spices or add with something sweet and creamy, I add ground ginger mixed with dulce de leche for sweetness and add coconut milk in it.



 Ingredients : serve for 2
- 1 cup whole grain oats
- 2 cup water
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 Tbsp coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp caramel/ dulche de leche


preparation :

just follow direction on the package or,
on the stove top,bring water and salt to boil,stir in oat ,cook for about 3-4 minutes
add salt anf groud ginger and add coconut milk and dulche de leche ( caramel sauce )

Mashed purple potato with cabbage

I had a great weekend ,Elton john concert was great and fun on Saturday night @ Richmond coliseum, then shopping @ williamsburg outlet mall on Sunday.

I found this purple potato @ super H market / Korean  in Fairfax,VA I just have a chance to use up yesterday before it's going bad.





 Ingredients :
- 4 large purple potato
- 1/4 of medium fresh cabbage
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp light cream cheese
- salt and pepper to taste

Preparation :
peel and cut potato in cube
wash cabbage and cut into bite size
In a large soup pan bring potatoes and cabbage to boil until soft
drain the water,,
add butter,cream cheese and salt N pepper,and mash with potato masher
ready to serve as side dish for your carb on the plate,serve with any veggies,seafood or meat dishes.

Sauteed brussel sprouts with shallot and garlic

I had a great time at Elton john concert @Richmond coliseum on saturday night,the concert was great and Fun,,,even though I didn't know some of the 70's songs,but I'm enjoy every song and his voice :)

Ok Now back to the food, This is a simple and easy way to have brussel sprout dish in about 15 minutes,this sauté brussel sprouts good for side dish with seafood or meat.






Ingredients :
- 2 lbs fresh brussel sprout
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 clove garlic/ chop
- 2 shallot/ chop
- 1/2 teaspoon rosemary garlic blend
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste

Preparation :
Wash and trim brussel sprout,cook in the microwave with water about 5 minutes ,drain the water and set aside.

In the skillet heat olive oil,fry chopped garlic and shallot until looks brown
add cooked brussel sprouts and season with the rest of spices ingredients,stir and cook about 3-4 minutes more,,
ready to serve as a side dish.


Butternut squash sweet potato soup

This  butternut squash soup recipe is one of my first blog post That I never share,I got the recipe from my friend Kitty,originally butternut squash with pears,but this time I made with sweet potato/yam, I made this soup so many times :)





Ingredients :
- 1  butternut squash - 3  sweet potato - 2  Tbsp olive oil - 1  yellow onion - 3  cloves garlic - 4 cups chicken stock / vegetable stock - 1 Tbsp Montreal's steak seasoning - 2  bay leaves
- 1 tsp curry powder - 1 tsp salt or/by taste - 1  tsp black pepper - 1  tsp red pepper ( optional ) - 1 cup heavy cream
Preparation : Peel butternut squash and  sweet potato and cut in cube chop onion and garlic then fry until cook/soft,add  chicken stock and all seasoning  ingredients except heavy cream Bring to boil until soft, and ready to blend or puree ( take bay leaves before you blend,and  )  pour heavy cream while you blend / hand blender or puree on food processor ready to serve with toast or garlic bread or crackers,,

Warm strawberry cupcakes baked in a teacup

Thank you to Mary mitchell barnett for this homemade strawberry jam,I just have a chance to use up for the right recipe that I found from Cupcakes cookbook by Susanna Tee, I slightly change little bit with the ingredients I had for this recipe.
top with whole strawberry is recommended if you like.




 Ingredients:
- 8 tbsp softened,plus extra for greasing
- 4 Tbsp strawberry jam
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup self-raising white flour
- fresh strawberry for topping ( optional )
- confectioner's for dusting


Preparation :
* preheat the oven to 350 degree F,grease six heavy ,round teacup with butter,spoon 2 teaspoon strawberry jam in the bottom of each teacup
* put the butter and sugar in the bowl and beat together until light and fluffy,gradually add the eggs,beating well after each addition,then add the vanilla extract,sift in the flour and using large metal spoon,fold it into the mixture,spoon the butter into the tea cup
* stand the cups in …

Asparagus Salad and Grilled Prawns with avocado poppy seed vinaigrette

The avocado salad dressing/vinaigrette on this salad is an experiment,but I definitely will make it again,I topping with grilled prawn on the salad as our dinner meals,It was Yummy,if you like avocado I recommended this avocado vinaigrette :)





Ingredients :
- Asparagus
- sweet pepper
- English cucumber
- cherry tomato
- 10  fresh large  prawns

( wash and trim asparagus,boil for few minutes until soft,and transfer to ice cold water to keep a fresh color and set aside,slice cucumber and sweet pepper and cut half cherry tomato,mix them all together in the salad bowl )

grilled prawns :
- peel the skin
- sprinkle with peppercorn chili oil,salt,pepper and paprika powder
- grilled about 3 minutes each side or until color change to pink

Avocado vinaigrette :
- 1 ripe has avocado
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 lemon/zest+ juice
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp citrus vitamin water
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- pinch of salt
( smash avocado with fork until smooth add the rest of ingredients whisk it until all ingre…

Sweet and sour Tofu

Homemade sweet and sour sauce, you can use as tofu dipping sauce or stir fried sweet and sour tofu
Simply just mixing all the sauce ingredients and simmer in low heat and thickened with cornstarch you can add red flakes pepper for slighly spicy if you like.








Ingredients :
- 1 block extra firm tofu /fried tofu/ cut in cube
- 1/2 of fresh pineapple / peel and cut in cube
- 2 sweet pepper/ cut in cube
- 1/2 of yellow onion /slice
- vegetable oil for fry

for the sauce
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoon water
( Mix rice vinegar,brown sugar,ketchup and soy sauce together and bring to boil in the small pot and mix cornstarch with water and add to other ingredients and stir to thicken ) set aside

preparation :
Heat vegetable oil in the fry pan,fry tofu until slightly golden brown and drain tofu on plate with paper towel,set aside/ if use cooked tofu just cut in cube.

reduce amount of oil on fry pan just leav…

Coconut Pancake with Pineapple

The combination pineapple and coconut it's just perfect on this pancakes, drizzle coconut cream or good coconut milk and salted caramel is a treat, slightly rich and sweet.
Unlike regular pancake, I make it thinner and filled with chunk of pineapple and fold them to serve, and it can be served as a dessert too.









Ingredients : serve 4
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp super fine sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 medium pineapple
- peanut oil/ butter for grease pan
- coconut cream to serve
- toasted shredded coconut for garnish (  optional )

Preparation:
- sift the flour and sugar into a bowl and make a well in the center
- add eggs and coconut milk to the well and stir into the flour then whisk to a smooth bubbly batter
- cut the fresh pineapple into chunks,set aside
- heat a small amount of oil into nonstick  small skillet over high heat and pour in a little batter swirling to cover the pan
- cook the pancake until set and golden underneath or until golden brown bot…

Mango pineapple salsa

it's a simple mango pineapple salsa,fresh, sweet and sour at the same time,,,dip with Chips or serve with taco's or nachos !!



Ingredients :
- 1  ripe mango /peel and dice - 1/2 of fresh pineapples/ peel and dice - 1/4 cup thinly slice red onion - handful of cilantro/finely chop - 1 lemon /zest and juice - 1/2 tsp salt - 1/2 tbsp honey
( in a  salad bowl,mix diced mango,pineapple,red onion and cilantro together,add lemon zest and lemon juice,salt and honey mix it until combine )

Spicy Grilled Prawns with Avocado Rice

This dinner recipe is very easy simple and ready in short time  especially if we have leftover cooked rice otherwise  it doesn't  take longtime to cook rice,I'm sure everyone have different method how to cook rice,mine is simple most of the time I cook jasmine rice or long grain rice in the rice cooker.
By the way I bought this large fresh prawns in Costco is little bit cheaper than I got from other grocery store.
 Ingredients for prawns :
- 12 Large fresh prawns
- 2 tbsp peppercorn chili oil
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- pinch of black pepper

- peeled the prawns just keep the tail on,set aside
- in the small bowl mix all spice ingredients together,and whisk it pour in to fresh prawn
- let marinated about 5 minutes or so,,,
- heat flat pan grill on medium high temperature,and cook prawns about 2-3 minutes each side or until the color is looks perfectly change to brown/pink


I don't want to over power the taste for thi…

Salmon Tempura salad with peanut sauce

In my previous post  about a week ago I made peanut sauce for lettuce bowl salad for dinner with friends, and I still have leftover need to use up,so I use them for "salmon tempura salad "
as a *tip* you can serve as appetizer menu,,,


 Or serve as a dinner meal,,,,add fried tofu or tempeh is best :)

Peanut sauce recipe are Here

for the salad you will need :
- lettuce
- English cucumber/ cut in strip
- shredded carrot
- thinly slice red onion

Salmon tempura :
- 1  fresh salmon fillet about 6 oz
- canola/vegetable oil for fry
- 1 cup tempura batter mix
- 3/4 cup ice cold water

preparation :
Heat vegetable oil in medium high temperature about 350 Degree F
cut  fresh salmon fillet into thin strips
mix tempura batter mix with ice cold water and stir in mix quickly
drop salmon strip into tempura batter mix,fry about 2 minutes each side or until golden brown and crispy
drain tempura on paper towel
ready to serve as topping into a salad mix


Coconut pandan Muffins

Ingredients : yield 16-18 muffins
- 2 stick unsalted butter softened - 1 cup sugar - 4 eggs - 1+1/2 cup self rising flour - 1+ 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut - 1/2 tsp pandan paste 
Preparation : Preheat oven on 350 degree F
beat butter and sugar until fluffy
add egg one at a time
add flour,coconut and pandan paste,just beat until all ingredients combine
scoop in to muffin's cup,make about 18 -20 muffins
ready to bake into the oven about 25 minutes or until insert tootpick come clean

E N J O Y ,,,,

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Have a great weekend everyone,,,
If you like deviled eggs try this avocado devile egg recipe,it's easy and simple.



Ingredients :
- 5 hard boiled egg
- 1 ripe Has avocado
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp honey mustard
- pinch of curry powder

Preparation :
Slice egg in half lenghtwise, remove egg yolk put in the small bowl.
Cut avocado in half,dice really small
mash egg yolk with fork,add mayonnaise,honey mustard,curry powder and dice avocado,slighty mash until all ingredients combine,spoon egg yoll avocado mixture  evenly into egg white,sprinkle with ground paprika if you like,,

E N J O Y ,,,

Almond Pancakes with salted caramel cream sauce

This law carb pancakes made out of almond flour mixed with egg,almond milk and vegetable oil, serve with an experiment salted caramel cream sauce, can be serve with any pancake syrup you like or make simple sour cream maple sauce, if you get bored to use plain maple syrup for pancakes.

Ingredients : serve for 2=6 pancakes

- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

for the sauce :
- 1/4 cup whipped cream
- 1 Tbsp caramel sauce
- 1 tsp salted caramel powder
( just fold them together until well mixed and ready to serve )

OR
Simple sour cream maple sauce
( 2 Tbsp sour cream mix with 2 Tbsp maple syrup )


Preparation:
Just combine all ingredients together until well mixed
on low heat and  non stick flat grill pan/ non stick skillet, cook like regular pancakes,watch closely until pancakes bubble or lightly golden brown and flip them.