Friday, October 23, 2009

Chinese Peanut Cookies

Fah Sang Paeng Chinese Peanut Cookies
Childhood Favouries

As a child my fondest memory of visiting Soho, London's chinatown was scoffing these melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Wrapped in a flimsy foldable box with a gaudy pink ribbon around, (hardly protection) I could never resist slipping my tiny hands in and grabbing some crumbs.

The first time I made them, I stayed faithful to the recipe, second time, I added an egg and slightly manipulated the technique.

To my surprise they came out perfect! To my memory, my stomach and more importantly to my children. My son just loves helping me bake these.... who am I to argue?

300gr Plain Flour
1 tsp (heaped) Baking Powder
1 cup sugar
250 gr of peeled roasted whole peanuts
1 Egg + to brush
130-170ml of Oil

Measure all dry ingredients into the food mixer.
Blitz till peanuts are chunky in size (few seconds only)
Add egg.
Drizzle oil slowly in, till mixture becomes bread-like dough.
If you can, cover and leave to rest for 30mins - 1 hour (easier to shape into balls)
Shape into balls (not too big, bite size best)
Pop into hot oven 180c.
Wait about  5-10 mins. till the cookies have risen and still soft, open oven and flatten with spatula.
Brush liberally with beaten egg, press half a peanut on top of each cookie and brush again liberally with egg, this gives a wonderful gloss.

(Trick: The cookies are so crumbly, I found trying to flatten them before baking only breaks them apart. Flattening them during baking while they are soft and mallable is a great tip.:)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

chicken boil

French Bean Salad

Miriam's Green Bean Salad

Onions (chopped)

Cook beans in microwave pressure cooker for about 10 mins. and cool.

Add vinegar,chopped onions, salt and pepper.

Let rest


Miriam'sJuicy Chicken

Mix Chicken and vinegar (vinegar softens the meat!)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fruit Cake

Miriam's Fruit Cake

2 Eggs
3/4 Sugar cup
3/4 Oil
3 tbp Water (cold)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 S.R. Flour (or Plain flour + B.Powder)

Fruit Mixture:

5 cups of fruit (ie pecans;apples;plums)
Sliced or cubed (via food processor - optional)
3 tbp sugar

Mix all together, add more water if too thick.

Pour 1/2 batter into dish, layer fruit and cover with rest of cake batter
Layer fruit on bottomof dish, cover with cake batter

Bake 180c till brown.

Chocolate Cake (easy)

Miriam's Chocolate Cake

200 gr Bitter Chocolate
200 gr Butter
1 cup Sugar
5 Eggs
5 S.R. Flour

Melt Butter and chocolate in microwave

Add Sugar

Add egg one at a time

Add flour

Bake at 180c for 20/30 mins

TIP: Bring out just before cake is done.

Miriam's Chicken-Mince Balls

Chicken Pieces
Onion - finely chopped
Garlic - minced
Carrots - diced
Bread soaked in water
Eggs x4
Parsley - chopped

Mix all in a food processor till right consistency.

Either, fry in light oil or you can boil in stock (delicious method) use the stock later for soup base :)
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