Year: 2015

Poppy Seed Crusted Lamb Chops with Mushroom Truffle Sauce

Impress your family and friends by cooking this quick and easy roasted lamb chops with a twist! INGREDIENTS recipe for 2 4 pcs lamb loin chops 10 pcs crimini “brown” button mushrooms, whole 110g truffle and mushroom paste (Fauchon Champignon Truffe) 1 cup poppy seeds 6 pcs baby onions, whole and peeled sprigs of fresh rosemary sprigs of fresh thyme 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp brown sugar fresh ground black pepper kosher salt extra virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Generously season both sides of the lamb chops with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic until lightly brown and aromatic. Sear the lamb chops, as well as the onions and mushrooms for about 5 minutes. Add in the truffle paste, brown sugar, fresh thyme and rosemary. Mix everything so the sauce evenly coats the food. Turn the lamb chops over and cook for another 2 minutes. 2. Dredge both sides of the chops in poppy seeds. Place on a baking tray together with the onions, …

Japanese Matcha Macarons with Azuki Bean Filling

INGREDIENTS Italian Meringue Macarons Meringue 50g egg white 20g sugar Sugar Syrup 45g water 120g sugar Almond Mixture 160g almond powder 140g powdered sugar 2 tbsp Uji matcha powder 60g egg white a pinch of salt Azuki Bean Filling (Tsubu-an) 400g tsubu-an (chunky type) 1/2 cup cream DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, sift the almond powder, powdered sugar and matcha powder together. Set aside. Sugar Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over medium heat, cook until sugar syrup reaches 235 – 240°F on a candy thermometer. Meringue: Combine egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Set it to medium speed and mix until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, carefully and slowly drizzle in hot sugar syrup. Increase speed to high and continue whisking the egg white mixture until glossy and stiff peaks form when you lift the beaters. Pour in 60g of egg whites into the powder mixture and mix together to form a paste and season with a pinch salt. Gently fold the meringue mixture into the …

Pan-Roasted Duck Breasts with Yuzu Sauce

It’s time to start planning Christmas dinner, sweeties! Plan your holiday meal with this festive, quick and easy recipe that is sure to impress. INGREDIENTS recipe for 2 300g yuzu-cha 2 duck breasts 3 tbsp water 1/2 renkon or lotus root, sliced sprigs fresh thyme sprigs fresh rosemary freshly ground black pepper himalayan salt garlic powder pink peppercorns 2 tsp brown sugar extra virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 200°C. Season both sides of the duck breasts with freshly ground black pepper, salt and garlic powder. Sprinkle with brown sugar. In a cast iron skillet or any oven safe pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the duck breasts, fat/skin side down, for about 5 minutes. Add thyme, rosemary and pink peppercorns. Turn the duck breasts over and sear for 2 minutes. Sear the renkon as well until slightly golden.  Transfer skillet to the oven and roast until the duck is cooked to your liking: 3 to 4 minutes for medium rare and 5 to 6 minutes for medium well. Heat a small sauce pan over …

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Only a few days left until Christmas!!! One of the best parts about celebrating Christmas is all of the yummy treats – and no holiday cookie tray would be complete without these cute little guys! Learn how to make these simply delicious Gingerbread Men Cookies for you and your family.  INGREDIENTS makes 24 350 g flour 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 140 g brown sugar 120 g Kuromitsu (a Japanese sugar syrup, literally “black honey”. It is similar to molasses, but thinner and milder) 1 egg 2 tbsp water 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt DIRECTIONS Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a large bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg and water. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating on low speed until well combined. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a smooth ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. …

Strawberry Scones with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Dip

Perfectly baked scones with fresh strawberries dipped in rich and creamy vanilla bean cream cheese. Another sweet retreat to enjoy with family and friends! INGREDIENTS makes 8 Strawberry Scones 3 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and cut into pieces 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 stick butter, chilled and chopped 1/2 tsp salt 120 ml heavy cream or milk Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Dip 1 stick vanilla bean, seeds scraped 8 oz or 1 package of cream cheese 1-2 tbsp honey 1/4 heavy cream or milk DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease or line the baking pan with parchment paper. Wash strawberries and remove stems. Cut into pieces. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Toss chopped butter into flour mixture and combine it with a pastry scraper and your clean fingers until mixture resembles course crumbs. Add cream and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined. Slowly and gently fold in the strawberries. 3. Transfer dough to a floured surface and shape …

Cranberry Tart with Almond Cream

With the holidays looming around, December is definitely the best time of the year for indulging in desserts with less regrets. Try one of my christmas sweets recipes – an absolutely very berry delicious tart! Have a slice of this festive deliciousness and pair it with your favorite tea. Sip and melt into bliss! Special equipment: You will need a 9-inch tart pan (preferably with a removable bottom) for this recipe. INGREDIENTS serves 8 Sweetened Cranberries 3 cups fresh cranberries 30g strawberry jam 1 tbsp sugar Almond Cream 50g almond powder 50g powdered sugar 5g flour 50g butter, melted 1 egg, room temperature, beaten 5g rum 1/2 stick vanilla bean, seeds scraped Shortcrust Pastry 200g all-purpose flour, sifted 100g butter 1 egg 5g sugar 2g salt DIRECTIONS Shortcrust Pastry: In a mixer bowl, beat the butter until softened. Add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until evenly incorporated. Add flour and salt, stir until just combined and a soft dough forms. Refrigerate in plastic wrap for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured board, roll …

Cabbage Rolls

Simple and delicious! Learn how to make cabbage rolls – cabbage leaves stuffed with ground meat covered in a sweet and tangy tomato sauce. INGREDIENTS 12 cabbage leaves 500g lean ground beef 1 onion, minced 1 egg 20g panko freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp milk 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 Knorr beef bouillon / consommé 1/4 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp paprika powder 1 can tomato sauce 1 tbsp rice wine 1 tbsp white cheese, chopped 1/2 cup cream DIRECTIONS 1. Heat the pan with olive oil on medium heat and sauté the minced onions until softened. 2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the cabbage leaves until they are pliable; Refresh (soak the cabbage leaves in iced water) and drain. 3. In a large bowl, combine the meat, sautéed onions, egg, panko, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well with a rubber spatula or with your clean hands. 4. Divide meat mixture into 12 equal parts. Put 1 part of meat mixture on each cabbage leaf. Roll …