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Home Town: Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Living In: Auckland, New Zealand
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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White chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Lemon Cupcakes
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Currently - chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes! I have successfully baked truly magnificent chocolate chip cookies(in my humble opinion :-P) but am in the quest to discover my own unique recipe now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I can't remember a special tradition. But here's one that developed when I was older - when I was in college (university as Kiwis would call it) our family was invited to some friends of ours and was served rice paper wraps. Unlike the ones we get today, these were not prepared in advance. All the ingredients were laid out on the table and we got to choose our own ingredients and wrap it ourselves. So the entire dinner, we were all busy making our rice paper wraps. It was actually quite entertaining and our whole family loved it - especially me - we started having rice paper wraps quite regularly and it also became mom's specialty when we had guests. Now, this dinner reminds me of 'home' and 'family.'
My cooking triumphs
After one batch of burn cookies and about three more consecutive batches, I successfully made delicious and traditional chocolate chip cookies - the texture and everything looked exactly as it should be and the taste was quite divine..he he. That was a great moment. It was a great accomplishment as I had done quite a bit of research on the net searching for tips for baking cookies and reading through about a thousand chocolate chip cookie recipes.
My cooking tragedies
This was one of my first times baking. I got this great cookie recipe and it said to have the oven at 375 degrees. So I had the oven at 375 degrees. Strangely the oven felt very, very hot but I just assumed my ignorance and happily put in my cookies. The cookies burnt only after a few minutes of being in the oven and my smoke alarm went off. I realised that the temperature was in fahrenheit NOT in Celsius. The joy of living in the southern hemisphere. :)
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Banana Banana Bread
My hubs and I both really enjoyed this bread. One thing I need to remember to do next time is to adjust the sugar according to the sweetness of the banana and how much banana I have. I didn't have sweet bananas so my bread was not sweet at all - which my husband actually loved more than me. I added a cup full of chopped walnuts to the mix right at the end. I would add choc chips next time. One last thing - may be it's my oven, but I would bake it a little less than 60 min as mine were slightly over-baked...only slightly. Would definitely bake this again though. :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2014
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken
Awesome! Cut up potatoes, celery, and carrots and put'em at the bottom instead of foil balls. Seasoned chicken with steak seasoning actually and then added freshly diced rosemary, garlic powder, and onion powder. Left the chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs) in the fridge in a plastic bag for a couple of hours. Then cooked it on high for about 5.5 hours. I turned the chicken and vegetables halfway so it cooks evenly. For the vegetables I salted and peppered it before cooking. I liked the the chicken on top of the veggies so the chicken fat fell to the bottom of the pot and seasoned the veggies even more. Man... this is def the best way to cook chicken. :) The meat was superbly tender. Yay!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2014
Meatball Nirvana
Def a keeper recipe. I think it would be great exactly the way it is but I kinda made it on the spur of the moment so I just went with what I had. I used... -chicken seasoning instead of italian cuz that's what i had -I used a little bit (1/2 C) of almond milk cuz that's the only kind of milk I had -added an egg cuz I wanted to -added garlic salt only -added chili powder but not the chili sauce I baked it for about 15 min on its own and then added some tomato sauce (the ones that come in a jar) and baked for another 7 min. It was delicious. I added the sauce cuz I didn't feel like waiting. I think it would be perfect if the meatball was baked separately and the sauce cooked separately and then may be simmer with the meatballs to serve. Thanks for the recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2014
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