Salmon Green Onion Cupcakes

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Baking : 30 Minutes

Serves : 12-14 Cupcakes

Episode : (no video availble yet)

Hi Guys,

I’ve made these really delicious, savory, full of flavor Salmon Green Onion Cupcakes. I know, I know, everybody is raising their eyebrows now and officially you can call me CRAZY CHRISTY lol. But I promise you and trust me, these are amazing! And you won’t regret it.  The consistency of the cupcakes is like muffins and scones. With cream cheese, cranberry jam and some garnished green onions, it is phenomenal! You don’t even taste the salmon.

Here is the list of the ingredients:

2 Cups of AP Flour

1 Tbsp of Baking Powder

1/2 Tbsp of Salt

2 Eggs, medium size

1 Cup or 250 ml of Crème fraîche (sour cream or yoghurt can replace it too)

1 Cup or 200-250 gr of fresh Salmon, diced

1 Cup or 250 ml  of Vegetable Oil

1 Cup of Green Onion, finely chopped

2 Tbsp of Bavarian Sweet Mustard (honey mustard)

1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp of Horseradish

2 Tbsp of Honey

For the frosting, you’ll need:

1/2 Cup or 125 gr of cream cheese

1/2 Cup or 125 ml of heavy cream

Some Cranberry jam

Some green onions.

How to make the Salmon Green Onion Cupcakes:

  1. Turn on your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. In your large bowl, beat your eggs until pale (3 minutes) with a mixer or a whisk.
  3. Add in the oil and Crème fraîche, mix again. If you don’t have Crème fraîche, you can also use sour cream or yoghurt. But yoghurt is a little ligher than Crème fraîche, you might need to reduce a little bit.
  4. Add in all the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix them again.
  5. Put in the salmon and green onions. Mix them with a spatula. Add in all the rest of the ingredients; mustard, sweet mustard and honey.
  6. Line your muffin tray with liners. Use a spoon to transfer your batter into the liners.
  7. I made about 12 cupcakes. I still had some and just made pancakes out of it.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let them cool.
  9. For the frosting, beat the heavy cream until soft peak or about 3 minutes.
  10. Add in the cream cheese and mix well with the whipped cream.
  11. Transfer it into a ziploc or a pastry bag with a nozzle. You can also use only a ziploc without a nozzle.
  12. Smear the cranberry jam on each cupcakes.
  13. Make a little swirl to cover the cranberry jam.
  14. Garnish with some green onions and cranberry jam.
  15. Enjoy!

Authentic Indonesian Beef Rendang Recipe (Mum’s Recipe)

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Cooking : 3 hours at least

Serves : 6-8 portions

Episode : 29 (Video recipe is here )

Hi guys,

I hope you all have a great day! People have been asking my beef rendang recipe and since I have a little bit of free time, so I thought I just make it.

Beef Rendang originated from Minangkabau, Indonesia (on Sumatera Island) and has been spread to a lot of countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. Rendang is a spicy meat dish cooked in coconut milk a long with a lot of herbs and spices at least for 3 hours. Some even cook for 6-8 hours. The longer you cook it, the best the result is.

CNN has crowned Beef Rendang as the most delicious food in 2011 and 2017.

On this recipe, I am cooking my mum’s recipe (as usual) but this one is kid-friendly Rendang so it is NOT spicy at all. Regardless the spicy chillies, it tastes very authentic.

List of the ingredients:

1,5 kg (3 Lb 4 Oz) of Beef .

1000 ml (4 Cups) of Coconut Milk

1 large Onion, finely chopped.

5 Garlic Cloves.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut and pounded.

4 Kaffir Lime Leaves.

3 Tbsp of Cummin Seeds.

2 Tbsp of Coriander Seeds.

1 Tbsp of Fennel Seeds.

3 Tbsp of Smoked Paprika Powder.

1 Tbsp of Ginger Powder.

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder.

1 Tsp of Ground White Pepper.

4-5 Cardamon Pods.

A pinch of Nutmeg, grated.

Salt, to taste.

Some oil to fry.

P.S. My mum always uses turmeric leaves in her rendang, but there is no way to find turmeric leaves in Munich unless you grow them by yourselves.

How to cook Beef Rendang:

  1. Cut the beef into small pieces (2-3 cm/ 1 inch big) and set aside.
  2. Roast all the seeds and pods (cummin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cardamon pods) at medium heat for about 3-4 minutes or until you can smell the fragrance.
  3. Grind all the seeds, cardamon pods and salt (1 Tsp) until fine like powder.
  4. Put the garlic cloves inside and grind too.
  5. Toss the lemongrass stalks and pound lightly.
  6. If you don’t have a pestle or you don’t want to grind. You can also use a mixer. Don’t put the lemongrass stalks in the mixer tho.
  7. Turn your stove into medium to high heat. Into your pot, put some oil and fry the chopped onion until translucent. Add in the ground spices and fry for a minute or so.
  8. Add in the beef and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Mix in all the powder spices with the meat well.
  9. Pour in the coconut milk and toss in the kaffir lime leaves.
  10. Cook at medium heat and you have to still it occasionally. Don’t let the coconut milk break or curdle.
  11. Cook for at least 3 hours and turn the heat lower if you see the coconut milk turns  thicker.
  12. Serve with some Pandan or Jasmine rice and of course for the adults, serve it with Indonesian sambal (spicy sauce). Enjoy! Christina xoxo

 

Video recipe, click the image below:

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Preparation : 15 Minutes

Cooking : 20-25 Minutes

Serves : 4 portions

Episode : (no video availble yet)

Hainanese Chicken Rice is very popular in Singapore. You can’t go to this country without trying this dish. It’s so popular that is considering as one of the national dishes in Singapore. In other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia you can find it in big cities. I think in south east asian style is more interesting because we like to put some other herbs that normally aren’t use in China.

I have made Hainanese Chicken Rice countless time and I really like this recipe and it’s super easy.  If you have chicken soup/stock on hand, it takes only 15-20 minutes. If you have a ricecooker, it’s even easier.

List of the ingredients:

2 Cups of good quality of Rice, I use Jasmine if you have Pandan rice would be better.

2-2.5 Cups of Chicken Stock (I made by myself, I will write for the next recipe and will link it too).

1/2 Tsp of Ginger Powder.

1/2 Tsp of Galangal Powder, if you can’t find it just skip it.

1/2 Tbsp of Chicken Bouillon.

1/2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut into 5 cm long and pound with a pestle.

1 Pandan leave, if you can get it skip it.

Salt, to taste (I don’t put any).

P.S. My family and I don’t really consume a lot of sugar or salt. Most of my recipes have very little of salt. I don’t put salt here, neither in my soup nor in my rice. There is a little salt in the bouillon. You can put a little bit of salt, we just don’t need it.

How to cook the rice:

  1. Put your rice in a pot and clean it with water. Rub it with your hands. Make sure you clean the starch away. In Asian cooking, it is very important to wash the rice.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, ginger powder, galangal powder, chicken bouillon, garlic powder and stir well. If you want salt, you should add it in now and stir well too.
  3. Put in the pounded lemongrass stalks and pandan leave.
  4. Turn on stove heat into high.
  5. Cook until it boils and turn into low heat. You need the steam to cook the rice.
  6. I like to cook rice in low heat but in longer time. The rice is evenly cooked and it tastes better. I cook it about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Done! I serve it with the chicken from my chicken soup, some cucumbers and red bell pepper dices. Enjoy 💓

Hello Kitty Banana Blueberry Cupcakes

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Preparation : 15 Minutes

Baking : 20 Minutes

Serves : 12 Cupcakes

Episode : (no video availble yet)

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Mackayla had been asking for Hello Kitty Cupcakes, so we baked Banana Blueberry Cupcakes with sprinkles of our leftover Oreos. Soft, sour, sweet and you literally could taste the banana in the cakes. Make these for your kids, they will love them! Believe me ❤️

For this recipe, you’ll need:

2 Riped Bananas, mashed with a fork (I had medium size bananas)

1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup of Sugar

1/4 Cup of Melted Butter

1-1/2 Cups of Fresh Blueberries

A pinch of Salt

1 tsp of Baking Powder

3-4 Oreos, bashed into a coarse powder

For the Frosting:

100 gr of Mascarpone Cheese

200 gr of Heavy cream, whipped

1 package of vanilla sugar

(I personally don’t like it too sweet, that’s why only 1 package of vanilla sugar / 8 gr).

For the decorations, you can use anything you want 🙂

Instructions : 

  1. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees Farenheit (180 Celsius).
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl with a fork.
  3. Add in sugar, melted butter, salt and mix them.
  4. Add in flour, baking powder, and mix with your spatula.
  5. Put in the blueberries and don’t over mix them.
  6. Use your spoon or ice cream scoop to put in the batter into muffin tins which are lined with muffin liners. Scatter some bashed Oreo. Bake them for about 20 minutes.
  7. During that time, you can prepare the frosting.
  8. Put the heavy cream into a bowl with the vanilla sugar. Whip until soft peak. Add some mascarpone cheese and fold them gently. Transfer into a ziploc or a plastic bag. Put into a fridge until your cakes are ready (cooked and cold).
  9. Decorate the cupcakes with some frosting and hello kitty 🙂 Enjoy them with some Latte Machiatto or a cup Cappucino.

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These were the cupcakes before frosting xoxo

Roasted Nuts (Vegan)

Hi guys!

I just made these super awesome roasted nuts for my yoghurt toppings or just snacks. My kiddos love them! The reasons why I roast my own nut, because most of the nuts in Germany are already mixed with salt. And I don’t like salty nuts in my yoghurt or skyr. We just don’t consume that much salt. The second reason is ready to eat nuts at the supermarket are normally mixed with a lot of peanuts and by roasting them by yourselves, you can choose your favorite nuts. I usually mix cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans and some pistachios. Sometimes I buy mixed nuts and there are a few peanuts there and I don’t mind.

It’s super easy, super yummy and healthy 🙂

Preheat your oven to 320 degrees F (160 Celsius), spread all your nuts into the baking sheet. Roast them for 25-30 minutes and stir them occasionally with a spoon spatula. Voila! Have a great Sunday!

xoxo Christina

Classic Italian Lasagna

Preparation : 15-20 Minutes

Making and Baking : 30-35 and 40-45 Minutes

Servings : Serves 6 to 8 portions

Episode :  (no video available yet)

Who doesn’t love Italian Lasagne. The crispy top with crunchy edge and creamy oozy inside. My husband, Nick is always very happy if there is lasagna on the table. He can just eat it everyday. We love lasagna, and always keep it in the oven if we don’t finish it and Nick will take some to go to work for his lunch.

I’ve made so many different kinds of lasagna and I’d love to share with you this recipe.

I used this Ikea Casserole dish, to be honest, I don’t know the size (sorry).

List of the ingredients:

Barilla lasagna sheets

500 gr Ground Beef

2 German Sausages (picante), can’t find Italian sausages and I think they taste quite the same. Remove from the casing.

2 Carrots, finely chopped.

2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped.

1 Onion, finely chopped.

3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped.

2 Cans of chopped tomatoes.

1 Can of crushed tomato.

2 Tbsp of Tomato paste.

1 Cup of beef stock (you can also use  1 Tbsp of beef bouillon and mix with warm water).

1 Tbsp of sugar.

Salt and Pepper, to taste.

1-2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning.

3 Bay leaves (take them out later otherwise it will taste weird/bitter).

1 Cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

1 Cup of freshly grated Mozarella cheese.

1 Cup of Ricotta cheese.

Some Olive Oil.

Freshly chopped parsley for garnishing.

*If you don’t want to grate your own cheese, you can also get a bag of Cheese for Casserole (very common in Germany to use those kinds of cheese).

How to make your lasagna:

  1. Into my pan on medium high heat (you can also use a dutch oven or anything higher on the sides because you’re making the lasagna sauce) put some olive oil. Put chopped onion, carrots and celery. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Put your ground beef, Italian/German sausages, and garlic inside. Mix all of them together. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Toss in all of the canned tomatoes (chopped and crushed ones), beef stock and the tomato paste. Mix well. Lower the heat into low medium.
  3. Add in the Italian Seasoning, I love it so much sometimes I add in 2 Tbsp 🙂 and then the bay leaves. Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Don’t cook the lasagna sheets, trust me!
  5. During the time preheat the oven to 360 F (180 Celsius). My oven is slightly hotter than other people’s, I have no idea why.
  6. To assemble, get a ladle spoon and your casserole dish. Spread some ricotta cheese with a spoon, sprinkle parmesan, mozzarela, add some sauce and lay lasagne sheets (mine was about 4 sheets. Repeat until your casserole is full or your sauce and cheese are done. But save some cheese for the top part tho, otherwise you’ll bake the sheets and you don’t want that.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes and after that I turn my oven into 200 C (400 F) and bake for about 5 minutes. Garnish it with some parsley.
  8. Enjoy your lasagna with a glass of good Chianti or Barolo. Enjoy!

P.S. Above is the pic before the oven

xoxo

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday 🎉

Merry Merry Christmas and Happy birthday to me! I know, it’s so late by now. But there’s something I’d like to share with you guys.

People say life begins at forty and I think mine begins at 39. Three weeks before Christmas/my birthday, I opened up a foundation page for raising some donation for cancer patients. I am so blessed and astonished that more than 1,726 Euros were collected in a very short time.

Thank you very much for all of you who have made my birthday so special and there is no words to express how blessed I am. The money went to Deutsche Krebshilfe, which is an organization that helps a lot of people, and it will be used for research.

xoxo