Thursday, February 26, 2015

Happy Birthday!!

Grilled Spanish Iberico Pork Chop with Basil-Garlic Rub | Roasted Butternut Squash Buckwheat Groat Salad | Berries Sweet Rolls
Grilled Spanish Iberico Pork Chop with Basil-Garlic Rub | Roasted Butternut Squash Buckwheat Groat Salad | Berries Sweet Rolls

It is was 7th day of CNY today yesterday (as I am writing this, it has already passed midnight!!!), and it is also known as 人日 ie. everyone's birthday! Therefore, it warranted a BIG FEAST!!

The truth is, I didn't know that it was 人日 because I simply don't keep track of festivities that aren't marked as public holidays! However, I am not one who will pass on a great reason to pig out! Hahaha! I already had in mind to cooked Grilled Spanish Iberico Pork Chop with Basil-Garlic Rub and Roasted Butternut Squash Buckwheat Groat Salad for dinner. After I saw the whatsapp my sis sent me, I then realized it was everyone's birthday, and thus gave me a very good excuse to make dessert! Ho! Ho!

Since time was pressing, I opted for the Berries Sweet Rolls that is very quick to prepare. And we could eat the leftover for breakfast! Kill two birds with one stone! YAY!!

Though I am not a vegetarian, I refrain from eating meat on weekdays for health reason, hence I only cooked one pork chop that was meant for Hub. As this was my first attempt at pork chop, it's only my due diligence to do a taste-test. One bite, led to another, and another... I think I had 4 bite-size pieces in the end! It was delish! And I don't even like pork (except for roasted pork belly & roasted suckling pig)!!!

Recipes: Grilled Spanish Iberico Pork Chop with Basil-Garlic Rub | Roasted Butternut Squash Buckwheat Groat Salad | Berries Sweet Rolls

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quick & Easy Sweet Rolls

CNY Day 1 Breakfast
CNY Day One Breakfast Spread

Mixed Berries Sweet Rolls & Mini Cinnamon Buns
Mixed Berries Sweet Rolls & Mini Cinnamon Rolls

I would love to bake everything from scratch, then I could pick good quality raw ingredients and know exactly what go into my bake goods. However, some time, we just don't have the time. I am not a morning person. I'll never be those who can wake up bright & earlier to bake a loaf of fresh bread.

On the first day of Chinese New Year, I wanted to make something special for Hub as we hardly have breakfast together even on weekends. Since the Chinese populated part of the world stops spinning on first two days of Chinese New Year, we basically have nothing to do on these two days. Thus, we do what we do best, EAT.

Like I said before, I am not a morning, so I need a bit of "help" to bake these sweet rolls in time for breakfast!! Therefore, I look to ready-made dough that can be purchased at the chill section of supermarkets. With these "helpers", I whipped up 8 mixed berries sweet rolls and 15 mini cinnamon rolls within half an hour, otherwise would take 3-4 hours!!

In the following recipes, I will include both the quick & easy method, as well as, make from scratch process. And if you hadn't known, I'm also the person behind Food Is Love, where I "save" all my recipes. 99% of the recipes are tried & tested by me, and I still cook & bake from most of these recipes from time to time.

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Mixed Berries Sweet Rolls
Mixed Berries Sweet Rolls

MIXED BERRIES SWEET ROLLS
Makes 8 sweet rolls

One can (8 biscuits) Immaculate Buttermilk Biscuits**
Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tbsp ground cinnamon; save any leftover in a air-tight container)
Fresh mixed berries (you can use all raspberries)
Powder sugar (a.k.a. confectioner sugar or icing sugar)


** To make from scratch: Make a batch of scones dough, omits the cranberries, lemon zest & egg wash in the recipe, and divides the dough into 8 portions. Once this is completed, you can follow all the steps laid down below. Btw, the Brits call them scones while the Americans call them biscuits, they are referring to the same thing.


1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2) Prepare two muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

3) Roll out a biscuit dough until about 1/4 inch thick.

4) Sprinkle rolled out biscuit dough with 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar.

5) Place 4-5 fresh berries in the middle of the rolled out biscuit dough, then smash the berries gently.

6) Roll up the biscuit and slice it into three pieces.

7) Place the 3 pieces (cut sides up) in one cavity of the muffin pan.

8) Repeat for all 8 sweet rolls.

9) Bake 14 - 17 minutes until sweet rolls are light golden brown.

10) Allow to cool slightly and remove to a cooling rack or serving platter.

11) Sift powder sugar over all the sweet rolls and serve.


Adapted from Shaken Together.

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Mini Cinnamon Buns
"Naked" or Unglazed Mini Cinnamon Rolls

MINI CINNAMON ROLLS
Makes 15 mini rolls

For the mini cinnamon buns:
One can Pillsbury® Original Crescents
4 tbsp (you can use more or less) Cinnamon Sugar (1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tbsp ground cinnamon; save any leftover in a air-tight container)
2 tbsp butter, melted

For the glaze:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp heavy cream (or whipping cream)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract


1) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2) Prepare your mini muffin pans by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

3) Melt 2 tablespoons of butter.

4) Open your crescent dough and lay out in one large rectangle. Gently pinch the seams together.

5) Brush melted butter all over the laid out crescent dough.

6) Sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon sugar on buttered dough.

7) Starting on the long side, roll the dough tightly from one side to the other, forming a log, and pinch edge together to seal

8) Cut into 15 rolls, 2cm each. There is no need to be that precise but make sure all the pieces are of the same size.

9) Place one roll (cut side up) in one cavity of the prepared mini muffin pan and repeat for all 15 rolls.

10) Bake the rolls for approximately 10 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown.

11) While the rolls are baking, stir together the glaze ingredients.

12) When the cinnamon rolls have cooled enough to handle, drizzle glaze all over the rolls. Serve immediately!


Want to make cinnamon rolls from scratch? CLICK HERE!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

High & Low

High & Low
local store sweater / h&m shirt / emoda pants / christian louboutin heels

A couple of years ago, high-low dresses & skirts were all rage. This year, the trend seems to have moved on to sweater. This is a very old sweater with high-low hemline but I still had to "shorten" the front more by pinning it up due to my extremely short torso :/

I have seen quite a few bloggers wearing this trend with a crisp white shirt and I kinda like it, thus I decided to give it my own spin.

I have been so preoccupied with cooking & baking that I "forgot" my weekly run. I used to run 5km two to three times a week but I haven't been doing so since December! I better resume my running regimen asap as soon it will be summer.

High & Low

High & Low

High & Low

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Say It With C♡♡kies!

Say It With Cookies.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

In my last post, I said I would just flood the sugar cookies with royal icing & sprinkle on some hundreds & thousands, then call it a day. However, after I slept on it, I decided to put myself up for some new challenges. And here you are, the final results of my labour of love. Haha! So corny!! But I can do with a little corny in my life. It's Valentine's Day afterall.

There are two firsts in the process of creating these Valentine's cookies. My first time working with royal icing and it's also my first attempt at decorating sugar cookies :)

If you are interested to learn how to create the marble hearts, you can check out here for step-by-step pictorial.

Have a lovely day with your loved ones. You don't have to be attached to celebrate V-Day as you can always celebrate this special day with your BFFs. And likewise, when you are in love, every day is Valentine's Day.

Say It With Cookies.

Say It With Cookies.

Say It With Cookies.

Say It With Cookies.

Say It With Cookies.

Say It With Cookies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Unexpectedly

Unexpectedly
cos collar bib / murua top / topshop skirt / valentino bag / jelly beans shoes

When I held up this top against my rack of skirts, this powder blue midi skirt popped. It's so unexpected! Never in my mind that dark green shades could actually go with sweet powder blue. This is what I usually do when I have no freaking clue what to wear - pick an item that I have not been wearing for a while then hold it against either my rack of tops or bottoms.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I have just finished baking a batch of heart-shaped sugar cookies and now I am stressing over how to decorate them as I have never decorated cookies before. I turned to my trusty pal, Pinterest, for tips & inspirations, but ended up even more stressed than ever. Goodness gracious me, why are these food bloggers so skilled & talented?!!! Their sugar cookies decorations left me gobsmacked. I'm just going to flood my cookies with icing and sprinkle some hundreds and thousands, then call it a day. I just hope I could successfully flood my cookies with icing *fingers crossed*

I posted a DIY Valentine's Day gift idea over the weekend. Check it out if you were still clueless what to gift your bffs and significant others.

Unexpectedly

Unexpectedly

Unexpectedly
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