Animal-Milk-Protein Free, Baking, Dairy-free, Food, Little Kitchen Helper, Recipe

Mrs Eio’s little helper & mommy’s birthday cake

Mrs Eio’s little helper was helping to make mommy’s birthday cake.   
This time round, Mrs Eio decided to make 2 cakes. 

 
She altered the previous recipe (her lemon chiffon cake) so the cake was more moist this time round. 

   
 Ingredients for making 2 cakes: 

(A) Flour mixture:

-3 cups of cake flour

-9 egg Yorks (from fridge because that’s where I store my eggs.) 

-4 tsp of baking powder

-100 ml of caster sugar

-3/4 tsp of salt

– 100 ml of water 

-140 ml of canola oil 

-lemon zest of 1 lemon

– juice of 1 lemon -seive before use. (please don’t throw away the lemon after juicing. Add them into water for drinking or use them to make enzymes for cleaning) 

Mrs Eio seived the cake flour, baking powder & salt and set them aside. Beat the egg York & sugar using a whisk till she feel the sugar has mixed well with the york. Add oil & mix well. Add water & mix well again. Add the lemon juice & zest, mix well. Last but not least, she added the mixture into the cake flour mixture. Whisk till everything mix well together. Set aside (mixture A). 

  
(B) Egg-white Sugar mixture: 

– 9 egg white 

-100 ml caster sugar. 

Mrs Eio used a electric handheld blender & beat the egg white & sugar mixture till it becomes a white light foam (mixture b). Slowly fold in mixture b into mixture A. A ladle of mixture b at a time. Must not over mix both mixtures (mixture c). 

Set aside 1cup of mixture C. Pour the rest of mixture c into 2 baking containers. She tapped the containers on the table a few times to “set” the mixture.( Extra air bubbles can escape.)

Piping for the cake: Add a teaspoon of chocolate powder into the 1cup of mixture C that’s set aside. Mix well. Put it into a piping bag. Time to design something or write words on the cake. Somehow the mixture is runny so the words are not well written. 🙂

Preheated oven at 160 degree celcius. Baked for 35 minutes. 

 
Blessed birthday Mrs Eio! 🎉

Advertisements
Food, Organic, Quinoa

Cooking Tri-Colour Quinoa

   
Mrs Eio cooked the Tri-colour Quinoa that she purchased from the Bento People (the Quinoa People). 

 
How to cook quinoa? 

Rinse the quinoa with water. Mrs Eio cooked the quinoa in a rice cooker. The water to quinoa ratio is 2:1. 

  
One of Mrs Eio’s faithful comrades in the kitchen is this rice cooker. Just select “expert” mode, everything will be done perfectly. 

 
The tri-colour quinoa is more “husky” as compared to the light brown ones. The texture is like chewing sesame seeds among the light brown quinoa.  

   
Freezing quinoa:  Mrs Eio cooked 3 cups of quinoa & decided to freeze the leftovers. Check out this website on the way to freeze quinoa.

http://www.thekitchn.com/can-you-freeze-cooked-quinoa-221171

 Quinoa to replace rice. 

  
Quinoa as a side dish with toufu & brocolli. It definitely adds some crunch to toufu & makes it more palatable. Mrs Eio loves to add wolfberries to her dishes. This a great protein-packed dish for vegans! 

Directions:

1) Steam the brocolli & beancurd. 

2) Boil 2-3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock. (Depending on how much sauce you want). 

3) Add in cooked quinoa (half a cup) & wolfberries (one table spoon). Bring the sauce to boil. (Optional: add seasoning, salt & pepper if you prefer to). 

4) Add in some cornstarch water to thicken the quinoa sauce. You may add an beaten egg if you want to. (But make sure there’s enough sauce in the pot to cook the egg). 

5) pour the quinoa sauce onto the beancurd & brocolli. 

Enjoy!!!

Food

The Bento People @ CT hub

Weeks ago, the Eios went to CT hub to grab some books from CRU Singapore Media ministry.  Time for lunch & they chanced upon this restaurant “The Bento People”.   

Cozy restaurant. Friendly service staff. There’s some display on Snacks & Quinoa. A “mix & match” menu where you order the carbs, proteins, vegetables you want to eat & they’ll serve the food in a bento. Interesting concept! 

    
Frankly, Mrs Eio really didn’t know what’s truly in store. Eio kids are famished so she just ordered whatever they like to eat. Brocolli, beef, white rice… 

 
After Mrs Eio ordered food for the kids, she realised there’s also quinoa & red rice etc on the menu. She decided to order red rice, curry cauliflowers, chicken with herbal sauce, toufu & mushroom for Mr Eio. 

   
The first comment Mr Eio made after eating is “this restaurant is selling healthy food but it’s tasty too.” Mrs Eio has to agree with him because they shared the red rice. Though they are eating lesser carbs, the red rice makes them feel fuller than eating white rice. She think it’s probably the power of eating whole grain. 

  

Quinoa is added to this toufu mushroom dish. It tasted really good. Mrs Eio used to cook quinoa at home but the kids are not so used to the crunch. 

Later on, the Eios met the owner of the Bento people. He kindly serves us a bowl of Yang Zhou fried Quinoa & the Eio kids simply love it! This gave Mrs Eio the motivation to revive Quinoa in the Eios lunch & dinner home menu. 😊 

  

The owner of the restaurant then shared with Mr & Mrs Eio the importance of eating whole grains & the healthier way of cooking meat. Later on, the Eios found out that he’s actually a doctor turns chef! 

Mrs Eio used to include more whole grain in their diet but ever since El wasn’t able to gain weight due to allergy, she reverts to white rice & simple carbs so that it’s easier for her to digest & gain weight. Now El is better, it’s time for the Eios to include more whole grains in their diet. 
  

What Mrs Eio read on the Straits Time recently about white rice. It coincides with what Doc (restaurant owner) shared weeks ago. 

Read this article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/diabetes-the-rice-you-eat-is-worse-than-sugary-drinks

Time to take care of ourselves by eating more whole grains…

  

Mrs Eio bought a packet of Quinoa home. Will post on what she has done with it soon. 🙂 The tri- colour quinoa tasted better than the light brown ones. 
    

You may read up on Doc, the man behind this great work: http://www.whatscookingdoc.sg/2015/05/the-bento-people-story.html?m=1

 
Visit The Bento People & try out their whole grains & healthy food @ CT hub. 

For more details, visit their website: http://www.thebentopeople.com

Address: #02-17, CT Hub, 2 Kallang Avenue (339407) 

Tel: 64432006