Thursday, April 30, 2020

Banana Coconut Cake Recipe

What to do when I have too many overripe bananas? Of course to make more banana cakes! I have decided to adapt the recipe by making it more tropical, adding some coconut into the mixture. I didn't add any sugar to the cake as the bananas were already sweet.

Ingredients
1 cup milk/cream (240ml)
½ cup unsweetened dried grated coconut (30g)
1¾ cup all-purpose flour (260g)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 large ripe bananas
1 stick butter (½ cup/113g)
1 large egg

Combine milk and coconut in a bowl. Let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

In a medium sized bowl, combine all-purpose flour and baking powder. 

Stir to get ingredients well mixed. Peel and mash bananas in another bowl. 

Preheat oven to fan 180°C.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

Beat in egg.

Pour in half of the coconut mixture, half of the mashed bananas, and half of the flour mixture.

 Beat for 30 seconds. 
 
 Repeat.
 
 Mix until batter is smooth. This should take 1 to 2 minutes.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, remove and cool on wire rack.
Enjoy a slice of cake with some cream cheese frosting or peanut butter ! Recipe for frosting here.


How to make your children eat the rainbow?

Do you have little picky eaters at home? I have 2! We often end up with crying and tantruming toddlers at the dining table. I thought I was going to give up trying. But recently, I picked up some tips to get my kids to eat! It's called eating the rainbow concept. So far we have made some promising progress at home. I'm a pleased momma indeed.


1. Eat rainbow food. Choose food of various colours. Teach my boys the different colours of the food and eating all of them.
2. Talk kids. Don't use bombastic language like protein helps you to build muscles. Try taking chicken will make you a stronger policeman and fireman! (These 2 jobs are my boys' obsession)
3. Get the small hands to help in the kitchen. When they are involved in the washing, cutting and cooking, the boys get to know about the food they eat and widen their acceptance
4. Keep trying! Whenever introducing new food, insist on at least 1 bite to show respect to the hands who put the food on table. If they don't like it, they can say no, thank you bye. It can take up to 30 bites before children take up a liking.
5. Camouflage certain ingredients into favorite food for example vegetables into omelette/bread/cake.

This ABC soup is very colorful, easy to make and definitely can be prepared in the morning for lunch before I head to work.


Ingredients
2 brown onions
1 carrot
2 sweet corns on the cob
4 small tomatoes
2 potatoes


1/2 cup of organic soy bean
3 chicken thigh with bones

Firm tofu cubes

Salt soy sauce and sesame oil to taste

Blanch chicken in hot water to skim impurities.


Cut everything into big chunks and place in Russell Taylors pressure cooker inner pot.

Add water to cover the ingredients.

Seal the lid. Make sure the valve is closed.


Set pressure cooker to the Soup Preset.

Set timer if needed.


Voila! A pot of wholesome meal can be enjoyed with some steam rice or noodles.


Remedy for Dry Hands | Sensenique Natural Body Wash Review

Hand washing is becoming ever important nowadays. As a healthcare worker, I see many patients a day. We practise 5 moments of hand hygiene to avoid transmitting germs between patients and ourselves.


 As we run out of commercial alcohol based handrub, the pharmacy has no choice but to DIY hand rub. The result is dry skin with contact dermatitis. My skin started to become tight, inflamed and flaky. It's very uncomfortable and I have lost sleep because of the itchiness. This is called irritant contact dermatitis.


The mainstay of treatment remains removing the source of irritation. But I can't reach a tap and wash my hands constantly! So I have started to use my own moisturizing Hand Sanitiser. Besides avoiding the offending chemical, it's very important to use the correct products to repair and rehydrate the dry hands. 

I am very happy to receive Sensenique Natural Body Wash. They are proudly made in Malaysia and has won the Best Body Wash- Local Brand (Reader's Choice) under Her Beauty Awards 2019. I use them as hand soap.  Time to pamper my hands and to support the local industry during lockdown.


Sensenique Natural is made of 98% organic ingredients and abide to the Ecocert - which is an international organization that produces the standard for environmental friendly and organic certification. As the ingredients are gentle, plant based yet potent, it's suitable for all skin types. It can be used in children older than 1 year of age and is definitely suitable for the elderly with thin and dry skin.

Sensenique Natural Body Wash does not contain harsh chemicals such as SLS, SLES, ALS, Coco betaine and cocamidopropyl betaine. These are ingredients frequently added to beauty products but can become source of causing skin irritation and inflammation. Read more about each of them on EWG.

Besides that, Sensenique contains hydrating ingredients like argan oil and aloe vera. These two plants also soothe inflamed skin due to the cooling effect.

Sensenique Natural Body Wash comes with 2 varieties-- 


1.  Ginger and Orange -Ginger root has antiaging and rejuvenating properties. Orange essential oil, on the other hand, improves complexion and is rich in vitamin A and C.
2. Peppermint and Lime- Peppermint oil cleanses the skin and helps to combat acne. Lime essential oil is very refreshing, is rich in antioxidants and definitely helps with pigmentation.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

I love the citrusy and refreshing scent of Sensenique Natural body wash. After washing my hands, they felt moisturised and smooth. The price is slightly on the high side since only premium blend of essential oils are used. Those who love essential oils should definitely try it out. If you have never tried using essential oils, Sensenique could change you.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Microwaved Peanut Mochi

Craving for some soft chewy mochi but can't be bothered to make some because it's too labourous? Don't worry I have a foolproof recipe that you will definitely love!

Ingredients
1cup glutinous rice flour
300ml water
1/3cup white sugar
Peanuts 200g 
Sesame seeds

Mix glutinous rice flour with water until well combined.

Microwave 8mins on high heat settings.

The mochi is then done! The consistency should be just sticky but able to separate easily into small pieces. 


If left on the counter, the mochi will slowly harden. So it needs to be served warm. If needed, microwave the mochi again for 10seconds.

Mochi cannot be refrigerated or frozen. So there's an excuse for you to finish it all!


Roast the peanuts and sesame seeds in an oven at 220C for 5-10 minutes.

Blend the peanuts and sprinkle them on top of your mochi with some white sugar and sesame seeds.

How to care for your hair during lockdown| Marvel by Melix Hair Care Series Review

This Covid 19 era calls for social distancing and Malaysia is already in the 7th week of Movement Control Order. Spending more time at home with the hair saloon closed means that I need all the more reasons to pamper myself. I have chopped off half of my hair on my own as it's really a hassle to dry them up as I have to shower a lot these days in and out of work.


A photo of me straight after I cut my hair. What do you think?

I'm still working full-time as a general physician, just spending more time at home as a mother, teacher to my 2 boys, cook and cleaner. Lol. To keep my sanity in check, I have gotten the Marvel Spring Shower hair care series by Melix!

I have already been using Melix body care series and am really in love with the floral scent. Read here to find out how I DIY home spa.

So to recreate a hair saloon at home--
1. Ask dear hubby and mommy to babysit for 1hour.
2. Infuse some lavender essential oil.
3. Put on some relaxing spa music using my phone.
4. Shampoo my hair with Marvel Spring Shower Shampoo.
5. Massage the scalp thoroughly for 10 minutes.
6. Rinse my hair.
7. Apply Marvel hair conditioner on the scalp.
8. Relax and meditate for 10 minutes.
9. Rinse again.
10. Pat the hair dry to reduce frizz.
11. Spray Marvel Apple Stem Cell tonic to the scalp.
12. Spray Marvel Antidandruff Spray to the scalp.
13. Dry and style.
14. Done!

Now let's analyse what makes the Marvel series so marvellous for our hair!

Marvel Spring Shower Hair Shampoo


The main ingredients are:
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein which protects and repairs the hair to reduce breakage and makes the hair soft.
- Avocado oil nourishes the hair and reduce dandruff
- Calendula flower extract works as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory to calm irritated scalp

Marvel Spring Shower Hair Conditioner


The conditioner is made of a wonderful concoction of the following:
- Macadamia seed oil hydrates, tames and strengthens the mane
- Jojoba seed oil tones and moisturize the scalp
- Camomile flower extract soothes the scalp

Marvel Spring Shower Apple Stem Cell Tonic


-Apple Stem Cell improves the longevity and vitality of scalp cells.
-Peppermint Essential Oil cools and soothes the inflamed scalp.
-Algae extract purifies the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth.

Marvel Spring Shower Anti-dandruff Spray


-Jasmine flower extract calms the irritated scalp.
- Tea tree oil is not only good in relieving acne but also reducing scalp inflammation.
- Safflower seed oil is anti-aging and rids the scalp of dandruff effectively.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

I have been battling with oily scalp, dandruff and thinning hair even more so after delivering 2 energetic boys. I'm so happy that I have finally found affordable hair products that really tailor to my hair problems.



I'm not exaggerating that I can actually achieve an after hair saloon look easily with the products.
You can easily see how many natural yet powerful plant based ingredients are in Marvel Spring Shower Hair Care series. I love the floral scent that lingers long after a pampering session. Most importantly, I have noticed less oily scalp, a huge improvement in dandruff issues as well as thicker and shinier hair which is less prone to breaking.


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Monday, April 27, 2020

Sushi Rolls Recipe

Time to try some Japanese food at home. Believe it or not it's my first time making sushi at home. It's not as tough as I thought. But there's definitely room for improvement.


Ingredients A
1cup calrose rice
2cups water


Wash rice grains and cook it in the rice cooker. Prepare at least 30mins before mealtime.

Ingredients B
2 tbsp rice vinegar or mild cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/4tbsp salt
1/4 tbsp mirin, sake or sweet brandy (optional)

Serves 3

Heat over low heat in a small saucepan, and stir until the sugar and salt dissolves.

Fold B into the rice while still warm using a spatula ( at least 15mins after rice cooker is switched off to avoid the rice from sticking to the pot)

Ingredients C
1 can Lotte luncheon meat

1 Australian carrot

2 eggs

1 Ayam Brand Light Tuna Mayonnaise
3slices GotKimchi preserved radish
Tao Kae Noi big nori sheets (original flavour)
10 tsp mayonnaise


Make an omelette.


Pan fry slices of luncheon meat.

Peel carrot.

Cut them into long strips.


Place sushi rice while warm to cover 3/4 of the nori sheet.


Place ingredients as shown.

Roll the sushi. Watch this video for important tips.


Enjoy! We didn't add soy sauce or wasabi because TKN nori sheets are already very flavoursome.

It's a good idea to let the children make a few sushi rolls-- it trains their fine motor skills. And they were so delicious that the boys kept eating while making the rolls.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Jacket Potato Recipe

It takes forever to bake jacket potatoes but they are definitely worth it. The crispy skin yet soft and dense potato with melted cheese, butter and mayonnaise. Purely sinful-- can be an awesome and filling iftar dish.
So we used petite potatoes and Butterfly Air Fryer to half the cooking time. Remember to place them in the round basket so they can roll around to ensure even cooking.

Ingredients

A pack of petite potatoes
5 tbsp butter
50g cheddar, grated
4 crispy turkey slices, pan fried then thinly sliced
2 king oyster mushroom, pan fried then thinly sliced

Heat air fryer to 200C (Roast and roll function) and bake the potatoes in the round basket for 15mins.

Then turn to  Bake (180 C)  for  45mins until  the skin is crisp and the flesh soft.

Cut a cross on top of each potato, squeeze the sides, add butter, cheese and your favourite topping. 

Serve immediately!

Have it with crackling air fried 'roasted' tandoori chicken thigh for a heavenly combination.

KitKat Banana Cheesecake Recipe

Hey, it's my birthday! I always think birthday is about the celebration of my mother's love and upbringing. Thanks Mom. So we ought to indulge (with some caution)-- there we go with my healthier version of Kit Kat Banana Cheesecake.

Ingredients

FOR THE BASE
50 g butter
160 g belVita banana and oat cookies, finely crushed
15-20 Kit Kat milk chocolate bars

FOR THE TOPPING

4 medium ripe bananas
4 tbsp peanut butter
250 g cream cheese
200 g plain yogurt
2 large eggs
200 ml double cream

Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the oatcakes and crackers until well coated. Press into the base of the tin to make a firm layer, top with Kit Kat Bars. Chill for 30mins.

Place slices of cut bananas onto the base.
 
Heat oven to 220C fan and lightly oil a non-stick loose-based square glass cake casserole.

To make the topping, mash the bananas in a large bowl, then beat in the peanut butter,  cream cheese, yogurt, eggs and double cream until well mixed. 

Pour onto the biscuit base and bake for 10 mins, then turn the oven right down to 90C fan and cook for 25 mins more. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside to cool. 

It's normal for the mixture to turn brownish as the banana oxidizes.

When cold, arrange Kit Kat Bars on top of the cake then chill for 3-4 hrs. (Cooling the cheesecake this way should prevent it from cracking.) The cake can also be frozen and served like ice cream cake! Yumz.

Dust cocoa powder on top before serving if desired.

Enjoy! 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cheap Homemade Yoghurt Recipe

I love culturing my own yoghurt because it's pure without additives and sugar. But using Easiyo sachets can be fairly costly as 1L of yoghurt started is priced at RM25 each. 

I finally came upon this yoghurt starter from Lazada! It's shipped all the way from China so it took around 2-3 weeks to arrive in mail. But it's worth it!

Each pack contained 10 small sachets. 1 small sachet can be made into 1L of yoghurt! They have to be stored in freezer to prolong shelf life and thawed to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before use. Since the starter sachets are  small, they didn't occupy much fridge space. They are best used within1 year after the manufacturing date.

Instead of using milk powder, I changed to UHT full cream milk which is a lot more convenient. Otherwise the instructions were as per my previous post.

This batch of yoghurt is definitely not as sour but it's also less thick. But it's better tolerated by my family.

Top with some freshly cut fruits and nuts for a wholesome breakfast or dessert!

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