Butter Tart Muffin

Jean’s last dish in this week’s cooking club meeting is Butter Tart Muffin. The ingredients are similar to the Raisin Butter Tart, so do the flavour.

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The Butter Tart Muffin taste just like the Raisin Butter Tart.

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace (optional)

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Swiss Steak

This is Jean’s second recipe in this week’s cooking club meeting. The Swiss Steak recipe is best cooked in a slow cooker for 8 to 9 hours. However, due to time constraint in the meeting, Jean cooked it on the stove for only 1 hour. Though the meat is not as tender as desired, but the Swiss Steak is still very flavourful and creamy.

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 2.5lb sirloin tip steak
  • 1 can (10 3/4oz) Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 or 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 10 pcs sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 – 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Raisin Butter Tart

In this week’s cooking club meeting, Jean, who is the leader of the Gilmore Church Park group, shared with us three recipes. The recipes are Raisin Butter Tart, Swiss Steak and Butter Tart Muffin.

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Here is the first recipe, Raisin Butter Tart. The tart has a very flaky pastry shell and the filing is sinfully rich.

Ingredients for making the Rich Pie Pastry

  • 1 lb shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

The above ingredients make 45 to 48 tarts.

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Instructions for making the Rich Pie Pastry

IMG_4756_edited-1First of all, put the dry ingredients i.e. flour, salt and baking powder in a big bowl. Mix the dry ingredients well with a whisk.

Next, beat the egg in a measuring cup. Add vinegar and fill the measuring cup to the 3/4 cup mark with water. Add to the flour mixture and mix well.

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IMG_4760_edited-1The dough has to be chilled in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.This dough can also be frozen for later use.This recipe can be used to make pie, egg custard, chicken pot pie, etc.

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Okonomiyaki

I don’t why but I simply like the word okonomiyaki. That’s six syllables and must be the longest single word I know in the Japanese language, not that I know many Japanese word.

Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese dish developed from an Edo era snack. We first tasted Okonomiyaki when we were living in Kuala Lumpur where there is one and only one okonomiyaki place in Cheras. In Vancouver, we recalled the wonderfully delicious okonomiyaki that Yumiko made. We told ourselves we would try to make it one day and here it is … my first attempt on making Okonomiyaki. I know this is not as authentic as some of you make it — so don’t laugh at my humble attempt. Tell me how different you make it, give me your tips … anything.

These days, Japanese add all kinds of their favorite ingredients to create the style of Okonomiyaki that is a popular, nutritious and fun meal.

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Okonomi means “what you like”, or “what you want” and yaki means “grilled” or “cook” in Japanese, so this dish’s name means “cook what you like, the way you like”.

Ingredients

I bought this Otafuku Okonomiyaki kit from T&T Supermarket for $3.99. The kit is made up of a packet of yam powder, a packet of Okonomiyaki Batter Mix, a packet of Tenka Tempura Crisps and 2 sachets of Saweed (Aonori). The kit also comes with the instruction on how to make Okonomiyaki in three languages, i.e. Japanese, Chinese and English.

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I also bought the Japanese mayonnaise and Otafuku Okonomi sause for serving with the Okonomiyaki. I was told that we MUST use Japanese mayonnaise and not just any western mayo.

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The ingredients I had for making Okonomiyaki consists of:

  • 2 eggs
  • prawns
  • bacons
  • cabbage, thinly sliced
  • green onions, finely chopped

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Saffron

I have earlier blogged on Lubria Polo (Persian Green Bean Rice) which uses Saffron as spice. I am fascinated with this spice because I have been told that this is…

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No 1 Beef Noodle House at Willingdon and Moscorp

Suanne and I went to a new place for lunch. For those of you familiar with the Willingdon/Moscorp area in Burnaby, you might know of where the Orchid Delight Singaporean restaurant used to be. It seems like Orchid Delight had closed and in it’s place is this new Taiwanese Beef Noodle House.

The restaurant is simply called No 1 Beef Noodle House. We were very impressed with the changes that the owner made to the interior. It was very modern and upbeat. The address of this restaurant is 4741 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby. You know, I highly recommend you checking out this restaurant.

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What we like about this restaurant was that not only the food was excellent but the price was very OK. The restaurant is clean and the service was prompt. We were surprised how busy the place was even though it was newly opened. There is a wait for tables at the peak of lunch time — very much like what you see in dim sum restaurants on a weekend. The bad thing about this restaurant is that parking is a challenge at peak lunch hour.

BEEF BRISKET NOODLE IN SPICY SOUP

Suanne ordered their popular dish — the Beef Brisket Noodle in Spicy Soup which costs $6.25. There were big chucks of beef brisket which was quite tender. What we like about the way this is served is that they provided a deep wooden spoon — just excellent for slurping the spicy soup.

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Fried Chicken — 3 Ways

In this week’s cooking club, Julie from Taiwan showed us three different way of making fried chicken. She made a chicken scallopini and two sesame chicken dishes. She made a scrumptious lunch for us.

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Ingredients

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Julie marinated the chicken overnight with some salt, white pepper, garlic, ginger, wine, sugar and soy sauce. She used two type of chicken meat. One type is boneless and skinless chicken breast which had been pounded very thin to make chicken scallopini. The other type is chicken with bones, which had been cut into small pieces. (more…)

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