Magic 5 Snack Bites

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a no-bake snack which will satisfy your sweet craving without guilt.

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This Magic 5 Snack Bites are made from wholesome ingredients like almond, dates, cocoa powder and shredded coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw organic almonds
  • 1 cup fresh dates (about 8 dates), pitted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • dash of sea salt

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This recipe is by Andrea Hood.

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Cranberry Rum Cake

Agnes demonstrated a second cake recipe after the snack break.

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The second cake is a Cranberry Rum Cake.

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The Cranberry Rum Cake was also light and fluffy and the rum flavour was quite pronounced.

Ingredients

  • 140 grams rum soaked cranberry
  • — > make this by blanching 120 gram dried cranberries in boiling water and drain
  • — > soak the blanched cranberries in 120ml rum overnight
  • — > measure 140g out of the rum soaked cranberries
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • 85 ml warm milk
  • 40 ml honey
  • 85 grams cake flour (or 68 grams all-purpose flour + 17 grams cornstarch)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 egg whites
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (we omitted this)
  • powder sugar for dusting

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Agnes prepared the rum soaked cranberries ahead of time as it requires to be soaked overnight.

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Chia Seed Goji Berry Osmanthus Jello

Agnes also prepared a jello for us to snack on while waiting for the Sesame Chiffon Cake to bake in the oven.

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Ingredients

  • 3 grams chia seeds
  • 300ml water
  • 10 grams Osmanthus syrup
  • 10 grams jello powder
  • 6 grams Goji berries
  • 50 grams rock sugar

Instructions

  1. Soak chia seeds and Goji berries separately for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine water, Osmanthus syrup, jello powder and rock sugar in a sauce pan and cook on low until sugar melted.
  3. Add chia seeds and Goji berries and pour into a container and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Sesame Chiffon Cake

The praise dance group from RCEFC had a cake demo session during the spring break.

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Agnes is kindly enough to open her house for the cake demo. She brought the above Sesame Chiffon Cake to one of the praise dance for sharing for the after dance snack break. It was a great hit and everyone was asking her how to make it. So, she decided to do a demo during the spring break.

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The Sesame Chiffon Cake was light and fluffy and the sesame flavour came through.

Ingredients

Egg White

  • 6 egg whites
  • 60 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Egg Yolk

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 30 grams granulated sugar
  • 64 grams all purpose flour + 16 grams cornstarch or 80 grams cake flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 25 grams ground black sesame
  • 50 grams vegetable oil
  • 80 ml milk

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Source: this recipe is adapted from http://www.christinesrecipes.com

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Fried Nian Gao

Nian Gao is a Chinese New Year food which symbolizes growth.

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I had some leftover nian gao which had harden. So, I fried it up for snack.

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I fried the nian gao with some yam (sweet potato) for added texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 nian gao (about 400g) cut into slices
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for frying
  • optional sweet potato or yam or taro slices which had been steamed

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Spinach Arugula Salad

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen serves the Chicken Marsala Fettuccine with a simple salad.

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The arugula adds a peppery flavour to the salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Spinach plus Arugula
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 red onion, minced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

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Minoo also shared a general make your own salad dressing recipes as below.

Salad dressing recipe

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Greek Yogurt Cake

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen ended the Greek theme meal with a Greek Yogurt Cake.

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The Greek Yogurt Cake is moist and a great dessert to end a meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup any flavour yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • powdered sugar for dusting

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Source: this recipe is adapted from AnItalian in my Kitchen

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Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes) in line with the Greek theme menu.

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Fakes (pronounced “Fah-kehs”) is a staple in the Greek kitchen. It is a filling meal. It is traditionally served with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of vinegar. Though the vinegar is of course optional, it lifts the lentils and adds another dimension of flavor.

Brown lentil is a good source of iron.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 pinch crushed dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon organic chicken bullion (optional)

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Yogurt Dip

We served the Moussaka with a Yogurt Dip at the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.

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The yogurt dip is good with any meat dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups plain or Greek yogurt
  • half a cucumber, grated or finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • a few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Moussaka

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a Greek theme meal.

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The first recipe is Moussaka.

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We served the moussaka with a yogurt dip.

Ingredients

  • 4 Asian eggplants
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs or oats
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper to taste

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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