Taste of Home: Carrot and Passion Cake

I grew up with my family’s tradition – food is meant to be shared – whenever someone comes to our place, no matter at what time they arrive, and no matter if they have already eaten, we serve them food and drinks. Now, that I have my own small family, we still continue the tradition, because we are pleased to feed people, and personally, I always find excuses to do so.

So, one of the dishes that we like to share is carrot and passion cake, my family’s favorite. It’s a pretty straightforward recipe, perfectly spiced and simply delectable. We love the velvety texture, the mild sweetness, and the overall scrumptious taste – which made it always an instant hit.

Carrot and passion cake served with homemade passion tea.

In my recipe, I used lots of grated carrots. The cake itself is not too sweet but it is flavorful as the carrot flavor really shines. I added passion juice of 2 fresh passion fruits for the texture and moisture. It’s refined sugar-free as I used honey or maple syrup instead of granulated sugar.

My family and I like to eat the carrot and passion cake without frosting because the cake itself is already tasty and enough to satisfy our sweet tooth.

For those who would like to try, here’s my simple recipe:

What you will need:

  • 200 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • passion juice of 2 passion fruits
  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 6 tbsp of honey

Delicious carrot and passion cake.

How to make it:

  1. Prepare the carrot and passion cake mixture.
    1. Combine the dry ingredients – flour, nutmeg and baking soda – in a bowl. Mix it well.
    2. Add the wet ingredients – olive oil, eggs and passion juice. Mix it well.
    3. Put in the carrots. Mix it well until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. Prepare the baking dish.
    1. Butter the surface of baking dish.
    2. Flour the baking dish. Remove the excess flour.
  3. Pour the cake mixture into the baking dish.
  4. Bake it in a pre-heated oven at 175⁰C for 60 min or until you can poke it with a toothpick that comes out clean.
  5. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  6. Share and enjoy.

 

 

 

My Son’s Favorite Healthy Snacks for School

July 2016. Finally reunited with my 9 year old son (now 10) and we started living together abroad as a family.

So then, every day, I always look forward to waking up early and preparing his food (breakfast) and packing his snacks for school. Fortunately, his school is near our place (5 mins away), so we prefer eating lunch together at home.

As a mother, I try to send my son nutritious foods I know he would love and enjoy. During this period, we also learned that one of the best ways to encourage him to eat healthy is to make him part of menu planning and food shopping. We let him make choices – which bread to eat, sandwich fillings, fruit and vegetables, etc. Also, even though we know that fruit and vegetables are nature’s best snacks, sometimes we need to get creative to make them kid friendly and exciting.

Since today, marks my first year both as a working mom and fulltime hands-on mom, I would like to share with you my son’s favorite snacks (he asked me to make it several times) that I prepared for him last school year:

Fresh fruits

Skewers time!

A bowl of grapes with a small box of apple juice

Freshly cut mangoes with yogurt juice

Fresh oranges and juice

Cookie time!

French cookies with blueberry yogurt

Danish cookies with blueberry yogurt

Cookies and fruits

Oreo cookies (without the sweet stuff inside) paired with yogurt juice.

Chicken nuggets

Homemade chicken nuggets with 4 in 1 Dutch Mill juice.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Homemade spaghetti carbonara with apricot juice.

Meatballs

Korean pork style meatballs paired with yogurt

Wraps

Omelette, Emmental cheese, bacon and luncheon wrapped together with onion and chives wraps. 😍👌

Bacon wrapped in yellow mango served with apple juice

Sandwich

Egg sandwich served with apple juice

Sausage time!

Sausage with freshly cut green apples

 

Taste of Home: Chicken Cordon Bleu

The name Chicken Cordon Bleu, sounds so complicated and difficult but it is a simple dish and easy to make. It is a dish composed of chicken breasts, ham and cheese, where the ham and cheese are stacked on top of the chicken breast and rolled together then dredged in bread crumbs. It can either be fried or baked; personally, I prefer it baked.

My family and I love this dish so much – so traditional and so delicious that my boys just wolf it down.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

In this recipe, I prefer to use Emmental cheese for my cordon bleu because it does not taste too strong. I have also tried with special bacon (not fat) instead of ham, and seems like my family prefer a cordon bleu with bacon because it is tastier than with ham. Overall, the chicken is tender and juicy, and the bacon and Emmental are just epically cordon bleu.

For those who would like to try making cordon bleu, here’s my recipe. Please let me know what you think of it.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pieces of boneless chicken breast.
  • 6 slices of pepper ham or 3 strips of bacon (not fat), slightly cooked and halves
  • 3 slices of Emmental cheese
  • 1 raw egg
  • 4 spoonful of melted salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • mustard
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • about ¼ teaspoon salt

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Methods:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius

Step 2: Prepare the butter-salt mixture.

  • Melt the butter. Once it is melted put it in a small bowl. Then add a pinch of salt, according to your taste. Mix it well.

Step 3: Prepare the egg mixture.

  • Crack and beat the egg in another pie plate. Add some mustard and a wee bit of salt according to your desired taste. Then set aside.

Step 4: Prepare the bread crumbs.

  • In a separate shallow dish, place the bread crumbs. Add a wee bit of salt. Mix thoroughly.

Step 5: Prepare the chicken.

  • Remove the tendon or tendon line and fat.
  • From the thick part of the chicken breast, cut it along the length.
  • Make sure the chicken is flat and the thickness is even so that it is easy to roll.

Step 6: Putting together

  • Brush the top with butter–salt mixture.
  • Sprinkle some ground black pepper.
  • Top the chicken breast with ham slices.
  • Put a slice of Emmental cheese on top of the ham.
  • Tightly roll the chicken breast from one end to the other end. Close the end of the chicken breast with a toothpick so that it will not roll back.
  • If there is still some butter-salt mixture left, combine it with the egg-butter-salt mixture. Whisk thoroughly.
  • Dip the chicken breasts in the egg-butter-salt mixture.
  • Coat with bread crumbs.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish.
  • Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven.

Step 7: Slice, serve, share and enjoy!