Wednesday, 13 May 2020

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Naturally Sweetened Wholemeal Banana Walnut Bread


Ingredients:

1. 2 Tbsp (14g) ground flax seeds
2. 6 TBS (90 ml) water
3. 3 medium ripe bananas
4. 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
5. 5 (50 g) dried dates pitted
6. 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) baking soda
7. 1/2 tsp (2.5 g) baking powder
8. 1 tsp (5 g) vanilla powder/sugar
9. 1 tsp (5 g) ground cinnamon
10. 1.5 cup (150 g) white whole wheat flour
11. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
12. 1/4 cup (25 g) chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl (or straight into a blender), add ground flax seeds and water and mix well. Leave for 5 minutes until it gels.

2. Preheat the oven to 320F/160C and lightly grease a loaf pan.

3. Once the flax seeds have gelled, add the bananas, pitted dried dates, olive oil, vanilla powder, cinnamon powder and blend until smooth (on my Magimix blender, I sometimes use the smoothie function, sometimes blend on number 1 and slowly turn up to 2, and blend until smooth).

4. Add the nuts into the mixture in the blender and pulse to chop them into smaller pieces.

5. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the baking soda, baking powder gradually and mix well.

6. Add the chocolate chips and gently mix them. Keep some chocolate if desired to sprinkle on top.

7. Slowly sieve in the flour and gently mix until partly combined.

8. Transfer into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle cinnamon powder and chocolate chips on top.

9. Bake for 60 minutes or until the top is golden, the bread starts to pull away from the sides, and a toothpick comes out clean.

10. Let cool, slice and serve :-)

Storage: 

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days. Wrap individually and store in the freezer for up to one month.

Additional Information:

I made some banana walnut bread tweeting the recipe from Pick Up Limes the other day. It was so well-received. Today, I decided to use dried dates instead of sugar, and it tasted superb. So I am recording this recipe down for myself to remember. Everyone at home likes it. If you don't have dried dates, you can substitute with 45 g of sugar.

References:

https://www.pickuplimes.com/single-post/2017/02/03/One-bowl-Moist-Chocolate-Banana-Bread
https://cookieandkate.com/healthy-banana-bread-recipe/
https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-banana-bread-the-simplest-easiest-recipe-139900

 My overripe bananas

White wholewheat flour

In a large mixing bowl, add ground flax seeds and water and mix well. Leave for 5 minutes until it gels.


Once the flax seeds have gelled, add the bananas, pitted dried dates, olive oil, vanilla powder, cinnamon powder and blend until smooth (on my Magimix blender, I sometimes use the smoothie function, sometimes blend on number 1 and slowly turn up to 2, and blend until smooth).

Add the nuts into the mixture in the blender. Use the pulse function to chop them into smaller pieces.

 Now it's done :-)

Transfer to a mixing bowl, add and gently mix in the chocolate chips. Then sieve in the flour and gently mix well.

 Transfer to bread loaf pan.

 Sprinkle some cinnamon powder and chocolate chips on top.

 Bake at 160-degree celsius for 40 minutes or until the top is golden, the bread starts to pull away from the sides, and a toothpick comes out clean. 

Now it's done :-)

 Let cool.

Transfer to a cooling rack and let it cool further.

 Slice and serve :-)


Sometimes when I couldn't wait one hour for the bread to bake, I will just make them into rolls. It takes on 15 minutes to bake them in the oven at 160-degree celsius

 The rolls before going into the oven.... sprinkled with cinnamon powder and chocolate chips

Now it's done :-) The rolls after going into the oven. Let cool and serve :-)

Sunday, 3 May 2020

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Row Boat at Frederiksdal


Our Little FECS has been wanting to go rowing. Today is Sunday the weather was quite perfect for rowing a boat. Daddy FECS packed some sandwiches for us. We had our lunch on the rowboat.


We cycled to the first canoe rental kiosk.


 at Nybro Båd-& Kanoudlejning. But all the row boats were sold out. When we called just an hour ago, they told us that there were plenty. On hindsight, we should have reserved one on the phone.




 Thus, we cycled down to the second canoe rental kiosk at Frederiksdal.

They have two entrances. This is the first entrance, where rowboats are rented out heading to the sea. Since it was windy today, we were advised against rowing to the sea, but to stay on the lake.


 We went to the second entrance just across the road. Fortunately, there was just one rowboat left, and we took it. 












 Our Little FECS tried rowing a boat for the first time today.




The first place we went to, where the rowboats were sold out is:


Nybro Båd- og Kanoudlejning

Nybrovej 384

2800 Kongens Lyngby

E-mail: kontakt@nybrokano.dk

Telefon: 28 14 39 19

Below is the second canoe rental place that we rented the rowboat:

It's contact details are:

Kanokajakcenter Udlejning

Nybrovej 520

2800 Lyngby 

Tlf.: +45 2099 6770

udlejning@kanokajakcenter.dk

The folks there were actually friendlier than the one we went to earlier. Both rental places offer rental for canoe, rowboat, etc. for:

- 1 hour 150 DKK
- 3 hours 300 DKK
- 6 hours 400 DKK
- Full day 500 DKK

You have to show your ID and with them. They provide the life vest and paddles free-of-charge. The rowboat can sit up to 5 people.

We had a great fun.


Saturday, 2 May 2020

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Miso Ramen

Adapted from Just One Cookbook

Ingredients:

Ramen Noodles:
1. 4-5 servings of 75g ramen noodles each

Or make your own:
1. 400 g white wholewheat flour
2. 1/2 tsp salt
3. 1 tsp kansui alkaline water
4. 170 ml water

Toppings:
1. 1 packet of 125g blanched bean sprouts
2. 1 can corn kernels drained
3. 1 sheets nori seaweeds cut into 4 quarters.
4. 2 stalk spring onions minced
5. 4 medium boiled eggs (boil eggs in a pot of water for 7 minutes)
6. 1 packet enoki mushrooms cooked
7. 4 leaves of bok Choi Chinese vegetables blanched (optional)
8. 1/2 tsp garlic oil (optional)

Soup:

1. 1 litre of soup stock such as chicken stock or pork stock.
2. 2 cloves garlic minced
3. 2 shallots minced
4. 2 slices of ginger minced
5. 3 TBS miso paste
6. 1 TBS sake
7. 1 TBS sesame seeds ground
8. 400 - 500 g minced pork
9. Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1. To make medium-boiled eggs, in a small pot, bring to boil and add the eggs. Reduce heat to 6.5 on my stove and cook for 7 minutes. Drain in cold water immediately and remove the shell. Place the eggs into a bowl filled with some soy sauce to get a little color on the eggs.

2. To make the ramen noodles, I add 400 g of white wholewheat flour into the Phillips VIVA pasta machine. Add 1/2 teaspoons of salt and fill the rest of the container up to 180 ml with water. Pour it into the machine gradually. The machine will rotate to knead the flour into a dough and extrude it into noodles. I am not sure if it tastes like ramen noodles, but we like it enough :-)

4. On a wok, fry garlic, shallots and minced ginger until fragrant.

5. Add minced pork and fry until it's no longer pinkish.

6. Add 3 tablespoons of miso paste.

7. Add 1 tablespoon of sake.

8. Add 1 tablespoon of ground sesame.

9. Add in chicken broth or pork broth.

10. Add 1 cup of soy milk - I use homemade soy milk myself made from the soymilk machine, but store-bought one is fine.

11. Let it simmer, while you cook the noodles.

12. Bring to boil a pot of water - make sure you it's quite a lot. 

13. Add noodles and cook until they float to the surface.

14. Scoop noodles into a bowl, ladle the soup over it and add your desired toppings :-) Enjoy :-)

Additional Information:

J has a craving for ramen. The last time we had was in March. Since the restaurants are now still closed due to the Coronavirus situation. We decided to make it at home. So I started doing my research and come across this blog post from Just One cookbook. We went together to the Chinese grocery store and the supermarket to get the ingredients. J helped me to make the medium-cooked eggs and the cooking. It took us one whole day to make this dish. We were able to eat dinner only at 7 pm, which is an hour later than usual. It's a lot of work, since we also have to get the toppings ready. I also made a tare to go along, but realized it wasn't needed, since the soup is already very favorable with the miso paste, etc. Fortunately Daddy FECS like the ramen and the soup base too :-) He took an additional serving.

I like to add soy milk into the soup base of the ramen. I learned it from Just One Cookbook, and it does make the soup richer and even more nutritious :-)

I use the Philips VIVA pasta maker to make the ramen noodles. 

References:



Sorry, the eggs didn't look so good, because my son was playing with it and poking holes into them. But they tasted good :-)







Cook the noodles








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