Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Don't Throw Away Your Sweet Wrappers - Wrap Your Homemade Fruit Leather With It



Don't throw away the store-bought fruit leather wrapper. Re-use it as a fanciful packaging for your homemade sweets and fruit leather.

Somehow things taste better and more fun in fanciful wrapper. Homemade fruit leather can be disguised in commercial wrapper, without the artificial coloring, favoring and preservatives, so that Baby FECS can still fit in with the other kids in the kindergarten, when she takes it out from her lunch box :-)

You can find the recipe here.

I can also use the stencil to make into different animals, but I haven't had the chance to do so yet. Ran out of time today.



 18 August 2019 (3Y3M2D). Baby FECS was very happy with her homemade fruit leather wrapped in store-bought fruit leather wrapper.

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2-In-1 Edible Playdough Made from Energy Balls


Ingredients:

1. 10 (1/2 cup) dried dates pitted
2. 2 1/2 cup nuts and seeds (almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.)
3. 3 TBS cacao powder (optional)

Directions:

Using a blender, blend on high for 30 seconds to one minute until it is sticky enough to be knead into a dough by hand. If need be, repeat another cycle of 30 seconds to one minute of blending.

Additional Information:

I used to use flour, honey or syrup to make edible play dough, but while making energy balls, I realized that the energy ball recipe can also serve as a recipe for making edible playdough. I have made a batch today, but I am a little reluctant to let Baby FECS played with it, after making it, as she may just eat the whole amount in one go. She has a real sweet tooth... hmm... I will see how it goes tomorrow. If not, I will use it as energy balls, or use it as fruit leather for her lunch box.








Now it's ready to blend :-)

Blend on high for 30 seconds to one minute until it is sticky enough to be knead into a dough by hand. If need be, repeat another cycle of 30 seconds to one minute of blending.

Now it is sticky and of the right texture to form into a dough.






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How to Make Crispy French Fries in the Oven?


Makes 2-3 tray

Preparation & Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
1. 5 big potatoes cut into french fries
2. 3 TBS olive oil
3. Salt to taste (optional)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree celsius.
2. Soak potatoes in a bowl of water with a pinch of salt for 15 minutes to remove the starch. Rinse several times until the water became clear. This will help the potato chips to be crispy. (If you have the time, you can soak it overnight in the fridge in just cold water without the salt.)
3. Drain the potatoes, and pat dry with kitchen towel.
4. Let it dry for 2 hours.
5. Once dry, in a mixing bowl, toss and mix them well with olive oil.
6. Arrange into a single layer on a baking tray laid with baking paper. DO NOT overcrowd. If the potatoes are too close together, you will steam them rather getting them to be crispy.
6. In a baking tray laid with baking paper, spray it evenly with olive oil.
7. Lay them in a single layer without overlapping on the baking tray.
8. Bake for 45 minutes until golden and crispy.
9. Remove from oven, sprinkle lightly with salt (optional) and serve :-)

Additional Information:

We had guest over and our Little FECS helped me to make these french fries. He cut the potatoes and dry them.

Update: 10 August 2019

The secret to crispy french fries is to pre-soak them in a bowl with a pinch of salt before baking them and to dry them very well. J learned this at the Meyers Cook Camp during the summer holidays and came home and told me very excitedly. Aha :-)

References:
https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/crispy-oven-baked-fries/
https://cookieandkate.com/baked-sweet-potato-fries/

Soak potatoes in a bowl of water with a pinch of salt for 15 minutes to remove the starch. Rinse several times until the water became clear. This will help the potato chips to be crispy. (If you have the time, you can soak it overnight in the fridge in just cold water without the salt.)

Drain the potatoes, and pat dry with kitchen towel.



Set aside for two hours to let it dry even further. Thereafter, mix them in a mixing bowl with 3 tablespoon of olive oil. Then bake in the oven for 45 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.

Now its done :-)

Transfer it to a serving dish and serve with ketchup :-)
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Green Edamame & Peas Hummus

Recipe from Pick-Up-Limes

Makes 2 small jam jars

Ingredients for making hummus:

1. 1 cup (150 g) frozen edamame
2. 1 cup (130 g) frozen peas
2. 3 TBS cup water
3. Juice of 1/2 lemon
4. 3 TBS (30 ml) tahini (I like to make this myself)
5. 1 TBS (15 ml) olive oil
6. 2 cloves garlic
7. Pinch of salt

For cooking edaamane:
1. 1 litre of water for every 100 g of dried chickpeas

Directions:

1. Bring to boil a pot of water. Add edamame and peas and, or according to package instructions, then drain.

2. Discard water and let cool and immediately run cold water to help the food retain its green color.

3. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high power blend and blend on high for 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides as needed. Blend once more until it becomes as creamy as you'd like it, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. I start with using the dessert setting, and use the tamper to scrap off the side. When the dessert program is done, I give it another cycle using the speed dial. I start with Speed 1, and gradually move to Speed 2 and Speed 3 and blend for another 45 seconds.

4. Taste and adjust with more tahini or more lemon juice.

5. Serve and enjoy :-)

Storage:

Can be kept for 5 days in an air-tight container.

Additional information:

I really like the recipes from Pick up Limes. I tried out this hummus recipe, and it's perfect.

References:

https://www.pickuplimes.com/single-post/2019/02/17/Green-Pea-Edamame-Mint-Hummus



Bring to boil a pot of water. Add 1 cup of edamame

Add 1 cup of frozen green peas.

Cover and boil for 2-3 minutes. 

Turn off heat and drain.

Cool with cool water immediately.

 Add the edamame and peas into the blender.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.


Add 3 tablespoon of tahini.



Add 2 cloves of garlic.

Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Add 3 tablespoon of water.


Now it's ready to blend.

Blend on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute...

 Now it's done :-)

Enjoy it as spread on sandwich or...

as a dipping sauce to carrot sticks :-)
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