Monday, 26 April 2021


JOE & THE JUICE Copycat Sandwich


1. 4 - 6 slices of avocado 

2. 6 slices of tomatoes

3. 6 slices of cucumber

4. a handful of salat - baby spinach leaves, etc.

5. 2 slices of whole-wheat bread (Javisst fuldkornsklemmer)

6. 1 TBS of homemade basil pesto

7. Spread of butter (Actually JOE & THE JUICE doesn't use this. This is solely for my family)

8. 3 slices of Serrano ham, salmon or chicken as desired


1. Toast 2 slices of bread and let cool if possible.

2. Spread butter on each side of each slice of bread.

3. Spread homemade basil pesto.

4. Add cucumber, tomato, mozzarella cheese, avocado, ham and salat.

5. Put the sandwich together and it's all done :-)

Additional Information:

Daddy FECS and Our Little FECS’ absolutely love JOE & THE JUICE sandwiches. The Danes have a way of making healthy, delicious and nutritious sandwiches winning way above the Americans and popular all around the world also in the US and Singapore. And boy they are expensive in Singapore!!! 

So they have been asking me to research the recipe. So I tried to make a JOE & THE JUICE copycat sandwich for our canoe trip on Sunday (All good things must copy right? That’s my motto... I am a Chinese 😂)

The secret lies in the homemade basil pesto (it wouldn’t work with store-bought pesto).. and more which we haven’t discovered yet... 

P.S. At least Daddy FECS gave the thumbs up for my imitation product. He said he couldn’t tell any difference except we don’t have a panini toast presser 😂 Aaawww... what a darling supporter... no complaints at all. With such encouragements, I can surely toil in the kitchen all day... while they canoed leisurely at the lakes and enjoyed the sandwiches ❤️ 

Update 1 May 2021:

Today during our yearly spring picnic, we found out from Daddy FECS' childhood friend who is a board member of the JOE & THE JUICE that the secret to the sandwiches is the freshly made pesto every morning and the special whole-wheat bread made by Kohberg. They don't use butter at all!!! And the bread is delivered all over the world. Now I know why JOE & THE JUICE sandwiches in Singapore is so much more expensive!!! They are imported all the way from Denmark. And no I didn't get the recipe for the bread :-(


Videos I found from Youtube:

For the bread, I use wholewheat Javisst Fuldkornsklemmer, which you can get from Netto. It comes close to the bread of JOE & THE JUICE

Add all the basil pesto ingredients (Basically a handful of basil, a handful of pine nuts or desired nuts - here I use what I have at home, which are almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds; 80ml of olive oil, parmesan cheese 30-40g, half lemon squeezed, salt and pepper to taste) into a food processor or blender. here I am using the KitchenAid mini food processor. JOE & THE JUICE uses pinenuts. Full recipe here: 

Blend until smooth

Basil pesto done :-)

Spread on butter (Actually JOE & THE JUICE doesn't spread on butter, only pesto. This is solely for my family :-))

Spread on homemade basil pesto

Add cucumber

Add tomato

Add mozzarella cheese

Add avocado

Add Serrano ham (Available from Netto)

Add salat

Ham sandwich

Salmon sandwich

This is the one I made on Monday morning for Little FECS

You can pair it with a homemade green smoothie :-)

Basil Pesto



- 3 handfuls basil leaves
- 30 g nuts (pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, and/or sunflower seeds)
- 40 g fresh parmesan cheese
- 1/2 lemon pressed juice
- 1/2 clove of garlic (optional)
- 80 ml of extra virgin olive oil
- Dash of salt and ground black pepper (kværnet peber )


1. Blend parmesan cheese using a mini-blender or a food processor.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend.


Pesto freezes well. Put it in ice cube trays and pull one out when you want to liven up a small portion of pasta.


1. Use pesto sauce as dressing for the salad.

2. Use pesto sauce as dressing for pasta.

3. Use pesto sauce (mix with yogurt optional) as a dip for chips or bread.

4. Use pesto sauce to spice up tomato soup.

5. Jazz up the mashed potato with a teaspoon of pesto mixed in.

6. Marinade chicken breasts or lamb steaks with pesto and bake in the oven.

7. Spread on fish fillets, such as cod, wrap in grease-proof paper and oven bake.

8. Toss parboiled potatoes in pesto.

9. Mix with diced avocado and serve with cooked pasta, rice or a jacket potato.

10. Mix with cold pasta, canned tuna and sweetcorn for a pasta salad. (Great for a zero-waste lunch box).

Additional Information:

J suggested making pesto today. So we tried this recipe I got from a Danish blog and use it as dressing for our pasta with smoked salmon. I tried making it without the garlic today. It tasted great. The whole family liked it. I will repeat it again.

If you really want to be loyal to the classic recipe, use only pine nuts.


Thursday, 8 April 2021


Philips Viva Pasta Maker


I got this Philips pasta maker since 2 October 2019 and love it since. Fresh pasta is done in 20 minutes ready to be cooked. We hardly consume store-bought pasta, since we got this machine. I make my own whole-wheat noodles with this machine.

Simply weigh:

- 200g flour with 75ml water or 

- 200g flour with 80ml 1 egg + water or

- 200g whole-wheat flour with 85ml water or 

- 200g whole-wheat flour with 90ml 1 egg + water

If using 400g flour, measurement as follows:

- 400g flour with 150ml water or 

- 400g flour with 160ml 2 eggs + water or 

- 400g whole-wheat flour with 170ml water or

- 400g whole-wheat flour use 180ml 2 eggs + water

Cleaning up is easy too - just wait until the dough dries up, knock them out and rinse.


Fresh pasta can be refrigerated for a few days. To keep pasta from sticking together, sprinkle with a little flour. For best results, partially cook pasta before storing - then finish cooking it when you need it. 

Fresh pasta can also be frozen.


Homemade Soymilk using Joyoung Soymilk Machine

Makes 600ml of soy milk

1. 1 1/4 bean cup dried soybeans unsoaked
2. 600ml water


1. Add 1 and 1/4 bean cup of dried soy beans into Joyoung soymilk maker bean compartment.
2. Fill water to the 600ml mark in the water container.
3. Select dry bean setting.
4. Select 600ml setting.
5. Select start.
6. Soymilk will be ready in 16 minutes


Can keep for 3 days in the fridge.

Nutritional Value:

Among beans, soybeans is the most nutritious among beans. It contains higher amount of calcium compared to other beans - 28% vs all other beans between 7-15%. It also contains higher amount of protein, Vit B2, Vit K, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc compared to other beans. So soybeans is one of the best beans to consume among beans.

However, even though soybeans is high in calcium compared to other beans, it is still fall far behind cow milk. One cup of dried soybeans yield 1 litre of soy milk. However, it contains approx. 42% RDI, compared to 1 litre of cow milk, which gives 95% of RDI.

Additional Information:

Making soy milk is a lot of work. But this machine is amazing. It blended unsoaked soybean so weel that you won't be able to taste the difference. In addition, it is self-cleaning. After the first beep sound, your soymilk is ready. You can remove the jug and drink. Then the self-cleaning function starts. Once cleaning is completed, you will hear the second beep sound.

If you are making 300ml soymilk, fill the bean cup to 3/4 full.

If you are using soaked milk, you should still fill 1 1/4 cup for 600ml yield of soymilk, but select the setting for soaked beans instead.

Fill 600ml of water (this already including water for self-cleaning)

Add 1 11/4 bean cup into the bean container (I have also added 1 walnut)

Press menu button (point 1) until dry bean program (point 2) is selected.
Press volume button (point 3) until 600ml (point 4) is selected.
Press start button (point 5).

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