Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hakka Lei Cha

My Shelina multi function hi-fiber food processor not working anymore after had been working hard for me for the last 3 years.  When I sent for repair , it will cost me too high to do it.  I gave it up.

My husband and me used to have fruit juice everyday and so got use to my Shelina blender, felt very uneasy without any blender or food processor at home.  We went to the nearest hipper market and bought a simple Tefel 400 watts blender, however it does not work well for me, very disappointed.

A few days later met a new friend Elian, she mentioned about her hi power blender and she love to use it everyday.  I was very interested so Elian made an appointment and drove me to another new friend, (yoke yin) house to see some demonstrations.  Though Elian has bought the blender for more then half a year, she have not seen any demonstrations.

The first thing Yoke Yin prepared was Hakka Lei Cha, by using the blender to blend the mix herbs.  the end result was that the herbs were very fine, many of my friends and me too love this soup!   Wah! Elian and me were excited , tasted so good.

Yoke Yin  continued to blend mix fruit juice, mango smoothie and a few other food that make from another product (seiketsu healthy love iii).

After spending 2 hours and see all the demonstration and tasted all the food, finally I order 2 of the products. Cosmos soy love ii ( the blender/food processor) and Seiketsu healthy love iii)


By using the blender, the first thing I wanted to prepare is
Hakka Lei Cha.

The ingredients for Lei Cha tea paste are,
(Serve 4 to 5 persons)

5 pips of garlic,
400 grams basil,
100 grams mint leaves,
 50 grams coriander,
100 grams roasted peanuts,
100 grams roasted sesame
1 small packet of Chinese tea leaves,
1 bowl of water.

I manage to harvest enough basil and mint leaves from my back yard garden.

Wash and rinse all the vegetables well, let dry.  Smash the garlics.  In a wok, heat up 2 tablespoon of oil and lightly fry the garlics, add in all the vegetables and have a quick stir.

Put the Chinese tea leaves in the blender , blend for a few seconds, then add in the fried vegetables, peanuts, sesame and water.  With this new blender, I used auto, that is 1 minute, and the vegetable paste is ready.

Meanwhile boil 5 bowls of water, pour in the paste when the water is boiled.  Stirring until the paste mix well into the water, add salt and some mushroom granule to taste.  The Hakka Lei Cha is ready to be serve.

I have prepared some side dishes and rice to go together with Lei cha.

Cut some celery, carrot, French beans, red and green pepper, sawi, lightly fry with some oil, garlic and salt.  I missed out preserved radish, with this to go with the rice and the soup will enhance the whole Hakka Lei cha.

My first self home made Hakka Lei Cha.  I invited my neighbours to share my success of this soup.  My son love the soup too, the first time he tasted Lei Cha.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Banana Choc Chip Muffin

Its been a long, long time since I come into this blog.  I was really lost and cannot log into this blog for the last whole year and my lap top gave me  a lots of problems as well.  finally I bought a new Toshiba lap top.  I started to look and search for the ways to log into my blog after  familiar with my new lap top.

I have two blogs, this and the other (allreasonsforcakes).  I can easily sign into my second blog but not this one.  Finally, I found a line typed(sign in as another person), I tried using my other email, oh!  I made it,  I was so happy and excited and started to share my experiences in food and travel again.

Here, I wanted to share my new baking.  Banana Chocolate Chips Muffin.  My son used to visit Starbucks coffee and always love to order the banana choc chips muffin.  He bought back one of the muffin  for me one day.  Ya, it really taste good.  I wanted to bake this for him too.

Finally I settled with a recipe from Internet and started to bake the muffin the next day.

the ingredients are

3 large ripe banana,
3/4 cup sugar,
1 egg,
1 teaspoon soda,
1 teaspoon baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon salt,
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour,
1/3 cup oil,
1 cup chocolate chips.
170 degrees Celsius
I used a folk to smash the bananas.  Leave a side.

In a mixing bowl, put the flour ,sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix well.
Lightly beat the egg and pour into the flour mixture.  Mix in the oil.  Stir just well blend.

Add in smashed banana and chocolate chips.  Mix well.

Use a large spoon to scoop into prepare muffin or cupcake paper cups.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes .
The result of my first time baked banana chocolate chips muffins.

Though the muffins do not have that good look as those of the Starbucks, but they taste as good.
Me and my son love it, he will not buy from Starbucks anymore.