Category Archives: Food

Record of my food journey through increased cooking, baking and generally making it up as I go along.

Baking Beautiful But Bad for you Butterfly cakes with Buttercream

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As I’m moving out of my university accommodation next week I’ve been busy trying to use up all of my ingredients and eating all my food to avoid the horror that is throwing food away. As such the amounts of butter and sugar in these cupcakes is no joke. I have a feeling I may well end up putting back on all the weight I lost whilst living on my own at uni all in one week.

No one recipe really, normal cupcake mix with vanilla extract (a gift) and chocolate chips (also a gift) and then chocolate buttercream on top. Beautiful but deadly. A lot of fun though and this time I’m 99% sure it won’t kill you. And if it does it’s because of the ensuing diabetes / heart attack and not uncookedness.

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Challenging Creating a Chicken Katsu Curry

Challenging Creating a Chicken Katsu Curry
Challenging Creating a Chicken Katsu Curry

Here are the fruits of my last two hours’ efforts. Two hours filled with a roomful of oil smoke, burnt chicken and poorly managed time. But delicious fruits nonetheless.

I used this recipe here and made a very decent attempt at this Japanese-style curry, accompanied with rice. Since it was my first time frying things at uni, there were a few sacrificial lambs in terms of chicken breast pieces but most turned out very well indeed (though I’ve yet to test them all for true cookedness). I’m so full now I don’t even have room for a chocolate mousse (that’s how full I am).

Having a Handmade Hamburger for Hiru-gohan

Having a Handmade Hamburger for Hiru-gohan

“Hiru-gohan” means “lunch” in Japanese, by the way. Which, coincidentally, not, is also what this hamburger is. Japanese, I mean. Following a simple recipe for Japanese-style hamburgers, it uses panko, a special type of breadcrumb, which is of Japanese origin and recently became available at my local Tesco, hence this experiment. An experiment which was largely successful, might I add.

I used the recipe here and found it very easy and delicious. Accompanied with boiled vegetables, which were mediocre because I’ve never boiled vegetables before and because in any case the least tasty way to cook a non-root vegetable is to boil it, and rice. A rather large lunch but I’ve made up for it by still feeling too full for dinner.

Presenting the Perfect Pastry Pie for Purposes of Procrastination

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Two posts in one day? Unthinkable.

Presenting the Chicken and Mushroom Pie complete with Coriander and Little Pastry Leaves on Top created after approximately two hours on a late Thursday night. As a break from my essay writing and journal trawling. A two hour break.

Turned out very well, I used shortcrust pastry which became a lovely golden brown and is delicious. I might try using my other pack of reduced frozen shortcrust pastry for apple pie next time. Ah, the possibilities.

Recipe can be found here.

Premature Pancakes with Peanut Butter on a Plate before Pancake Day

Premature Pancakes with Peanut Butter (and honey and vanilla ice cream) on a Plate for Pancake Day

Scotch pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, lemon juice and honey. For the indulgence and pure American/Britishness (not sure which).

Premature because I made these about a month ago and am only uploading the photo to document my journey and ride the “pancake day” tag wave for Pancake Day (already a day late though).

Ironically, I didn’t even make any pancakes for Pancake Day, too busy and all. But this was the first time I made Scotch pancakes (they don’t run in the family, being Chinese) and they were a success, I think, plus this photo makes them look extra professional.

Recipe can be found easily by searching ‘scotch pancakes’, sorry it was too long ago and I’ve lost the link.

Contributing Carrot Cupcakes with Coconut, Chocolate and Cranberries to Class

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Tomorrow is my Korean class’ last lesson of the academic year, and since there are only about four of us on as good day I decided for once to be that person who bothers baking cupcakes to bring to the end of year party.

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This marks the first foray into cupcakes for my Cooking and specifically Baking Journey, following my attempt at banana bread (see previous posts). I’ve also recently done my well-practised lasagne, a true student indulgence, and am looking into making home-made pizza and pie in future.

The recipe can be found here and there is plenty of space to customize, including adding raisins, mashed banana or orange zest, none of which I did. It also includes a cream cheese frosting which unfortunately I was not equipped for but sounds gorgeous, here I’ve just used normal icing and some random chocolate/cranberry/coconut snack decorations.