Easter cakes across different countries

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A friend of mine highly recommended the Russian Easter Cake Kulich, so I brought it in a Russian supermarket in London.

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After I sliced it, I realise it really looks like Italian panettone during Christmas season. But it’s much drier.

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In Italy, people eat Colomba di Pasqua for Easter, it means “Easter Dove” in English.

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I also brought another Easter bread/cake, it’s called Flaounes, from a Cypriot bakery shop. Made with raisins and goat cheese inside, also be garnished with sesame seed.

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I like bread in general, I also love cheese, so this pastry is a perfect combination thereof.

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My Greece colleague told me in Greek, their traditional Easter cake named Tsoureki. It is a type of sweet bread made with olive oil and orange juice. I really wish I could know that earlier, now I have to wait for next Easter to try it.

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Ocean inspired healthy jelly cup

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Looking for some desserts to impress your guests? This easy ocean-inspired will make you ‘wow’ them effortlessly.

Ingredients:

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Coconut flake                        Food colouring

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Food colouring in Ice blue and green

 

Seashell shaped chocolate                              Lotus Biscuits

Fruit yoghurts                   Muesli or other cereal as base

How to make the blue and green ocean water:

Simply put 2 pieces of gelatin leaves into 200ml coconut water, heat up the coconut water, wait for the gelatin to melt completely.

Take 2 containers, put 100ml jelly juice in each container, add a drop of blue food colouring to one, and add a drop of the green to another. Put the gelatin mixture into the fridge for over 20 minutes.Place the cereal on the bottom,

Place the cereal on the bottom, place yoghurt on top, and place the coloured jelly on top.

Use the crushed Lotus Biscuits to create the sand. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top to imitate the foam from the sea waves.

Place any seashell shaped chocolate of your choice. Vio-la! So easy!

 

 

Boneless Stuffed Roast Chicken

If you want to impress your guests, there is nothing better than boneless stuffed roast chicken.

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First you need a whole chicken, which you should marinate overnight in brine.

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From the back remove all the bones, but do not throw them away, they can be used to make great chicken stock.IMG_20170329_212318

Place the chicken on a flat surface with the skin facing down and place a layer of Prosciutto di Parma on top of the flesh. You can stop there, or put something else in the middle, such like mushrooms, sage & onion stuffing, sausagemeat, whatever you like. I used duck liver pate for my stuffing.

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Chop some potatoes into fine strips and set aside for later use.

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Fold the chicken upon itself, with the stuffing on the inside until it is shaped like a small pumpkin, and tie it with some kitchen thread. Place the tied meat on top of the chopped potatoes, which will be cooked in the chicken juices while roasting it in the oven, preventing the meat from sticking to the tin foil under it.

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Season with salt and pepper, plus a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

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Heat up the oven to 180℃/Gas Mark 6 and roast for 45 mins. When the surface has become golden, take it out of the oven and pour some honey or maple syrup on the surface, to give it a nice shining glaze.

IMG_20170331_111727_059Put it back into the oven for another 30 mins and it is ready to serve.

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Now you can slice and enjoy the chicken without worry about the bones.

Blue Ocean Beach Cake

I understand the British weather is not very exciting, but we can always make life better with a nice cake.

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Ingredients: egg, sugar, milk, flour, rapeseeds oil, elderflower juice,  gelatine, double cream, fruit jam, coconut flake,lotus biscuits, Savoiardi lady fingers, food colour (blue and green), sea-life shaped chocolate.

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Step 1:

Separate 5 egg’s egg yolk and egg white, add 30 g of sugar in egg yolk,50 g of sugar in egg white when beating it. You can also add some vanilla seeds in the egg yolk.

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Step 2:

Mix the egg yolk with 50 ml of rapeseeds oil, after mixing them will add 90 g of flour. Fold egg white into the mixture. Put the mixture into a cake tin, oven 170° with fan, 40 mins.

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You can make a big one and cut in half, or make two cakes.

Step 3:

Spare jam on one (side of) cake, spare whipped cream on another one (side). I used passion fruit jam in this case.

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Step 4:

Spare the cream all over the cake, put Savoiardi lady fingers around the cake, use a piece of ribbon to hold it tight.

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How to make the blue and green ocean water: Simply put 2 pieces of gelatin leaves into 200 ml elderflower juice, heat up the juice, wait for the gelatin totally melted.

Took 2 containers, put 100 ml jelly juice in each container, one add a drop of blue food colour, another add a drop of the green. Put the gelatin mixture into the fridge overnight.

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Step 5:

Left to right: blue jelly, green jelly, coconut flake, lotus biscuits (blended)

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Step 6:

Put sea-life shaped chocolate on top. It’s done!

Hope this cake will bring you some summer feeling during the raining spring weather.

 

Valentine’s Tiramisu

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No matter whether if you are celebrating your Valentine’s day with your significant other or your friends and families. Valentine’s day is a day for love.

This cute heart-shaped Tiramisu will be the perfect sweet treat for this day.

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Ingredients:

6 eggs

500 grammes of mascarpone cheese

150 grammes of sugar

One bag of ladyfingers biscuits (savoiardi biscuits)

100ml  Espresso Coffee

3 tsp of Disaronno Originale

Cocoa powder

Method:

1 Separate egg white and egg yolk

2 Add 100 grammes of sugar and 500 grammes of mascarpone cheese in egg yolk, mix them

3 When beating the egg white, add 50 grammes of sugar during mixing process, don’t add them all at once, you can add 1/3 at the beginning, 1/3 when it’s half done, 1/3 when it’s almost done.

4 Fold the beaten egg white into egg yolk mixture.

5 Mix the espresso coffee and Disaronno Originale

6 Put one layer of ladyfingers biscuits in a container, add the mixture of coffee and liquor, put one layer of the egg and mascarpone cheese on top.

7 Repeating step 6 until the container almost full, add a thick layer of cocoa powder on top.

8 Put the whole container in the fridge, wait at least 4 hours before eating.

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Food Events in London 2017

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British food doesn’t have a world-renowned title, but different culture gathered together in London, made this city the capital of food.

In 2017, you can mark down these food events on your calendar.

Taste of London:the most famous one

Location:  Regents Park, London NW1 4NR

Ticket: Yes

Date: 14th~18th June 2017

Bellavita Expo: The largest Italian Food & Wine Trade Show 

Location: Business Design Centre Ltd,, 52 Upper St, London N1 0QH

Ticket: Yes

Date: 18th~20th June 2017

Meatopia: the heaven for carnivores

Location: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF

Date: 1st~3rd Sep 2017

London Restaurant Show : restaurant industry related

Location: Olympia National Hall, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

Ticket: Yes

Date: 2nd~4th Oct 2017

 

Amber Runny Yolk Egg

Doesn’t this egg look great? With its coloured egg white and an amber runny yolk, it will be the perfect cocktail food or an amazing starter to impress your guests.

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It is really easy, you only need 3 simple ingredients, a few steps to follow, and the patience to wait for 24 hours.

One of my favourite way to use this runny yolk egg is to put it in ramen.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 100ml mirin
Method:

  • Bring the water to boil
  • Put eggs in the boiling water for 5 minutes
  • Put the cooked egg into icing water
  • Remove the egg shell carefully
  • Put the shelled egg in the mixture of soy sauce and mirin
  • Refrigerate for 24 hours
  • Enjoy!