Sweet Chick Restaurant

Before the whole COVID 19 broke out last month I was able to get together with my friends for a meal to catch up.

One of my friend recommended ‘Sweet Chick‘ as they offer vegetarian dishes and halal. The decor in the restaurant was really nice, we were lucky to have a booth as it was more spacious. Although, we did find the music was playing really loud so it was quite hard to hear each other.

It is famous for their fried chicken and waffles and their menu comes from Brooklyn. I thought it was a really strange combination but it works! Me and friends ordered some mac and cheese and biscuits which is like scones to share amongst the 3 of us. The biscuits was delicious, it was still nice and warm when served, hard on the outside but fluffy on the inside. Already the portions looked quite generous for starters so I dread to think what the main meals were like!!

The mains were massive!! In the end, I ate 1 chicken and 1 waffle. I had to take the rest home and so did my friends with their food as we were stuffed!! I just heated it up in the oven the next day for the boy’s lunch!!

Korean Cooking Class

My husband brought me a ‘Korean Cooking’ class for my Xmas gift last year. I love cooking and baking classes as you can learn so much and have fun! Over the past year, I have been a big fan of Korean food due to me watching lots of Netflix K-dramas and they are always lots of scenes eating together and of course my favorite band is BTS!! I was so lucky last year to watch them at Wembley! It was the best show ever, such talented artists and so good at dancing!!

I did the class (3 hours) last month at the London Cookery School in Holloway Road. I had a great time, the class was very small and intimate with only 7 of us, our teacher was called ‘Ellie Chang’. She was fabulous, was really enthusiastic in teaching us the dishes and telling us the history and providing us advice and tips throughout the whole session. I have learned so much in this class and can’t wait to try it out on my family!

I have just looked on their website and they have changed their menu this month. So, I learnt to cook the following dishes: Kimchi Jeon (pancake), Dipping Sauce, Cucumber kimchi, Bibimbap with Beef and Black Sesame ice cream. It was great sharing the tasks amongst the groups ie chopping or frying and once cooked, we get to eat what we have cooked as our dinner and you get a chance to chat to the other people in the group. There was plenty to go around, I had to take mine home as I could’nt eat all of the bibimbap! All the food was delicious and so eye catching. It is mainly chopping everything up that requires the most time.

Interesting facts that I have learnt:

  • I didn’t realize that there are over 400 different types of Kimchi!! It’s a really process to make Kimchi.
  • Bibmi means mixing various ingredients and Bap means Rice.
  • Short grain rice is actually Sushi Rice.
  • Basic seasoning normally consists a combination of dark soya sauce, sesame oil, salt, sugar, black pepper depending what food you are preparing.
  • Korean meals always comes with a bowl of rice, soup and kimchi.
  • The dishes should be balanced and harmonious with colours, textures and flavours.
  • Koreans love sesame in their dishes and spring onions.
  • They serve their side dishes according to your social class. For instance, the King is served with 12 side dishes. Now, in modern times, there are only a few side dishes that families cook as it takes a long time to prepare all of them as you would eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

If you are interested in the recipes, just message me! When I do cook the dishes, I will post the recipe.

The Perfect Pavlova

During then Xmas period, I had such a disaster with making my meringues desserts!! I wanted to make Lorraine Pascal’s Strawberries & Cream Meringue Layer cake from her ‘Bake’ book and the recipe required 10 egg whites. I didn’t have the heart to use 10 eggs as I wasn’t sure what to do with so many left over yolks and you can’t keep them for long!!

So, in Tescos, I brought a carton of egg whites as it said it can be used to make desserts. I measured the egg whites and the mixture was really runny and not getting stiff at all. I baked it and the outcome was really sticky and flat. I had to bin most of it as I made 5 x disks. We ate 1 of them and the boys seems to like it, but I found it too chewy to eat!! Luckily, I had some meringue nests in my cupboards and added some double cream and berries for my back up dessert.

Then last week, a blog that I follow by Eat Little Bird, posted an entry on Pavlova and tips of why the mixture has failed. I found it really useful and will refer back to it when I make a meringue dessert again which I did for new year’s eve!! To finish it off, I would drizzle some melted chocolate on top or buy a flakes chocolate and crumble it over.

1st Bake of 2019

Happy New Year to everyone!! It has been such a long time since I last went on my blog!! I couldn’t even remember my password!! I do apologize for being missing!!

I have been so busy with my 2 beautiful boys, Dee who is 5 years old now and Gray who is 2 years old!! Both boys are a handful as they are full of energy!!! I have still been baking but not having much time to write my entries.

I was saying to my husband that I missed blogging on my site and he said “Just do it!” I find time baking during the boys nap times or when my husband is off, as i do love exploring new recipes and i enjoy it aswell!! The steriliser has been put away so there is space for my beloved Kitchenaid!! Recently he has been hooked on Instagram and posting entries every day. So, for my new year’s resolution is to get back into blogging and to start posting entries on Instagram aswell.

Therefore my 1st bake for 2019 is Brownies!! I am having a family lunch this Saturday and both of my boys loves chocolate and my 2 neice so I wanted to bake something chocolatey!! A few months ago, I purchased Martha Collison’s book called Twist and found her recipe on Brownies and decided to make them.

I do try lots of different brownies recipes as I find the texture is always different, sometimes its hard or dry or too soft in the middle. So I do have a favourite one which I normally use from Tescos as it is so simple to knock up and it has never failed for me. I will write up a separate entry for this later on.

Martha’s recipe can be found here but just omit the easter eggs. You can always put different chocolates as I used white chocolate chips so that it is not too dark. The mixture is very wet and once baked, when you use the knife to cut into it, the top of it cracks but in the middle it is very fudgy like. The boys love it so I’m sure it will be a hot with the girls aswell!!

Cake and Bake Show 2014

Cake and Bake Show 2014Yesterday, I went to the Cake and Bake Show at Earl’s Court with my friend, Katy and sister in law, Sharon. Last year, I didn’t go last year as I was pregnant, I was excited to see what will be on offer! I remembered the first show in 2012, it was packed and they didn’t have any food on offer! This year, there were alot more stalls selling cupcakes, brownies, macarons, bread and even wine! It was pretty busy and lots to see. We saw on the main stage, the great british bake off winners and they were baking brownies with prunes! We also saw the some of the main contestants from this year’s show which was a bonus! 🙂

Cakes from the little roundcake company

Cakes from the little roundcake company

Instead of buying baking accessories, this year, I brought bakes instead! 🙂 Katy and Sharon were raving on about the cakes from ‘The Little Round Cake Company’. They were selling big meringues, little mini cakes, and tarts and i couldn’t resist buying some. I had the blueberry cheesecake cake last night and it was delicious! The sponge is moist and flavoursome! Even Dee approved as he had some of the cake! 🙂  I can’t wait to try the black forest one and the tart and strawberry meringue!

Yummy macarons

Yummy macarons

I also brought some macarons, sausages, cake sprinkles and this sweeper product that collects crumbs! It has a ladybird shell and I think it might be appealing to Dee as he can use it as a toy but clean at the same time!!! When Dee eats in his high chair, there are always crumbs or he would deliberately drop his food on the floor!!

 

Cake sprinkles and the cute sweepers! :)

Cake sprinkles and the cute sweepers! 🙂

It was a great day out with the girls and I am glad that I didn’t spend too much!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

GBBO Winners

GBBO Winners

 

GBBO Winners

GBBO Winners

 

Came across this stall with my name so had to take a pic!!! :)

Came across this stall with my name so had to take a pic!!! 🙂

Dee Dee’s Christening Bakes!

Oreo cupcakes decorated

Oreo cupcakes all decorated!

It’s my son, Dee Dee’s Christening tomorrow and I have been really busy in the kitchen baking from this morning! We have hired a hall and there will be Filipino food (hot) and a few of the ninangs (god mothers) are going to make some dishes and desserts aswell. With our caterer, we decided to drop their dessert from the menu and make our own desserts as normally when we go to parties, the aunties will bring a Filipino dessert and of course yours truly have some desserts to offer too!! 🙂 Also, it gives me a good excuse to bake some treats, although i don’t think Dee Dee was too happy as he was missing his mum!

Oreo cheesecake waiting to be chilled

Oreo cheesecake waiting to be chilled

For tomorrow, i have made the kids favourite Oreo cheesecake, chocolate Whoopie pies, and Oreo cupcakes. I don’t think i have mentioned whoopie pies on my blog before but I will be writing a separate post for this so that i can include the recipe for them.

 

 

Whoopie pies

Whoopie pies

I hope our guests will enjoy the treats tomorrow! 🙂 I will be posting some pics afterwards to show you the food! 🙂

 

Long time!

Hi everybody, I must apologise for not posting a blog in such a long time! I had my baby son in dec and have been so busy!!! I didn’t realise a baby needs so much attention and the free time is spent on cooking dinners, housework and sterilising! Plus I actually forgotten my log in details and took quite awhile to get into my account!

I have been baking quite alot as I get my time to ‘bake myself happy’ during the weekends but no time to write them up! I do miss writing in my blog so I will be making a conscious effort to write up my posts!!!