Saturday, October 23, 2010

Instant Creme Caramel

Some time back a colleague came to work one day with packs of Instant Creme Caramel to give away. I am most glad to receive them. I didnt get to try them only after recently.

Super simple seriously - Just add milk to the mixture and heat up for a few minutes.


1 pack instant creme caramel mix
500ml fresh milk


Divide the caramel in 4 ramekins.
Whisk the creme caramel mix with milk in a small pot.
Heat it for about 5 minutes.
Divide the mixture into the 4 ramekins and cool.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Minced Meat Baked Pasta

I love weekends because that's like the only time I can prepare food for the family. Today I decided to have pasta! I have already bought the ingredients for Tuna Baked Pasta the day before but mind is thinking of Minced Meat Baked Pasta.

It's really a toss between the two. Tuna Bake or Mince Meat Bake Pasta. I chose the latter. I actually do not have any mince in the freezer and made use of burger patties instead.

Today is special because I let Tihani help me in the kitchen. She loved her time in the kitchen, although all that she did was to help me fry or stir.


250g minced beef, pre cooked with a pinch of salt n pepper (i used 3 burger patties, chopped)
1 onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, diced
a tablespoon of oil for frying
340g ragu sauce (bought off the supermarket shelves)
salt to taste
150g twist pasta
a pot of salted boiling water

Cheese Sauce
a tablespoon of butter
a tablespoon of flour
3/4 cup of milk
100g of cheddar cheese + a handful to sprinkle


Boil the pasta till el dente and drain.
Heat oven to 180C.
To make the ragu sauce, heat oil in a pan.
Add the onion and garlic until softened.
Add in the mince.
Stir in the spaghetti sauce and let it simmer.
Tip in the drained pasta and mix well.
Ensure that pasta is saucy.
Pour pasta in a baking tray.

To make the cheese sauce, melt butter and stir in the flour.
Cook for a minute and then gradually stir in milk.
Lastly stir in the cheese.
Once cheese has melted, pour evenly over the pasta.
Top the handful of cheese on top.

Bake until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.

Mince Meat Pasta
Topped with Cheese Sauce

Mince Meat Baked Pasta
I must say the baked pasta was a hit. Tihani had second helpings and Auni gave me a thumbs up when I asked if it was yummy!

Longan Grass Jelly

It's exceptionally hot and humid here in Singapore the past few weeks. Airconditioning has been our best friend. I would definitely like to thank whoever had invented aircon .. like seriously!

And this was what the kids and I had the whole weekend just to beat the heat - Longan Grass Jelly.


Grass Jelly, chopped
Canned Longan


Pour the chopped grass jelly and canned longan together with the syrup in a big bowl.
Pour in enough water to dilute the sugar syrup.
Throw in some ice and enjoy!

Alternatively, if you've crushed ice, you can place some crushed ice in a small bowl. Top it with chopped grass jelly, some longan then pour some sugar syrup over!
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