Sunday, April 29, 2012

Oat flake Custard Bun

Another nice afternoon.

My sister had brought home my favourite dimsum- custard bun.

Custard bun doesn't only taste awesome, but it is also slightly healthier as oat flake was added in the dough, which makes it different from the normal /original custard bun.

This is one of the recipes that I will definitely try in this summer.

While there isn't a lot studies done on the nutritional values of dimsum, dimsum is general considered high in calories.  Although I love these bun, I could only take two of them most at a time.

The custard filling is somewhat high in fat and sugar, as the custard filling is made of custard power, butter, sweetened condensed milk, sugar and egg yolk; and to some people, they sometime have a greasy taste in the month after.

So, I would always have a cup of green tea with dimsum. The health benefit of green tea has known to have many positive effects on health. It helps in digestion and personally think that green tea helps clear the greasy aftertaste in my month.

High calories foods like custard bun may be not good to your health, but it is alright and nice  to have once a while.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Afternoon Snack- Garlic Mushroom

Mushroom has always been my favourite vegetable.  I just can't resist to the fresh, cute and large looking mushrooms. Especially, when it comes to the season of white mushroom, why not make a cheap and delicious afternoon snack :)

White mushrooms are not a popular vegetable in where I am from, Hong Kong. I will definitely miss this wonderful dish if I ever have to leave Canada <3.

Here are what you need to perpare this dish:

Fresh ,white mushroom                                         227g / 1 pack
Garlic, minced                                                       2 cloves
Olive oil ( or other types of cooking oils)             1 Tbsp (15 mL)
Slat and pepper                                                      pinch to taste

Feel free to add anything for garnish.
Here I used a leaf of lettuce, and lemon zest.

Almond and other nuts are also a good choice adding more variety colour to the dish!

Cooking Methods:

1) Pre-heat oven at 350F.
2) Wash and rinse mushrooms, eat into quarters or leave it a whole if you would like.
3) Mix oil and minced garlic, and mix with mushroom.
4) Put in oven for about 8 mins or until it is tender!

Tips: There is no need to spray the tray with oil.

Health Benefit:

 -It is recommended to use olive oil, or use sliced olive as garnish.  Numerous stidies have been proven the benefits of consuming olive oils or olived on health. As little as 2 tablespoons or 30 mL of olive oils may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, and may have a positive effect on healt, which include decreae the risk of cardiovascular dieases, type 2 diabetes, storke and cancer, and others.

-Mushroom is a source of dietary fiber, and is low in sodium. It is sure a healthy altnerative snack!

If you are a oliver hater, like me, you can consume olive oil instead of olive. I found that olive oil doesn't has the nature olive smells and taste. Try to add or replace cooking oil with olive oil today!

        Add some life with olives & olive oil. Spring 2012, issue 01