Breakfast chronicles – Tortilla wrap

This is one of my favourite breakfast recipes, because it’s easy, tasty, and relatively healthy.

Mix, roll, and pan-fry

Homemade Tortillas are far better than store bought ones, and they’re extremely simple to make. The only thing one has to be careful about is not adding too much water to end up with a very wet dough, which will be difficult to handle. Continue reading Breakfast chronicles – Tortilla wrap

Breakfast chronicles – Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake

This is my first time using a cake mix. Obviously, a cake mix is fail-proof – the cake rises like magic. If you have 45 minutes to prepare breakfast, then this is an option you can include in your arsenal of breakfast recipes. Continue reading Breakfast chronicles – Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake

Breakfast chronicles – chicken burger

I’ve been wanting to do this for the longest time. In essence, a burger is not much different from a sandwich, but i think it looks prettier, especially when you have a smooth and shiny bun. Well, my bun was certainly far from achieving that intended effect, but it was ok.

I managed to use the egg whites to make breadcrumbs stick to the chicken patty, and the the egg yolk as egg wash for the bun, so it was just perfect. The chicken patty was just leftover chicken breast meat very simply marinated with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. The breadcrumbs are optional really, as the chicken will taste pretty good if seared nicely. Overall, this was easy to make, healthy and tasty enough.

Breakfast chronicles – Tonkotsu Ramen

Japanese Ramen, the real stuff, is one of those food items that people generally think they cannot cook at home. There are now Ramen in the form of instant noodles, and there are also pre-made soup base, but you’re very far from the real thing when you take short-cuts such as these. Continue reading Breakfast chronicles – Tonkotsu Ramen

Breakfast chronicles – Eggs Benedict

Homemade Eggs Benedict with homemade English muffins and homemade Hollandaise sauce. I guess it wasn’t as tedious as i thought i might be. I did use ready-made salted egg yolk, so that helped just a little bit, which, otherwise, you just need the extra step of cracking a few eggs. Continue reading Breakfast chronicles – Eggs Benedict

Breakfast chronicles – Cheddar biscuits

I normally like to make scones with leftover sour cream, but decided to make Cheddar biscuits today since I also have quite a bit of leftover grated Cheddar.

Believe it or not I actually bought an ice cream scoop from Taobao more than 2 years ago specifically for making scones, but never used it since the dough always seemed too dry to be scooped up. Well, now that I’m much more experienced at making scones, I decided to give it a try. The biscuits looked good enough for me to write a post.

Yums with a slice of ham and a thick piece of butter
Yums with a slice of ham and a thick piece of butter

 

Breakfast chronicles – Pumpkin pancake

 

Got my inspiration from here (and there are 100 nice looking recipes for pumpkin!). Simple to make, tasty and nutritious. I added the sides just in case it didn’t work out, but it turned out good. I used cake flour as suggested by Nami, but anyway i did know that gluten is to be avoided for pancakes. I think Nami’s Korean pancakes look very tantalizing, and it seems the secret is to drizzle the batter onto the other ingredients, otherwise the batter can turn into a roux and become lumps of inedible jelly, something that has happened to me before, heh.

Breakfast chronicles – ramekin cheesecake

I won’t hide from you the fact that ramekin cheesecakes tend to crack when baking. It could be that my batter was too dry, or I didn’t adjust the baking time enough (definitely has to be less since the mass is much smaller), but it could also be due to the fact that the ramekins are too well insulated such that a water bath doesn’t help.

Anyway, I don’t need my cheesecakes to be prety. The good thing about baking cheesecakes in ramekins is it’s easy to serve. No need to slice and serve, just eat with a spoon. Also, I can adjust the portion down to a single serving, no need to store the unfinished cheesecake in the fridge. I’ll likely always do it the ramekin way from now on.

Served with marmalade
Served with marmalade

Breakfast chronicles – scones

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Scones is something I’ve been doing from the very early days when I started baking. I love scones, and though supposedly easy (ready in 30 minutes), making them turned out to be not quite easy. For one, the hot weather in Singapore makes butter melt too quickly, and having success with scones is always said to hinge on very cold butter.

Well, after failing umpteen times, i’ve learned a few tricks on how to make them. To counter the hot weather in Singapore, i mix all the dry ingredients the day before baking, put them in a plastic bag and store this in the fridge. This buys me time when making the final dough so that the butter doesn’t melt before baking. Flour is tasteless, so tasty scones is about coating as much of the flour with butter as possible (or the other way round). Storing the ingredients in a plastic bag allows me to press the flour and butter together without getting my hand dirty. Also, it allows me to quickly place it back into the fridge the moment i start to worry about the butter melting. As for the rest of the steps, this recipe which i have been using for some time nails it. Using lots of cream (thickened/heavy cream and sour cream) ensures the scones will remain moist.

By the way, i get my baking powder from iHerb.

With marmalade and butter. Clotted cream is practically impossible to get in Singapore.
With marmalade and butter. Clotted cream is practically impossible to get in Singapore.

Breakfast chronicles – chicken Katsu with Japanese curry

 

I’ve wanted to do this for the longest time – homemade Japanese curry, and i bought a packet of Garam Masala since probably a year ago with this recipe in mind. My verdict? It is more Indian than Japanese. I guess it has to do with an overdose of Garam Masala and butter. I also definitely need to use more onions. I don’t normally like to eat carrots, but if i steam them in the pressure cooker, they become soft enough for my liking. Also, i like potatoes crispy, so what i did was boiling the diced potatoes and then baking them.

The chicken Katsu is very easy to do also. This is the baked version from Nami, the blogger who also posted the original Japanese curry recipe. I love her writing style.