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No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls for ONE (Whole Wheat & Vegan)

I’m not exactly the most violent person… most of the time, but sometimes, something inside me wants to grab a sledge-hammer to break an idiot’s head open to see what the hell is wrong with that one person. 

You think your life is jinxed?

You think your life is jinxed?

Let me tell you what a jinxed life is.

I was born with both my arms broken. The right arm never recovered. And all the specialists I’ve seen (and believe me, I’ve seen many) say that nothing can cure it. I’m incapable of many physical activities and got laughed at for it too many times to count. I love seeing people dance but I can’t without looking hilariously clumsy. If my stupid arm works, I’ll probably be dancing instead of baking (maybe this is a good thing after all?)

My rights arm is much much fatter and shorter than my left.

My right shoulder slants down lower than my left.

I have a horrible, horrible memory.

My examination results are crappy.

I was bullied for 3 very long, psychologically-torturing periods of my life, excluding the time when my atrocious, horrendous, crap thing of a teacher told my entire class not to be my friend and isolated me. Quite obviously, I’ve never exactly been fond of teachers.

I was sick for 2 1/2 torturing years. (sorry, I ran out of good vocabulary)

I am short (5 feet) and fat (busybody).

My family has less than average income. (I make room for things I want by saving 90% of my pocket money)

Well, no one’s life is perfect.

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Stop frowning. And learn the following.

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How do you make the best of your so-called ‘jinxed’ life?

  • find a hobby and stop thinking (absurdly) that your life is miserable because it isn’t… baking, reading, cycling, whatever
  • don’t be embarrassed by every single thing– remember, only you can make yourself feel embarrassed, and let others know you are embarrassed and thus get embarrassment poured onto yourself, when you needn’t have gone through it at all. 
  •  remove yourself from people who make you feel lousy, lousy, lousy. I failed to realise this earlier in my life and the psychological impact was so horrible I can’t find words to describe it. 
  • keep people who are trying to help you but not pretending to or simply doing it to make themselves feel better
  • be careful when making friends. 
  • be with people who like you because you are you… while trying to help you correct your insecurities.
  • forge good relationships with your family and friends. Because you know what? A united family and good friends and the love you can experience from these bonds will help you realise that your life is really worth living.
  • be grateful for what you have. Make a list. Cheesy, but it works. 
  • eat cinnamon rolls
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* Note: NOT directed towards any one; just a general opinion. All opinions above are of my own, learnt through personal experience, and are in no way associated with WordPress. (Haha, I just had to add this in. Its fun)
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Single Serving Cinnamon rolls!
ALL FOR the special YOU!
Yes. All! Don’t let me repeat that or I may change my mind.
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A meal of cinnamon rolls for… 524 calories! Pretty good, huh?
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No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls for ONE

No. of servings: 1

Adapted from Bakingdom

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Ingredients

For Dough

  • 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 7g/ 3/5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/10 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (vegan: 1/4 tsp lemon juice and enough soy milk to make 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp non- fat yogurt (vegan: oil/ vegan yogurt)
  • 1 tsp reduced fat margarine
  • 1 tsp oil

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For Filling

  • 2 tsp reduced fat margarine
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini- marshmallows, chopped (vegan: vegan marshmallows)
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

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For Icing (optional)

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp reduced fat margarine

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Icing alternative

  • 1 1/2 tsp reduced fat margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2  tsp buttermilk, or whole milk (vegan: coconut milk)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar

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Here’s a Step-by-step tutorial. Almost…
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Prepare your ingredients; all must be at room temperature.
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Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C.
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Filling preparation: In a food processor, add marshmallows and icing sugar. Process till marshmallows are minced. Mix this mixture with cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
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Dough Preparation: Combine all the dry ingredients. Mix them together, add the wet ingredients and mix to form a rough dough. Do not knead. It’ll be sticky. Resist  the urge to add flour. Yikes. It is sticky.
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Shape dough into a rod and roll it into a long rectangle. Spread the margarine for filling onto the dough. Leave a 1 inch space at one of the short edges. You may want to use a pizza cutter to get rid of uneven edges like I did.
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Sprinkle the filling as evenly as you can and roll it up from the margarine-covered short edge. Press the clean edge against the adjacent part of the roll to seal.
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It’ll be gigantic.
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Slice into 4 pieces using a knife. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
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For icing: While baking, mix ingredients for icing together and place into a clean plastic bag. When done, rub 1 tsp of margarine over the top of all the cinnamon rolls.
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Cut a very small hole in the bag containing the icing and pipe onto cinnamon rolls.
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Eat up!
Celebrate life and the God who gave it to you.
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PS: I’m looking for Guest Bloggers! You can write on any topic related to health-and-wellness or anything about food or recipes of course! No other limitations. Contact me at qiting93@hotmail.com please! 😀 😀
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Single Serving Taiwanese Oyster-less Oyster Omelette 没蚵仔的蚵仔煎 (with Vegan option)

I sincerely apologise for the low quality pictures you’re about to see here!

The best way to help yourself not miss a place is by having some signature food from that place. And so I made Taiwanese Oyster Omelette… without the oysters. I strongly despise the smell of raw oysters. Hence the oyster-less oyster omelette!!

Exams will be over in 2 weeks! After which I’ll have 1 day to study for my SATs and less than 4 months to get my Chinese back to the standard its supposed to be i.e. remember how to write my name in Chinese again… (how on earth did this happen????) Something to do with trying to make a dream come true…

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This was done in my ‘new’ non-stick pancake pan. Hence the nicer shape.

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Oysterless Oyster Omelette

No. of servings: 1

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Ingredients

For Omelette
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato powder
  • 1/8 cup tapioca starch
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce/ chopped xiao bai cai (chinese cabbage)
  • 1 egg (omit for vegan option)– honestly, you won’t taste much of this!
  • 3 tbsp minced meat/ about 8 straw mushrooms (optional)
For Garnish
  • 1 piece lettuce
For Sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce/ garlic chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp peanut butter/peanut powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch
  • 5 tbsp water

Directions

Place lettuce leaf on plate.

Cook sauce first:
Add tapioca flour to water, mix and heat in a saucepan at low heat. Stir continuously until mixture is a little thick and add the remaining sauce ingredients. Stir till mixed evenly and remove from heat.

To cook omelette:
If using meat, prepare beforehand by mixing it with a tbsp tomato sauce and 1 tsp dark soy sauce, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes.

Mix first 4 ingredients for omelette till everything dissolves.

If frying pan is not non-stick, add a tbsp of oil (or any sufficient amount). Let the oil heat for about a minute. Add in the meat and lettuce. Stir fry till cooked. Pour in the mixture of the first 4 ingredients. When it becomes slightly translucent, break in the egg and break the egg yolk with your spoon.

After 3 minutes, try to flip the omelette (it’ll be difficult) to cook the other side. Cook for 2 minutes and plate up!

Pour about 2 ladle-spoonfuls of sauce over the omelette.

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Ever had oyster omelette before?

My parents and brother loved this lightened-up version!

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What I Ate On Wednesday (10) WIAW

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My delivery from iHerb came today!

My first parcel ever!!!! Its pretty cool. They packaged everything up pretty well.

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I’m the kind of person who sticks a spoon inside a jar of ground peanuts and spoons it right into her mouth. And the kind who sprinkles it into practically every bake. How much do I love peanut flour? Oh let me count the ways… Okay, there’s about a hundred. Maybe I shouldn’t count…

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I also ordered a couple of freebies, a tiny bottle of clear Stevia (NuNaturals), some Atkins bars that supposedly have low GI and taste like Snickers.

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On to WIAW:

Peas and Crayons

Breakfast was 1/3 of a sugar raisin pandan loaf (not shown) and a cup of (free sample) Dark Cocoa from iHerb with 10 drops of clear stevia! Boy was that dark cocoa bitter. Yikes. Thanks iHerb for the freebie, but no, I’m not a fan. (~400 kcal in total)

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Mid-morning snack was a handful of grams (chickpeas?) with pretty good nutritional stats! I love these stuff! (~60 kcal)

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Lunch: Home-cooked fried rice! With ham, garlic and cabbage. With another freebie from iHerb– Now Foods’ Pomegranate Berry, Sugar Free Drink Stick (~475 kcal in total)

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Mid-afternoon snack: Mamee Noodle Snack! (122 kcal)

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And finally dinner! Chocolate Cookie Dough Bowl! I almost couldn’t finish it! Really filling. (~480 kcal)

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Weird, creepy picture!!!!!!

 Recipe soon with better pictures (hopefully)!

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Do you have any recipes involving peanut flour (that does not also contain peanut butter)? Please share! 😀 Thanks!

Healthier, Easy Fried Rice (with vegan option)

I’m annoyed.

By a supposedly breakthrough invention called a cellphone. For what reason, you say. It opens up a world I’ll rather not face, a reality I rather not be part of my life. To some extent, it kind of has irritated me (badly).

Okay, maybe not the cell phone part of the cell phone (how does this even make sense???), I really mean the SIM card part of the cell phone. I’m actually quite happy with the cell phone. It does a splendid job functioning as an iPod.

Nonetheless, I have must have done one of the following things (thus explaining my lighter mood 🙂 🙂 today 🙂 ):

1. I have happily lost my phone (which always happen except this time, I didn’t bother to find it)

2. I have generously lent my cell phone to a lonely old lady in my block, who happens to be amused by this ‘cell phone’ thing that mysteriously allows her to listen to her favourite antique songs and talk to people who are actually miles away. She was so delighted by my kind offer! (which actually benefits me more than her)

3. I have changed my cell phone number (see, this way, I get to keep the phone aka iPod)

I think I really did one of the above.

I’m no longer annoyed.

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I’m ready to have some Healthier Fried Rice.

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I promised you a fried rice recipe on Tuesday!

There is an apparent misconception that Fried Rice is always unhealthy. That’s not true. Made with the right ingredients, fried rice can be healthy!! We had tons of leftover  rice last weekend and my mum asked me to help cook some fried rice. So I did. Though I’m not exactly into the savoury thingies, I’m happy to oblige. I love fried rice.

If there’s one thing I have in common with Barney Stinson, its that we both love shrimp fried rice. Other than the fact that we both love suits (on men).

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Because I had some Fry’s Vegetarian Traditional Sausages on hand, I added two in. They’re too salty to be eaten alone. I think they are vegan, according to the ingredient’s list, which I added below.

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Ingredients
Vegetable proteins (Soya), Wheat protein, Vegetable oil, Starch, Wheat flour, Flavourings, Spices, Sea salt, fibre,Colour: caramel. 58 kcal per sausage

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Healthy Easy Fried Rice

No. of servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Overnight cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 head cabbage (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1/2 head garlic, chopped into tiny pieces (use less if you don’t like garlic. Its healthy though!!)
  • 2 Medium to Large Sized Vegan Sausages, cubed/chopped
  • 1 egg (optional: if not used, add one more sausage)
  • 3 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp mushroom ‘oyster’ sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
  • dash pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the wok on high heat.
  2. Add the oil and continue to heat. Don’t let the oil burn!
  3. Add in garlic and fry them till they’re fragrant, and only very slightly brown.
  4. Switch to medium heat.
  5. Add in vegetables and stir fry till slightly cooked
  6. Add sausages and stir fry till slightly brown.
  7. Turn to high heat (the highest). Wait for the wok to be very hot.
  8. Add rice in middle of the wok.
  9. Stir until heated through (about 2 minutes), using a spatula to turn and move the rice around the wok. (Note: You can remove the stir-fried vegetables before adding the rice if the pan is too crowded, and then add them back before adding the seasonings. It’s generally not necessary though, since the rice is already cooked and just needs to be heated through).  Tip from here.
  10. If using eggPush everything to the sides of the wok. Crack an egg in the middle of the wok. When half-cooked, stir together with the other stuff in the wok
  11. Stir in all seasoning. Taste and add more seasoning if desired. Stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  12. After this stage, I like to let the rice sit in the wok for about 10 more minutes to get a wok-hei-like texture (the soy sauce and oyster sauce sort of caramelizes the rice)

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For more tips on making fried rice, visit:

http://steamykitchen.com/68-secrets-to-cooking-the-best-chinese-fried-rice.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2011/01/21/how-to-make-the-best-fried-rice/

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That’s it for today!!

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Tell me: Do YOU like fried rice? If so, what kind? 😀

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Thai Fried Instant Noodles (no oil and vegan)

Remember my eraser?

I took some pictures of it while crashing my brother’s room.

Below: Me and my bro when I was 6. My brother was a sucker for superheroes… still is at 16. He went through a ‘Powerpuff Girls’ phase, a ‘Popeye’ phase (which used up tons of spinach… literally), a ‘Batman’ phase (highly irritating– he wore a Batman suit all the time and refused to changed out of it. He wore it for Chinese New Year I had half a mind to destroy it) and many more.

He doesn’t do stupid things like that anymore, though.

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Anyhow, more about him another time.

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No Oil Thai Fried Noodles

No. of servings: 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 serving of cooked instant noodles (I used non-fried Koka instant noodles)
  • 1 packet Thai Fried Rice/noodles seasoning
  • Lots of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 thick slice of mock ham, cubed
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
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Directions

Heat a non-stick pan under high heat until a few drops of water jump and sizzle on its surface.

Add garlic and let cook till fragrant. Add in 1/4 cup of water and the cabbage. Stir and let cook for 2 minutes.

Add noodles and stir fry.

Pour in seasoning and stir. Cook for 3 minutes.

DONE! Easy!

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