Mushroom Puff Pastry Tarts

Mushroom puff pastry tart

I am a lover of savoury puff pastry πŸ˜€

I remember in primary school, coming home Mama Choy would have made my siblings and I yummy afternoon tea. (My siblings and I was a very spoilt kids, but I’m so grateful Mama Choy was a stay at home mum ^_^)

One of my favorites was sheets of puff pastry cut into strips and wrapped around sausages, then baked till golden brown.

Oh! The warm smells of freshly baked buttery puff pastry, when walking through the doors of our home. I could never stop at just one πŸ˜› , the light crispy texture that my mouth and taste buds could feel as I took bite after bite of my afternoon tea. Very tantalizing!

I forgot about this special feeling towards puff pastry I had, until my fellow baking neighbor and I hosted a Easter tea party. Under her careful instructions we created zucchini puff pastry tarts.

Zucchini tart

I went home wanting to experiment with my own flavors. This recipe can be applied to many different vegetables. YUM! πŸ˜€

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Coconut Oil Granola

coconut oil granola yogurt

It has been an atomic bomb of a week at work. I’m just glad to be home at the end of the week and share with all of you a recipe which is comfort healthy breakfast/morning tea food :D. Okay you can eat it anytime of the day!

I decided to make this coconut oil granola to thank a colleague.

granola mix

On Monday morning 7.15am in our tiny drug room at work, this workmate chose to take 10 minutes out of her busy day to listen to my fears, worries and stresses of our job, to empathize with me and my struggles. (She even let me tear a bit)

She really encouraged me to hang on at the end of the mini teary session with “Let’s just get you through today.” and really, that was all that I needed to get me through the shift and leave my work brain at work.

Sometimes our line of work really pushes you to your limits not just emotionally, but mentally as well.

coconut granola

There really are days when you think you won’t make it mentally or emotionally, but I am truly blessed to be able to work with a bunch of women (and man πŸ˜› ) who can empathize and work together to lift each other up and support one another.

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Potato Salad

potato salad

I always find it so fascinating that food not only bring people together, but also reminds us of special moments in life.

This salad is one that reminds me of a close friend whom I hold very dear to my heart.

I was given the pleasure of being introduced to this salad as a result of one of the many potluck sessions my high school friends and I have had over the years.

At one point, I made it compulsory for every person who came to these catch ups to make the dish. No take away allowed. πŸ˜›

It was a challenge many of my friends grumbled and whined about with “do we really have to?” or “I’m not a good cook” or “I can’t cook”. Especially the friend who came up with this salad.

After all the whining and pleading every girl brought something to the table that they made. And so the tastings began.

I think this salad surprised her as much as I was delighted to have a new go to salad in my life.

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Madeleines

Orange Madeleines

Madeleines are a rich little French butter cake, characterised by its shell like shape with ridges on one side and a little buldge on the other.

They take time and patience to create (you have to sift the flour ingredients 3 times!!!)

But as a result you will be rewarded with madeleines with crispy browned outsides and soft spongy insides πŸ˜€

Some say a cross between a soft baked cookie and a dense Victorian sponge.

A little background on these pillowy delights.

They were made famous in a novelΒ ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ byΒ Marcel Proust. Their origin is a little hazy, therefore different versions of its origin exist. The most common one is that they originated from the town of Commercy in the 18th century, in the region of Lorraine. A girl by the name of Madeleine served them at a high tea to the Duke of Lorraine, Stanislaw Lezczynski. He loved them so much, he named the little cakes after her.

After making them for myself, I think I know why he loved them so much. They snack size and are so good with a cup of tea!

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Chicken & Bean Salad

Chicken and bean salad

This salad was invented by Mama Choy, she makes it for potluck parties or when she brings home 2 or 3 roast chickens because they are on sale.

This salad has won an award at a potluck event before, for being the “most healthy dish” of the night. πŸ˜€

It’s a salad that always gets a lot of praise, as it is super healthy, but when you eat it, it feels super naughty. πŸ˜›

The combination of roast chicken, the sweet fruits and corn combined with creamy mayonnaise. Not sure what it is, but it doesn’t taste as healthy as it sounds.

Seriously, it’s like a party of flavors inside your mouth! πŸ˜›

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Baked Lemon Mini Cheesecake

Baked Lemon cheesecake

I’m always on the prowl for new recipes to try, but sometimes my mind wanders.

I find myself reminiscing old tried and tested recipes, which brought me to share with you this favorite of mine.

There’s something satisfying about eating these mini baked cheesecakes.

I’m not sure if it’s the satisfaction of cutting into the cheesecake with my fork and knowing that it was not over baked πŸ˜€

OR… if it’s the thick yet melting consistency with all its apricot lemony goodness, combined with the buttery biscuit base in my mouth when I take that initial mouthful.

When I make these, I limit myself to one a day, usually because I do want to share these small packages of joy and to stop myself from eating 12 cupcakes in one sitting πŸ˜›

These little babies are pretty irresistible you won’t be able to stop at one though!

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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats rhubarb compote frozen berries

As winter approaches here in Melbourne, it gets more and more difficult to haul ones self out of bed for work in the mornings.

So, there must be some sort of motivation to get up and moving, right? πŸ˜›

Making up this yummy concoction the night before, will surely get you excited about the morning to come!

Overnight oats is simply oats that is soaked in the liquid of our choice overnight. They literally absorb the liquid you put them in, and grow into a bowlful of wonderfulness.

The best thing is NO COOKING involved!!! πŸ˜€ They are so easy.

Another great thing is there are so many variations you can try too. Switch up the liquids for different thickness and change up the fruits and fillings for variety.

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