I found the recipe online:http://www.food.com/recipe/new-jersey-crumb-cake-33645
This is my first crumb cake. And It turned out to be a big success. I did a little change based on the original recipe.
Sugar 80g ( I’m afraid the original recipe would be very sweet, so I reduced the sugar)
Baking powder 1tsp
Vanilla extract 1/2tsp
For topping :
Biscuit mix is used in original recipe. I changed it. I used flour and ground almond powder instead. I reduced butter and sugar too. Cos my husband is on a diet.
Ground almond powder 20g
Cinnamon powder 1 tsp
1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Beat egg and milk, mix with butter.
3. Add flour and baking powder to the butter mixture. Then add in vanilla extract.
4. Pour batter into pan.
5. For topping: put all the topping ingredients in a bowl. Rub them by hand. And they will become crumb.
6. Sprinkle crumb topping over batter in the pan.
7. Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Bake for 30 mins. ( you can check with a toothpick. Poke the cake with toothpick, if it comes out clean, then the cake is done).
Powdered sugar is used to top the cake when cool. I didn’t use it.
It tastes really good. Since I reduced sugar, it’s not too sweet.
The topping is very crunchy.
When I don’t have enough time to cook meal or I feel like being lazy, I will choose to cook Chow Mein (fried noodles).
1. Vegetable Chow Mein (蔬菜炒面）
Chop onion, shiitake,bell pepper and carrot into thin slices.
Heat the oil in the pan. Stir fry onion first.
Then add in carrot and shiitake. Stir fry for a while.
Noodles (I used udon, and noodles should be soaked in water till they get soft.) and bell pepper at last. Stir fry evenly.
Add in a little dark soy sauce and salt. Stir evenly.
Then add a little water. Because the udon is uncooked, so it should be braised for 2-3 minutes.
When the water is about to dry, add in some lettuce.
Stir fry till the sauce is dry.
2. Soy Sauce Chow Mein
Put udon in boiled water for three minutes. Then ladle them out and drain them.
Light soy sauce: 2 tsp
Dark soy sauce: 1 tsp
Salt: a little
Sugar: 1 tsp
Cooking wine: a little
SHAOHSING RICE COOKING WINE 2x750ML
Heat the oil in the pan. Put in cabbage slices. Stir fry for a minute or two.
Then add in cooked udon.
And the sauce.
Stir fry them evenly for 1 or 2 minutes.
And it’s done.
You can add a fried egg, if you like.
Just serve with soup and some easy snacks. That’s not bad for an easy and quick meal.
This is an easy and quick dish made of vegetables.
Chop pumpkin, garlic, celery, and carrot into small pieces.
Heat the oil in the pan. Put garlic in first.
Then the carrot and celery. Stir fry a little.
Pumpkin at last. Stir fry for around 2 minutes.
Then add in enough water that covers all the vegetables. Cover the pan with lid.
When the vegetables soften, use blender to smash them.
Put the smashed mixture of vegetables back into the pan. Heat it again. Because the smashed mixture is very condensed, you can add in some water.
Then add a little milk and salt. Keep stirring. It will be done once boiled again. After milk added in, the color will become a little lighter.
You can add a little herbs or spices you like.
And you can also make a little decoration for it. Just spread several milk drops onto the surface, and use a toothpick draw on it. Yeah, I’m not good at it. The white part I drew is not that beautiful.
The soup tastes great. The pumpkin I used is kind of sweet. Carrot and celery make it healthier.
We have many kinds of braised food in China, like chicken wings, chicken legs, pork, fish, ribs, even tofu. People in many parts of China have rice in daily meals, and soy sauce is a good match for rice.
There are many different ways to cook braised food. The one I am about to introduce here is an easy one.
Wash the chicken wings.
Heat the oil in the oven. If you use non-stick pan, you can add less oil.
Put the chicken wings in. Fry each side of the wings.
When each side turn brown, add in some light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. (Light soy sauce is salty. Dark soy sauce is for coloring).
Lee Kum Kee Premium Dark Soy Sauce – 16.9 fl. oz.
Keep stir frying and make each chicken wing coated with soy sauce.
Add in enough hot water that over chicken wings. (Cold water will make the meat shrink).
Add in star anise. Star anise is a commonly seen kind of spice in Chinese cuisine.
Hoosier Hill Farm Whole Select Anise Star 8 oz.
And several sugar cubes. (Sugar is also fine). Then cover the pan with lid. Braise with low heat.
When the sauce in the pan becomes about less than 1/3, turn up the heat. Keep stir frying or it will be easy to get burnt.
Stir fry till the sauce is almost dry.
Ready to serve.
You can turn off the heat before the sauce is dry. Then the sauce can be mixed into rice. You will like the taste of rice.
You can also change chicken wings to chicken legs, fish, and ribs. The key of soy sauce is sugar.
The other day I used canned cream of mushroom to cook this dish. It turned out very good and it’s also very convenient.
Campbell’s Healthy Request Condensed Soup, Cream of Mushroom, 10.75 Ounce (Pack of 24)
That’s the canned cream of mushroom I used.
Cut the vegetables into medium pieces. I chose onion, carrot and broccoli.
Broccoli needs to be boiled in the water for 3 minutes.
Heat the oil in the pan.
Put in the bacon bits. Stir fry til bacon gets a littles burned.
Put in onion and carrot. Stir fry a little.
Then pour in water over all the vegetables. Cover the pan with lid.
When carrot pieces become soft, add in the canned cream of mushroom. Keep stirring.
When cream is mixed well with water, and the soup becomes condensed, put in broccoli. Cook for another minute. Add a little salt and black pepper powder if you think it tastes a little plain.
Ready to serve. Very quick and easy.
My husband likes crispy chicken wings very much. Yet, I don’t think fried crispy chicken wings are healthy. Recently I found a very good recipe online. I like it because no oil is needed. I personally don’t want to try those dishes need deep-fry. I don’t want my kitchen full of oil smell.
The recipe is:
I make it simpler:
1. Clean chicken wings. I choose wing middle joint.
2. Massage chicken wings with salt and black pepper powder.
3. Crumble some cornflakes (cornflakes are better than bread crumbs, cause cornflakes are much crispier)
4. Coat chicken wings with flour, then egg, and cornflakes at last. When put chicken wings in the crumbled cornflakes, you can press them hard to make sure cornflakes stick onto wings.
5. Put chicken wings into the oven. 180 degree, 30 mins (15 mins for each side).
Ready to serve:
My husband loves this version of crispy chicken wings.