Crumb Cake

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.
For cake:

Butter 60g

Sugar 80g ( I’m afraid the original recipe would be very sweet, so I reduced the sugar)

Egg 1

Milk 80g

Flour 140g

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.

Butter 40g

Sugar 40g

Flour 40g

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. 

Fudgy Fudge Pie

I found this amazing recipe on http://www.food.com

http://www.food.com/recipe/fudgy-fudge-pie-75432
I made a little change according to it:

Butter 120g

Flour 35g

Cocoa powder 30g

Sugar 150g ( I already reduced sugar based on original recipe but still found it is very sweet.)

Eggs 2

Procedure is almost same as original recipe:

1. Melt butter, add flour, cocoa powder and sugar.

2. Add in eggs. Stir well.

3. Pour into pie plate.

4. Preheat oven to 190 degree C, bake for around 30 mins. (After 30 mins, the edge is a little burnt, so I think maybe 25 mins is also fine.)


In the plate topped with some cream and fruits. It is very soft inside actually. Outside is a bit crunchy.

Quick Chow Mein In Two Ways 两种快手炒面

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.


Sauce: 

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.

Pumpkin Soup 南瓜浓汤


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. 

Easy Chicken Wings Braised In Soy Sauce 简易红烧鸡翅

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.

Vegetables in Cream Sauce 奶油炖菜

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.

Pan-fried Salmon 快手煎三文鱼


Spread some salt and black pepper powder on salmon steak. Let them stay for several minutes.


Put very little oil in the pan, and fry each side of the steak for 2-3 minutes.


Add some vegetables and lemon slices. I dressed the dish with sauce I made, which contained black pepper powder, sugar, dark sauce and water. My husband loved it.


A quick dish is ready in 10 minutes.

Homemade Tomato Sauce 自制番茄酱

I watched the Japanese Movie Little Forest the other day. It tells a story of a little girl living in the countryside. She plants vegetables and fruits and makes dishes with them. One scen is about her making tomato sauce with the tomatoes she plants. So I imitated her way of doing that.

前几天,我看了一部日本的电影,名字叫做《小森林》。电影讲的是一个女孩住在乡下,她自己种植蔬菜和水果,并且用自己种的东西做各种美食。其中就有一幕是讲她用自己种的番茄做了番茄酱。所以我也模仿她的方法,在家里自己做番茄酱。


First, wash some cherry tomatoes. Actually, you can use small tomatoes or big ones, depending on how big your jar is. 

And cut a cross at the bottom of each one.


Then put them in hot water for several seconds. If your tomatoes are bigger, let them stay longer in hot water.


Put them into icy water. 


The tomato skin can be easily removed.


Put peeled tomatoes back into hot water. Boil them with a little salt. Don’t put too much. 


The jar should be sterilized. I put the jar and the lid in the boiling water for a while.

Then put the tomatoes along with some salty hot water into the jar. Please don’t  make the jar too full. 


Then put the jar into hot water. And boil it for several minutes. Make sure the lid is not cover too tight.


After boiling, cool the jar for a while and tighten the lid.

The movies says, put the jar in the fridge. When you feel hot in summer, you can take a bite, and it makes you feel very cool.

I took them out and heat in a pan with some sugar.

Then poured them on cooked spaghetti. It tasted really great.

Tomato Beef Stew 番茄炖牛肉

This dish will take over one hour.


Cut beef into medium cubes.


Put beef cubes in the pan with cold water and turn on the stove.


When the water gets boiled, there will be a lot foam.


Take beef cubes out and clean them.


Heat the oil in the pan, put in ginger slices and some garlic slices.


Add in beef cubes. And stir fry for a while.


Then put in a little cooking wine and light soy sauce. Stir evenly.


Add in enough hot water over the beef. Then cover the pan with lid and cook for at least 40 mins.


Three tomatoes need to be peeled off. First cut a cross at the bottom. Then put them in hot water for around 1 minute. Lastly, remove them into cold water. And it will be easy to peel them off.


Chop them into small bits.


Use another pan. Heat the oil and put the tomato bits in.


When the tomato juice comes out, pour in a bowl of water. 


Keep stirring till the tomato sauce becomes a little condensed.


When 40mins is over, add tomato sauce into the beef along with several sugar cubes and some salt.

Cook for another 30 mins.


If you don’t feel like eating anything, this dish will make your appetite better.

Chocolate Chip Cookies 巧克力曲奇

The dough needs to be put in the fridge for over 24 hours.

Part A

Flour around 200g

bicarbonate around 3g

Baking soda around 3g

Salt around 4g

Mix them well.

Part B:

Butter around 140g,

Brown sugar around 100g

White sugar around 70g

Whip them till the butter’s color turns light.


Then add one egg and a little vanilla esscence. Keep whipping for another minute.


Mix Part A with Part B well.


Add in chocolate chips. Mix well.

Then put the dough in a bag or a box and put it in the fridge for over 24hrs. 


Preheat oven with 175degree.

Divide the dough into small parts.

Make them in ball shape. Cos they will expand during baking, so make sure there is enough space for them to expand.


Bake for around 15mins.


Crunchy outside but soft inside. They taste really good.