Author Archive: Xan Lin

Apple Dessert Cake

Adapted from Mary Berry Ingredients  225g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 225g caster sugar (½ subbed for granulated sweetener here) 2 large eggs, lightly beaten ½ teaspoon almond extract 150g butter, melted (½ subbed for 80g applesauce) 250g apples, peeled and cored (~ 2 apples, 1 Royal Gala and 1 Granny Smith used here) 25g …

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Mango and Ginger Chutney

Adapted from Grandma’s Special Recipes – Jams, Jellies & Preserves (book) Ingredients 1 kg (1000g) mango flesh, chopped (approximately 4 mangos) 1 onion, finely chopped 350ml white wine vinegar 225g brown sugar 5 cm/2 inch piece root ginger, grated 50g sultanas (golden raisins) 110g glacé ginger (or stem ginger), finely chopped 1 cinnamon stick ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg …

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction Ingredients  Brownies 115g unsalted butter 2 large eggs 200g granulated sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 20g unsweetened cocoa powder ⅛ teaspoon salt 15ml (3 teaspoons) liquid/gel red food colouring ¾ teaspoon white vinegar 95g all purpose-flour Cheesecake Swirl 225g cream cheese, softened 50g granulated sugar 1 egg yolk ½ teaspoon vanilla …

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Gingerbread Men

Adapted from Exclusively Food Ingredients 375g (2½ metric cups) plain flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons mixed spice 3 teaspoons ground ginger 140g butter, softened (add ¼ teaspoon salt if using unsalted) 130g brown sugar 125ml (about 170g) golden syrup, treacle, or even molasses (golden syrup used here) 1 egg yolk *Icing & lollies, to decorate …

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Blueberries & Cream Cupcakes

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction Ingredients 210g plain (all-purpose) flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 115g unsalted butter, room temperature (here 60g butter + 60g applesauce was used) 100g brown sugar 100g white sugar (equivalent granulated sweetener used here) 1 large egg, room temperature 180ml milk, room temperature (any type is fine …

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Lamb Stoba

Adapted from 1000 Best Recipes from Australian Women’s Weekly Ingredients 500g lamb shoulder, cut into 3cm pieces (I only had 410g of lamb leg steak) 1 medium brown onion, sliced thinly 10g fresh ginger, sliced thinly 1 fresh long red chilli, sliced thinly 1 small red capsicum, chopped coarsley 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground …

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Turkish Chicken Pilaf w/ Almonds

Adapted from 1000 Best Recipes from Australian Women’s Weekly Ingredients 500g chicken breast, in bite-size chunks 30g butter 20g (4 cloves) garlic, minced 1 large brown onion, diced 40g currants 1 long red chilli, finely chopped 1 teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon cinnamon 3 anchovies, roughly chopped 1 cup (250ml) water 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock 300g …

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Cheeseburger Casserole

Adapted from Skinny Taste Ingredients 170g (raw weight) rotini (spiral) pasta 2 cloves (10g) garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 500g extra lean beef mince 50g tomato paste 2 brown onions, diced 2 x 400g tins diced Italian tomatoes 125g (1 cup) cheese (double for casserole, reduced-fat cheddar used here) 60g pickles, chopped finely 30g Dijon mustard (BBQ …

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Arroz a la Cubana

Adapted from Panlasang Pinoy Ingredients 500g beef mince 500g pork mince 1 medium yellow onion, minced 20g minced garlic 1 medium tomato, diced 50g (2 tablespoons) tomato paste 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce 100g frozen peas 1 carrot, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 100g raisins Salt (or fish sauce), and pepper – …

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Chocolate Chilli

Adapted from Manila Spoon Ingredients 500g beef mince Salt & Pepper (to taste) 1 medium onion, diced 3 garlic cloves (~15g), minced 2 celery stalks, sliced ~½ inch thickness ½ green bell pepper (capsicum), diced 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons chilli powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can omit and add ½ …

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