Off the Internet…

Hi foodies. I am writing this post as the time of the year has come again. I am so overwhelmed with school that I have not been able to write. Therefore I would like to take a short break from the Internet, hence there would not be any post in the following weeks. My sincere apologies but I believe this is what is best for now. Till then, Take care and be happy!

Spread love and Be Kind!

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Healthy Freak Smoothie…?

If you google Freak Milkshake, jugs of overflowing chocolate and colourful toppings are what you would get. I am not sure who started this trend, but those cups of fairytale-like milkshakes intrigued me.

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Photo courtesy of Yahoo.

It is definitely very simple to make a cup of milkshake with monster toppings overflowing the cup of goodness, however at the back of my head, I asked ‘Do I really want to fill myself with an excessive amount of sugar?” NO! OF COURSE NOT! So therefore I came up with a smoothie version. It might not necessarily be healthy but it definitely uses less sugar than a milkshake. Thus without further ado, let us get started!

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My version of a Freak ‘Smoothie’!

When I brained-stormed for this smoothie, I wanted to add healthy elements to it, as well as the fun factor to it. After all the research, I decided to go for donuts and chia pudding as the toppings. Now you might think that donuts are guilty little round devils which are full of saturated fats, well you are correct. Hence I baked mine. The donuts that I used for this recipe are baked.

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I had half of the donuts vanilla flavoured and the other half, chocolate flavoured. Do this with your kid and they would never want to take another bite of the oily and greasy fried donuts.

The donuts had half the mouthfeel of a fried donut and half of a cake. It is delicious and a very versatile bake that could satisfy your creativity in almost anything. I have been thinking of various kind of stuff I could do to a baked donuts. So stay tune for them.

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They came out perfect!

I coated the chocolate donut with chocolate glaze and the vanilla donut with chunky strawberry glaze. IMG_5402.JPG2

For the chia pudding, I did mine chocolate flavoured. The pudding was there to fill the cup plus add texture and colour to it. It kind of act as the chocolate sauce.

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Get cracking on the chia pudding once the donuts are made as chia seeds need time to expand and soak up the liquid.

As for the base, any flavour of smoothie you desire. I went for passionfruit and banana blend. They gave a tropical essence to the smoothie and that was what I was looking for as I wanted this mug to be zesty and flavourful. And also, chose a mug that would allow the donuts to sit nicely on the brim of the mug. You do not want doughnut soaked in your smoothie.

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By this point, I realised the amount of smoothie I made were too little, however I just went ahead and made the freak smoothie.

Lastly, assemble! Feel free to make a mess as that is what makes it fun! Pour the chia pudding above the the smoothie till you reach the brim of the cup. Then, carefully place the doughnuts on the brim of the cup. I placed the chocolate donut above the vanilla. And you have your smoothie!

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TADA! You got your healthier version of a Freak milkshake! Share this with your spouse as tea-break or dessert!

The health factors for this cup of smoothie are a blend of fruits, which provides you your fiber. The doughnuts are baked and not fried, and that greatly reduces the amount of saturated and trans fats in that piece. The strawberry glaze of the doughnuts are made with plain frozen strawberries with no sugar added. The chocolate however, needed a little sugar to balance its bitterness. And the chia pudding provides loads of nutrients without much calories.

What I really love about this concept is that the smoothie complements the donuts. And the drink as a whole was not very heavy as I used natural sweetness provided from the fruits, hence you not would feel like you consumed a massive amount of sugar, while still getting your sugary fix!

Freak Health Smoothie

Ingredients:

Smoothie ( a smoothie of your choice) –

  • About 3 to 4 passion fruit (with seeds or without)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

Baked Doughnuts

  • 2.5 oz all purpose flour (1/2 cup)
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed oil (can also use canola)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use Skim)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • about 2-3 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Doughnut Glaze

  • Handful of frozen strawberries
  • 2 teaspoon of cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoon of water (You could add more water for a thinner consistency)
  • 6 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 3 and 1/2 tablespoon of milk
  • 3 teaspoon of powdered sugar

Chia Pudding

  • 2 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Directions:

Start with Chia pudding as it needs to infuse and puff up the flavours!

  1. In a jar/bowl/mug, mix cocoa powder and milk together, till well combined
  2. Add in chia seeds and let it soak all the goodness in the refrigerator as you start on your doughnuts!

Doughnuts! As this is a baked doughnut, a doughnut pan is required

  1. Grease doughnut pan with butter or oil. Grease it well as it would make removing the doughnuts a lot easier!
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk to combine the grapeseed oil, milk, egg, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Add this liquid to the dry ingredients and whisk until the two are *just* combined. It’s okay if the batter is lumpy, as you don’t want to overstir and make the donuts tough.
  4. Transfer half of the batter into another bowl and add the cocoa powder and mix well.
  5. Evenly divide the batter into the six donut wells, which is about 2.5 tbsp per well. Bake for 13 minutes until a toothpick inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out cleanly (or rather, without any wetness).
  6. Let the donuts cool while you prepare the  glaze.
  7. To prepare the glaze, add cornstarch, frozen strawberries and water into a small saucepan and let it reduce to a thick consistency, on low fire, stirring constantly. Once thicken, transfer to a bowl with a big surface area and let it cool.
  8. For the chocolate glaze, mix cocoa powder, milk and sugar in a bowl till well combined.

Smoothie.

  1. Blend all ingredients together.

Lastly, ASSEMBLE! Carefully pour the chia pudding onto the smoothie to create a colour contrast. Allow the chocolate glaze to drip onto the vanilla doughnut to make a delicious mess.

It was such a great fun to create this recipe and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have! So now you have a perfectly good excuse to reject a freak milkshake. Instead, get a healthier one! Till the next time, See you!

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I got a little help with my doughnut recipe from Fifteen Spatulas, Fresh Strawberry Glazed Baked Doughnuts. 

 

Taiwan Heals.

Hey all. I just want to pop by for the final post on Taiwan. Lets begin.

Firstly, I would love to explain about the title above. I went to Taiwan with very little expectations. All I expected was to eat lots and shop. I did not think Taiwan would do beyond that. It healed me spiritually and emotionally.

Let’s talk about spiritual healing first. During my trip to Taroko National Park, seeing all God’s beauty unveil in front of me, that’s when I healed. All I am faced in Singapore are concrete jungles of skyscraper, sad to say, I am not one who appreciates skyscrapers. Therefore my afternoon spent in the national park brought me serenity and contentment. Serenity being how peaceful the birds are chirping and streams of water in no rush to be transported elsewhere. Contentment was reflecting on the troubles of the pre-trip preparations and still being able to be standing on Taiwan’s ground. I am saddened that I was unable to tour more of Taiwan, however that gives me another opportunity to visit again.

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Being so high up above the ground, inspired me to pose for that picture.
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There were many questions running through my mind when this picture was taken. Were we on the bus? If so, what time do we board? How long is the journey going to take? Right then, there were many uncertainty but with much uncertainty comes bigger responsibilities and faith.
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Taiwan is a road many travellers have walked. However there are still so much to explore. Taiwan is beyond shopping and street food, it is filled nature’s beauty.

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Now let us get deep with emotion! While in Taiwan, I had time to reflect on certain things that were thrown on my way throughout these years. I learnt a lot and I experienced so much, and glad to say that I could overcome some challenges I faced back home. This trip was an incredible adventure, once in a lifetime and I am so blessed to be able to have that memory locked in my heart and mind. It is a trip of lessons, faith and trust.

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Experiencing some that I would never get a chance to in Singapore…
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Thank you my travel buddy for trusting and believing in me

 

In a nutshell, it was an amazing trip and #886BucketList DONE & DUSTED! IMG_4830

Thank you so much for reading and if you would like to check out other pieces from my trip to Taiwan, click on Travel Adventures and it would lead the way. Be on the lookout on Big On Food in June as there would be exciting stuff happening! So till then, See you!

Spread Love & Be Kind! Xoxo Pei Gee

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The Food Of Taiwan, Part III

Hi all! For today, I have saved the best for the last for Food Of Taiwan. They are the sweet treats! Taiwan is known for their smooth shaved ice with delicious chewy taro/yam balls. They have plenty more desserts which I am going to share with you! So sit back and enjoy!

Let us start with the famous shaved ice. Ice are shaved into a consistency like snow, therefore the smoothness. They are accompanied with a flavour of your choice. I went for mango! They would drizzle a thick layer of mango syrup with sweet mango cubes topped with a scoop of ice-cream. Also, they are inexpensive and great for sharing.

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Shaved ice could be found in all parts of Taipei but I got mine in Ximending. 

Next we have another icy dessert. It is rather well-known in Singapore as well, as stores from Taiwan brought it into Singapore. They are crushed ice with assorted topping. There are a mixture of sweet and savoury flavour as well as different textures from crunchy to chewy.

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Toppings in this bowl are peanuts, red bean paste and on the side is taro balls soaked in syrup.

Between the 2 icy desserts, I would go for the shaved snow ice as it was sweeter. But I do like the crushed ice due to their variety of flavours but shaved snow ice wins!

Next we have my all time favourite dessert and it is beancurd! They are silky smooth, healthy and you could have them for either breakfast or dessert! Beancurd are made from soya bean, great for vegans, and the dish is like scoops of beancurd with a thin sugar syrup. I had mine with taro balls and red bean paste.

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They did not cost more that $2 and that is why I love it so much! All ingredients are freshly made. Nothing better than freshly made ingredients!

For the next 2 desserts, they are not significantly Taiwanese but I shall review them to you!

Here we have a Japanese dessert. It is ice-cream in taiyaki. Taiyaki are made from batter, shaped into a fish stuffed with red bean paste. I personally dislike this as it was pricy and not fantastic as the ice-cream was not smooth and it made a great mess while eating it, however I would give it a shot when in Japan. I shall stick with a Taiwanese dessert while in Taiwan!

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Lastly we have classic desserts! Apple pie and Brownie! They were good and I have nothing to complain about!

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Taiwan have been a real treat for a foodie like me. It has treated me like a guest very warmly with the variety of food. It was an absolutely delicious stay! Thank you Taiwan!!

I have one last post for my trip to Taiwan and it would be uploaded next week, so stay tune for that! For now, Thank you for reading and till next time, See You!

Spread Love & Be Kind! Xoxo PeiGee.

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April, Done & Dusted.

April was an emotional and physically challenging month. I travelled as well as keeping up with baking and cooking and coming up with fresh ideas for the blog. It was a roller coaster ride, however I enjoyed every single bit of it.

Many new opportunities came my way in April and I have never been so blessed to be receiving such joyous event. Unfortunately I could not share with you those new stuff yet but that would be something to look out for!

For the time being, in April, I travelled to Taiwan. And if you have been following my blog, my sharings of the trip are uploaded. Do check them out if you would like to find out what happened.One of which is The Soul of Taiwan. And below are some of my favourite moments of the trip. IMG_4103IMG_4270IMG_5333IMG_4787IMG_4886

I did some cooking and baking before school started. I would not show too much as I have yet to share them with you, but here are some sneak peeks for you!

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This is an upcoming recipe and creation I would be sharing, so stay tune.
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Another recipe I would be sharing, thought I give you guys a little teaser.
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I baked cream puffs once again for a dinner party. The recipe is up on my blog, click here for the cream puff recipe.
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If you have not checked out this amazing quinoa squid salad, here is the link for you, Quinoa Squid Salad!

In a nutshell, April amused me. There were good and bad times and I honestly believe that is how life is suppose to be. It can never be perfect, there would always be nasty moments and moments you would want to stray away. But in the end, in these moments, you learn, you grow and you experience. And that my friends, is the beauty of Life!

Well, thank you for reading, I hope you had a blast here and till next time, See you!

Spread Love & Be Kind! Xoxo Pei Gee!

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