Thursday, 28 August 2014

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel

Super quick, easy and tasty banana muffins with a hint of cinnamon and topped with almond streusel.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello everyone!

I happened to chance upon a fantastic banana muffin recipe and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

This was a chance find on Pinterest. I always find that the best recipes seem to find you instead of you going on an extensive hunt for them. So anyway, you know I love my banana bread and muffins and I have shared my “All- Time Favourite” banana muffin with chocolate chunks recipe here on Nomsies Kitchen previously.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I do believe that I have now found another recipe to add to the perfect banana muffins recipe list – this super quick, easy and tasty banana muffins topped with almond streusel. It has a touch of cinnamon added in the batter too, I always love the smell of cinnamon in baked goods. I also used a mixture of wholemeal and plain flour here.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Again, with most of my favourite recipes, it is super easy to make and does not require an electric mixer. Just whisk the wet ingredients by hand and add them to the dry ingredients. What a breeze!

Maybe that is not entirely accurate as the almond streusel does require a food processor – to simplify and quicken the process. Like with most of the times when I have used streusel in a recipe, I have always pre-made the streusel in advance. I have mentioned this previously and I am emphasising it again, it is so easy to make in a big batch and freeze in the freezer. It’s even easier if you divide the batch into single portions and bag each portion up. When you need to use it for a recipe, simply take that bag out of the freezer and thaw out in the fridge overnight or on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours before using.

Small forward planning steps in the kitchen go a really long way, as does utilising your freezer to its fullest. If you don’t believe me, just ask Jaime Oliver who has launched a whole new series entitled “Money Saving Meals” and book on how to make budget friendly meals, reduce wastage and utilise your freezer to its full potential.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I hope you try this banana muffins recipe for yourself. If you are feeling indulgent, you should know that these muffins taste really good when warmed, halved and slathered with Nutella. I think it would be a good idea to just fill them with Nutella next time I bake them. Happy baking!

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Roasted Green Beans with Panko and Lemon

Nomsies Kitchen Roasted Green Beans with Panko and Lemon Recipe
Lovely vegetarian dish of roasted green beans topped with crisp panko and drizzled with lemon juice.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We are in the middle of yet another week and the end of July. How time flies! I am really enjoying and have been making the most of it by going for bike rides and lazy barbecues.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Today I am going to be sharing a vegetable and vegetarian recipe. I chanced upon this recipe from Oh My Veggies while on my daily Pinterest sprees. This is such a lovely side it is one veggie dish that will have you asking for more.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

I like that the green beans are simply roasted. While the beans are roasting away, you fry the Panko with some olive oil and garlic to brown and crisp it up. Once the green beans are done, toss the panko over and finish with some lemon zest and juice. The panko really adds a wonderful crunchy texture to the green beans and the fresh lemon zest and juice just lifts the flavours and makes this one delicious dish. I have not seen green beans disappear off the plate so quickly before!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice

Nomsies Kitchen Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe
If you like your fried rice with a twist, this is the recipe for you. Super savoury and slightly spicy, this is my favourite fried rice recipe! 

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello!

Here is another Nonya recipe for you. It is a recipe for spicy Nonya fried rice. I must say it is my favourite fried rice recipe because it is so flavourful and really hits the spot.

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I have previously given a little insight on Nonya cuisine and its origins. You can read about that in my post for Nonya Chicken Curry.

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This recipe’s Nonya influence is evident in its use of dried prawns and lots of shallots and garlic. It also calls for a tablespoon of chilli paste.

If you are afraid of spicy food, you can always reduce the chilli in the recipe or omit it altogether. I have not cooked it without chilli before so I am unable to comment on whether that will have an impact on the taste.

On the other hand, if you can handle your spicy food, you might want to add an additional tablespoon of chilli paste.

Spicy Nonya Fried Rice Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel (Updated Version)

I thought of sharing an updated version of this coffee cake with almond streusel. I previously posted this in January 2014. This time, I used crème fraiche instead of sour cream and Baileys Cream. I also added a layer of streusel inside the cake. Hope you like it just as much!

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello and a very happy Wednesday to you!

Have you been busy baking or do you firmly believe in not using the oven during the summer heat? As for me, I do not mind using the oven in the heat. After all, I am originally from a tropical country.

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen
In any event, I thought of sharing an updated version of this coffee cake with almond streusel. I had previously posted this in January of this year. This time round, I used crème fraiche instead of a combination of sour cream and thick Baileys Cream. I also added a layer of almond streusel inside the cake. The last change I made was adhering to grand master Thomas Keller’s original instructions of finishing off the cake with a dusting of icing sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

What did all the changes result in? Here is my conclusion.

I didn’t think the texture of the cake changed much with the use of crème fraiche, it was just as soft and fluffy. In any event, the original recipe does state that you can use either crème fraiche or sour cream.

However, I love streusel and the addition of more streusel inside the cake makes it even better, I love how the streusel on the inside is all melted and adds flavour to the cake whereas the streusel on top still gives it a lovely crunch. The added cinnamon and cocoa powder also provides a nice flavour and smell.

For the technical aspects of the cake, this time I also followed the original instructions from Thomas Keller and piped the batter into the cake tin instead of spooning it all in. To be honest, I am not sure if it made a big difference. Both times, this cake has come out very evenly. So, perhaps next time I will skip this step. Anything that saves on washing up is good.

Coffee Cake with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

All in, this is definitely a perfect tea time cake. Soft and fluffy cake texture with delicious almond streusel inside and on top.

As mentioned before, if you need to make the almond streusel afresh, do give yourself some extra time as the almond streusel must be rested and chilled for at least 2 hours before you use it.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Savoury Yam Cake

This is a savoury breakfast food, snack or even tea time treat that is very popular in Malaysian-Chinese cooking. It is made out of a batter consisting of yam and rice flour which is then steamed and topped with a range of savoury toppings including crispy shallots, sesame seeds, and scallions. Best eaten with sriracha sauce!

Savoury Yam Cake Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello!

This Monday I am sharing a recipe for Yam Cake.

Yam cake is a savoury breakfast food, snack or even tea time treat that is very popular in Malaysian-Chinese cooking. It is made out of a batter consisting of yam and rice flour which is then steamed and topped with a range of savoury toppings including crispy shallots, sesame seeds, and scallions. Best eaten with sriracha sauce.

Savoury Yam Cake Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I absolutely love yam cake and when I was a child I used to eat it for breakfast every Sunday morning.

Savoury Yam Cake Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

If you like yam and have not tried this before, you should definitely try this. I bet you will be hooked!

If you are an old hand at making yam cake, I also urge you to give this recipe a try as the texture is very nice. Smooth and just soft enough, without being mushy. It is also relatively easy to prepare.

Savoury Yam Cake Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I have a very small steamer so when I made this I had to pour the batter into two separate 6” cake tins and steam them one at a time. It is well worth it though as we had this delicious yam cake to eat over the whole of last weekend.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Aglio Olio Pasta (with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach)

This is the easiest pasta dish you can ever make. A firm lunch time favourite at Nomsies Kitchen!

Aglio Olio Pasta (with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach)

Hello, how are you?

I hope everything is going well for you. I have been busy in the kitchen experimenting with some bread recipes. I hope to have the post done and up by the end of this week.

Meanwhile, I am sharing this recipe for Aglio Olio Pasta. I added in some cherry tomatoes and spinach, just because I like my veggies. Purists will say it is not true aglio olio pasta but hey, it works for me. Gives good colour too!

Aglio Olio Pasta (with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach)

Aglio Olio Pasta (with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach)

I know I just shared a recipe for sausage and bacon pasta last week. Don’t quite know why I am in such a mood for pasta.

A good (and also non-purist) twist to this dish is to add some tuna in just after you have sauté the garlic. Good for all you runners out there who need your protein!

Aglio Olio Pasta (with Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach)

Of course I added more basil in as well. Just to show off and make use of my little basil plant that is still alive!