Saturday, 25 April 2015

Recipe - Soya Sauce Chicken Wings

This soya sauce chicken wing recipe is a simple and delicious meal. Chicken wings are easily the the nicest part of the chicken. They are moist and juicy.

Ginger, garlic and star anise are used to add flavour to the dish.

Spring onion, sesame oil and pandan leaf add fragrance to the dish.

Ingredients (serves 2)

4 chicken wings (or 8 mid joints)
6 cloves garlic
1 thumb size ginger, chopped
1 star anise
2 stalks spring onion
1 tsp sichuan pepper corn
1 piece pandan leaf

2 tbs light soya sauce
2 tbs dark soya sauce (1 tbs normal dark and 1 tbs chicken rice dark soya sauce)

1 tsp sugar (add at last minute)


Put all the ingredients in a small pot (except sugar) and mix well.

Put on lid and heat on low heat for 7 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup water, stir, bring to a boil.
Cover the pot and heat on low heat for a further 7 minutes.

Add in the sugar, give the mixture a stir and serve.



Get some tips from these videos

The soya sauce chicken is popularly known as adobo chicken in the Philippines.

Here is one video on adobo chicken

Friday, 17 April 2015

Maths - When Is Cheryl's Birthday ?

This is a question from the Secondary 3 Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad.

See if you can solve it.


Albert knows the month.

Bernard knows the day.

The solution in videos.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Recipe - Tropical Fruit Salad

Fruits are refreshing and very healthy. They are rich in anti-oxidants. They can be eaten anytime but it is best to eat them in-between meals for the body to fully absorb the nutrients. They also taste better when served chilled.

In this fruit salad, the Thai honey mangoes are mixed with strawberries and blueberries to give a refreshing sweet and tangy mix. You can always pick your favourite fruits and mix them for taste and for colour.

Ripe and plump Thai honey mangoes give the salad a sweet base while a sprinkling of blueberries and strawberries provides a bust of tangy flavour to the mix.

In this salad, I am using 2 portions of mangoes to 1 portion of  berries. It is really up to you.


2 ripe Thai honey mangoes, cut into cubes
1 punnet blueberries (125 gm)
1/2 punnet strawberries (125 gm), cut into bite size


Mix them together in a large bowl and serve.

Alternatively, keep in plastic tubs and keep in the fridge for serving later.




Laura Vitale mixes mango, kiwi, pineapple and watermelon.
Note: Honey mango and honey pineapple are sweet. No sugar needed if these are used.

ChineseHomeCooking mixes pineapple, mango and papaya.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Recipe - Blueberry Muffins

The muffin is typically a quick bread sized for an individual and shaped like a cup. Baking soda or other leavening agents are used to leaven the bread instead of yeast.

The key to making great muffins is not over mixing the batter. Once the wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients, gently mix them until they combine nicely. Too much mixing can cause the muffins to be dry instead being moist.

Blueberry is a fruit that is often used to make muffins. The blueberry is small and has plenty of anti-oxidants. It adds colour and flavour. Other ingredients like orange zest and cinnamon powder can be added to spruce up your muffins.

Ingredients (Makes 10 muffins)

1 large egg
1/2 cup milk                                                                            
muffin pan

140 g nonfat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons cooking oil
115 g sugar
220 g plain flour -- unsifted
1 tablespoon baking powder plus 1 teaspoon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (about 2 punnets, each 125 g)


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200 deg C. Coat muffin tins with COOKING spray or line with muffin paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, yogurt, oil and sugar. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients onto the egg mixture. Don't over stir. Fold in the berries.

Divide batter among 10 muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are well risen and golden brown, and a cake tester inserted in a muffin comes out clean.

Plate and serve.


Get some tips from the videos on making muffins.

Blueberry muffins by Laura Vitale.

Blueberry muffins from Food Wishes

Blueberry muffins from Allrecipes.

Tips on baking muffins from eHow.

Health Benefits Of Blueberries