Easter Special Story

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Hello lovelies! It's Easter and I thought that I should dedicate a post to this special occasion. Easter might be so commercialised and overwhelmed by Easter eggs, Easter bunny, Hot cross buns etc. It can mean a long weekend for you where you can catch up with friends, work, play or maybe sleep. All in all, these cannot represent how imperative this occasion means to me. It's a day of salvation where all of us are FREE, where a heartbroken yet meaningful sacrifice had been made, where we can have a personal relationship with God despite our sins and where we are able to conquer everything through His resurrection. 

And so, I decided to celebrate this weekend with some baking and cooking. 

Penne with asparagus pesto

Ingredients:
- Asparagus
- Penne
- Prawn 
- Eggplant 
- Garlic 
- Sundried tomato 
- Salt and pepper
- Pine nuts
- Danish feta 
- Extra virgin olive oil

Methods: 
1) Cook penne according to the instructions on the packet. 
2) Boil a pot of hot water with some salt inside. Put asparagus inside until it turns bright green. 
3) Recipe for asparagus pesto here
4) Saute garlic, prawn and eggplant together. Add in penne and saute for a little while with addition of some salt and pepper. 
5) Add in sundried tomato. 

Notes: I didn't add baby spinach and lemon into the asparagus pesto. The pesto tasted a little bit vegetable-ish, I guess more salt and danish feta will be helpful. I tried to make my own sundried tomato but not really successful. You can refer to the methods of making sundried tomato here. Optionally, you can get sundried tomato without much hassle from supermarket. 

Penne with asparagus pesto 

Asparagus and poached egg with hollandaise sauce + Mashed sweet potato

Ingredients:
- Egg
- Prawn 
- Garlic 
- Mixed greens
- Cherry tomato
- Asparagus 

Mashed sweet potato
- Sweet potato 
- Milk
- Butter 
- Exta virgin olive oil 
- Salt and pepper

Hollandaise sauce
- Egg yolk
- Water
- Butter
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper

Mustard vinaigrette (with red wine vinegar)
- Dijon mustard
- Egg yolk
- Red wine vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper

Methods:
1) Recipe for Hollandaise sauce here.
2) Recipe for sweet potato mash here. I omitted the addition of balsamic vinegar and used purple sweet potato instead of orange sweet potato. It turned out smooth and delicious. 
3) Recipe for mustard vinaigrette here. Use extra virgin olive oil for vegetable oil and red wine vinegar for white wine vinegar. I wanted to make mayonnaise initially but it turned out to be a different taste (more sour due to addition of red wine vinegar). Blend the egg yolk using food processor. Be aware of the choice of egg yolk as uncooked egg yolk can pose the risk of Salmonella infection. Choose fresh intact egg with its whites and yolk separated. 
4) Recipe for poached egg here. I didn't add white wine vinegar in my poached egg. 

Notes: This took me 2 hours for preparation but it is worthwhile as the resulting meal was satisfying.

Asparagus and poached egg with hollandaise sauce + Mashed sweet potato

Poached egg 

Grilled avocado stuffed chicken breast 

Ingredients: 
- Chicken breast
- Avocado
- Cherry tomato 
- Garlic 
- Lime/lemon
- Plain flour
- Salt and pepper
- Butter and olive oil 

Recipe here.

Notes: I substitute pork chop with chicken breast for health reason and availability. Cherry tomato is an add on to the recipe as I love a tinge of sourness in my meal. Check out the above recipe for mustard vinaigrette. 


Grilled avocado stuffed chicken breast 

Lemon thyme cupcakes with salted caramel filling 

Ingredients: 
- Lemon
- Thyme 
- Plain flour
- Milk
- Butter 
- Eggs 
- Sugar
- Sea salt 
- Thickened cream  

Methods
1) Salted caramel fillings recipe here.
2) Lemon thyme cupcakes recipe here

Notes: Heavy cream in the salted caramel recipe is equivalent to thickened cream. Add sea salt for further boost of flavour. I had been trying to incorporate salted caramel as a filling in the cupcakes but I failed to do so. I had tried to pour half the cupcake mixture and put salted caramel, then covered it with another half of the mixture. As salted caramel will melt, so the effect was not too good. In the end, I filled the salted caramel in my nozzle and force through the cupcakes, creating a wound-like cupcakes, just like the wound on Jesus' hands and feets. 


Hot cross bun-like lemon and thyme cupcakes
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3: 16)


That's all for my Easter's cooking and baking. Check out other stories here. Have a blessed Easter! 

Love, Victoria 


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