White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Sunday, 31 May 2009

I saw this yummy cookie recipe at Pam's for the love of cooking and bookmarked it without any hesitation as I love white chocolates. When I saw it at Cathy's noble pig, they looked so tempting, I just had to try it. The smell was amazing when baking in the oven and so yummy fresh out of the oven! They were crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside - just how I like my cookies. The wild boar whacked 4 that night!

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The macadamia nuts are crucial as they add a wonderful texture to the cookies. For me, I thought the cookies were too sweet because there were so much white chocolate chips in the cookies, I would prefer the dough to be less sweet. But for the wild boar, he thinks it's fine. The cookies turned a bit hard the next day, I wonder why. But they returned to their moist and chewy form after microwaving...yum yum!

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Ingredients: makes 16 cookies
Adapted from For the Love of Cooking

  • 2 cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup (about 160g) Unsalted Butter - melted
  • 1 cup Golden Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Macadamia Nuts - chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups White Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 160°C.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until creamy.
  • Gradually add flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  • Drop a spoonful of cookie dough onto baking sheet. I used my favourite ice-cream scoop so the cookies were larger.
  • Bake for 12-15 mins until the edges are golden brown. For mine, they were larger, so they took about 17 mins.

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Here, I would like to thank Jenn from Bread + Butter for giving me this award. She has a blog with lots of yummy recipes, do check it out!

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Roasted Broccoli & Strawberries with Truffle Balsamic Glaze

Saturday, 30 May 2009

The weather is so warm these days, you just want to have more refreshing dishes like salads and cold noodles. And salads I mean potato salad or fruit salad as some of you may know, I am not a big fan of vegetables. I try to avoid greens by all means. But I recently discovered roasted vegetables! I've been trying to roast all my veg nowadays and I think that's the only way I enjoy eating them. So here's a salad that has roasted veg, strawberries and balsamic glaze! I never knew strawberries taste so good with balsamic! YUM YUM! I used a balsamic glaze I bought from the food festival I went to last week.

Danilo Manco Truffle Balsamic Glaze

Good stuff. The hint of truffle adds a really nice touch to the sauce. I've never had balsamic glaze before and this was my first time using this awesome sauce. Any ideas on what I can do with the rest of the bottle?



  • Olive Oil
  • Broccoli - cut into florets
  • Strawberries - halved
  • Balsamic Vinegar Glaze


  • Toss broccoli florets in olive oil.
  • Roast at 220°C until tender (about 15 mins). Florets will be slightly charred.
  • Leave to cool for awhile.
  • Place toasted broccoli florets and strawberries on a serving plate.
  • Drizzle some balsamic vinegar glaze and enjoy!

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Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace Part II

Friday, 29 May 2009

We went for a food festival at the Hampton Court Palace last weekend and here are some interesting stuff that I found. If you missed part I, you can read it here. For part II, I'll be focusing on some yummy sweet finds!


Look who I spotted! Flourpowercity Bakery from Borough Market! And of course, I went straight there and asked to sample their famous brownies...yum yum!

I also sampled their banana cake which was very moist and bananaey...very good too. I am definitely going back to Borough market for more brownies and banana cake. I asked the lady what they meant by 'twice baked' but she wasn't sure.

Awesome puddings. The puddings were so moist and delicious. Love the ginger flavour.

Lots of ice-cream stands that day. Ice-cream from this stall is made with sheep's milk and consists of less than 2.5g of fat and under 75 cals per 100ml! It's low fat so don't expect too much, it wasn't as creamy as the full fat ones of course. Not my kind of ice-cream =P

Yummy chocolates! Love the white chocolate with berries. Wish I bought some!


Huge and colourful cocoa beans! Didn't know they look like this.

Huge cookies!

Vegan bakery selling fruit and seed loafs. The bread was very dense and moist, not too sweet but I thought it was a bit on the doughy side. Not a big fan. But the flavours sound really interesting.



Another stall selling healthy cakes made with spelt flour.

Flavoured coffee beans. The smell was so strong I could smell it from a few stalls away. They have very interesting flavours like tiramisu, Irish cream, maple walnut, banoffee, cookies & cream, strawberries & cream...yum yum! I was there for quite awhile smelling those wonderful aromas until the wild boar dragged me away.

Chinese tea leaves.

A whisky brand call the pig's nose. It's suppose to be as smooth as the pig's nose.

A lot of people were walking around holding mojitos. We got one too, very refreshing on a hot and sunny day.

They even have a stall selling natural skin care products.

So that's the end of our day at the food festival! I've only shown a fraction of the many stalls. We were so full and contented after sampling all the yummy foods. Enjoyed it very much and will definitely attend more of these food festivals in the future!

Read part I here.

Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace Part I

Thursday, 28 May 2009

It was Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK last week and the weather was awesome - blue sky and really warm. I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend as much as I did! Mine as usual involved lots of glorious foods - went to Joel Robuchon's and Hamstead crepes afterwards, revisited my current favourite Sushi-Say restaurant and went to my first ever foodies festival at the Hampton Court Palace!


I had a great time browsing through the different food stalls and sampling all of their produce. Discovered lots of amazing ingredients and saw a few celebrity chefs! I shall keep my words short as I have lots of pictures to show!

The Hampton Court Palace from afar.


The lovely surroundings.


People queuing to go into the food festival compound.


Rows and rows of stalls/ stands selling local produce. Lots of stalls selling pickled olives, cheeses, sauces and spices - the usual stuff.


There were amazingly lots of stalls selling olive oils and I think I sampled a cup's worth of olive oil that day.


Piles of foie gras and pate.


A wide range of fresh and dried wild mushrooms.


Lots of stands selling chutney. My favourite would be the figs & orange blossom Moroccon chutney.


from this stall selling Moroccon spices and food stuff.


Yummy instant curry packets. The korma was amazingly tasty.


Lots of chili sauces.


Just look at that colour!


Some interesting flavoured sausages. Apart from these, they have game & white wine, pheasant & pear...it is the only stall that sells rabbit meat.


Spanish hams.


Some food stands.



The oysters were really fresh and yummy.


Chicken tikka grilling in a charcoal oven.


Malaysian food!


Some things that were new to me: violet garlic!


A range of flavoured balsamic vinegar glaze. My favourites were the apricots and truffle.


Alan Coxon's Historic Vinaigre range: Mediaeval Ale-Gar, Ancient Greek Vinaigre and Roman Vinaigre. Very interesting range of vinegars, each has a very unique taste. I personally like them very much especially the Roman Vinaigre. You can find out more about it here.



Italian sapa which I have not seen before. A very thick and sweet syrup. Tasted like concentrated plum syrup to me. Very yummy.


A range of chilli sauce.


And among them, the dragon's blood hot sauce! It is in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the Hottest chilli available and yes we tried some and it was REALLY HOOOOT! The level of hotness increases by time and I was tearing while sampling other foods from the next few stalls.


There were chefs cooking live in the Cookery Theatre. This is Jun Tanaka from Pearl restaurant in action.


To be continued...

Read part II here.