Sunday, September 25, 2016

A catch up....and best wishes

Hello friends, it has been over a year since my last post. I have been good, doing a little travelling, enjoying the time with my family and working hard to maintain a healthy body and soul.

 This year I had a bit of a bump but it was all good now.  I couldn't be happier to to have a positive outlook for my future.  I am still cooking as you can see the pictures from here and there.


But Most Days, I just want something simple to nourish myself. An overnight oats or a dairy free smoothies for breakfast, an avocado with vegemite on toast or a hearty vegetable soup for lunch, a chicken stir-fry for dinner and not need to mention the awesome fruit.

 This will be my last post at blogger since I am healed and I don't need to dig down to explore what I should be eating.  The best medicine for good health is to be happy and I wish you well. Life is beautiful!

Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 is the Year of Celebration! Let's celebrate with a high tea with my 5th Year of Blogging!

There are a lot of things to celebration this year. Earlier this year, my husband and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It was a big milestone for my husband and I that we had been going through so much especially the past 5 years. We had become a better couple and learnt from each other and I hoped we would have many more years of happiness to come.

This is the dessert we have at the anniversary. It's called "Death by Chocolate"

Then not long ago, our first child turns 18. It was so nice to have her to come home to celebrate with us. At this age, she could choose to have party with friends and she was also in the middle of busy uni life and I'm grateful that I could sing "Happy Birthday" to her and spend a lovely weekend with her.

This is a 3 layer nicked cake with the flavour of white choice, dark choc and strawberry

My mother is also turning 70 this year! She is a hard working woman and a very devoted wife. My mother has taught me a lot and she has been a role model for me to be a good wife and a caring mother. I wish her good health and enjoy her golden years with lots of love.

Mum's Birthday Cake

So here is July, the celebration of my 5th years of blogging and 5 years survival of my first cancer.  This blog helps me to going through the tough time and allowing me to meet many talents people that love cooking. It is also a memory keepsake for me to explore different types of cooking. Although I always get trapped by cakes recipes, I am a happier cook for good health and for the happy soul.

It would be great to have a high tea for celebration to thanks for your support!

1st layer Baklava and Berry Sponge Cupcakes

2nd layer - Chicken & Salad Wrap and Honey Roast Almond & Fig Tart

I don't believe every journey should have an end but it does need a rest sometime for reflection or branch out for other interests. There are many reasons for me to take a rest, a possible of 2 -3 years, as I want to enjoy my time with my kids and support them before they advance into the big big world. I want to practise more yoga and exercise to keep a healthy mind and body and honestly I just want to eat the food and not thinking of taking picture of it. However I'm not gone, I will still read your post and keep in touch sometime! So keep blogging!

I will be posting picture at Instagram (veronsnapshot) and my personal blog at Facebook (Veronica's Kitchen) regularly and you can follow me there to keep in touch.

3rd layer - assorted sandwich and egg & tomato tart

Thank You for the friendship and support over the years!

Sunday High Tea
 (the Baklava and egg & tomato tart are repost)
1st Layer

Make 6 pieces

15 sheets filo pastry (about 23cmx23cm), thawed
2-3 tablespoons of butter, melted
1 cup walnut, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Honey-lemon Syrup:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey


1.     Line the non-stick baking paper onto the tray.  This will be your working station.
2.     Place the first sheet of pastry onto the tray.  Brushing it with melted butter.  The filo pastry I have is about 23cmx46cm, I cut it in half and work on the square shape.
3.     Repeat the brushing process for each layer of pastry.  Filo pastry is as fine as rice paper.  Try to patch it if it breaks rather than throwing the whole sheet away.  You don't notice it in the end product.
4.     Combine walnuts, cinnamon and sugar, sprinkle evenly over top layer. 
5.     Fold the two ends of the pastry toward the middle.  Then fold it again so you have one end stacking on top of the other like a roll.  Brush the top and side of the roll with butter.
6.     Bake in the pre-heat oven at 170C for about 30 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
7.     For the syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan pan, stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved.  Add in lemon juice and honey and boil until the syrup starts to thicken.
8.     Trim the end of the roll, then cut the roll into 2cm thick pieces. Drizzle hot syrup over the Baklava.

Berry Sponge Cupcakes
(make 12)

3 eggs
½ cup caster sugar
1/2 cup Lighthouse Cake, Sponge & Steamed Bun Self Raising flour, shifted
200g cornflour, sifted
20g butter, softened
1/4 cup boiling water

Buttercream Icing:
20g butter, softened
2 tablespoons berry jam
1 cup icing sugar, sifted

1.     Preheat oven to 180c. Fill a baking tray with mini cupcake cases.
2.     Beat egg until thick and creamy, add sugar and fold in flour, butter and water.
3.     Pour into cases and bake for 15-18 minutes.
4.     Meanwhile, beat butter, jam and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
5.     Decorate cooled cake with icing and place a fresh blueberry in the middle of each cupcake.

2nd Layer

Chicken and Salad Warp

1 piece of warp
cooked chicken
salad of your choice
Aioli sauce

Place chicken, salad and drizzle sauce over the wrap. Roll up and cut into 4-5 pieces and each piece with a toothpick.

Honey Roasted Almond & Fig Tart
(make 4 x 11cm tartlets)

250g shortcrust pastry (you can make your own or use the frozen one)
4 figs, stalks trimmed
zest of 1/2 orange and juice
1/2 tablespoon honey
100g butter, softened
100g sugar
100g almond meal
1 egg yolks

1.     Preheat oven 180c.
2.     Roll out the pastry over the tart cases, place a piece of baking paper over and ceramic beans over each and blind bake for 15 minutes then remove the beans and bake for another 5 minutes.
3.     Cut figs halve lengthways and mix with honey and orange juice. Roast 10-12 minutes at 180c till soft, Drain and reserve the juice.
4.     Cream butter and sugar till smooth and pale. Add in almond and zest, then yolk and I ½ tablespoon of fig juice.
5.     Pour the filling into the tart cases, Press the figs cut side up into the centre and bake for about 45 minutes at 150c. The centre will be a little gooey. Leave for 15 minutes before removing tin.
6.     Boil remaining juice and simmer till sticky and pour over the tart.

3rd Layer

Assorted Sandwiches

Egg and Bacon, Egg and Mayo, Cucumber and Mayo

Egg and Tomato Tarts
(make 4)

4 eggs
2 bacon rashers, cut the shortcut bit into small pieces and use the rinds to roll up pineapple pieces OR
2 shortcut bacon, cut into small pieces
filo pastry, about 15cmx15cm
baby spinach leaves
4 cherry tomatos, halves
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped


1.     Preheat the oven to 180c.  Grease the muffin cups with oil.
2.     Lightly pan-fried the bacon, leave aside.
3.     Place 3 sheets of pastry into the muffin tin, brush with oil. Repeat the process two more times until the tin is well covered.
4.      Line the pastry cases with few spinach leaves, place the tomato cut side up, add some bacon pieces and chopped onions.  Carefully break an egg into the case.  If you are using a muffin tray, fill the unused hole with water.

5.     Bake for 20 minutes or until the egg white has set.  Use a knife to lift up the tart and stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Orange Poppy Seeds Syrup Cake

Orange Poppy Seeds Cake

My daughter made us this cake 5 years ago when I had my first chemo and I didn't want to bake anymore cake or cookies. I was very afraid of food for a while, wondering what caused me to have cancer. It could be food, stress, life style or genetic reason. All the organic food I had been having seemed not helping me. Then I had my 2nd cancer, it could be something brought up with the 1st cancer or I was just having more bad luck. I became very afraid of eating of meat protein.

So after 5 years, I really don't want to find out why or be afraid of having cancer.  Happiness is the main thing for me to live to the fullness and a good balance diet and exercise is the best way to avoid further sickness. Life could be very short and the love one could be gone in anytime, the main thing is to treasure every single day, every little thing that makes you smile and feeling grateful.

Don't be afraid of any food that you enjoy to eat as long as you are having a balanced diet!


125g butter
3/4 cup castor sugar
zest of 1 orange
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup poppy seeds

For the syrup:
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup castor sugar


  1. Soak poppy seeds with milk for 1/2 hour.
  2. Cream butter, sugar and zest until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, mix well. Fold in flour, milk and poppy seeds mixture and stir till well mixed.
  3. Spoon batter into a 22cm paper line cake tin.  Bake in a preheated oven at 180c for about 40 minutes or when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  4. Heat orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan until sugar dissolved. Let it boil for a little until syrupy. Pour hot syrup over hot cake. The cake will absorb the syrup an hour or two.  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sweet Potato Soup with Homemade Herb Butter Toasts

With the lowest temperature around 4c to 7c this week, it would be nice to snuggle in and enjoying a warm bowl of soup. This soup is similar to pumpkin soup. I had it in a French restaurant where the owner came from the Bresse region. The whole place is decorated with chicken that Bresse is famous for.  I like the flavour of the sweet potato with the addition of cream served with herb butter toasts. This could be a light meal for my vegetarian day or a nice entree to serve before the main meal.

Sweet Potato Soup with Homemade Herb Butter Toasts


1 large sweet potato
4 medium washed potatoes
1/4 of a small onion
2 cups water
1/4 cup light cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Italian parsley to sprinkle

For the herb butter
250g butter, softened
4 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley


Mix the butter with the parsley till combined. Lay a piece of glad wrap onto the kitchen bench and add the butter mixture on top. Roll the butter mixture into a sausage shape and tighten the ends. Fridge until harden and slice into discs. Left over can be frozen until ready to be used.

Peel the potatoes and cut into chucks. Boil the potatoes and onion with 2 cups water until cooked. Leave cool a little.

Reserve half of the water. Blend the soup till smooth and return to the pan. Add the reserve  water bit by bit and add the cream to the soup until it has a smooth consistency. Seasoned with 
        salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with herb butter toasts.

 Cut 1/2 of the french stick into 3 cm thick, Place 1/2 of the butter disc on each bread. Place them
        into a hot grill until golden. (It shouldn't take too long to grill, so don't leave your grill)