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How to make Kale Chips

best kale chips

Finding the best temp for my kale chips : 100C for 80″


Green kale seen in Oberwil (BL)

purple kale

Purple kale seen in Oberwil (BL)

Kale chips (before put into oven).jpg

Kale chips before put into oven

Few days ago I tried to make kale chips for the first time. Can’t believe it was so easy to make and so delicious that before they cooled down completely, I have finished them in no time. I posted a photo in my Facebook page and unexpectedly got quite a lot of responses, can’t believe it has gained quite a lot interests.

Kale is known as Grünkohl in German; Ferderkohl in Switzerland and Boerenkool in Dutch. My first encounter of this leafy vegetable was used in Stompot, a dish that the finely chopped vegetable is cooked until soft and mixed with mashed potatoes, and goes with a cooked smoked sausage.

Then since I started making green smoothie, I learnt that kale is a wonderful leafy green vegetable, an alternative to spinach. However it is not easy to find kale in Switzerland. After I have kept asking around these 2 years, I know where I can get in my neighbourhood.

Look out in the farmers’ market around you.


Green and purple kale selling in farmers’ store


To make kale chips:

  1. Remove the kale leaves from the stalks and tear them in bite size pieces.
  2. Wash and drain with salad spinner.
  3. Preheat the oven at 100C.
  4. Lie the kale leaves on a greased baking tray.
  5. Rub the kale leaves with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Optional: you can add a few pinches of spices, namely cayenne pepper, chili and or cumin.
  6. Bake in the oven for 80mins, the leaves should still be green.
  7. Since they taste so good, you probably want to make a few batches.
  8. Cool down and enjoy ! You can also keep them in airtight box and be kept for a few days.



How to make Japanese style soft boiled marinated eggs (ajitsuke tamago)



When I checked my mailbox one day, I saw this Mail from Japan Center that the subject is Japanese soft boiled marinated eggs, I instantly clicked to the link to check out. I read many versions that require piercing or poke a small onto the egg shell and have to use a tong to clamp the egg upright for 7 mins with the hand holding the tong. How tiring is that? Also impractical as you can maximum hold 2 eggs at a time. This method is way much easier, of course you have to be gentle in handling the eggs and watch the time and remove the shells with great care and attention, other than that it’s dead simple. Thank you Japan Center for sharing the secret tips, very much appreciated and I haven adapted slightly as follow.

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Avocado and Tuna Cerviche

Tuna avocado Cerviche

Happy New Year to you all! I have been very quiet in the blogosphere. One excuse I have is because of busy lately in the Christmas and New Year Period. However, when I looked back it’s mainly because I have not opened my laptop as much as I did in the past. I use the iPad more often. Of course there is a WordPress app but it’s never as user friendly as using the computer in particular with the formatting, there is no way to make bullet points, I would need to draft from the app and then finalize online using the laptop.

I do have a few unfinished draft and here is one of them. I have been using my iPhone to take food photos instead of using SLR. I am now less picky than before. I have been thinking recently if I should stop blogging totally, because my aim of blogging is to keep the recipes I like and that I would definitely make again and again. I have discovered a few apps (e.g. Keep Recipes and Food Reporter) which serve the purpose but then I would store by recipes here and there but not in one place. I hope to get back to my blogging routine together this year and not distracted by other things. In 2013, my primary goals are more blogging and continue learning German.

Without further ado here is my avocado tuna cerviche, extremely to quick and easy to make, it’s a fusion of Mexican and Japanese cooking style, hope you will like it.

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Pumpkin with Chinese Black Bean Sauce (豆鼓煮南瓜)


It’s nice to stock up some pumpkins at home, however, once cut opened, do you also have the same problem with me? That is to think of different dishes to finish them. I have made a batch of pumpkin, carrot and leek soup and still got some left, all of a sudden it came to my mind that my mom had a Chinese way of preparing pumpkin which is very easy to prepare and yet very delicious, particularly for those who do not like pumpkins very much. Thanks to the black bean sauce which does not taste too pumpkinny if you know what I mean. Bas enjoyed this dish a lot and I thought maybe I will cook one time for my in-laws to try when they visit us this Christmas, they don’t normally eat pumpkins, wonder if they are courageous to try, ha ha!

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Homemade Creole Seasoning

I had 6 weeks holiday in Hong Kong. Had so much good food that I have to slowly go back to my cooking mood. I had hardly cooked during these 6 weeks. I miss the hot and sunny weather there, coming back, the air temperature has already cooled down considerably and feel a bit chilly in the morning and evening.
I like one pan or one pot rice. Prepared Jambalaya for the first time and one of the important seasonings is Creole seasonings which I don’t have a stored bought version so I found in the internet and has created my own bottle which I have used some smoked paprika to give a little twist to the original version. It is also a great gift which I made enough to give to my friend.

Bo Luc Lac (Vietnamese Shaking Beef Salad)

Last week, after my German class, I went to Lily’s for lunch. Weather was so hot that I did not feel like to have curry with rice or Pad Thai which I normally would order. I wanted to have something like and wanted to try something new, so I saw Bo Luc Lac and gave a try. I was a little worried if I would like it but I took the courage and came out from my comfort zone. I have never tried Bo Luc Lac in Hong Kong or Asia so I cannot tell if this is a really good one. But it came out to be a very light and refreshing dish, the beef was very tender and was cooked just right at medium. I was so happy to know this dish and tempted to make something similar at home the following day.

I searched online and found that you should use watercress but I have never seen watercress here, so I used salad cress and baby spinach instead, and I used the garden herbs I have namely thyme, small leaves basil and oregano. Most recipes I saw used oyster sauce in the marinade but I skipped it as I got a piece of US entrecôte and with good quality beef, it’s not necessary to use too much or too strong seasonings.

This is a great summer salad, I was lighter after having this no carb salad 2 times. I felt so satisfied and did not feel hungry without any carbohydrate intake. I highly recommend this as a fitness salad and it is so easy and quick to prepare as the ingredients for the vinaigrette are stock at home at all time.

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Taiwanese Braised Minced Pork with Homemade Noodles (台式肉燥麵)

Last week, I finally got the grip and took out my pasta machine which had been untouched for a while. Made a batch of fresh pasta and then I thought let’s experiment and make some ramen, it has been a long time in my to cook list. And for the first time, it came out beautifully, I feel it’s even easier than making Italian pasta. If you let the ramen dough rest in the fridge overnight, it makes it easier to roll out. The rolled out ramen freezes well. You don’t even need to sprinkle flour, simply wrap them up in portions with cling film, keep in a plastic box and put in the freezer, done. I am so excited that I am now keeping the pasta machine clamping on the wooden table as I foresee myself to make more ramen in the common weeks. I am trying to control myself not to freeze too many portions as they are best when cooked freshly rolled. One quicker way I found is to prepare a few dough in advance and keep in freezer, in this way, whenever I crave for ramen, I have the dough standing by. Thanks very much to Marc @No Recipes for sharing his homemade ramen noodle recipe. I have got to crack on a batch of ramen broth.

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