Hot Cross Buns – Sorted Food

I’ve been debating or not whether I should write this entry and I decided to trust my gut. I’m just going to be honest and yes, not all recipes turn out exactly quite right. I just want to point out to all the cooks and bakers…it’s okay to experience defeat in the kitchen. It’s an experience. Your kitchen’s atmosphere, appliances, cook/ bake ware isn’t the same as the one used in the recipe. Have another go at it (when you’re mentally prepared), don’t give up. When a recipe doesn’t turn out the way I expected it to be, I tend to steer away from cooking/ baking similar foods, until I’m ready to give it another shot (most likely not though).


I attempted to make Hot Cross Buns (recipe from Sorted Food) and I failed. I find baking breads the hardest. I don’t know what I did wrong, I didn’t skip any steps and I even left the dough out to rise longer than the recipe called for.

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I had a slight feeling that this bread recipe wasn’t going to turn out right. The dough took longer to rise (I even put it in the oven with a pot of hot water, to speed up the ‘waiting for the dough to rise’ part).  The bread was in the oven, baking for longer than the recipe called for. Even though it was my first time baking these buns (they turned out hard as a rock), I enjoyed the every step; from buying ingredients to taking photos.

Click here to view the video recipe or here to be directed to the recipe on Sorted Food’s website.

Sunday Pancakes x 2

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Nothing like a wintery Sunday morning making pancakes for breakfast. I can’t remember the last time we made pancakes. Actually, I’m not a big fan of pancakes. The fact that making pancakes with my family makes me really happy. We hardly see each other, besides eating at the dinner table.

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Because my brother can’t have dairy products and eggs, I searched for an eggless and dairy free recipe. I chose a vegan and gluten free recipe. I never really liked vegan or gluten free foods; there’s something plain about it. But I WAS so wrong. This Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Buckwheat Pancake recipe by Oh She Glows completely changed my mind. The batter was thinner compared to a normal milk and egg pancake mixture, but what the hell. Using a ladle, I scooped the batter and placed a hot plat cast iron buttered grill. They cooked within seconds (wait for the bubbles to form).

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Because my dad is a picky eater, I used Sorted Food’s Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe. This recipe made a thick batter, too thick compared to a regular pancake mix. Nevertheless, this recipe was fun and pretty easy to make. We had fun squirting the cinnamon butter on the pancakes!

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To top off these two very different pancakes, we made peameal bacon. Trying to be super healthy (but not really because there we used a lot of butter to cook the pancakes), we had bananas and avocados.

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Sorted Food’s Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe (Youtube video here)
Oh She Glows’ Vegan and Gluten Free Vanilla Buckwheat Pancake recipe

*This is part of my new year resolution. I’m trying to cut out junk food and eat healthier. To me, that means more fruits, vegetables, yogurt and grains. And of course, less eating out, but treating myself one in a while.
** In NO means I am trying to persuade anyone to change their eating habits.

Meatballs with Sorted Food

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My ingredients for making Sorted Food‘s meatballs. It’s tough work when your the only person in the kitchen  but also relaxing because I don’t like it when people bother me in the kitchen when I’m busy making food. I realized that the full recipe makes 6 servings but I was only making dinner for three.

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So I cut back on the recipe. Ground beef, parsley, onion, garlic, egg, cumin and chilli flakes (the recipe calls for whole chillies).

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Before: throw al the ingredients together and mix.

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After, no raw hands needed!

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About 800 grams of beef made 22 average meatballs.

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Frying meatballs can be tricky as they tend to fall apart, but I found out that the egg DOES help combine the mixture (it was my first time making meatballs with egg).

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Boiled some pasta for dinner, to go along with the meatballs and the tomato sauce.

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TADA! Finished product and  vegetables to top dinner off (peas and steamed carrots). Plus I made a quick tomato sauce by using two cans of tomatoes and blending in into a sauce, I also added some tomato paste to thicken the sauce.

Ingredients:
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 large red chillies
mince beef (~1.5kg)
2 eggs
tablespoon ground coriander
tablespoon ground cumin
handful of fresh chopped parsley
tablespoon salt
vegetable or olive oil

Method*:
Chop the onion, garlic and chillies as finely as possible.
Dump into a big bowl with the minced beef.
Crack in the eggs and sprinkle over the spices, chopped parsley and salt.
Mix together with your hands- get stuck in.
Roll into small balls and fry in hot oiled pan until brown on all sides.

*The original recipe also makes tomato sauce (for the meatballs), but the above method only states the steps for making the meatballs.