A few months ago before I went off for my holiday, Jaden asked for some volunteers to test out recipes for her up and coming cookbook. I jumped on it straight away! An opportunity to try Jaden Hair's recipes is a privilege.
Obviously it will not be right for me to post the recipes here as it will be disrespectful towards Jaden. But here is a sneak peak of some recipes and my experiences:
Walnut Lemon Butter Pound Cake
The baker in me could not resist trying out a baking recipe! This light and buttery pound cake resembles what you will find in a typical Chinese bakery. Hmm..I think this cake was more commonly found 10 years ago then now though. Still, the recipe yielded fluffy cakes. I think I undercooked it a little as it was still abit moist.
Rice Paper Wrapped Fish Cakes with Thai Dipping Sauce
Great finger food! The crispiness from the Viet paper wrappers was a big hit. The sauce accompanied the fish very well.
Crab and Fuji Apple Salad with Vietnamese Dressing
MY favorite so far! So summery and easy to assemble!!!! I brought it to a church picnic and they were a hit. Seriously good stuff. Who would have thought that crab and apple goes so well?
Chicken Pad Thai
This was suppose to be shrimp pad thai but I substituted it with chicken. I did make it the 2nd time with shrimps. The first time I attempted this dish, I ran out of fish sauce! So the outcome was that the noodles were abit dry (as seen in the photo). But the 2nd time I tried it, the sauce was terrific! I might reduce the sugar amount the 3rd time round, however.
I do ike the tips given for this recipe. For instance, the preparation of the noodles and tamarind juice.
It's good fun testing out these recipes and resisting the urge to alter recipes the way I would usually do. I do have a greater appreciation and awareness of how difficult it is to put together a cookbook-especially when it has to cater to the masses with different tastebuds/habits/ingredients around the world.