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Easy Strawberry Cake Recipe

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Celebrate summer’s arrival with fresh strawberries and billows of cream on this moist cake! Quick, easy, delicious and made from just a few simple ingredients, this strawberry cake is definitely a keeper of a recipe. Satisfy your warm-weather cravings with fruit-filled desserts and frozen summer sweets.

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(Photo Source: Topit.me.com)

Strawberry Shortcake has to be one of the girls’ favourite cakes — the dreamy strawberry flavour is definitely pronounced, with bites of fresh strawberries throughout. “This cake is just too adorable”, said Amy when she was decorating the delicious layer with a lightly sweet cream cheese frosting, “It is such a pleasure to create something delightful. This is exactly why I am and will always be passionate at cooking.”

Your Strawberry Shortcake is Waiting

Recipe from Amy Zhong (Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney)

  • 12837806865388Ingredients

— 1 quart strawberries, sliced

— 1/2 cup butter 

— 1/2 cup white sugar

— 1/2 cup milk

— 2 eggs, separated

— 2 cups all-purpose flour

— 2 cups sweetened whipped cream

— 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Directions

    1. Put eggs and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and mix in melted butter.

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2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder together into a medium bowl.

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3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack.

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4. For the frosting:

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.

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5. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

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“it was the one of the simplest, prettiest, most delicious cakes I’d ever made.”

*NOTE* If you can’t find small strawberries; raspberries would work well for the decor also as they are tiny and look cute cut in half.

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(Photo Source: http://strawberrycakedessert.blogspot.com.au/)

Enjoy! xx

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Easy Chinese recipe: Red-Braised Pork (Chinese Hong Shao Rou)

Written by Health, Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Did you know?

Red-braised pork is a dish that in Hunan is inseparably bound up with the memory of Chairman Mao: many restaurants call it “The Mao Family’s red-braised pork.” Mao Zedong loved it, and insisted his Hunanese chefs cook it for him in Beijing!

Hong Shao Rou—Chinese style red braised pork belly. Hong Zhao or red-braising or red-cooking are methods of cooking meats or vegetables with soy sauce, sugar and sometimes other spices. It’s a powerful concoction, best eaten with plain steamed rice and simple stir-fried vegetables; the sweet, aromatic chunks of meat are irresistible. This recipe is from Jeno, a Chinese student from Monash University in Melbourne. “The savory-sweet combination just seduces your taste buds,”, she commented with excitement. “It is a part of my sweetest childhood memories–I learned it from my mum.”

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(Image: http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/04/shanghai-style-braised-pork-belly/)

Your Red-Braised Pork is Waiting

Ingredients:

  • 3 /4 lb. of lean pork belly (cut into 3/4-inch thick pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (rock sugar is preferred if you have it)
  • 3 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 cups warm water

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1/ Start by cutting your pork into pieces. Then bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the pork for a couple minutes. This gets rid of impurities and starts the cooking process. Take the pork out of the pot and set aside.

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2/ Over low heat, add oil and sugar to your wok. Melt the sugar slightly and add the pork. Raise the heat to medium and cook until the pork is lightly browned. Turn the heat back down to low and add cooking wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and warm water.

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3/ Put the sugar* in another pot to stir fry until all the sugar melts and you can see large bubbles. Keep stirring in the process and add cooking wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce. Turn off the fire and add warm water to make the sauce*.  Pour the caramelized sugar sauce into the pot. This is another way to cook the meat beautifully!

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(Image: http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/hong-shao-rou-red-braised-pork-belly/)

4/ Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until pork is fork tender. Every 5-10 minutes, stir to prevent burning and add more water if it gets too dry. Turn up the fire to thicken the sauce. 

5/ Here we are! Garnish some chopped green onion and serve hot!

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*Notes:

  • If you are using brown sugar it is perfect for an amazing caramelized color.
  • Be careful when you pour hot water on the sugar sauce, but you need to pour all the water at once, quickly without hesitation.
  • It’s imperative to the color and flavor of this dish that you have both kinds of soy sauce! Just head to your local Asian market, buy a bottle of each, and it will last you a year!

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For the Singles, the Anti-Valentine’s Festival

Written by News, Student Life

  • It started out as a joke on a college campus. Singles’ Day or Bachelor’s Day was initially celebrated on November 11 (11/11) at various universities in Nanjing during the 1990s because the date consists of four ‘one’-s.
  • It is also called Bachelors’ Day.  When the holiday was first created, it was only celebrated by young men without romantic partners
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  • All 180 million singletons in China celebrate the holiday each year. However, the media and retailers still mainly focus on the solo men.
  • 969865_692178210798850_293593841_nLet’s party! Aside from shopping and gift-giving, the quirky, symbolic holiday has plenty of fun traditions. Young people, websites and companies often hold “blind date” parties, where singles come together in hopes of coupling up. In 2011, the city of Shanghai organized one of the biggest blind dates ever, attracting 10,000 singles.
  • Not every single is happy on this day! People may tease themselves for being still ‘sadly’ single, and some universities would even put forward special activities to gather singles together for a celebration.
  • Do you know why 2011 was marked as the ‘Singles Day of the Century’? Because this date has six ‘one’s rather than four!…More like an excuse to take celebrations to a higher level…
  • Why did Singles Day quickly become a hit? It tapped into China’s changing demographics, marketing to its emerging middle class and its increasingly affluent young consumer population. The online shopping extravaganza on November 11, started seven years ago by e-commerce giant Alibaba, and has become Chinese consumers’ biggest annual shopping spree.

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  • The world’s biggest E-commerce holiday! 11/11 has become the world’s biggest E-commerce holiday with sales on Alibaba’s sites Tmall and Taobao at US$5.8 million and US$9.3 million in 2014 (Wikipedia). In fact, Alibaba’s Singles Day sale is larger than the combined e-commerce spending on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday from desktop computers in the U.S.
  • 11/11 is going global. Alibaba founder Jack Ma Yun plans to include six million products from over 40,000 merchants, and more than 30,000 brands from 25 countries. International brands selling on Alibaba’s online mall Small include P&G, Unilever, Burberry, Estee Lauder, Zara, Huggies, Macy’s  M, Costco, Apple and Nike.
  • Probably the BUSIEST DAY EVER for the post office.  Already China’s post office estimates that Singles Day will lead to nearly 800 million packages being shipped in 2015.
  • It only took an hour for Alibaba to reach $2 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV) in 2014 — approximately one-eighth of the time it took in 2013. How long will it take this year? We’ll see.

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“Fast”-Food: Seafood Pesto Pasta

Written by Health, Student Life

Pesto turns shrimp and scallops into superstars in this fresh-flavored entree from Delicia. ‘It’s perfect for a cool summer’, she smiled and winked. 

Your seafood pesto pasta recipe is waiting

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  • Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
    • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, divided
    • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti 
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 40g pine nuts
    • 3 cherry tomatoes
    • 1/2 pound fresh sea scallops
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

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  • Step 1

Cook the spaghetti in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente (around 8 minutes).

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  • Step 2

Flush cold water over the pasta and drain.

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  • Step 3

Heat a frying pan over high heat. Cook the pine nuts with no oil, stirring occasionally in case it gets burned.

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  • Step 4

To make the pesto, place the basil, pine nuts, mint leaves and garlic in the bowl of a food processor, and process until finely chopped. Add oil and water, and process until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Step 5

Heat a frying pan over high heat. Place the butter inside and cook the sea scallops for less than 1 minute.

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  • Step 6

Add the spaghetti and pesto to the seafood mixture. Toss to combine, adding enough of the reserved cooking liquid to coat the pasta. Divide the spaghetti mixture among serving bowls. Top with basil leaves.

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Photo + Recipe | Delicia
Editing | Jasmine

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