Banoffee Pie | Recipe of the Day

Here’s one of the most yummy and best whip-cream-filled treats: the Banoffee pie, a traditional English dessert. You cannot go wrong with bananas, dulce de leche, and of course cream! And you can probably guess where this pie got its name from (banana + toffee = banoffee). 

The pastry is made up of butter and biscuits that are crumbled. 

Here is a traditional recipe of the Banoffee Pie from Nestle’s Carnation (condensed milk) website. Enjoy!

For the base:

·       100g butter, melted

·       250g digestive biscuits, crushed

For the caramel:

·       100g butter

·       100g dark brown soft sugar

·       397g can Carnation Condensed Milk

For the top:

·       4 small bananas

·       300ml carton whipping cream, lightly whipped

·       grated chocolate

Level of recipe: Easy | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

For your base: Fill a bowl with the biscuit crumbles. Add the butter and mix together. Using a spoon, place the crumbled biscuit mixture into the base of your tin you’re using to bake the pie. Make sure the sides are covered half way up. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill.

For your dulce de leche: Melt all the butter and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat; stir constantly until all sugar has dissolved. Now add the condensed milk and bring to a quick boil for a minute. Again constantly stir until the mixture has thickened and has turned into a golden dulce de leche mixture. Spread over the base and allow to cool for an hour, or until firm and it is ready to serve.

The top: Gently lift your pie from it’s tin and place on a serving platter. Take your banana and slice it in decent slices. Fold half of the banana slices into the whipped cream and spoon over the base. Feel free to decorate your pie however you choose! Grated chocolate is great, some mint leafs too and extra slices of banana to top it off will complete that traditional Banoffee Pie look. 

Food: Banoffee Pie
Made by: homemade by my mum
Recipe from: Carnation, UK

Happy Chinese New Year! | Vancouver Food Blog

It’s the year of the monkey, (my year) and many fellow monkeys out there. Chinese New Year is filled with so many delicacies, from the turnip New Year cake, to the New Year candies and so much more… It’s a tradition with my family to have close family and friends over for the New Year’s Eve dinner. So last night, we celebrated by eating a huge feast prepared by my dad. From his famous roast pork, to the traditional New Year dishes, we were stuffed!

Since the start of last week my dad and our family have been preparing and cooking deep fried peanuts, chips of all kinds (lotus root, potato, sweet potato, taro), and taro sesame and cilantro balls. All so good and only made once a year by my family. We also made our own turnip cake - a family recipe that beats everyone else's (sorry not sorry). Nothing beats a fresh bowl of Lo Bak Go! You'll probably recognize it like this, but we get it served like this:

I’m sure many of you have your own traditions, like celebrating the New Year by having dim sum more than once, or eating out having feast after feast, or watching the Lion Dance at your local mall or in Chinatown. 

Here’s a look into the festivities I took part in (food related of course). 

Gung Hay Fat Choy! May your year be filled with prosperity and good health!