Freshly baked coffee, chocolate with sea salt caramel chips muffin!! So moist! And sweet!!
😍Yippie! Another first time successful try at making mini Savory Mince Pork Pot Pies 🥧 with various toppings.
(OMG 😋 say Pork Pot Pies 10 times! 😂)
The pastry sweetness comes from purées of carrots, sweet yam and some coconut sugar. 👍Toppings are a variety of sesame, honey, sea salt caramel, raisins/cranberries. The fillings is a reduction of cooked mince pork, some veg, cream cheese, soy milk all cooked in some canola oil. 👌I had used psyllium fibre and coconut flour to firm up the pastry dough plus egg to bind them.
🧐Next time I think I could have added also cheese in middle so it ooze out when cut open which adds more dimension to the texture and taste too! 😛
🤗But as of now, it’s super tasty too! Just right amount of savory and natural sweetness!
PS: 🤔some insights, I baked the base layer first so it is more firm and crusty also to help soak the liquid creamy mince meat filling before covering up the pie lid which I then baked the whole pie in lower temperature! Thank goodness it all worked out well 👌🙏
😍MY FIRST EVER try at a fancy decorated multi-layered cake!! 🍰
And it’s delicious too! 👍“Low” carbs & sweetness but oh man so chocolatey YUM 😋
😜 haha it’s not the prettiest as I am experimenting and learning along the way on my own, how to make chocolate decorations with sugarless couverture chocolate. I had chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and pumpkin purée from my previous baked that I made from scratch. So I thought might as well turn them into one gorgeous layered cake! So I was looking around my kitchen for domes to form the mold of this layered cake. Granted, I don’t have professional equipment and techniques (yet), but I hacked up some things that is dome-like such as the glass bowl, ice cream scoop, microwave plastic boiler, and even a glass test tube end, haha 😂
But hey hey it’s fun project and i’m sure I can qualify now for the Netflix reality baking competition SHOW “Nailed It” (https://youtu.be/cTW0fUlW42I) 🤣
Anyhoo… I enjoyed baking various concoction and testing various low carbs ingredients such as pumpkin purée and almond / coconut flour or stevia sweetener and Low G.I. Coconut sugar. I did use honey too but limited it’s portion as I used banana and the sweetener to coax out the taste and flavour. I had all sorts of chocolate in it too from chips to couverture to sea salt caramel and powder too. I try to make it fancy so it’s appealing to eat too, afterall we eat with our eyes first! Haha yeah I know the layers are lob-sided … haha that’s what I get when u try to hack the layers together.
The layers are:
- Inner most is just pure honey.
- Pumpkin purée with coconut sugar sorbet.
- Salted sour cream / cream cheese / butter mousse.
- Chocolate cake using almond flour with raisins and cranberries bits.
- Base is 90sec keto bread using coconut flour and cinnamon powder.
- Outer coating is a chocolate in Agar-agar jelly with Chia seeds and banana purée.
- Chocolate drizzles with sesame seeds and coconut sugar sprinkles with raisins and cranberries.
- Topped with some chocolate decorations I made with the couverture chocolates.
Will keep learning and being inspired by professional Bakers and Chocolate Artists and chefs of all professions! GAMBATEI ! Gotta keep improving my skills! 👍😄
🤷🏻♂️People often ask me what is my diet? To cause me to lose over 18 kg in under 148 days. As on average I do lose 0.8-1.5 kg daily. 😍 I do eat pretty well!
All in moderate portion (within one medium sized wooden bowl, I had personally verified with hospital dietitian and the nutrients balanced out well for me in a day).
My own home-cooked one-meal-a-day, and it’s tasty as I like to pack as much flavour in spices (chilli flakes, curry, turmeric, garlic, paprika) with butter or olive / canola oil — lots of veg (broccoli, onion flower stalks, spinach, tomatoes) in miso & calimansi sour broth thickened with sour cream, grilled chicken, pork belly cubes, grouper, mince pork.
And for dessert I baked Hong Kong egg custard tart, topped with chocolate ganache (dark chocolate with soy milk and agar agar and stevia sweetener). With banana or apricot as sides or as night snack with almond or walnut if I am hungry.
After a meal typically I gain 1.2-1.5 kg but daily I do my 1 hour (30min cardio and 30min muscle) exercise too.
So it all worked out. Health and fitness, but yes I need to continue to work on my other aspects like reduce screen time (but my work is online so kindda tough) and get good restful 7-8hrs sleep.
So still on my way to weight loss but I MUST emphasis that is only a fraction of the equation to health, you have to track your progress through Dr consultation, blood tests and body composition measurements which I had been doing regularly and has positive upward trend results!
Again to each his/her own, you must find the diet and lifestyle changes and exercise that you can keep to it and make a good habit of. Doesn’t matter what diet plan but you have to test it and see if it works over months, with Dr advise and check ups! I took 2yrs plus to slowly get rid of my bad habits and only in past 148 days that I am on this more extreme one meal a day and daily exercise with my own home cooked food so I can control what goes into my diet without all the unnecessary additives and processed food in outside food. PLUS cutting out the starchy, junk, fast food and such. Overall I do save my health and $$ too in the long run!
Looking back this is Day 1 – I can only sustain 4/8 resistance and for 15 minutes only, I was already panting very hard.
While this is today Day 148, 8/8 max resistance and not panting sometimes short of breadth as I pushed myself much higher and faster.
Stay healthy and fit everyone!🙏😄