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Foodie Find : Prima Taste Beef Rendang

For the first 20 weeks of this pregnancy, I could barely eat any meat.  In fact, I couldn’t even stand the smell of it.

Thankfully, that passed…until I hit the week 29 mark and was informed that I had gestational diabetes AND low iron levels.

Anyway, it’s been a bit of a challenge adjusting to my new low carb, low GI and high iron eating plan because I LOVE CARBS

That said, I discovered a new foodie find which is a dinner winner in our household and that is…

Prima Taste Beef Rendang

Prima Taste Rendang.

You can make this with beef, chicken or lamb but I chose beef because I need all the red meat I can eat thanks to my anaemia.

I’m not Malaysian nor Singaporean { I’m Scottish and parents are from Hong Kong } so I don’t know what true authentic beef rendang tastes like but for a ready-to-cook meal kit, this was pretty darn good!

And my Malaysian Chinese husband totally agrees!

I marinated 800g of beef shin in the rendang paste marinade for 3 hours { 12 hours is recommended } and followed the step by step instructions in the packet { so easy with only 4 steps! }.

prima taste rendang

At first I wasn’t too convinced as the mixture looked a bit lumpy when I added the Prima Coconut Premix powder…

But after 3.5 hours of slow cooking, it turned into this beautiful “eat-me-now” curry.

I served it with roti.  The beef was tasty and succulent and the sauce was aromatic and so more-ish.

If I wasn’t on a low carb diet, I would definitely have made rice to go with it too!

Prima Taste beef rendang and roti

Our bellies were super full and there was still enough leftovers for another dinner.

{ FYI, my fussy toddler only ate the roti and turned her nose up at the beef rendang…she doesn’t know what she’s missing out on! }

If I had the time and energy, I would definitely love to scavenge the raw ingredients and make beef rendang from scratch but let’s get real here, I’m too lazy tired so that aint gonna happen anytime soon.

At under $7 per box { from my local Asian supermarket }, I predict that Prima Taste Beef Rendang will be a regular pantry staple in our household.

Have you tried Prima Taste Beef Rendang or do you make your rendang paste from scratch?  If you do, please share your recipe with me, thanks.

[ Disclosure :  I bought this, I made this and I liked it so I blogged about it.  This is not sponsored.  Sharing is caring so calm yer farm to the peeps who get antsy about bloggers who don’t disclose because this is me disclosing…and there’s nothing to declare…but thanks for reading to the very enddddddd 😛 ]

Recipe : Dairy Free & Low Added Sugar Banana & Apple Bread

Are any of you GBBO fans?  I’m a major GBBO-er!

That’s Great British Bake Off, in case you’re still pondering about the acronym.

I was a tad sad that Tamal didn’t win and then I Twitter stalked him a bit because why not.  He’s @DrRayBakes BTW.

Anyway, I must have been totally inspired because one evening, after another tiring day at work, I decided NOT to watch Netflix { !!! } and baked instead.

I kinda read a few recipes and then decided to go freestyle and concocted something extremely yummy – Banana & Apple Bread – and because I substituted butter for oil and I hardly put any sugar in it, it got major thumbs up from the fam because it was definitely more bread-like than cake-like.

The crust is all kinds of amazing!!!

dairy free apple and banana bread

I’ve made it 3 times now and I’ve tweaked it to the point where it’s dairy free and has low added sugar – so you can eat another slice { toasted and laden with butter – which totally defeats the dairy free part, I know! } without feeling too guilty!

Plus it is super duper easy to make!!!!

Ladies and gents, I give you Dairy Free & Low Added Sugar Banana & Apple Bread.

I hope you enjoy it like we do!

Dairy Free & Low Added Sugar Banana & Apple Bread

Loosely based on this recipe.

Ingredients

[ A ]
2 ripe bananas
4 small to medium-sized apples { any variety & mixture }
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil { I used canola but I’m sure you could try olive oil }
1/4 cup almond milk { or full fat milk if you aren’t lactose intolerant like me }
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar { or 1 tbsp if your bananas are super ripe looking }
Dash of cinnamon powder
Dash of salt

[ B ]
2 cups of plain flour
2 tsp baking soda

Method

1.  Preheat oven to 170 degrees.  Line a large loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

2.  Place all of the [ A ] ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

3.  In a bowl, sift [ B ] ingredients together.

4.  Pour blended ingredients into dry ingredients and fold until all flour is incorporated.

5.  Place mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour.  If the loaf browns too quickly, use foil to cover the top.  Check it with a skewer to make sure it is cooked.  If the skewer is not coming out clean with a few sticky crumbs, return to oven until it is ready.

6.  Remove out of loaf tin and leave to cool on cooling rack.  Or if you can’t wait, just dig in and serve with butter…or peanut butter…or Nutella…or cheese { my MIL’s pick! }

banana and apple bread

{ FYI, bake times have varied for me.  The first time took an hour and it was perfect.   The second time I made it, I substituted the sugar for honey so it was very wet but I stupidly took it out of the oven around the 50 minute mark.  It was underbaked but we still ate it all.  The third time I made it, I had to bake it for 80 minutes.  So yeah, it’s rather inconsistent…gah….  However, I will update this post when I get a more consistent time. }

if you haven’t demolished it within a day, wrap it up in cling film and have it the next day.  Slice ’em up and pop it in the toaster to warm it up and whack on some butter.  Great with a cuppa tea!!!!

Let me know if you made this recipe and what changes you have made by leaving a comment.  Thanksssss!!!

Dinner Date At Ramen Bankara

Once upon a time, I had a food blog called I Love Food Porn which I shut down after I got too busy beauty blogging.

But now that I have started this lifestyle blog, I can put my food bloggie hat back on and justify why I take photos of all the delicious food I eat – yay!

When I got invited to attend a Tasting Dinner at Ramen Bankara in Westfield Doncaster, I salivated and licked my lips like a creep before replying with “Yes, please!”.

Mr & Mrs LOL

I also scored a plus one and brought along the other half so we could call it a ‘date night’ and pose together for highly flattering double-chin-ahoy-and-up-the-nasal-canals selfies.

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