Homecooks Spotlight: Mabel Lee

Today we are delighted to have another homecook, Mabel Lee, share with us her adventure in the kitchen 🙂

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I’m a devoted wife and mother of two who works from home. I enjoy pop music and baking for my loved ones. And I believe that a “marriage is a partnership in which each inspire the other, and brings fruition to both.” – Millicent Carey Mcintosh.

What inspires you when it comes to food?
Usually, just by looking at other people’s images of what they have cooked or baked will have me inspired. I’m quite superficial in that sense… It has to look pretty and/or delicious first. And most importantly, something that I will eat. I’m quite the fussy eater.

What do you enjoy about cooking or baking?
The actual process of cooking or baking helps me relax. Sometimes, even the washing up, but rarely. The final outcome, and when I see my husband and children enjoying the bakes, is the cherry on top of my ice cream sundae!

Where do most of your recipes come from?
Internet. I have something against recipe books. Maybe it’s because the first few times I baked, and I used the recipe books, it came out wrong rather frequently. When I take from the internet, I can read the reviews from others who have tried, and pick up certain tips and suggestions when it comes to substituting certain ingredients.

What is your favourite kind of food to make?
My husband loves the different types of cookies I bake, so that’s one of my regular bakes, which can be considered as a favourite.

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My other favourite is when I’m inspired to decorate cakes/cupcakes, but that’s not as often as me baking cookies.

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What is your favourite kitchen tool/appliance?
My mixer! I’m looking to get a new and bigger one, but I’m holding back as my current mixer is in great condition.

What kind of food did you eat growing up? Do you cook the same kinds of things today?
My absolutely favourite is steamed pork in pork liver soup with white rice. I used to eat that every day, for every meal as a child. And even though it’s cooked for everyone, I’ll take the whole pot to myself. Even now, whenever my mom makes it. I have yet to attempt making this on my own though.

The other dish I enjoy eating in my teenage years is this fried sliced potato with some kind of stewed pork slice dish. I’ve tried to make it a couple of times, but I could never get the potatoes sliced as thinly as I like.

The other absolute favourite was egg tarts, which I used to make – before having children.

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What is your favourite part about blogging?
My favourite part about blogging is when I know my family and friends can catch up on my life, without me having to tell them everything again and again. It keeps them up to date when I can’t be around to chit-chat as much as before, after becoming a work-from-home mother.

What is your best tip to becoming a successful blogger?
I would say, be true to yourself. Don’t try to emulate another person. And never compromise your integrity and credibility!

What was the first dish you’ve ever cooked?
It was either chicken and pork chop with jumbo prawns (stuffed with mozzarella cheese and wrapped with bacon) and mash potato or the cream pasta with pan-fried chicken.

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What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten? The strangest?
The best is XO carrot cake from Victor’s Kitchen! I’m totally in love with that! The strangest is foie gras. I’m not a huge fan of such things.

Which are your favourite food blogs/ websites?
I like going to Joyofbaking.com, Allrecipes.com, and my two new favourite – Thedomesticgoddesswannabe.com and Mummymoo.com. It was actually the last two websites which got me back in the kitchen after about two years of hiatus!

A recipe to share with Munch Ministry’s readers –

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Easy Bread Pudding
Ingredients:
(A)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups fresh or full cream milk
¼ (57g) cup butter, melted
½ cup sugar (caster preferred)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

(B)
4 cups bread, cubed (preferably a few days old)

Optional: Bananas and Chocolate chips, or any other preferred fruits and nuts

Directions:
1. Preheat oven at 180ºC
2. Place all in (B) in a 9″ round baking pan, or use a disposable aluminium foil tray for baking
3. Mix together all the other ingredients from (A) in a mixing bowl
4. Pour the mixture over the bread in the baking pan
5. Bake for 40 minutes and let cool before serve

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