Monday, June 3, 2013

Do you believe in "Destiny"?

"Yau Yuen Chin lay lang seong wui, Moe Yuen tui mien but seong foong" (A Chinese proverb with the meaning: If one is destined to meet another, they will even from afar, if not, they will not know each other even they are face to face." 



This expains the belief in "Destiny" by example. Do you believe in destiny? I believe in destiny but I do not think it is pre-ordained. I think destiny is self created by choices we take in our lives. For example, how I got to know these two nice people, Fan and Treedson is through my choice to accept the invitation from the "nourish" team to be the judge for the baking competition "Think Out of the Shell" sponsored by Nutriplus last October. 

During the whole duration of competition, I had fun with all the contestants...


Fan and I
(Photo courtesy from "nourish")

Kelly, Treedson, I and Fan
(Photo courtesy from "nourish")

.....and since then I have been keeping touch with a few on facebook. Fan and I have been talking for months about a get-together but just could not find a time where both of us were available. Finally we did it. Fan and Treedson came to my house to have tea with me. (This was before my trip to USA). Fan brought a lemon butter cake, carrot cake and her famous brownies while Treedson brought with him a box of yummy madeleines and a bottle of champagne to celebrate our friendship. As the host, I could not just serve coffee and tea, could I?  So, I decided to introduced them to a new dessert which was recently introduced to me by my Quay Lo. Fried Pie but this time, I put in my own little twist. The original recipe did not call for lemongrass and pecans. I included these two ingredients because I wanted to use them up to clear space in my fridge. So I made a blueberry paste infused with lemongrass and added toasted pecan for the filling. 

You will only know how good this dessert is when you try it. True enough, like me, Fan and Treedson loved the fried pie. Don't let the photo of this fried pie fool you. It tasted far better than it looks. This is a very difficult dessert to get a photo that can suggest its delicious flavour.

Fried pie with chopped apple & pecans in blueberry paste infused with lemongrass and anise.




Ingredients:
Enough oil to fry the pie
Pie Dough (Please click to get the recipe)
Filling (see recipe that follows)
1 egg beaten for egg wash

Ingredients for the filling:
1/2 cup toasted pecan, roughly chopped 

1 apple, remove skin, cored and chopped


Blueberry lemon grass and anise paste

250gm frozen blueberries, thawed

8 tbs sugar


6 - 8 tbs water
2 stalks lemongrass (tender inner white parts only, smashed)
1/2 tsp ground anise or 1 whole anise
1 tbs flour (more when needed to thicken the paste)

Method:
To make the paste, place blueberries, sugar, water, lemongrass and ground anise in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add flour and let simmer until the paste thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the paste cool completely. Remove lemon grass. Pour mixture into blender and blend till smooth. In a bowl, mix blended mixture with chopped apple and toasted chopped pecan and mix well.

Assemble the pie:
Roll doll out in about 1/2 cm thick and cut out 4 inches circles. Spoon 1 heaping tbs of prepared filling onto the center of the dough and then seal it. Lightly brush with egg wash on both sides and then deep fry the pie in hot oil. Drain the oil in paper towel before serving with either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.










28 comments:

  1. 相信也~ 嘻嘻嘻。。 之前在烘焙店也很意外的遇见一位向来在blog里做交流的博友。真的太有缘了。反而一些约了都没机会见面啊!

    这个pie适合下午茶也!赞

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  2. I do! Who would have thought I would have such a great friend all the way across the South China Sea? I truly am thankful for that.

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    1. I am thankful to know you too Arthur. You and your family are such nice people. Blessed to be your friend.

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  3. Quay Po, I agree! And I am admiring your fried pie. It looks good to me!

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    1. Thanks Phong Hong, you don't need to admire anyone's pie, you are a baker yourself:)

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  4. Yes, Distance is indeed not a barrier.. no matter how far... and another thing, meeting up with Food Bloggers who knows how to cook is truly an advantage too! LOL...

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    1. Yes Claire, you are so lucky to have one in your office! LOL!

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    1. I am sure you do, that's how we all meet the wonderful Sir Arthur!!

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  6. Good morning,
    Could agree with you more. The Fried Pie looks great to me!

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  7. G'day! I DO believe in destiny, TRUE!
    Am living proof it exists and love that food can bring us all together worldwide too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    What's On The List
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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    1. Joanne, glad you you agree. So now I get to know another new friend ya?

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  8. I too believe every thing happens for a reason, I see a very tasty pie as I read the recipe above:)

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    1. I have yet to meet up with you my dear:)

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  9. Veron, you are a type of person easy to make many friends, good for you. Never try a pie but deep fry it, sound interesting!

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  10. Hello Quay Po, how are you? I agree with Sonia, you are such an easy-going person. Fried pie was invented by your Quay Lo?

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    1. You too my dear. You are a very warm person. Fried pie not invented by my Quay Lo, he got the recipe somewhere.

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  11. Like the McDonald's apple pie only healthier! That was the tea party I missed! Hopefully there will be another soon. :)

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    1. I have not tasted the McDonald's apple pie before. We will make sure the date will be good for you for our np next tea party.

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  12. I do believe in that, Veron. Glad to see you guys have lots of fun & laughter together.

    I hope by now you are fully recovered...Take care my dear.

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    1. Ling, not fully recover yet. The next x ray on 13 June will be clearer if my bone is healing well or not.

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  13. Hi V ! Hope you're well and good ! Re fried pie , it looks like an empanada :D Love the savoury - sweet filling !

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    1. Hi Anne, I am fine, waiting for my foot to heal completely so that I can start baking and cooking again:). Glad to know you like this recipe.

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  14. I think it is wonderful to meet people from all walks of life...and a special treat to meet them in person. Amazing actually how you can connect with someone on the other side of the world and never meet in person, but consider them a close friend.

    The fried pies looks super yummy!

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