Friday, August 26, 2011

My 7 Links Challenge

Hi, i've been tagged last week by Jessica from Kitchen BelleiciousMary from Inside a British Mum's Kitchen and Veronica  from Quay Po Cooks to play in the 7 Links Challenge. I've been scratching my head quite a bit to come up with these links for the challenge but it's exciting, looking back at some of the older posts and selecting it, so these are my picks..

1) The most beautiful post : i always love this. Auspicious Fish Nian Gao

2) The most popular post : This Japanese Cream Bread receives the most viewed page as up to date..

3) The most helpful post : Not that it's so helpful but it's so easy to make these konnyaku jellies that i thought wont deter you from making them. Dragonfruit Konnyaku Jelly and Sweet Potatoes Konnyaku Jelly

4) The most controversial post: This is not really a controversial post but i noticed that from the comments i received, quite a number of you are actually shy away from eating these. Braised Hot and Sour Trotters

5) The post that did not get the attention it deserved : This is one of my very old post which i thought would be good to post it again here since Mooncake Festival is just a couple of weeks away. Dont think i'll be posting any mooncakes this time around. Dragonfruit Flaky Mooncake

6) The post that was surprisingly successful : Despite the disasters it happened while baking this cake, it turned out to be such delicious! Chocolate Almond Torte

7) The post that i'm most proud of : Honestly, given another chance to do this, i dont know whether i can still manage it or not! Fresh Berries Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Chocolate Banana Layered Cake

Here, I would like to forward the challenge to the following 5 bloggers, Claire from Caring is not only SharingAlice from My Little Sprouts, Lyndsey from The Tiny SkilletNourhan from Miss Anthropist's Kitchen and Sotong from cooking it my way.  Hey, no hurry in doing this and even if you are not able to take part, it's okay, ya!


  1. Hi Lena, I love that fish best. Its so beautiful. First time I see it too. And I bet everyone will be reluctant to cut it up to eat, ha ha.
    You are a none!
    Love your buns too. Love the texture and colour.

    Lena, I am giving you a world famous scones, Singapore Raffles hotel's famous scones.
    This has been eaten by famous writers, Hollywood actors, Presidents and prime ministers....And yours truly too.
    And everyone loves it. Goes well with tea, preferably Earl Grey's.

    Maybe you like to try it....

    Singapore Raffles hotel Tropical Scones. 65 g : Sugar
    65 g : Butter
    1 - : Eggs
    450 g : Flour
    30 g : Baking powder
    250 ml : Milk
    65 g : Raisins
    1 - : Eggs
    salt, pepper to taste

    Pre heat the oven to 200c.
    Combine the butter and sugar in a cake mixer.
    Mix until fluffy and creamy, then add the egg.
    Add the flour and baking powder and mix until a crumble forms.

    Pour in the milk and mix to a smooth texture. Do not overwork as the mixture will toughen.
    Add the raisins. Lightly flour a smooth surface and roll out the dough to about 3cm thick.

    Use the cookie cutter to cut out individual pieces. Glaze with the egg mixture.
    Place the scones on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

    Remove from the oven, allow to cool and serve, ideally, with kaya, jam, clotted cream, farm-fresh butter and a hot pot of tea.

    Send me telegram if you do try it.
    Have a nice day.

  2. Dear Lena all your links look amazing I really enjoyed I come back to see your recipes again, LOL gloria

  3. great links Lena, had u not posted them up i would have missed all these beautiful jellies & bakes of yours!
    just saw i got tagged, haha! i'd try my best to come up with mine :)

  4. Can't wait to check out all your links especially the mooncakes :)

  5. Lovely post, loves the fish nian gao.

  6. Oh Gosh Lena, the fish... creepy, it looks alive and swimming~!!! You hv gave such magical touch to the carp, did u really eat it, I won't because it's so real!!!

    I'm proud with your Fresh Berries Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Chocolate Banana Layered Cake, these are so beautifully yummy!^^

    I'm so exciting now, thanks for the tagging!^^ Have a great weekend!

  7. Wow, Lena...all looks so good to me. Jelly is simple but the patient to make it...I salute you! Gambatte kudasai and show us more!

  8. All these, i like your gold fish jelly the most, look like life fish !

  9. Gosh..this is real homework!!!! I dont have secret recipes to share.. hahaha.. i try and see what i can do.. no promises though.. :)

  10. lena, ahh.. always good for a recap isnt' it? reminds me of all the good things you have made!!!

  11. Lena, well done to your tagged post! I haven't done mine yet. Have no idea where to start with. haha....
    Hope you're going to enjoy the coming holiday.

  12. Oh yes, I certainly remember that Auspicious Fish Nian Gao post - very, very striking. :)

  13. Everything looks delicious! And you are right, your Auspicious Fish Nian Gao is beautiful! Great job on everything! Have a lovely weekend!

  14. hi lena, the most important thing - you forgot to put your url link for each recipes you mentioned here.
    can you add that, so that i can click and google at your ingredients and way to do them ha ha.
    CONGRATS, 2 friends remembered and tagged you. aint that grea.
    excellent idea on dragon fruit jelly, looks so artsy.. your mooncakes too.
    i dont know how to make choc layered banana cake. yours looks simply delicious..yay yay 1 slice for me

  15. Love the fish practically alive and kicking..oh the cakes love em all.

  16. Thanks for all the wondeful and delicious food link of yours. They all made me drooling over it, especially the bun, love to try this one day :)

  17. always wonderful when such links are it benefits new readers like me :)

  18. I can not wait to visit each and every one of these links, Lena. I sure am glad I didn't have to choose just one.

    Thank you so much for sharing such fun!

    P.S. Do you know the date of the Mooncake Festival this year?

  19. Thanks Lena for joining in the fun!! It is so sweet of you to do this even with your busy schedule! YOU RAWK my friend!!! I love all the 7 links but love the one that get the least attention - Dragon Fruit Flaky moon cake!! I am sure it deserve the attention now!!

  20. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesAugust 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I like the fish nian gao. It looks so real.

  21. That fish is so beautiful and so is the dragonfruit.

  22. I agreed with all the 7 links, especially the dragonfruit flaky mooncake, it is really beautiful and yes, should get more attention then it deserves.

  23. What an interesting post! My favourite has got to be no.1, the fish looks so real...!!

  24. I enjoyed reading this post :) thanks for sharing some of the highlights from your archives :)

  25. wow, you have such beautiful posts to share! i love the sweet potato and dragon jellies! how pretty and delicious those look!

  26. Oh these are such a nice array of work you've done Lena. I'm glad you did this 7 link post so we all get to admire your work again! Love the chocolate banana layer cake....mouth watering....

  27. love seeing everyone's 7 picks! btw i love trotters, no controversy there ;) everything looks yum!

  28. I get excited each time I see recipe with sweet potatoes with it:). Oh wow those are really pretty konyaku jelly! I only have the orange sweet potato to harvest at the moment. I really like to try making sweet potato jelly. Oh my you are a very creative talented cook! Those are really amazing dish you cook! I really enjoy getting to know you and your blog.

  29. Oh this looks stunning! And I'm sure it was pretty darn tasty too :)
    US Masala

  30. Lena, I love your Chocolate Almond Torte. It looks extremely delicious.

  31. Hi Lena,
    Very good work, I like the Auspicious Fish Nian Gao.

  32. dear everyone, appreciate all your comments.

    @uncle lee: thks! shall keep this recipe and telegram you when i make this!!

    @louise: the mooncake festival falls on sept12 this year.

    @quaypo: thanks for tagging me earlier, i enjoyed doing this!!

  33. Appreciate the info Lena, I've added it to my list...

  34. Actually i love everysingle one of your original recipes since you started with this blog.