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Vertical Farming: Day 1 to day 14 Germinating and Seedings for my aeroponic hydroponic system

Vertical Farm aeroponic hydroponic germinating sprouting seeds photosynthesis,

水耕催芽

 DAY 1 SEEDINGS and MY SEEDING STATION
Select an airy, clean, cooling n dark environment with a suitable temperature environment for germinating / seedings.

SEEDINGS
Soak all Hydroponic Nursery Sponges,  

Other than the $2 green microgreen tray,  I am also using recycled firm and hard plastic tray from the frozen food after eating the dumplings.


Place all the sponges tidily in the same direction onto the suitable seeding trays.

Two types of sponges:
The left-hand side with a round notch hole which makes it easier to place the seed(s) sitting on top inside the notch hole.  
The right-hand side type is bigger with proper cuts.  Need to press a bit to push in the seed(s) so they will not be dropping all over the places.
Both are comfortable to me and they are functioning/performing equally well.

Get one coffee stirrer from the McDonald’s / Coffee Beans / Star-Buck coffee:

Use a tiny scoop to put one (or few)  seed(s) into the center of each sponge.  
Not all the seeds will sprout.  Depends on the freshness, the types of seeds you have, and whether it’s the correct temperature and environment, as well as ensure water is not being dried out by the hot weather.


Fill up the tray with clean water,  need to have  2/3 height water level to have all sponges covered/soaked/submerged in the water.


Check the water level daily to ensure that the water does not get evaporated too fast.
Here in Singapore, the daily temperature throughout the year ranges from 29 degrees Celsius (room) to 33 degrees Celsius (outdoor) can dry up the water quite easily.


Cover up the whole thing with a net to prevent birds n lizards from eating away my seeds.

Cover up the whole thing with a piece of black cloth.


Place the whole thing in a clean,  cooling n dark place with good ventilation/airflow for few days.


Only move to exposure under the sunlight or 24 hours LED lights for photosynthesis after their buds/leaves start coming out (it takes about at least 7 to 14 days).


Once completed this setup,  keep repeating n using it whenever necessary.
So, okay,  this small little private space is “MY SEEDING STATION“.

oh yes,  need to Google and find out what type of temperature is suitable for which/different types of seeds/plants.

Day 7
GERMINATING / SPROUTING SEEDS20210802 Monday


DAY 7 Germinating A few days later, a few seeds started sprouting.

  1. Move out those sponges with sprouted seeds that are having tiny green leaves/foliages.
  2. place them under sunlight &/or 24 hours LED light with good ventilation for photosynthesis, 
  3. add in some nutrients, 
  4. maintain the water acidity with a pH of  (in between) 6.5 to 7, 
  5. check the water level daily to prevent dry out under warm weather,  maintain the water level with a height of 2/3 of the sponges submerged in the water,
  6. check the correct temperature required by different types of seeds/plants from Google.
  7. maintain the plants to grow at their comfortable temperature, sufficient sunlights / LED lights and a good airflow / ventilating environment.

“Pinch” the whole sponge out and move to another tray with clean water (at least 1/3 height of the sponges).

I m using firm n thick recycle trays after cooking and eating the fresh mushrooms from the supermarket.

Premixed formulae all-in-1 mixture nutrient solution, shake well, pour out 1/3 cover, add in to the seeding / buds tray, stir well.

THE TDS / EC METER


The whole full set of fully automatic 64 planters twin tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit comes with this Portable TDS & EC  Meter.

Portable TDS & EC  MeterEC 6,580 ppm  or EC 1,480 ♧s/cm Water temperature:    29 °C 

THE QUALITY OF WATER:  Water Acidity measurement units: pH (potential of hydrogen)pH is a measure of the relative amount of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in the water. Water that has more free hydrogen ions is acidic,  whereas water that has more free hydroxyl ions is basic.

What does the EC meter do?

It determines the total amount of nutrient salts dissolved in the water.

TERMINOLOGY:

OTHER TERMS SIMILIAR TO EC METER:

EC = Electrical Conductivity.

CF = Conductive Factor

ppm = Parts Per Million,   

TDS = Total Dissolved Solids

truncheon meter, 

MAINTENANCE / TAKING CARE OF EC METER

always clean / rinse well the probe tip with fresh water or rubbing alcohol after each use.

I like to cover all those things up properly with nets. Otherwise, those seeds may just disappear overnight by themselves.  I do think they might have got eaten away by birds or lizards.  Not too sure how they taste like ♡  > ° <  ¿

Day 7 Seedings 20210802 Monday
These nets were my collection during my Bali Tour 10 years ago.  Now since all suffering from the bad COVID pandemic, so probably cannot go anywhere else, hence, it’s good to create as many in-house n fruitful activities at home.  Just do a bit each day, learn a bit each day, and improve a bit each day, we create a much better life for ourselves and for others.

After moving out those sponges with buds / tiny leaves/foliage, the sprouted seeds,  let the rest of sprouting seeds continue to germinate at its seedings station under an airy, clean, cooling, dark n quiet environment,   perhaps you may like to give them good music?  


Remember to do a “1-second peep/check” daily to ensure the water level does not fall below 2/3 of the sponges during hot weather.


Indeed, after the first time setting, with this whole set of fully automatic 64 planters twin tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit,  it does not really take up much of my time and efforts,  basically are all lazy waiting time.  

waiting to grow, waiting to harvest, waiting to duplicate …



水耕催芽
Day 8 Seedings 20210803 Tuesday Morning

Day 9 Seedings 20210804 Wednesday Morning

Day 10 seedings 20210805 Thursday 8.45 am.

Day 12 Seedings 20210807 Saturday 8.45 am

Forgotten to check yesterday.  Today I noticed that the water in the tray is dried out.  Looks like the last three not surviving yah … …
Top up water to full tray.  The sponges flouted a bit.  It is okay.


Day 13 Seedings 20210808 Sunday 7.45 am

Day 14 Seedings 20210809 Monday 7.45 am

PH Happy 56th National Day Singapore, just want to say THANK YOU!

VERTICAL FARM AUTO: Fully Automatic (1) 64 planters twin towers, and (2) 10-stacks 80 planters Cylindrical tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit.

TEMPERATURE


“Temperature in your home generally is favorable to most growing. However, if you have a larger hydroponic unit in a spare room or basement where you can control the temperature apart from the rest of the home, you can achieve more optimum ranges for your plants. Night temperatures should be about 5° to 10° F. less than day temperatures. For tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers a good temperature range is 18° C (65° F) at night and 24° C (75° F) during the day. For cool-season crops like lettuce the night temperature should be about 12° C (55° F) and the day 16° C (60°F) to 18° C (65° F). Herbs will tolerate a wider range of temperatures than the above crops. During the summer with hot outside daytime temperatures your crops will benefit from air conditioning to keep temperatures within these ranges. However, during the summer you could also move your hydroponic system onto the patio or balcony or even in the backyard and take advantage of the natural sunlight and temperatures.”

Howard Resh, Author of Hobby Hydroponics howardresh.com

HUMIDITY

“Maintain your humidity level between 40 and 60 percent. High humidity will encourage molds while low humidity can attract pests. Cover your reservoir to prevent algae growth. Any wet surface exposed to light will encourage molds so maintain a light-tight environment anywhere your nutrient solution flows. Air temperature should never go above 90 degrees. Keep it below 80 to promote and encourage growth.”


Danny Danko, Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times magazine

ACIDITY OF THE WATER


“Most nutrient problems are actually pH problems. For soilless mixtures, use a pH between 6.0 – 6.5. For hydroponic mediums, such as Rockwool or clay pellets, keep it between 5.8 – 6. Warmer roots respire faster, which releases more energy and grows larger root mass and plant size. Keep root temps between 18-21°C (66-70°F) .”

Nico Escondido, Cultivation Editor at High Times magazine


AIR CIRCULATION

“Recirculating aquaponic and hydroponic farms are sustainable options that can have controlled inputs and known outputs, like other existing organic farms. In fact, many recirculating farms not only meet, but can exceed current organic standards. They can be eco-efficient and have versatile designs, and reduced use of water, fossil fuels, fertilizers and electricity.”

Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition



“Also, the plants can be grown close together, which means it’s easy to grow salad makings in your kitchen.”

Neil Watson, Spokesperson for General Hydroponics


“You don’t need a tractor or a plow or other big implements, and you don’t need to inherit a farm. You can get in very quickly, and can maintain another job.”

Bob Hochmuth, Director of the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center at U. of Florida


“I also value the positive influence of hydroponics, urban farming, and controlled-environment agriculture in solving some of the big problems we face. This story should be shared and celebrated with the same romance as the biodynamic farm with pristine soil and coastal climate conditions.”

Erik Oberholtzer, Co-founder of local- and sustainable-centric restaurant group Tender Greens


VERTICAL FARM: Fully Automatic 64 planters twin towers / 10 stacks 80 planters Cylindrical tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit.


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Baking At Home – Pizza

  20201228 Friday

Crispy Wholewheat Pizza Crust with Juicy Fresh Mushrooms.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup             wholewheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon    instant yeast
  • 50 g               sugar 
  • 5 g                 salt
  • 1 cup             warm water
PREPARATION
  • Stir, Mix and Knead for 10 minutes.
  • Proof in Room Temperature for 2 hours, leavening the dough.
  • transfer the dough onto the baking pan.
  • poke small holes with folks to allow better airflow.
  • Proof for another half an hour.

PREHEAT OVEN

  • Preheat Upper and Lower Heater 230°C for 10 minutes

BAKING

  • Bake 230°C for 20 minutes

Turn Over / Topping

  • Cut crust into 6 or 8 portions.
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Green / Yellow / Red capsicum/pepper
  • olive/blueberries/pineapples
  • Juicy Fresh Mushrooms (Cut Thick Thick)
  • 2 slices ham and/or 1 Sausage
  • (or seafood: Prawn, Squid slices, Salmon, etc)
  • Mozzarella Cheese

Bake 200°C for 15 minutes

Serve while warm.

Enjoy.

REMARK:
Adjust the baking temperature and time according to your oven’s requirement.

SG Eco Pastry Mould for moon cake tarts cookies

Cuisine Plants, Spices and Herbs Gardening: Chilli

Transplant chilli on 20210806 Friday Sunny Morning 9 am.     

         

Based the tub with the firm hard Giants’ eggs tray’s transparent plastic cover.  This is to cover up those holes at the bottom of the tub for :

(1) to prevent the soils from leaking out through the holes at the bottom,  

(2) to prevent the water from running out too fast, help a bit in the water retention during hot warm weather, and 

(3) prevent the growing roots from running out through the holes in the future.

          
 
I like to put in a cotton wool knitting thread into the soil, so it will pull up water to prevent the plant from de-hydration.  It keeps the soil moisture for quite some time.
 
 
Add in more more new soil “veggie gold”, my preference.
 
Add in some “vermicast”.
 
 
This plant is too tall so trim off one stalk from the top and try to re-grow it somewhere else.
 
Okay …  pour in a lot of water and push it out under the sun and rain.
 
Job Done for today!
 
 
 

20210805 Thursday 8.45 am.

Continue reading “Cuisine Plants, Spices and Herbs Gardening: Chilli”

Cuisine Plants, Spices and Herbs Gardening: Tomatoes

Day 10 seedings 20210805 Thursday 8.45 am.

 
Buried the seeds from the fresh nice organic tomatoes bought from the supermarket for 3 weeks ago.
 
 
 

20200615 Cherry Tomatoes in the bottles

Cuisine Plants Spices and Herbs Gardening: Galangal Spice Gingers, Thai Ginger,

Day 10 seedings 20210805 Thursday 8.45 am.

Galangal Spice Gingers, cousin to ginger, is also known as Thai Ginger / Siamese Ginger.   Commonly found in Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian Cooking.

Galangal Spice Gingers

南姜

Cooking Spice Galangal Spice Gingers are mildly spicy and just a tad sweet.
These very easy to grow plants require little care. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized ginger can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring.

Tonight’s Dinner

 Tonight’s Dinner20210117 Sunday 星期日
午餐肉 橄榄菜 蛋炒饭Fried rice with luncheon meat, Olive leaves and eggs

 Tonight’s Dinner20210117 Sunday 星期日

鱼饼 爆炒小白菜
Fish cake fried veggie xiao bai cai

EcoSG Aeroponics Hydroponics System fertigation irrigation veggie farm grow kits

Vertical Farm aeroponic hydroponic germinating sprouting seeds photosynthesis

Day 8 Seedings 20210803 Tuesday Morning

 
Day 9 Seedings 20210804 Wednesday Morning
 

Day 10 seedings 20210805 Thursday 8.45 am.

 

 

 

 

VERTICAL FARMING

Day 1 to day 14

Germinating and Seedings for my aeroponic hydroponic system.

 
 
 

Vertical Farming: Day 1 to day 14 Germinating and Seedings for my aeroponic hydroponic system

 DAY 1

SEEDINGS and MY SEEDING STATION
Select an airy, clean, cooling n dark environment with a suitable temperature environment for germinating / seedings.
SEEDINGS
Soak all Hydroponic Nursery Sponges,  
TIPS: I am using firm and thick recycle trays as well from the frozen food after finished off all the dumplings.
Place all the sponges tidily in the same direction onto the suitable seeding trays.
Two types of sponges:
The left-hand side with a round notch hole which makes it easier to place the seed(s) sitting on top inside the notch hole.  
The right-hand side type is bigger with proper cuts.  
Need to press a bit to push in the seed(s) so they will not be dropping all over the places.
Both are comfortable to me and they are functioning/performing equally well.


Get one coffee stirrer from the McDonald\’s / Coffee Beans / Star-Buck coffee:
Use a tiny scoop to put one (or few)  seed(s) into the center of each sponge.  
Not all the seeds will sprout.  
Depends on the freshness, the types of seeds you have, and whether it\’s the correct temperature and environment.
Fill up the tray with clean water,  need to have  2/3 height of all sponges covered/soaked/submerged in the water.
Check the water level daily to ensure that the water does not get evaporated too fast.
Here in Singapore, the daily temperature throughout the year ranges from 29 degrees Celsius (room) to 33 degrees Celsius (outdoor) can dry up the water quite easily.
Cover up the whole thing with a net to prevent birds n lizards from eating away my seeds.

Cover up the whole thing with a piece of black cloth.
Place the whole thing in a clean,  cooling n dark place with good ventilation/airflow for few days.
Only move to exposure under the sunlight or 24 hours LED lights for photosynthesis after their buds/leaves start coming out (it takes about at least 7 to 14 days).
Once completed this setup,  keep repeating n using it whenever necessary.
So, okay,  this small little private space is \”MY SEEDING STATION\”.
oh yes,  need to Google and find out what type of temperature is suitable for which/different types of seeds/plants.
Day 7
GERMINATING / SPROUTING SEEDS
20210802 Monday

DAY 7 Germinating
A few days later, a few seeds started sprouting.
  1. Move out those sponges with sprouted seeds that are having tiny green leaves/foliages.
  2. place them under sunlight &/or 24 hours LED light with good ventilation for photosynthesis, 
  3. add in some nutrients, 
  4. maintain the water acidity with a pH of  (in between) 6.5 to 7, 
  5. check the water level daily to prevent dry out under warm weather,  maintain the water level with a height of 2/3 of the sponges submerged in the water,
  6. check the correct temperature required by different types of seeds/plants from Google.
  7. maintain the plants to grow at their comfortable temperature, sufficient sunlights / LED lights and a good airflow / ventilating environment.
              
     
Pinch the whole sponge out and move to another tray with water.
TIPS:   
I m using firm n thick recycle trays after cooking n
eating the fresh mushrooms from the supermarket.
All-in-1 Nutrient Mixtures.
    
                
Shake well,
pour 1/3 cover of the nutrient mixture out 
to add into the water on the buds tray 
and stir well.  

THE TDS / EC METER

The whole full set of \”fully automatic 64 planters twin tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit\” comes with this Portable TDS & EC  Meter.


Portable TDS & EC  Meter
EC 6,580 ppm  or EC 1,480 ♧s/cm 
Water temperature:    29 °C 
THE QUALITY OF WATER:  
Water Acidity measurement units: pH (potential of hydrogen)
pH is a measure of the relative amount of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in the water. 
Water that has more free hydrogen ions is acidic,  
whereas water that has more free hydroxyl ions is basic.

 

What does the EC meter do?

It determines the total amount of nutrient salts dissolved in the water.

TERMINOLOGY:

OTHER TERMS SIMILIAR TO EC METER:

EC = Electrical Conductivity.

CF = Conductive Factor

ppm = Parts Per Million,   

TDS = Total Dissolved Solids

truncheon meter, 

MAINTENANCE / TAKING CARE OF EC METER

always clean / rinse well the probe tip with fresh water or rubbing alcohol after each use.

 

 

I like to cover all those things up properly with nets. 
Otherwise, those seeds may just disappear overnight by themselves.  
I do think they might have got eaten away by birds or lizards.  
Not too sure how they taste like ♡  > ° <  ¿
 
Day 7 Seedings 20210802 Monday

TIPS:   
These nets were my collection during my Bali Tour 10 years ago.  
Now since all suffering from the bad COVID pandemic, so probably cannot go anywhere else, hence, it\’s good to create as many in-house n fruitful activities at home.  
Just do a bit each day, learn a bit each day, and improve a bit each day, we create a much better life for ourselves and for others.

After moving out those sponges with buds / tiny leaves/foliages, the sprouted seeds,  let the rest of sprouting seeds continue to germinate at its seedings station under an airy, clean, cooling, dark n quiet environment,   perhaps you may like to give them good music?  

Remember to do a \”1-second peep/check\” daily to ensure the water level does not fall below 2/3 of the sponges during hot weather.
Indeed, after the first time setting,, with this whole set of fully automatic 64 planters twin tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit,  it does not really take up much of my time and efforts,  basically are all lazy waiting time.  
waiting to grow, 
waiting to harvest, 
waiting to duplicate …
Day 9 Seedings 20210804 Wednesday

VERTICAL FARM:
Fully Automatic 64 planters twin towers / 10 stacks 80 planters Cylindrical tower

Baking at home: cookies and tarts – pineapple varieties

20210207 Sunday

Baking at home: cookies and tarts – pineapple varieties
Baked on 20210207 Sunday Morning
Baked on 20210207 Sunday Morning
24 pieces of pineapple tarts.

ADVICE TO YOUNG MOTHERS

I realized I have started all these a bit too late.

I should have started all these together with ah-girl when she was five years old, instead of bought her set after set of dough-dough play toys.

Almost twenty years later, today, I dug out all her deserted dough- dough play toys, and I used her molds and gear set.

Backed on 20210207 Sunday Morning
TODAY\’S BAKING
BAKE 12 to 24 PINEAPPLE TARTS

Don\’t really like to mess up my hands with the sticky dough.

I did all this dough \”inside\” a big plastic zip bag.

PREPARATION

sift 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tablespoon of milk powder, with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar directly into the large plastic zip bag. Stir / Shake/ Mix well.

add in 1/4 block (about 60 grams) of butter.

(Wrap the butter with the flour, knead, rub, press the butter and squeeze the plastic bag till all the dry ingredients/crumbs are mixed well.)

add in 1 Egg (keep a bit of egg yolk for brushing later on.)

add 2 tablespoons of fresh milk.

While kneading, do not seal or close up the plastic zip bag to allow airflow, continue to knead, rub, press the plastic bag until the ingredients are all mixed well, i.e. check the yellow color is all around and evenly spread all over the dough.

See? my hands are still clean. LOL.

KEEPING THE DOUGH

Roll the plastic zip bag flat and neat to about 4 mm thickness, using a rolling pin.

(since we do not have so many members in the family, sometimes, I prepare more dough, then cut and divide the dough into 4 portions, kept each portion in one plastic bag separately, chilled them. So I can bake one portion each time whenever I need it. It\’s always freshly baked before eating.)

Anyway, it\’s the same dough to use for baking Egg Tarts and English Scones as well.

CHILL THE DOUGH

keep in the fridge for 30 minutes.

BAKE 100 PIECES OF CNY PINEAPPLE TARTS

To make this size of 4 mm thick pastry sheet. …
prepared on 20210209 Tuesday.
Prepared on 20210209 Tuesday,
for making 100 pieces of CNY pineapple tarts.

… directly into the zip plastic bag, I have sifted

  • 4 full cups of self-raising flour.
  • 1 tsp of baking soda.
  • 4 tablespoon of icing sugar.
  • 4 tablespoons of milk powder.

Added in, pressed knead, and rubbed with one whole block of butter (240 grams),

added in, rub and kneaded with 4 eggs

(kept 1 egg yolk in the chiller for brushing later on).

Roll it flat with a rolling pin.

This should be enough for me to make 100 small pineapple tarts for the CNY 2021.

Remember to sprinkle some flour in between both sides of the pastry sheet and the plastic bag before chill it in the fridge.

Continue reading “Baking at home: cookies and tarts – pineapple varieties”

Growing Up: Malabar Spinach, (Basella Albay) ,

20210207

大木耳菜

Malabar Spinach, (Basella Albay) is a tropical edible/ornamental perennial herbaceous/foliage vine, that can be easily found in the Tropical Region of China, India, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Africa.  It can run up to 10 meters in length with a given time frame.


It is also known as Ceylon Spinach, Indian Spinach, Vine spinach, Climbing Spinach.


Malabar Spinach is usually eaten raw in Salad.  Leaves are soft and tasty for quick stir-fried with Oyster Sauce as well or even been cooked in the soup.  The stems are mucilaginous.  

Harvest the leaves before they start growing their flowers.   Once the plants grow out with the flowers, the leaves become bitter.  Always keep the soil constantly moist to prevent the vines from developing their flowers.  a balanced and slow-release of fertilizer is best for this plant.

Their seeds germinate best within three weeks with the soils\’ temperature is in between 18°C and 24°C  (65°F and 75°F), best grown in the summer.

 

Malabar Spinach,

20210804 Wed

Check my other postings with my vertical farm and tower garden:

VERTICAL FARMING: 

Day 1 to day 14 

Germinating and Seedings for my aeroponic hydroponic system.  

Baking at home : cookies and tarts – pineapple varieties

20210207 Sunday
Baking at home : cookies and tarts – pineapple varieties
Baked on 20210207 Sunday Morning

TO YOUNG MOTHERS

I realized I have started all these a bit too late.

I should have started all these together with ah-girl when she was five years old, instead of bought her set after set of dough-dough play toys.

Almost twenty years later, today, I dug out all her deserted dough- dough play toys, and I used her molds and gear set.

Backed on 20210207 Sunday Morning
TODAY\’S BAKING
BAKE 12 to 24 PINEAPPLE TARTS

Don\’t really like to mess up my hands with the sticky dough.

I did all this dough \”inside\” a big plastic zip bag.

PREPARATION

sift 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 tablespoon of milk powder, with 1 tablespoon of icing sugar directly into the large plastic zip bag. Stir / Shake/ Mix well.

add in 1/4 block (about 60 grams) of butter.

(Wrap the butter with the flour, knead, rub, press the butter and squeeze the plastic bag till all the dry ingredients/crumbs are mixed well.)

add in 1 Egg (keep a bit of egg yolk for brushing later on.)

add 2 tablespoons of fresh milk.

While kneading, do not seal or close up the plastic zip bag to allow airflow, continue to knead, rub, press the plastic bag until the ingredients are all mixed well, i.e. check the yellow color is all around and evenly spread all over the dough.

See? my hands are still clean. LOL.

KEEPING THE DOUGH

Roll the plastic zip bag flat and neat to about 4 mm thickness, using a rolling pin.

(since we do not have so many members in the family, sometimes, I prepare more dough, then cut and divide the dough into 4 portions, kept each portion in one plastic bag separately, chilled them. So I can bake one portion each time whenever I need it. It\’s always freshly baked before eating.)

Anyway, it\’s the same dough to use for baking Egg Tarts and English Scones as well.

CHILL THE DOUGH

keep in the fridge for 30 minutes.

BAKE 100 PIECES OF CNY PINEAPPLE TARTS

To make this size of 4 mm thick pastry sheet,
prepared on 20210209 Tuesday.

directly into the zip plastic bag, I have sifted

  • 4 full cups of self-raising flour.
  • 1 tsp of baking soda.
  • 4 tablespoon of icing sugar.
  • 4 tablespoons of milk powder.

Added in, pressed knead, and rubbed with one whole block of butter (240 grams),

added in, rub and kneaded with 4 eggs

(kept 1 egg yolk in the chiller for brushing later on).

Roll it flat with a rolling pin.

This should be enough for me to make 100 small pineapple tarts for the CNY 2021.

Remember to sprinkle some flour in between both sides of the pastry sheet and the plastic bag before chill it in the fridge.

BEFORE BAKING
The pineapple jam/fillings can be bought from any Sheng Siong, NTUC Supermarket.
Baked 20210207 Sunday Morning
24 pieces of Pineapple Tarts

CNY PINEAPPLE TARTS

(a) use the circular mold to cut out the pastries in a round shape, about 4 mm thick. Top the hemisphere pineapple jam filling on top of the pastries.

(b) wrap the pineapple jam filling on the round flat pastry skins and rub/roll them into balls, overturn and press with your favorite stamping mold.

(c) wrap the pineapple jam filling on the round flat pastry skins and roll them into balls, cut each ball into half, position the side with pineapple filling on top, press with your favorite stamping mold.

(d) (the laziest way) use two pieces of round flat pastry skin, put pineapple jam filling in between the two layers of pastry skins, press with favorite stamping mold.
Brush all tarts with egg yolks (or oil).
BAKING
Bake 180 °C for 20 minutes.
Baked on 20210210 Wednesday.
100 pieces of CNY Pineapple Tarts.

Baked on 20210210 Wednesday
100 pieces of CNY Pineapple Tarts.

A few pieces are pale, they did not turn up as golden color as others. I pulled them out and toasted them in the small toaster at 180°C for another 5 minutes. It depends on the oven model. Adjust accordingly, but more or less it should be there.

Have funs and enjoy baking!

BAKING SODA VS BAKING POWDER

Baking Soda Need an acidic ingredient (such as lemon juice etc.) to perform.

Baking Powder = Baking Soda + Cream of Tartar (Dry Acid) + Cornstarch

TWO TYPES OF BAKING POWDER:

(1) Single Acting – works well with liquid.

(2) Double Acting – works with liquid , and heat up.

SG Eco Pastry Mould for moon cake tarts cookies

Growing Up Malabar Spinach (Basella Albay) 

大木耳菜

Malabar Spinach, (Basella Albay) is a tropical vine easily found in the Tropical Region of China, India, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Africa.

It is also known as Ceylon Spinach, Indian Spinach, Vine spinach, Climbing Spinach.

Malabar Spinach is usually eaten raw in Salad.  Leaves are soft and tasty for quick stir-fried with Oyster Sauce as well or even been cooked in the soup.  The stems are mucilaginous.  Harvest the leaves before they grow flowers.   Once the plants grow out with the flowers, the leaves become bitter.  Always keep the soil constantly moist to prevent the vines from developing their flowers.  a balanced and slow-release of fertilizer if best for this plant.

Their seeds germinate best within three weeks with the soils\’ temperature is in between 18°C and 24°C  (65°F and 75°F) best grow in summer.

Malabar Spinach,
Malabar Spinach,
Malabar Spinach,
Malabar Spinach,
Malabar Spinach,
VERTICAL FARMING

Check my postings with my vertical farm and tower garden:

Day 1 to Day 14 Germinating and Seedings for my aeroponic hydroponic system.

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