Sunday, September 18, 2016

Baking & Cooking Quest!

As salam & good morning to all my viewers.

Sorry for the long rest... I am good. I would like to challenge myself for baking and cooking quest! I will try 3 new recipes every week and write the feedback and comment about the result. I might be wrong, I might be right. it is all about learning curve.... :)

So today I would like to share my 1st recipe for this quest!. 

The recipe is from this website : http://www.iheartnaptime.net/homemade-bread/. I have been baking bread for quite sometimes. Frankly speaking, I still don't have a good outcome when it came to bread making. So here is the recipe.

Homemade bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 TB sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 TB salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 5-7 cups of bread flour, white or wheat will work too (can use more if needed)
  • 1 TB shortening
  • 1 TB butter (to top bread)

Directions:

1. Place the yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Pour the warm water (not too hot) over the yeast mixture and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, or until nice and bubbly.
2. Combine melted butter, sugar, evaporated milk and salt into a large mixing bowl. When your yeast mixture is ready add them together and mix.
3. If you are using a stand mixer put on your bread hook and then pour in 3 cups of flour. If not you can stir/kneed it as well. Then add in 1 cup of flour at a time and mix. When you get to 5 cups of flour in the bowl, add in 1/2 cup more of flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides. You'll know it's ready when your fingers no longer stick to the dough.
4. Then cover the ball of dough and sides of the bowl with shortening and cover the bowl with a warm towel. Set by the window and allow it it rise (approx 1.5 hours). When it has risen over the bowl punch it down and place on a floured surface.
5. Kneed the dough for 2-3 minutes.
6. Cut dough into two pieces and roll them out into a rectangle. Roll the dough up and place into 2 greased bread pans.
7. Let the bread rise again, and when it looks like a good loaf of bread place them in the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. When the bread is done, coat the top with butter and remove onto a cooling rack.
Enjoy!
Here is my bread:




My feedback:

1. The batch is too big for bread maker so need to be knead by hand or mixer. 
2. The bread is soft but I might not knead it enough so it didn't turn out as fluffy as I expected.
3. The blogger did gave extra tips on making bread and pictures too (please go to the website).

Please do try and share your experience with me. 

Take care and will share my next recipe soon.... :)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Nasi Goreng Kampung

As salam and good morning!

It's been a while isn't it? Sorry for being so silent lately. I am away for family vacation and had been busy with my children's activities.

So, here is one of my very own version of Nasi Goreng Kampung - one of Malaysians' favourite fried rice.  This time I'll share the recipe with pictures. :)


Nasi Goreng Kampung


Ingredients:
2-3 cups of cooked rice (cooled)
6-7 long beans (cut into small pieces as in picture)
1 big red onion (sliced or pounded)
3-4 green chilies (sliced thinly)
1/2 cup dried anchovies(washed and dried)
2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Cooking oil
Fish sauce



Methods:


1. Fry the dried anchovies until crunchy. Toss and set aside



2. Sauté onion, green chillies until fragrant. Then add garlic powder and oyster sauce. Mix well.

3. Add long beans and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add rice and mix well.



5. Add fried anchovies and mix well. Season the fried rice with a few dash of fish sauce.

6. Served.



Enjoy!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Carrot Cupcakes

As salam and good morning to all my viewers,

Today I would like to share cupcake recipe. Seeing that we have cold press juicer, so we have extract from the carrots that is so dry and perfect for carrot cake. 


Here is the recipe. This recipe is not mine. I got it from Pinterest. (I forgot the link, so sorry).

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup shredded carrot (packed)
1/2 cup toasted walnuts (chopped)

Methods:
1. Preheat oven at 160C.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients except carrot and walnut. Set aside
3. Beat eggs and sugar until pale
4. Add vegetable oil and vinegar and mixed well.
5. Add the dry ingredient batch by batch and mixed well after each batch. 
6. Add carrot and walnuts and mixed well.
7. Spoon batter  into lined muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
8. Bake 20-25 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in centres of cupcakes comes out clean. 
9. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes before removing from pan to rack. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Crispy eggplant

 As salam and good day to everyone.

Today I would like to share my family's favourite vegetable recipe. This recipe was inspired by the famous Hainanese Chee Meng Chicken Rice's crispy eggplant dish. This time I managed to snap a few pictures while preparing the dish.



The vegetables:
4-5 eggplants medium size and cut about 1 in long (as in picture)
7-8 long beans and cut about 1 in long
2 tablespoon of peanut 
2-3 tablespoon of dried anchovies
1-2 medium size carrot and cut julienne

 1 big red onion, thinly sliced
2-3 garlic, thinly sliced
1 inch of ginger, thinly sliced
1-2 bird eye chillied, thinly sliced (can used 1 red chilli too)

 Coat the eggplant with cornflour


 Fried the eggplant until golden brown



 Fried all the vegetables for 3-5 minutes and kept aside
Fried the peanuts and dried anchovies until crunchy and kept aside

 Sauted the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger until golden brown and soft. Add 2-3 tablespoon of oyster sauce.

Mixed all the vegetables, peanuts, dried anchovies and seasoned with a dash or two fish sauce. 
Served with chicken rice or steam rice.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Red Velvet Cupcake


As salam and good morning to my viewers. 

Today, I would like to share a recipe from the best baker in Singapore; Puan Rima. Here is the original link to her website http://bisousatoi.blogspot.com/2011/01/i-see-red-all-week-long.html
She shared so many wonderful recipes. Thank you so much Puan Rima. 

One of my favourite recipe is the red velvet cupcake - originally the recipe is for red velvet cake, but I did a few changes to the recipe according to what I have and it turned out great!






Ingredients
1 1/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp red food colouring
1/4 cup soft unsalted butter - 57g
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk – (1/2 cup whole milk plus 1/2 tbsp Heinz distilled vinegar, let sit for 10 minutes before use)
1/2 tsp vinegar - I used Heinz apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream cheese frosting
125g cream cheese
50g unsalted butter
110g powdered sugar - i reduced it to 80g
2 tbsp of lemon juice

Method
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
2. In one container, sieve flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a small container, combine cocoa powder and red coloring and stir well until form a paste (I added a little water).
3. Using a stand mixer, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, beat until blended. Add the vanilla extract and cocoa powder mixture, beat until well blended.
4. Add in sifted flour and buttermilk alternately. Beginning and ending with flour. (F-M-F-M-F)
5. In a small bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda and add it to ur batter. Stir well with a spatula. Pour into the cupcake casing and bake it for 40mins or until cooked.
6. Let cool on wire rack.
7. Once cool, piped the cream cheese filling and chill for a few hours.

Cream Cheese frosting:
1. Beat cream cheese with butter until soft.
2. Turn mixer to low speed, add powdered sugar a little at a time. Whisk until well blended.
3. Add lemon juice, stir through with a spatula.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sardine fried rice


As salam and a very good day to all my viewers.

Today, I would like to share my very own recipe. Who knows that something come inside this can, can be very delicious. This is the sardine that I used. 



Here is the photo of my fried rice. 





Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

4-5 cups of cold rice (break the lump)
1 big red onion (sliced thinly)
1-2 tbsp chili paste
10-12 pieces of long beans (cut into 1cm long)
¼ of purple cabbage (sliced thinly)
2-3 pieces of sardine (crushed)
2-3 tsp of ground garlic
salt
oil

Methods:
1. Sautéed the red onion until soft.
2. Add in garlic powder and chili paste and cooked for 2-4 minutes.
3. Add in sardine and mixed well.
4. Add in the vegetables and cooked until the vegetable half done.
5. Add in rice and mix well.
6. Season the rice with salt and pepper accordingly.
7. Served.




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lime Curd


 As salam and good day to my viewers.

I made this lime curd while ago. It was my 1st time making it and it turn out superb. The recipe is so simple and easy to follow. The lime curd is amazing.  I just used local green lemon that available in the market and you can use any lime available for you but the best lime should be the key lime.

Thanks to the owner of http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/03/06/key-lime-curd/ for sharing the lovely recipe.



Adapted from [Williams-Sonoma|http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/coconut-cupcakes-with-lime-curd-filling.html?cm_src=RECIPESEARCH].

Yields: About 1 cup of curd
Ingredients:
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup key lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon key lime zest
1 tiny drop Wilton Leaf Green food coloring gel (optional)
4 tablespoons butter

Methods:

1. In a saucepan, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined. 2. Whisk in the key lime juice, zest, and gel food coloring (I used the tiniest tip of a toothpick of gel, just to give the curd a subtle green tint. Completely optional. If you don't use, the curd will be a creamy yellow with flecks of green from the zest).
3. Turn the heat on to medium low and stir the mixture briskly and constantly until warmed through.
4. Add the butter a little at a time until it melts into the mixture and becomes smooth.
5. Continue cooking and stirring until the curd begins to thicken and coat the spoon.
6. Pour the curd through a fine mesh sieve to strain.
7. Pour curd into a jar or other tightly sealed container and refrigerate up to two weeks.

8. Spread onto scones or biscuits or use as a filling for [desserts|http://alaskascratch.wpengine.com/2012/04/28/mini-lemon-meringues/] or donuts.