Friday, February 24, 2012

Roasted whole garlic


Delicious mixed in mashed potatoes, to add some spice in pasta sauces, as a dip, or mix into butter for the most awesome garlic bread spread.

Ingredients:
2-3 Whole garlic bulbs
Olive oil
Dried/fresh herbs of your choice e.g. thyme, rosemary
Foil pieces each large enough to wrap one garlic bulb

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
2. Chop of tops of garlic bulbs until garlic is showing, don't need to peel garlic.
3. Place one garlic bulb in each piece of foil cut side up.
4. Drizzle generously with olive oil, top with herbs, cover with foil.
5. Place foil packets on baking trays, bake for 30-45 mins until garlic is golden brown.
6. Wait for garlic to cool, separate from skin by sqeezing out the softened garlic segments.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kenny Rogers Corn Muffins


Ingredients:
½
cup butter

2
3 cup sugar

¼
cup honey

2 eggs

½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup cornmeal
½
teaspoon
baking powder
½ cup milk
¾ cup frozen corn (I used one can sweetcorn kernels)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
2. Mix buter, sugar honey, eggs and salt into a large bowl.
3. Add flour, cornmeal and baking powder, blend throughly.
4. Add milk while mixing.
5. Add corn and mix in.
6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
7. Bake 20-25 mins until light golden brown.

Notes:
Quick, yummy, easy to make.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Almond Cookies


The only Chinese-ish cookies I had time to make this Chinese New Year.

Recipe from a friend, with my edits below:

Ingredients:

400g ground almond (I used 500g)
300g whole wheat flour
100g all-purpose flour
200g castor sugar (Or: 100g castor, 50g brown/cane)
1/8 tsp table salt or 1/4 tsp sea/mountain salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
100g cold butter, cubed
1 cup vegetable oil - rice bran oil if available
1 egg white, beaten, for glazing
Optional: 1/4 tsp cardamom (did not use this)

Directions:
1. Mix flours, sugars, salt, baking soda in mixing bowl. Rub in butter cubes until resembling bread crumbs (Shortcut: pulse in blender.). Mix in ground almond.
2. Drizzle 1/2 cup oil evenly, mix thoroughly. Add oil sparingly until just enough that mixture can hold its shape.
3. Stand for 10 minutes.
4. Shape mixture into desired shape and size. Brush lightly with egg white.
5. Line baking tray with baking sheet and bake at 150 C for 20-25 minutes.
6. Cool on rack and store in airtight container.

Notes:
Recipe rating: 4/5 A big hit at home, mainly because they taste pretty healthy.
Difficulty: Easy, but time consuming, about 3-4 hours per batch
Comments: Use less sugar next time, cookies were a bit too sweet


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pizza @ home

Before baking.

After baking.
Pasta sauce, musrooms, sundried tomatoes, bacon, olives, CHEEZEEEE...

Pizza dough
recipe link

Total time: Approximately 1 hour
Comments: Roll dough as thinly as possible for crispy crust, it kind of springs back again. And as tempting as it is to do so, do not pile on too many toppings!!! Lesson learnt from soggy pizza the second time I made this recipe.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Profile description change.

When I first started my blog as a university student in 2004:

I love to bake, hate to cook. I insist that they are two entirely different things. But I hardly have time to bake now. Sigh.

October, 2011:

Still love to bake, am now discovering the joys of cooking. Wish I had the time to do more of both.

I've grown. *proud*

Walnut+Pecan Cookies


My last post was in 2008? Stating the obvious, it's been too long.

Saying that I stare at a monitor and write the whole day long, would just be an excuse. So instead I'll just carry on where I left off. Er, while trying a new, hopefully faster rating format.

Sooo... Walnut+Pecan cookies.

Recipe link

Total time: Approximately 2 hours
Comments: Filling is yummy, but cookie dough is hard to handle.

Notes:

- Texture of cookies: Soft

- Wasn't mentioned in the recipe, but I got about 50 cookies.

- The raw cookie dough was too soft and not as easy to shape into balls as I expected. And getting an imprint on it with my fingers was not easy at all. Might try refrigerating it next time.

- The filling was nowhere near enough. In the end I used:1 cup of chopped pecans, 1 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, 3/4 cup whipping cream and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hello Old Friend.

It's been ages.

2008 has been eventful. A year of emotional highs and lows, fear, happiness, sadness, joy, and awesomeness.

A year of many endings; the end of university life, the end of a relationship, the end of life overseas.


But it was also a year of many new beginnings, beginnings which will lead me into 2009; a new passion, a new career, a new love, a new direction in life. I'm excited, terrified, extremely happy and looking forward to the challenges ahead.



My life is full of chocolate chip cookies right now.

I'll leave you to figure out that metaphor but chocolate chip cookies are usually a good thing =)



Happy 2009 everyone!


MIFC 2008


Monday, August 11, 2008

Ayam Bek!

[ai] [em] [bek]

I am back.

I'm back!

Okay pretty lame punning. But I'm home safely in my beloved Malaysia and have my wireless internet all set up so I'm ready to go =D

Updates soon, promise! Don't give up on me yet!