Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Waffle Attack

As I was tidying up the storeroom, I caught a glimpse of the waffle maker which haven't been seeing much light of the day. And so, that became my tea time snack after the much dreaded chore of dusting and housekeeping. What a treat for the feat. Recipe adapted from here with slight modifications. Another waffle recipe to add to the collection, thanks Jen.

Yield: 14 pieces

150g plain flour
1tsp baking powder *
pinch of salt
1tbsp castor sugar
125ml whipping cream
125ml milk
2 egg yolks
1tsp pandan paste (omitted)
60g melted butter
2 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar *
1/2tbsp castor sugar *

1/ Sift flour and baking powder together. Add in salt and sugar then make a well in the centre.
2/ In a measuring jug, combine whipping cream, milk, egg yolks and melted butter.
3/ Whisk egg whites till frothy then add in the sugar and cream of tartar to continue whipping till soft peak stage.
4/ Pour the liquid content into the dry ingredients and mix till well, then fold in the meringue till mixture is homogeneous.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Baking in Wee Hours of the Morning

First time ever I baked something from scratch in time for dh to bring to office for his breakfast. I began to panic seeing the scones were still so pale in colour when the baking time was up, so I ramped up the temperature slightly and baked for a longer period. Most probably due to that, I find the scones were slightly dry. Nevertheless, I was happy I persevered and made it despite the mad rush. Very rewarding to start the day with a successful bake, not to mention the aroma that greeted one's nose upon rising from the bed.

(adapted from here, thanks Jen)
310g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
40g butter (cut into cubes direct from fridge)
1 tbsp sugar
250ml milk

1/ Preheat oven to 220 degree Celcius.
2/ Sift self raising flour and baking powder into a large bowl, then rub butter into the dry ingredients till it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3/ Add in the tablespoon of sugar at this stage to lessen any floury taste.
4/ Make a well in the centre and pour in some milk, then mix with a flat bladed knife using cutting action till dough comes together in clumps. Remember to rotate the bowl as you work.
5/ With floured hands, gentle gather dough together and pat into a smooth ball on lightly floured surface. DO NOT KNEAD!
6/ Flatten slightly and cut into 6 wedges, then sent for baking after a light glaze of milk for 15 minutes or more until risen and golden.

p/s: Add in a handful of dried cranberries after step (4) if using.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Green Curry Paste From A Bottle

Paste was bought during the last KL trip couple of months back, but only put to test last month. I only add one tablespoon to cook one pot of Green Curry Chicken using a piece of chicken breast plus a few eggplants and it was sufficiently spicy.

Initially we had the Green Curry Chicken with steamed white rice, and with the leftover, we consumed it with udon. One pot of curry to last us two meals, only complaint would be the color outcome. It was not as green as it should be.

Cheap Eat for Lunch

Chanced upon this flyer in the mailbox a month back, I kept it in view and had been wanting to give it a go. Days went by and finally had the opportunity to lunch there.

Chose the Honey PrimeRoast with Chicken Rice, quite value for money as it managed to fill my tummy. I missed reading the fine prints, the RM4.95 was before plus plus, so after including the ten plus six percent, bill came up to RM5.80. Hopeful to catch their other items before promotion ends (not sure when because there was no mention in the flyer).