Monday, 25 February 2008

Nasi Pandan



I first came across this recipe while browsing through Mat Gebu's website, and I just keep wanting to try it out ever since. At last, I had the opportunity to make this dish for our dinner last night....it was fabulous.

As usual, I made a few changes from the original recipe.... not that there was anything wrong with the original recipe, it's just that, in my vain attempt to reduce my weight, I felt that I need to omit the use of coconut milk.....hence, the change in name to Nasi Pandan, 'cos 'tis no longer lemak.....




Nasi Pandan
recipe adapted from Mat Gebu
3 cups Basmathi rice
10 blades pandan leaves, cut into small pieces
4 cups water
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 shallots, sliced
1 small knob ginger
3 cardamoms
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1tsp whole black peppercorn
salt, to taste

Using a blender, process 2 cups of water and pandan leaves to a pulp.
Strain the juice from the pandan leaves into a medium size bowl. Soak rice in the juice for approximately 30 minutes.

To cook the rice, place the rest of the other ingredients along with the soaked rice into a pot.

In a medium heat, allow the rice to come to a boil, uncovered.

When boiling, reduce the heat, place the lid on the pot and leave it to simmer for 15 minutes.





 

Friday, 22 February 2008

La Buena Vida



Today my friends were invited for a la comida at my place.

For the entrantes, we had tapas of artichoke in oil, sweet pepper stuffed with cottage cheese, sun dried tomatoes and small brown shrimp in hollandaise with sliced baguette.

Next was the primero plato of Paella de Marisco. And, as if they are not full yet, for the dessert, we had the famous Spanish Flan.

After all that food, a Spanish siesta would have been the perfect ending!!











 Fauziah's Lemon Cake

 Doris' Banana Cake



Aliciana's Spring basket


Monday, 18 February 2008

Devil's Food Cake




Devil's Food Cake


For the cake:
9 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ cups cake flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
4 oz butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
½ cup strong coffee (or water)
½ cup milk

Preheat the oven to 170 C.

Sift together the cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl.

In the bowl, beat together the butter and sugar about 5 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.

Mix together the coffee and milk. Stir half of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, the add the coffee and milk. Finally stir in the other half of the dry ingredients.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.




For the ganache frosting:
10 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup water
¾ cup butter

To make the frosting, melt the chopped chocolate with the water in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan of water.

Cut the butter into small pieces and whisk them into the chocolate until completely melted and the ganache is smooth. Cool until spreadable, which may take about 1 hour at room temperature.


Friday, 15 February 2008

Pizza








Basic Pizza Dough
15 g active dried yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour, preferably strong flour

In a small bowl, add the yeast to the warm water. Stir in sugar, and allow to stand until the yeast has dissolved.

Place all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour in the yeast mixture.

Knead until the dough turns elastic and smooth.

Leave the dough to stand in a warm place until it doubles in volume.

To test whether the dough has risen enough, poke two fingers into the dough. If the indentations remain, the dough is ready. 


 
                        

Basic Tomato Sauce
4 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped very finely
450 g canned plum tomatoes, chopped with their juice
salt and pepper
basil

Heat oil in a saucepan.
Add onion, and cook over moderate heat until it is translucent.
Stir in garlic and the chopped tomatoes with their juice.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add basil and cook for a further 20 - 30 minutes. 



Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Chocolate Chip Date Cake




Chocolate Chip Date Cake
1 lb dates, chopped
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Place dates and1 tsp baking soda in a bowl. Stir in boiling water and leave it to cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening with sugar. Beat in egg.

Combine flour, salt and 1 tsp baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the boiled dates.

Pour into a greased baking pan. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips and pecan nuts.

Bake at 180 C for 30 minutes.



Friday, 8 February 2008

ASPAC Meeting at Doris' Residence


















(L-R) Carmen (Phil), Novi (Indon), Muna (Msia), Husniah (Msia), Citadel (Phil), Ida (Msia), Titiek (Indon), Debbie (Phil), Tutty (Indon), Henny (Indon), Herita (Msia), Lamia (Bangladesh), Chantanee (Thai) and Doris (Spore)