Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Trofie al Pesto

Whilst Frank the bad-tempered weather system is raging outside,
nothing beats having a comforting plateful of pasta with homemade pesto
for the family to enjoy

Trofie is a short, thin, twisted pasta from Liguria
Trofie is shaped by rolling a small piece of dough on a flat surface
to form a short, round length of pasta with tapered ends,
then twisting it to form the final shape.
As usual, cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to packet instructions.
Please note that Trofie takes a little longer to cook than most other types of short pasta.

Parsley Pesto

a handful flatleaf parsley leaves (no stalks) 
1 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup pine nuts
extra virgin olive oil

To make the pesto, blitz the parsley, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in a food processor 
to make a paste,
then add enough oil to loosen to a swampy consistency.
Add a little salt and set aside.

Drain the pasta and return to the pan. 
Add the pesto and toss. 
Scatter with shave Parmesan and toasted pine nuts and serve immediately.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Winter Festive

A yearly event.
This time 'round hosted by Ms Mary Moh
in her new establishment

Party food contributors par excellence
Cecilia's Ayam Pansuh & Sambal Belachan
Ayu's Kuah Kachang
Uma's Chicken Satay & Nasi Impit
 Mary's Rojak Buah & Potato Croquette
Muna's Roti Jala & Chicken Curry

Gifts exchanged!

Sweet endings...
Agnes' Xmas Tree Pavlova
Pauline's Kuih Ketayap
Mary's Teh Tarik

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Cinnamon-Swirl Pancake

My dad and I decided to give my mom a break and make breakfast today - 
we decided to go for Cinnamon-Swirl Pancakes

75g salted butter
150g self-raising flour
75g dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
150ml buttermilk

For the cinnamon filling, first melt the butter before adding brown sugar and cinnamon powder.
Whisk thoroughly until the mixture is smooth.

In a separate bowl, measure out the self-raising flour, bicarbonate soda, baking powder, 
and a pinch of salt before mixing.

Put the eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk into a jug 
and mix before slowly adding to the flour mixture.
(As we didn't have buttermilk, we created a substitute out of 150ml milk and 1 tbsp vinegar.)

Once the pancake mixture and cinnamon filling is done, 
add the filling into a piping bag.
Leave the pancake mixture to set for about an hour.

Once the pancake mix has set, ladle onto a buttered pan and allow it to cook for about 30 seconds.
Pipe the cinnamon mixture onto the pancake in whichever design preferred, 
and leave the pancake to cook for a further minute.

Friday, 25 December 2015

'Tis The Season

Moonlit Aberdeen
Union Terrace and its surrounding area
feeling the festivities

a collection of giant inflatable illuminated rabbits
took up residence in the middle of Union Terrace Gardens