Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Balinese-Style Chicken in Coconut Sauce






Balinese-Style Chicken in Coconut Sauce

1 kg chicken thighs on bone (skin removed)

1 lemongrass stalk, lightly bruised
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 pcs dried garcinia slices (you may use tamarind paste instead)
2 cups chicken stock
400 ml coconut milk
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp ground nutmeg
salt, to taste
palm sugar, to taste
2 fresh turmeric leaves, julienned


Heat a large wok, add the spice paste, lemongrass stalk, lime leaves, 
garcinia slices and chicken stock.
Bring slowly to boil, then add the chicken pieces.
Add coconut milk, black pepper and ground nutmeg.
Season with salt and sugar.
Simmer uncovered for one hour until chicken is tender and sauce has thickened.
Sprinkle the fresh turmeric leaves and 
cook for a further 5 minutes until it starts to smell fragrant.
Adjust seasonings if you wish and serve.

Spice paste:
a small handful macadamia nuts
10 small asian shallots
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 small piece galangal, roughly chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh turmeric root
3 lemongrass, sliced
3 garlic cloves
6 green bird's eye chillies, roughly chopped

Put all ingredients into a food processor and
blend into a smooth paste




Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Chewy Raisin and Oat Cookies


Try these easy to make cookies
they're full of wholesome ingredients (oats, raisins... or whatever you can find in your larder 😊)
and they're extremely moreish too - you have been warned!



Chewy Raisin and Oat Cookies

8 oz unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups raisins


Preheat the oven to 170C

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy
Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well before adding in vanilla

In another bowl, sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt
Add the oats and raisins, making sure raisins are evenly coated with flour

Add the dry ingredients to the cream mixture and stir until well mixed

Arrange equal amounts of cookie dough on baking tray
Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes, or until light golden brown and firm






Thursday, 4 January 2018

Princess Cake




This is a long overdue post...

It was my husband's landmark birthday in December and I promised 
to bake him his favourite dessert, the Swedish PrinsesstÃ¥rta
It was my first attempt, and I must say
I'm quite proud of the outcome.

The cake is essentially made up of layers
of sponge cake, creme patissiere, raspberry jam and whipped cream.
It is traditionally shaped like a dome and covered with marzipan.




The result was quite satisfying
I have always love marzipan and to my delight, 
my homemade marzipan was much more superior tasting than the shop bought ones.

And most importantly, it got two thumbs-up from the birthday boy....




Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello TwentyEighteen!


Best wishes for the New Year!
May your new adventures lead you to success
 OakenShield 2018