Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ginger Milk Curd 姜汁撞奶 (Experiment No.1)

Ah...look! Wendy... the curd looks quite OK right? Here goes the spoon...

It was floating for about 3seconds, then it went sinking... :(This is after 6 seconds...*sob*.....

Sigh! But I actually did predict that it would fail....why? Because I used low fat omega some more...! Never mind...I'll try the other one--the fresh milk tomorrow...
Oh...this milk is pasteurized and homogenized...

Sorry, for those who are scratching your heads on what I'm talking about...I'm actually answering to Wendy's call to experiment with all kinds of milk to make Ginger milk curd. Although I've never tasted this dessert before but since Wendy made it looked so easy , well...I might as well give it a try. ...and boy, I must say that preparing this does make me feel like I'm back in my secondary school lab, with beakers and Bunsen burners...hahaha...the only difference is now I'm eating my experiment!

Oh yes, by the way...I kinda like this milk curd actually! Sweet, spicy, milky...and why didn't someone make this for me during my confinement after giving birth to EeChao?? This should help when I feel so cold constantly for the first two weeks after childbirth. (But now, I just hope that the ulcer behind my lower lip would not get worse tomorrow...    :P )

Before I started, i actually googled on it and found that YouTube has videos on how to do's the one I find helpful...and this one too, and a few other sites which I read and forgot to bookmark them.

Then here's what l did:

3 tsp ginger juice (15ml)
150ml milk
1 heaped tsp sugar

1. Put ginger juice into setting bowl.
2. Slowly bring the milk and sugar to a boil in a saucepan turn off the heat .Let it cool down to 85C. (I swirled the milk in the sauce pan for about 10 seconds, then guess that the temperature's just right)
3. Pour milk from 6 inches above bowl.
4. Let the curd set for 5 minutes
5. Ready to be served warm or cold.

See how it resembles EeSync's sour milk just like it was being left on the table for a few hours.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Simple Steamed Cakes from no pics though

Steamed Egg cakes from Bits of taste...It's a traditional steamed cake, plus a cheesy steamed cake too!!

Steamed cakes

Strawberry & Milk Steamed Bread from kokken69

Coconut Sweet Potato (Steamed) Cake from The Little Teochew

Friday, June 11, 2010

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth...

Baby Bear Ee Chao's got his two front teeth now!! In fact, he has four!! I've just gotta get some of his funny grins...his look is going to change after more babyish. (sigh!)

I think he has grown to resemble his brother quite a bit, unlike when he just came to this world...

They look funny when sleeping together...

Sweet moments....

fun moments...

(Sigh...! I know that I should enjoy these precious moments...)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

book mark

Ang Ku Kueh

Orange Pilaf

Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Sautéed Mushrooms from Wendy's

Mushroom Aglio Olio  and   Spaghetti Aglio Olio   from The Little Teochew

Friday, June 4, 2010

Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake

Today was Little Bear Ee Sync's last schooling day for the semester, and as usual they had a class party which lasted for about 2 hours. I was not sure of whether to make these or not...(I was thinking maybe jelly is enough) but on my last thought: since he likes this so much, don't bother whether it is suitable or not lah.

This is not the 1st attempt actually, the 1st time i used 2inch muffin cups(or 2 1/2 inch) in diameter.  This time smaller cups--only about 1 inch in diameter...and this made it easier for ES to eat them, He ate so many pieces, and even before I could count actually how many pieces I've made!   But oh, it is not me who made it so yummy, It's the recipe....It's failure-proof ! So easy...nobody would know that actually my batter was lumpy.   :P            Ah yes...I forgot to mention: I really hated scooping the batter into the mini tedious!
The recipe?  I got it from here...but later i found out there's another blog with the similar recipe...Looks like everybody is sharing good recipes!   :)     (Ju, here it is:)

Steamed moist chocolate cake

(A) 180 g butter, 160g caster sugar, 200 g full cream evaporated milk, 1/2tsp vanilla extract & 2tbsp of rum (optional)
(B) 2 eggs, slightly beaten with fork.
(C) 100 g plain flour, 50 g cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda.

1. Combine (A) in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted, turn off the fire and keep warm.

2. Add (B) into (1) and stir till well mix.

3. Sift (C) into a large mixing bowl, then pour the eggs mixture (2) over the flour and stir till well mix (cake batter should be runny).

4. Heat up the steamer.

5. Lined 8 inch round baking pan. (I just scoop into muffin cups...lazy)

6. Pour the batter into the lined pan and place the pan into the steamer.

7. Cover the top of the pan loosely with a piece of aluminium foil.

8. Steam over medium heat for 45 mins.(Mine's done in 10-15 mins)

9. Cool the cake in pan before turning out for further decoration.

Wanna see some ugly cup-cakes? Towards the end, I was too lazy to fill another cup so these were full tho the brim...Ugh!! Hideous!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My New Toy...oops, I meant New Blender

I bought a new blender a month ago, similar to the one I'm eyeing for months. There were two options for me: 1.  The one from Buffalo with cost RM1,399....and 2.  M-Plan's (another direct selling company) blender costing RM1,099. ....Oooh, and I was clinching tightly to my purse while wanting to get one as soon as possible.
Then I saw THIS. They were having a demo at Jusco with all kinds of fruits and vegetables and herbs...and the price?.....RM598 !!!!!! So there it is now, in my kitchen. (you should've seen FIL sticking out his tongue when I said that I was going to buy it)  I don't know what exactly are the differences between this model and the other dream models, but I know that this one is from the same brand as the Buffalo model. (贵夫人--生机精华萃取机)

I'd wanted to blend fruits and veggies juices for Papa Bear since he hardly eats greens. This darling blends almost everything into powder form, so all my juices taste like juices except that it's thicker. Just add some ice to crush with the fruits and vegetables and you'll get smoothies.

The blender comes with a recipe book for soups and juices (very basic recipes but as a reference, OK lah...)
...oh, and I have been using it almost everyday...For example, this is an apple + 1 leaf of cabbage + a few grapes.

But still, I can't change my Papa Bear into a herbivore yet...he gives the "I-drink-this-because-it-is-good-for-my-health" look instead of  "I-love-fruits-and-veggies"....    :(         
....and Little Bear Ee Sync still won't drink it.  You ask him, he'll say: "Nice." But he just won't take another sip. Not even when a lot of honey is added. But those commercial cordial, he'll drink lots of them....

...sigh....! What are little boys and men made of? Why most of them are carnivorous?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sardine Potato Patties

This was made months ago, no chance to show you la, Wendy...

From your Tuna Potato Cakes...I "changed" it into this...  Errm...not really good lor, because Sardine has a strong fishy taste. I think I should've added some onions in it...and I even forgot to put pepper...sigh...!
Oh well, there'll always be a next time...But I really don't know when...

See...? They are not golden brown...   :(

Soya Bean Milk Jelly

When I was pregnant with Ee Chao, I had these cravings for I made some myself. Wendy's blog has been a great source of ideas and recipes with step by step instructions given. Being a novice in the kitchen, I find it very,very helpful indeed (besides "savouring" her pictures la   :P) This is from her blog too. She calls it longan tofu. But mine's just jelly, so jelly be it.

1 level Tbsp Agar-agar powder (8gm)(Didn't have powder, so used 1 packet of strips--25gm)
1L water
250gm sugar(I just estimatedly poured some half a packet of rock sugar)
2 blades pandan leaf, tied into a knot(Kesian, i didn't have these too..)
1L thick unsweetened soy milk
150ml evaporated milk(I used 3 tbsp of condense creamer because I have to help finish the few cans given by visiting relatives during the time when FIL were bed-ridden)
150ml canned longan syrup (from the longan can)(I omited this)
Canned longans

1. Prepare containers / jelly cups. Place 2 longans or more into each container.
2. Cook sugar, 750ml water and pandan leaf until water boils.(I used 500ml water)
3. Mix agar-agar powder with 250ml water and pour into (2). Bring to a boil again, simmer for another 2-minutes. Turn off heat.(I boiled the agar-agar strips with 500ml water til all strips desolved before adding in the sugar mixture)
4. Put in soy milk, evaporated milk and longan syrup. Mix well.
5. Pour soy mixture into prepared containers.
6. Let them cool down and set. Chill in fridge before serving.

Don't know why this one turned a bit curd-like:

This one I made the jelly again, this time with the longans. Its sweeter, but Ee Sync spat out the longans