Monday, September 9, 2013

Wedding Bliss

Less is more, they say. So, this blog post will not be about words, as I can't seem to have many to offer. Just enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed making these wedding mini cake and cupcakes recently.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Milk and Milo agar-agar

If there is one dessert my girls can eat every single day, I think it would be this. I love this too, it's a simple dessert I grew up with. Cool and sweet, it is the perfect pencuci mulut at kenduri or family gatherings.

It is really simple to make too, and requires minimal ingredients.

Here's my recipe for this:

Milk and Milo Agar-Agar

I packet of string agar-agar (the traditional type)
5 cups of water
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 can of evaporated milk
1 egg yolk (optional)


Place water in a heavy-bottomed pan, as soon as it is boiling, place agar-agar and water and let boil until agar-agar dissolves. Add evaporated milk and let boil. While the mixture is boiling, whisk the yolk in a small owl and add 1/2 cup of the mixture and whisk rapidly until mixed well. Pour the yolk mixture into the rest of the mixture and boil again until the mixture becomes a thick liquid. Remove from heat.

Pour the entire mixture into a dish or cake/bundt pan through a strainer, leaving 1/3 of a cup behind. In a small bowl, mix the 1/3 cup of mixture with 3-4 tablespoons of Milo. Pour into the mixture through a dish (the Milo mixture will sink). Let cool and chill in the refrigerator.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Penne in tomatoes and olive oil

I know all Malaysians are at this moment full of anticipation of the results of the election. I, together with million others cast our votes today. I pray that my Malaysia will be victorious. Insha' Allah.

Waiting in line for your turn at the ballots does make one hungry. I quickly prepared this simple pasta dish after I got home this morning. The long wait in the sun made me longed for something fresh. Here's the recipe which I put together with limited ingredients in the pantry.

Penne in Tomatoes and Olive Oil

300 grams penne, boiled in water and a teaspoon of salt. Drain.

4 cloves of garlic, chopped (I used my garlic press)
1/2 onion, diced really small
2 ripe tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
2 palm-sized chicken breast, cut into small strips
4-5 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
1 teaspoon powdered chicken stock (I used Knorr)

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in pan, sautee garlic and onion until golden. Add tomatoes and stir. When tomatoes become soft, add chicken, salt and powdered chicken stock, and stir until coooked. Turn down heat and add pasta and remainder of olive oil. Keep on stirring until all ingredients come together. Add pepper and dried mixed herb, stir one last time and turn off heat and it's ready to be served!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Chubby mini cinnamon sugar donuts

Donuts make it to the list of comfort food for me. It reminds me of my childhood; standing in line at the school canteen, with a 20sen coin in my hand, eager-eyed waiting to purchase a piece of donut to sink my teeth into during the 10am recess.

My girls love donuts too. In fact, they learned to make their own donuts when they were nine and seven respectively, using the recipe at the back of the yeast box.

Well, this recipe isn't from the back of the box of yeast, but instead adapted from Rima of Bisous A' Toi. We love our donuts simple, so these ones were coated with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Here's the basic recipe from Rima. 

Ingredients :
500g high protein flour - bread flour
100g sugar
11g instant yeast
4 egg yolks
200 ml water

100g butter / margarine
1 tsp salt

This was what I did with the ingredients: Dump ingredients A into your stand mixer with hook attachment or breadmaker (I used the former). Start the machine at medium speed. After about 5 mins, when the ingredients have come together, add butter and salt. Work it for another 15-20 mins.

Let the dough rest for 10 mins, and then divide the dough into half and make them into a ball. Using your rolling pin, roll dough to about two thirds of an inch and  use a donut cutter. Place cut donuts onto a floured tray and let rise for 30-40 mins. Then, they are ready to be deep fried in cooking oil (medium heat).

Immediately after you scoop the donuts from the frying pan, place them into a bowl of your cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.

Cinnamon sugar mixture: mix 3/4 cups sugar wth 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.

Enjoy 'em donuts!