Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hot, thick fluffy pancakes, with lashings of sweet maple syrup, will pick up the lowest of spirits and sunshine will return.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Strawberry Fields

As far as the eye can see ...
*Dreamy sigh*

Naked Pav

After making the 4 pastry doughs I had 5 eggwhites left.

So ... Its Pavlova Time! Hooray! hehehe

I failed on my first pav.  I think I took it out before it had cooled >_< Baad move!
So this is my 2nd Pav.

The mix is still as sticky as I remember ! Seriously I do not know how people play with Macaroons! ^^ I'll take my hat off to them!

We are having it for dessert for tonight!  Bring some fruit and you can have a slice too!

Almondmeal Pastry Hedgehogs

I should really call them Echidnas, but the name, hedgehogs is much cuter (:

Maybe a first name will sugar coat the harsh name we have our Australian native... Eric? Maybe Edwina? Edmund? Nah. he's a softie. Eva? Possible.  I can be a prickly bugger if I get my dander up :)

To make them I used some of the almond meal pastry, made cones, filled them with jam.  Sealed the end and then stuck pieces of flaked almond and black sesame seeds.  Bake at 150 degrees C, until golden brown and cool on a wire rack.

Heavenly Strawberry Tartlets

I love how this photo is blown out.  I can almost imagine angels "lah!" the approach of the pearly gates (: hahaha!

Yes!  At 3am, I really should rest the imagination.  ^_^

Since taking photos of these I have added a wine jelly glaze, its really yum! the sweet boozy flavors adding to the strawberry and chocolate and shortcrust pastry.

If recipe is required, please request.  I mixed a few recipes to create this so I will take a bit of merging and creating, the wine jelly I made on the fly.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pick a Piece of Pastry, Prick it and Print on a "P"

4 Balls of pastry dough and a big bowl of strawberries! Yum

Can you guess which type of pastry is which?

There is
  1. Shortcrust
  2. Butter
  3. Rough Puff Pastry
  4. Almond Meal Pastry

Pocket Sandwiches and Panzanella Salad

I've been meaning to blog this one, because I like the efficent use of all ingredients so no scraps are left.

To make this bento you need a bento sandwich press. This one is mine. I got it from a Japan shipment a friend of mine brought back from Japan. ^^ They aren't cheap on the internet >_<. But if you are in a tight spot I guess you could substitute with cutters, using the large one as the cutter, and flip the smaller as used it as the presser.
You also need a huge loaf of bread. Most Australian bread is 650g or 750g, which i think is too small, so you need to find yourself a 800g loaf. Coles bake their own and you can normally find it in their bakery section. 
So make your pocket sandwiches. I filled mine with tuna and mayo, you can fill it with any soft ingredient, jam, peanut butter, mashed egg, mashed potato, leftovers (as long as they arent too wet).

This is the bit I like the best!  You will be left with the crust, What you do is pop them on the grill and toast until crispy. Then break into small pieces and put that in a sealed bag or wrap in foil.

Make the rest of your salad, (cherry tomatoes, chopped parsely, shredded basil, cheese) and dressing (little container of balasmic dressing with a dash of O.oil). And you are ready to go, pack it all into a your bento box, and when its lunchtime, take out the pockets, pour in the crusts and the dressing, seal, shake and eat!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Muesli Bars

Healthy and Naughty - Perfect Balance. (:

Chocolate Coated Muesli Bars
(Photo: Uncoated)

500g of untoasted muesli, your choice of mix.
1 tbs cornflour
150g Butter
1/2 cup golden syrup
1/2 cup honey
500g milk chocolate

Turkey Apricot Meatballs

Meatballs aren't chinese, but I started making them as part of my bento stash.  Bentos have taken a backburner, but lucky the meatballs still keep coming.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Want List

The Apron, I Desire

The Placement I Require

The Blog I Thank

Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits
Originally uploaded by EvaApple

I was collating all the pastry recipes in my cookbooks last night when i found a lavender biscuit recipe. "Ahh-Ha!" I said triumphantly, "I happen to have some culinary lavender, sitting there waiting for me to use!" Now go to sleep!  [more]

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Grapefruit and Shaved Fennel Salad

Like most Asians, I hate licorice, I tolerate all-sorts, I dislike Sambuca, but I love Fennel!  Roast it, Braise it, Salad it. I'LL eat it! hehehe

Before you start on such a salad, you must get a mandoline slicer. It is essential. AND make sure you get one with a safety holder, or you will be shaving quite a few knuckles and finger tips! [more]

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Cabbage and Bacon Stirfry

This is another simple dish. We were having chicken pies for dinner, and we needed a veg. I actually like cabbage. Not only does it keeps forever in the fridge, its sweet, crispy. and can be used in chinese or western cuisine. Chinese cabbage is sweeter and also keeps. but its much more seasonal. [more]

Monday, September 06, 2010

Loh Haun Jai - Pantry Soong

This is what I call Pantry Dish. - and it is what it is, other than a jar of fermented red beancurd (nam yu) you will find all these ingredients in your Chinese pantry [more]

Chilli Bean Eggplant and Charsui

Spicy, Sweet and Flavoursome. This is a simple dish that is great to make, leftovers are good in lunch, even the next dinner session. [more]