Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Fried Curry Macaroni

This is one of my favourite dish. Whenever my mom cooks this, there will be plenty of meat and not forgetting chicken liver .. yummy. This dish is great served with fresh sliced chillies and plenty of fried shallots.

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Half packet of macaroni, boil till al-dente
Meat slices, chicken/beef or other meat that you like
1 large onion, thinly sliced
5 shallots, thinly sliced
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 1/2 tbsp heapful meat curry powder, add a bit of water to make it into a paste
3-4 tbsp ketchup
Mixed vege

1. Heat oil in wok
2. Add onion slices and fry till translucent
3. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and fry till fragrant
4. Add meat slices and add a bit of water, cook till meat is tender
5. Add curry paste and stir till well blended
6. Add vege and followed by ketchup
7. Add bit of water if it is too dry
7. Once vege is cooked, add the macaroni and mix it well, let it cook till slightly dry
8. Serve hot with fried shallots and sliced chilli

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Strawberry Chiffon

Bought a tub of strawberries and have some excess to bake this wonderful chiffon cake. Nothing beats fresh strawberries 8-D


This recipe was shared by Yochana but I increased the strawberries a little bit. Also since I don't take liquor, I replaced the kirsch with wild berry juice.

4 egg yolks
40g castor sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
a drop of pink colouring
1 tsp Strawberry emulco

160g fresh strawberries, puree until fine
80g cornoil
20g wild berry juice

120g cake flour, sifted
1 ts baking powder

5 Egg white
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
70g castor sugar

1. Mix the egg yolks with sugar and stir until well mixed
2. Add in corn oil, strawberry puree and juice and stir till well-mixed
3. Add in flour and baking powder and stir until smooth, followed by pink colouring and strawberry emulco
4. Beat egg white with cream of tartar and while egg white is beating, pour in sugar gradually and beat till stiff
5. Fold egg white with the egg yolk mixture and pour into a greaseless 23 cm or 25 cm tube pan and bake at 175C for about 50 mins
6. When cake is done, remove from oven and overturn the cake onto a wire rack until cool
7. Once cooled, remove from pan and serve

Durian Puffs

I was in the mood to bake a durian dessert so started with durian puffs. Not difficult to make though. The best is to prepare the cream earlier and chill it before filling the puff shells.

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This recipe was shared by one online friend but I changed the filling recipe by adding more durians, reducing the whipped cream and up the honey. It was truly durianlicious *wink*

Durian Filling

Durian pulp from 12 pcs of durian
2 tbsp milk
2-3 tsp honey
200ml whipping cream

1. Beat cream till soft peaked, put aside
2. Add durian meat, milk and honey into another bowl and mix till smooth using a wooden spoon
3.Combine cream and durian mixture together till well blended and put in fridge till ready to fill the puffs

Cream Puff Pastry

4oz butter
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs

1. Place water, butter and salt into saucepan and bring to boil till butter melts
2. With the heat still on, add flour and stir vigourously till mixture becomes ball like and doesn't stick to pan
3. Bring heat to low and when you hear a hissing sound, you know the dough is ready.
4. Set it aside into a mixing bowl to cool for about 5-10 mins.
5. Using a wooden spoon, add eggs one at a time into the mixing bowl with your dough and blend for at least one minute or until smooth
6. Continue doing this till all eggs are fully incorporated
7. Put the mixture into a piping bag or ziplog bag, snip a small hole at one corner and pipe swirls onto a non-stick tray or tray with baking paper (you can use a spoon to scoop too)
8. Bake for 20 mins at 220 degree celsius till golden brown
9. Cool on rack
10.Once cooled, fill puffs with durian filling and serve