Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kreativ Award

I was surprised to receive an award from Aimei of Baking Cottage. Of course it was a sweet surprise and thanks alot Aimei! Here's the logo for the Award:

The Kreativ Blogger Award comes with some rules:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Emm let me think of what I can share...

1. I sometimes prepare all my ingredients nicely on the table and follow the receipe step by step, but often miss out one bowl of sugar, or one cup of milk and end up mixing my steps all over again

2. I have burnt my fingers/hand a couple of times while baking/cooking

3. I always like to go straight into the recipe without weighing and preparing all the ingredients first, so I often end up back and forth and back and forth

4. My family gets to eat my burnt and hard cakes all the time

5. I always eat a slice of cake and feel guilty for the next 24 hrs

6. I always like to smell my cookies and cakes after removing from the oven and before placing on the table

7. I always substitute butter with margarine and lessen the quantity of butter and sugar thinking it could help in weight management :P

So now, my 7 Kreativ Awards go out to:

1. Happy Home Baking for her wonderful, colourful and splended recipes and pictures
2. Junglefrog who is always so supportive of my blog and amazes me with her inspiring food pictures
3. Small Small Baker is very inspiring in her cake recipes
4. Kitchen Corner for her detailed step by step recipe
5. Passionate About Baking for her step by step and mouth watering food pictures
6. Cook.Bake.Love for being so supportive and visiting my blog regularly
7. Bitter Sweet Flavours for her inspiring food blog with lovely colourful pictures

Thanks everyone and happy blogging! This is non obligatory but just to spread the spirit and love of food blogging and may all our blogs thrive with better and exciting recipes!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sweet Potato Cake

This is an interesting bake from Alex Goh Fruity Cakes. His recipes are always very user friendly, easy and very attainable. No frills with his step by step guide.

This is a light and sweet tasting sweet potato cake. It's rich in beta carotene and makes a good healthy afternoon tea snack!

200g butter
50g sugar

4 egg yolks

100g sweet potato, peeled steamed and mashed

4 egg whites
100g sugar
180g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

60g raw sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 Grease baking pan and preheat oven to 170 deg C
2 Cream A until light and fluffy
3 Add B and continue whipping till light and smooth then add C and cream till well blended
4 Whip the egg whits in D until foamy then add sugar and continue whipping till stiff
5 Mix the meringue with the batter from step 3 till well incorporated
6 Pour 1/3 of the batter in the pan and drop some diced sweet potato and place remaining batter over it
7 Bake for 40 min till golden brown

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Preparing for Durian Puff

Some say in Singapore there isn't such a thing as Durian Season as durians are available ALL YEAR ROUND. Well I guess it's a matter of the quality if durians you get at the market at different times of the year. Since this is the season for durians I think I should make some durian puffs.. if anyone could tell me how to make delicious durian filling without too much whipped cream, I would grab my ingredients and equipment right away! The thought of whipped cream and the extra fat and calories always put me off....

I can't wait... Suggestions are welcome!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thai Olive Fried Rice

I never miss the Olive Fried Rice when I visit a Thai restuarant. It is a simple mix of rice, olive vegetables and minced pork or chicken with egg. For my version, I kept it simple with only egg and olive vegetables and I have my minced chicken as my side dish.

To begin, I chopped about 1-20g of dried shrimps into small pieces. Fry it with garlic in hot oil. This is the part where it becomes very fragrant and I enjoy this part. Fry for about 2 min before adding in an egg. Stir everything together till egg is semi cooked. Put some olive vegetables into the mixture and continue stirring till well distributed. You can easily get olive vegetable at the supermarket and it comes in the section where you can find bottled pickles and other chinese food stuff. Remove the leaves from the seed and drip in some of the olive oil as well. The amount you add in is entirely up to the individual's preference. I base this on guestimation and my own preference. Then, throw in some over night rice (I use about 1-1.5 cups of cooked rice) and stir thoroughly. Fry till evenly mixed and pour in fish sauce. I pour about 3-4 tbsp to make it more fragrant. Add some pepper and you are ready to go!

PS: do not attempt to add salt or soy sauce as the olive vegetables is preserved in salt and water which already makes it quite salty. If you wish to add meat, fry the minced chicken or pork before adding in the rice.

You can also try Fried Olive Brown Rice. It tastes just as good, and definitely much healthier.

Friday, July 10, 2009


(this picture wasnt very well taken but pls bear with me)

This recipe was given to me by my friend who had successfully achieved the brownie. I cut down the original amt of sugar as I couldn't bear seeing myself pouring so much sugar into a mixture and eventually our stomach. With the chocolate chips added in, it definitely will not be unsweet. The recipe given to me was just simply mix everything together and bake! As easy as that. Nothing like step 1, xx step 2 xx... I was puzzled but that was how the recipe was. And it didn't turn out too bad..

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/3 cup plain flour
4 eggs
250g melted butter (I use 200g)
1/4 tsp baking powder
Some chocolate chips
(1/3 block white chocolate but I replaced this with white marshmallow)

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 170 deg C for 50 min. My marshmallow didn't turn out as I expected. I expected some white chewy stuff in the brownie but it came out all black
:( Nevermind. Try again next time..