Saturday, January 23, 2010

My SPAM sandwich

After a tiring kickboxing, I was cautious on what I eat. I went to my kb class on an empty stomach and came back on an even emptier stomach. With some leftover SPAM turkey ham, I bought myself a loaf of focaccia bread, along with some sliced button mushroom and iceberg lettuce. I resisted buying the Narcissus brand of ham produced in China after all the bad publicity and reviews on made-in-china products. Canned ham/luncheon meat remains one of my weakness :) Hence, SPAM, made in USA, is my next best alternative. Though my sandwich is not exactly very healthy, it beats eating rice or noodles right after a gruelling kickboxing session.

It only took me 8 min to prepare - slicing some lettuce, pan fry the SPAM turkey ham, and pan fry the button mushroom with some herbs and salt, and sandwich them together. It was a simple but delightful meal! For better taste and texture, you may add some pepper and toast the bread lightly.

Verdict: Simply yummy and delicious!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I had another attempt of carrot walnut cake as it was a request from my aunt during Christmas lunch. With this version, I added more cream cheese topping - at the sides and on top, with added chocolate curls. But each of my attempt varies. The inside doesnt look as dark and moist like the previous. Nevertheless the taste is the same and yumilicious as ever! I love carrot cake!

To make the chocolate curls, simply use a peeler and scrape the sides of a chocolate at room temperature. The colder it is the shorter and stiffer the curls. I used a mix of both milk and dark chocolates. And this time, I used 2 pans to bake 2 layers of cake, sandwiching a layer of cream cheese in the centre.

there you go :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Old Fashion Marble Cake

This is something I love to eat since young and this is my 2nd attempt at trying this. First attempt, I ran out of cocoa powder right at the min when I needed it after preparing the first few steps. It was frustrating so I used milo instead, which wasnt so ideal. So 2nd attempt with cocoa powder was good :)

1 tsp natural vanilla extract
185g unsalted butter, chopped
230g caster sugar
Mix well using electric beaters till pale and fluffy

3 eggs
Add in eggs, one at a time and beat well

280g self raising flour (sifted)
185ml milk
Add in C alternating between each item and fold the mixture in between

2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tbsp warm milk
Stir until smooth and add into one half of the mixture till well combined.

Spoon the 2 mixtures into the loaf tin in alternate spoonfuls. Bake at 200deg C for 40 min.

Enjoy and happy new year!

(Adapted from: Baking, a commonsense guide)