Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Chocolate Cupcakes

Realised by now that the top 3 ingredients you need for a cake/ dessert/cookie are: 1) good quality chocolate (i mean at least >60%), 2) unsalted butter, 3) raw/brown sugar.
Had the above ingredients at home and decided to whip up some cup cakes.
Recipe? Sorry.... I did not use any form of measurement this time round.... I am serious. Lazy to take out my scale and beaters, so decided to do everything by estimation. :P Don't anyone of you out there has such feelings once in a while? When you see Nigella Lawson just scooping flour from the container and says that's 2 cups of flour when you CAN'T tell at all and you are just amazed/ wondering how she manage to guage? hahaha...
But... steps wise, here's how I do it.
1. Combine the softened and cut butter, 64% choc pieces and brown sugar in a mixing bowl over simming water. Its about 80g of choc and 100g of butter. Sugar... about 2 1/2 tbsp.
2. Use a plastic spatula to mix it during the melting process. When it's done, let it cool about 5 min.
3. Sift in this combination: 2 tbsp wholemeal flour, 1tbsp cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp of baking soda, 2 tbsp of almond meal. I sift this directly into the choc mixture.
4. At this point, use a whisk to combine everything together.
5. I added an egg to the mixture, which bounded everything together... So, I added approx 1/4 cup of whipping cream to loosen the mixture abit.
6. Added some brandy soaked raisins for flavour. I guess you could add anything at this point... chopped walnuts, dates, prunes, choc chips.... whatever you have in your pantry. :) Sounds fun right?
7. Pop them into a 180C pre-heated oven for 20 mins. Check for doneness with a wooden skewer. Depending on your oven temp, might need a little while more. I had mine inside for additional 3 mins.
Made 6 cupcakes.

They are on the office table now, for my colleagues breakfast. :)
Have fun experimenting, be daring and try out... think about it? what's the worse that can happen? Overcooked cake, I suppose? :)

Sunday, 18 November 2007


Yes! I did made hummus today! Was surfing the blogs on Friday and saw this recipe from the Wednesday Chef. Bought a 250g pack of dried chickpeas from the supermarket on Sat, and decided... what the heck, so do it... Well, there are alot of recipes lying around which I want to do, alot of office work to clear, and things in the kitchen pantry waiting for me to use up before they expire. And of course, things to blog about. :)

So, whatever, this is my first attempt in making hummus. Boy, am I glad I did it. No more store-bought hummus after this time. All that cleaning up of the food processor was worth while, when I saw W's eyes grew big after his first taste of the hummus. We are fans of Mediterrenean food; tzatiki and hummus being 2 of the popular dips we love when we were in Greece for our honeymoon.

Thanks Luisa, for this wonderful recipe. It's really a keeper! Basically, it made my Sunday! :)

Friday, 16 November 2007

TGIF - A week of work and no play

This week is not the best of weeks I can have. Doing Singapore assignments is the worst thing that can happen to me in work. Things takes longer to be given to you, people are slower to get back to you on your questions... and people go on leave without telling you! when you need them!!! Urghhh....

Well, to make myself feel better mentally, i decided to blog an entry before i leave the office. Quite unproductive today, no mood to work, as u can see... well these kind of stuff does happens once in a while. Anyway, its quite impossible that I can complete my work by next Friday. There are tons of stuff to plough through next week.
I am already thinking of the dinner I am going to cook later... :p
Ok guys, have a great weekend. I know, I still owe the entry on the chives kimchi... going to polish it off later... Might be doing hummus this wkend...hee

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Saturday - Breakfast and Dinner

Saturday... a day to catch up on sleep, housework, exercise, office work and whatever you can't finish in the first 5 days of the week. Something that I always look forward on Saturday is breakfast. Not that I don't eat b'fast during the week, but its always eaten in front of the laptop in office. So, Saturday is a great time to sit in a coffee shop; a simple one will do... kopi and a piece of kueh... that's all and I'm satisfied... total cost? $1.10. Damn, could have been a dollar if not for the 10c price increase for the ming jiang kueh...haha...wonderful way to start the day. Loved the way the kueh was done at this stall. The filling is crushed peanuts and sugar, a weekly indulge for me. I can't stand those with a filling similar to peanut butter, gooey and messy, with no fragrance at all. The best ming jiang kueh I had was actually in Cameron Highlands, where the skin is thin and crisp, not like SG's version where the skin is so thick. The ancik will add crushed peanuts, sweet corn and a little condensed milk! hahahaa... sinful rite? But so so good...yummy...:)

Dinner... W is finally back from his trip to Jarkata. Well, apparently he had loads of fun eating and shopping for real Polos. According to him, he ate loads of carbs and well, put on weight of course.

Planned for Sat's dinner two night ago. Decided to try out the chives kimchi I read from a TW recipe book. Also, in order to clear my pantry, decided to do a fried rice cakes. So on Thursday, I soaked the dried chinese rice cakes, changing water daily. As for the kimchi, it was an experience doing it, getting a bit of mess on my t-shirt. But luckily the result tasted ok... none of us had a tummy upset... :) Will be writing up the recipe for these 2 dishes in the next post... for now... need to clear some office work... that's what happens when your boss gives you a laptop...:P

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Dinner at Eden Cafe

Scallops in egg yolk and lemon sauce, with the strawberry champange

Penne in Chocolate and Olive Sauce

Polenta cake with sundried tomatoes and feta cheese

Lavender roast chicken

Mahi-Mahi fish with almonds and lemon sauce
Trio of desserts: Chocolate Ganache
Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper Moouse Cake
White Wine Jello with Osmathus and ElderFlower
Great Place with great food... and of course great company! Dinner with the lovely bride-to-be and the jie meis.
Venue was held at Eden Cafe, located in Club Street. Though the restaurant was admist all the pub joints, the interior was very cozy and homely. All thanks to June, who knows the Clement, the boss, we were fortunate enough to have a 8 course sampler menu... washed down with a beautiful strawberry champange from Chile.
Lovely ambience, though I think we were quite a nusiance, with our loud garfaws...:P
No complaints about the food... all of us polished everything off the plate. We thought we won't be stuffed since the portions were not big...but...BUT... we were so STUFFED that we just din want to move at all...haha

Well, great place and I will definitely be back... ;)