Toffee Apple Candy Treat

Saturday, August 9, 2008

This is definitely a yummy treat. And kids would love to get involve into making these, its easy enough but please do take extra caution when making this with your kids as the Toffee is HOT! oh, you can dunk dipped apples into your favourite goodies such as chocolate chips, crisped rice cereal, and almond nibs...yummy yumm yumm...For this recipe, i suppose it'll be better if you use miniature apples such as maclntosh coz personally, i think if you use the regular apples (which often is large size) it'll take the fun (eating) away besides it'll be very sweet. I think i've seen those (malcntosh apples) in Bangsar Village centre but i didn't use that just a regular petite apples i got from Pasar Malam.

What you Need:-

A dozen of miniature apples
A dozen of Popsicle sticks or chopsticks (i use fruit sticks- works just fine)
2c sugar
1/2c golden corn syrup
1/4c water
1/2c unsalted butter
2tsp vanilla essence
some of your fave goodies!

How you do it:

  1. prepare the apples by washing and drying. stick the popsicle sticks into end of apples and place on parchment lined baking tray
  2. bring sugar and corn syrup and water to boil in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  3. cook without stirring, brushing sides of the pot often with water until sugar is a light caramel color.
  4. remove from heat and whisk in butter until blended.
  5. stir in vanilla.
  6. while toffee is warm, dip apples, swirling and swishing to coat. then you could dip it into your fave goodies if you like.
  7. place apple back on to the parchment to cool.
  8. if toffee become to firm to dip, no worries just reheat it over low heat stirring gently.
  9. store apples in a cool dry place. serve with maple walnut Ice cream.
when making these i did have some leftovers of the toffee, so i just dunk in rosted almonds to make candied almonds.

Marinara Fettucinie with Lobster - My Saturday Lunch

I woke up late coz i had a very late night watching my long due DVDs. So when i woke up that morning i felt like having something much more filling then my usual breakfast, so i decided to have brunch instead and before i knew it i've already started cooking my pasta and making the Marinara sauce. This is how i like to take my seafood with my pasta, with the richness of the tomato sweet sour flavor and the fragrant bay leaves and italian herbs oh yeah i do add a couple of table spoon of chilli sauce to add some 'zing' in it..(yeah we asian cannot run far from spiciness) just describing this makes my mouth waters *yumm* i just love this dish even if you go any italian restaurant and got your eyes crossed looking that their menus you can never go wrong with Seafood Marinara Pasta/fettucini, i know coz this is the only thing i'll order if i can't decide...

anyway...this is the recipe: (for 2 person)

what you need:-

2clove garlic - chopped
1 bombay onion - diced
1 large tomato - diced
1/2 can tomato puree
2tbs chilli sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
a dash of sugar
1 bay leaf
a dash of italian herbs
squid - cleaned and cut
prawns- clean devained
any white meat fish fillet - clean and cut to chunks (i use lemon sole fillet)
1 Lobster - cleaned and cut into half
1/2c water

How you do it:-

  1. saute garlic and onions until fragrant
  2. add in the tomato, bay leaf and italian herbs - stir for a while
  3. add in all the seafood except the lobster - stir until seafood is almost cooked
  4. add in the tomato puree, chili sauce and lobster stock- stir
  5. add in salt, pepper and sugar - simmer until the sauce is slightly thickens. - ready to serve
To Prepare the lobster:
  1. Clean lobster, put it in a deep stewing pot.
  2. add in the 1/2c of water
  3. if you like you can add in a dash of salt
  4. close the lid, cook for a good 20 minutes of until done.
  5. when done cut lobster to half then topped it on the fettuccine, dress it! and serve
I prepare it this way because i don't want to complicate it so much as it may loose its marvelous taste (its naturally sweet and tender flavor) so i keep it simple.
Beautifully cooked Lobster...look at the tender juicy lobster meat...yumm!

Egg benedict - Breakfast face lift ^_^

Thursday, August 7, 2008

yup just like the title suggested...egg Benedict is our breakfast for today...i called it breakfast face lift coz its actually the same usual breakfast for us and i just dress it to make it more interesting and fool my husband and kids into thinking that they're eating something different :D

all you need:
1 egg
1 remekin or any oven proof bowl - grease it well
1slice of bread - buttered
a dash of white pepper and salt to taste
optional ingredients: grated cheddar cheese, finely chopped spring onions, finely chopped beef bacon
how to:

  1. place the buttered bread into the remikins (the bread should follow the remikin's mold)
  2. break egg into the bread then sprinkle a dash of pepper n salt to taste
  3. optional: you can sprinkle/garnish the egg with cheese or other optional ingredients
  4. bake for 5-10 minutes or until the egg is done at 180c