Daniel's Steamed Chocolate Cake - my son's recipe

Saturday, August 16, 2008

today my son woke me up asking me if he could make a cake for his grand parents...naturally i said NO coz he's too young to do anything in the kitchen...(he's barely 3 years old) but he was pestering me until i finally said OK Ok...but since my oven is out of commission...we have to make do with steaming the cake instead baking it.

so i brought out all the basic ingredients to make a cake and my son chose all the ingredients by himself...he wanted a chocolate cake he said chocolate is the BEST! (i must agree with him as i too love chocolate) then i weigh all the ingredients but he do all the sifting, mixing, folding...and my kitchen was the 'mother messiness' thanx to Daniel, my son...
he said one for maktok, one for nenek...
The recipe:
150g flour
200ml vege oil
250 fresh milk
1/2 can evaporated milk
100g sugar
100g cocoa powder
1tsp soda bikarbonate
1tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla essence

How he did it:

  1. combine cocoa powder + sugar +evaporated milk + oil + fresh milk,
  2. then stir over heat for awhile about 5mins max.(this part i've to do it) then remove from heat.
  3. beat eggs in another bowl and pour in the above mixture.
  4. sift the flour and baking powder and the soda bikarbonate then
  5. finally fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture
  6. ready your baking pan or in our case heat proof tupperware, lined it with parchment paper then pour the cake mixture in...
  7. steam for 20-30minutes or until cake is done. (the steam must be hot so pre heat it first)

My Kitch3n Durian Pudding Cake - Tried & Tested

Friday, August 15, 2008

I know i know whats up with the strawberry? i ran out of durian for my decoration so i improvise still look good right? *laughs* anyway this is the recipe that i've tried and tested from Lydia's blog...and it was delicious! we all love it especially my dad...he's a durian lover so we applaued Lydia for sharing such delicious recipe...

I'm a tad bit lazy to re-write the recipe but you can look for it @ http://mykitch3n.blogspot.com/

oh i recomend you to try this recipe...2 thumbs up! a really great way to use up the durians apart from the usual durian puffs or a durian balls (jejemput durian/cekodok durian)...so what are you waiting for? drop by at her blog and feast your eyes on her deliciously taken pictures and try her recepies i'm sure they were all great..

p/s: lydia, your blog is now one of my favorite...*wink*

Fruit Tart

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I think its safe to say that everyone LURVE fruit tarts...just looking at them makes your mouth waters and its simply gorgeous, whether you decorate it with a single fruit (such as strawberries or peaches) or a medley of strawberries, peaches, kiwies, blueberries, or even raspberries. Its a perfect center piece for any dessert table...and no one can resist its beauty!

I made this for my aunt's book club gathering and its a sure crowd pleaser! I recon you to try this recipe

you need:
basic sweet crust
pastry cream
fresh fruits of your liking : mine was grapes, strawberries and peaches
4tbs piping jelly + 2tbs water for glazing

Basic Sweet Crust:


140g flour

1/8tsp salt

55g caster sugar

115g butter - cold

1 egg yolk

1-2tbsp ice cold water.

making the crust:-

  1. Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.
  2. cut the butter into small chuncks and add to the flour mixture.
  3. Using a dough blade, blend the butter into the flour mixture until it has the consistency of a damp sand with a few pea sized pieces remaining.
  4. using a fork, beat the egg yolk with the cold water.
  5. slowly pour the egg mixture over the flour, stiring until mixture become moistened. the dough should stick together and able to hold the form of a ball.
  6. Cover the ball with plastic wrap.
  7. Smooth the ball of dough with a rolling pin to form a flat disc, chill in the fridge for minimum of 1/2 an hour. Pre heat the oven 180c.
  8. To roll out the piecrust, unwrap the disc and place on a lightly floured surface. roll the dough from the center of the disc to the edge, until the crust is the desired thickness and 2.5cm wider than the pie tin it will fit.
  9. blind bake until crust is golden brown @ 180c
p/s: you roll it into a disc so that it'll chill evenly.
p/ss: if you can't transfer the entire piece of dough don't worry - this dough patches easily!

Pastry Cream / Custard:

what you need:

115g sugar
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 large egg yolk lightly beaten
2tbsp cornflour
235ml milk
120 whipping cream
2tsp vanilla essence

How you do it:-

To Assemble:-
  1. set the pie crust
  2. pour in pastry cream
  3. arrange the fruits
  4. brush the piping jelly on top of the fruits

Our Dinner - Steamed Fish with pickle ginger

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Today i'm in the mood for something simple...Steamed Fish came to mind... its a great choice coz my hubby and son love steamed fish...I got this recipe from my mother in law its really good and you should try.
What you need:-
1 medium sized Baramundi fish - cleaned and soaked with tamarind water to get rid of the mud taste.
1/2c of sauce for steamed fish - you can buy this from the supermarket or any oriental shop
2tbs sliced pickled ginger
several slices of fresh ginger
1/2 large chili - sliced thinly
1/2 bombay onion - sliced
2tsp chopped garlic
1tbs frying oil
How you do it:-

  1. heat oil and saute garlic until slightly browned then add the onion, gingers and chili
  2. stir fry until fragrant
  3. add in the steam fish sauce, stir then remove from heat.
  4. place the fish on a plate, pour in the sauce the steam for 15-20 minutes or until fish is done.
  5. ready to serve...you may garnish it with coriander leaves
my other side dish would be stir fried long bean with sweet soy sauce, omelete with carrots and shrimp bits, and stir fry spinach with salted fish bits.

p/s: sorry for the unattractive pictures ^_^