Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Home Made Fish Balls



I've found a recipe on how to make fish balls at home by yourself. I never tried it since it's much easier to buy them at the market . But sometimes, I think homemade fishballs taste better because we can use the best and the freshest fish we can get. So it's worth trying....A simple meal like a vegetable soup for instance, tastes much much better if you add some fish balls as part of the ingredients. You can smell the difference before you could ever taste it. Don't hesitate to try even if you're not a fish person because fish balls don't have that strong fishy flavour .




HOMEMADE FISH BALL


Ingredients:

300 g fish flesh/fillet (preferably white flesh fish)
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp corn flour
1 tsp tapioca starch
50 ml cold water


Method:

- in a food processor, blend together the fish flesh,white pepper and salt.

- followed by the corn flour, tapioca starch and cold water.

- when everything is well mixed, knead the mixture into small balls, about a half size of a golf ball. You can do this by using a spoon but I'd rather use my hands because it's more convenient and faster, but make sure you wet your hands before you start to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.

- Meanwhile, boil some water in pot to cook all the raw fish balls. The fish ball is thoroughly cooked when it floats on the water surface.

- drained, and you can use the fish balls in your cooking straight away or you can keep in a container and put it in the refrigerator and use it anytime you wish. But remember to use it within a week.

Good luck!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Chocolate Ice Blended




Whenever I'm down....or not in my best condition,hehehe...or I just had a bad day....or I just need a break after a long and tiring day, I will treat myself with a big glass of chocolate drink (again? ). Not only me but all the members of this house LOVE it so very much! I just love the feeling it gives me everytime that col,rich chocolate drink flows down in my throat. Ooo La La! Well, without further adue....this is the recipe!




Chocolate Ice Blended.....my style.


Ingredients (serves 4 ) :

- 2 table spoon of cocoa powder

- 5 table spoon of sugar (or you can substitute with 5 table spoon of sweetened condensed milk diluted in a glass of hot water)

- a glass of milk (fresh or evaporated milk) but if you use the condensed milk you can omit this or just omit by half .

- enough ice cubes

- a couple scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream (optional, but it does give a richer and creamier taste....yummy...!)



Method :

- In a blender, put in the cocoa, sugar,milk and ice cubes together. Blend for a few seconds.

- and then add in the ice cream and blend again...

- pour in a glass and served just as it is or you can topped with whipped cream and dusted cocoa or cinnamon powder.

An excellent treat during a hot day! I think I need a glass right now...!



Chocolate Ice Blended,topped with whipped cream and sifted cocoa powder...yummy!





Friday, February 23, 2007

American Fudge Cake

I believe that most of us LOVE chocolate. Anything that has to do with chocolate is always tempting, right? whether it's chocolate cakes or chocolate drinks...chocolate bar or chocolate icecream.....either it's hot, cold or in between....hummm...chocolate is always yummy! So ,while I was surfing the net I found this recipe at this website and I think I'd like to try it. The ingredients are not that complicated. I also found a few more chocolate recipes at the same website but I'll paste it later. Okay..I may not try it today or tomorrow..but I will. That's for sure, since I LOVE CHOCOLATE!






American Fudge Cake

This recipe is also known as

‘Death by Chocolate’,if it is topped with chocolate ice cream and lashings of whipped cream





FOR THE CAKE


  • 125 g (4 oz) butter
  • 225 g (8 oz) dark soft brown sugar (or you can substitute with white sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 142 ml (¼ pint) soured cream
  • 175 g (6 oz) plain flour
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 2.5 ml (½ tsp) bicarbonate of soda
  • 50 g (2 oz) Cadbury Bournville cocoa


FOR THE FILLING

  • 40 ml (2 Tbs) Cadbury Bournville cocoa
  • 125 g (4 oz) butter
  • 150 g (5 oz) icing sugar, sieved
  • Vanilla essence


FOR THE FROSTING

  • 200 g bar of Cadbury Bournville chocolate
  • 40 ml (2 Tbs) Cadbury Bournville cocoa
  • 142 ml (¼ pint) double cream

  • Two 20 cm (8-inch), shallow cake tins, greased and base-lined

For the cake, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light in colour anti texture. Gradually beat in the eggs, and then the soured cream (the mixture looks curdled at this stage). Sieve together the dry ingredients and fold them into the mixture. Divide the mixture equally between the tins. Bake at Gas Mark 5/190ºC:/375ºF for 30 – 35 minutes, until cooked. Turn out on to a wire tray to cool.

Make the filling by mixing the cocoa with 40 ml (2 Tbs) of boiling water to a smooth paste, allow to cool. Beat together the butter, sieved icing sugar and essence, until light and fluffy. Beat in the cocoa. Slice the cake in half and then sandwich the halves together with the filling.

For the frosting, melt the chocolate carefully. Make the cocoa into a paste with water as before and mix with the chocolate. Slowly whisk the cream into the chocolate until smooth and thickened. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake with a palette knife.

Serve in slices, with whipped cream or ice-cream. If possible warm each slice in a microwave or oven, if you have made the cake in advance; it can also be served cold but is definitely more interesting hot, with the contrast of ice cream.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Marble Cake

One of my all time favourite cakes is Marble Cake. The ingredients is simple yet the taste is delicious! My father enjoys Marble Cake very much since he's not a chocolate cake enthusiast and he likes it just as it is, no cream, no topping. Just plain, simple marble cake. Maybe because he himself is not a complicated person. Hehehe....so here is a recipe for you to try, especially to those who are firstimer in baking cakes, this is the suitable cake to start with. Enjoy!






Marble Cake


Ingredients A
2oo gm butter
50 gm margerine (or you can ommit this and just use one whole block of butter -250g)
210 gm castor sugar (a cup)
5 eggs

Ingredients B
230 gm flour......]
1 tsp baking powder....] sift together
30 cocoa powder (or you can substitute with a teaspoon of chocolate emulco)
80 ml fresh milk (can be substituted with evaporated milk or 2 table spoon of sweetened condensed milk diluted in a half cup of water)
1 tsp of vanilla essence


Method:
1. Beat the butter,margerine and the sugar together until fluffy and then add in the eggs and the vanilla essence , keep beating.

2. Scoop in the flour and the milk alternately, mix everything together.

3. Stop beating and divide the mixture into two.

4. One mixture is added with cocoa powder while the the other one is not.

5. Meanwhile, heat the oven at 180'C for 5 minutes and grease a baking tin.

6. Pour some of the plain cake mixture into the tin and then followed by the chocolate mixture to form a "marble" look.

7. Bake the cake in an oven for about 50- 60 minutes.



Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Steamed Bun (Pau)





I've always loved Steamed Buns or as we normally call it here, PAU (pow) ,with red bean filling so when I found its recipe I tried it straight away. And my first attempt of making my own pau was a success,I guess. Though it wasn't as white as I wanted but it was good. My girls love it so much especially Sophea. She can eat 5 to 6 paus all by herself at one time!

One thing that motivates me the most of trying to make my own Pau was that it's kinda hard to find HALAL Pau , here in Keningau (besides frozen Paus). So, being tired of buying frozen pau I decided to try it myself. I searched the internet and I found a recipe that is simple and easy to try . You can try it too!





Steamed Buns a.k.a Pau (Taken from here)

500 gm flour (super white flour or Pau flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp (6g) instant dry yeast
2 tbsp shorterning or vegetable oil
250 ml (a glass) luke warm water

Method :

- mix all the dry ingredients together (flour,baking powder,salt,sugar,yeast and shortening) in a bowl and then add in the water and mix well until it forms a dough.

- keep kneading the dough until it doesn't stick to your hands.

- divide the dough into two small doughs and knead again until the dough texture is smooth.


- leave the dough to rise double the size, covered with a wet cloth. (around 30- 1 hour)

- when the dough has risen , punch the dough to let the air out. Knead the dough into small balls (half size of a baseball) and fill with your choice of fillings (e.g. red beans fillings,beef or chicken curry fillings,tuna).

- place a small piece of paper as a underlayer of each buns. (This is to prevent the buns from sticking to the steaming pot)


- leave all the buns to rise again for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile you can prepare the steaming pot.

- Steam the buns for about 10 minutes , and ready to be served.




Red Bean fillings

Ingredients :

250g red beans (soaked overnight)
1 cup of sugar
a pinch of salt

water (lots of water,the more the better)
2 tbsp butter

Method :

- put all the ingredients in a pot(except butter). Boil the beans till tender around a couple hours.


- Then blend the cooked beans in a blender or a food processer to form a red bean paste.


- put the paste back into the pot and cook over low heat with the butter in. Stirr the paste until it's creamy and thick.





- leave the fillings to cool before using it. This red bean filling can be refrigerated for up to a month in a covered container.

note : steamed buns can be stored in a freezer and resteam whenever is needed.


Friday, February 2, 2007

My Mother In-law's Steamed Chocolate Cake



Lately, baking (or should I say steaming to be precise? ) Chocolate Cake seems to be my weekend routine. My two daughters keeps asking for more chocolate cakes since they love it so much! Actually this recipe belongs to my mother in-law. She has a cake shop back in Port Klang and this Chocolate Cake is the most sold- out cake. To those Chocolate Cake lovers out there this is a recipe that you should try. It's easy, simple and need no electric mixer or an oven so give it a try! To Mak, thanks a lot for the recipe!








My Mother in-law's Steamed Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp soda bicarbonate

1 cup cooking oil (vegetable oil)

1/2 can of evaporated milk or you can substitute with a cup of fresh milk

3 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup of boiling water


Method :

- sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda bicarbonate in a big bowl then add in the sugar and mix well with a wooden spatula.

- pour in the oil, followed by milk, make sure that everything is well mixed and then put in the beaten egg. Keep mixing.

- add in the vanilla essence and finally the boiling water and stir everything together.

- pour the mixture into a greased baking tray and steam on a medium heat for 45 minutes.

notes: if you don't have a steaming pot you can either bake or steam bake the cake as well .

For the Topping :

150g cooking chocolate
50g butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup of fresh milk

method:
- melt the cooking chocolateand the butter in a double boiler

- in another bowl mix together the cocoa powder, oil, sugar and fresh milk.

- when the cooking chocolate is fully melted add in the coco powder mixture and mix everything well.

- top the melted chocolate on the cake and decorate it as you like.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

My Sweet Sour Crab

My husband loves seafood very much and so do my children and lucky for us since seafood here is quite cheap. So seafood like fish, prawns and squid is a must in our daily menu. And some other time we'd like to have crab eventhough it's kinda messy when eating crabs. Usually there would be a lot of thumping and cracking at the dinner table. But despite of all the "adventures" and "obstacles" before we could taste the crab meat,we still love crabs. And here is a crab recipe that you can try.....My Sweet Sour Crab.





Ingredients :

1kg crab
5 shallots/ onions - chopped
2 garlic - chopped
a inch of ginger - finely slice
1 tsp turmeric
4 tbls tomato ketchup (sos tomato)
2 tbls chilly sauce
curshed dried shrimp (optional)
2 tbls sugar
salt to taste
1 egg - beaten
2 fresh tomatos
a cup of water

Method :

-mix together the crab,shallots, garlic, ginger ,turmeric and water in a bowl.

- put in a wok or cooking pot and cook with low heat until the crab is cooked through with the lid on for about 15 minutes

- add in the ketcup,chilly sauce ,dried shrimp,salt and sugar.

- and finally add in the beaten egg and fresh tomatos, mix everything together. Once you see the egg is cooked that means the crab is ready!