Monday, May 30, 2011
One of the joys of having a big family is that there are birthday celebration(s) every month of the year. I always looked forward to the chance of getting together for:-
1. Food of course top the list- sometimes we get creative to bring new dishes or it would be food that we have misses for so long
2. fellowship and bonding- each of us with our busy lifestyle, its difficult to get together and days certainly pass too fast.
3. catching up on news of those who are overseas
4. chance for me to try out different cakes and to polish my skill on the decoration
Today is my sister-in-law, Evon's birthday. She is the most helpful and obliging person. She has been cooking dinners for my daughters since they were small and taking care of them. She is creative and resourceful sending her kids for contests or workshops.
So for this lovely young, petite and feminine lady, a cake befitting for her:).
It's a white Chocolate cake with cranberry filling. I used some pretty marshmallow flowers for decoration.
Roll the marshmallow to flatten them.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
According to Chinese culture, for the first year of marriage, the bride's mother will have to give a birthday celebration for the son-in-law. She will give him a pair of new trouser ("fu") which in Chinese means "prosperity" and also a new wallet to wish him prosperity and wealth throughout their marriage. My niece's husband, Mr. Lim celebrated his birthday on Saturday. The young Mother-in-law did what was required of her and besides she also invited us along for a buffet dinner at the newly opened Hotel Central in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
Cross section of the cake.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
My sister-in-law gave me some "nian go" from the Chinese New Year.
My favourite of way of cooking them is to sandwich a piece of nian go with a piece of yam and sweet potato before dipping into thick batter and then deep fry. I remember my late Mother cooking this Chinese snack for us. She used to dip it with just batter and pan fried them till they are melting soft and slightly burnt. She would also steamed them and then rolled them into a soft ball in grated coconut (which we picked from the Indian Temple down the road).
Sarah's friend gave her some wrapped like spring roll.
I know that I had to try this way myself.
The yam and sweet potato are cut into square pieces and then steamed till soft.
Using the spring roll wrapper is much easier work. I had bought the small size, so I had to make use of 2 pieces of the wrapper instead of one.
My son has gone back to Australia for a short holiday and I misses him.
So, I baked this biscuit for him
If I am not mistaken, he liked this variety of biscuit when he was small.
These biscuit were a bit more expensive than the usual commercial biscuit on the market then. The commercial biscuit are also much thinner.
The biscuit dough or shall I call it pastry- is easy to handle. The texture is a cross between pastry and cake. After resting the dough, its then rolled out and brushed with beaten egg and then raisins (well you can chopped it up, but I prefer it whole) are scattered. Top with another piece of the dough. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
The addition of the coarse brown sugar top adds a crunchy top but it does not make the biscuit too sweet.
I baked a Peach Cheesecake for my brother, Yue Leong's birthday on 30/4/2011.
I know its backdated post. I planned a surprise birthday party for him. He is the most obliging brother- forever taking us to and from the airport on our trips abroad; helping me with the plumbling and minor works which requires a man to handle and even to the extent of fetching my girls from school when they were young. So a big thank you brother for all your help.
We planned a surprise party for him. Each of us cooked a dish for dinner.
Besides this cake and I also cooked a dish which seemed to be everyone favorite- Braised Pork Belly with Salted Fish Head. This is an old fashioned dish as you seldom can find good salted fish and fish head at that. But I did not choosed the fish head. Instead, I used fish belly, lots of dried chillies and taufoo pok as well- yummy.
Anyway, we cooked the dishes at our own place and brought them to his house when he had gone out for hiking in the evening. When he came in through the door (yes he must have seen the shoes and thought we are just going out for a normal Saturday dinner) we shouted "Surprise" and his daughters presented him with the cake! hahahappy.
The proof is in the eating. Light and not overly sweet.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Here is a toast to you, Jeremy, All the best in yur future endeavours.