4.21.2007

super soft cookies!

We made super soft cookies with a simple 1-1-1 formula recipe! Thanks Wing for this recipe ~ it's good + simple + fast! ^_____^

Food for thought: French Proverb: There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.

super soft cookies
Ingredients: ( one of each of these ingredients: 1-1-1)
~1, 8oz container of cool whip
~1, egg
~1, box cake mix ( choose any flavor you like: chocolate, lemon, spice..)
~some icing sugar : to coat cookies
super soft cookies
Directions:
1. Grease the baking trays.
2. Crack an egg into a bowl. Using a fork or whip, blend in the cake mix with the egg. After it has been well-mixed, fold in the cool whip mixture thoroughly.
3. Add a spoonful of dough into confectionary sugar/icing sugar to coat. Roll it into a ball before placing it onto the prepared baking sheets.
4. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes.
Note: The cookies spread out wide so be sure to space the uncooked dough far apart from each other!

check out this impromptu video........haha

4.06.2007

easter cheesecake

When I heard Martha Stewart described her fab easter cheesecake (on yahoo video), I was smitten by it and decided to make it. It required a lot of patience.............took 2 hours to bake in the oven, 1-2 horus of cooking time and overnight in the fridge before I could try it. Hence, I had to wait patiently for it to set...............wait.....
And the next day, YIPPEE, I get to try it!
Verdict: It is very rich and smooth and the finely ground almonds which dust the pan are a contrast to the softness of the cake. Eating a small piece is just-nice, anytime more is too much calories. *wink* The harder the cheesecake is, the better. I prefered it at it's semi-frozen state.
I decreased the amount of sugar from 1.5 cups to 1.2 cup and added fresh chopped pieces of mango to the batter. I had extra mangoes in my fridge and was inspired by a frozen mango cheesecake I saw at the store.

Food for thought::::
One of the "fruits of the spirit" in the bible is: patience. I find myself falling short of it sometimes when I do not get the things I want immediately or fail to see long-sighted vision of God's plan. However, God is teaching me that good things come to those who wait and seek according to His will. He has far better things for us than we can ever imagine! " For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." 2 corinthians 4:17

Note: This recipe is adapted from "Entertaining" by Martha Stewart.
Ingredients
Serves 10, 8in x3 round pan or 9x2 inch round pan
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/4 Pound finely ground blanched almonds
4, 8-ounce cream cheese, room temperature ( use the 1/3 less fat)
1/2 Cup heavy cream or heavy whipped cream
1 1/2 Cups sugar
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
flesh of 2 pieces of mangoes, squared
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8-by-3-inch round cake pan and dust with ground almonds; set aside.
Beat, using an electric beater: cream cheese, cream, and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, and beat until incorporated. Beat in zests and vanilla.Gently stir in mangoes.
Pour into prepared pan, and place in a large roasting pan. Transfer to oven rack, and carefully add enough boiling water to the roasting pan to come two-thirds up the side of the cake pan.
Bake until firm, about 2 hours, adding more boiling water if necessary. Turn off the oven; keep the oven door ajar using a wooden spoon. Let cake cool completely in the oven.
Transfer to refrigerator and chill overnight. Invert onto a plate; serve. Decorate as desired. I used some yellow ducks as decoration. *aren't they cute...hehe*

4.04.2007

tofu ice cream video

My sis just told me about this video done by aunty Poh Geok! Aunty Poh is awesome and I just love her! She cooks healthy (yet delicious) vegetarian food. I think they opened a restaurant in Clarke Quey recently BUT i don't know the place...haven't been there. Will definitely check it out when I'm in Singapore! Enjoy watching how tofu ice cream is made and listen to unfiltered pure Singaporean accent. LOL

mango yogurt cake

So, this is the mango cake for Jayce.......

searched high and low for the best mangoes.... hope she had a good surprise with the mango flavor. :p
If you look at the picture closely, you'll see a bouquet of roses...to reflect her love for flowers! I had to use yellow to suit the mango color. I iced the cake with fresh cream but used buttercream frosting to pipe the flowers and borders. Between the layers are fresh cream, fresh mangoes, mango puree, mango essence and mango jam. Yogurt was used in the sponge cake, hence the name "mango yogurt cake"
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Jane, this recipe is for you! Hope it helps................
Ingredients for the cake:
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist golden vanilla cake mix
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
1 container (60z) yogurt (mango or low fat)
1 tsp mango essence
Directions:
Heat oven to 350F. Generously grease and lightly flour, or spray with baking spray. In a large bowl, beat dry cake mix, water, oil, egg whites and yogurt on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour into pan 8in x 3 in pan or two 8in pans. Bake for around 26- 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake, remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about an hour.
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Filling:
-4 fresh mangoes, cut squared cubes
-mango sauce, jar brought from Trader Joes. Able to make it on your own if you blend fresh mangoes or canned mangoes into a sauce
-mango essence, 1/4 tsp
-fresh whipping cream, 12 ounces in liquid form before whipped.
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Slice the cake into half. Seperate the fresh cream mixture into half. Add cubed mangoes into one batter leaving the other alone. Spread mango sauce onto the cake; followed by fresh cream +cubed mangoes mixture. Top with second layer, rounded side up. Frost side and top of cake with remaining fresh cream. Decorate as desired~~!
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If you realized, I've talked about Jayce quite a lot in my blog because she was my "first" friend in college. I remembered the first time we met in REL class. Her simple, "so you're from Singapore?" started our 7 years of friendship. ( few days after we met, we realized that her dad actually gave some bible studies to my grandfather before he passed away many years ago. Talk about a-small-world!) I guess we've been close because we "clicked" and her peaceful and calm nature calms my hyper personality...j/k *wink*
Food for thought:
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."~ Marcel Proust
anyways.....................


we had dinner @ Tokyo Restaurant

660 E Redlands Blvd, Redlands, CA 92373

It is a Korean owned restaurant although it's called "Tokyo." I think most people know of sushi instead of kimbup here in CA. Well, the food was good and reasonably priced. I like the sushi rolls and vegetable tempura. Oh, the green (green? yes, but i can't figure out what it is) house salad dressing is special! It's a little small and crowded but other than that, I think it is a good place to try out!

4.01.2007

spring onion pancake demonstration : video

Happy (early) birthday, Jayce & Danny! We gathered at Jayce's place to eat, cook, and have fun. ^__^ We made all these from scratch: dumplings "jiao zhi", spring rolls, pan fried spring onion pancakes and sesame balls. Catch this video if you want to watch Danny and AJ show their pan-fried spring onion pancake-making skills and, pictures of my years of friendship with Jayce. She's one of the 'best-est' person in the world! Come by my blog on tuesday to see Jayce's cake.... *wink*


Eileen's going back to Taiwan...don't know when we'll meet again...hope to see you sometime...................

ALL the best! *zhu ni chen gong*
She chose to eat ~ @ The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe~

Address: 120 East State street Redlands, CA 92373, #909-792-3313

As you can tell from the shop's name, they specializes in pizza, ranging from traditional gourmet pizzas to garden vegetarian ones. I chose Angel's Delight which contains:Ricotta cheese, Roasted garlic, Mushroom, Artichoke heart, Tomato,Green onion, Mozzarella & Parmesan cheese. Sounds yummy ;p BUT: since I like thin crust pizzas, this thick crust did not really appeal to me although it's better than frozen or regular pizzas. It's also a good place to hang out with its peaceful and nice ambience

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