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Friday, March 30, 2012

Prawn Lemak with Pineapples

              Prawn Lemak with Pineapples is closely associated with most Nyonya household &, not being a Nyonya myself, I learnt this from my mother-in-law, a great Nyonya cook & she used to make sambal belacan to go along with this dish.

              As the medium size prawns were reasonably priced, I bought them & made this for dinner & pounded a batch of sambal belacan to eat with the lemak as well as with brinjals, which were just boiled till soft; another of the Hub's favourite.  

             Anyone interested in this recipe, it is in my Blog under the category "Cooking with Ophelia".

              This post is dedicated to my latest follower, Lai Meng.  It was awesome hooking up with you again Lai Meng after so many, many years. God bless.

                                                              Sambal belacan

                                            Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dinner tonite - Quiche with curry puff filling

            I made really happy that I am keeping to my new year resolution; doing things that I have been shelving for so long.  Made this Quiche for dinner tonite, it had a curry puff filling with a Quiche mixture. Will upload recipe soon if anyone's interested drop me a note here.

                        Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chocolate Sauce & Nuts with Banana, Rum & Raisin ice cream

                  I am always trying to take things a notch higher. Most times when I reflect on the past, I am very thankful that I went for baking & cooking classes in my early 30s & applying the numerous tips that "flew off" our Chef's mouth!!!  We were told that Chocolate jells with Banana. Today I served the Hubs the Banana, Rum & Raisin Ice Cream with a simple Chocolate Sauce I made & sprinkled some roasted Almond nibs for texture.  

                   For the Chocolate Sauce, I micro wave Bitter Sweet Belgium couvertures [dont micro wave too long as it burns easily] then I heated up some whipping cream & mixed them both together.

                                    Serving the chocoholic better half ...

                                          Mine with less Chocolate Sauce & more ice cream!!!

                                Till my next post xoxo, Ophelia 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Banana Rum & Raisins Ice Cream

               While preparing to make this Ice Cream, my thoughts flew to two good friends, Ant [because I remember him saying that he enjoyed the Millie Feuille he had some months ago & I asked him what flavour he loved best & he told me Rum & Raisins :) ] & Illene, a very good friend. 

                Made this Ice Cream for the Hubs & as I love Bananas & remembered making a note when I was at this Ice Cream class some years back, that it was good. I mixed the pureed bananas into the cold egg custard [we were told by the Chef who taught us this to mash the bananas but I preferred my ice cream to be smooth thus I blended the bananas] & then poured the cold Whipping Cream into the egg & banana custard mixture, I was all set to churn the Ice Cream. The worst part was that just when I poured in the cold mixture into the Ice Cream maker, my old Ice Cream maker did a number on me that even though the machine was on, the paddle was, simply, not moving!!! 

                 I was aghast, all the anticipation of eating a lovely bowl of ice cream momentarily flew off the window but I was not going to let that deter me. I remember that the Chef taught us to use the cake mixer.  I immediately sprang into action, switch off the ice cream maker & remove the mixture & put it back into the fridge again for 1 1/2 hours.  Next I tilted my Kenwood Major mixing bowl carefully into the freezer compartment & as the shelf was not very high, I carefully put it in [which if you are a baker, you would know that the Kenwood Major bowl is tall, together with the whisk & freezed the bowl & whisk for 1 1/2 hours hoping that when I whisked the cold custard & cream mixture in the cold mixing bowl, it will sort of jump start the process. After whisking, I again removed the mixture into another bowl & again put it in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours; washed the mixing bowl & whisk, dried it & again freezed the mixing bowl & whisk for 1 1/2 hours.  So in total I whisked the Ice Cream twice, scooped it up into a tupperware & freezed the Ice Cream & this morning when I came down, I gingerly opened the tupperware & I was so glad that the Ice Cream was awesome.

                    Will upload the recipe sometime next week. Do drop by if you want the recipe. Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spiral Curry Puff/Curry Puff Pusing

         Had a little bit of spare time before my next cake orders, so decided to make a maiden attempt at Spiral Curry Puff in conjunction with my new year resolution to try things I have not made ... yet.

                   Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2nd attempt making Croissants

                To my close baking buddies, I have been known to be a bit of tortoise as if we learnt something new and difficult, it takes some time before I warm up before I do it but once I start to do it, I will keep on doing it until I own it!!! And since I have just started making puff pastry & croissants from scratch, I will have to say that making croissants is slightly harder as yeast is one of the ingredients in croissant making.  

                For both puff pastry & croissant, there is a lot of rolling & folding involved & I find it slightly harder to roll the pastry when there's yeast but the reward of making your own puff pastry & croissant is awesome & as my family loved the croissant I made last week, I resolved that on days that I dont have any cake orders or any house work, I will keep doing same until I own it.  

                In my first attempt at croissants, my handiwork in cutting & moulding it, left much to be desired although it looked ok after baking so my second attempt today, I was slightly happier at my handiwork.

                                                2nd attempt

                                           2nd attempt

                                            1st attempt

                       Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Coffee cheesecake

               An old friend is visiting us, made this chilled cheesecake with grated chocolate curls in the cheese mixture & infused with Kahlua.

                     Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Thursday, March 1, 2012


             Today I have achieved what I really wanted to do all these years.  I have always wanted to be able to bake Croissants and although I went for this particular class ten years ago I never had the guts to do it as I always had this misconception in my mind that there was alot of work & that I would not be able to do it as, inspite of learning this a decade ago, I didn't find the time to practise this at all!!! I was always shelving aside doing Croissants, Danish & Puff Pastry.  Thus with the arrival of a brand new year, I made the resolution that this year, I would pay extra attention to things that I have learnt But have not done & when I was successful in baking Puff Pastry, I did Puff Pastry 3 times already this year, I did this Croissant for hubby's breakfast tomorrow and although my prep work involved in making Croissant i.e. cutting it into triangles & then rolling same, was not very "pretty", I was overjoyed when I took them out of the oven & satisfaction when I ate one. 

                                         Munch it sure tasted good toasting them the next day & hearing the soft crunch

                                   The slightly charred sides was a plus point!!!

                         Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia