Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Lunch - Homemade Juicy Burger

Sunday is my day, because I could spend more time for my self and also cooking/baking without worrying if there's any deadline. My son already bragging me about making Burger for him since couple weeks ago. So fulfilling his wishes I'm making one for today's lunch.

My version of Burger is so easy to make. You just have to find a really good prime mince beef with less fat on it. That's what makes the Patty is tender and juicy after its grilled. I had once tried using a regular mince beef, it didn't taste as juicy as the less fat one.

For the side dishes, I made a deep fried baby potatos, shimmered with olive oil and Rosemary. You can use any kind of potatos, but I find it's nicer to have a bite size one.

Baby Potatos

Baby Potatos

Juicy Burger with Mushroom & BBQ Sauce

The Juicy Burger

Here are the recipe:

PATTY
  • 250 gr Prime Mince Beef (less fat)
  • 5 cloves medium Garlic > chopped
  • 5 cloves medium Red Onion > chopped
  • 1/2 Onion > chopped
  • 3 tbs bread crumb
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs BBQ Sauce
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Using your hand, gently mixed it thoroughly.
Divide and shape the beef into palm size, make a ball of it and then push gently to make it shaped as a patty. Give a little bit of salt (only if you're going to cook it straight away).
Pour 2 table spoon of Olive oil into the pan, cook the patty until it turns brown.


MUSHROOM SAUCE
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • 1/2 of Onion, chopped
  • Olive oil
Using existing oil from cooked patty, add more olive oil and stir chopped onion until it's fragrant. Add mushroom and last add BBQ Sauce. Stir until it's cooked.

FINAL
Don't forget to warmed your bun first on one side, then spread mayonnaise and chilly sauce on it (if you like). Put some green salad first, patty then mushroom sauce on the top.

Enjoy! :D

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kue Sus

Kue Sus

Need a little sweet treats for this weekend. I made this really easy snack Kue Sus or known by its popular name called Choux Pastry. I think this is the most simple cake as in ingredients and how you make it. Yet the taste is absolutely rich because of its filling. I like to use Vanilla Custard as a filling. Maybe next time I'll do experiment with other flavor.

Kue Sus

For the recipe, I'm using from NCC's blog. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tiramisu Cup Cake

Tiramisu Cup Cake

It's been long time since I made my last Tiramisu. Browsing to Martha Stewart website's, I found this recipe for Tiramisu as in Cup Cake. What a good idea! The recipe is using vanilla cake, but I'm going to make Mascarpone Cheese cake instead.

Using the au bain marie technique, the cake turned really smooth and so soft. While these cup cakes are in bite sizes, I couldn't stop munching on it even there's no topper yet.
I'm also using vanilla pod into the cake which made the cake smell's really nice! Between cheese and vanilla!

Tiramisu Cup cake- Ingredients


Tiramisu Cupcake(in Bahasa Indonesia)
I. Mascarpone Cheese Cake

Bahan:
(campur dan ayak)
  • 50 gr tepung terigu
  • 50 gr tepung maizena
Bahan:
  • 60 gr mentega tawar
  • 250 gr Mascarpone cheese, biarkan pada suhu ruang
  • 120 ml whip cream
  • 5 kuning telur
  • 5 putih telur
  • 1/8 sdt garam
  • 125 gr gula pasir halus
  • 1 batang Vanilla, scrapped ambil bagian dalamnya
Caranya:
  1. Siapkan loyang cupcake dan masukkan kertas cupcake kedalamnya, pasang oven 150 derajat Celsius, masukkan alas loyang yang diisi air panas, taruh 1 rak dibawah loyang cupcake.
  2. Campur mentega, Mascarpone cheese, whip cream, vanilla pod & batangnya dalam wadah.
  3. Didihkan dengan api kecil, aduk hingga lembut, angkat dari api (diamkan sampai uapnya hilang).
  4. Masukkan campuran tepung, aduk rata. Masukkan kuning telur aduk rata. Buang batang Vanilla. Sisihkan.
  5. Kocok putih telur hingga berbusa, masukkan gula sedikit demi sedikit sambil terus dikocok sampai terbentuk kerucut-kerucut tumpul (soft peak).
  6. Tuang 1/3 adonan putih telur ke adonan mascarpone cheese, aduk rata. Tuang campuran ini ke sisa adonan putih telur, aduk rata.
  7. Tuang adonan ke loyang cupcake yg sudah di beri kertas, panggang dengan cara au bain marie, kurang lebih 20-30 menit sampai permukaan matang, kuning keemasan. Keluarkan dari oven. (Cara test kue sudah matang atau belum, tusuk dengan tusuk gigi, bila adonan lengket di tusuk gigi maka kue belum sepenuhnya matang, bila sudah tidak ada yg lengket, tandanya kue sudah matang secara menyeluruh).
  8. Setelah benar-benar dingin, lepaskan cake dari loyang, taruh di atas rak kawat hingga dingin.
Tiramisu Cup Cake

II. Coffee Syrup
  • 1 sachet bubuk kopi instan, seduh air hangat (pilih yang bau kopi-nya strong)
  • 2 sdm Rhum (optional)
  • 2 sdm Kahlua (optional

III. Mascarpone Frosting
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup gula halus
Kocok cream dengan mixer hingga mengembang dan stiff peak (kaku). Di wadah lainnya, kocok mascarpone dan gula hingga halus. Kemudian campur whipped cream kedalam mascarpone hingga rata.

IV. Hiasan
  • Buah raspberry/strawberry
  • Daun mint
  • Coklat batang (di serut)
  • Coklat bubuk
Tiramisu Cup cake- Ingredients

V. Penyelesaian
  • Bila cup cake sudah dingin, berikan beberapa sendok cairan Kopi hingga cake terlihat coklat. Jangan ragu untuk memberikan kopi yang banyak hingga meresap ke dalam kue, karena ini yang akan membuat rasanya beda. Masukkan mascarpone frosting ke dalam plastik segitiga dan gunakan tip yang diinginkan lalu semprotkan ke atas masing-masing cupcake hingga habis. Taburi coklat bubuk, lalu hias dengan coklat serut. Tambahkan buah dan daun mint sebagai pemanis.
Tiramisu Cup Cake

Apple Mint Soda

Apple Mint Soda

I'm addicted to this new beverages from this 'local' brand. It's an apple drink with sparkling water, and it tasted so Good! It goes perfectly with Italian food (or whatever that using lots of cheese).

Apple Mint Soda

Today I'm adding lots of mint leaves to get it more fresher in taste.

Apple Mint Soda
  • 1 can Apple Sparkling from Ceres
  • Meant leaves - slightly crushed
  • Ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in tall glass and serve immediately

Apple Mint Soda

What an afternoon refreshment and it's so easy to make!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Just Desserts - Raspberry Panna Cotta

Raspberry Panna Cotta

Having a nice and beautifully photographed cook book is one of (from many other) my guilty pleasure. I bought Daniel Tay's 'Just Desserts' couple months ago and wanted to try this Panna Cotta recipe. But since I don't have a small round glass just like shown in his book, so the plan has to be postponed until I got the glass. Luckly last time I went to this supermarket with my sister, and they have many range and sizes of glasses. Just what I've expected! I found those glasses at last! I bought 3 of them and I also found a really nice cutting glass. It's Polkadots! Really really cute! If only they have other colors besides blue, I might getting it too.

Berries I (heart) you

I also bought fresh Raspberries and Blueberries..Aren't they gorgeous fruits?. If only they're not so expensive here, I would have them every week in my fridge.

Berries I (heart) you

OK, reading the recipe looks like nothing's hard. This is also my first time using a vanilla pod. Oohh...They smell really good, don't they?. Last time my friend from Singapore told me that Indonesia has one of the best growing Vanilla pod. I'm so ashamed that I didn't know that until she mentioned about it. Ha ha :P

Raspberry Panna Cotta

As I said before, there's nothing hard from reading the recipe.. but turns out it was failed Hahaha :P The texture was absolutely creamy, not even slightly sticky. I still haven't got the right way to use gelatine, I don't know why or what went wrong about it. And I didn't get the raspberry pured enough, so you could still see the texture from it, or maybe I should sift them just to get the liquid. Anyway, Despite on those things surprisingly the taste was quite good! A really nice combination of sweet and sour :D Will do better next time.

Raspberry Panna Cotta

Friday, February 19, 2010

In Love with Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate is addictive!. Not to mentioned this tiny little sweet things. Chocolate cake crumbled with chocolate ganache and covered with bitter sweet chocolate melt. Put in the fridge overnight, and ready to serve.

Chocolate Truffles
from Joy of Baking - modified by me
  • Chocolate cake (from any recipe you have)
  • 227 gr Semisweet or Bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 180 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of Rum -optional
  • 100gr Semisweet or Bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • Sprinkles (or whatever you like)
For Truffles:
  1. Break chocolate cake into small pieces, set aside.
  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil.
  4. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir with a whisk until smooth. If desired, add liqueur. Set aside and wait until the mixture is cold enough.
  6. Pour the mixture into chocolate cake, mix well (i'm using my hand covered with plastic gloves). Using your hand, get a small amount mixture and shape into bite size ball.
For Coating:
  1. Chopped chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Place coarsely chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, not simmering, water. Melt the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove the top part of the double boiler from the bottom.
Finishing:
Place the ready chocolate ball into the chocolate melt until its covered. Repeat this to all the chocolate ball. Sprinkle the top to decorate. Wait for about 30 minutes, then refrigerate overnight.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Packaging - Cookies for Friends

Packaging Cookies for Friends

Ever wonder what your paper napkin could be used for? A simply nice gift wrapping. Just add a matching ribbon and you're done!

Packaging Cookies for Friends

Made cookies for my friends, and gave them with this simple wrapping. I love collecting paper napkins, and they're so useful in many ways! :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Making Homemade Pizza is Easy!

Yes, I'm telling you the truth! This has been our family's weekend menu for couple years, since I could make a dough (obviously). People usually surprised when they heard about 'making Pizza', with homemade dough. Why bother making one when you could buy a ready dough? I tell you...Why not? :D Besides, buying 1 pizza now will cost you like 2 days lunch meal.. I thought why even bother buying any when we could make one? ha ha :D

There are many kind of Dough recipe, but I found this one (not the one on this video) and never tried different recipe ever since. This recipe has result that I wanted; a thin based pizza.

So here I am showing you step by step how to make Pizza. But I missed taking photo while making dough, but you could see it from this video how to make a pizza dough. Basically it's the same.

video

One good thing of making homemade Pizza is you could have any toppings that you desire. And pour on generous amounts of Cheese, Beef, Mushroom.. anything you name it.

I've never make a step by step photograph before (well actually just once). Surprisingly, I kinda like it! Note to my self: Buy a Tripod soon! This will help a lot for curing a stiff knee from bending on the floor too long. Ha Ha :D

Step 1: Pizza Dough
Prepare a dough to what size of pan that you desired - I made a small and medium size Pizza

Step 2: Rolling
Roll the dough to round shape

Step 3: Dressing Pizza
Prepare the dressing

Spread tomato paste/sauce on the base, in my recipe said to spread the mozzarella cheese first on the based to make all the ingredients stay in place, I didn't do this but the result is still okay.
Put any kind of dressing that you like (beef, sausage, chicken, tuna, spinach, mushroom, capsicum, etc). Then spread the mozzarella cheese on top (in generous amounts if you want to get that melted sensation when the pizza is ready).

Step 4 - Baking
Ready to bake - My Pizza in Mini size with mushroom, spinach and onion

Step 5 - Served
Fresh from di oven, ready to serve

Step 6 - Enjoy!

See.. I told you it's not that hard. :D You could enjoy Pizza in your own way, and save money from dining out Pizza at the same time.. isn't that good?

Enjoy!

For dough recipe click here

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Mousse

Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse

Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse

Who wouldn't love a double chocolate with bitter sweet chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate mousse. Simply Sinful!.

Recipe soon.

Monday, February 8, 2010

NCCFPC-IN LOVE WITH FOOD: Strawberry Mousse Pudding


I just joined a group in Facebook, it's called NCC 'Food Photography' Club. Basically it's a club for whoever love to cook and shoot their own cooking with their camera. Whatever the camera is, whether you have Digital or SLR it's fine. This is the place where you could share tips and learn on doing a food photography.

Strawberry Mousse Pudding with Vanilla Fla

I fell in love with food since long time ago, but for me catching a good and delicious angle of food into a photograph was about 3 years ago when I started this blog. I was amazed looking at so many home bakers who could take photo that looked really professional! Some of it from foreign web blog, but some of it also came from Indonesia who afterward became my blogger friends. I admire their photos so so much! Once I saw it, I just couldn't wait to start learning and took photo of my own creation and put it in my own blog.

Strawberry Mousse Pudding with Vanilla Fla

Remembering those memories, I'd like to dedicate this dessert to show how much I love Food & Photography! I Love each moment, each process of making food as much as I Love the process of taking photos, start from scratch when basically you don't have any idea, when you couldn't find the right 'angle'(the right timing, the right lighting), when bending your knee or laying down is replacing of having a tripod, the hassle before and after, and on and on...

Strawberry Mousse Pudding with Vanilla Fla

But what would it be more satisfying than looking at your own effort to be uploaded on blog, or FB or whatever. All those input, critics which make you wanted to learn more to be better and growing. Enough said... I heart Food (& Photography).

Enjoy Strawberry Mousse Pudding with Vanilla Fla. Simply just what I always wanted to be, always fresh in everything :D

Strawberry Mousse Pudding
Taken from Yasa Boga Book 'Puding Agar-agar favorit keluarga
- in Bahasa Indonesia -

1 bks agar-agar bubuk
300 gr strawberry, blender
5 bh strawberry iris
300 ml yogurt (me: pakai rasa raspberry)
pewarna pink
100 ml air
3 putih telur
150 gula pasir

Larutkan agar-agar dengan air, didihkan sambil diaduk dan diberi gula (api kecil). Masukkan strawberry yang sudah dihaluskan, yogurt dan pewarna, aduk hingga mendidih kembali. Angkat dari api.

Kocok putih telur hingga naik dan kaku, tuang adonan agar-agar dengan sendok sayur sambil dikocok dengan kecepatan rendah sampai rata dan hangat. Tuang ke dalam cetakan yang sudah diberi hiasan potongan strawberry, biarkan hingga mengeras.

Hidangkan dengan Vla Vanili.

Vla Vanili
1/4 sdt vanili
50 gr maizena, cairkan
1000 ml susu
4 btr kuning telur, kocok hingga lembut
200 gr gula pasir

Jerang susu dan vanili, masukkan cairan maizena dan gula pasir, aduk hingga mengental. Tuang beberapa sendok sayur adonan ke wadah kuning telur, aduk. Setelah rata, tuang kuning telur + adonan tersebut kembali ke panci, jerang di atas api kecil sambil terus diaduk hingga matang. Angkat, aduk hingga dingin supaya tidak terbentuk lapisan (melangit). Bila diinginkan, masukkan 2 sdm rhum/kirsch/esens rhum.

Saturday Cooking Time: Chinese Food

This Saturday Cooking I picked a Chinese Food. The recipe was taken from Video Jug. I have downloaded some video about Chinese Cooking, and I think I'm gonna give it a shot.

Shrimp & Egg fried rice

Shrimp & Egg Fried Rice

Chicken & Broccoli with cashew nuts

Chicken & Broccoli with cashew nuts

So here they are, Shrimp & Egg Fried Rice and Chicken & Broccoli with Cashew Nuts. Enjoy :)

For Recipe click, Egg Fried Rice and Chicken & Broccoli with Cashew nuts.

Sunday Cooking Time: Italian Food

Spicy Tuna Pasta

Spicy Tuna Pasta

I Love making Italian Food. They're so simple and yet delicious in taste. This time I wanna make something fast. The other time, my son asked me to make Macaroni Schotel, it's been a while he's not eating that.. so I guess He must be missing the food so badly :).

Macaroni Schotel

Macaroni Schotel

Got a Tuna canned, I'll make Pasta for me and my hubby. I'm craving something spicy, that's why I add extra fresh chilly on it. The Pasta turned out really good. My hubby loving it and so Did my son with his Macaroni Schotel.

Spicy Tuna Pasta

Spicy Tuna Pasta

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Cooking Time: Salmon & Chicken

Been long time not cooking any serious dishes, so this year, starting at the beginning month in 2010, my goal for this year is to cook when it comes to weekend. I had this frozen salmon and chicken in the fridge from last week (ha ha it's frozen because it wasn't meant too be that long staying on the fridge), so I'm gonna cook them for this weekend before it's got expired :P

To be honest I don't really know what spices goes for what... so basically just cook and add this and that to the dishes. Not very good huh? But who cares.. as long as the taste turns right afterall..I think it's OK to put anything and being experimental.

Sambel Korek

Sambel Korek (wannabe)

Start with making a chilli to company the dishes. There's this chili sauce at Bebek H. Slamet (a famous fried duck restaurant in Jakarta) which taste so powerful. I'm trying to make one at home, needs to put something but don't know what (yet) to make it the same taste (or nearly is good already).

The salmon was cut into cube, and seasoned with fish sauce, lime and oyster sauce. Pour in minced garlic and ginger in hot oil, then add the salmon. Adding more sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Done.

Salmon with Oyster & Sweet soya sauce

Salmon with oyster sauce

For the chicken, I marinated them with olive oil, lime leave, Lemon grass, salt and pepper. When it's grilled, add sweet soy sauce to the chicken several times until it's brown and cooked.

Grilled Sweet Chicken

Grilled Chicken with Sweet Soya Sauce

Served with warm white rice and a cold ice tea. Let's eat! :D