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.
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.

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?


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