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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

{Halloween Special} Jack O' Lantern, Black Cat Pumpkin Soup, Eyeballs Fettuccine And Death By Chocolate

Halloween is the celebration typically held on 31st October each year where this date marked the end of the summer and beginning of the cold winter which was often a time of death. As usually this year you could also join in some Halloween event at some of the tourist attraction such as Universality Studios Singapore, Halloween Horror Nights(here), Sentosa Spooktacular (here), FrightFest@Singapore Flyer (here) and etc.

This is the second year (read last year post, here) I cooked Halloween theme dishes despite that we don't actually celebrate this festival. Same as last year I have cooked a creamy pumpkin soup but with fusion of Asian and Western ingredients. And for this year we have a set Dinner Menu that comes with salad, soup, pasta and dessert with Halloween theme decorated. 


JACK O' LANTERN GARDEN SALAD


To start off the Halloween Feast, you can serve your usual salad using these "Orange Cups" that are carved to resemble mini version of Jack O' Lanterns. And as for the stuffing you could choose any of your desire salad green but here I feel "mesclun" look better with their curl leaves and colours for this spooky theme. 

(serves: 4 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cookingnone)

Ingredients: 
4 Big Oranges
1 Packet of Mesclun Salad Leaves
2 Tablespoons Salad Dressing of Your Choice


Method:-
1. Cut 1/4 off from the top of the orange, carefully remove pulp and try not to puncture the bottoms of orange

2. Next use a fruit knife, slowly cut out the eyes, nose and mouth of the "Jack O' Lantern" from the orange. Set side and continue with the rest.

3. Toss Mesclun salad leaves with desire dressing before stuffing them into the prepared orange cups and serve as starter.



CURRY PUMPKIN SOUP
with Black Cat and Bat Cheese Toppings


This hearty and savoury soup is a perfect starter to fill your hungry as well as to calm you down after a night of fright. For your information pumpkin is a nutrient rich food in Vitamin A and E which is good for your eyes and skin too.

(serves: 2 - 3 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking15 minutes)


Ingredients: 
500g Pumpkin, skin removed and cubes
1 Medium Brown Onion, chopped
1 Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and chopped
20g Unsalted Butter
1/2 Teaspoon minced Fresh Ginger
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
1 Teaspoon Chilli Powder, optional
1 Tablespoon Plain Flour
1 Can(399 ml) Swanson Clear Chicken Broth
60ml Coconut Milk
Salt And Pepper
Plain yogurt/Coconut Milk for serving, optional


Method:-
1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat, add onion, apples and ginger and saute until tender for about 5 minutes.

2. Sprinkle flour and curry powder over onion mixture and stir for 1 minute (stir till well mixed).

3. Next gradually whisk in chicken broth and bring it to boil before adding in the pumpkin cubes.

4. When the mixture boils again, reduce heat and cook for another 10 - 15 minutes till pumpkin soften.

5. Remove pan from heat, slowly stir in the coconut milk till well combined and set the mixture aside to cool slightly.

6. Working in two or three batches, pour soup into blender and blend until smooth (about 10 seconds).


7. Return soup to pot to rewarm and serve hot with yogurt/coconut milk and decorate it with black cat and bat cheese toppings. (place black egg sheet/seaweed cat/bat cutout on sandwich cheese before using a toothpick to trace the outline to cut the desire shape)

Surprisingly this soup taste great with hint of spices from the curry powder and slightly sweet in flavour due to the type of pumpkin(I used Australia “blue” pumpkin which is a golden flesh with fine-textured meat) use and adding of apple. Also for this creamy soup we have a swap of using Asian coconut milk instead of pouring cream to enhance the flavour.


EYEBALLS FETTUCCINE
(Spinach Fettuccine with Meatballs in Tomato Sauce)


As for Main Course we wanted something quick and yet spooky. So after some brainstorm sessions we decided to settle for this Spinach Fettuccine with Cheesy Meatballs that served with ready-made Traditional Tomato Pasta Sauce. 

(serves: 4 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking20 minutes)

Ingredients: 
4 Servings of Spinach Fettuccine Pasta, about 375g
16 Cheesy Meatballs
1 Bottle(397g) Prego Traditional Tomato Pasta Sauce
1 Packet Baby Asparagus
Some Red Capsicum
4 Hard Boiled Egg, half
Some Black Olive, cut into rings


Method:-
1. Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water until tender, drain and divide among serving plates.

2. Bring some water (lightly season it with some olive oil and salt) to boil in a pan, blanch asparagus in boiling water for 10 seconds then refresh it in cold water.

3. Drain well and decorate it with some red capsicum cubes to resemble "green fingers with red nails". Arrange them into the cooked fettuccine. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, fry meatballs in a frying pan with some olive oil until slightly brown in colour.

4. Stir in tomato paste sauce and simmer over low heat for about 3 minutes. Turning the meatballs occasionally to coat the sauce.

5. When done, spoon mixture over pasta and assemble the hard-boiled egg on top to form the gruesome eyeballs.

The purpose of using "spinach" fettuccine instead of plain is to create the effect of a green hair monster to accompany the gruesome eyeballs. And in order to make it more colourful and spooky, I added some blanched asparagus decorated with red capsicum to act as the "monster fingers".   


DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
(Chocolate Trifle with Mixed Berry Yoghurt)


Finally after a hearty and delicious meal with salad, soup and pasta, here comes the dessert of the day. If you are a weight-watcher who loves chocolate, this will be a great dessert with different layers of texture starting from the crunchy biscuit crumbs base, soft and moist chocolate roll in between two layers of smooth and fragrant mixed berry yoghurt. And to make it more attractive for the Halloween theme, we have add on some crushed oreo to act as the soil together with herb and grummy worms.

(serves: 4 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cookingnone)

Ingredients: 
300g Mixed Berry Yogurt
8 Oreo Cookies, cream removed and finely crushed
4 Slices of Chocolate Sweet Roll
8 Piece of Digestive Biscuits
Some Grummy Worms
20g Dark Chocolate, melt and cool


Method:-
1. Using melt chocolate, pipe the word "RIP" on 4 pieces of Digestive Biscuit and keep them in the fridge till ready to use.

2. Roughly crushed the remaining digestive biscuit and divide the crumbs into 4 serving glass.

3. Next top with 1 layer of chocolate roll follow by some mixed berry yogurt.

4. Repeat with 2nd layer of chocolate roll, yogurt and sprinkle the top layer evenly with fine Oreo crumbs. Keep in the fridge.

5. Before serving, top with the decorated digestive biscuit together with some grummy worms and edible flower/herbs.

This is a very flexible dessert as you can use any type of biscuit crumbs available in your pantry as well as your desire flavour of yoghurt to suit your family or guests. Here I hope with these 4 quick and easy "Tricks" on preparing the Halloween Feast you would be able to have some ideas to start off with your own Halloween "Treats" to surprise your family or guests. And if you have some interesting ideas on Halloween dishes/bakes and etc on your blog, do leave your blog link in the comment box to share it with us too!


Friday, 6 August 2010

Teochew Steamed Yam & Sweet Potato With Coconut

As a kid, I grew up with most of my favourite Teochew Dialect cuisines and desserts as such Ngoh Hiang, Braised Soya Duck Yam Cake and Yam Paste (or nee) that my dad used to prepare during festive seasons like Chinese New Year. Today mum and I decided to replicate one of my dad’s signature Teochew dessert which is something cross between “Yam Paste” and “Bo Bo Char Char”.

This is a pretty easy to prepare dessert where you just need to get some good quality of Yam - 芋头 (taro) and Orange Sweet Potato - 番薯. When choosing yam try to get those that look moist and heavy when lifted so that the high water content in it will make the yam taste soft.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
200g Yam
200g Orange Sweet Potato
6 Tablespoons Castor Sugar
100ml Coconut Milk
50ml Water
5 -8 Pandan Leaves
Shallot Flakes Oil



Shallot Flakes & Oil is a must for this dessert, as it will give a special touch of aroma to perfect the taste. To prepare you will need the following:-

Ingredients:
5-8 shallots (小葱头)
100ml of cooking oil
Pinch of Salt

Method:
1. Removed the outer skin of the shallots then thinly sliced.
2. Preheat a small pan or pot with cooking oil, add in the sliced shallot and saute them on medium low heat (stirring on and off to prevent burning) till slightly golden in colour.
3. Remove the pan from heat, add in pinch of salt(this will make the flakes more crispy) and give it a quick stir.
4. Set aside to cool and later use.



The preparation methods might be a bit tedious if you do not have a big steamer or wok that allows you to steam all the items at one go. So for our case, we choose to steam the yam and sweet potato separately so that either one of them will not be over cooked.

Method:
1. Rinse both yam and sweet potato, removed the outer skin, cut into cubes/chunks depending on your preference.
2. Wash the Pandan leaves, divide into two bunches and tie a knot on each bunch.
3. Place the yam cubes on a plate and top with 1 bunch of pandan leave, steam it over medium heat for about 10 minutes or till the yam is slightly soften. (the timing will varies on the size of the yam cubes/chunks)
4. Repeat the same procedure for sweet potato.
5. While waiting for the sweet potato to be cooked, stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar to the hot yam cubes and give it a good stir then set aside.
6. When the sweet potato is done, add it into the yam cubes with the remaining sugar stir well and set aside.
7. Preheat the frying pan with about 1 tablespoon of shallot oil, add in the yam and sweet potato mixture, give it a quick stir, then slowly stir in the coconut milk and water.
8. Simmer the mixture under low heat for about 5 minutes. Dish up top with extra shallot flakes and served either warm or cold.


Finally after all the cut, steam and simmer process here we present you with our all time Teochew favourite dessert which you get to have the mixture of yam and sweet potato drown in mild coconut gravy and top with a small exotic bit of shallot oil and flakes. Hope you will like this Teochew style homemade dessert, "Steamed Yam & Sweet Potato with Coconut Milk - 芋薯甜心块".

If you are interested in other recipe that used Yam as one of the ingredient, do hop over to my new Omy blog to view on how to make some yummy Steamed Yam Cake - 芋头糕. (click HERE) Posted by Picasa


Saturday, 27 September 2008

PassionMisu

I guess you have either heard or tried making or eating Tiramisu before. It is actually one of the most popular Italian desserts which is made of savoiardi (lady fingers) dipped in coffee and mascarpone cream. But for our this week menu, I am trying something new which I called it PassionMisu. The key ingredient use it Passionfruit as this weekend my blogging is base on cookign with FRESH FRUIT. This PassionMisu is to serve with the main course known as Salmon with Passionfruit Sauce.

For this PassionMisu dessert, I used mini sponge cake (kueh Bolu) instead of the traditional savoiardi (lady fingers). I dipped it in Mango juice and spread it with layers of Passionfruit yogurt cream. This is indeed one of the Quick and Easy way to make an easy and impressive dessert for guest.

If you are not keen with passionfruit, you can always replaced it with the traditional Tiramisu ingredients like coffee and mascarpone cream. Or you can use this method by changing the type of fruits to either strawberries, mango or even durian and you can get a wonderful and easy dessert in no time. Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
80ml Fresh Mango/Passionfruit Juice
10 - 15 Mini Sponge Cake(kueh bolu)
1/2 or more Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder, dusting

Methods:
1. Cut the passionfruits into halves and remove the pulps and set aside.
2. Cut the sponge cake into halves (side-way) then gently dip the cut side in the juice and arranged it in base of the serving cups or container.
3. Spread a layer of the passionfruit yogurt cream on top and top with another layer of sponge cake dipped with juice.
4. Repeat the top with another layer of the yogurt cream.
5. Wrap the top with clear wrap and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes to get the top almost firm to touch.
6. Dust with generous amount of cocoa powder and decorate with some fruits or extra passionfruit pulp if desire.

Ingredients for Passionfruit Yogurt Cream:
2 Fresh Passionfruits, collect about 3 1/2 tablespoons of pulps
150g Mango/Plain Yogurt
1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
30ml Mango Juice/Plain Water
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Gelatin Powder

Methods:
1. Dissolve the gelatin powder in the mango juice over simmering water or microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds(stop in between 10 second and stir till dissolve).
2. Next, mix the yogurt and passionfruit pulp together till well combine then stir in sugar and melted gelatin solution.
3. Set aside the mixture for spreading on the sponge cake.

Notes:
a) I arranged mine in a 2 oval baking dish which is 12cm by 8cm in measurement.


Saturday, 23 August 2008

Orange Caramelized Banana

Our house will always have some banana hanging around in the kitchen because it is Reyon's favourite fruit since he was a toddler. Today we are in the mood to make this Orange Caramelized Banana for our after dinner dessert.....


This is my very 1st time trying to make this Caramelized Banana at home and to my surprised it taste really nice and fragrant because of the use of Orange Rind, Juice and Grand Marnier. To further enhance this dessert, I served it with some Ice-cream, chocolate and extra shredded Orange Rinds.Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 Medium Size Banana (ripe but still firm)
10g Butter
3/4 to 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Grand Marnier (optional)
1 Medium Size Orange, grate the zest and juice
Serve with Ice-Cream, optional

Methods:
1. Cut the banana into halves.
2. Melt butter in a small non-stick pan then add banana and fry until golden brown. (you can carefully turn it over so that both side will be caramelized with nice brown colour)
3. Add in the orange zest and cook for 20 seconds then sprinkle Grand Marnier evenly on top.
4. Next sprinkle brown sugar over the banana and pour in about 50ml of orange juice and cook until almost thicken.
5. Serve with Ice-cream and some extra shredded orange rind to enhance the flavour.

Note:
1) You can drizzle some extra melted chocolate for that luxury.
2) You can omit the Grand Marnier if you are serving for the kids.


Friday, 5 May 2006

Mango & Strawberries Charlotte

If you love Tiramisu, and you can't let the whole family especially the kids to have it because of the coffee, liquor or raw eggs contents. Then I am sure this yoghurt fruity Charlotte will be the right choice for you, it is very easy to make and most important it contain fresh fruit puree and yoghurt. I come across this recipe from one of my blogger's friend Tracy, she had inspired me to make this because of her Strawberries Favour Charlotte.


So instead of making only the Strawberry favour, I also come out with the Mango favour Charlotte. What you need is some Lady/Sponge Finger, any kind of fresh fruits that you prefer and a tub of good creamy Greek's Yoghurt. Em... for those who loves Durian, maybe you can try making some Durian Charlotte.... I am sure it will taste great too......

So instead of putting the charlotte in the usual mould, I used those two divider container to make two different favour in one tub. This will made a great gifts or party dessert if you make it in small container.

When you make this charlotte, it's great that you can find those fresh, juicy and sweet fruits so that you won't need to add too much sugar to make it sweet. Because as you know, there won't be much taste in the plain yoghurt so all the taste and sweetness will come from the fruits itself.

Ingredients For Sugar Syrup:
250ml Water
150g Caster Sugar
Peels Of 1 Fresh Lemon

Methods:
1. Put all the ingredients in a small pot and bring to boil and stir until the sugar dissolved.
2. Set aside to cool and leave it for later used in coating the lady fingers.

Ingredients For Strawberries Cream Fillings:
About 20 Lady Finger
2.5 Teaspoons Of Gelatine
40ml Warm Water
150g Fresh Strawberries
35g Caster Sugar/40g Icing Sugar
250ml Fromage Blanc/Creamy Greek Yogurt

Methods:
1. Dissolve the gelatine powder in 40ml of warm water in a small saucer over some hot water stir until it's completely melted and clear in colour.
2. Blend the strawberries and sugar then mix in the melted gelatine.
3. Pour the fruit puree in a big mixing bowl and add the fromage blanc/yoghurt and mix well.
4. Soak 2 - 3 of the lady fingers at a time in the lemon sugar syrup and arrange them on the bottom of the dish or container.(you may need to trim the lady fingers to fix the size of the container)
5. Spread a layer of the strawberries yoghurt cream ontop of the prepared lady finger. Then soak another layer of lady fingers in the syrup and arrange on top of the cream.
6. Repeat the process so that you have 3 layers of lady finger and the final layer is the strawberries cream on top.
7. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight to firm before serve with some extra fresh fruits or whipped cream.

Notes: If you want to make Mango Favour just replace the strawberries with 1 Mango Flesh and follow the above instructions as the strawberries cream filling. When soak or coating the lady finger with the sugar syrup, remember not to soak for too long, just roughly roll it in the syrup. Or else the lady finger will absorb too much water and became soggy.

Note: I used this FARMERS UNION GREEK STYLE Yoghurt which can be found is most NTUC or Cold Storage Supermarket. Posted by Picasa


Saturday, 25 March 2006

Banana Pudding

Get to know this Banana Pudding Dessert from Jingle26 blog where she learnt it from the cookery class. Base on the wonderful comments from most of the mum who had tried this dessert, I also had a thought of making it. Some after gathering all the necessary ingredients, I also give this a try. It's really yummy and very easy to prepare. Even my 2 years old son said: "Good, want more! Want more more!" after trying 1 teaspoon of it. So for those who loves to eat banana and pudding, do give this dessert a try. Click on the link at Jingle's blog for the recipe...... Thanks Jingle for sharing with us another wonderful dessert recipe of yours


Ingredients:
5 Medium Ripe Banana (sliced)
100g Sugar
250ml Water
4 Pandan Leaves
100ml Evaporated Milk
75g Custard Powder, mixed with 120ml water

Methods:
1. Prepare the custard mixture, mixed till smooth. Set aside.
2. Put water and pandan leaves to boil for about 5 mins, then add in sugar. Stir till dissolved.
3. Add in custard mixture slowly, keep stirring till mixture thickens.
4. Add in evaporated milk and then the banana, continue to stir till bubbles appeared. Turn off heat.
5. Wet serving cups and then pour in the cooked mixture.
6. Leave to set.Serve chilledPosted by Picasa


Tuesday, 26 July 2005

Orange Mousse Cup

Find this Orange Moose Cup recipe very interesting and easy to do so I just give it a try. If you are a citrus fans than this really suits you, but if you are not. Maybe you can replace it with Mango or Strawberry Moose. So next time when you squeeze orange juice, remember to keep the orange case for this......


Ingredients:
4 Medium Size Orange
1 Egg
25g Caster Sugar
70ml Fresh Orange Juice
10ml Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Rinds
100ml Whipping Cream
5g Gelatin
1 Tablespoon Water

Preparation:
1. Cut the top of the orange off and scoop out the flesh and set aside the case.
2. You can reserve some of the orange juice for later use.
3. Mix gelatin with water and place it over a plate of warm water until it dissolves.

Methods:
1. Beat egg and sugar until creamy white. Add orange juice, lemon juice and orange rinds and mix well.
2. Whip the whipping cream until soft peak then add it into step 1 mixture.
3. Pour gelatin mixture and mix well to become orange mousse.
4. Pour the mousse mixture into orange cup and refrigerate about 3 to 4 hours and serve.

Notes: If you are not an citrus fans, you can always replace it with Mango, Strawberry, Banana or etc... that you prefer. Posted by Picasa


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