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IF: Idle

July 24th, 2009

Idle cat

24 July 2009

Marble Cake

July 19th, 2009

Marble Cake

INGREDIENTS

55g dark chocolate
1tbsp brewed espresso
290g self-raising flour
1/4tsp salt
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
115g unsalted butter
250g granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1tsp vanilla essence
3/4cup soured cream
1/3cup milk

  • > Preheat oven at gas mark 4 (175C)
  • > Melt the dark chocolate with the coffee in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Set aside.
  • > In another bowl, sift the flour, salt and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  • > In another bowl, cream the butter and gradually add sugar. Beat the mixture about 5 minutes until it’s nice and fluffy.
  • > Add 1 egg at a time to the butter mixture and continue beating.
  • > Beat in vanilla extract and soured cream into the butter mixture.
  • > Alternate at adding flour mixture and milk into the butter mixture, and mix well.
  • > Pour half of the mixture into the bowl with the melted chocolate and stir.
  • > Spoon in a couple of spoons of vanilla batter into the cake pan and alternate with a couple of spoons of chocolate batter.
  • > When all the batter is in the cake pan, to have the marble effect, using the handle end of a spoon, gently swirl the batter. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  • > Place the cake pan into the preheated oven for about an hour or until the skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the the cake.

IF: Tango

July 17th, 2009

Cat tango

21 July 2009

Two cats eyeballing each other. A start of a fight? A start of a friendship? Let’s just enjoy the dance until they make up their minds!

Two Girls in a Poppy Flower Field

July 12th, 2009

Two Girls in a Poppy Flower Field

11 July 2009

Murtabak

July 11th, 2009

Murtabak

INGREDIENTS

200g plain flour
1/2tsp salt
2tsp sugar
2tbsp butter, softened
1/2cup milk
2tbsp oil
4 onions, cubed
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and diced
500g lamb mince (can be substituted with beef, chicken or mutton mince)
2tbsp ground cumin
1/2tbsp chilli powder
1/2tbsp garam masala
1/2tsp ground black pepper
1tsp salt
4tbsp coarsely chopped corriander leaves
1 green chilli, diced
5 eggs

  • > Start by making the dough.
  • > Combine flour, salt, sugar and butter in a mixing bowl and mix with your fingertips.
  • > Add milk and mix to make a pliable dough.
  • > Knead the dough for about 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface, until it’s smooth and elastic.
  • > Roll the dough into a cylinder and divide into 5 equal pieces.
  • > Roll each piece into a smooth ball, coat it with butter. Place them in a bowl and cover.
  • > Leave the dough to rest for at least 1 hour.
  • > While dough is resting, make the filling.
  • > Heat the oil and fry the ginger and half the onion for a couple of minutes.
  • > Add mince, cumin, chilli powder, garam masala, pepper and salt and stir-fry until the meat is browned.
  • > Transfer the filling into a dish and add the rest of the onion, corriander and chilli. Mix well and let it cool
  • > Place a doughball on a clean tabletop, lightly drizzled with butter.
  • > Flatten the doughball evenly with your palm and stretch it out as thinly as possible.
  • > Divide the filling into 5 portions.
  • > Place one portion in a bowl and add 1 lightly beaten egg and mix.
  • > Place the filling in the center of the circle. (see the picture below)

Murtabak Filling

  • > Fold the dough over the filling to make a nice neat package. (see the picture below.

Folded murtabak

  • > Heat a frying pan over low heat and drizzle a bit of butter.
  • > Transfer the murtabak on to the pan and cook each side until golden brown on the outside and the filling is cooked.

IF: Hollow

July 10th, 2009

Sad Owl in a Hollow Tree

Blueberry Muffins

July 7th, 2009

Blueberry Muffins

INGREDIENTS

1 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
450g plain flour
200g sugar
1tbsp baking powder
1tsp salt
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/4tsp grated nutmeg
115g butter
300g blueberries

  • > Preheat oven on gas mark 4/175C
  • > Mix milk and eggs
  • > In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • > Add butter to the flour mixture and used your hands to blend them together to form a mixture that looks like coarse crumbs.
  • > Fold the blueberries to the flour mixture.
  • > Add the milk mixture and stir until just combined, DO NOT over mix.
  • > Line the muffin tin with paper muffin cups or if you don’t have the paper cups, lightly butter the muffin tin.
  • > Fill each cup half full and place in the oven for 25 minutes or skewer comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  • > Place on wire rack to cool.
  • > Makes 15-18 medium sized muffins.

Ayam Masak Kicap

July 4th, 2009

Ayam masak kicap

INGREDIENTS

Cooking oil for deep frying
4 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
salt
5 shallots
4 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
1tsp white pepper
1tsp black pepper
2tbsp sweet soy sauce
2 cups water
2 red chillies, sliced
1 onion cut into rings

  • > Heat the cooking oil.
  • > Mix the cubed chicken with salt and deep fry until nice and golden. Take them out and set aside (place them on some kitchen towels to drain the oil out).
  • > Put the shallots, garlic, ginger, white pepper and black pepper into a food processor with a bit of water to make a thick paste.
  • > Heat some oil (I usually use the oil that was used to fry the chicken), and add the paste. Fry for a couple of minutes and add dark soy sauce.
  • > Mix in the chicken and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • > Pour in the water, stir and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • > Add the chilli and simmer for another 5 minutes before adding in the onion.
  • > Let it simmer for a couple more minutes and it’s ready to be served.

IF: Shaky

July 3rd, 2009

When I first saw the topic, I immediately thought of this:

Maracas

Then I thought it’s such an easy instrument even a monkey could play it… no offence to any monkeys of course… and thought of this:

Jungle maracas

Unfortunately my hands are in pain tonight and I just can’t seem to paint what’s really in my head… so this is the best I could do