Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
My first attempt at a triple decker sandwich. This is one tough baby.
Dug out my can food and leftovers:
Cheese (use Kraft. It melts ever so nicely at room temperature... yum!)
Salt , pepper to taste
Lay 1st layer with baby romaines and top up with tuna mixed with mayo and chopped onions.
I like my sandwiches cut into triangles - just like Calvin in Calvin & Hobbes :)
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
This is one of the very first pasta I tried my hands on and i've been cooking it for all the pot lucks I have been too or hosted:) Simple ingredients that are easy on the wallet and tastes superb! :)
Er, no specific portions - just adjust to your own liking.
Cook spaghetti in a pot of rolling boiling water. Add in salt. You can also add in bits of dried chilli to the water. Drain and rinse with cool tap water.
Key ingredient: GARLIC. For me, I use lots and LOTS of garlic! (edit* approx 1 bag to 500g pasta) Chop them up. Heat up olive oil in a pan, sautee the chopped garlic for a few mins till fragrant. Add in Shitake mushrooms. I've tried with fresh button mushrooms before but Shitake adds a distinct taste that complements the dish better. Then add in dried chillies (more if you prefer a 'volcanic' taste). Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste. Mix with pasta.
I'm still perfecting this pasta as I still can't get the taste like in Pizza Uno or Sentidos at Star Hill. Anyone knows any extra tips/tricks?
Sunday, May 06, 2007
I have been surfing around for my next cake to bake and when i saw recipes for variations of apple cake. The pictures were so yummilicious that I really couldn't resist! Sorry hubby, your chocolate cake will just have to wait. I decided on a simple recipe here (101 cookbooks). Its odd that its called Apple Coffee cake but no coffee is used! Maybe its means its a perfect cake to have with a cup of coffee :)
Here's the recipe:
2 medium tart apples such as Granny Smith (wow, one apple costs RM2.29!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup apple jelly (this is just to smooth over the cake - i didnt use this)
- Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Grease an 8"X 3" cake tin.
- Peel apples, remove core and cut into slices.
- Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
- Add vanilla to milk and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time.
- Add the flour mixture in 3 portions, alternating with milk mixture.
- Pour batter into cake tin. Leave a little behind. Arrange apple slices on top then cover them with the remaining batter.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes
I made some changes. I used slightly more butter (an extra pat) coz it was quite dry and difficult to cream with the sugar. I also chopped up one apple into small cubes and tossed them with some flour to prevent it getting soggy then stirred them into the batter. Then I used the other apple (sliced) and arranged it on top of the batter.
If you don't cover the apple slices with a little bit of batter, it may dry out during baking and won't come out juicy though it would give your cake a better appearance and conveniently deceive one that there are more apples than there actually is. Ha!
Verdict: 6/10. Not bad - The apples were warm, sweet and juicy... cake had that nice cinammon-y smell but it was slightly on the dry side. I'd prefer the cinnamon taste to be stronger though. The cubed apples also kinda sank to the bottom. So much for my smart idea of caoting them with flour to prevent sinking. :PI think in future, I'll add a little more milk and slices of apple arranged in layers for a juicier munch!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Given that my blog name is coffeedreames, i am so embarassed that not one of my posts has been dedicated to the GOOD BEAN. So here is the start of all things coffee.
Apart from actually being able to ward off certain cancers and help prevent type II diabetes, below is the list of stuff which I personally feel is WHY you should drink coffee:
1. Keeps you awake throughout the night so you can stay up and watch back to back episodes of House MD/Heroes/Lost/ reruns of Friends,
2. Keeps you awake thoroughout the night so you can wake up with a pounding headache and skip work under the pretext of a 'migraine',
3. Combine it with bananas and you have yourself a powerful bowel movement inducing drink to get those stuff moving and stop your constipated suffering,
4. Drink it super 'kau' (thick, dark brown coffee shop kind with or without condensed milk hmmm or any type of coffee for that matter), without water to wash it down and you get instant yellow looking teeth and breath that is guaranteed to keep (annoying) people away
5. Its the base of a good pick up line - all too familiar with "Can I buy you a cup of coffee?" It doesn't sound too obvious yet everyone knows what it leads to. If you do get rejected, it wouldnt be too painful coz hey, its just coffee.