Posted in ice cream

Oreo Ice Cream (No machine required !)

 

 

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Ice cream ? Why not, this year’s weather in fall is very inviting to have cold and warm dessert. In California, weather can be as warm as 22 C/72 F in fall this year. This recipe does not need ice cream maker to make this ice cream. Original recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen but I modified to my taste.

Ingredients :

  • 100 ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 50 gr white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 75 gr sour cream
  • a pinch of salt
  • 250 ml heavy cream
  • 75 – 100 gr rough crushed Oreo (scrap out the cream)

 

Method :

  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk with white chocolate in the medium bowl, microwave it for 1 minutes. Stir halfway through and let it cool. I was melting the chocolate and the milk using double boiler or put it in the glass bowl over the boiling water in the saucepan ( don’t let the bowl touch the water, otherwise it will burn the chocolate). Let it cool
  2. Add the vanilla extract to the white chocolate mixture, mix it well.
  3. Add the sour cream to the white chocolate mixture, mix it well.
  4. Add salt, incorporate well.
  5. Whip the heavy cream with electric mixer until the soft peak.
  6. Whisk 1/3 of whipped cream to the white chocolate mixture and fold the rest.
  7. Gently whisk the Oreo crushed to the mixture.
  8. Pour the ice cream mixture to the air tight container, freeze for at least 6 hours.
  9. Enjoy your ice cream !

 

 

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Posted in Chicken

Sticky Honey and Soy Sauce Chicken Wings/Mid joint

 

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Hi again !

 

I made this recipe long time ago, it’s quite easy and fast to make. I usually marinade this overnight and pop them in the morning in the oven for my daughter’s lunch. Here’s the recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 kg chicken wings/mid joints
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

 

Glazing sauce:

  • 3 cm peeled and grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced thinly
  • 60 ml honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 60 ml water

 

Method :

1.In small saucepan, combine ginger,garlic,honey, soy sauce and water over medium heat until thickened and reduced to 60 ml liquid. Let it cool.

2. Toss chicken with salt and pepper, Put back in the refrigerator.

3. Put the glaze sauce and cooking oil in the clear plastic bag/ziploc, add the chicken and marinade for at least 1 hour (can be overnight).

4. Preheat oven to 180 Celcius/ 360 Fahrenheit

5. Bake for 40-50 minutes until cooked through.

6. Serve with warm jasmine rice or fries

 

 

 

Posted in Dessert

Matcha Agar

Hello there !

 

I’m back after hiatus for more than 2 months ! Anyone missed me ? Really ? No one ! Oh well, that’s fine. I was absent for 2 months because I was traveling to my home-country, Indonesia. It was a fine holiday for me, I know I am so lucky to get a chance for a break. I will post my holiday pictures when I have a chance.

Well, back to my post.  sometimes days get warm here. I don’t even feel like cooking dessert that requires oven when it’s too hot. I lost my appetite when the heat breaks. I came across to this video. The video is in bahasa Indonesia. Here’s the picture of Matcha Agar

 

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Does the picture above convince you enough to try the dessert ? I know not my best photo but actually it tastes better than the picture itself. Let’s get cooking :

Ingredients :

  • 100 gr biscuit (I use Graham crackers), crushed finely
  • 50 gr unsalted butter, melted
  • 400 gr cream cheese
  • 100 gr granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 10 gr agar powder
  • 10 gr matcha powder
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 30 gr granulated sugar
  • 3 gr agar powder
  • 10 gr matcha powder

 

Directions  (make 6 medium glasses, if using serving glass) :

Making Crackers Layer:

  1. Crush/pound the crackers until crushed finely, You can use food processor or put the crackers in the ziploc/clear plastic bag and use the rolling pin to crush them.
  2. Combine the crackers with the melted butter until well incorporated
  3. Pour the crackers mixture in the spring form pan, press it using the back of the spoon. I am making this in the serving glass so I just spoon the crackers on the bottom of the glass, I prefer not to press the crackers mixture on the bottom of the serving glass.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator

 

Making Green Matcha Agar Layer:

  1. Use double boiler or boil water in the saucepan and put the glass bowl over it, make sure the bowl does not touch the water .Combine 200 gr cream cheese with 50 gr sugar and 100 ml heavy cream. Mix well using whisker until the cream cheese melted.
  2. Add 5 gr agar powder, mix it well.
  3. Add 10 gr matcha powder to the cream cheese mixture, mix it well
  4. Turn off the heat and pour it over the crackers mixture
  5. Chill in the refrigerator until it gets hardened

 

Making White Agar Layer :

  1. Use double boiler or boil water in the saucepan and put the glass bowl over it, make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Combine 200 gr cream cheese with 50 gr sugar and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.Add  100 ml heavy cream. Stir with whisker until cream cheese melted.
  2. Add 5 gr agar powder, mix it well.
  3. Turn off the heat and pour it over green matcha agar layer
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until it gets hardened

 

Making Agar Layer:

  1. Combine 200 ml hot water with 30 gr sugar and 3 gr agar powder, whisk it until well incorporated
  2. Add 10 gr matcha powder, whisk it well.
  3. Pour it over white agar layer
  4. Chill in the refrigerator until it gets hardened

It looks a lot of works but you can reward yourself with this yummy dessert.

 

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Posted in Indonesian Food, Snack

Steamed cassava with coconut milk (Thai dessert)

 

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When I was still living in Singapore, I used to get this dessert from hawker place. There is a stall in Bukit Timah Market and Food Center selling this dessert. The combination between the steamed cassava and the coconut milk has the right balance. I love it.

Since we moved to USA , whenever I crave for this snack I have to make my own. So far I have not found this snack in Thai restaurant that I have been to. It’s not hard to make this but it was convenient for me just to buy it from hawker place ( I know I sounded like spoiled kid)

 

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Now, just looking at this picture made me want to eat this right away. Okay, let’s start cooking. You can get fresh cassava from Asian supermarket in USA, in USA cassava is called Yucca. The supermarket (RALPH’S) close where I live has ASIAN goods’ section so I just got them from there. Choose the ones that are not squishy when you check the skin.

Ingredients :

  • 800 gr cassava/yucca/tapioca, peel the skin. Cut about 5 cm long each and cut into half. Cut off the hard part in the middle
  • 1 liter water
  • pinch of salt
  • 200 gr sugar

 

Coconut Milk Sauce

  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

 

Directions:

1. Rinse off the cassava, set aside.

2. Boil water in the medium saucepan, add the cassava. When the cassava has softened but still firm and change to translucent add the sugar and salt. Let the water reduce almost 80%, cassava should look very translucent and very tender. Turn off the heat.

3.Making sauce : Pour the coconut milk in the saucepan, add the salt. Dissolve the cornstarch with little water or coconut milk  then add to the coconut milk mixture.

4. Using small heat, boil the coconut mixture until the it gets thicken. Keep stirring for another 2 minutes and turn off the heat. Keep stirring until the steam comes off.

5. Place some cassava into bowl/serving glass pour the coconut milk sauce on top of it. Can be served cold too.

 

 

 

Posted in Walking Trails

Terranea Discovery Trail

We have explored some of walking trails in Palos Verdes, and and I must say all of them are beautiful. It was quite fun doing the walking while having a beautiful view around you. When I am outside close to the nature, I feel peaceful and refreshed. I don’t need to drive far away to do exercise (walking)  and I can also enjoy the nature.

This time I want to take you to Terrranea Discovery trails. It’s about 10-15 minutes driving from where I live. Park your car at the Pelican Cove parking lot.

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You are at the right place to start your walk. If you go to the right, you will find way to Pelican Cove. You want to go to your left side to Terranea Discovery Trail. This trail is part of Terranea Resort. The parking lot closed 1 (one) hour after sunset. We went around December so the sun set early. We were quite rushed to explore this trail because we did not want to be late going back to parking lot ; but it was worth our time.

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Do you see the building on the right ? That’s Terranea Resort.

I also made video of this trail on video.

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Can you see the furthest point of the bluff, it looks like white fences ? That spot is the place where people take a break from the walk; not because it’s long and tiring but it’s a good spot to enjoy the scenery without you need to rush from walking.

It took about 2 hour for us to finish the trail and go back to the parking lot, that was because I stopped a lot to take pictures and enjoy the view. And I think I need more than 2 hours, seriously ! If your intention is simply to exercise then I would say fine you could shorten to less than 2 hours

This trail will lead to Terranea Resort which looks very nice. There are few picnic table part of the restaurant in Terranea Resort. There’s a sign where you can follow so you won’t go to the wrong direction.

 

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Once you arrive at this spot, that means you already passed the restaurant.

We walked all the way to the turning point but did not manage to check out the cave. You can go in to the cave when it’s low tide. The overall experience was fun, fun and relaxing.

The slide below is collective pictures of the turning point, if you want to check out the cave it’s located at the end of the trail.

 

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I hope this will encourage you to explore this kids-friendly and relaxing walking trail. Until my next exploration, see u later !

Posted in Hot drink

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow

 

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Hot chocolate, please ?

I know it is spring now, but sometimes it’s still chill in the morning. It feels good to sip a warm drink before starting your day but oh well I don’t have the privilege to have that before I start my morning. Usually, I am busy preparing breakfast for my little family and get ready to send my daughter to school. I only grab my toast and a glass of water for my breakfast. And when I get home, house chores waiting to get done. But ! weekend is different, I can sleep in a little bit and have glorious (and sometimes fancy) breakfast to enjoy. Oh… I love weekend so much !

I usually enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with banana fritter or egg tarts bought from 85 Cafe while looking out the Pacific Ocean, life is good !

There is a Starbucks at Golden Cove shopping center (not far from where I live) with the view of Pacific Ocean, I already have that kind of view so there’s no need for me to go there just for a view (maybe ?) or hot chocolate. My place can provide that ! both hot chocolate and the view of Pacific Ocean. Here’s a view from my balcony.

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Well, let’s start making this hot chocolate before you get bored with my story.

Ingredients :

  • 50 gr dark chocolate/bittersweet chocolate
  • 500 ml almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Marshmallow and dark chocolate chip to garnish

 

Directions :

  1.  Place all the ingredients in the saucepan
  2. Stir them with medium heat using whisk
  3. Bring to boil , let the chocolate melt and sugar dissolve, stir to combine well.
  4. Turn off the heat and pour to the cups.
  5. Top with marshmallow and chocolate chip, serve warm.

 

Note : the chocolate drink will be sweeter if you put marshmallow on top of it so use 4 tablespoons of sugar if you plan to garnish with marshmallow.

 

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Posted in Breakfast

Lime Curd

 

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I bought a bunch of limes and I already used some of them for limeade but there are still some limes left. I found lemon curd recipe on the internet. I never try what is lime curd like and curious to try this recipe. I have tried pineapple butter and it turned out this recipe taste similar to that. This curd is perfect for spread on the bread, crackers. I also used this curd for pastry filling, yummy…

 

This recipe is simple and only requires 5 ingredients to make, let’s get cooking

 

Ingredients : (Make 2 small jars)

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice and zest
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

 

Directions :

  1. Combine eggs, sugar, zest and lime juice in the medium saucepan. Whisk it until smooth and well combined.
  2. Turn on the the heat, stay in low heat. Stir constantly with whisk or wooden spoon until the mixtures thickens. Add the butter and stir constantly, turn down the heat to the very low and keep stirring until smooth. It is about 10-15 minutes and turn off the heat. Let it completely cool and store in the sterilised jars.