Posted in Snack

Chocolate – Caramel Oatmeal bars

Preparing snack for my daughter can be daunting sometimes, I need to have few options of snack so she won’t get bored. Sometimes it’s only fruits and sometimes fruits and cookies.

I really care what we eat, when I decided to make most of meals that’s because I want to know what ingredients  I put in my meals. Some of the meals take time to cook but I am happy because I can make sure all the ingredients are safe. One time I came across recipe of snack bar. In my head, I always think that making snack bar is difficult but not until I scheme this one. It’s simple and does not require a lot of preparation.So I told to myself, why not try baking them.

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I modified a bit from the original recipe, feel free to copy the recipe. I modified due to reducing sugar intake for my family. Here’s the recipe that I used ;

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 ounces (2 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tbsp store-bought caramel sauce

 

Directions :

1.Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit, Line the 9 by 13 in baking sheet with aluminium slightly overhanging.

2. Stir together oats,flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar until blended. Blend in butter with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal; press half of the mixture onto bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes until it starts to color around the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the wire rack

3. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and caramel sauce over the baked oatmeal. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake until golden pale for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to completely cool and cut into square.

 

Taste so good right after I took out from the oven since I can’t wait to try. My husband loves it when it’s still warm and I had to stop him from eating too much as I want to reserve for my daughter’s snack.

 

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Posted in Cookies, Indonesian Food

Kaastengels (Indonesian/Dutch style : Cheese cookies)

Hi again !

I hope I don’t bore you (yet!) with my posting. This time I want to you to try this kind of cookies, this cookies is tasty, cheesy and addictive (according to my mom). When I lived in Singapore, every time I came home to visit my mom I usually baked  this cookies for her, she loves it a lot. She think my Kaastengel is the best that she ever tasted. Thank you for the compliments, mom !!! You’re the best, mom.

Being occupied by Dutch people for about 350 years, Indonesian cooking has a lot of Dutch influences. Kaastengels is one of them. We usually serve this cookies during festive events like Eid Fitr, Christmas and Chinese New Year.

Here’s what the cookies looks like

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I have tried different recipes, and this recipe works for me.

Ingredients :

  • 125 gr unsalted butter
  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 25 gr cornstarch
  • 150 gr all purpose flour
  • 100 gr grated aged Edam cheese
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Topping:

  • Eggs wash; combine 1 medium egg yolk with 1 tsp of water
  • 50 gr grated cheddar cheese

 

Directions :

1.Using electric mixer, mix butter and egg yolks with medium speed just until well mixed. It’s about 2  minutes.

2. Add grated cheese to the butter mixture, don’t over mix just until well-combined.

3. Add flour,cornstarch,baking powder to the mixture. Mix with rubber spatula and knead until the dough formed together. Wrap with the plastic and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celcius, roll the dough and cut into cookies cutters or cut into small rectangles 1×3 cm. Place the cookies on the baking sheet with parchments paper, brush each with egg wash and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake until  done, about 15 minutes.

 

 

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Posted in Cookies

“Strawberry” Crinkle Cookies

 

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Hi there !

It’s February now, technically it’s still winter but it has been warm in southern California. I am back blogging now, I hope I can be consistent with posting more recipes or pictures from my travelling experiences.

One time I was “surfing” to find easy recipes that I never make before. I was planning to make the recipe for welcoming my daughter back from school camping. She went for 5 days and I missed her a lot. So I thought I want to bake something special for her. She did not like it much, oh well ! But my husband does, yeay !!! At least my work is not wasted.

Okay, back to these cookies.  I was so surprised how easy to make these cookies. It has  only 4 ingredients in this cookies. Cake mix, cooking oil ,eggs and powdered sugar  Some recipes used refrigerated whipped topping, I chose the one with using cooking oil. The cookies’  picture from the original recipe look flat unlike mine. I only used half of 1/3 cup of cooking oil. The reason that when I poured only a half of it the mixture and mixed it well. The mixture  is already not sticky to the bowl or even my hands so I stopped adding oil because I was afraid the cookies will fail rising. My cookies looked chubby, just like me (hahahha….)but it’s super cute !!!
You can use any cake mix, if you want chocolate, lemon or any color, I chose this because I think pink is cute. The exterior of this cookies is chewy, even after 7 days in tight container it’s still chewy.

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Without further ado, let’s make this cute cookies !

Ingredients :

  • 1 packet of cake mix (432 gr)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • Half of  1/3 cup of cooking oil  (I apologize if this confuse you but my cookies only used half of the cooking oil from original recipe, feel free to use 1/3 cup of cooking oil if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

 

Methods :

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
  2. Pour the powdered sugar on the bowl, set aside
  3. Combine cake mix, beaten eggs and oil in large bowl. Stir until well combined.
  4. Spoon out the small portion of the dough and make a round ball then roll it in the powdered sugar until it’s all covered.
  5. Put it the baking sheet, give a space about an inch part. Flatten slightly with your palm.
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, transfer to cooling rack to allow for cooling.
  7. Store in air tight container.

 

 

 

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.