Sunday, 7 February 2016

Oi-Muchim, Korean Cucumber Salad

Seems that i didn't make any Korean food for a very long time, even DH been asking me why. I guess the my level of laziness touch the highest peak.

Few days back, i went for a quick lunch in one of the food court and I had Octopus Bibimbap. I had this for many times already but their cucumber salad that really made me going back there again and again. It click me that I should have do it myself.
Thanks to Google, it bring me to Maangchi, the famous Korean Food 5. I'd tried a few of her recipes and I dare to say that I trust her recipes.

Oi-muchim, Korean Cucumber Salad

1 English cucumber, washed and slice thinly
1/4 cup onion, slice thinly
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp chili flakes
2 tbsps light soya sauce
2 tbsps sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Sugar (optional)

In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well until sugar is well dissolve.

Serve cold as side dish.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Svenska Kottbular (Swedish Meatball)

Raise your hand if you never had this meatball when you go to IKEA! And iconic meal from Sweden and actually I never heard of it until we had it IKEA cafeteria many moons ago.

I made mine simple and of course without the linggonberries. I wonder if we could even find it here in Geoje! Instead of boiled potatoes, we had it with pasta. Make it simple and  that's the way we like it.

Svenska Kottbular

For meatballs
500 g beef mince
1 egg
1 onion, chopped finely
1/2 cup panko/fresh white breadcrumbs
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except olive oil. Form into a small meatballs.
Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs. Do it in few batches. Remove from pan and keep aside.
For Cream Sauce
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 chicken stock cube or 2 cup beef broth 
1 cup cream
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley
Melt butter in the same frying pan, whisk in flour until lightly brown. Add the chicken stock cube or beef broth and cook. Whisk until thickened. Add the cream.
Add the meatballs in the pan and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Season the sauce.
Garnished the sauce with chopped parsley and serve with pasta or boiled potato like the Swedish!

Smaklig måltid!
Original Recipe from Swedish Meatballs by Damn Delicious

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Roman Honey Spiced Cake

Miss 14 did this as part of her Latin homework. She did everything by herself except for the oven part where she's still bit clueless..mama was just standing right next to her for a moral support and did the clean up.

Roman Honey Spiced Cake

250 ml honey
350 ml milk
250 g brown sugar
350 g whole wheat flour
150 g all purpose flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground star anis
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven at 170 C degrees. Grease a cake mold or two loaves pans and line with parchment paper.

Place honey, milk, sugar and spices in a small saucepan. 
Over a medium heat, bring to simmer and stir. 

In a mixing bowl, add flour and baking soda. 
Pour gently the warm mixture and mix everything with a spatula until well incorporated.

Transfer the mixture to the greased pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until deep brown and tester comes out clean.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

DS told me that he would love to ravioli for sunday lunch. I told him if he want to eat it, he will have to learn how to do it.

And off we go. He's very excited of the idea making his own food. And was so proud to show it to his sister and papa.

Well done son..hope this would be just a beginning..

Friday, 18 December 2015

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Cinnamon Monkey Bread Pull-apart

I've been wanting to do this brioche for quite sometimes and only today I tell myself that i have to do it. I don't know why I didn't do it earlier. Maybe I was a bit intimidate with the idea that I will have to prepare the dough, then the sauce. Sounds like too much work for me.

There's too many recipes in Pinterest and most of it using a store-bought dough or even pizza dough. Until I found a quite simple recipe using brioche dough.

I tweaked a bit the recipe, instead of let it rise in the microwave, i just let it rise normally in the oven for a couples of hours.

Cinnamon Monkey Bread Pull-apart

For the dough
310 ml milk, hot
1 packet instant yeast
470 g flour
50 g sugar
55g butter, melted
1 large egg, room temp
1 tsp salt

For the sauce:
225 g butter, melted
220 g brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon powder

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in a 1/4 cup of hot milk and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix milk, sugar, salt, melted butter and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add the yeast mixture. Add in the remaining flour and mix until the dough start to form a bowl. 

Remove from the bowl onyo a floured aurface and knead for a few minutes. Place the dough in a bowl and cover. 

Let it rise until it double the volume.

Prepare the sauce. In a sauce pan, melt the butter, then add cinnamon and sugar. Keep aside.

Once the dough has risen, remove the dough from the bowl and punch down the dough. 

Preheat oven at 180°C.

Pour about few spoons of the sauce into the bottom of bundt pan. 

Form dough into a small balls and cover the bottom of the pan using half of the dough. Pour half of the sauce over the balls. Continue  to layer the pan and pour the remaining sauce over the dough.

Bake the dough for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let it rest for at least 5 minutes. Turn the bread on a large serving plate and serve.