Beautiful bright orange with soft even tone, smooth firm skin that looks so promisingly juicy and sweet inside. These fruit has always intrigued me since the first time I found it. But how do I eat it? I tried peeling that firm oval skin once, only to find a slippery pulp inside. Maybe I should squeeze it, I wondered. Hey, nothing comes out. Only later after a thorough search on the internet, I understand that one should eat kumquat whole – skin, pulp and seeds.
Having been familiarized with unique flavours of kumquat, I toyed with many ideas how to make this an interesting dish. It has interesting flavours after all. One day I put them in my hot ginger tea with honey. The flavours is just beautiful. I love it. This would go great with pan fried fish steak. Hmmmm…. Mike’s gonna love it for his lunch today.
Lucky me, the kitchen had some fresh fillet of weaver fish. Perfect! Can hardly wait to experiment with new menu. I went straight to work on the kumquat salsa. Then marinate the fish. By 1pm lunch is served. Just beautiful as I had in mind. The kumquat salsa complements the pan-fried fish fillet perfectly……
Pan Fried Weaver Fish
just marinate in salt, pepper & lemon. Leave about 1 hour.
Quickly pan fried in olive oil or butter until it turns nice brownish color. Ready to serve with the salsa
Then I saw some recipes of candied kumquat (will make that next week), kumquat cheesecake – sounds interesting, must try soon – lamb tagine with kumquat (instead of that bitter taste dried lemon) – a definite YES!
Another baking trial day. Just a quick fix of sweets, I didn’t feel like following a complicated recipe. I just want something perfect to go with my fresh sweet strawberries bought from the market yesterday, along with fresh strawberry jam as a quick subs in case I need to make any sauce or glazing.
Guess what, it’s so perfectly silky and melts in the mouth. The smoothness creamy cheese blends in nicely with the sweet strawberry. I think I fall in love…
* 4 pcs of eggs
* 1 3/4 cup of sugar
* 24 oz cream cheese
* 1 tsp vanilla extract/crystals
* 2 cups of cracker crumbs for cheesecake
* 1 stick butter, melted
* 1 cup sour cream
1.) In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter.
Press into a 9-10″ springform pan, pushing about an inch
of the mixture up the sides of the pan.
2.) Mix cream cheese, eggs, 1 cup of the sugar & vanilla.
Beat for about 20 minutes
3.) Pour filling into pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 325.
4.) Cool in oven for 35 minutes with door open
1.) Beat together the remaining 3/4 cup sugar & sour cream for
about 10 mnts until it gets fluffy.
2.) Pour over cooled cake and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
3.) Cool cake completely before slicing and serving.
Thanks to all my food buddies for the support, I am also submitting this image to CLICK Photo Event – Red for January 2009, hosted by Jugalbandi.
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Just a little afternoon snack (and light dinner) I felt like having yesterday. Although I was actually craving for Singaporean Chili Crab. Yups, just not the right season (and country) for that. The prawns I got from the hotel’s kitchen, are from Dalian, I think. Nice to have a little of seafood again after a while…..
I shouldn’t be posting recipe in details because it’s soooo easy to cook. Just make sure the prawns are cleaned & deveined, split in the back, marinate shortly in salt, pepper, lemon & garlic, rolled in flour, dipped in lightly whisked white egg, rolled in dessicated coconut.
Deep fried in oil until it turns color to beautiful yellowish. Place on paper towels to soak the remaining oil.
Ready to be devoured with sweet chili sauce dipping…….
As a true coffee junkie, I am constantly on a search for recipes of breads/cakes and other savouries to go with it. Although, in my opinion, the best match for morning coffee is cheese bread. This is such a wonderful loaf to bake. I was so excited when I prepared the starter dough the night before, wondering what wonderful taste & texture it would be like. I found the recipe from HERE, referred by Temperance on her Bread Baking Day#16. The starter puffed up very nicely overnight. Proofing took most of the time of the entire baking though, baking process only took about 30 mnts. So short, for such a rewarding result.
That morning my entire kitchen is wafting the smell of freshly baked cheese bread. The use of gruyere cheese – which I added a bit of mozzarella and drizzles of garlic oil, is just puuuurrr-fect!!! It’s melting beautifully, moist in the inside, crusty on the outside. Guess who loves it the most….. Mike 😀
This recipe is definitely going to be on the menu very often….
CRUSTY LOAF STUFFED WITH GRUYERE CHEESE
* 1 1/4 cups unbleached Bread Flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
* 1/2 cup cool water
* all of the starter
* 1 cup + 2 tbs to 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water*
* 1 tsp salt
* 3 1/2 cups unbleached Bread Flour
* 1/2 tsp instant yeast
* *Use more water in winter time
* 2 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese, or your preference
* 1 tbs garlic oil (optional)
1) Starter: Mix the 1 1/4 cups flour, salt, yeast, half cup of water.
Cover & rest overnight
2) Dough: Combine the risen starter with second one,
water, salt, flour & yeast. Knead until elastic.
3) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover,
let it rise for 1-2 hours, till it’s nearly doubled in bulk.
4) Gently deflate the dough, stretch it into a 4 inch thick,
about 9″ x 12″. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.
5) Roll it into a log, pinching the seam to seal.
Place the log, seam-side down on a lightly oiled surface.
6) Cover & let it rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, till puffy but
not doubled in bulk. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
7) Gently cut the log into four crosswise slices, for mini-breads;
or cut in half, for two normal-sized loaves. Place on silicone sheet.
Spritz with warm water, immediately place them in the preheated oven.
8) Bake for 20 – 35 mnts or until the cheese is melted & loaves are
a deep golden brown. Cool on a rack.
Recipe from: HERE
Submitted for a food event
“Bread Baking Day #16: Cheese Bread”
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Hiya all foodie photo bloggers! It’s a fresh beginning of 2009, started with a sweet challenge from “Still Life Food” Photography Community with Candy theme. Although SLF is only been launched for a month, we received many positive feedbacks and interests from the blogging community, mostly from food photo enthusiasts and the newbies. It’s exciting to see how many people love photography and would to take some great lengths to learn and master it. SLF is a place to share the knowledge, practice and learn from one another.
To participate in the photo challenge, you must have an account at Multiply (don’t worry, it’s free). More information can be found here at SLF Page. The challenge is open from Jan 5 – 24, 2009.
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Soto Kudus ~ Indonesian Chicken Soup, Javanese Style. “Kudus” is a city in Central Java, Indonesia. There’re so many varieties of “soto” or soup from different parts of provinces in Indonesia. This particular one is quite easy to distinguish from its dominant garlicky flavours from generous sprinkles of deep fried garlic, delicious clear chicken soup with a hint of ginger, toasted coriander seeds and squeeze of lemon juice…..
One of our weekend eat-out with my family when I was a little, was this great little place near Mayestik Market where they served the best Soto Kudus. It’s so good that my family decided to make it a must-stop restaurant every Sunday afternoon. The main thing about the whole dining experience is it’s usually served with a plateful of various kind of skewered yummies as side dish – paru goreng, sate usus goreng, sate telur puyuh, perkedel kentang and my favorite one sumsum goreng telur. Important condiment is also a must for me, chili soy sauce mixed with fried garlic. It adds an entirely different flavours to the soto.
I find this recipe tastes very close to the original Soto Kudus I used to have, and am still crazy about.
Indonesian Chicken Soup – Kudus Style
* 6 pcs chicken thighs
* 4 pcs boiled eggs
* 200 gr bean sprouts, soak in hot water 5 mnts
* celery stalk/spring onion, chopped
* 2 stalks of lemon grass, bruised
* 2 pcs bay leaves
* 3 tbs of garlic fried to golden yellow color
* salt, pepper, sugar to taste
Processed ingredients till smooth:
* 6 pcs garlic
* 6 pcs shallots
* 1 tbs roast coriander seeds
* 1/2 tbs cumin
* 6 pcs roast candlenuts
* 4 cm fresh ginger, slightly roasted
1.) Boil chicken in 1 ltr of water, lemongrass & bay leaves till tender
2.) Heat 1 tbs of oil, stir fry processsed ingredients till cooked
3.) Pour into the chicken pot, add salt, pepper, sugar & fried garlic
4.) Set aside and cut chicken into bite size strips
5.) Prepare individual bowls with: steam rice, boiled eggs, bean sprouts
chicken strips, pour in steaming soup, sprinkle with spring onions
6.) Don’t forget those tasty chili condiment…. whoa yummy!
Chili for Soto:
* 10 pcs bird’s eye chili or red chili – slice thinly
* 2 tbs sweet soy sauce
* slices of indonesian palm sugar (gula jawa)
* 2 tbs fried garlic – smoothen
* sprinkles of lemon juice
(mix them all together)