Monday, 13 April 2009

Fried Carrot Cake & Rojak

I was really productive in the kitchen last week. I baked brownie, chilli paste, carrot cake. (oh shit, don't remember what else I did without photos)

I had sudden craving for fried carrot cake therefore suggested to CL to make some ourselves for dinner. Opps, I forgot to take some photos of the final product of steam carrot cake before cutting them up for frying. I was too busy making chilli paste and calling mummy to double check the ingredients required.

White version of Fried Carrot Cake
Black version of Fried Carrot Cake (not very black but nice)

CL helped me to fry both version of the carrot cake and he did a good job! The carrot cake was soft, all of flavour plus homemade chilli paste. It taste better than served at cafe/restaurant.

We also added a few more ingredients to our Rojak. Added turnip, bean sprouts, tau pok (bean curd skin) and also the usual cucumber, pineapple and You Tiao. It was a huge bowl of Rojak when I mixed everything up. CL says " this is somthing which 1 + 1 not = 2"

The next day, we had leftover carrot cake for breakky.


CL requested for Brownie again and I baked them in a heart shape bake tin which I don't know where to slice when served. It's the smallest bake time I have. If I baked them in the square shape tin, the brownie might be too flat like the previous time.

Don't really remember did I used the same recipe as the previous time but it's definitely from the same Nigella cookbook. I did cut down the amount of sugar as I find her recipes a bit too sweet for our tastebuds.

I can't stop myself from licking the spoon and bowl once I placed the tin into the oven. It's delicious just by licking it. The recipe state to bake for XX minutes and to constantly look out for it as brownie tend to over bake very quickly. I ended up extending the baking time even though I only bake 1/3 the amount of the recipe. The middle was pretty gooey when I took them out from the oven. CL was surprised it was so gooey and I was guessing it will harded when it cooled. If not I just have to pop them back into the oven. I thought this time round, the brownie will be a success as it did get hardern as it cool.

BUT I was wrong! When I cutted them up and serve with Vanilla Ice Cream, it was still uncook in the middle. Definitly better than the previous time but still not fully correct. Hmmmm I seriously wonder why.

Fatt Kueh

Came upon this recipe for quite some time now but didn't really manage to try them. I followed the recipe very strictly as it as my 1st time but it still didn't turn out right. I did have my doubt when I mixed the coconut milk with the rice flour. It's suppose to be a smooth batter but mine turn out to be like a dough. Suspecting the coconut I used was cream instead of milk even though the packet did state milk. It's too thick to be consider as milk.

The Fatt Kueh did "explode" but it's not soft and fluffy. As for sweetness, it's just right to my tastbud. I will definitely give them a try again as they are really simple to make but I got to make sure I uses coconut milk not cream.

Greek Shortbread Bicuits,Kourabiedes

Our very lovely greek neighbour, Irene baked these Kourabiedes for Easter and she gave us some.

The first time I tried them was during Christmas period when she baked over 500 of as gifts for her family, relatives and neighbours. She told me she do it every year but the amont decreases every year too as she's finding a bit hard to produce so many biscuits alone.

This Easter she baked a small amount for her family and we were offered some because we are her family too :)

They smell great! I only need to remove the cover and I can smell it immeditaely without bringing my nose close to it! It's crunchy coz of the nuts but also extremely sweet because it's covered with icing sugar. She told me it's also very fattening so can't have too much.

I had quite a few as CL finds them too sweet. I know I will be the only 1 eating them like the batch we had during Christmas. Therefore I bought the rest in to work the next day and shared with a few colleagues. They all enjoyed it a lot!