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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies


It's the holidays. There's so much fun stuff to do with Fat Cheeks. Today I brought her to Compass Pt coz they brought in Seaseme Street with a special 10min musical show 3 times daily till end of this week. Fat cheeks was all excited to meet Elmo & Cookie monster. It was pretty crowded at ground level, so we watched from the 2nd floor. She enjoyed it tremendously & was actually sad when the show was over. I will be bringing her back again & this time probably try to que for the show early so that we'll be able to sit infront of the stage & take pics with the characters. Anyways, to cheer her up a bit, I made her chocolate chip oat cookies. It's a slightly healthier version with oats added into the cookie & it's less sweet. She was all smiles by the time she was munching into her cookies. =)

Ingredients:
- 115g butter
- 115g soft dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 60ml milk
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- 150g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 115g oats (I used Quakers instant oats)
- 175g choco chips

Method:
- cream butter & sugar till fluffy
- add beaten eggs, milk & vanilla essence
- shift in flour, baking powder & salt
- stir till well mixed
- fold in oats & chocolate chips
- chill mixture for an hr
- preheat oven to 180deg c
- grease trays
- place mounds of cookie dough on tray & flatten with fork
- bake for 10 to 12mins till edges are just colouring
- cool on wire racks

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baked Potato Pumpkin & Cod Fish Croquettes

The title alone sounds complicated but it's not at all. Hubby is away at work in Taiwan. This weekend, it's just me & Fat cheeks. I wanted to make her something she likes but yet nutritious. So I came out with this croquette which encompasses all the above ingredients. It turned out to be pretty yummy. Nice & crisp on the outside with savoury softness inside. We had it for lunch & when dinner came, she asked for more & both of us fought over the last morsels of it. =) Next time I'll try substituting cod fish with mince chicken, tuna or ham.

Here's what I did:
Ingredients:
(I manage to make 10 med sz patties)
- 4 med potatoes (steamed till soft)
- 1 small wedge pumpkin (steamed till soft)
- 1 small white onion, chopped finely
- 1 tsbsp mayonnaise
- 3tbsp of grated cheddar cheese
- 1 small pc of cod fish, steamed & flaked (about size of my plam)
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 egg for coating
- Japanese breadcrumbs
Method:
- Mash potato & pumpkin with fork
- Add all other ingredients except eggs & breadcrumbs
- shape potato mixture, coat with eggs, then with breadcrumbs
- place on tray lined with baking sheet, bake at 200deg c till light brown
- serve warm

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cheese Cupcakes

Today I'm visiting a friend & her son with Fat Cheeks so I thought I'll bake something simple for all to enjoy during tea time. I came across this recipe from Berryfood. & I think it's just ideal. Great for adults & children. I had some fondant leftovers, so I decorated the cupcakes a bit. =)

Ingredients:
(Makes 8 cupcakes)
- 2 eggs
- 65g sugar
- 90g cake flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 20g grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp milk
- 90g melted butter

Method:
- pre-heat oven to 190deg c
- shift flour & baking powder
- use hand whisk, beat eggs & sugar till sugar dissolves
- add cheese, milk & flour, stir till smooth
- add melted butter & stir till well blended
- pour into greased cupcake mould till 70% full
- bake for 15mins
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fish Cutlet with Japanese Curry

This is really yummy. I love japanese curry & decided to try this out. The curry seasoning is easily available at NTUCs. All I did was fry some onion, added potato, carrot, oyster mushrooms (just coz i happen to have some leftovers), water then lastly the curry seasoning. It comes in a block, so just chop it up into small pieces and add to the pot. I chose mild curry & it was mild enough for fat cheeks to enjoy. You can choose to add meat into the curry but I complimented my curry with fish cutlet. Delicious. =)
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Almond Peach Tart

It's been quite some time since I've baked something. Today I happen to crave for tarts and so I decided to try this. Thus far, I've never done any tarts since I've started this blog. I have to say, it's really not bad. A nice change from cakes. I've also added wholemeal flour to the base & that gives it a really nice nutty flavour. Yummlicious. I should have sliced the peaches to make it look prettier but was too lazy. =)

Ingedients:
(Makes a 7 inch pan)

Pastry:
- 70g plain flour
- 30g wholemeal flour
- 50g unsalted butter
- 30g sugar
- pinch of salt
- a few tbsps of cold water

Almond cream:
- 25g powdered almonds
- 1 egg
- 40g sugar
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 30g unsalted butter, melted
- few drops of vanilla extract

- 1 small can of peaches

Method:
- mix both flour in a bowl, rub butter into flour with fingers till resemble breadcrumbs
- add a few tbsp of cold water till dough comes together (do not over work dough, just mix till it comes together, wrap in cling wrap)
- rest dough in fridge for 1/2 hr
- mix powdered almond, egg, sugar
- add cream, melted butter & vanilla, set aside
- roll dough out & fill pan
- prick holes & bake at 180deg c till light brown (approx 10mins)
- fill half the tart with almond cream, arrange peaches in tart
- fill with remaindng almond cream
- bake at 180deg c for 20-25mins, till almond cream sets