Saturday, February 7, 2009

My parents are out.  I should be doing Math, but it’s… evading me. So I go and bake. Last night I made these choc mint cupcakes. I think I should get some really good peppermint extract. The cupcakes didn’t taste very minty. Not very chocolatey either lol.

My parents went for golf, and then they went for a Chinese New Year dinner party thing. On now~

My math sits in front of me, looking at me very accusingly.

I made scalloped potatoes for dinner. I made crispy chocolate meringues. Here’s the recipe.

2 egg whites
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/4 cup cornflakes, crushed
125g dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 tbspns drinking chocolate, for dusting

>> Preheat oven to warm 160C. Brush and oven tray with melted butter or oil. Line with baking paper, grease paper
1. Using electric beaters, beat egg whites in small bowl until stiff peaks form. Add sugar gradually and beat until sugar has dissolved and mixture is thick and glossy.
2. Using a metal spoon, fold the cornflakes and chocolate gently into the egg white mixture and stir until well combined.
3. Spoon 2 heaped teaspoons of the meringue mixture on prepared baking tray 2cm apart. Bake 25-30 minutes or until dry and firm to the touch. Dust meringues with sifted drinking choc while still hot. Transfer to a wire rack when almost cool.

It says here you can store them up to a week in an airtight container. I love this book. It’s got colour photos and it’s really good. I can’t stand cookbooks that don’t have a photo of the finished product. Those sort of cookbooks don’t hold my attention at all.

Anyway, I halved the recipe. I whisked the egg-white by hand, since I was bored. The trick is apparently, (according to my observation.. haha) to whisk it first until it’s sort of stiff, but the tip of the peak sort of falls over. Then start whisking in the sugar, little bit by little bit. When they say gradually, they seriously mean gradually. They say not to whisk it too much, but… well, I whisked it a lot after I started adding the sugar. Eventually it became very thick, and even more stiff-peaked. Very glossy too~ I used those Nestle whole wheat flakes, and chocolate rice. About half cup of the crushed flakes, an a couple teaspoonfuls of choc rice.

DSC00032 All done whipping~


meringues  The meringues, done baking. They taste SO GOOD. That space there is the one I ate.

I made the scalloped potatoes, (or.. well, I think it’s called that) with just white sauce, lots of herbs and sliced potatoes. Make a basic white sauce by melting butter in a saucepan, adding flour to make a smooth paste. Then add milk. Whisk to get rid of lumps, and reduce. Add flavour if you’d like. I put in a bit of mustard, mixed herbs, black pepper, bacon bits, and salt. Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly, and toss them in the white sauce. Cook it a while, then put in an oven-proof dish, bake with a cover till the potatoes are soft then without a cover to reduce the sauce a bit.

On another note, more photos! Camwhore me.

DSC00030Yesterday’s cupcakes. Very pretty.

DSC00031Partly eaten! This one didn’t have choc chunks in it though. 


DSC00027Kinda blurry, but me and Zy with our CHILDREN~ 


 Blackberries. Beautiful, but… Look at that price.

DSC00021 Romantic camwhoring in my lace top.

DSC00018 Dunno why I wanted to camwhore.

DSC00013 Camwhoring in girl’s bathroom~ With my copyright look, HAIRBAND~

DSC00009 From the CNY Reunion dinner the other day. Poor fish.

DSC00010 I thought this looked… poetic.

DSC00011 CHINESE SAUSAGE~~ And… some other stuff.

DSC00012 1000 layer cake! Crepe layers. Mille fieulle? I have no idea how to spell it. Very rich.

DSC00004Studying in Chem lab. My mess~ My space. 

DSC00005 Sexy photo~ This is the very basic stuff. Sulphuric acid, stuff like that that’s commonly used in experiments. The stuff in the cabinet in the faaaaar background over there is the dangerous stuff. *evil grin* I once carried this huge bottle of 90+% ethanol over to a table simply because I was bored. My teacher had a heart attack. 8Db

DSC00003 Before the CNY hols. Kissing the decorative fish~

DSC00001 And the decorative fish kissing me~

Yeah, well that’s all for now. I love taking photos~ And I love cooking. I will post photos of the CNY Open House in the next post. Seeya next time~

2 reports:

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Hey! :D

If you're buttercream was too soft, you didn't beat it long enough. It needs a lot of abuse before it will come together. Lol ;)

KYME said...

....Really? I never knew that. o.o I'll whip my buttercream into submission next time then. XD Thanks for the advice~