Monday, July 30, 2012

Hello! =)

Summerlicious lunch at Oliver's was such a success. I am very pleased with the results and so were my guests!  

Update Its been a while but here we go!  

App: - Avocado lettuce wraps with tomato bacon Dressing  
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
2 tbsp finely chopped shallots 
1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno 
 3/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper  

Grilled  
2 avocados, cut in half pitted and peeled 
olive oil 
1ime juice 
1/4 hot sauce 
pinch of sugar 
salt and pepper

wraps  
olive oil 
salt and pepper 
4 tbsp prepared dressing 
8 strips bacon 
4 hard boiled eggs chopped 
2 tomatoes diced 
2 heads boston lettuce, cleaned and leaves removed

Oh my goodness, this appetizer was one of the most hardest to prepare for but it was very, very rewarding! The guacamole was bang on! It had a very unique taste, the lime juice and hot sauce really work well together to give your taste buds some excitment. In the end, everyone was all over the guacamole.  

Side App - Watermelon soup
6 cups watermelon juice of one lime 
30ml grated ginger salt 
6 mint leaves

This was a really good chiller, a break in between meals and also a conversation starter. The watermelon juice or soup with the mint gave a breathe of freshness in the mix and it was just so easy to down. Served in chilled shot glasses, it was a good way to entertain guests.  

Main - Salmon en papillote with herb sauce

4 salmon fillets 
10g butter 
8 thin slices of lemon halved 

HERB SAUCE 
315ml fish stock 
80 ml white wine 
2 french shallots 
250 ml cream 
4 tablespoons of herbs of your choice

I have never poached a salmon this way before but it was a good experience. I wrapped it with parchment paper and seasoned the fillet with butter, salt, pepper and lemons. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on thickness. Once it's done, serve right away with the herb sauce. The creamy herb sauce really brings back memories of my old man's cooking but this seem a bit more legit since its straight out of a french book haha.  

Dessert - Chocolate and blueberry crepes  
Crepes 
3 eggs 
salt 
50ml butter 
250ml flour 
300ml milk 

Blueberries 
4 cups blueberries 
250ml sugar 
zest of 1 lemon 
juice of 1/2 lemon 

Ganache 
175ml 35% cream 
8oz dark chocolate 
25ml butter 
salt

I had no idea why I chose such a complicated dessert but this had some assembly to do as well. I felt bad for making my guest wait on dessert but I had some trouble finding the right pan for this. It turns out that the cast iron pan was a good pan to use but I decided to use this weird one, oh well. The crepes were very tasteful, you can really taste the hint of milk which was very smooth. The blueberry sauce was the WOW factor, same with the chocolate sauce. Both very sweet so be cautious when garnishing your plate with these.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Aside from my foodie craze, I also, like many others, enjoy good slow music. This artist here captured this song in a whole new way and he gave it new life. Almost like a different way of eating an orange.

Check it out.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hello Friends!

This weekend has been such a relaxed one. My cousin Eric is on his summer vacation and decided to come hang out at my place for 2 days. We took advantage of this time and played on the Playstation and of course, did some baking. He is so eager to learn, it's inspiring. So, I took him in as my apprentice haha. His goal is to learn how to bake and cook. What a good kid. =) Sometimes I wish I can make a phone call to the future, if that makes any sense or maybe a phone call to the past? Haha. Excuse me, I am a bit drugged up from the antibiotics my doctor gave me this morning.

Anyways, we got the chance to tackle France by making some Crepes.

Updates on the ingredients in a bit. =)


Hello Guys

I am so tired, I feel so drained today although I didn't do much. I think its work, it has just been a tough week filled with the cover designs and all. I feel like I can't with them win and its not fair. Oh well, life, what can I do about it. A couple of days ago, I got the chance to make Floating Islands in a Chocolate Lake. It was definitely fun to be working with chocolate again.

Heres how it goes:


Chocolate custard
2 cups of milk 
5 egg yolks 
1/4 sugar 
2.25 oz dark chocolate 


Islands 
5 egg whites 
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar 
dark brown sugar 


I have to admit, I really suck at making custard. I can never really know when it is ready. The next thing you know, it starts to get chunky and that is not what you want. There is a technique that Jamie taught me and it was to drain it over a strainer so that you can get all the chunky bits out. But overall, it was a great. The chocolate wasn't too sweet and the island gave it a really nice balance since it doesn't really have any sugar at all.




my lovely grandma enjoying it

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hello All!

It is such a joyous weekend! My friends and I went to a Night Market and had the chance to experience some really nice street eats. Nothing beats getting together at night and taking advantage of this nice weather. I don't know what has gotten into to me recently but I don't feel like myself. That's why I have cooking. Yes, yes, I have been a little inactive but I didn't forget about this blog. Last week, I made a really nice salmon called Poached Salmon with Basil Mousseline. It was an easy fix for you lazy people out there (like me).

What you need:
Basil Mousseline
 1/3 cup Mayo 
1/2 basil chopped 
1/4 cup green onion 
2/3 cup whipped cream 
lemon juice 
salt and pepper

Poached Salmon 
2 cups dry white wine 
2 cups water 
2 lemons sliced 
1 medium onion 
2 sprigs dill or oregano 
salmon fillets 
1/2 cup red pepper (optional)

How Anna poached her salmon was pretty unique. It was half sub merged in the liquid while the top of the salmon was covered with a lid and popped in the oven. The beauty of salmon is that, it does not take long for it to cook and even if it was a little rare, its okay.

The taste was very light but the mousseline gave it a nice zingy taste. Even my grandma loved it and shes not a big fan of french cuisine.

Enjoy. =)
   

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hello All! :)

Oh my goodness, I just wrote a long entry about how my week was and how inspired I was into baking/cooking again and I deleted it by accident. Frig! That annoys me. Oh well, I'll try again.

So, this past week has been very busy and I took up golfing! Yay! I think I really like golf, its just so hard to master due to all the connections you have to make prior to hitting the ball. I will get use to it.

It was my sisters bday yesterday and the old man made a huge meal for my sister. I got the privilege to bake a cake for her. I asked her what she wanted and right off the bat she wanted the good stuff; meringue. Haha, this dessert has become second nature to me, I know it so well I can remember how everything goes. This dessert is so simple and in yet so attractive once present, it just always adds a WOW factor to everything.

If you haven't tried it yet, I urge you to bake it yourself or I invite you to come and try it. =) Message me, Haha. 

Ultimate fruit Meringue: 
6 egg whites 
sugar 
zest of any choice or cocoa powder.
a box of strawberries
handful of raspberries and blueberries
nuts
mint leaves
 
Beautiful

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I am only human.