Swiss Roll

Published August 22, 2012 by Mary Jane

Okies, I’ve tried and failed on one of Jamie’s chocolate swiss roll recipe – even though we made it twice with my sister in law. This time, I’ve taken this recipe from Carol’s food blog. I decided to give it a shot. The thing I like about Carol’s recipe book is there’s a step by step photo of each process that way you sort or know whether you are doing right or wrong. So the mixture is very similar to a sponge mixture where there’s loads of eggs and it’s a matter of whisking the egg whites to meringue form and mixing it into the flour mixture. I made sure no air bubbles exist so I gave the tray a tap and smooth the flour mixture..

When it came out of the oven – it looked promising the surface was a little sandy – exactly what the recipe says..for the filling I decided to make a custard/whipped cream mixture and put in some fruits – following the recipe.. I think my custard was a little lumpy – might have split so when I combined with the whipped cream it had little tiny lumps. For the fruits I decided to use golden kiwi fruits and strawberries – the colours were beautiful…

I think I put way too much of the custard/whipped cream mixture and had a feeling when I roll it up it was going to overfill 😦 I’m finding that the sponge is sticking to the baking paper I had on. But eventually I managed to roll it up with a few skins peeling off hehehehe…not sure why it did that maybe I didn’t cool it down completely and there was steam moisture…but I was still happy I managed to roll it up into a swiss roll shape..

as you can see bits and pieces of skin peel off….now it was time to cut a slice of end bits to see the inside of it…

turned out really well..was pretty proud of myself consider I failed on Jamie’s chocolate swiss roll recipe..this one is a winner – I just need to master the skills of not letting the skin peel off from baking paper…

The cake was nice and moist – everybody enjoyed it. Make sure you chill it in the fridge so that the custard/whipped cream mixture hardens up and that the swiss roll shape is set.

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Ratatouille…

Published August 21, 2012 by Mary Jane

Okies, I’ve been wanting to make ratatouille for a while now after watching ratatouille cartoon movie on anyone can cook but have never had the opportunity to do it. So while I was baking the whole fish I decided to make a side vegetarian dish. I saw the recipe on SBS French Safari and it seemed easy enough. Vegies included onions, zucchini, egg plant and capsicum and chuck in some sliced garlic as well.

Then it’s time to add the thyme into the vegetable mixture. As zucchini’s cooking time is different to egg plant – I would cook the egg plant first and then add in zucchinis and onion last.

Then it’s time to add cans of tomato puree..

Whip up some crusty bread with cheese…

There you have it a scrumptious meal with baked whole fish, ratatouille and some crusty cheese bread – comfort food for winter..

Baked Mediterranean whole fish

Published August 20, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hi Bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well..haven’t been posting lately…been acting in a new position and well, no time and not feeling up for it. Anyways, I have been keeping up with baking and cooking. I’ve always wanted to bake a whole fish. So I went online to search for a easy recipe. It was a easy Mediterranean stuffed whole fish..the dish was simple enough to whip up. All I need to do is pan fry the stuffings..

pan fry the tomatoes with spring onions..

Then adding some parsley and bread crumbs..with some oregano

Then it was time to wedge the stuffings into the whole fish and bake them in the oven..

slice some tomatoes and put them on top of the whole fish along with the left over bread crumbs…and sprinkle more of oregano mixture…

I had two fish – both weighing around 0.5kg so I baked them on 180 degrees and checking after 30 minutes to make sure they are not over cooked. The last thing you want is dry fish. I also wrap them up in alfoil before I put them into the oven to bake it. Serve with lemon wedges…and it was very tasty…

A break from lite and easy

Published July 18, 2012 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’ve reached that 4 weeks mark of lite and easy and it’s come to that time that we take a break from lite and easy. I have really enjoyed taking some time off from cooking and having dinners whipped up in microwave ready for me to eat. But all good things must come to an end in some point. We’ve tasted most of their lunches and dinner and overall have enjoyed ordering food from lite and easy. It’s now back to normal cooking and eating normal food. I have not gained any weight or lost any so I suppose lite and easy have allowed me to maintain my weight during the cold winter time. But I’m sure since it’s all frozen surely they have to add some addictive to it to preserve the food. Though I must admit my experience with their fruits and vegies (mostly salad) have been really fresh 🙂

Anyways, Pandabear and I will take a short break from lite and easy and see how we go…

Wonton Mee…

Published July 18, 2012 by Mary Jane

Okies, over the weekend Pandabear was craving for some wonton mee so I decided I will cook it for him for dinner. At lunch time I caught up with my sister in law and her hubby at Hong Kong BBQ joint so we had some roast as well. So I decided for dinner I’m going to stick with Soya chicken something different. I went to Emma to pick up egg noodles and some wonton skin and went past a roast joint to pick up a whole soya chicken…

For the wonton meat mixture – I decided to stick to my mother’s recipe – of putting prawns inside my wonton mixture. So in the mixture I added – pork mince, white pepper, sesame oil, salt, and prawn paste. I just whipped the prawns in my stick master to make it in a paste and add them onto the mince 🙂

I blanched the bok choy and then chuck the wontons into hot boiling water with a bit of salt and they’re done. So now it was time to work on my egg noodles and sauces. For the sauces – I added chopped spring onions, soya sauce, caramel sauce, some of the juices from the soya chicken, white pepper, salt and a little bit of sesame oil.

Now it’s time to assemble all ingredients together 🙂

Here is Pandabear’s plate – with no sambal sauce and 5 wontons as he requested..

and my plate – full of hot sambal sauce and 4 wontons..

It was very yummy – definitely a comfort food recipe for a winter night and fit for a King 🙂

Winter melon tea

Published July 17, 2012 by Mary Jane

While I was on holidays back in Taiwan I had the opportunity of visiting TaiNan – South of Taiwan. I’ve never been to TaiNan before. Mum’s cousin lives there so we decided to pay her a visit. My Auntie took us to various places in TaiNan and she took us to one of the famous spot that sells winter melon tea. I love winter melon tea – nicely fragrant not too sweet just right. It was a little store that only sells winter melon tea. I was very surprised that it already had queues of people. The drinks must be awesome. You could add various flavours to it – like lemon, comquat, honey etc..I opt for the original flavour. I love the original flavour. The drink was huge for something that cost like $2.50. It was very yummy.

So now back to Aussie land, there isn’t any stores that specialises in this drink. One day when I was grocery shopping in Emma Seafood (Oriental joint in Northbridge) came across a block of winter melon tea made in Taiwan. I knew I had to get it to try and make my own winter melon tea.

It was really easy, just put the winter melon tea block inside a large pot of boiling water and boil it until the block dissolves and voila you have a lovely fragrant winter melon tea. Then it is time to bottle them up. I made 5 bottles worth of winter melon tea and gave some away to my family 🙂 It was lovely just like the ones I drank from Tainan..would definitely make more again…

Lite and easy meals…

Published July 16, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hi Guys, hope you’ve all had a nice weekend. I’ve finally had my piano lesson on the weekends with Eugene…being quite rusty since I was down with a cold and had 3 weeks off. Anyways, here’s the lite and easy meals I’ve been having. I have decided to just have lite and easy lunch only as I don’t want to eat too much processed food…

So here’s some food photos..

The beef and polenta bake was really yummy – but a little small for my liking – I had this for lunch..

The porcupines in tomato sauce…now I didn’t know what are porcupines..apparently they are meat balls with rice…I didn’t quite like the taste of it..it kind of reminded me the taste of the meal loaf I had..that strong meat taste…but the mash and vegies were really nice…so looks like I won’t be ordering this one again..

The tasmanian salmon pasta with broccoli was really yummy…the salmon was quite tender and not dry..I thought it was going to be dry…and there were enough sauces to coat the pasta..so it was yummy…definitely would order this one again 🙂

I had the Indian chicken rice for lunch and it was delicious! Very tasty…I love the pea mash as well…must admit most of the curries I had from Lite and easy have been exceptional with lovely spices and things..

The beef korma as predicted was very tasty 🙂 I love their curries and it was served with the potato and peas rice. Would definitely get them again.

So overall, the dinners are going well…I have stopped myself from eating supper but opt for the lighter option of fruits or yogurt or simply going to sleep earlier as well…