Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Coconut Water Ice Popsicle


















Coconut water is the clear liquid  inside the young coconuts ( fruits from the coconut palm )   I love this natural fruit juice and we can get this fruit  all the year round.  Coconut water is a popular drink in the tropics especially in South East Asia, Pacific Islands,  Caribbeans and Africa where it is available fresh, canned or bottled.   On hot weather, this is the most refreshing drink ever and it is cooling for the body as the chinese believes.  I normally buy from the ice stall outside my housing estate selling just coconut water.  Been buying from this old uncle since my Piggies were kiddos. I heart the young coconut meat too.  This is God's greatest making....and now we get to enjoy this coconut water from the young coconuts....and the matured ones...we extract coconut milk to cook rice, curries and cakes....and I have turned them into ice popsicles mmmmmm slurpsssss...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Moist Butter Cake With Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting - Happy Birthday Claire And Happy Thanksgiving


















HAPPY BIRTHDAY  CLAIRE !!!!
Here is me wishing you  many more to come
and have a wonderful one this year...
good health, happiness and a knight on a white horse
to take you away LOL!
Have a blessed day dear
and hope you enjoy this Moist Butter Cake With Strawberry Cheese Frosting
as much as I enjoyed baking it for you :)

And HAPPY THANKSGIVING
to all my readers celebrating
thanksgiving :)

This is a light and moist butter cake which I think will be good for Claire and her friends who are shunning away from unhealthy food :p  and the lovely frosting . Read on to know more about this cake that I baked for her birthday :)

















Friday, November 18, 2011

Ensaymada - Filipino Sweet Pastry


















Ensaymada .....is a delicious Filipino sweet bread ! Originally from Majorca ,Spain which they called Ensaimada .  You can read the history of this sweet pastry from Rina's blog :)  I am glad that I have this bad habit cravings to try out recipes that my lusty eyes ( for food porn only ) :p feasted on :p -  And one of my favorite blog is Rina's   - Bisous À Toi.  I am very inspired by all her posts...beautiful cakes and beautiful photos and her beautiful family :)  I love reading her posts and this Filipino Sweet Pastry -  'Ensaymada ' caught my attention and as usual I got to try it out to satisfy the craving .  I was intrigued by her using ice water for a bread dough :)  You know I always find it challenging to try out new method and I am glad I tried this out !   And even Wild Boar requested that I make this again for him.  I want to share this deliciousness with all of you who loves to make your own bread...this is one that bread lover should not miss out :)  Soft and fluffy and the awesome buttery sugar smell ......oooooo the craving is satiated finally !

















Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Red Wine Pear Cake


I have been following Piggy of  Piggy's Cooking Journal  for many years now come to think of it.  I love most of the recipes she so generously shares on her beautiful blog and not to forget mentioning the beautiful photos of the bakes and dishes she prepared. Her food presentation is so alluring that I fell head over heels with this particular one that I had to make it fast and I can't wait for her to post a new one so that I would not steal her show :p  Thanks Piggy ( we almost belong to the same clan ) for sharing this recipe with me. This cake is so good that Wild Boar ate more that he is supposed to eat.  Love it and I shall make this again when the Piggies are back for the sem break :)  The texture is so good...moist and yet light, richly flavored by the  red wine sauce....mmmmmmm yummy !  One word one....SPEECHLESS !  

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Plum And Cinnamon Crumble - Curtis Stone


















Fresh Cranberries !!!  Very rarely I see them being sold in the supermarket over here in Malaysia. And if I do see them, I know it is nearing Christmas :)))) I bought 3 packets of Ocean Spray  Fresh Cranberries !!!......Ho Ho Ho jingle jingle bells ringing in my ears !  I have a long list of bakes that use fresh cranberries and today's post is just one of them :p  More will be coming !  California Plums are in season too and what a great idea to put them together with the fresh cranberries in this recipe that I am going to share with you.  I was flipping through Curtis Stone's book -  ' Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone' and saw this mouth-watering dessert photo of this Plum And Cinnamon  Crumble and I knew I had to made it.  Too much drooling is bad for me.  Nothing beats the satisfaction of having the real thing :p  right ?  LOL! I combined the two fruits and made Curtis Stone proud :p  


















Friday, November 11, 2011

Chicken Pie With Delectable Pastry !


















It has been a long time since I last made some chicken pie for ourselves.  Lots of work involved and I have been pretty busy the last few months :p and of course busy watching drama series too !!! LOL! But the craving for these delectable chicken pies was too great and I just have to make them for ourselves.  One is not enough for us...it was so good that it was addictive...one, two and after the third one, we have to tell ourselves that enough is enough !!!!  Have to keep some for tomorrow :p  This is what happens when the craving is so great.....truly sinful indulgence.....but if you can control your cravings, then just drool all you want...virtual feasting is good and healthy too :)  but if you cannot control your drooling after looking at these delectable chicken pie, then forget about calories and make them yourself :))))  It be worth all your efforts! Why I titled it Chicken Pie With  Delectable Pastry....well the pastry is good and a keeper for sure ! Read on to see what is so special about the pastry !

















Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ultra Soft - Walnut Banana Cake


















Wild Boar requested for a banana cake and has been harping on it for the last few days and since we had a long weekend holiday. I decided to bake him one to seal his mouth.  I am not keen to make normal basic banana cake....I wanted something more different ....more challenging and of course most raved about cake. I looked everywhere for a moist and yet fluffy banana cake recipe so that I will have my WB raving about it too :p  Search and search and read on how each one is being made and finally I found one that I think will be great since the owner raved so much about it :p  And truly, it was the most awesome banana cake I have eaten thus far ..truly ultra soft and the fragrance of the banana is so distinct that while it was baking in the oven...Wild Boar was walking in and out of the kitchen,  asking when can he eat them ....haha I guess the aroma wafting out of the oven door was doing some havoc to his stomach.....:p  I am raving about it the whole day to my buddy Claire .  Wild Boar and I could not resist it  helped ourselves to a big slice for our supper with a cup of hot chocolate.....yumyum to dreamland for us both !