Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chicken Puff Square




















I have some puff pastry and some roasted chicken breast left in the fridge. So instead of letting them sit in the fridge, I made some chicken puff squares for Daddy and myself...hmmm we can't indulge too much of this sinfully delicious stuff but once in a while I guess it is okay... I made two only haha....to control the gluttony instinct in us (",)

The recipe

Ready to use Puff Pastry from supermarket
Rolled pastry to 1/8” thick and cut into 4” X 2" rectangular

Chicken Mornay Filling

Ingredients for Mornay Sauce

50g butter
50g flour
750g full cream milk
Salt to taste
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 egg yolk
100 g mozzarella sauce

Method:

Melt butter in a pan, add flour and fry the flour till well incorporated into the melted butter. Add in 750g full cream milk and keep stirring till the sauce is thick and not lumpy. Add in salt, pepper and the mozzarella cheese…keep stirring until sauce is smooth. Off the heat and let the sauce cool down , stir in the egg yolk last. Leave aside.

Chicken

1.5 chicken breast – Boil, shred the meat
1 tbsp fresh parsley
½ tbsp corn oil
2 tbsp chopped shallot
1tbsp lemon juice
Salt, pepper to taste

Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl and leave aside.


Method for making Chicken Puff Squares

Preheat oven to 200C

On a piece of 4” X 2" rectangular pastry, place some chicken filling with the mornay sauce on one half side of the pastry and fold over . Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat till all the pastry squares are used up . Place on baking pan and brush with egg wash and bake 30 mins over moderately high heat.











































the finished product ..slightly burnt on top due to over heating
waiting for it to cool down before consuming

Close-up of the chicken puffs squares...Yummz

To my Piggies : you can view and drools.....haha *evil laugh**


Pets And Their Common Skin Problem

My neighbor has a pet cat and it is always resting on our divider wall.  I love the cat for its beautiful fur and its tri color stands out ...sometimes it looks like a baby tiger cub resting on our fence wall. My dog Bear likes to make friend with the cute little fella. Bear will bark at her and she will miow back . Hahaha animals are cute left to themselves.  But recently my neighbor kept her indoors and the cat is not allowed to come out.  Reason being the cat is having otitis externa  -  inflammation of the internal ear canal caused by bacterial, viral and yeast infections.

WB recommended them Zymox which is used to treat acute and chronic Otitis externa . The medication can be bought  from entirelypets.  The poor cat must befeeling  miserable being kept indoors not being able to exchanged pleasantries with my dog Bear :p  They don't fight dogs and cats like other dogs and cats. They are the best of friends.  Bear will look up at the fencing wall every evening , waiting for the cat to be out but of course Bear doesn't know that her best friend is not well. Hopefully after a week of treatment, she will be able to out again.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Apple Rum Raisin Bread Pudding


I love bread pudding only of late.  It is easy to prepare and it is delicious top with vanilla ice cream.  Great dessert for the family.  I have no worries if I have left over homemade bread.  I can always make these delectable pudding.  If  I want to add raisins/cranberries to the pudding, I will always soak the raisins or cranberries with rum first .  It smells good...every time I bake this, the whole house will be filled with the cinnamon scent mmmm I love bread pudding simply for three reasons ...1.  because it is easy to prepare and it doesn't need much washing up and not greasy and 2. it is delectable and great to serve this to the young and old and 3.  my leftover homemade bread will be fully utilized :)

























I like using Granny Smith apples simply because it gives the pudding the tangy-ness it needed.  A slight tangy flavor to this sweet dessert  and I can chomp down the whole bowl without batting an eyelid :)  Evey bite of the rum infused raisins together with the vanilla ice cream is sheer happiness for me...heehee I am an alcoholic in inverted comas :p   I need to replenish another bottle of rum soon !  

love every bite of these delectable pudding



Apple Rum Raisin Bread Pudding 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dark or spiced rum
  • 1 cup whole milk plus 1 tbsp of cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups packed challah or brioche cubes, from one loaf with crust removed 
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple - cubed

* Vanilla ice cream can be serve with this apple pudding

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 11x7-inch glass (or equivalent 2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place raisins and rum in a shallow bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Let raisins soak in rum while you prepare other ingredients.
  3. Whisk milk, eggs, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, salt and vanilla in large bowl to blend. Add challah cubes, sliced apples and raisins with rum and fold together with a large spatula. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, flatten with spatula and make sure apples and raisins are evenly distributed. Let stand 15 minutes.
  4. Bake bread pudding until top is golden and center is set, about 55-65 minutes. Spoon into bowls, top with vanilla ice cream and serve.

* you may like this bread pudding I made two years ago



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Product Expo Is Beneficial To Us In The Architecture Line

The other day my Architect was asking around for soundproof foam suppliers.  I asked my technician to google for the list of suppliers and to print out for my Architect.  One of the project that my Architect is working on needed such materials for one of the banquet hall. Well, it is good that we have the internet to supply us the list of suppliers.  

I intend to organise a trip to the city for this Malbex Expo 2014 where they showcase the lastest building materials .  It will surely benefits the staff to attend this expo.  We have to be updated on the lastest products relating to architecture and buildings.  I love to attend this expo for my own advancement in this field.  Sometimes, the architect will request for catalogues relating to the lastest soundproof materials and you can imagine if I could not supply him the information.  Well, until I retire, I still have to keep myself updated on these materials :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter With Brioche Style Hot Cross Bun


Happy Easter to all my Piggies, friends and my readers who celebrate and remember this special day.  The day God gave us his only begotten son in order that we are redeemed. Thank you Father God for this precious gift. 

I made these hot cross buns using the brioche dough.  Soft and buttery....mmmmm  love it !  Brioche dough needs a few proofing times and it was worth the effort.  Fragrant too.  Had this for breakfast and WB wolf down a few LOL!   It goes well with marmalade.  I had a wonderful breakfast this morning  :)  


Before and after applying the marmalade glaze
the glaze gave the buns the shine they deserved :)


soft and I used cranberries and currants
soaked in vanilla extract...mmm yummy!



so cottony soft and buttery...love it !
no wonder WB wolfed down the whole lot


it took me 6 hours to prepare these buns...brioche dough needs lots
of proofing time

























I could not resist taking another shot of my last bite
so cottony soft and buttery flavor
I used Tatura unsalted butter...love it !

Enjoy and have a blessed Easter Holiday !


* No recipe because of copyright 

Just For Our Knowledge :)

I was chatting with a friend on skype the other day and she was happy to hear that I will be retiring soon.  Thus the subject of how I will be spending my free time. I told her gardening and baking at home will be first priority before travelling taking 3rd place.  Of course baking at home will be the no 1 thing I will be doing as soon as I retires.  Of course I asked how she is doing and what is the hottest happening now on her side of the world :)  

She told me about this buy back industry that is the hottest topic on her side of the world. Her husband is one of the sellers for this buy back industry.  Here is a little bit of  information to be shared out with my readers.  There is this smartphone buyer company that has been providing electronics buy-back services to individuals, corporation, government entities, educational institutes and some non -profit organizations.  And this company offers the highest return for device, working, broken or in non working condition. And all shipping costs for your device will be paid by Smartphone-buyer so there are no out of pocket costs incurred by you. And the best thing is there is this bonus plan, one per day and once per week and Smartphone-buyer.com  will randomly select an order that has been approved for payment.  The monies will be paid either to your paypal account or  via check. But then of course Sellers must send their devices to Smartphone-buyer.com to be eligible for the bonus payment. Wow...isn't this awesome !  I told my friend that her husband is lucky to be randomly picked as one of their sellers to get the bonus of  $100 added to his iPhone4s  payment. 

She told me that this is the hottest topic she is sharing with me :)  Well, good news are to be shared !




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Homemade Wholemeal Sausage Bun


With some left over dough from the Raisin and Nut loaf, I made some sausage buns for WB for his breakfast.  Some sprinkling of almond slices on the surface made the buns looks more appealing and gave the texture a slight crunch when the teeth bite into the bun .  This bun is healthy and it is more filling for a meat eater like WB *wink.  He always complain that the buns are too light thus these sausage buns will seal his mouth for once :p  

























                             The recipe for the dough is the same as my Raisin and Nut Loaf.  


Enjoy!   

Monday, April 7, 2014

Raisin And Nut Loaf




This is the same recipe as the previous bread that I made some weeks back.  I replaced bacon bits with raisins..my all time favorite dried fruits.  You can eat this as a stand alone bread without jam or butter. It taste even better if toasted :)  Healthy loaf of bread.  Love the texture and fiber packed and it is easy to make too.  


























Raisin and Nut Loaf

ingredients:

210 gm high protein flour
210 gm plain flour
90 gm wholemeal flour
2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of milk
2 tbsp of sugar
300 ml water

60 gm raisins
60 gm  almond nibs or chopped walnuts

Method:

Preheat oven 10 mins before baking

Put all the dry ingredients and salt in a cake mixer, using the dough hook , blend till mixture is properly combined, add milk, and water and continue machine knead till the dough clumps together, add butter till butter incorporates into the dough and the dough does not stick to the side of the mixing bowl. Take out and knead on a floured board , mixing  in the raisins and almonds nibs till well combined.  Leave in a warm place to proof till double in size (40 mins- 60 mins ).  Knock down the dough and divide into two portion.  Take a portion and roll out  into a rectangular piece. Start rolling from the edge near to you and roll into log like rolling a swiss roll. Repeat the other portion.  Leave  the two rolls in a greased loaf pan and let it proof for another 30 - 40 mins till it  has risen.  Bake at 200 deg C for 35-40 mins or test it by knocking the bread , if it gives a hollow sound, it is ready to take out.  Turn out the bread and  cool on rack.


Enjoy !


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