Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I did it! Pâté de Poulet en Croûte!

  I been desired to make this for so long since I watched the movie, Julie & Julia. Well, I finally did it, bone a chicken! It wasn't easy as I thought especially for a novice like me. I used chicken for pâté but they used duck in the movie, mom don't buy duck for me XD It's expensive anyway.

  Pâté de Poulet en Croûte, in english named, Boned Stuffed Chicken Baked in a Crust. It was my Sunday Dinner. By the way, thanks for the video which Chef John (Food Wishes) shared. Enjoy the video and learn from it~

Here for Pâté de Canard/Poulet en Croûte Recipe!!
  I copy it from the book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, but I made it a little differently, I used chicken, I trust the chicken with the method from the video above, I used different stuffing with ground chicken meat, ham and bread crumbs to substitute pork and veal stuffing, I didn't brown it on a skillet but paint some butter on the chicken and baked it in the oven until it brown. I removed the string from the chicken before fold up with pastry dough, and different decorations. The rest of the steps are the same as I followed.

I boned a chicken!!
Hmm.. a little leaked :( never mind, I'll do better next time!

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After the fold-up with pastry dough and coated with egg glaze.
It's in the oven.. bake-bath..

Well, I serve it warm. It was perfect as well.
See how it look inside~

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sweet & Lovely Custard~

  I gave it to my eldest sister on her birthday as a gift. My fist time custard lucky don't taste terrible, I was anxious about it while standing in front of the oven. I used evaporated milk instead of milk. I made it according to the steps of the book "Sweet Treats", except the milk. It worked perfectly. Nice book it is, like Lemon Bars, I followed the recipe from that book last time.

  This time I won't gonna write the recipe down, because I'm really tired recently. Don't worry, I'll copy and paste the page from the book. It's really kinda easy after first try. Everyone should give it a try if you never never make one.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Food for my two sisters ~11.12.11 & 15.12.11~

  Been busy around these days, busy for my two sisters birthday and my elder sister's wedding day. On 10 Nov 2011, we, my families and all the cousins, celebrated my second elder sister's birthday, we had the party earlier, should be 11 Nov. I made Special Mashed Potato, Mac and Cheese, Brown sauce and White sauce. I didn't make many, because we had plenty food.

  I made the Mashed Potato differently, I made it by layers with some ham and cheese, then make wavy and pointy top (like Chef John Mitzewitch did) with spoon before bring it to oven for awhile.
I made these for my second elder sis on her birthday party.

My special Mashed Potato!

  And I made Quiche on my eldest sister's wedding day, too bad my quiche finished before I could take a picture of it. I didn't have a bite even. If you like see how my Quiche look it, click here to see it on my older post.

  15.12.11, my eldest sister's birthday, I made Mushroom Garlic Spaghetti Alfredo and Custard. And my mom cooked sauteed veggies and chicken. At the meantime, we made these for my granny and cousins as a last lunch before they went back to Sibu.

Custard will be the next post, stay tuned!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mushroom Soup, I love you always!

  Mushroom Soup, I love it sooo much. I will never even learn cooking if I never ever mushroom soup. It brought me things to do, to get my aims, to learn to cook, and to be a chef. I feel grateful, God brought me a soup that let me realized what I should be in the life. Feel good to have a wish to get and fulfill. At least, I know I have something to do for my life now, otherwise I will stuck with gaming all the time, being useless.

  I made it for my lunch today, enjoy it with my sisters (man.. I don't have brother x.x). They loves my mushroom soup as I love it so much. By the way, I hope if someone like I was, play game all the time non-stop, I pray for them to awake someday and get themselves useful, to make their own dream come true.

Mushroom Soup
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 lb mushroom, sliced
1 onion
1 tbsp flour
6 springs fresh thyme, tide up with string
2 cloves garlic
4 cups broth
1 cup water
1 cup cream
Salt and black pepper to taste
Parsley for garnishing

1.      Sauté mushroom and onion with melted butter over medium-high heat.
2.      Add in a cup of water and cook until it’s evaporated.
3.      Turn down the heat to medium-low to sauté for 1 minute. Then, stir in the flour.
4.      Put the thyme carefully into the pot.
5.      Throw in garlic and broth to simmer on low for 1 hour
6.      Then, take the thyme out of the pot.
7.      Puree the soup.
8.      Add in the cream and stir gently.
9.      Garnish with parsley and serve with croutons.

 Enjoy! Bon Appetite!


  Quesadilla, that was my dinner last night. It is my eldest sister's favourite food. She eat a whole pieces without cut into small pieces like the picture above. Even my friends love it, I made for them very long ago. I have quite experience of making Quesadilla, I made it for many times. And now I have my own way to make it. By the way, it taste really good, everyone should try.

4 large tortillas
1 egg
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 bunch coriander, chopped
Salt & pepper
12 oz ham, sliced
Olive oil, as needed

1.      Mix egg, cheddar cheese and coriander in a mixing bowl, set aside.
2.      Spread a little of the cheese mixture on the tortilla. And along with mozzarella, ham, mozzarella on the half of the tortilla surface, in order. Fold tortilla up into semi-circle. Do the same to the rest.
3.      Paint oil on a hot pan, place quesadilla on it and cook for about 4 minutes, each sides.
4.      After finish cooking, cut into 4 pieces or 3, if tortilla is small.

  You can omit the egg and cheddar cheese, and use the original recipe I used before instead, cream cheese. Well, I love eggs! so I made it that way, using egg. Enjoy with your own Quesadilla!
Family set~

Friday, December 2, 2011

My First Eggs Benedict!!

  This is the first time I made Eggs Benedict. My second elder sister love it even she don't like eating creamy egg yolks usually, she rather eat fully cooked yolk than half raw.

  As you can see, I'm not using english muffin, but whole-wheat bread. I quartered the bread and press to stick them together by using palm into a small square bread. After that, I placed my baked ham on the top of the bread. And a long with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce. But I used White Sauce instead of Hollandaise Sauce. You know why? Because you gotta need about a stick of butter or more and egg yolks, and I don't wanna get fat! By the way I considered this my version of the Eggs Benedict XD

  To poach an egg, see the steps on "Poached Eggs" post. Here's a little tip like Julia Child said,"Add 1 tbsp of vinegar per quart of water."

  If you wish to know how to make White Sauce, click here! I don't think I gotta rewrite it here, I'm lazy Xb

See that? It look fantastic!