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Steam Chicken with Mushroom Using Cosway Steamer

Recently when we were doing house keeping, we found out that there is a unit of steamer given by Camus's mom. She bought it from Cosway many years ago but did not use it at all. We took it out from our store room and keep it at kicthen. Last two weeks, we used it to cook for our lunch and dinner. We found it quite useful and easy to use without dirty our kicthen, hence not much cleaning job after cook except for washing the steamer part by part after use. We first try with steam chicken with mushroon, the night before cook, we merinate two big chicken drumsticks with oyster sauce, soy sauce and pepper. To make the chicken more delicious, we added dried mushroom, red dates and ginger to the chicken on the day we cooked. Since the steamer contains three layers, we put in lady finger and corn too. With this simple and easy cooking way, we were able to enjoy our meal, and it was so delicious.

 

Temptation Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe

I am back again to bake a birthday cake, a fresh cream birthday cake. This time I make chocolate banana cake for Camus's birthday. To me, I am lazy to make this type of cake as I will need to spend 3 hours and above (can up to 5~6 hours) to make a whole cake, from weighting ingredients to decorate the cake. Also, I will accumulate the left over ingredients like fresh cream, sponge cake mix and some others for months, or years...until they are expired...then throw them away. I really feel wasted to throw away those ingredients, and many times I also very lazy to make a move to stand in kitchen for whole afternoon on my weekend to make this type of cake. Of course, some time I "got form got ohm", I will do it happily just like this time, another chocolate banana cake was born in my kitchen, for an OLD baby that was born on 34 years ago. Let me share the recipe of this chocolate banana cake with photos I have taken. RecipeIngredientsChocolate Sponge Cake260g sponge cake mix260g eggs70g hot water1tbsp chocolate powder80g melted butter Chocolate Ganache100g chocolate (cut to small pieces)50g fresh milk Filling400g whipped fresh cream150g chocolate ganache (you may add all or leave some for decoration)3tbsp coffee kahlua (optional)8~10pcs banana (I used pisang "awak" as we like the "compact and smooth" texture of this banana) MethodFor chocolate sponge cake:1. Mix chocolate powder and hot water.2. Use mixer, beat sponge cake mix and eggs in high speed for 6 minutes. 3. Switch to medium speed and slowly pour in chocolate liquid from step 1 to sponge egg mixture and beat for another 2 minutes.4. Lastly, combine melted butter with sponge mixture.Hint: To prevent sponge mixture separated from melted butter, take a portion of mixture combine with melted butter first, then just combine with the rest of mixture.5. Pour chocolate sponge mixture into baking pan, bake at preheated oven (160C) for 40 minutes or until cooked.6. When the cake is cool, slice to 3 pieces in horizontal. For chocolate Ganache:1. Put chocolate and milk in a pot/bowl, double boil until chocolate is melted. For filling:1. Mix whipped cream and chocolate ganache until combine = chocolate cream.2. Remove banana skin, slice half into horizontal. To assemble cake:1. Place a slice of chocolate sponge cake on cake board.2. Evenly pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.3. Spread a thin layer of chocolate cream with spatula on top of sponge cake.4. Arrange banana on top of chocolate cream.5. Spread another thin layer of chocolate cream to sandwich the banana.6. Sandwich cream and banana with second slice of chocolate cake.7. Repeat step 2~6 for second layer.8. For last layer, pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.9. Decorate accordingly. Before ending this post, I would like to wish Camus "Happy Birthday" and "Happy Everyday"!

 

Coffee Smith 咖啡史密斯 | Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown, Penang.

When there are more and more cafe open in Penang, I wish I could visit them one by one to enjoy a cup of coffee but I only managed to go one of them recently. It is Coffee Smith that located at Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive. We went there during Friday lunch, it was very crowded and we had to wait for a while to get our seat. The waiter gave us few copies of menu which I tought it was an advertisement booklet. I found it is quite special to printed menu in this way. After grance through the menu, I found that their foods are quite pricey. In fact most of the cafes are selling foods at higher price range nowadays. I ordered brunch set "Benny Duck Egg and English Muffin", it came with two duck eggs and ham on bread, two pieces of mini hamburger steak (very mini), fries and salad. This set includes one small cup of fruit juice and black coffee, RM24. The way they serve on "wooden plate" is special but I wonder how they clean the plate? Will it remained very clean after use for many times, will the stain leave behind the wooden material? They serve spaghetti too, Spring Vegetable Spaghetti at RM16. Hokkaido Scallops Cream Noodle at RM22. Portion was not big but taste creamy and delicious, you can find two scallops in the plate. Grilled Sandwich, Sicilion Chicken, RM14. I like the grill toast pattern. Caramel Macchiato, RM11. Nice latte art... Address: No. 29C-01-11, Maritime Piazza, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, Georgetown, Penang.Business Hours: 11am to 11pm (Opens Daily)Contact Number: 604-6841818

 

Baked Blueberry Cheesecake

Cheesecakes are usually made with soft cheese (for instant cream cheese at room temperature), sugar, eggs, flour, and liquids. Normally, the base is crust, which may be pastry, digestive biscuit or any similar biscuit. Thin layer of sponge cake may suitable to be the cake base as well.          
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RainbowKiwi_2Talk about kiwi fruits, the country of origin is China and later on the seeds were brought into New Zealand. In New Zealand, the kiwi fruits were broadly planted and from there they are exported to other countries around the world. Hence New Zealand's kiwi fruits became popular. Recently, a new kind of kiwi fruit is found in Japan.

 

 

It is popular and special as the quantity of this new kiwi is little and hence caused it valuables. The price for this new kind kiwi is more expensive compare to normal green or yellow kiwi. What is the speciality of this new kind kiwi? Well, I think it is due to the colour of the kiwi, it has mixture of red and green/yellow in colour, and this is where the name came from --> RAINBOW KIWI. The center of the rainbow kiwi is RED and surrounded by either green or yellow.

Other than the colour, the size of rainbow kiwi is smaller compare to normal kiwi. It is sweet and not sour. The surface of the kiwi does not have hair.

Last two days, we bought a pack of rainbow kiwi, total 6 of them. It costs 398yen, which is equivalent to RM14. A piece of rainbow kiwi cost about RM2.40, this price is also equivalent to a bowl of asam laksa, hehe...

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Talking about buying process, at the time we reached the shop, we saw the last pack of rainbow kiwi, immediately we bought it. Before that, we went to few other shops and non of them selling this kind of fruit.

After dinner, we ate the RAINBOW kiwi, with excited and joyful heart. When we cut into half, I feel cheated by the shop owner, the kiwi was rotten!!! Out of 6, one was rotten, one bowl of asam laksa gone! The other 5 were just fine, taste not sour but not really special. To me, I still prefer yellow kiwi, because it is sweet.

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It might due to the rainbow kiwi is not very fresh and hence caused the taste weird or in fact the taste is just normal. Well, I believe this is the first and also last time for me to buy. Also, the red colour in middle is not as beautiful as the advertisement picture. Kind of dissapointed. Anyway, I feel happy as I have the chance to try new kind of kiwi fruit in Japan, the RAINBOW KIWI.

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#2 Juju 2009-10-31 01:26
Got con man in Japan too ? :unsure: Is it fruit season now in Japan ?
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#1 Leo 2009-10-26 11:55
The kiwi looks special and yummy...
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