Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Posted by obachan at 2/28/2007 08:58:00 PM
Monday, February 26, 2007
Well, Rosa of Rosa’s Yummy Yums tagged me for “You Are What You Eat” Meme. Gee, this meme must have been around for quite a while. I think I saw this meme on someone's site last year, or even the year before...??
Posted by obachan at 2/26/2007 08:46:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I haven’t written about it here on this blog, but now I have a new nighttime job. Yesterday someone brought bunch of kinkan (kumquats) to the office, and this was my share of this lovely-looking citrus. To be honest, I’m not too crazy about kumquats. In my childhood, my grandma once boiled them with bunch of sugar and made me drink the soup when I had a bad cold. It was sweet but the bitterness from the rind was very unpleasant to me. Then she made me eat the boiled kumquat. Actually it tasted better, being less bitter from the boiling. But after eating a couple of them, I nauseated. (Sorry.)
So I didn’t know what to do with these kumquats. The only thing I knew was that I didn’t want to eat them raw. And I ended up with the same old solution… marmalade. Hahaha…
I googled and found some kumquat jam recipes on the net. They were so simple… Wash kumquats, boil them (to take away bitterness), halve, seed and chop them, then simmer with sugar and lemon juice for about an hour.
And the amount of sugar was supposed to be apx. 50% of the weight of the seeded kumquats. Easy enough.
When the kumquat marmalade looked done, I immediately tried it on buttered toast.
Hence, my first attempt with this cake.
When I posted about my angel food cake last year, I believed that it was the best way to use up the frozen egg whites. Well, not any more. From now on, “financier” will be my first choice. I know that it’s probably a less healthy choice, but think about the wide variety of flavors I can play with: cocoa, matcha, tea, citrus, fruits and various kinds of liquor, too… :)
BTW, now I’m terribly intrigued by those silicon mini-financier molds. But my concern is that most of them would probably be too big for my small oven-cum microwave. I mean, they would fit, but won’t be able to turn with the turntable inside the oven. Does anyone know if those silicon molds (Matfer, Flexipan, etc.) can be cut with scissors or something?
Monday, February 19, 2007
Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
I've never made yeast doughnuts before, but to my surprise, my very first attempt turned out GREAT! :D
Though there were a couple of negative reviews, I think this recipe is excellent.
Today I didn't glaze them, but next time I'll definitely go for it. Mmmmm....
(The bigger ones in the photo were filled with pastry cream.)
Posted by obachan at 2/19/2007 12:19:00 AM
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Seafood Chirashi-zushi Bento
No, I didn't make this. This packed sushi was the last one on the shelf at the supermarket, and I grabbed it ASA they put a "20% OFF" sticker on it.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Well, dear readers,
I have a confession to make.
I no longer work for the kaiseki place. Actually that kaiseki place does not exist any more; they seem to have closed at the end of January. Why do I say they “seem to have closed?” Because I quit that place in the first week of January. And I already knew that they were going to close pretty soon.
So there will be no more "kaiseki chronicles" here unless I start working at another kaiseki place. Sorry.
Anyway, today I tried out this cranberry nut bread recipe and it was OK. I know. I should have used more cranberries. Look at the photo on the recipe site. Look how berry-full the bread is! Mine is a lot more orangey. ;)
Maybe I should name this
"Orange bread with cranberry and nuts"
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Nikujaga (Simmered Meat & Potatoes)
I know. You see carrot and onion, too. But even in its Japanese name,
only meat and potatoes are mentioned.
I was hoping to be able to post "my" nikujaga recipe here this time, but I was not satisfied with the result. Mmmm... more trials and errors... :(