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a pear in love with food

Month: March, 2012

hello kitty cakepops

A special cakepop for the birthday girl from bakerella!

Note: try not to use the Wilton Food Writers – it’s faint and hard to draw on the cakepops. Next time will try the Americolor ones.

korean sweet & sour beef

I love Korean sweet & sour beef (tang-soo-yok 탕수육) more than the other asian varieties.

Sweet & Sour Beef (탕수육)
serves 3 (as a companion dish)
adapted from korean kitchen

Batter
1 cup corn starch or potato starch
1 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten

neutral oil – for frying

2 oz beef – lean grilling part **(if using pork, add 1 teaspoon of ginger juice to get rid of the smell)
salt & pepper

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 onion – sliced
1/4 carrot – sliced
1/8 cucumber – sliced
1/2 can of fruit cocktail

Sauce
1 + 1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1+1/2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons water

Mix corn starch and water. Stir well and let it sit for 1-2 hours until the starch and the water seperates. Carefully drain just the water.

Heat oil in large pot to fry. Don’t fill more then half way.

Cut bee into thin strips. Season with salt  & pepper. Add egg and starch batter. Mix well with hand. Deep fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

For the sauce, add vegetable of oil to pan to saute the vegetables briefly (1-2 minutes). Mix together in a bowl the water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Add to the mixture to pan and let it come to a boil . Add cornstarch and water mixer to the boiling sauce. Stir well together until it becomes thick and boil again. **Make sure the sauce is boiling when you add the cornstarch and water mixer, it may not mix well if you don’t.

Fry beef once more. Frying twice will make it crispy! And serve with hot sauce over the fried beef.

spaghetti & meatballs

The best meatball & spaghetti i ever had! Buttery, creamy and pugent and the meatballs are tender and juicy, from look i made that. Made from simple ingredient and worth the time it takes to simmer!

miso salmon

miso salmon with oyster mushroom (in miso butter)

chewy crunchy granola

A healthy snack of oat and flax from Good to the Grain. Remember to minus a bit of honey for more crunchy parts and dial down the sugar a tad (bit too sweet for my taste). Watch the molasses, sugar and honey mixture so it doesn’t burn but just changes color and turns ooey gooey.

home-made pizza

Home-made pizza are fun and easy!

Pizza Dough
makes 2 of 1 lb loaves
adapted from my baking addiction

1  cup + 6 tablespoon  lukewarm water
3/4 tablespoon granulated yeast (2 packets)
3/4 tablespoons Kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups  all-purpose flour
1  + 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

In the stand mixer with the dough hook attachement, or in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, mix the yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil and water. Mix in the flour (without kneading). You may need to wet your hands to incorporate the flour if you’re not using a stand mixer.  Transfer the dough to a large bowl and cover (not airtight) with saran wrap or cheese cloth. Make sure it’s not air tight (so the dough can breathe) but covered so it does not dry out the dough. Rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses – about 2 hours. **During winter keep the dough in a warm area, or in an oven after the it’s been turned off.**

The dough can be used immediately (after the rise) or refrigerate in a lidded (not airtight) container and use for the the next 7-12 days.

My favorite pizza toppings:

BBQ Chicken Pizza
bbq sauce
cooked chicken – shredded
red onion – sliced thinly
bell pepper – sliced
mozzarella cheese – sliced
cilantro – for garnish (optional)

Pesto Chicken Pizza
pesto
cooked chicken – shredded
mozzarella cheese – sliced
cherry tomatoe – halved

Margarita Pizza
tomato paste
basil
mozzarella cheese – sliced
cherry tomatoe – halved

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Place pizza crust (1 lb of  the dough from above) on parchment or foil-lined baking sheet. Make rectangle or circle as you wish.  I like thin crust so I stretch the crust thin as possible without it ripping. Wet or oil hands lightly to prevent your hands from sticking to the dough!

Spread sauce on pizza crust.  Add meat, veggies and cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown.

eggs eggs eggs!

When you’re in hurry or forget to plan ahead and the recipe calls for room temperature eggs use this great tip from Faux Martha :

“Whenever a recipe calls for ‘room temperature’ eggs, you don’t have to plan hours in advance. You can place your eggs in a bowl of lukewarm water for about five minutes to do the trick. It’s especially helpful for whipping eggs for desserts.”  — Kasey, Turntable Kitchen

Another trick that I use when I forget and the recipe calls for room temperature butter: Cut up the butter in little blocks and microwave at 10 sec intervals. Make sure it’s not melted and has just softened. Happy baking!