September 29, 2008

My first ever pooh cake for Jasmita´s 2nd bday

She loves pooh,
And mom, wants to make her happy.
I chose frozen butter cream technic to get the pooh on her cake.
I did it.
I was too happy, jumping around the kitchen, and my Jasmita following me with smile on her face.
Prepared the base, until decorating done from 3.30pm..then break 40 minutes and continue.. finished around 9pm.

(before I removed the plastic, was totally perfect pooh)

(felt too empty)

( drops dots on the green icing,felt better now)


Happy Eid Mubarak

Dear friends,
Happy Eid Mubarak..
Minal Aidzin Walfaidzin

September 25, 2008

Eggplant Ala-me / KBB / Cooking Competition

Another posting for KBB,this time is my task for cooking competition.
I choose my favourite recipe, which created by me
Story behind this eggplant is sometimes I miss Balado terong / Saute Eggplant with red chili but as the difficulty to find the red chili here in Panama a.k.a cabe merah keriting, then I try to find the perfect way to eat this eggplant as my hubby not really happy eating eggplant.

Luckyly,with this creation, he could enjoy it. Usually I cooked this eggplant, and serve it with pasta or pita bread. And this is also another option for my lazy weekend, avoiding washing lots plates etc.

If u wish too see the process making this eggplant just click here.



3 tbsp oil

2 eggplant, chopped dice

2 cloves garlic chopped

3 tomato chopped dice

1/2 onion, cut thin slices

1/3 tsp garam masala

Salt & pepper

1/2 tsp coriander powder

A pinch of cumin powder

1/2 tsp parmesan cheese powder

1 slice cheddar cheese / grated mozzarela cheese

2 tbsp Parsley, chopped


Heat oil,add garlic, then put onion.

Add tomatoes, cook until tomatoes tender,gonna form a thick sauce. Add eggplants, and all the spices. Mix it until eggplant is tender. Drop in the parmesan cheese, mix well, and parsley.

Off the gas, transfer the eggplant to dish. Grate the chedar cheese / mozzarela on top.

Serve hot with pasta or pita bread.

For pasta : Use anykind of pasta u prefer.

Cook & drain.

I use penne-Barilla. 1/2 cup, 1 clove garlic chopped, olive oil, 2 tbsp sour cream, salt & pepper for taste.

After pasta ready, drop 3 tbsp of eggplant on top.


September 16, 2008

KBB/Baking Competition-Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I bought this magazine almost a year ago while visiting my sister in Boston. Theres 351 the best,most-requested recipes inside,and all from family´s recipes favorites for Christmas. Frankly,this is the first time for me to make something from this magazine,at last after many times reading,enjoying all the photos inside, too many things nice to try until confused me which one for the starter, and finally decided to try this cake specially for my KBB task.

I am happy with the result. It has 3 layers eventhough it wasnt clear layers, when you eat then you could feel, 1st layer is the biskuit from the crumbs,2nd one is the cream cheese with the jam and the3rd one is the cake.
Its perfect for my family, only a bit wondering why it called Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, when theres no flavour of coffee?

And as its 1st KBB birthday, I would like to say happy birthday to KBB. So proud to be a member, I gain lots of knowledge, knowing & baking something new, its fun...totally another excitement for me.

Once again,Happy birthday KBB, this is my cake for KBB-bers......:)

Source: Taste of Home Magazine,Best Holiday Recipes 2007

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

2-1/4 cups all purpose flour ( I used 1 1/4)

3/4 cup sugar ( I used 1/2 cup)

3/4 cup cold butter ( I used 150gr butter)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt ( I used 1/4)

3/4 cup sour cream ( I used 1/2 cup)

1 egg,beaten

1-1/2 tsp almond extract


1 package(8 ounces)cream cheese,softened ( I used half)

1/2 cup sugar ( I used 1/4)

1 egg

1/2 cup raspberry jam ( I used 4 tbsp)

1/2 cup slivered almonds (almond entero crushed)


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Remove 1 cup and set aside. To remaining crumbs, add baking powder,baking soda,salt, sour cream, egg and almond extract, mix well. Spread in the bottom and up the sides of a greased pan.

2. For filling,combine the cream cheese, sugar and egg in a small mixing bowl: beat well. Spoon over batter. Top with raspberry jam, sprinkle with almonds and reserved crumb mixture.

3. Bake at 350F for 55-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides of the pan. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

Note: I used 6 inch mold, bake for 1 1/2 hours,and for the upper crumb,i used only 1/2 cup.

September 4, 2008

Homemade Paneer

Paneer is one of popular Indian Food.The shape similar with tofu,only the taste is different,as paneer made from milk while tofu is made from soy beans.
Please check wikipedia for more info.

1st time I had paneer, while I was travelling to India with Air India. First time I saw paneer,and enjoyed so much,hubby told me that it was paneer.
2nd time was when one auntie in Panama,invited us for a welcome dinner party,she served Paneer with gravy tomato sauce which is so delicious. Ah, it was a perfect dinner for us.

Then a year after,I was so thrilled to make Paneer,curiosity as if I asked how to make paneer and the answer only its complicated,u have to see,if I want to make then I call u to see,but no one call to tell hey im going to make paneer, do come.
For how long I have to wait?? then one day when I was chatting with my friend in msn, I asked her bout paneer, and she told me, u have to boil milk,put vinegar,strain with muslin cloth,put heavy dish on top, and paneer ready.
From her explanation, I thought Its very easy,what looks so complicated? So I asked my hubby to find muslin cloth as I felt ready to make paneer.

Then,one afternoon,
Batch 1 :I boil the milk, and put vinegar,and why its still milk? then i called to this auntie,when my milk still on the stove and she gave me the instruction with phone only.
Batch 2:Boiling milk again, put vinegar, theres crumble. And called her again, auntie, now what should I do? why only crumble i get not a paneer? And she told me, that crumble gonna be a paneer with a process.

And now,here I am, with practice finally I could make a better firmness from the 1st one,(still wondering why difficult to make all in a perfect shape)and want to share it, hopefully it could help you.

You need to prepare:

Vinegar/lemon juice
Muslin Cloth/Cheese Cloth
heavy dish.

1. You have to boil the milk.
2. When milk is rising, DROP IN THE VINEGAR.U COULD STIR WITH SPOON for awhile,cook for 1minute and off the gas. Let it sit on stove for a while.
3. Prepare the muslin cloth in the strainer.
4. Pour the crumble milk in the cloth. Discard the water.
5. Press the crumbs,(cover it)to drain water inside the crumb,while u doing this u could also make a shape.
6. Put something heavy on the paneer. Let it stand for around 20minutes to make it firm.
7. Open the cloth,u could see the firmness.
8. Cut it, and keep in fridge in a tight container until u r ready to cook them. Or, no need to cut just keep together with the cloth.

Paneer goes well with spinach,theres Palak Paneer(spinach puree with paneer),Paneer in gravy tomato sauce,pakoras( paneer fritter),whatever u want. I put paneer in my pasta.

For additional info, in India,Domino Pizza has a spicy paneer pizza which is very delicious.
Paneer pizza from Pizza Hut was so-so for me.

Alright,hopefully its helpful & Have a nice weekend.

September 3, 2008

Spicy Fettucine & Paneer

Who doesnt love pasta?
Well,pasta,noodles r my favourite one.

I always love to cook them,as it easy, tasty,I could just change the ingredients inside and still satisfied me,thats the reason why they´r the must have item in my kitchen and mostly I cook them at least once in a week,in this case sometimes I could eat twice or more in a week :)

My dinner last night was Simple fettucine in Red Sauce with Paneer & chopped green chili.

For small quantity of this Paneer,u have to prepare

2cups of milk
2tbsp vinegar.

Please click this to see how to make a paneer

I have mood to send this one to Presto pasta nights #79 host by Abby.

Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa

Panas sekali disini.
Bikin gerah, fan-on pun tidak membantu, kudu AC juga.
Sebenarnya musim hujan,tetapi lebih banyak panasnya dibanding berawan.

Sekalian saya mau ucapkan Selamat Menjalankan Ibadah Puasa untuk teman-teman yang menjalankan. Semoga puasanya sempurna sampai lebaran nanti.

Postingan ini(fotonya tidak terlalu menggiurkan) tidak bermaksud membatalkan ya,kalau bisa memberikan ide tambahan tuk berbuka ya syukur...soale kebetulan disini juga panas sekali dan semalam suamiku bawakan daku 3 butir kelapa muda ini yang memang sudah kuinginkann sejak seminggu lamanya.

Jadi hari ini, langsung saja dibikin seperti ini. Air kelapa dan isinya,campur sirop dan es batu.

Ah,Aku jadi kangen dengan teman-temanku jaman bekerja dulu yang selalu mengajaku ke Menteng untuk berbuka bersama, Miss u guys.....


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