November 11, 2008
Last Sunday, Mommy and I made vegetable pau at home. She stir-fried the vegetable (for the filling) while I was having my Sunday afternoon nap. The nice aroma from the kitchen awaken me. I went to help her by weighing and putting all the dough ingredients into the bread machine. It was my first attempt and I didn’t know it was so easy. Thanks to our bread machine for doing all the kneading and proving. The pau was good and Dad loves it too! *grins*
and the inside… yum!
August 29, 2008
Almanzo in action
Freshly baked pizza
Zopf (the name is derived from the shape of the bread which literally means “braid”)
August 20, 2008
We learned to make bread from scratch last week and this week, we used the bread machine to make buns. It’s so much easier. Chef Wai taught us the rolling, folding, twisting and cutting dough techniques. He’s so fast! I wasn’t able to capture any photos of the techniques. Anyway, there are various ways of doing it depending on how you want the shape of your buns to be. All of us made 4 buns each; coconut bun, sausage bun, mayonnaise bun and mexico bun. Let me show you what I’ve made.
This is my coconut bun. The shape is not suppose to be like this. I have cut it at the wrong side but I still find it cute. Haha.
It’s suppose to be like this (Cher Wai’s version)
My good-try-cutting-and-twisting sausage bun. I only managed to make 4 holes instead of 6 and the sausage sank inward.
Chef Wai’s where the sausage is evenly divided.
Now, this is my mayonnaise bun. I’ve rolled the dough to long and as a result…
Chef Wai’s version again. Look more presentable and appetizing.
Lastly, our perfect Mexico bun! Haha.
August 15, 2008
I like bread. It’s my staple food instead of rice. Years back, Mommy used to make bread at home but I wasn’t interested in it. I knew she put all the ingredients into the bread maker and after a while, it formed a dough. Then we have to wait for the dough to prove. It makes me feel that making bread is complicated.
Anyway, I was indeed grateful that Bruce thought us how to make white loaf and wholemeal bread today. We did everything with our bare hands and frankly, it was a tedious job! Kneading is the hard part in making bread. A good judgement is required to know when dough is sufficiently kneaded. That is why a bread maker comes in handy if you like making bread.
Wholemeal & Cheese Buns
August 5, 2008
Consommé is a clear, strong broth often served as the first course of French meals. It is a mixture of ground meat, mirepoix and egg whites into stock and it is typically used to make clear chicken and noodle soup.
French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup is made from sautéed onions which are added to rich brown beef consomme.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
July 22, 2008
Club sandwich is a type of sandwich which uses toasted bread and most often served as a double-decker. It is usually cut into quarters and held together by toothpicks or cocktail sticks.
Triple Sandwich (with tuna, cheese and mashed egg filling)
Trim the edges
Insert toothpicks (as a guideline for cutting and also to prevent the filling from dropping)
Cut into desire shapes
Mini Pizzas (toasted bread as the crust)