It all started from a trip to the city, I got two packs of thin sliced Wagyu beef, a bunch of Enoki mushroom and Shirataki noodle from Sunrise market in Astor Place. So I thought why don’t I make Sukiyaki. Then I searched for a recipe, I found this Masaharu Morimoto recipe from Food Network.
There has to be first time of everything. This is my first self prepared “sukiyaki” hot pot and I hate to say that it turned out to be so good. So humble, I know. Tonight, I am preparing the meal for 5 people but Kristine couldn’t make it. So there were just me, Thomas, Lorry and Oskar.
Bring all the mix into boil, add the scallion and the leaks. There is no exact instruction for making sukiyaki. In Japan sukiyaki is cooked on the dining table, and each person uses chopsticks to pick up the ingredients from the pan as they are cooked. Therefore, all the ingredients are not put into the pan at once, but little by little.
Strawberry summer cake
I saw the recipe from the Smitten Kitchen and she said she got it from Martha Stewart. It is one of the most beautiful cake I have ever seen. It doesn’t have those creamy buttery fat but it does have a lot of sugar.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter the pie tray, I used a 9 inch oven bowl. In the mean time, whisk flour or flours, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until pale and fluffy with a whisk. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.
Pour into prepared the oven bowl. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries. Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake cake until golden brown and a tester comes out free of wet batter, about 50 minutes to 60 minutes.
This cake is so yummy, I got a lot of compliments from the guests. I can’t wait make it again next week. And this time, I will find the bigger pie tray because this time I found that this 9 inch oven bowl is making my cake too thick and fluffy. Try to put the strawberry just on the top of the cake, just one layer. Because baked strawberry made the cake too wet to that it can’t stay in shape when we cut it.
(Edited 09.05.11 - After buying a new pie tray, I made this cake again for my move in party of my Union Square apartment and this time it was perfect!)
An obsession of a poached egg
Every time I watch a movie or see somebody posting a Facebook photo of a poached egg, I would come back home and make it the next day. This time, after watching Slovenian Girl the other day on Hulu, I am crave for eggs. As I always believe eggs are not expensive, and it is not worth to order it in the restaurant, in addition, there are always other interesting dishes on the menu to order. Poaching an egg might sound easy, but for anybody who has tried to do it, they would all agree that “it may not be that easy”.
How to poach an egg?
Note: The picture is fresh herbs mixed salad with grilled vegetables (zucchini, eggplant and italian pepper), poached egg and grilled artichoke and garlic sausage.
Sunday Brunch Crepe … effortlessly delicious!
” This is the first time I make crepe and trust me, it is easy! I found all my ingredients in the kitchen and it took me only 30 minutes to prepare the dish but the outcome?
hmm… very yummy! “
4 Eggs, minced pork, scallions, multi-purpose flour, mik, Thai seasoning soy sauce, pepper, salt, sugar, butter, some left over ready-mixed salad and some dressing
Deliciousness : 9/10
Satisfaction as a chef : 7/10
Note: I was short of milk, as I just grabbed things out of the fridge, I could have reduced the proportion of the flour and the others. Finally, the crepe turned out to be quite thick than a normal crepe, yet it still tasted good. However, the recipe I put down above is the edited version already!
Press and Twist
AnnaMaria, my greek friend who has been living in New York for over a year now, had complained to me so many times about why is it so difficult to find a normal-manual orange juice maker around here. I guess the patience is over! AnnaMaria let her mother carried this red orange juicer all the way from Greece. I then fall in love with it right away of how easy it can be! Good exercise too!
Just press and twist.