Monthly Archives: April 2011

Happy Easter!

Easter cupcakes

It’s a good thing we get to live in a multi-racial & religion country.

I remember while living in China, the holidays we get are all China/Chinese related, no doubt most of them come with a pro-longed 3 days “Golden Week” as they were called (but note that each of such holiday also came with a working weekend to ‘pay-off’ the workday holiday). It can get depressing to be working when your family and friends are enjoying the public day-offs and festivities in Singapore – Think Deepavali, Hari Raya, Christmas and etc.

Anyways. Reminiscence.

zzz baked a batch of Easter cupcakes. We don’t celebrate Easter in a religious way, but every public holidays call for some celebrations of sorts yah. Ah yes, its good to be home. After all these years, I still think it is best to be where your family and friends are.

Carrot Cupcakes

90gms butter

3/4 cup (185gm) brown sugar

1 cup + 2 tbsp self-raising flour

2 eggs

1 cup grated carrot

1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

1 tbsp orange zest

7 tbsp/105ml fresh orange juice

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 200 degc. Line 10 muffin tins

beat butter, sugar, honey and orange zest till pale and creamy. Beat in eggs & stir in the carrots.

Sift flour.

Stir the orange juice and baking soda

Stir in the flour and orange juice alternatively into the butter mixture. Do not overbeat

Bake until risen and golden (20mins)

Cool Cream or ice with mascarpon or cream cheese icing.

Add decorations (e.g. chocolate eggs) as needed.

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Happy Easter!

Easter cupcakes

It’s a good thing we get to live in a multi-racial & religion country.

I remember while living in China, the holidays we get are all China/Chinese related, no doubt most of them come with a pro-longed 3 days “Golden Week” as they were called (but note that each of such holiday also came with a working weekend to ‘pay-off’ the workday holiday). It can get depressing to be working when your family and friends are enjoying the public day-offs and festivities in Singapore – Think Deepavali, Hari Raya, Christmas and etc.

Anyways. Reminiscence.

zzz baked a batch of Easter cupcakes. We don’t celebrate Easter in a religious way, but every public holidays call for some celebrations of sorts yah. Ah yes, its good to be home. After all these years, I still think it is best to be where your family and friends are.

Carrot Cupcakes

90gms butter

3/4 cup (185gm) brown sugar

1 cup + 2 tbsp self-raising flour

2 eggs

1 cup grated carrot

1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

1 tbsp orange zest

7 tbsp/105ml fresh orange juice

1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 200 degc. Line 10 muffin tins

beat butter, sugar, honey and orange zest till pale and creamy. Beat in eggs & stir in the carrots.

Sift flour.

Stir the orange juice and baking soda

Stir in the flour and orange juice alternatively into the butter mixture. Do not overbeat

Bake until risen and golden (20mins)

Cool Cream or ice with mascarpon or cream cheese icing.

Add decorations (e.g. chocolate eggs) as needed.

BKK moo-ping @862

moooooooo-ping@862 (thai skewered PORK)

THE original silom night market moo-ping uncle

zzz's version

Uncle and his wonderful cart of goodies

I’ve written about this amazing moo-ping uncle from Bangkok, remember this face because he is one Bangkok street food gem.

Moo-ping is Thai skewered grilled pork. Grilled fatty pork and drenched in a burning concoction of  home-made chili sauce. Add on a packet or 2 of glutinous rice to fill in the hunger. YUMs. no calories wasted here. And all for 10baht/skewer, well, thats’sS$0.45.

Moo-ping uncle arrives at the corner of Convent Street (Silom/ Salan Daeng) and only arrives at about 10pm everyday. Uncle will push his cart half full of hot charcoal fire (the other half full of moo-ping, obviously) to the front of the 7-11 shop. Uncle has this nonchalant mood in him and in a good way actually, he’s polite to customers (even to rude and loud ones) and attends to each patiently even though many like us, were trying to make up our minds – glutinous rice or not? 5 or 10 sticks? No rush, no grouch (or smiles), no sweat. Like doing this for a hobby (and we sometimes suspect he really does) uncle  steadily goes on preparing every stick to perfection (even cutting off the burnt ends of the grilled pork!! – is that perfection or what) and serving the moo-pings to the queues of late night goers in search of street food supper, occasionally taking a break on the stairs of the 7-11 shop, talking to familiar customers. He is quite a different sight from the usual bustling hawkers in night markets.

Well. thank goodness Bangkok is less than 3 hours away from Singapore. The city is a haven for a short get away. But even so, what do we do when we have such cravings and a short holiday is obviously not feasible?

When that happens, thank goodness for a hubby who loves to cook.

And my verdict for the @862 version (biased but for a good reason) –  zzz’s recreation of moo-ping is about 70% of the moo-ping uncle’s. For 4 fat sticks of moo-ping recreated, he had used $3.50 worth of 五花肉 (fatty pork). Fatty pork is necessary to keep the pork moist and tasty. He even pounded his own chilli sauce! I think the missing 30% comes from the charcoal and the slightly burnt 香气 (erm, charcoal ‘taste’ – you don’t actually eat to taste charcoal, but food cooked from charcoal fire does taste especially nicer) . And of course, the 功力 (skills) of the uncle. Ingredients for both the moo-ping and chilli sauce were abit trickier and since he really did try to recreate the taste from memory, there are no recipes that we can post here, maybe next time though.

Just a note back to the original moo-ping, do buy a bottle of iced Vita black soy milk from the 7-11 behind to go with the spicy moo-pings. Guarantee to remove spiciness, very shiok!

Red (Black) Velvet Cupcakes!!

Creaming butter and sugar, the start to (almost) all the goodness

cocoa powder (Valrhona x4 required. klutz) & milk

Waiting to be scooped & baked

The ugly before

LOVE. LOVE.

Red velvet cupcakes. They were all the rage awhile ago, suddenly everywhere and almost everyone was making velvet cakes and cupcakes. Surprisingly though, I haven’t seen many in the shops, maybe its just a fad. In any case, there is always this allure of velvet cupcakes, just the name, it feels like the cupcake will slide then melt in your mouth.

Well, I/we (yes, I had a significant part in making this!) decided to bake cupcakes, i wanted zzz to make red velvet cupcakes. It couldn’t be too difficult, zzz had a good recipe, we had good chocolate powder and the other ingredients. So all I had to do was to follow and adapt.

Well, the cupcakes turned out great! We had one problem though. The cupcakes were black. Not chao-tar (burnt) but nonetheless, pitch black-black. Turned out i had used over the required cocoa powder, so the lesser beetroot obviously, were not useful as a natural food coloring. In fact, the amount of cocoa powder i put in was enough to make x4 of the intended batch.

Nonetheless, the beetroot had it’s use too. The cream cheese was a cute pinkish hue and a very good contrast to the dark chocolate cupcake. Here’s the (correct) recipe, just remember to go easy on the cocoa powder 🙂

Another Chocolate Cupcake Recipe (Black Velvet Cupcakes)
1 1/3 cup all unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
25 grams (1/4 cup) cocoa powder (we used Valrhona – if ‘black’ velvet is desired, use 100gm instead)
1 cup milk, warmed
1 vanilla pod
113gm unsalted butter
1 cup raw sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup grated beetroot
1 tbsp vinegar

Method
Cupcakes – Pre-heat oven 190deg C. Dissolve cocoa in milk and stir until smooth.Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time. Add sifted flour and beat until just incorporated. Stir in cocoa mixture, beetroot and vinegar. Scope into lined cupcake moulds/tins and bake for 20mins

Frosting (Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting)
100gm butter
125 gm cream cheese
1/2 vanilla bean
1 cup icing sugar
drops of beetroot juice (optional)

Beat everything except beetroot juice together. Add drops of beetroot juice until desired color is reached

To Eat:

Cool the cupcake completely before frosting.
Chill in refrigerator and serve when hungry.

Many Many Yums. Meanwhile, I.need.to.RUN.

Over the week. zzz made:

1) Ratatouille

2) Tarragon chicken

3) Roasted potatoes in goose fat

4) Angel’s hair with roasted vegetables

5) ‘Moo-ping’  – Thai skewered pork with chilli sauce

6) Supposed to be red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (but I shall rename it as Valrhona chocolate cupcakes with pink cream cheese frosting) – Valrhona chocolates were too deep and rich for the beetroot color to show. used it on the cream cheese instead for a naturally pinkish hue.

Pictures and recipes to be up, once I get my cable  🙂