Monthly Archives: April 2015

Cookie monster cupcake with molasses dark chocolate chip cookie

cookie monsters, ready to invade xiaoliang’s school

Have you seen anything cuter? Especially when it’s made for a class of 20 three year olds’ monster party??!!

Xiaoliang certainly was proud of her daddy’s work,the teachers said she made sure each if her classmate had one monster and they were enjoying the cake.

Recipe

Use your favorite cupcake recipe. I did a simple vanilla cupcake with a cream cheese frosting

Decoration
Eyes: Marshmallow (cut into appropriate size) and chocolate pearls.
Fur: Dessicated coconut and blue coloring.

Molasses dark chocolate chip cookie
125g butter, melted and lightly browned for deeper flavours 
2/3 cup raw sugar
1egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons molasses
1.25 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of teaspoon salt
1cup of dark chocolate chips (I used callebaut 70.4%)

Melt and brown butter slightly. Meanwhile mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In another (large) bowl, mix sugar and molasses. Add browned butter into sugar mixture and beat for 2 min. Add vanilla. Add egg. Beat for a min. Add flour mixture, stir to combine. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips. 

Form balls of dough using a ice cream scoop. Can freeze the unbaked cookie dough balls or bake immediately in a preheated 180deg Celsius oven for 12-13 mins.

zzz’s way of eating a cookie

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Pork loin braised in milk

     

Recipe

750 g pork loin

4 cloves of garlic

A few sprigs of rosemary

A stalk of lemongrass, bruised with a pestle

Half a medium onion

Assorted veggies such as carrots, potatoes and cherry tomatoes 

White wine/mirin/vermouth 

Milk,  abt 1 cup

Season pork with salt and pepper.

Heat up a Dutch oven. Add oil, garli, lemongrass and rosemary.  Add pork and sear on all sides. If garlic and rosemary starts to get dark, remove them and set aside. If not just leave them in. Once pork is seared on all sides, remove and set aside. 

Add all veggies, salt and sauté until soft. Add more oil if necessary to keep things moving. 

Add a splash of alcohol and let it bubble. 

Push the veggies to the side and put the pork back in. Add milk.

Let everything come to a low simmer, cover and keep it that way for about an hour. Add more milk if necessary. 

Turn off the flame and leave it to stand  for 15mins. Take the pork out and let it rest for another 15 mins. 

Slice the pork and serve with the pan juices and veggies.