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White Chocolate Matcha Greenies

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Greenies kind of reminds me of pots of plants or even erm Martians?

But cake?

So that was what it was. Cake. Brownies actually, except that its literally green. Not in a bad way of cos. But because its full of awesome bitter sweet matcha amd white chocolate! Matcha and chocolate never goes wrong.

The product is a very nice melt in your mouth combination that leaves a lingering matcha after taste. Goes well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too.

Recipe
225g unsalted butter
220g white chocolate
175g raw sugar
4 eggs (cold)
160 grams all purpose flour
40g ground almond (a by product of my homemade almond milk!)
1/3 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
15 g matcha powder (about 2 tablespoons)
2 tsp vinegar

Melt butter, white chocolate and sugar over very low heat or in a double boiler. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven at 170 degree Celsius.
Put all the dry ingredients together and mix well.

Add the eggs into the cooled butter-chocolate mixture and whisk by hand for a minute or two.

Add vinegar and the matcha flour mixture.
Transfer to a 9 by 9 inch (or 9 by 12 inch) pan. Bake for 25 mins.

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Nigella Lawson’s Lemony Salmon with Cherry Tomato CousCous + Homemade Tiramisu

Plate of delicious. Lemony Salmon with Cherry Tomato CousCous

Home made tiramisu

Dinner, when you have a hobbyist/aspiring/enthusiastic/experimental/never grow fat chef at home can be a dangerous affair.

Especially when he goes grocery shopping. ALONE. Suddenly our fridge is FULL of things I will never know exist, until they land up on the plate, or sometimes, dissolved in the rest of the ingredients, which of course, would remain forever a mystery to me. Ah well. What you don’t know won’t hurt right.

Anyways.

Was feeling kind of sluggish and didn’t want to go out for dinner last Sunday. So, I suggested koka maggi noodles (instant noodles) topped with some vegetables, mushrooms, sausage and perhaps an egg. What i got (after zzz’s trip to Cold Storage Supermarket) was a salmon cous cous and tiramisu dessert. Not that i am complaining. The cous cous and salmon were fantastic!! I love cous cous. Its so easy to make (yes yes its instant cous cous only, but who makes fresh ones here?!), toss in the cherry tomatoes, parsley and some lemon juice and chopped shallots and we are good to go.

The tiramisu was a tad heavy on the mascarpone cheese (below is already reduced). Try to go easy on it for more balance with the coffee and rum.

Home made Tiramisu

Ingredients:

10-15 ladyfingers

3/4 cups freshly brewed expresso

2+2 tbsps sugar

500gm mascarpone cheese

2 vanilla beans

2+2 tbsps rum (or more)

Cocoa power or chocolate shavings

Arrange the lady fingers in a medium deep bowl.

Sweeten expresso with 2 tbsps sugar or to taste

Add 2 tbsps rum to expresso, pour over lady fingers

Whisk mascarpone and 2 tbsps sugar, add vanilla (scrapped) and 2 tbsps of rum slowly

Loosen to a shiny consistency, add more rum if necessary

Smear over lady fingers, sprinkle with sieved cocoa powder or shaved chocolate.

Keep in fridge until ready to serve (at leats 2 hours)

Nigella Lawson’s Lemony Salmon with Cherry Tomato CousCous

Ingredients

Heaping 1 cup couscous
3 teaspoons kosher salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
1 cup freshly boiled water
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 lemon, halved
1 tablespoon garlic flavored oil, plus 1 teaspoon
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
4 salmon fillets
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Put the couscous into a heatproof bowl, with 2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1
teaspoon table salt), 1/4 teaspoon of the paprika, and all the grated
ginger. Give everything a bit of a mix before adding the hot boiled water.
Cover the bowl, either with plastic wrap or a plate, and set aside.

Into another bowl, put the finely chopped onion.

In a wide, shallow dish, big enough to take the salmon fillets later, zest
the lemon into the dish.

Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl with the onions.

Add the remaining salt and the paprika to the bowl with the lemon zest and
stir in 1 tablespoon garlic flavored oil.

Halve the cherry or grape tomatoes and put them into yet another bowl. Stir
in the remaining teaspoon of garlic flavored oil and set aside.

Heat a large frying pan for the salmon fillets. While the pan is getting
hot, add the fillets to the dish with the lemon zest and coat both sides
with the mixture.

Put the fillets in the hot pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side,
depending on thickness. The fillets should be juicy and have a vivid coral
color in the middle, so do check as you cook.

Meanwhile, uncover and fluff the couscous, which should have absorbed all
the water. Add the tomatoes with lemony onion mixture and stir with a fork.

Add nearly all of the cilantro to the couscous, and stir it through, then
taste for seasoning, adding more salt if needed.

Spoon some couscous onto each plate and arrange a salmon fillet alongside.
Sprinkle with a little more cilantro as you hand out each plate.