Friday, November 27, 2009

Moist Chocolate Cake

I've always been hunting for a reliable Moist Chocolate Cake. I've found this to be very good. I'm a subscriber of "Flavours" ~ Malaysia's premier food & lifestyle magazine and this was in their Nov-Dec 2009 issue celebrating their 15th Anniversary Issue.

This recipe is shared & contributed by Arlene Diego who teaches cake baking in Damansara Jaya. (pg. 90 nov-dec 2009 Flavours)

The 2 cakes before any icing.

1st cake is iced. Am not very good with icing yet as this is really my 1st time icing a cake.

Both cakes iced & decorated by my kids. :)

Close up of the Moist Chocolate Cake. It's really moist & light too - Yums!

Thanks Arlene Diego for sharing it with us (^_^) I hope to attend some of your classes in the near future when I sort out my & kids routine next year.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Almost Vegan Lunch

There are days when I don't feel like eating much meat or just want something real simple for lunch... and of course trying to clear my fridge of the little bits of fresh veg here & there.

So I whipped up this delightfully looking meal for my lunch last Wednesday 18th Nov 2009.

Spirullina Noodles - tossed in garlic & extra virgin olive oil
Fresh Button Mushrooms - stir fried with garlic & korean meat marinade sauce
Tri-colured veg - Purple/Red Cabbage, Snow Peas, & Carrots ~ shredded finely & stir fried with garlic too.

Few pieces of left over ham from the morning's breakfast :p

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pizza Dough

This recipe is taken from "The Australian Women's Weekly - Kids Cooking" recipe book.

I've tried this 2 times, both turned out nicely with different effects of either a thin crust or thicker crust.

Basic Pizza Dough

Makes 2 bases


2 Tsp (7g) - Dried Yeast

1 Tsp - Sugar

1/2 Tsp - Salt

3/4 Cup (180ml) - Warm Water

2 1/2 Cups (375g) - Plain Flour (I used Multipurpose flour & it still works)

2 Tbsp - Olive Oil ( can replace with Corn Oil - works just as fine)


1. Combine yeast, sugar, salt and warm water in a small bowl, cover; stand in warm place for about 20 mins or until mixture is frothy.

2. Combine flour & oil in large bowl; stir in yeast mixture, mix to a soft dough. Knead dough on a floured surface for about 5mins or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, cover; stand in warm place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.

3. Meanwhile, preheat over to very hot (I put tempreture at 220'C)

4. Turn the dough onto floured surface; knead until smooth. Divide the dough into 2; using a rolling pin, flatten dough and roll each half out to a 32cm round. ( just rolled mine into a rectagular shape - the shape of my pan )

5. Carefully lift each round onto oiled pizza pan / over tray; cover each with whatever toppings you like. Bake, uncovered, in a very hot oven (I lowered my oven tempreture to 180'C) for 20mins.

Sorry the photos are having problems being uploaded since I started this recipe :p will keep trying