Grilled Chicken with Parmigiana Cream

Posted: January 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cooking | No Comments »

My husband doesn’t cook that often, but he sometimes tries to cook something yummy for me. His cooking almost always includes cheese and cream. Yes, he loves them. This time, I cooked something creamy for him.

Cream Chicken

I used eringi mushrooms for the cream sauce.  Eringi mushrooms are thick and big.  Can be sliced and used in big pieces, or diced/chopped into small pieces.  They have nice taste and chewy texture.  One of my favorite mushrooms.

At the end of making cream, I added parmesan cheese.  This is my husband favorite.  I think parmesan cheese added great taste to the cream sauce.

Here is Grilled Chicken with Parmigiana Cream!   Bon Appetit!!

Rare Cheese Cake with Orange Jelly

Posted: January 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: desserts & pastries, fruits | 2 Comments »

I didn’t know that the term “rare cheese cakes” is used only in Japan.  We call no-bake cheese cakes “rare cheese cakes”.  No oven, no bake. Just chill in the fridge.

Today’s desert is half rare cheese cake & half orange jelly.  You see the two layers.

Rare Cheese Cake with Orange Jelly

Used plain yogurt in stead of heavy cream. No heavy cream at all!!

[ingredients for 6 small glasses]
for orange jelly
  fresh squeezed orange juice 250 ml (juice, pulp if you like)
  sugar 1.5 Tbs
  gelatin 4 g
  water 2 Tbs (for gelatin)

for cheese cake
  cream cheese     125 g (soften)
  yogurt     125 g
  sugar     25 g
  lemon juice     1.5 Tbs
  gelatin     3 – 4 g
  water     1 Tbs (for gelatin)

[how to do it - orange jelly]

  1. dissolve gelatin by pouring water and set aside.
  2. put orange juice and sugar in the pan and stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. turn off the stove and put gelatin in the pan.  stir gently until gelatin has dissolved.
  4. get another lager pan with cold water and ice. place the pan with mixture on top of it and stir until the mixture gets thicker.
  5. pour the mixture into the glasses and store them in the fridge.

[how to do it - cheese cake]

  1. dissolve gelatin by pouring water and set aside.
  2. make cream cheese smooth by whisking. add sugar, lemon juice and mix well until the mixture gets smooth.
    (if the cream cheese is not soft enough, put it in the microwave for 10 – 15 seconds.)
  3. add half of the yogurt in the cream cheese mixture and mix well. add the rest of the yogurt and mix until the mixture gets smooth.
  4. microwave the gelatin for 5 – 10 seconds.  add the liquid gelatin in the cream cheese mixture and mix well.
  5. pour the cream cheese mixture on the orange jelly in the glasses and store in the fridge for a few hours.

Wow, a lot of mixing!! BUT easy and healthy (healthier?) desert !! Just need to work hard on mixing for nice & smooth texture.  And yummy desert will be waiting for you!

Orange Peel Syrup

Posted: January 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, fruits | No Comments »

Go to Trader Joe’s NOW!
They have 4LB organic orange bags for $3.99 (each)!!
The oranges are sweet and juicy.

I used three of them for orange peel syrup. Ta-dah!!

Orange Peel

Still needs a few days to make flavors blend well.

It’s fun time now to think what I can make with it!  Scones,  muffins, cakes…etc.
What do you wanna eat?

The Simple, Simple Scone

Posted: January 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: baking | No Comments »

My first scone!! Yay!
I didn’t know how simple it was to make.

“Simple” is the key word for long lasting cooking & baking motivation!!

Simplest Scone

pastry flour     200 g
baking powder     1/2 Tbs
sugar     2 Tbs
salt     1 pinch
butter     75 g (cut into small pieces and store in the fridge)
milk     90 ml

[how to do it]

  1. preheat oven to 395 °F (about 200 °C).  put flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in the bowl. mix well together.
  2. take butter out from fridge and blend into the flour mixture. keep mixing until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs.
  3. add milk and mix gently. (DO NOT knead dough too much.)
  4. make the dough circle (about 6 in. across). center part is slightly higher than edge. cut into 6 pieces (triangle shape).
  5. place the dough on the baking sheet/pan and bake it for 20 minutes.