Cook :: Make your own Sushi

We made sushi this weekend. We didn't have much planned on Saturday so I thought it would be fun to try doing something new. The last time I made sushi was when I was in University and in a foreign country. 

Making sushi is not that difficult. It doesn't really require much skill. 

The only special equipment that you need is a sushi-rolling mat and I already had that.

So we made a trip to the supermarket and bought:

- sushi vinegar

- seaweed

- egg

- crabstick

- cucumber

- japanese mayonnaise

- porkfloss

If you want to try making your sushi, this is what we did.

Directions:

1. Cook the rice. (I used normal rice but japanese short grain rice is what you can use if you want it to be really authentic).

2. Once the rice is cooked, add the sushi vinegar to the rice. Mix well and fan the rice till it is cooled. (Use a 1:4 ratio for vinegar to rice)

3. Then lay the seaweed on the sushi mat.

4. Scoop out the rice and lay it out on the edge of the seaweed.

5. Lay out ingredients on the rice.

6. Begin rolling the sushi and moisten the edge with water to seal it.

7. Slice using a very sharp knife by running it through a damp dishcloth with the blade facing away from you.

We made simple sushi rolls with our favorite ingredients but I am definitely itching to try some fun and new variations next time.

Hope you had a fun weekend too!

Cook :: Pop some Corn

The husband is feeling under the weather and so we decided to stay home today. 

I promised Jaeden that we would have movie time with the full works. Hence, the popcorn.

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It didn't take long to do this. Less than 10 mins.

Here's how if you wanna try:

Homemade Popcorn

Makes 1 one large bowl

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Ingredients:

Extra virgin olive oil

Corn kernels

Salt

1. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil in a pan just to cover the bottom of the pan and place in the stove

2. When the oil is smoking, toss the corn kernels in (enough to form a layer) and put the lid on. (I like to use a glass lid cos I can see the popcorn pop)

3. Give the pot a good shake to make sure the kernels are covered in oil.

4. Wait a short while and the corn kernels will start to pop.

5. When the kernels are continuously popping, you can take it off the heat. Otherwise the popcorn at the bottom will burn which will leave a bitter flavor.

6. Dish out the popcorn into a bowl and toss with a little salt for flavor. Serve warm to hungry kids. 

Cook :: The Best Home-Made Chocolate Cake

In my bid to find the best home-made chocolate cake recipe, I baked quite a number of chocolate cakes. Thankfully, my neighbours were kind enough to help me finish off the early batches. But it was my friend, Cheryl who mentioned that Hersheys had a great chocolate cake recipe and she was right! This cake is dense, moist and rich and when freshly baked, extremely dangerous for the waistline.

Funnily enough, I have never used this recipe with Hershey's cocoa powder (ssshhh, don't tell them!). Just because I had Van Houten cocoa powder sitting in my larder the first time I baked this. This time round, I used a lovely cocoa powder carted all the way back from Italy by a friend who was there on her honeymoon. It turned out even better than I remember it to be.

I hope you try this recipe because it is really simple and can be whipped up in a jiffy.

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The Best Home-Made Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda 

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs 

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Directions:

1. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan (or just use a baking spray with flour in it)

2. Heat oven to 350°F or 175°C

3. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water. The batter will be thin. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

4. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cover the top of the pan with a layer of aluminium foil to prevent the bottom from burning if your oven is too hot.

5. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

6. Lightly sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake. (The powdered sugar helps define the edges of the bundt cake. It will disappear so be prepared to sprinkle more powdered sugar just before serving.) 

7. Decorate with birthday cake toppers.

This should make a birthday girl or boy very happy! and probably the husband too, considering how much cakes can cost nowadays.

Cook :: Focaccia Pizza

Thought I would share the recipes for the focaccia pizzas that I served at the party. It was simple enough to whip up and slightly fancier than normal catered fare. 

I didn't slice the focaccia in half but I think I might do that next time. The pizzas turned out nice but think a crispy focaccia pizza might be nicer but I guess it depends on whether you belong to the "thick" or "thin n crispy" camp!

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Mushroom and Truffle flavoured Focaccia 

Ingredients: 

frozen focaccia (purchased from NTUC Finest)

mozarella cheese

mushroom

truffle oil

1. Brush the top of the focaccia with truffle oil.

2. Top the focaccia with the sliced mozarella cheese and sliced mushrooms.

3. Brush the top again with truffle oil.

4. Bake until the cheese has melted and the the crust has browned.

5. Remove from the oven. Slice into small squares and serve warm.

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Roasted Pumpkin and Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia

Ingredients:

frozen focaccia

mozarella cheese

roasted pumpkin

pine nuts

sundried tomato

rocket leaves (not shown in the image above cos I forgot to add them till later)

basil oil

1. Brush the top of the focaccia with basil oil.

2. Top the focaccia with the sliced mozarella cheese and roasted pumpkin and sundried tomatoes.

3. Brush the top lightly with basil oil.

4. Bake until the cheese has melted and the the crust has browned.

5. Remove from the oven. 

6. Toss some rocket leaves in balsamic vinegar and olive oil and arrange it on the pizza.

7. 

Slice into small squares and serve warm.

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Oh and do you like how i labelled the pizzas? I stuck a little label pick into a garlic.

I love using natural props! God is one amazing creator!