So it has been a while since I last posted an entry.
I've been pretty busy running around. Therefore, I apologise for not keeping here updated.
So how have your week been? Busy? March is almost gone..
Easter is around the corner!
So have you all been practising your Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs skills?
I've made Hot Cross Buns twice already, still trying to find a good fluffy recipe.
As I'm not a fan of just raisins buns, I've added Chocolate chips too :)
Both times with different recipes.
By any chance anyone know any fluffy & moist ones? The first I tried with lemon icing on top as crosses :) and the 2nd one was with all purpose flour, I find the flour version comes out too hard after baking, I ended up just removing the crosses when I'm having one.
Also the easter show is gonna be here sometime early April.
I'm excited :)
Anyway, have a good weekend, weather has been pretty warm lately.
Craving for some chocolates, how about some Crunchy Rocky Road..
I got this concept from Nigella but made changes to suit my own.
Here's what you need.
1/2 - 1 packet of any kind of Biscuits - some crushed some crumbs
1 1/2 cupsMini Marsmallows
2 tbsp Butter
2-3 tbsp Golden Maple Syrup
1) Melt chocolate, golden maple syrup butter in double boiler
2) Once melted, pour into a separate bowl so that you won't melt the marsmallows. Add biscuits and mini marsmallows into chocolate.
3) Put it into a tray lined with baking paper or you could use those foil trays where you can throw it away after.
4) Let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
5) Cut into bite size and serve.
* if you prefer to have more crunch to it, add more biscuits or you could just leave the biscuits out all together.
Check out Taste of Sydney this weekend if you haven't.
Entry is $30 for general entry if you buy at the door or pre-purchased of $27.50 online.
It started on Thursday and ends on Sunday(tomorrow). We went today, what a great weather we had today, it was windy and not hot at all.
It is located at the huge Centennial Park near Entertainment Quarters.
It was my first time there, and it's such a lovely park, I wished I had a dog to bring along to run around and chill!
Okay, back to the topic...Taste of Sydney.
There's a number of 4 to 5 stars restaurants that would be having their food stalls there including Aria, Flying Fish, Bennelong, LongGrain and much more. Not forgetting many other ice cream and wine stalls too! And and and, there's also food and wine shows at scheduled times.
You have to have a ticket to enter and use 'Crowns' to purchase the food and drinks at the event. Though some stalls do accept cash too. $1 = 1 crowns.
We spent quite a fair bit and ate tooo much!!
Let's just allow the pictures to do the talking instead aights! *unfortunately I cannot remember the exact name of the food.
Ocean Trout with Salad from Aria - 10 crowns
Moran Lamb in Roll - 12 crowns (my bro loves this!)
Matt Moran himself serving at Aria's stall
Paella a la Maestre from El Toro Loco - 10 crowns
Macaroons from Guillaume at Bennelong
I forgot to snap a photo of the Wagyu beef from Guillaume - 12 crowns. It was yummy, melts in your mouth.
Prawn with curry leaves and rice *can't remember from which stall* 10 crowns (OMG my favourite!)
Cupcakes from PlanetCakes - 4 crowns
They also have 5 minute sessions where they teach you how to make your own design on a cupcake, just remember that you've got to put your name down to take part :)
Fresh NZ Salmon with pita at New Zealand stand, free tasting.
Look at these colours!! SMEG fridges :) It is so old school, the design, but yet at the same time I find it so cool!
Finally, we also watched the food show that Matt Moran was on. He was just explaining how to make the Ocean Trout dish that he has at the stand.
Although there was more photos, I decided that I should keep some in surprise for those who have not been to discover it themselves.
By the way, I wanted to try LongGrain, but I did not as I had to choose between the Prawns with curry leaves from err.. to Pork Curry from LongGrain. Of course the prawns beats hands down for me! So I went with Prawns.
We also have a tub of Movenpick Maple Walnut ice cream - 8 crowns. Baileys, Little Creatures, Dessert from Tattersall stall and many other.
I found that many of the stalls served Lamb and Pork. Though I would have prefer the stalls to mix up their food instead of stall after stall serving the same main highlight.
Anyway, if you have not been, please go. Though the entry isn't really cheap, but if you love food, why not! A nice day out to try all sort of delicious food with your friends and family.
p/s: you'll also get a free copy of the latest Gourmet Magazine :)
I used biscuit base because I was lazy to make pastry base :)
250g Chocolate Buttons
3-4 cups Biscuit
30g Melted Butter
1-2 Banana, sliced thinly
1) Mix melted butter and crushed biscuits into tart tin and put in the fridge. (Just make sure not too much butter till it soaks the biscuits, just add enough for the biscuits to combine. I added some cocoa powder to the biscuit to make a chocolate base)
2) Put the cream in a double boiler till boiling.
3) Add to chocolate - to melt.
4) Arrange some sliced bananas on the biscuit base.
5) Pour the chocolate ganache to fill till the tip of the biscuit edge.
6) Re-fridgerate for the chocolate to set.
7) Remove from tart tin.
7) Sift some cocoa powder and do make sure to serve chill.
I am taking this time off to clear my head and to decide what I want to do in life.
you must be wondering what is this... hehe
I made tiramisu :)
Here's what you need:
Tiramisu Dessert (makes about 7-8 wine glasses)
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
75g caster sugar
3 tbsp marsala wine
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp coffee essence & 1 tbsp rum essence (if you have brandy and kahlua replace the essence instead)
16-20 finger sponge
3 tbsp espresso coffee + 250ml hot water
1) Make coffee, cool. Once cool, add marsala wine, vanilla, rum and coffee essence. Set aside.
2) Beat egg yolks and sugar till you reach a nice consistency/ribbon stage. (If you prefer not to have this raw, put on a double boiler, but do not cook the yolks, just heat it up is fine.
3) Add mascapone into the egg yolk mixture till combined
4) Whip the cream till soft peak. Add into mixture by folding till just combined.
5) Beat egg whites till soft peak. Add 1 spoon into mixture by folding, this makes the batter lighter and makes it easier to fold in the rest. Once the egg whites are folded, fold the remaining egg whites till just combined.
6) Dip the finger sponge for 2 secs and place it at the bottom of your dish plate/wine glass. If it doesnt fit, break it to fit. *make sure not to soak the fingers too long otherwise it'll break.
7) Put a layer of the mixture to cover the fingers properly. Put a layer of the shaved chocolate and continue with finger sponge and ending it with the mascapone mixture. Sift cocoa powder and shaved chocolate on top.
8) Chill in the fridge for 3 hours at least.
This can be kept up to 3 days and should be eaten chilled.