Sunday, 24 June 2012

A More-ish Day

If I were to give you more, I could share more with you about the things I do in my kitchen like...
 crushing cookies,
 eating breaking up chocolate,
 melting butter,
 taking photos of my reflection in the chocolate,
 looking at the sky out of my kitchen,
 appreciating the purple flowers in front of the kitchen,
 admiring the beauty of these red flowers in the garden,
playing with cutting marshmallows,
toasting marshmallows, 
 drooling over arranging the s'mores brownie bars,
and that's a lot more than I should share. Have a nice day!
Of course there's always a recipe to follow:

S'mores Brownie Bars
Makes 16 

adapted from Alice Medrich


For the Crust...

6 tablespoons (80 grams) unsalted butter; melted 
2 tablespoons sugar (I omitted this)

1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used Arnott's Milk Coffee biscuits)

For the Brownie Layer...
4 ounces (113 grams) unsweetened chocolate (I used 85% Lindt's Dark Chocolate)
1 1/4 cups sugar (I used 3/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
8 (113 grams) tablespoons unsalted butter 

For the Topping...
20 large marshmallows; cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350 (180 C) degrees. Line an 8-inch-square (20cmx20cm) metal baking pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, 6 tablespoons of melted butter in a bowl and mix until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Allow crust to cool on wire rack.
3. Turn the oven temperature up to 400 (200 C) degrees and prepare the brownie layer.
4. In top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, or on low power in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir often, and remove from heat when a few lumps remain. Stir until smooth.
5. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by flour. Stir until very smooth, about 1 minute, until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake for 18 minutes.
6. Let cool completely, then lift out using the foil and place brownies onto a broiler safe pan. Move your oven rack about 6 inches from your broiler and preheat your broiler to low.
7. Layer marshmallows (sticky side down) across the top and toast under the broiler until golden, (watch this like you have never watched anything before - it can burn QUICK), about 2 minutes. Cool and cut into 16 (two inch) squares.

Omu Omu Rice

So other than baking, sometimes we do try to "cook" occasionally. Cooking is not my forte but this is one dish that is simple, delicious and loved by my family.

 "O-mu" in Japanese basically means omelette and rice. Most of the time the dish consists of fried egg and fried rice with assorted meats and vegetables, decorated with tomato sauce or just salt and pepper.
 Easy to personalise and serve in a short time frame.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Fruit delight

You see, my mom bought these yellow kiwis which look really funky and taste like sweet melons. 
So here's to the celebration of beautiful fruits this season (except for the berries...I'm not sure what season they come out in). 


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