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because lazy sundays call for something like this

by bezzle

I haven’t done some foodie posts in a while!  Mainly because I haven’t been cooking much, but that’s no excuse, right?

I find myself getting too lazy to make individual things like cookies – and so it’s a return to cakes, and dabbling in other non-baking foods.  Hopefully I’ll remember to post those recipes up!

Here’s a Milo cake recipe.  I found this one a while back, when I was in the mood to bake something chocolatey but there was no good chocolate to bake with (because my mum thinks chocolate is ‘fatty’- not that stops her from buying eating chocolate – and also it’s expensive to get good quality cooking chocolate ^^’) and so I decided to use the closest thing to chocolate I knew, Milo!  The end result is a tad fudgy and heavy and tastes exactly like Milo, but it still satisfies any chocolate cravings.  It’s also handy in finishing those tins of milo, because they come in very large tins and I only use them in teaspoon amounts for milk.  This recipe calls for 250g of Milo, but that’s more than a cup of powder O__O.  I’ve used no more than a half of that amount each time I’ve made this cake – it definitely does not need more.

~MILO CAKE~

Ingredients

250g softened butter (Remember what I said about my mum and fatty foods?  Yeah, I end up scrimping on this too.  250g of butter is half a tub!)

200g castor sugar (Ditto, scrimping here.  Milo is sweet anyway, so I advise using less than this.)

4 eggs, separated

250g Milo

1/3 cup milk

125g self raising flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.  Cream the butter and sugar until pale.  Add the egg yolks, Milo, and milk and beat until well mixed.  Then add the flour and beat until well mixed.

Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Fold the egg whites into the ‘chocolate’ mixture, and then pour into a cake tin (don’t forget to butter the sides and put baking paper on the bottom).

Bake for 50 minutes, gave or take 5.  Test with a skewer.  Cool to room temperature and serve with a dollop of cream.

Edit: you know what absolutely sucks?  Watching a drama where the guy best friend is totally in love with the girl and he treats her like the most precious thing in the world but you know that she’s going to end up with the main dude anyway and that the nice guy doesn’t stand a chance.  Even though he has the coolest hair ever.

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the joy of cheesecake

by bezzle

This book gives me the giggles.  It’s full of dry humour, especially for a recipe book.

…Perhaps you have been held back by the notion that anything that tastes so good must be awfully difficult to make.  Cheesefeathers!  Most cheesecakes are really quite easy to make…

“…If you beat the egg whites too long, their structure will collapse and the whites will begin to reliquify.  At this point, all is lost; they will not rise again.  Sneak them into an omelette, mash them in with the dog chow, or use them in a pommade for your hair if you like, but do not try to use them in a cheescake.  Start over.

Basic pie crust: …Another way is to place the crackers in a sturdy plastic bag and roll the bag on a bread board with a rolling pin.  This works well and also satisfies certain atavistic urges that might otherwise be expressed in less socially accepted ways.  In any event, remember that you want crumbs, not flour.

…High humidity is the enemy of meringues.  It will make your meringue weep and go limp.”

Chimpanzee cheesecake:  Your friends will go ape over this one.  The flavour of bananas is subtle but pervasive.  If you want a more pronounced banana taste, you’ll have to monkey with the recipe a bit…”

Eight eggs!  Your guest will crow over this one.  After a second helping, they will also sprout feathers and start laying eggs…

French cheesecake: The smoothest, richest, creamiest melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake ever…every bite is ecstasy.  To paraphrase J. P. Morgan, if you have to ask you much it costs, you can’t afford to make it, and if you have to ask how many calories it has per slice, then you can’t afford to eat it.  French double- and triple-crèmes are available in cheese specialty shops.  They cost an arm and a leg.

Crunch time

by bezzle

Sorry for the inactivity!

Below is a cookie recipe on a box of cornflakes – I’ve used the recipe twice now, and both times have came out wonderfully :)  and yes, this is what I was doing during subject selection night xD

~Corn Flake Cookies~

Ingredients

2 cups sifted flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

250g margarine [I used less the second time, as it really sticks to your fingers when shaping…]

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla flavouring

1 1/2 cups cornflakes

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  Sift together flour and baking powder.  Beat margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.  Add sifted dry ingredients and cornflakes, mix well for two minutes.  Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

It’s supposed to make about 30, but I half the recipe and get about 20, so depends on your cookie size preference.  Also, cornflakes taste much better this way :)

Victor’s quote corner:

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”
– Miss Piggy

peanuts contain 5% water

by bezzle

Double standards are one of those factors in society that subtly influence our thinking.  They are a set of principles that differ for one group of people than another.  In particular I’m talking about the gender double standards – how the norm for males are different for females.

One thing that I notice particularly in the co-ed school that I attend is the double standard regarding ‘bashing’.  It is considered quite normal for female students to hit a male student if she considers that he has made a slight or suggestion towards her.  In fact, the harder she can hit, the more respect she gains from the male population.  But in no way would anyone condone a guy hitting a girl.  I don’t.  But what I’m saying is that it’s unfair to allow, even respect, a girl for hitting a boy, when you definitely wouldn’t for the converse.  Regardless of the fact that females are biologically the weaker sex. [car edits – yeah, i agree, altho i know im being a hypocrite. but sometimes, it’s the only way they’ll shut up]

Also, it’s considered cool for a girl to be masculine – bash guys up, not fawn over famous boys, do what males do – but in no way for a guy to be considered feminine.  One of the strongest insults to a male is to call him gay, or girly.

I’ve been doing too much ranting for the recent-er blog posts, oh dear.  I’m trying to keep it to intelligent, discussable opinions though.  Plus the above was a draft from months ago.

I’ve been trying to catch up with science (still mired in genetics ==) and I was wondering.  Do plants suffer from inbreeding? 

A few days ago, I was making apple crumble.  And found out that we had run out of apples.  IT SHOULD IMPOSSIBLE TO RUN OUT OF APPLES.  They are a household staple, for goodness’ sake!  It’s almost akin to running out of oranges.

OH MY GOSH I HOPE THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

Back to what I was talking about.  The pantry supplies have been a little low.  No cheese (except for those dodgy tasting Kraft singles…), no chocolate, no fresh milk (that may have been due to the rice pudding…heh heh…) and no apples.  So out of sheer boredom and a lack of variety in my holiday diet, I made peanut butter cookies yesterday.

~PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES~

Ingredients

125g butter or margarine, at room temperature

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 3/4 plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees (fan forced). 

Beat the butter or margarine and peanut butter in a mixing bowl with electric beaters until creamy.  Add the brown sugar and beat until pale.  Add the egg and beat until combined.  Sift the plain flour and baking powder together.  Use a wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients and peanuts into the peanut butter mixture.

Lightly flour your hands then roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place about 4cm apart on a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Flatten each ball to 1cm thick.  Bake for 15min, or until golden and cooked through.  Or, for a soft fudge centre bake for 10-12min.  Stand on tray for 5min, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.

Poor deprived child that I am, I haven’t had crunchy peanut butter in years.  I can’t remember the last time I had it.  So imagine my joy when scooping out one jar, and finding crunchy peanut butter on the shelf, woolworths brand though xD

Victor’s quote corner:

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
 – Laurence J. Peter

chocolate fudge self-saucing pudding

by bezzle

Here’s some more random detritus from my jumbled life at the moment – like a snapshot? 

What I’m making:

I used a slightly different recipe from a puddings cookbook, but there’s a copyright on it, so here’s a substitute.

 

BAKED CUSTARD

Ingredients:

1 litre milk (full cream will give a richer taste)

4cm piece of vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

6 eggs (at room temperature)

2 egg yolks (at room temperature)

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  Grease a 1.5L dish with a height of at least 5cm.  Also, a roasting dish or larger oven dish should be lined with a tea towel.  Place the 1.5L into the roasting dish (it should fit quite easily).

Pour the milk in a saucepan and add vanilla seeds (inside bean) then place on medium heat uncovered for 5 minutes.  Cool milk for 5 minutes after heating, so as to not cook the eggs when they are added.  If using vanilla essence, after the 5 minutes cooling, add.

Using a fork, mix all the eggs, egg yolks and sugar.  Gradually pour in the milk, while whisking.  Then strain the mixture to remove any large particles (such as vanilla seeds).  Pour into the 1.5L dish.  Sprinkle the nutmeg on top of the custard mixture.

After putting roasting dish (with the smaller dish in it) on the middle shelf of the oven, fill the roasting dish with boiling water till it reaches halfway up the smaller dish.  This method of using two dishes, with the outer one holding water, is called bain-marie, or water-bath.

Reduce the oven temperature to 140 degrees.  Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the custard comes out clean or with some soft set custard clinging on.  Cool for 5 minutes.

from taste.com.au

 

What I’m reading:

-A puddings cookbook.  Half the fun is just looking at the pictures in a cookbook, and especially with a desserts one.  I just wish Mum wasn’t so paranoid about ‘fatty’ foods, and that I could use a full tub of cream without it going to waste.  *siiiigh…  It all looks so TASTY.  And nostalgic.  LIKE RICE PUDDING.  I LOVED THAT STUFF WHEN I ATE IN PRESCHOOL.

-Various manga.  I’ve ‘finished’:

Shiawase kissa sanchoume – Uru’s smile is SO CUTE.  AND THAT LOCK OF HAIR THAT STANDS UP.  They all fall in love with her; it’s a love square ==”

Akuma to love song – Hana reminds me of Annie, from the movie Annie.  Just more evil.

1/2 Prince – I like this one especially.  It’s so random, especially in the latest chapter, where Prince asks her childhood friend how to pee as a guy.  To explain that would be too long, just read it.  Very funny :D

Vampire knight – I ended up rereading the last 10 chapters or so, because I thought I hadn’t finished reading it but it turned out I did.  Musing: why don’t vampires ever crack jokes or laugh?

Kaichou wa maid sama! – this is another really good one.  Gosh, I need to learn more adjectives.  But I especially love the three idiots.  They’re so….idiotic :D  And Usui+Misaki is just pure awesome :) :) :) 

Ouran high school host club – I remember watching the first ep in Japanese in class once, and ended up watching the rest of the anime, then read the manga.  Another awesome one for laughs.

Perfect girl evolution – I love chibi-Sunako.  The setting is a lot like Ouran; Sunako is forced to live with four HOT guys and they attempt to transform her into a lady, etc. And she and the main guy (the hottest guy out of the four – he can’t even hold down a job because he gets sexually harrassed by his bosses of both sexes!) form a superhuman team whenever working with each other, a LOT like Usui+Misaki…

Hana ni arashi – out of all the others I’ve read, the only complete one.  9 chapters, it wasn’t that interesting, but of course you can’t have major plot in such a short span…

Yes I realise all are shoujo manga, I did read a bit of Fairy Tail, but I think my attention got diverted, and sometimes the art is hard to read and ‘messy’ to me.  Also the popular ones like Naruto, Bleach and One Piece are just too long.  I’m kinda pedantic about starting a manga from the first chapter and not reading any other till I finish the one I’m on, so reading those would be quite problematic.

– 206 bones.  I wonder how long Kathy Reichs is gonna continue the Temperance Brennan series – I like it though.

– random fanfics, when I can tear myself away from manga xD

What I’m listening to:

Lady GaGa fan stuff!  I love it when I find songs that aren’t released as singles that are really good!  And this one is no exception – it’s like all of her other well-known songs; electro pop.  Like the other songs on her second album, it’s a bit darker.  Just listen to the chorus!

He ate my heart;

he a-a-ate my heart;

he ate my heart.

Off to go back up my netbook and do that ag speech I’ve been procrastinating~

And we musn’t forget the controversial Victor’s quote corner!  I give up on typing ‘shameless plug’ each time, so SP from now on :D

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
Horace Walpole (1717 – 1797)