Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hello June ..

June is here .. the weather is perfect one day. pouring rain one day, breezy in the morning, high humidity in the afternoon .. keep on going like that for almost 2 weeks.  Kids still enjoying the afternoon swimming, ice cone , they laughing, playing non stop ..  oh this kids grows big together too fast .. hope they will always be a best friend ..

I picked some fresh herbs a couple days ago, try to add more 'green' on our kitchen window .  Its smell good , thou .. I might pick some more next time I pass the Home Depot :) yep, that my favorite store for now beside fabric store hahaha ..  Right, I don't have much of sewing this day  since I have kid who has a summer break, it's hard to find a free time to do what I like to do but still excuse myself to picked some fabrics for summer clothes, its really sloooow progress from cutting to finish .. 

Baking ? well. still do but its really simple one .. like tea cake style like this one, blueberry cake I've been tag for a week from Patricia Scarpin blog - she always have a simple cake recipe which suit for me very well .. 

Cream cheese and blueberry cake

Adapted from Patricia Scarpin 

Blueberry compote:
1 cup (140g) blueberries – frozen blueberry works well too
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 ½ cups (210g) all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon table salt
½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
finely grated zest of 1 large orange
½ cup (113g/1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
180g cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons Cointreau (optional) 

Start by making the compote: place the blueberries and sugar in a small saucepan and warm until the berries soften and the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes – stir occasionally. Squash the berries with the back of a spoon as you stir. Cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter a 5 ½ cup-capacity loaf pan, line it with baking paper and butter the paper as well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
In the bowl of an electric mixer, rub the sugar and orange zest together with your fingertips until sugar is fragrant. Add the butter and cream cheese and cream until light and fluffy – scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and the Cointreau (if using). On low speed, add the flour mixture mixing only until incorporated – do not overmix.

Pour the cake into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Top with the blueberries, keeping most of the juice (so the cake don’t get soggy). Swirl the berries through the cake with a butter knife. Smooth out the top without mixing too much.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Serves 8

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Home Made Yogurt

We consume so much yogurt in our house hold, I cook with yogurt, we drink yogurt juice, we add yogurt into our breakfast item . So many times I've been thinking about to make my own yogurt, looking and searching in the internet how to make it, and again always I scare if I failed, so again I just buy yogurt from store, quite easy haaah ....  until one day, friend of mine say 'why don't you make your own yogurt, I will teach you'  - ok, seem easy to me, but time passed she never has a chance to teach me, and make me feel itch .. 
And , after read David Lebovitz website, I challenge myself :) in my mind say, that just a milk, if I failed I just lost small amount of money LOL  - Luckily the recipe work well to me than I never buy store yogurt anymore unless I need small amount of yogurt as a starter

Homemade Yogurt
Recipe slightly adapted from : David Lebovitz

Require :
A heavy, heat-proof jar, and sterilize it by pouring boiling water into it and letting it stand, then draining it well before adding the yogurt mixture.

A heavy bottom sauce pan

A candy thermometer, some said you can tested with dip your finger into the yogurt but I don't want burn myself *chicken :p

Ingredients :
  • 1 quart (1 l) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) plain whole milk yogurt
1. Clean a 1 quart (1 l) jar by pouring boiling water in it and letting it stand 5 minutes. Drain the water (carefully, as the water and the jar will be hot), and let the jar dry.

2. Heat the milk in a saucepan fitted with a thermometer until the milk reaches 180ºF (82ºC). Remove from heat.

3. When the temperature drops to 115ºF (45ºC), stir in the 1/4 cup of yogurt, then pour the mixture into the jar and cover it.

4. Put the yogurt in a slightly warm place, and leave it undisturbed for 10 to 12 hours. The longer fermentation will yield a more tart yogurt.  - I  pre-heat the oven  for awhile and turn off after feel warm, and put all the bottles inside the oven after , than cover all the yogurt bottles with towel *hey, they are pretty warm inside the oven

5. Chill the yogurt thoroughly, at least three hours. The yogurt will thicken up once cool.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Month of May mean is ..

Hello May, .. month of May mean is so many school performance, piano recital, gym spring performance, string performance, last semester school test, shorter school day and the other important for my little one . she is getting one more year older than last year, double digit ... :))))  that is such a big deal ..

I know, right !! time is pass so quick, my little one is turning double digit a last week .. we didn't plan throw party or whatsoever since we are so busy at work and she is still in the middle of MAP test - but I managed to make something simple yet will be a nice thing to remember for her, a fancy foxy quit !! yaikss.. what special about that? LOL - I still wonder, if there is a kid will exciting to see quilt as their birthday present .  Any how, I really know my daughter .. she loves animal so much, she want to be veterinarian someday so when the first time I saw Elizabeth Hartman Pattern, I know what I must to make for her ... a fancy foxy quilt !!!!

I add a personal note on the back of quilt, she loves it !!  she loves touching the hand stiches flowers , she loves the glasses I add to one of the foxy .. IT'S ME .. !!! *as she said loudly ...
I know she will remember her present forever ...  , my friend Cheri made a foxy necklace for my daughter as matching pair . That is a beautiful hand embroidery necklace ever ..

oh by the way, I taking order for a fancy foxy quilt in 2 sizes if you interested - baby quilt size (approx.34x46") and you will get 20 fox faces  The second quilt I offer is Lap Quilt (approx.50x62") and you will get 42 fox faces, adding glasses is an optional, I just offer 1 glasses only.
Send me note if you feel like to get one :) and I will tell you how much I charge for this beautiful quilt .