Tuesday, November 27, 2012

..back on track..

Children At Play Quilt by Fitri D. // Rumah Manis
with so much distraction around me lately, from news about my beloved grandma who passed away a week ago , next was a computer crash , wipe out all the data on computer , and last was some family's issue . Oh gosh ..I was so tired, those made me delay some of my homework . But I know everything happen for a reason, there is no problem without solution.  Everything will be all right, with a good family members who always beside me no matter how hard the problem are - GOD gives us strength  , and thank you for my husband, we celebrate another year in a good times and bad times together again yesterday . Love you, Hun..
And today, finally I be able to back on track . Finished what had been delay before.. such back to my sewing machine ... Q..U..I..L..T..I..N..G - you know I do love quilting :)

4 sewing project already sent to customer !! She was so happy see a whole finish project, and I more happier too .. everything just perfect, and need to back sewing 'holliday theme project' pretty soon ..

*thank you for you, who loves to come back here to read 'inside my head' .. so much appreciate, even I don't always have an answer ..

Monday, November 5, 2012

A new stash ..

a new fabrics .. by Fitri D. // Rumah Manis
Christmas is just around the corner, and I've been busy doing some projects for a lady who came to our dinner party last week. She wants some of my craft works, well.. she said she is not rush - but I'd like to doing on schedule and not postpone the work especially working with a lovely fabrics. Who can resist this pile of fabric from heaven  LOL

I got this a new fabrics last Friday , oh..wow, they are just as beautiful as I can imagine when I saw for the first time from my flickr friends, Tasha.  She has so adorable fabric collections, that I will like do "fasting" - not shopping a new shoes to exchange with hers fabrics *grin*

Now, let me excuse my self back to my sewing machine.. and I will come back bring my food recipe tomorrow to share with you.ok.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hallowen Cake

Hallowen Cake by Fitri D. // Rumah Manis
Ok, may be too late since Halloween Party was yesterday .. but I keep posting the picture, since that was a first time ever Halloween event I ever attend. And that was a first time ever I bake and decorated a Halloween cake, too. A lot of effort to made those and still look messy !! eew, who wants to see ' a neat cemetery ' cake anyway ? LOL

The basic cake was an almond-chocolate cake, decorated with a milano cookies for headstone, white-candy ghost, pumpkin candies

Almond-Chocolate Cake
1 cup all purpose (plain) flour
1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder
1/3 cup almond powder
1/4 tsp salt
9 large eggs - separated, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

For Glaze
12 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy (double) cream

Sugar Syrup :
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Directions :
Preheat oven 350 F, line the bottom of 12x18inch baking sheet with parchment paper

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt together onto a sheet of waxed paper. Stir in almond powder, set aside.

Using a stand mixer, beat the yolks, and 1 cup of sugar on medium high speed until the mixture is pale and thick , about 5 minute. Transfer to large bowl.

Wash and dry the mixer bowl, beat the eggs white on medium speed until they start to foam, add a third of remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until the whites are soft peaks but still look wet. (not too dry, please...)

using a spatula, carefully fold the dry ingredients into the yolk mixture, the batter will very thick. Fold in the melted butter.

Pour the batter onto the prepared sheet and using an offset frosting spatula, spread it as evenly as possible. bake until the cake is puffed , about 25 minute or less depend on your oven. Let cool completely on a wire of rack.

Meanwhile , make the glaze. Place the bittersweet chocolate into a bowl. In a small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat the cream until small bubbles appear, the pour over the chocolate, whisk together by hand until the chocolate melted. Let cool to the consistency if stiff mayonnaise.

Cut the edge of the cake to make it even looking cake. a little part of top cake. Brush the cake with the syrup. Spread the chocolate ganache on the top of cake, and spread around the edges. Don't be too picky, little bit messy is just perfect for this type of decoration cake.

Decor the cake with some Halloween decoration
1. I made a tomb head with milano cookies, I trim a little bit , and write the sign with chocolate melted. With a knife, cut a slits into cake and insert decorated cookies into slits. Crumble the cake with Oreo cookies.

2. For ghost , I used a pretzel stick as support, and drawing a ghost with white-candy melt.

3. Use your imagination to make your Halloween cake more pretty and spooky in the same time.