Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chocolate Brownies

These brownies were wonderfully moist. I love serving them with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce.

1 block unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
5 eggs
3 cups sugar
1 tbs vanilla essence
1.5 cups flour
1 tsp salt

1. Melt butter and chocolate till combined on double boiler.
2. In a mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until well combined.
3. Pour in chocolate mixture.
4. Fold in flour and salt.
5. Bake for 30 mins at 200 degrees.

"Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies"

This is what I found online. It doesnt taste exactly like famous amos, but it is very good. I think it is the blended oatmeal that makes this cookie chewy and crunchy at the same time.

2 cups butter
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal
24 oz chocolate chips
1 tsp salt
18 oz Cadbury bar
4 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla essence

1. Cream butter with the sugar
2. Add eggs and vanilla essence
3. Fold in oatmeal, flour, and grated cadbury bar, baking soda and baking powder and salt
4. Add chocolate chips
5. Bake in oven in the middle shelf at 200 degrees for 20 mins.
(Note that this makes 122 cookies, so you may want to halve this recipe. I freeze most of the dough and use when needed).

Sweet and Sour Pork

I have shared a pork recipe- which was the thai style of making sweet and sour pork. This is the chinese style, where the pork is fried first in a batter before adding to the sweet and sour sauce.

Batter for pork:
200 g pork cubed
1 egg white
1 teaspoon shao xing wine
1 teaspoon soya sauce
salt and pepper
1 tbs cornflour

1. Season pork cubes with shaoxing wine, soya sauce, salt and pepper for 30 mins.
2. Add egg white and stir.
3. Take each cube with a chopstick, stir in cornflour to coat before frying. Set aside the pork fritters to drain on kitchen paper.

1 red onion sliced
1/2 clove garlic minced
3 tbs tomato sauce
1 tbs vinegar
1 tbs sugar
1 teaspoon chilli sauce
1 teaspoon soya sauce
salt and pepper for seasoning.
(you can add pineapple but I find that too sweet and substituted with green snap peas)
1 tomato wedged

1. Heat oil in pot and fry onion and garlic. Add 1/2 cup water.
2. Add all the seasonings and simmer until thickened. (20 mins)
3. Add vegetables and cook for a further 5 minutes.
3. Add pork cubes to sauce and serve with white rice.

Black Sauce Pork

This is my mother's recipe- a pork dish braised with soya sauce, ginger and garlic. It used to be my favourite dish when I was a child. I have modified it slightly by adding a touch of shao xing wine and a star anise, which adds a bit more depth to the flavour.
200 g pork cubed
6 tbs dark soya sauce
1 clove garlic minced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger sliced
1 teaspoon shao xing wine
1 tsp sesame oil
1 star anise
pinch of salt and pepper
1. Heat oil in pot and fry garlic and ginger until browned. Add pork and fry up until cooked.
2. Add 1 cup water and all the seasonings and sauces. Let it simmer until the sauce has thickened up. (30 minutes)
3. Serve hot with white rice