Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Home-Made Pizza

I really dont get why people buy pizzas when it tastes so much better home-made. This one is made with a medley of seafood- clams, prawns and crabsticks.

For dough:
1 tbs dry active yeast
1.5 cups warm water
3.5 cups flour
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

1. Sprinkle the yeast on warm water, leave to bubble. In the meantime, sieve flour in big mixing bowl.
2. Make hole in the center of flour and add the water, oil and seasonings. Knead.
3. Cover with kitchen cloth and leave to rise for 2 hours before using for pizza.

Pizza toppings:
1 pack cheddar cheese
1 pack mozarella cheese

For pizza sauce:
2 tbs tomato paste
1 packet chopped tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper

Boil these ingredients up in a pan, spread on pizza. Add toppings and bake in middle oven, 180 degrees for 15 mins.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Skildpaddeis (Chocolate Turtles Ice Cream)

I tried my hand at making this absolutely delicious ice-cream that I wanted to share on this site. It is made with 'skildpadde' (chocolate turtles), a famous Danish chocolate which has a caramel filling inside. For this recipe, any ordinary chocolate will do as well. It has such a creamy and rich flavour, and I doubt I will go back to store bought ice-cream again.

2 pasteurised egg yolks
4 tbs powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
5 dl cream
1 pasteurised egg white
12 Toms chocolate turtles (skildpadde)

1. Whisk eggs, powdered sugar and vanilla sugar.
2. Add cream (whip it until thick) and chopped chocolate turtles
3. Whisk egg white until stiff and fold in.
4. Put in a springform or baking tray and freeze for 3-5 hours.

Singapore Chilli Crabs

This is one of the most delicious ways to cook crabs.

2 crabs (in this case, I used 200 g cracked claws)
1 red onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
6 fresh red chillies
5 cm piece of ginger sliced
2 tomatoes quartered
1.5 cups tomato sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp dark soya sauce
1 tsp shaoxing wine
1 tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 tbs white vinegar
1 cup water
salt and pepper to season

1. Heat oil and fry onions, garlic and ginger.
2. Add chillies and tomatoes and stir. Add water and all the seasonings to a thick sauce. Then add crabs.
3. Cook crabs for 25 mins in the sauce
4. Serve with bread rolls to soak up sauce or you can look up the recipe of Chinese mantou buns which go superbly with the dish.

Malaysian Butter Prawns

For this butter prawns recipe, I used virgin lobsters which worked just as well. The best result would be with tiger prawns. Also, fresh curry leaves would make a big difference in the intensity of the flavour of the dish. I had to use dried curry leaves instead as I didnt have any fresh ones- in this case, just use more to create the same kind of flavour.

250 g prawns (or virgin lobsters in this case)
100 g dried curry leaves (or 3 sprigs fresh curry leaves)
100 g butter
1 cup evaporated milk
6 birds eye chillis (deseeded)
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp shao xing wine
1/2 tsp salt

1. Heat butter and fry garlic and chillies.
2. Add prawns and curry leaves and fry at high heat (in a wok)
3. Add seasonings and evaporated milk. Simmer for 5 mins. Serve.
(Note that prawns should not be overcooked, otherwise they will shrivel).