Sunday, July 17, 2011

just another piece of fruit

so recipe of the week is... *drum roll* FRUIT CHEESE PIES ! or tarts if u'd prefer, it's really up to you what size u wanna make.

300g flour

1tsp baking powder

100g castor sugar

1 tsp salt

150 butter

2 eggs

Mix all dry ingredients together then rub in butter to form bread crumbs


500g cream cheese

400g icing sugar

4 eggs


800ml water (400ml peach juice and 400ml water)
8 tsp agar-agar powder 180g castor sugar

Decoration for Pie

36 pieces of grapes

1/2 can peaches (halves)
50g of strawberry slices
(basically any fruits u desire to be on ur pie.. other suggestions include mangoes, kiwis, etc)

1. mix in beaten eggs to ingredients A by hand to form dough. place dough in plastic bag and refrigerate for 2 hours (or freeze 1/2 hour)

2. Take dough out and roll between 2 plastic sheets to form a round base for the pie tin

3. take out plastic on top of pastries and dust pastry with flour. spread flour evenly. cover with plastic and overturn.

4. grease pie tin (if aluminium pie tin, unnecessary to grease)

5. take off plastic sheet on top and place the unfloured side onto pie tin and press down to fit nicely in pie-tin.


1. cream cheese and icing sugar at medium speed for two minutes.

2. Add egg to the mixture

3. Pour into dough base and bake at 170C for 25 minutes (or until brown). Leave to cool for 20minutes.

4. Take out pie from oven and arrange fruits on pie.
i tend to put the outer-ring of fruits first and work inward from there.
5. Pour agar-agar powder mixture over fruits and leave to cool in refrigerator till set.

i had a bit of leftover pie crust so i made a fruit tart in a muffin tin. comments i had from my eaters said the tart looks prettier but it does not have as much taste as the large slice of pie. maybe i just need to put extra cheese filling, hmm.

and if you've got any left over agar-agar like me, you can use that to make a fruit jelly! yum!

as you can see from my photos, my crust is too thick :( i'll hv to work on that. nxt round, it will be AWESOME :)

ok, back to work.. more to come when i feel like it ! no ideas as yet on what my new recipe of the day/week/month/year is gonna be.. maybe an easy to do creme brulee ! we'll see

till then, toodles!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lekor Ikan!

So miss bunny's blog is like, what? dead? what else is new? BORING.

So what's on the plate here? Lekor Ikan ! it's this yummylicious malaysian kinda fat fish cracker and here is my (actually wilson's but whatevs) first foray into lekor ikan !

Apparently, according to the site where we lifted this recipe off, this is famous foods from Terengganu, Malaysia.

  • 1/2 kg fish (the recipe calls for mackerel but we don't have mackerels handy here so we settled for pink ling fillets)
  • 200g sago flour (we substituted with tapioca flour... is that the same thing?)
  • Salt to taste
  • 50ml water
  • Some ice-cubes
  1. Clean the fish and remove its intestines. Chop off its head and tail, leaving the body intact. Carefully, scrape off the fish meat; discard the bones.
    Or if you used fillets like we did, just omit this step and save heaps of time.
  2. Pound, chop or mince the meat finely, adding salt to taste.
  3. Add some ice cubes and continue mincing the fish meat.
  4. Add sago flour and water. Stir the mixture until it becomes a soft dough.

  5. Roll the dough into a cylindrical shape. Make it like a sausage size. Here, they ended up looking like sushi rolls, haha !

  6. Boil a potful of water. Drop the keropok lekor into the boiling water.
  7. Wait for it to float and remove with a slotted spoon. Set aside to cool.
  8. Then deep-fry in hot oil.
And wahlah ! lekor ikan ! yum yum! just get out some sweet-ish chilli sauce, and you're all ready to go !

terrorist bear bear will be back for more posts soon ! fruit cheese tarts up next ! :D

toodles !

recipe lifted off:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Oreo CheeseCake

so this blog has become unBEARably boring (like the pun, huh? huh? teehee) so the terrorrist polar bear has hijacked it again to post my newest (by new i mean like 8 months old) recipe which has always been a favourite of mine - oreo cheesecake !
it all began when wilson told me about nat baking the best oreo cheesecake ever and this got me thinking about oreo cheesecakes.. so i tried my hand at baking it.

it tasted pretty damn good if you ask me, but why do i natter on? recipe below ! with one measly photo just because i didn't take any photos :(

Oreo Cheesecake

3 - 4 cups Oreo Cookie crumbs
3 tbsp butter, melted

3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 TBS flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
20 Oreo Cookies, quartered
Oreo cookies for garnish if desired

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Grease 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Fill an oven safe cake pan (I use a 9×9) 3/4 full with warm water. Set on bottom oven rack while oven is preheating.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine Oreo crumbs and butter, stir to combine. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and increase oven temperature to 350.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese until creamy. Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth. Add sugar and flour, beat to combine. Add eggs one at a time beating only to combine after each addition. When adding the third egg, also add the lime juice and vanilla extract; beat until combined.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 50-65 minutes or until edge is set and centre moves slightly. Watch carefully and do not overbake.
  7. Shut oven off and allow cheesecake to cool in oven for 1-4 hours. Run a warm knife around edge of cheesecake after 1 hour.
  8. Place in fridge to cool completely. Allow to chill at least 24 hours before serving for best flavor and texture.

Using a spatula, gently fold in the quartered Oreo cookies. Gently pour batter evenly into prebaked crust.
*You can arrange Oreo cookie pieces over top of batter for a pretty presentation if desired.

So that's it for now.. more post when I'm free ! quite possibly a post on how to make the awesomest sweet corn or durian or green tea icecream coz i just bought an ice cream maker and ice creams are fun !

may the force be with strawbunny! cheers

Thursday, April 2, 2009

seafood chowder


believe me i am very much aware this is a super backdated post.
and that you can't see the seafood chowder made. just the puff pastry that sits on top of the soup.
but its still a pretty fantabulous seafood chowder.

am pretty sure this will be liberally edited once the author comes home from darwin and realises what i've done (;

anyway to cut the chase, the recipe for seafood chowder!

Seafood Chowder

if you make it right it SHOULD look like this

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 3 (750g) potatoes, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups (1 litre) chicken stock
  • 2 corn cobs
  • 500g gourmet marinara mix
  • 200ml thickened cream
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • Crusty French bread


  1. Place carrot, celery, potatoes and stock in a large pan. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Process mixture until smooth. Return to pan.
  2. Cut kernels from corn cobs and add to soup. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until corn is tender.
  3. Reduce heat and add marinara mix and cream. Stir, without boiling for about 3 minutes or until seafood is cooked and chowder is hot. Season to taste.
  4. Stir through parsley. Serve immediately with bread. or with puff pastry if you fancy it (like i do!)

have a good meal people ! =)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

It's always greener on the other side

Thanks to a beary insistent relation of mine, a whole family of tubby, furry little green globs were created at 12a.m. last night. You know who you are.

The icing on the onde-onde was that pandan leaves are not readily available in good ol' Aussie as opposed to in Malaysia. And at that hour no less. So we ended up having to cheat a little with pandan flavouring and a mixture of blue and yellow food colouring. Which made our onde seriously GREEN. Think the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz kinda green.

But otherwise, our creations were pretty authentic. We had a wee bit of trouble with the shapes of some of our onde but given it was 12a.m., who really cares? Seriously though, expect to have a lot of mishapen ondes along the way. It takes a while to master the technique of making a non-leaking onde-onde.
Some of the sorry mishaps of our attempt

The Beast and Beauty

For the uniniated, who are no doubt tremendously confused right now, onde-onde is a Malaysian sweet meat made of glutinous rice flour with a beautiful gula melaka filling. 'Beautiful' because when you take a bit out of it, the filling literally explodes in your mouth. Mmmm...


Outer layer
500 gm glutinous rice flour
3 pandan leaves
(alternatively: pandan flavouring and green food colouring)
100 gm dessicated coconut
½ cup water at room temperature
1 pot of boiling water

⅓ cup gula melaka shavings (palm sugar)
½ cup brown sugar
mixed together evenly

  1. Blend pandan leaves with the room temperature water.
  2. Add the water to the rice flour and knead the mixture by hand till it just becomes a dough. The consistency of the dough should be easily shapeable and not too dry. A rough guide would be when the dough can be first kneaded without sticking to your palms. For example, the picture here shows what your dough should NOT look like.
  3. Pinch out some of the dough, enough to roll a 2 cm diameter ball.
  4. With your thumb, make an indentation in the middle of the ball and pack some of the fillings into it.
  5. Pinch the top of the outer layer of the onde to reseal it, leaving the filling inside. Roll it gently into a ball once again.
  6. Drop the onde into a pot of boiling water
  7. When the onde floats to the surface of the water, scoop it out and roll it in a bowl containing the dessicated coconut.
  8. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before eating to avoid scalded tongues.
Just as a note, each onde-onde should be eaten whole because they tend to squirt when chewed on. Enjoy!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Chrismurf!

Having taken an almost six month hiatus from penning down my recipes, I feel a little apprehensive about blogging again. Also, I wanted to make a stellar comeback with some blindingly awesome recipes.

Although I wouldn't say that anyone would be struck blind by the few recipes I shall post up today, I do think that in the spirit of the holidays, I will be forgi
ven. And besides, who can go wrong with the often eaten and very appreciated Christmas Feast.

Most of us are well aware of the Reason for the Season but, being food lovers, we can't help enjoying stuffing our faces year after year after year. One could
almost say, that God's giving us a reason to celebrate so we might as well go all out..

But, I digress. To cut to the chase, I put together (with liberal help) a menu of the following;

  • A Cheese Platter
  • Seafood Chowder
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Glazed Christmas Ham with Mango Chutney
topped with an Asian dessert brought in by a friend.

Oh wait, I tell a lie. The Seafood Chowder is actually entirely courtesy of the furry beary alternate contributer to this blog. I put this disclaimer in to avoid beheading once all the goodwill runs out.

This was my (or our) maiden effort at Christmas Ham, and it was suprisingly easy albeit extremely time consuming. For any first timers, give yourself a good 4 hours to get this done.

Glazed Christmas Ham


Raw cured ham or gammon, kg, boned
2 bay leaves
1 star anise
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 packet of cloves

4 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp dark rum

2 tsp Dijonnaise mustard
1 tbsp brown sugar

  1. Submerge the ham in a large pot of cold water along with the bay leaves, peppercorn and star anise. Bring to a simmer and cover for 2 1/2 hours. Drain
  2. When slightly cooled, remove skin from ham leaving a decent layer of fat
  3. Score the skin in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife and stud the middle of each diamond with a clove.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 C
  5. Gently heat the glazing ingredients in a pot, stirring till even.
  6. Sit the ham in a roasting tray and bake for 30-40 minutes, basting with glaze until golden. Just before fully cooked sprinkle thyme on top.
  7. Serve with mango chutney.
*Awesome possum!*

Cheese Platter

The cheese platter was a mix of shortbread, cracked pepper water crackers, mixed nuts and my two favourite cheeses, fruit cheese and brie. The brie's nutty, creamy flavour goes fantastically with the salmon while the nuts compliment the sweetness of the fruit cheese.

Shepherd's pie is one of my favourite dishes to make simply because it's really quick, tastes good and looks like you actually put in lots of effort. I'm a less-work-more-results kinda girl.

Shepherd's Pie



500 grams lamb mince
2 carrots - diced
1 large onion - diced
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs Worchestershire sauce

2 tbs Tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste


4 potatoes with skins on

2 tbs milk
1 egg
butter, salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil the potatoes until soft (about 20 min). Mash the potatos with a masher or a fork and add milk. Add butter, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Fry onion and carrot until carrot is soft.
  3. Stir in the lamb mince and break up all the clumps. Cover the pan and allow to simmer until the lamb juices out. Then add in the Worchestershire and tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius
  5. Stir in an egg into the mashed potatoes. This gives the Shepherd's pie that lovely browned look. Brushing butter on top of the layer of mash helps as well.
  6. Scoop the filling evenly into a baking dish. Cover the filling with the mash potatoes and smooth the top over with the back of a spoon.
  7. Drag the tines of a fork along the top of the mash potato topping to make that well-recognised shepherd's pie pattern.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Merry Chrismurf!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Carrot Cake Murder

It's not that I've suddenly turned morbid, but this is actually the title of a book. And I can prove it, so there! Amazingly I spotted this book on the library shelf just after I'd made the culprit on its front cover, so I knew I had to blog this. I haven't read the book at all by the way.

Fresh from the oven

This is probably among my favouritest cakes on my cakes-to-bake list. Which is a little surprising considering I usually detest carrots. As in Hate with a capital 'H'. However, I have been convinced to forego any homicidal thoughts towards those evil orange veges ever since the carrot cake redeemed them.

The combined ingredients make for a really moist bite with some added texture thrown in by the pineapple and walnuts within. Yummm. It can be made with cream cheese on top but I opted not to so I could convince myself I wasn't wreaking havoc on my diet.

The recipe I have is from my friend Sue Ann, so all the credit for how good it tastes should go to her=)

My slice of cake posing prettily

Carrot Cake (with Cream Cheese Frosting)


3 cups grated carrots
2 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup walnuts/pecans
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

4 eggs
½ cup oil
1 ¼ tsp vanilla

1 can crushed pineapple

3 ½ cup icing sugar
225mg cream cheese
1 ¼ tsp vanilla
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

  2. In a large bowl, combine grated carrots, flour, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon.

  3. Stir in eggs, oil, 1 ¼ tsp vanilla, pineapple & ¾ cup chopped pecan/walnuts. Spoon batter into pan.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40mins or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  5. Frosting – In a medium bowl, combine icing sugar, cream cheese, ½ cup butter & 1 ¼ tsp vanilla. Beat till smooth, then stir in chopped nuts. Spread on cooled cake.

As a note to the terrorist bear-bear: I know you're disappointed that I would ever stoop to the level of eating the forbidden vege. Therefore, I will need to convert you to my cause by baking this cake for you the next time I visit.
May the Force be with you