Bread Pudding with dates

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I have made bread pudding previously but haven’t tried it with dates .Yesterday I wanted to make it so bad but didn’t have raisins on hands, only dates, so I thought dates could be nice in bread pudding too.

So here is the result.

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It turned out to be as delicious as having raisins in it.

This is what I made it, trying to remember the recipe I wrote in can’t-remember-where-it-is notebook. Well, it was good though. Light, sweet, comforting.

The ingredients :

300gr banquette

4 eggs

1 tablespoon rum

1 tablespoon  cinnamon liquid ( I keep the liquid cinnamon in the fridge for my morning coffee, made from boiling the fresh cinnamon stick with water )

2 cups full cream milk

5 tablespoon sugar

15 pieces of medium dates

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter to cover the baking pan

The methods :

Cut the banquette in 1cm of size. Arrange them in the buttered baking pan.

Slice the dates into two and pick out the seeds.

Heat the milk in a pan just till it’s warm. Set aside.

Whisk the eggs and sugar till just combine. Don’t over mix it. Add the rum and cinnamon liquid.

Pour the milk into the egg batter. Add the dates. Save some to put on top of the bread pudding.

Pour the mixture into the banquette . Toss down the banquette with spoon so the egg and milk mixture cover all the banquette well. Let it soak for about 15 minutes.

Arrange the saved dates on top of the batter.

Bake it for 45 minutes . If the top turns golden brown fast, you may cover it with foil during the last 10 minutes of the baking.

Serve warm or chill it in the fridge for next morning breakfast. I love them both. You may too. Give it a try. Enjoy.

I still question these…

perhaps I am not ready it happens so fast
perhaps I am frustrated to see her that way
perhaps I envy her new world she is in
that shuts me away from her
perhaps I hate those days when she becomes a kid while I am still her only kid
perhaps I’m not patient enough to listen to her repeating words
perhaps I am angry to face her silence while I want her chaos
perhaps I hate myself that I cannot pretend  things are going well in my world
perhaps I’ve been defeated by time to build the bridge  over her flowing river
perhaps I don’t make myself clear enough to let me understand her
perhaps I am scared to lose her too soon
perhaps I know it so well that I just miss her to be her but she is not her anymore

Caramelized Onions and Boiled Potato

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I was amazed that this caramelized onions could taste so rich. And it goes perfect with potatoes which I had the boiled ones ( the quickest way to prepare in a short time ).

I had them for brunch actually. That day I didn’t eat proper breakfast ( only a cup of coffee ) so I cooked this and brought to the office .

The caramelized onions are  simple and easy. You only need onions, let’s say three medium.

Slice them thinly and cook it slowly at medium heat with two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Sprinkle some salt in. Stirring occasionally. When onions are softened and golden, sprinkle two teaspoons of granulated sugar or just one teaspoon as you like, and cook onions for another 20 minutes.

Apple turn over

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After watching an episode of Masterchef, I was tickled to bake something. Roaming in the kitchen and fridge, I found two medium apples, olive oil, eggs, flour, milk, honey, and I knew I would come up with something delicious.

An hour later, I enjoyed a piece of Apple turn over with caramel ice cream.

Here is the way I made it

2 medium apples ( I got Pacific Rose on hand ), peeled and thinly sliced as you like

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons honey

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

Pour all the honey , butter and sugar in to the baking pan ( I used 16cm ) and heat in the oven till all melted. Take out from the oven.

Arrange the apples on the baking pan. Set Aside.

While the butter mixture is in the oven, you make the cake batter. You’ll need ;

70 gram unsalted butter

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder and a pinch of salt ( mix into the flour )

1/2 cup milk

2  medium eggs

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

Cream the butter and sugar together till soft. Add the egg one at a time , whisk for about 3 minutes. Add the flour and the milk alternately into the egg batter. Whisk till all well combined. Pour on to the apples. You may have the melted butter comes up around the edge, that’s okay.

Bake at 190 C oven for 45 minutes. The cake is well done, nicely brown.

Cool the cake for about 5 minutes before you turn it over on the serving plate.

Enjoy.

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Egg Custard Pudding

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Sometimes I just cannot take control of my craving to bake something, though it’s almost midnight. I don’t know it’s considered a passion or hunger ( hehehe ) for midnight sweettooth. But at the end, I put these all into the fridge and snack it for breakfast the next morning. It’s best eaten while cold. And oh, I put some fig jam on it. The taste was just amazing.

Simple ingredients :

3 eggs and 1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

450ml whole cream ( I used full cream milk as it’s the only milk I have in the fridge )

60 gram caster sugar

Nutmeg to dust

METHODS :

Beat the eggs lightly , just well combine not until fluffy.

Heat the milk and sugar below boiling point

Add the milk into the eggs

Strain the batter through a sieve into ramekins , divide well into 6 ramekins

Sprinkle the top with nutmeg, put as much as you like as it will taste nice

Pour hot water 3/4 of the roasting pan, arrange the ramekins in the pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes. I always put the 190C heat for baking my cakes as that’s the highest heat of my oven.

Take out from the oven, let it cool before serving or have it cold in the next few hours after refrigerated. You may add fresh fruit or jam on it.

Greek Yogurt Cake

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When I got a cup of Greek yogurt from a friend, all I thought is making a delicious cake out of it. I found this recipe among some which looked easy and nice. It’s said this is a healthy cake but again, I am not that kind of person who puts too much concern on a cake being healthy or not, as long as I consume just enough, I think cakes or any food  are healthy. Well ?

Let’s see the Ingredients :

2 cup of all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup light olive oil

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 cup caster sugar

3  medium eggs

2 tablespoon of lemon juice and zest of one lemon

How to create the beautiful spongy and fluffy cake ;

Mix all the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt ) in a bowl, put aside.

Whisk the olive oil and sugar till sugar melt and add the egg, one at a time. Whisk till well combine.

Then add yogurt and lemon juice and lemon zest into the egg batter.

Add the flour mixture into the egg batter , whisk just for a few seconds  to combine all the ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. I used 16cm cake tin. Bake for about 45 minutes or after you get a clean inserted toothpick out of the cake.

Dust with powdered sugar . Have a slice with a hot cocoa or coffee. You would ask for more, trust me.

Into the Water

It is awesome to know that we have  many beautiful beaches , not only Bali . I am glad that I could spend three days seeing and swimming ( well, not actually swimming as most of the time I laid on my back and just feel the cold sea embraced me ) at some of the ones close by to where I live.

I think I am speechless and I have no idea what to write here besides showing the pictures and the name of the places. I hope I could get back here again soon even though it takes about 6 hours driving from Jakarta.

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Ujung Genteng beach, Sukabumi – West Java

The beach in the morning . The beach is covered with coral reef and thin jellyfish and the tide is low so it's not too comfortable to swim unless you go beyond the rocks line on to the open south sea

The beach in the morning . The beach is covered with coral reef and thin jellyfish and the tide is low so it’s not too comfortable to swim unless you go beyond the rocks line on to the open south sea

Pangumbahan beach, a little heaven for surfer. This part of Ujung Genteng area is established as a green sea turtle conservation. But even it has been protected as the turtle nestling place, we couldn't see any turtles that day, only a few of hawksbill sea turtle in the pond.

Pangumbahan beach, a little heaven for surfer. This part of Ujung Genteng area is established as a green sea turtle conservation. But even it has been protected as the turtle nestling place, we couldn’t see any turtles that day, only a few of hawksbill sea turtle in the pond.

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She is playing with one of her many babies

A beautiful sea shell, looking at me to say hello...

A beautiful sea shell, looking at me to say hello…or could be “hey, don’t you dare touch me”

Amandaratu beach. One of amazing beach view

Amandaratu beach. One of amazing beach views

With its beautiful small wave

With its beautiful hard small wave

Canoeing alongside Tegalbuleud estuary. It takes one hour to reach the other end of its line which flows into the open south sea

Canoeing alongside Tegalbuleud estuary. It takes one hour to reach the other end of its line which flows into the open south sea

My last act at the end of the journey, the Shaolin jump (hahaha)...

My last act at the end of the journey, the Shaolin jump (hahaha)…

RIP

She decorates the house

With beautiful lamps and ribbons

Puts on music 

Sets up the dining table with food and drinks

She wears her pretty dress 

And hangs a sign on the door ; RIP

Today, she buried 

Her demons of all the the failures, the fears, the wounds, the low self-esteem

She died to be alive