Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Red velvet cupcakes

                                                                   Freshly out of the oven

                                                      After decorating with cream cheese

Wow, it has been a while since i baked
The last time i baked was for some chocolate chip cookies which i sell them for Hari Raya and it was a blast. Imagine I was 8 months' old pregnant and I stayed up all night until sahur to make those cookies to cater to the orders that i received. It was a testing time and it taught me to be humbled and thankful.

Then came December which marks my eldest daughter turning 2. Gosh has it been that long? I can remember the day i popped her out of my body. She was weird. The moment she came out she did not even cry. She just smiled until the nurse slapped her bottom then she wailed. It was a beautiful sight.

So as a token of appreciation i decided to make some Red Velvet cupcakes for the guests to take home and after numerous search for the recipes, i finally found one that suits my fancy, along with  the cream cheese topping. The history of Red Velvet is it was said to came from American South. According to joyofbaking.com,  

"It is really a Devil's Food Cake that has red food coloring added to it. John Mariani tells us in his book "The Dictionary of American Food and Drink" that the name 'Devil's Food Cake' is so called "because it is supposedly so rich and delicious that it must, to a moralist, be somewhat sinful."  and I couldn't agree more. It is rich, creamy and with the cream cheese topping 1 serving is not enough. I had 5 servings in one go  Hehe

Here is the recipe: 

1 1/4 cups (125 grams) sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons (10 grams) regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cups (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
**1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 ounces (113 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup (30 grams) confectioners' (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (80 ml) heavy whipping cream

To make it
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.
2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
3. beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
4. In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
5. In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 
6. Divide the batter evenly among the 12  muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 - 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
7. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting.

** As buttermilk can be costly, to substitute it add in 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of milk and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

Have fun trying and advise me the outcome.

Grilled chicken mango salad with herbal rice

It has been a while

Writer was on maternity leave. Yup, just delivered a bouncy baby girl. Trying to get back in shape and regrow my herb garden which was destroyed and unattended during confinement. Well, i did asked my husband to tend to it but it proven to be such a chore for him. Ho hum.

                                                        We lit some candles, just for fun

Now, am embarking on a strict diet. No, not that atkinson kind. Just need to revise my whole menu and diet plan so that i can detox myself and give me more energy instead of feeling sluggish. Come January 2011 will be working at a gym and in this shape, I know i cant be physically active. So i got myself a new cookbook called Eat Well Stay Well and produced by Reader's Digest. My dad bought this book but i found it stored at the library unread. So i picked it up and found that most of the recipes are actually cookable (being a lazy cook, it helps)

There are more that 250 recipes inside and some nutritional guide as accordance with the type of the ingredients and bonus plus, it also provides information on the foods that fights illnesses.

To tell you the truth, not all 250 recipes can be catered to my culture especially those that involve the usage of wines. I cant honestly tell you whether wine is actually permissible in our cooking as being muslim we are prohibit to consume wine; although the alcohol in the wine will evaporate in high heat, but let us not touch that subject. If there are 10 recipes that contain wine, I can surely skip that and try the remaining 240 recipes, cant I? Let's be positive.

Today i cooked herbal rice or green rice. It is pretty easy to make. The  ingredients are:

3 teaspoon olive oil
4 spring onions, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cup of rice
1/2 cup fresh coriander or flat leaf parsley (I add up 1/2 cup of fresh basil)
1 cup of fried anchovies

1. Heat the oil in medium saucepan over moderate heat. Add the spring onions and garlic, cook until soft
2. Add the rice, 2 1/4 water and a pinch of salt. Cook until the rice is tender. Once the rice is cooked, mix in the coriander and basil. As an alternative I put in some anchovies to give it that salty taste that my husband loves so much. Not to much salt though, else will defeat the whole purpose.

I paired the rice with grilled chicken with mango salad which i will share the recipe in the next post. Meanwhile, happy trying!

To get the book, you can click at the following link available below.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cookies and sleeping

10 days to Hari Raya
Insomnia is setting in
Busy making cakes and cookies...filling up customers' demands
I am so lucky and thankful that i have been given a chance and talent by God for this
At least my family and i can celebrate Hari Raya with glee and at the same time, have some savings for my other baby who is due in 6 weeks time
To all my customers, cousins and friends...
I cant thank you enough for this chance
I pray the best to you too

Have a blessed 10 final days of Ramadhan 2010, i know i will

Friday, August 6, 2010

Muesli cookies
Made from oatmeal, mixture of nuts and raisins
Might say this is the healthiest of all cookies, in my opinion...hahaha
Going for RM 25 50 pieces
RM 43 100 pieces

Almond thumbprint cookies

Hazelnut thumbprint cookies

you can choose whichever fillings you like, be it chocolate ganache, peppermint or strawberry jams
Dont worry i didnt use my thumb to 'print' the mould...hahaha
Going for RM 22 50pieces
RM 40 100 pieces

new packagng

Amongst the type of packaging for the gift baskets.
Aside from the jar, there will be additional charge of RM 4 should you want to use the box packaging

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hari Raya cookies packaging

This is our other additional service
If you need to send out a gift baskets, instead of using the old fashion plastic cookie case (balang), you can also choose either one of our tin case containers
Going for additional RM 9 for small tin
Measurement 15cmx7.5cm (which can fit for 50+ pieces of cookies)

RM 14 for big container
Measurement 18cmx8.5cm (which can fit about 80+ pieces of cookies)

However the price is not fix  for the big container as negotiable upon request

As for the love shape container which is made from paper, it can fit about 80+ pieces of cookies and going for additional price of RM 6

Need to remind that each price are negotiable upon request and the type of cookies. It can be either one type of cookie or mixed. Please contact us for more details at our HP or email at lyssa3280@gmail.com. Or visit my facebook page under Ellie Satonaka-Halu

Thanks guys for your support!

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Fresh from the oven
Chocolate mint cookies
selling for RM 20 for 50 pieces
RM 38 for 100 pieces
Doesnt the green color mint reminded you of Shrek? If yes, dont worry, its changeable to pink or white or purple :P

Chocolate spice cookies

Fresh from the oven
Chocolate spice cookies
selling for RM 20 for 50 pieces
RM 35 for 100 pieces

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Almond biscotti

Almond biscotti

Fresh from the oven simple yet crunchy almond biscotti.
Biscotti is Italian for biscuit, with biscotti is a plural for biscotto
it's a bit hard to eat as it is double baked to preserve its crunchiness and it is to be dunked into your selection of either coffee or tea
Well if you can have kerepek raya, why not some bicotti?
Going for RM 20 for 50 slices and RM 35 for 100 slices

Eggless chocolate chip cookies

Fresh from the oven
These cookies are actually egg free, which means that it suits those with eczema as it is allergen free
There is not much difference in taste except that it can be quite zesty as there is an additional ingredients of orange zest
Going for RM 18 for 50 pieces and RM 35 for 100 pieces
To order please contact writer via email at lyssa3280@gmail.com or call directly.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hari Raya cookies

We are selling some cookies for the coming Hari Raya and the samples will be distributed upon request.
At the moment there are 2 types ready for sale which are:

1. Ultimate chocolate chip cookies
Which is basically chocolates galore with melted chocolate and and chocolate chip inside
Price is RM 22 for 50 pieces and RM 40 for 100 pieces 

2. Chocolate mint cookies
Another form of chocolate chip glazed with peppermint which incidentally you can choose the color of the glaze, from pink to green or the original chocolate glaze
Price is RM 20 for 50 pieces and RM 38 for 100 pieces

Besides that if you want chocolate chip cookies with nuts or raisins, it can be arrange.

We are also selling some almond biscotti which the pictures will be downloaded by earliest tomorrow

We are also offering special promotion for gift baskets, whether the cookies will be wrapped inside a special airtight tin container or just a simple gift basket with a additional, negotiable charges.

To place your order please email writer at lyssa3280@gmail.com or writer can also be contacted via SMS or call at 0127454203.

Proceeds of the sale will be distributed to Maya Qadeeja's education and Hari Raya fund (since writer is taking a hiatus). Latest order is until 2 weeks before Hari Raya

Thanks guys!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our dream garden

After years of playing Farmville at Facebook...time to make this dream a reality
This is Jamie Oliver's garden. It is indeed a beauty
Someday i wished that we can have a garden just like this.

I found that gardening also relieves stress. While sowing and stabbing (??) the earth, i imagined that i am stabbing someone who i hated most. Well, not someone. In fact there are more than one people in this earth that i wished that they mind their own frigging business instead of mine. Bitter revenge as i would like to see it...much to my husband's chagrin...Heehaw...

My experience in gardening? Apart from years of Farmville...its pretty zilch though!

By the way, i changed our blog link to a name that is more memorable. its http://fahmelsprojects.blogspot.com. No more crazy cousins tongue twisters name..

Wish us luck people!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Herb garden

My husband advised me that i can spend my time with gardening to pass my time during this waiting period.
He was right. I bought these herbs from Jusco and transferred them to bigger pots. Loo and behold, they actually grew! I honestly thought that these plants will be a one time affair and they will wilt like 2 or 3 days after purchase, but they lasted longer than expected.

We put these herbs on the kitchen window sill, and i have some Italian Basil, Thai Basil which is much more fragrant than its Italian cousin, some dills, rosemary, chives and parsley. They are particularly easy too. They just need some sunlight and water, but not too much of both and fertilise them once a week, and one day i hope that my herb garden can grow like this. Chives need to be trim a few millimeters per month and rosemary can withstand the dry soil. Basil needs the sun .

I dream that my herb garden will look like this one day. We have the space, unfortunately not the manpower to clean up the lawn of our recently moved house, but we will. One day

Aside from the little cute herb garden, my husband also planted some chili padi, pandan leaves, limau purut, limau kasturi, pandan coconut, banana plant and some yams and lemon grass on our lawns. They can be very tiresome to maintain but very rewarding. Imagine yesterday i just plucked some fresh red chili padi to make some masak lemak cili padi for dinner. Yummers!

Go on guys, i promised that you can have a blast with gardening! All they need are some nutrition and some tender loving care!

If you have any tips, please let me know as i am still new at gardening.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Beef stew

I had no idea that making beef stew was really that easy!
All you need, is simply beef (duhh!!)
This became Maya's favorite meal and i cant tell you how easy it was to get her to eat carrots.
Healthy, nutritious and yet so simple
Next time i make the stew, will make sure that i will throw in some macaroni
Anyone wanna grab a bite of this stew during breaking fast next month? Just gimme a holler and I'll make them for you..


Homemade burgers

Free time makes me wonder

Why do i spent so much money on McDonald's burger when i can make them myself?
I stumbled upon some recipe from a women's magazine (man, i have been doing so much stumbling lately, hahaha) so i was surprised to find that these aren't not only easy, but healthier to make on your own.
You just need some minced beef or chicken (Ramly's the best, the Saudi brand contained some unprocessed little bits of bones and there was this one time i bit the patty, i thought that my own teeth were falling! It scared me to bits!)

Then you add it some salt and pepper, some minced garlic and minced parsley to taste and some secret sauce. Ha...wanna know what that sauce is? I'll give you a clue, it started with W...
And you shaped it anyway you like, and grill them on a hot grill and if you desire slather on some cheddar cheese and grill them together. I simply cooked them using my Tefal non stick pan, talked about being healthy!

The taste? Simply yummylicious!

Oh, don't forget the buns. You can choose normal bread too (like we did because we forgot the buns..hahaha) and stack the patty with some fresh tomatoes, salads and mayonnaise. Rachel Ray despises mayonnaise, i wonder why...hmmm

These are great for your barbecue parties, or just as a midday snacking.



I made these for my niece's cukur jambul ceremony. Too bad i didnt get to take her pictures because my own daughter was down with the fever so i was like a chicken being chopped its head off panicking.  Motherly instinct...hahaha

These are actually chocolate chip cupcakes and also raisin filled cupcakes.  Both are then decorated with chocolate ganache and fondant. I actually despise the idea of using fondant as it can be very very sweet, but for decoration purpose it does serve its purpose. I love piping icing instead. Havent you notice those cupcakes conglomerates like Cupcake Chic at Sunway Pyramid  and Bisou? Simply yummylicious, and they dont use fondants. I dont mind paying RM4++ for a Cupcake Chic cupcake as they are simply, simply yummers! Cupcakes have many versatility and one of them is they can last for a week once u put them in the fridge, or more. Other than that you can just pop them up for anytime snacking.

Available for orders ranging from RM 2 for a large size. The more you orderm yeah for sure i will give some discounts.

Meanwhile this housewife will concentrate in developing more recipes for cupcakes, cakes, cookies and pies. Will keep you posted!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies for orders

Chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn't love them? even if you have eczema there will be an alternative by making egg less choc chip cookies.

It can be said it is one of my specialty. Every time Hari Raya i will always make them regardless on how tired i am because it is one of my family's favourite snack.
Here in these pictures, i posted two of my favourite. One is all chocolate chip cookies and the other is chocolate chip with cashew nuts.
They are available for orders for this Hari Raya with pricing about RM25 for 50 pieces, and RM 40 for 100 pieces. I planned to make another form of gift baskets with these cookies which i will be posting the pictures soon

Stay tune

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chocolate Tiramisu

Hmm....chocolate tiramisu
a special new recipe for a special girl at heart
really hope she likes it....we are going to chow it down tonight!! Partyyy!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Chocolate cake with Chocolate Roses

That handmade chocolate rose making class do come handy. Check out these pictures. The cake was booked by a friend who wanted to give his closest friend who is getting married on February weekend.

I just hoped one thing, due to this crazy and hot weather, i sure hope they wont melt and turned into some unsightly mush; but it did rained yesterday. Alhamdulillahh...

My teacher told me, a professional chef will charge RM 100/rose. Can you count how many roses are there and multiply by RM100? It will be...gazillion bucks! But the whole cake, plus some additional handmade chocolates with mocca praline and almond filling (separate fillings) only cost less than RM 200

Need i say more? enjoyyyyy

Monday, February 22, 2010

Birthday Cake for Chut Puteri

Made a moist chocolate cake for my friend's daughter birthday. It was pretty last minute but it did turn out well. Except due to high and crazy temperature that we are currently facing, the writing melted! Poor girl.
Combining buttercream and chocolate is not mean feat, but somehow the strawberry manages to make the cake more colorful and inviting..

Cupcakes galore

Some of the cupcakes that i made last week. These are some Double Chocolate Galore and Strawberry Filling Cupcakes, Blueberry Filling Cupcakes, both top with either chocolate ganache or creamy buttercream.

Learning how to use the piping bag and nozzle and making chocolate strips. Not bad for a self learnt beginner right? hahaha