The past week has been merciless mugging for me. With one exam down just yesterday, another one is drawing closer by the day. Barely had time to update this space but I’m seeing new visitors on Countless Plates, so a big HEY and a warm welcome to you!
I’ll make this update a really quick one – as quick as I fixed this Chocolate Orange French Toast for my study break. Here’s what you need:
For Egg Mixture:
1 tbsp Heavy Cream
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Orange Zest
Pinch of salt
2 slices halved White Bread
Handful of Chocolate Buttons
1 tbsp Butter
In a plate, beat all the ingredients for the egg mixture. Make sure they’re well mixed, before letting the bread to sponge it all in. Let it sit about 30 secs on both sides.
Prepare a slightly hot pan & baste it with enough butter to fry the toast. Rescue them from the heat once they turn golden brown on both sides.
In a small bowl, drop a handful of Marks&Spencer’s chocolate buttons (I replenished my inventory yesterday yeay!) with a teaspoon of butter and pop it in the microwave, on high for about half a minute.
Stack your golden toast in a plate, add the rest of your butter and pour the melted chocolate over em. Grate orange zest over that beautiful mess and eat it right away! Right away!
Steal whiffs of citrus as you bite into the irresistibly warm french toast, and mmm… glazed with melted chocolate topped with zest.
I trust you’ll be sneaking into your kitchen now as I head back to my books?
So the saying goes: A picture is worth a thousand words.
If that is really true, then Countless Plates Gallery might be worth a 20,000-word encyclopedia of my personal favourites. I’m no professional photographer, but hell, I enjoy capturing food on photos just as much. Practice makes perfect, so really, this is something I believe everyone is capable of. Thus, I’ve created this gallery of mouthwatering dishes, snacks, desserts and pretty much everything I would pop into my mouth a thousand times over.
If it made you salivate, then why, you’re most welcome! =)
Filed under Favourites, FOTD
So, I went to the wet market today to get my stock of poultry and seafood.
And whilst picking through prawns and playing with cockles and crabs (hehe, you know how the cockles clam tight when you poke at them and how crabs blink!) this morning, I had the most random, sudden, where-did-that-come-from craving for oysters.
And they didn’t have any at the neighbourhood wet markets. Boo!
Fresh oysters with a pinch of salt and a generous squeezing of lemon, to be exact. Going crazy, right about now.
If you need to satisfy your craving (just like I do), I know a place where you can get em fresh ones for about 2 bucks a piece:
Live Seafood Supplies
670 Lor 42 Geylang
You’ll find more than oysters there – many odd sea creatures that look like they were resurrected from the Jurassic era. More picking and playing for me, yeay!
No guessing where I’m heading to grab me some.
And remember to get these ready too!
I’m comin’ to getcha! Can’t wait can’t wait!
Filed under Cravings, FOTD
So here’s lunch today; Pucuk Ubi masak Lemak Cili Padi – one of many granny’s kampung recipes. It loosely translates to Tapioca Leaves in Spicy Coconut Milk Gravy.
Used to detest making this dish, because the first time I bagged a bunch of tapioca leaves from the market, there were one too many little wriggly worms! Argh! They were a nightmare to clean, had to slap the bunch of leaves a couple of times and soak them in salt & water to get rid of them all!
I know I shouldn’t be putting you off, so let’s forget I said all that ok? Hehe. But you should know that cooking and market-ing is not always as pretty as when it’s on the serving plate, right!
Hope it didn’t scare you off cooking!
Anyhoo, this traditional dish tastes sooooooo good with piping hot rice and fried fish, accompanied with freshly-concocted sambal belacan.
It’s in the simplest basics sometimes.
There are some many days that; despite the stacks of recipe books and stashes of recipe sheets, I just can’t decide what to cook. Sometimes Most of the time, I’m just plain lazy and just want one dish that had everything in it.
Today, was a fine example – took out the many bundles of greens and oranges and yellows in the fridge, thawed a handful of prawns that were just de-shelled two days ago, choppity-chop some chillies, tomatoes, garlic and onion. and tadaaaa!
Sweet & Sour Prawns, (with about 7 different mismatched vegetables, no less.)
And ermm excuse me, while I dig in? Have a great dinner, lovelies!
Thought I might share with you what a typical 4pm-coffee-break looks like in my home. No fancy-schmancy scone/muffin/quiche/croissant. I want it good and I want it fast, y’know?
Just pretty content with Old Town’s iced hazelnut white coffee & Helema Fourré biscuits (available in Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Lemon & Banana – grab it at your nearest supermarket!).
And yes, I do dunk it in iced coffee. So wrong, yet so right.
I’m still trying to comprehend how and why my brain and stomach are constantly working hand-in-hand. 24/7.
Woke up to the strangest dream of getting 10 boxes of 6 egg tarts from KFC. (?!)
Now that I’m wide awake, I’d kill to get my filthy hands on these greasy crisp crusts filled with warm, soft egg custard. RAWR!
Sweet dreams are made of these?
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