Bread and Batter

Turkish Braided Loaf

I was watching on YouTube Turkish Food Travel video and she was making this beautiful braided bread. And I was thinking why not? I could use some of the dough to make hotdog buns. But first I’ll try making this potato filling bread.

The dough was easy to assemble with a mixer. I bloomed one packet of yeast into 1/2 cup warm milk and 2tbsp sugar. And once bloomed, added the other ingredients: egg, olive oil, bread flour, salt. Leave the dough to double in size and then you’re ready to fill it with the filling.

For the filling I boiled potatoes and then over a stove stirred them with olive oil and garlic, smoked sweet paprika and since I had some kale, added the veggie in too. And some leftover hotdog ends.

Take some dough out and then roll thin. I wished I had rolled the dough thinner but this turned out ok too. Then place the filling in the center.

Using a sharp metal pasty knife, make slits on each side and the just food left eighth left right. The bottom part was tricky and I was disappointed when it unravelled in the oven. Brush with egg and the top with nigella and sesame seeds.
See how the bottom part got unlaced? Almost perfect.
See how gorgeous the braids are? If I just ignore the bottom part.
The kids love it. Delicious! Next time I’ll roll thinner so less carby and perhaps try a meat filling. 😃

Dough Recipe

1. One packet of yeast

2. 1/4 cup warm milk

3. 2 tbsp sugar

4. 3 cups bread flour

4. 1/4 cup olive oik

5. 1 egg

6. 1/2 tsp salt

Asian Dishes, Seafood

Steamed Seabass with Soy Ginger Sauce

I love making this dish. I can’t remember if I’ve ever posted it before here, but this is so easy and delicious to make that I have to keep it here for my children to access them in future.

The best fish to use over here is kuhlbarra seabass. I think it’s a certain breed or brand but the meat and cut of it is thick. The local seabass here if we fillet it tends to be super

thin.

Steam the fish. I used a wok to steam the fish till just done.
The important aspect of this dish is the sauce. Here I have sesame oil, garlic and loads of ginger.
Then add soy sauce and a dash of oyster sauce.
Add water. Let it simmer and then add one tablespoon of sugar.
To assemble, quickly boil a handful of Chinese greens. Add the fish on top and pour the sauce over. Sprinkle some finely cut bird’s eye chillies if you like it hot. So yummy!
Bread and Batter

Homemade Pizza: new technique learned!

So I learned a new way to cook pizza at home by Dr Leslie Tay, Singapore’s food guru. He is a legit doctor, by the way, but he’s more well known as a foodie with a very popular blogsite.

Anyway, he had a video promoting the Tefal Ingenio pan and it is from here that I learnt his techniques and applied them. However, 1. I did not buy the Tefal pan. I used my go to WMF steel pan, and 2. I did not blowtorch my pizza 😌

Here’s the link to his site and here’s my end product!

I must say, his technique really works so I’ll be making my pizzas like this from now on.
See how crispy and well cooked the bottom is? No more soggy bottoms! 😂
And here’s my video on YouTube. Subscribe to my channel!
Desserts

Lemon Loaf II

Ok, I’m experimenting. With lemon. Specifically lemon loaf recipes. I might want to start selling them. Over here, there’s a booming business for home baker and home based sellers – from desserts to savoury snacks, masks and clothing. It’s incredible the plethora of things one can buy from home based sellers nowadays.

I intend to join the club this year end and my food of choice – lemon loaves 😂 let’s see if it works. Don’t worry, I’m still the occasional cook because my full time job is important to the family. How else can the kids get all their extra classes and good food and holidays if I quit? 😅

This is recipe number 2. It starts off the same way but I’ve got to tweak some things.

Wet ingredients:

– 3 eggs

– 1 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup olive oil

– zest from two lemons

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– I tsp lemon paste

– 1 cup Greek yogurt

Dry ingredients:

– 1.5 cups self-raising flour

– 1tsp salt

I finally got the glaze right

Looking moist. I’ll try another time with a very thick glaze and another recipe tweak.

Asian Dishes, Meat

Lamb Curry

Dinner situation last night was a quick affair. I had lamb that had been defrosted in the fridge and was thinking of cooking something curry-ish but not quite. So when The Man asked what’s for dinner, I replied, ‘Lamb Tomato Curry’. And he was like ‘Which is it? Lamb Tomato or Lamb Curry?’ 😁

This is a mild curry version and this time, i recorded the entire process and posted it on my newly created YouTube channel.

Recipe:

1. Blend one white onion, two garlic cloves and a knob of ginger to form a paste

2. Slice half a white onion into thin slices

3. 1kg of bone in lamb, cut into bite sized chunks

4. Cinnamon stick, four cardamom pods, 2 sprigs of curry leaves

5. Two tbsp tomato puree

6. Two tbsp Greek yogurt

7. 1 tsp lime juice

8. Salt to taste

9. 5 heaped tbsp meat curry powder

10. Four coriander roots

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