Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Just Any Other Day

Delicious udon noodles in chicken broth.
fish patty

# 3 Fail: Proportion

Moist and nicely spiced carrot cake. Only, there is too much carrot! This is a new genre of fail recipes, the first two fails were planned with confidence. This cake however was surely a fail before I began to make it! The recipe calls for 6 cups of grated carrot, 4 eggs, 3 cups of flour, 1 can of crushed pineapple.. etc. I don't have all of that.
i found 5 skinny carrots
shredded them in my food processor
5 skinny carrots made 2 cups of shredded carrot, 1/4 cup brown sugar to that
the recipe called for 4 eggs, I only have 1, add 1/2 cup white sugar
it also called for vanilla extract.. i used this stuff
barely 2 cups of flour, mix in 1 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp salt
at least i have cinnamon
this was sad, incorporate the flour to eggs

then mix in carrot, and this was when i realized there was more carrot than batter. FAIL

lightly greased and lined the pan

light spreadable cream cheese for frosting

looks like an omelet

take 2 dollops of cream cheese, with a good spoonful of shredded coconut and mix!

voila! it didn't taste bad..there were just too many carrots. Very moist

Go Green!

Banh lot (also known as cendol) is a sweet udon dessert made out of rice flour. It is not the easiest thing to make, I've made it with my mother a few times in the past. My refrigerator always has a container of these worm-like jellies in water. My moms friend makes it every single week and distributes containers to her friends.
Very odd looking. Green is from coloring the mixture with pandan extract, which also gives it a very distinctive fragrance.
This is simple syrup made with rock or cane sugar. It sweetens the flavorless jellies. Often I mistaken it for fish sauce when it's sitting in a container.
This right here is debatable, what to eat the cendol with? When you buy banh lot in stores, they give you a bag of syrup and a bag of coconut milk. Coconut milk is very rich, and milk tends to be a little thin. At my house we like coconut milk and milk, but lately the new trend here is half and half.
spoon 3/4 cup of the banh lot into a glass leaving out as much water as you can (the water keeps the noodles from sticking)
Sweeten it with your desired amount, I like 3 tbsp.

Add in some half and half, enjoy!

# 2 Fail: Species Identification

I went to the local farmers produce market.. I wanted to buy a butternut squash to stuff ravioli with. There was a big box of assorted squash, each only $1.75! I recognized acorn, spaghetti and butternut. The butternut were all significantly smaller yet they cost the same, so I found this random one that I thought was butternut. The color was similar.

So I take my squash home and do some googling, what in the heck did I buy?!

Cut the ends off.

This end had a weird fat stem that looked like turban squash on top.

how cute a pumpkin!

a flat end ables the gourd like squash to stand upright.

much easier to peel as well


flip and continue to peel

this moment changed everything. cut in half lengthwise

why are there seeds throughout the entire squash?

butternut squash only accumulates seeds in the bottom of it's oblong body!

I notice the flesh is not very starchy but I cut, cube, and cook it anyways.

In a pan I added 1/4 cup water to the unidentified squash steam and prevent sticking, and cover it with aluminum foil, sealing the edges.
Cook for 30 minutes in 350 degree oven.

wonton wrappers are fast and easy alternative to making pasta

mashes easily

but it isn't starchy like acorn and butternut. it didn't even have a distinctive taste or flavor, just plain mush

i even put it back into the oven uncovered to see if that would draw out some moisture. nope

a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, where did i come up with that?

i ruined it completed with the spices. smelt amazing but it was bittertasting.

i spoon this brown concoction onto a wrapper.

this is one style of pasta, brush egg white around the edges and seal with another wonton wrapper.

this one is simplier, one sheet folded in half, still brushing egg white


boiled it, tasted terrible. Epic Fail.