Saturday, October 31, 2009
Did you know that the banana fruit is actually a berry? It is protected by a cover known as peel. Almost as kiwi fruit. The banana is usually green when unripe and turns yellow when ripe. The are two basic main types of bananas, one to cook with and the other of a dessert variety. Among those that can be eaten fresh. The ones usually used in cooking are pisang nangka (jackfruit banana), to the foot-long pisang tanduk (horn banana) and the rather provocatively named pisang awak (your banana).
Surprise, surprise, the ubiquitous snacks in Malaysia, goreng pisang or fried banana fritters. Which are so popular as tea time snacks. It are actually Nyonya kuih.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Looking for cooking oil for deep fry?? Finish, No order! So don't you worry it in the pastry kitchen, always have plan A and plan B. Heat the shortening in pan or wok. It was totally replacement cooking oil.
Vegetable shortening is made from 100% palm oil and it does not contain any genetically modified product. It has also 100% fat content, compared to about 80% for butter and margarine.
Shortening it is cheaper and no need keep in refrigeration, It can lengthen the shelf life of baked and cooking.
Shortening word come from any fat or oil that is used to make a short crust or dough and became crumbly texture.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The name comes from the Italian word for paste "maccarone". During the French Revolution, two Italian nuns seeking refuge in Northern French baked and sold macarons to earn money. Historically, these were the first macarons.
It their origins are from the Italy but it took the French to refine them and make the macaron what it is today. In particular, it was Pierre Desfontaines Laduree, who, at the beginning of the 20th century, had the idea to join two meringues and fill them with ganache.
The perfect macaron is evenly round, with a slightly flattened dome. The outer surfaces are a bit shiny and have a flaky texture. The bottom edge of each dome has a cripy, bubbly ridge. The inside of the dome is slightly chewy. And the whole thing is held together with a generous amount of dense, creamy filling.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Meringues or Pavlovas? Legend has it that an Australian chef created this simple but heavenly dessert after seeing ballet legend Anna Pavlova's light and graceful dancing. Though some dispute that the dish was originally created in New Zealand, many have come to know and regard it as an Australian dish. Many versions of meringue abound, but comprising of egg whites and sugar.
Who is Anna Pavlova's? At a time when romanticism was out of favour and the technical virtuosity of Italian ballerinas were all the rage, Anna Pavlova's fiuid and lyrical dancing style put Russian ballet back on the map. A graduate of the famed lmperial School of the Maryinsky Ballet, her future as dancer seemed bleak as child as she had weak feet and a scrawny body that cost her years in waiting time before the school would accept her. Possessing none of the showy, Anna's talent lay only in her ability to convery emotion andd expression with a fluid, ethereal grace that thrilled the watching world. She went on to inspire balletomania in all corners of the globe. In fact, Sir Frederick Ashton, a legendary name with the English Royal Ballet, credited his love for ballet simply after watching a performance given by Anna, She passed on in 1931, after contracting pleurisy, her performances in La Bayadere, Giselle, Les Sylphides and The Dying Swan ensured her immortality.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
If in the company have G.M or F&B Director from Germany, must have Oktoberfest. While the local have their "Sabah Aramaiti". It's beer, beer all the way and there's always something good to eat....like pretzels and schweinshaxe.
The story behind Oktoberfest. The German folk festival of Oktoberfest was initially held in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig l to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. There was a large celebration with beer tents, food games. Today, the Oktoberfest has grown to include roller coster rides, bands, carousels and tents offering beer and tasty German fare like grilled chicken, all sorts of sausages, pretzels and ginger-bread cookies with the heart shape and writing some message. Although the festival was originally held in October, it now begins in September and ends in the first few days of October to make most of the reminig summer sunshine.