Friday is Baking and Cooking Day !

1 May
I always look forward to Fridays.
one of the reasons is cause the weekend has begun
the next is that baby and I could go for a good breakie
the last is that I get to bake and cook! (:

and the cooking didn’t only start at night
(the usual dinner with Cheok over at our place (: )
butfrom the afternoon!

Baby and I have been watching The F Word for the past week
and it’s not anything bad.
it’s just a TV series
where Gordan Ramsay invites people to come cook with him
in this small little restaurant..
it’s awesome. really
and all his recipes are fast, easy and meant for people to try at home
was just really excited to try out some of his recipes in a day!

first up : Lunch



Pan Fried Blue Trevally with Mustard Potato Salad


I dun think this is really his dish.
i changed it a little
and didn’t have some of the ingredients hehe

instead of the mackeral he used.
I used blue trevally instead.
i think it works as well.
and was nice having the skin of the fish crisp and tasty!

and this took like 15 mins to prepare
so everyone could do it
and it’s healthy! in a way i guess. haha

Ingredients :
(for 2 people)

2 pieces of Blue Trevally fillets
3 tbs mayo
1/2 tbs mustard
3 medium sized potatoes, whole
1/3 lemon, juice

Steps :

1. Boil a pot of salted water and put the potatoes in and boil for 20 mins
(or until the fork is able to go through easily)
Once the potatoes are cooked, cube them and allow them to cool for 5 mins.

2. In a big bowl, add the mayo and mustard. Mix well, add alt and pepper for flavour.
Add the lemon juice and mix it well. Add the potatoes into the mustard mixture.
Coating each potato with the mixture.

3. Heat a pan and add 2 tbs of olive oil.
Season the the fish on both sides with salt and pepper.
Put the fish into the hot pan skin side first
and cook it for 4 mins.
Turn it and cook it for a further 2 mins.

4. Serve, with salad if desired! DONE.

Dinner :

Porterhouse steak, with onion red wine sauce and pan fried chunky potatoes

AWESOME!

really awesome. (:
so glad with how it turned out hehe

We bought a whole slab of porterhouse
and asked them to cut it into 1-inch pieces of steak
and I found the thickness just nice.
but baby thought 1 and a half inch would be more awesome! hehe
maybe next time!

but i think it was really good how everything turned out.
we tried to make the potatoes like how Bistro Vue did on my birthday
but today’s was super good as well!

Ingredients :
(for 3 people)

For the steak :
3 portions of 1-inch porterhouse steaks
3 big cloves of garlic
3 sprigs of rosemarry
3 tbs of butter

For the sauce :
2 small onions
15 ml of red wine
15 ml of beef stock
2 tbs of thickened cream

Potatoes :
5 huge potatoes
Salt
Pepper
2 tbs olive oil

Steps :

1. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees celcius.

2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into thick strips.
Boil a pot of salted water, and add the potato strips in.
Boil for 5-8mins.
Put the potatoes on a baking tray, season with salt and pepper.
Add olive oil so that it will crisp and colour.
Bake for 15 mins and take it out to cool.

NOTE : If the colour is not brown enough to your liking
throw the chips bake into a hot pan and pan fry it till crisp and brown.
(which is what we did and was still super yummy)

3. Heat a cast iron pan (make sure it’s hot) and add 2 tbs of olive oil.
Season the steak on both sides with salt and pepper.
Seal one side of the steak (about 1 min), till a nice brown and turn.
Put the rosemarry and garlic and allow the side to brown as well (1-2 mins).

4. Add the butter and put the cast iron pan into the oven.
Bake it for about 5 mins and take it out.
Cool the steaks on a cooling rack
and keep the juices left in the pan

5. Saute the onions till soft and brown
Add the garlic from the pan and add the red wine to de-glaze.
Add the juices back into the pan
with the beef stock and cream.
Allow the onion sauce to reduce and thicken.

6. Pour it over the steak and serve with the chips.
DONE!

super yummy yippee doo! (:

and to end the night
Dessert :

Hot Apple Tart with Caramel IceCream

this is one recipe I followed step by step
and because my blow torch had no gas
I couldn’t torch it
But it grilled it instead! hehe
and it turned out pretty good too

Ingredients :

1 sheet of puff pastry (buttered preferably)
2 granny smith apples
brown sugar to top the tart
melted butter

Steps :

1. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees celcius.
Using a 98mm round cutter, cut out 4 rounds and place on a baking sheet in the baking tray.
Prick the pastry with a fork to stop it from puffing up.

2. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples

3. Arrange the apples on the puff pastry, overlapping them slightly.
Brush them with the melted butter
and sprinkle the top with brown sugar

4. Bake for 10-15 mins and turn it to the top grill and grill till the top turns
Top the tart with a scope of ice cream (any flavour you want)
and serve.

DONE! (:

just came out of the overn
and looking super good! (:

just another close up of the tart.

we were really spoilt for the night (:
and I love it. hehe

So give the recipes a try!
they are easy and it will make you feel happy! hehe

and not forgetting a super exciting news of mine!
remember how I posted about wanted a cast iron pan?
I got it today!
and also cooked the steaks in them
absolutely loving it!

in a nice shade of red (:
im a super happy girl!

Bon Appetit!

 

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4 Responses to “Friday is Baking and Cooking Day !”

  1. mapoon_81 May 2, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    I think you both can consider opening a little cafe/restaurant over there…your house is turning into a place with yummy foods….I should request for some dessert so I can “pick up” when I get there in Aug…hahahahaha…
    Admire both your passion….
    TV here is showing Hell’s Kitchen

    • liannelow May 2, 2009 at 1:13 am #

      haha (: well i must say we do talk about doing that in the future.
      but we have our dreams to chase first! hehe
      but ure welcome to have some cupcakes if i happent o bake them when ure here! hehe
      Im liking Masterchef. but Hell’s Kitchen is my fav right now! hehe

    • liannelow May 2, 2009 at 1:13 am #

      haha (: well i must say we do talk about doing that in the future.
      but we have our dreams to chase first! hehe
      but ure welcome to have some cupcakes if i happent o bake them when ure here! hehe
      Im liking Masterchef. but Hell’s Kitchen is my fav right now! hehe

  2. mapoon_81 May 2, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    I think you both can consider opening a little cafe/restaurant over there…your house is turning into a place with yummy foods….I should request for some dessert so I can “pick up” when I get there in Aug…hahahahaha…
    Admire both your passion….
    TV here is showing Hell’s Kitchen

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