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Sooorrryy! October 15, 2006

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Sorry for the lack of updates…

I know that there are some really fervant and excited readers who can’t wait for my new post! haha…

The past 2 weeks have been crazy at school. Lab reports that need to be submitted, quizzes that need to be studied for… And the term-end exams that are coming soon!!! Sobs! Might stop for a while but not yet… :p

Actually, I made a black forest swiss roll last week! Yummy! But it cracked slightly while rolling and I refuse to post the picture of it. So ugly! haha… I’m a bit hesistant to try making it again, but the next time I do it, I’ll post the picture and recipe k?

This week, I’m gonna bake a blueberry cheesecake. This time, I promise to post the pic and recipe when I’m done with it!

And so…

For now, please enjoy the other entries k?

Thank you!

Love,

Rachel aka thelazychef

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Back in sunny Singapore! August 25, 2006

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Hello all my dearies…

I’m back in Singapore. Actually I was back since early August but I was busy preparing for my new school term(in fact, I touch down in Singapore on the first day of school!) and getting in tune to school life again… I’m in Year 3 now, so I told myself, I must be more serious in my studies from now on!

US was wonderful! Had so much fun! I visited so many different cities- San Diego, Tijuana in Mexico, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Palm Springs… Visited several national parks and amusement parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios… I’ll post a couple of pics once I have collated all my pics and have time to sort them out!

Food in the States was good… though portions were ALWAYS huge! Being a small eater, I always had to share my meal or couldn’t finish my own portions… My friends and I had lots of pizzas, mexican food, margaritas, churros, pancakes, burgers, and other typical American food when we were there. 

I cooked quite a bit too- made typical chinese food like porriage, chicken macaroni, fried rice, pork chops, grilled chicken, curries, rice with dishes… because I was the ‘mother hen’ among my friends and knew a bit more about cooking than the rest, but didn’t bake much, just made the occasional quiche and blueberry muffins…

But I must say that this treat was a eye-opener for me. Learnt alot while i was there. 🙂

I’ll post some pics soon… and yes… try more recipes and post recipes of food that I made when I was in the states… 🙂

Exchange program at UCLA June 20, 2006

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Hello my dears…

I'm going away tmr, to the States for a 6 weeks Summer Exchange Program at UCLA. Doubt I'll have any chance to bake while I'm there… But I'll be cooking for my group of friends though, so I'll post up any recipes that I've tried and are nice. But yes, unfortunately, I'll miss my oven lots when I'm away!

I've been busy packing and getting ready for my trip, sorry I've not been updating as regularly! I may not be able to blog as much when I'm the States too, but I'll update as often as I can!

So, till I blog again, eat lots of local Singapore food for me!!! 😀

(PS: You can check out my 'adventures in US' in my personal blog… I'll be posting many pics, so hop over there when you're free!)

Quick Update April 18, 2006

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Sorry I have not been bloggin'…

Its the exam period and I have absolutely no time to bake/cook. Boo.

Doesn't help that I'm suffering from baking withdrawal. Boo.

But I promise I'll be back. Real soon! My to-do list is building up! So, I'll be back with a blast! So, check back every once in a while ya?

For now, just explore ard the other food bloggies I have on my list! =) Or give some of my recipes a try!

Cheerio peeps!

Thin Crusty Pizza March 16, 2006

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I love my pizzas with crispy sides and with a thin base.

And I found a nice recipe that recreates that!

And the best part? Its so easy. I throw all the dough ingredients into my breadmachine and set it to the ‘dough’ function and in 1 and 1/2 hours, my dough is all ready!

Then all i have to do is roll it out, put on my fav ingredients and bake!

Indeed, nothing beats having fresh home made pizza!

Thin crusty pizza...

Yields 4 pizza bases. 

Ingredients
200ml Warm Water
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive Oil
375g Bread Flour

2 tsp Yeast

Pizza toppings as desired. 

Method
1. Place ingredients into the bread pan according to your breadmaker instructions
2. Setting : Dough
3. Divide and roll dough on a lightly floured surface to the desired thickness.
4. Spread with selected pizza toppings.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 12-15 minutes or until base is cooked and topping heated through.

(Recipe from sinner, from Kitchencapers.net)  

PS: I know some of us out there aren’t good at rolling out the dough cos yes, i admit, it isn’t easy to work with bread dough. You’ll have to let it rest a while to let the dough relax, then continue rolling it out. And yes, if you need advice on how to roll out a round pizza dough, check this video out!
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Crustless Quiche March 10, 2006

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Quiche... mmm... 

I love quiche.

I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why? Cos it has eggs in ‘dem! Haha… I guess I just love eggs alot.

This recipe is tried and tested. MANY TIMES. Cos its so yummy! And everyone loves it. Once, i had friends staying over and I had to bake 2 huge ones to satisfy them!

But the main reason why I love this particular recipe is because, its doesn’t have a crust! So, i get an even greater bite of all the ingredients and the egg base! And yes, because i’m so lazy, i don’t have to roll the dough for the crust! hehe… And another reason? I am on a low-carbo diet, so this is something I can indulge in without worrying too much(as compared to the muffins and cakes!)! haha…  

Well, I have been getting requests from friends and passers-by from my blog, for the recipe of this quiche. So, i decided, why not post it here and share it with everyone else. Good things are meant to shared anyway right?

Crustless Quiche
Egg Base:
1. 1/2 cup Bisquick
2. 1 cup milk (I use fresh milk)
3. 2 Eggs
4. 1/8 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
Ingredients for quiche:
1. 1 tomato, sliced thinly
2. 1/2 cup mushrooms (those canned button mushrooms will do), sliced into 4s.
3. 1 big onion, sliced thinly
4. 3~4 slices of honey baked ham, sliced into 1 inch by 1/2 inch size.
5. 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
6. 1/3 cup cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 200ºC. Grease a 9-inch flan/pie dish. Arrange in layers the ham,mushrooms, tomatoes, onion and cheese.

2. Combine all the ingredients from the egg base in a large bowl and mix well.

3. Bake for about 35 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean and golden brown.

Notes:

Sometimes, i like to add in an extra dash of milk and an extra egg cos i like my quiche to be a little thicker.

I always have left over cream cheese lying in the fridge every once in a while, and i normally mix in about 2-3 table spoons of cream cheese into the egg base. Makes the quiche a little wetter when baked but its more fragrant.

You can play around with the ingredients in this recipe. Add cooked bacon instead(but remember to cut out the salt cos the bacon is normally very salty!), add in bell peppers, spinach… etc…

I have tried using many different cheeses in the process of experimenting. And i have found out that purely using cheddar cheese would make it a tad bitter because of the nature of the cheese. Purely using mozzarella cheese is nice if you do not like the strong smell of cheese, but for me, since i love cheese, i find it a little bland if i only use mozzarella. Swiss cheese is also another cheese that goes well with this dish. Experiment yourself and decide which one you prefer better! And yes, by all means, add MORE cheese if you like!!!

 

And there was light… January 23, 2006

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And so, she began… 🙂