Thursday, March 31, 2011

German Dessert How to make Black Forest Cake

Black Forest cake is a southern German dessert. The cake is named not directly after the Black Forest mountain range in southwestern Germany but from the specialty liquor of that region, known as Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser and distilled from tart cherries.

  • 1 2/3 cups cake flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 12 ounces buttermilk
  • 16 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 ounce semisweet baking chocolate
  • 4 ounces shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • salt - 1 pinch
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 teaspoons kirsch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coffee (very strong)
  • 14 ounces sweet cherries in heavy syrup, drained
  • 12 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·  In a mixing bowl, combine cake flour, baking soda, cocoa and one teaspoon of salt, mix well and keep it aside.
·  Take cream shortening in a medium sized mixing bowl and add sugar to it. Stir continuously till the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add eggs along with the vanilla essence into it and mix thoroughly.
·  Add the above mixture into the flour mixture, along with 8 ounces of buttermilk. Mix well till all the ingredients are blended completely.
·  Take two 8 inches round pans and pour the prepared cake mixture into it. Bake both the pans in a 350 degrees preheated oven for at least 30-35 minutes or till it is completely done. Do the toothpick test to check whether the cake is baked fully before taking it out.
·  Let the baked cakes cool completely. Once this is done, slice the cakes from the center horizontally. Pour 2 ounces brandy on the cut side of both the cakes and set aside.
·  Beat the butter in another bowl till it becomes light and fluffy. Add a pinch of salt, coffee, remaining buttermilk, confectioners’ sugar and mix well.
·  Take one layer of the cake on a plate and spread 1/3 of the filling on it evenly. Place 1/3 of the cherries on top of it and place another layer of cake above it and repeat the same procedure.
·  Once all layers are been filled, make a mixture with 3 teaspoons brandy and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and pour over the cake. Prepare icing by whisking cream in a bowl and adding it to the uppermost layer. 

*To decorate the cake, sprinkle chocolate shavings on top of the cake.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Netherlands Nasi Goreng

From my home land, this following dish is very popular among the Dutch communities. Nasi Goreng is an Indoesian Cuisine, due to the historical colonial ties with Indonesia; the food is popular with the Dutch culture. If you are in the mood for a fantastic stir-fry dish, I would recommend this one as one of my favourite stir-fry dishes. You are only as good as the equipment that you use. I would recommend cooking this dish wearing the traditional Dutch wooden shoes, which are actually pretty comfortable.

In the Netherlands, Indonesian cuisine is common due to the historical colonial ties with Indonesia.
  • Nasi Goreng Ingredients:
  • Cut one pork roast into small pieces
  • Chop 2 onions
  • Fry the above separately, drain the pork, put together and add the following spices: (Mix together in a separate bowl)
  • 6 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Brown Sugar
  • 4 TSP Curry
  • 1 TSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Sambal
  • 1 table spoon of Pepper and Salt

Nasi Goreng Instructions:
  • Cut pork roast into small pieces
  • Fry the diced up pork with 2 onions in your weapon (saucer pan or frying pan)
  • Mix together the following in a separate bowl; Soy sauce, brown sugar, curry, cumin, sambal, salt and peppa
  • Bring one cup of water to a boil, then add one cup of rice let sit for approximately 15 minutes
  • Once the rice is finished cooking add it to the pork. Then add the mixed spiced into the pan.
  • Let simmer for approximately 15 min.
  • Top with fried egg and sambal (if desired)

Enjoy cowboy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Easy to Prepare Indian Shahi Paneer Recipe

Indian Shahi paneer is a preparation of paneer, cream, tomatoes and spices. Thick, creamy and spicy, it is a mainstay of Indian cuisine. Shahi Paneer is immensely popular, especially in North India. It is typically eaten with Roti, Chappati or other Indian breads. Paneer is the Indian word for cottage cheese, and Shahi is the Indo-Persian term for royal.  Similar dishes include Paneer Butter Masala and Kadai Paneer.

  • 250g Paneer/Cottage Cheese (cut into large cubes)
  • 3 chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 chopped Onion
  • 10 Cashew Nuts (cut into small pieces)
  • 1½ tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Chili Paste
  • 1 tsp Tomato Paste
  • Sprinkle of Salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Power
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Power
  • Oil (to fry)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped Coriander (to garnish)

How to make:
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan and fry onion, until soft
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and chili paste. Mix and fry until brown
  • Add tomatoes and fry for another 6-8 minutes
  • Remove from heat and bring down to room temperature. Put into a blender, along with a cup of water and tomato paste (Grind into a puree) 
  • Transfer back into the saucepan and bring to a low heat
  • Fry paneer (cottage cheese) in hot oil until it is soft and then remove. Do not let it turn brown
  • Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well
  • Add cashew nuts. Stir and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, till gravy turns thick

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve
Indian Shahi paneer is serve best with rice or naan

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Great Canadian Omelette

What is the history of the omelette?
Do you know or do you care to know?
Truth be told, the frittata most likely preceded the Great Canadian omelette.
When you think about it, what could be easier than mixing vegetables and eggs together or leftovers from cooked meats into eggs, then scramble them into a dinner meal?
Sounds like a inexpensive way to feed your family on that limited budget. You might be able to retire years sooner if you can make this on a regular basic.
It just seems to made sense to use the protein in eggs as a meat substitute to add depth and sustenance to vegetables. According to some historians, the word omelette comes from the Roman epicure Apicius, who called his dish "overmele," which contained ingredients that are made with eggs, honey, and green/red peppers. The French Canadian are noted for their omelettes skills.

To make the Great Canadian Omelette you will require the following ingredients;
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • ¼ cup green onions
  • ¼ cup of cooking onions
  • ½ cup of diced ham
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • Sauté onion in olive oil.
  • Remove from pan
  • Scramble 2 eggs; add black pepper & Mrs. Dash to taste pour into skillet
  • Stir eggs until they begin to set
  • Cut ham into small pieces, mix with onion & cheese
  • Add onion mixture to egg, fold egg over to form omelette
  • Cook until egg is fully cooked.

The Great Canadian Omelette will serve up to 4 people