Monday, 12 December 2011

Pasta in Alfredo Sauce

Hello Whimsical Readers,

F~ Fancy some pasta but too lazy to leave home? Here's something for you, Pasta in Mushroom Alfredo Sauce. A simple, creamy dish with mushroom, lovely for a cold evening on the couch.

Pasta in Mushroom Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients: Serves 4
375 grams Pasta
250 grams Mushroom (sliced)
1 Medium Yellow Onion (finely chopped)
2 Tsp Garlic (finely chopped)
2-3 Tbsp Cooking Oil
150ml Cream
Basil
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Method:
1. Cook your Pasta in a pot of boiling water that has been added with a tsp of salt for flavour according to your pasta instructions. Once they're cooked, keep them warm aside for later. Don't forget to toss them well in some Olive Oil so that they don't stick to each other.

2. In a heated pan of Cooking Oil, throw in the Garlic and Onion and sweat them slightly before adding in the Mushroom.

3. The trick to get evenly browned Mushrooms are you need to have enough surface area in your pan because you want to have the Mushrooms spread out on the pan instead of piling them up. This also quickens the cooking process. This should take around 3-5 minutes or more depending on your flame control.

4. Proceed to turning your flame to a medium before adding in the Cream and then bringing it up to a slow boil. If you prefer your sauce to be more runny, you can opt to add and 1/2 cup of cold water mixed with 1-2 tsp of flour. This is make the sauce more liquid. You can also use this method if you find your sauce becoming to too thick.

5. Season it well with some Fresh Basil if not dried basil works well too. Not forgetting Salt & Pepper to taste.

6. Dish out the Mushroom Sauce onto the Paste and add a fresh Basil leaf for garnish. Serve hot.


And there you have it, simple great flavours. Enjoy~



Yours truly,
The Whimsical Buddies

Chocolate Ganache with Strawberry Tart

Dear Readers,

Christmas is coming! and i'm all in the baking mood this month! I started developing interest in baking early this year, I've tried baking chocolate chip cookies, lemon curdy pud and of course this delicious deliriously chocolate ganache with strawberry tart! I know investing in desserts are pain in the ass, you gotta buy lots of stuff for baking, things like spatula, measuring cups, mixer, plain flour, double cream, caster sugar and all sorts of other things. But trust me! you will never regret it ! Let's get the party started!


Ingredients:

Pastry:
1 Sheet of Shortcrust Pastry (thawed)

Chocolate Ganache:
160ml Thickened Cream
30 grms Butter
90 grms dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

Cream:
300ml Thickened Cream
1 tbs Caster Sugar
1 Box of strawberries (Flavor and Garnish)

Directions:

1. Lay the sheet on a oven proof dish or quiche pan, prick the base with a fork, then line the pastry with a piece baking paper with rice (raw) or beans. Pop it into the oven for 8-10 minutes at 180 Degrees, then remove the baking paper with rice, go back to the oven again for another 5 minutes until just golden.

2. For the chocolate ganache, heat the cream and butter in a pot and stir over in a medium heat until the butter has melted. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, pour over the warm cream then stir till the chocolate has melted.

3. For the cream, use a mixer, pour in the cream and caster sugar, whipped till it turn fluffy, then slice some strawberries and stir it through with a spatula. ( if you don't have a mixer, you can use a whisker, but it takes a long time!! and it's a lot of hard work, it'll take you about 10-15minutes non-stop)

4. Finally, pour the chocolate on to the tart, spread it evenly with the back of the spoon or a spatula, top tarts with the cream and lastly garnish with fresh strawberries!

Enjoy this christmas season with your families and friends. With you a merry christmas and a Happy New Year!

Yours Sincerely,

The Whimsical Buddies

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Bacon and Onion Quiche

Dear Readers,

I have never done this before in my whole life, but it's pretty easy really! And by the end of the day I can guarantee you will never regret baking this for your dinner or lunch! Your partner will love you even more for this!


Ingredients: 

Pastry:
1 Sheet of Shortcrust Pastry (thawed)

Filling:
4 Rashers of Bacon (middle or long bacon)
1 Yellow Onion (slice them thinly)
30 grms of Cheddar Cheese (grated)
185ml of Thickened Cream
125ml of Milk
4 Eggs

Directions:

1. Place pastry on a quiche pan, line baking paper on top of the pastry cover raw rice or beans on top of the baking paper, then pop into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 mins. After it's done, remove the baking paper with the rice/beans and go into the oven again for 5 mins at 160 degree Celsius.

2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat, fry onion till soft, and together fry bacon till crisp or towards your liking, (personally I like it tender and juicy) remove from pan and set aside. Grate your cheese if you have not started yet!

3. Add 4 eggs, cream and milk into a mixing bowl, whisk them nice and smooth. 

4. By now your pastry should be ready in the oven, take it out. First lay your bacon first, then onion, cheese and pour all the mix over the filling. Bake them for another 30 mins at 180 degree Celsius. 

You can serve this quiche with mashed potato and mixed salad. 

Bon App├ętit! 

Sincerely Yours, 
The Whimsical Buddies ! 
Much Love!