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March 31, 2011

Mango Mousse Cake

Being the one in-charge of the cake production at work, I have the liberty to decide on what to sell. We serve Strawberry Cake on Sundays. The price of strawberries had gone up towards the beginning of summer so I had to make some changes in the menu. In tropical countries, summer means mango season so I took advantage of the abundance of this fruit. We Asians love mangoes and I am pretty sure the new cake will be a big hit among our customers. I was right!

This mango mousse cake was based on the recipe of happyhomebaking. I made some modification and it turned out good.

For the sponge cake:

100 g cake flour ( I used all-purpose)
3 eggs
75 g brown sugar
20 g unsalted butter (melted)
2 TBSP evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract.

1. Grease an 18 cm round pan. Line the base with parchment paper.Preheat oven to 160 deg C.
2.In an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy. This will take 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter. Let it cool to room temperature.
3. Sift the flour over the egg mixture. Fold it gently with a spatula until well blended.
4. Fold in the melted butter.
5. Add the milk and lastly, add the vanilla extract. Fold it gently until well incorporated.
6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
7. Unmold and cool completely before frosting.

Baked Tortillas

I was still on my way home when I thought of baking the leftover tortillas for dinner tonight. I remember there was a can of baked beans left in the pantry. I could use them as a filling. My mouth went watery as I picture a plate of baked tortillas.

March 21, 2011

Going Mexican

At the start of the new year, my sister and I had agreed to try out different dishes to get new cooking ideas and inspirations. This would mean allotting money and time to find restaurants around Bangkok. A few weeks ago, we passed by Siam Paragon on our way back from Chulalongkorn Bookstore. As we wandered around the basement, we spotted a small Mexican Restaurant. We looked at each other and the same idea came to our minds. Start our plan right then. We browsed through the menu and after a few minutes, we decided to have Mexican food. Our decision did not disappoint.

We had Nachos with guacamole dip to start with.

Grilling at home

A friend was giving away some of her belongings that she woudn't be needing in her new apartment. One afternoon, my sister came home with an almost brand new grill. I knew exactly where it came from. Our friend was gracious enough to give it to us.

To show my appreciation, I invited her and another friend over to our house for a meal. I cooked fish in lemon soup base and bought vegetables and fish to grill. To taste, I prepared a marinate with vinegar, soy sauce, freshly ground black pepper, chopped onion and finely minced garlic. The food was so delicious that we planned to do it again in a week.