Monday, 14 April 2014

Fish Cakes/Fish Balls

These days it is hard to come by nice fish balls/cakes.  Though it is bouncy, it lacks the taste.   In fact, some tasted so horrible that I felt disgusted putting it in my mouth.

I always had the impression that making fish cake needs special ingredient or skill.  My aunt told me that when I know how to make my own fish balls/cakes, I will never eat any others.  I didn't have the time to go down to her house to see how she does it but she sure makes it sound as if it is really easy.  Plan was shelved until after my daughter’s chaotic tuition schedules.

Then last Sunday, we were dinning with my parents on fish steamboat, my mom told me that it is easy to churn out your own fish balls/cake.  The ingredients are just fish paste, salt and pepper.

Now it definitely got me really curious.  So today I went ahead and make a batch on my own.

Verdict: Though it is not as bouncy as store bought, I was pretty happy on my first attempt.  I should not be so heavy handed on the salt though. 

Shall I say, bye bye to lousy fish balls, I am definitely going to make mine from now on.


Cheers!



Monday, 7 April 2014

White Bread Loaf (Air Fryer)

Ever since I bought my air fryer, I am determined not to turn it into a white elephant.  

This time I spotted an interesting White Bread Loaf recipe and it does looks easy to prepare and true enough I was able to get the loaf ready before my lunch date with my pals.

After I put the dough into the air fryer, I went to take a shower.  After I came out, I can detect a strong burnt smell in the air.  Immediately I thought that my bread will be a goner.  Run down and realised that it was burnt because of the top heating element.

Darn, should have baked it into small bun instead.

After it was cooled down, I quickly sliced a few slices to bring to my girl friends for feedback.  

Verdict: It was soft and fluffy and tasted good.  In fact SL wanted the recipe so that she can try too.

Thanks CP for sharing this recipe via the FB Air Fryer group.

Note: This recipe best eaten fresh within a day.  It will not stay soft the next day but you can toast it and slap on some jam or butter and it will be still okay.


What you need:

A
300g plain flour
2 tbs honey
2 tbs condense milk
1 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast

B
1 small egg
150ml cold milk

C
30ml olive oil

Method:

Mix (A) add (B). Knead to a dough.

Mix (C) & knead to a smooth dough.

Proof till it double in size.

Punch it down, shape & rest 10 - 15mins.

Brush with water.

AF at 160°C for 20mins.