Thursday, June 25, 2020

Chilled Braised Bamboo

I love the texture of bamboo. I enjoy them chilled as a side dish or in a thai curry. I feel like I could eat 2 cups of it one sitting. I've avoided cooking it for a long time because the canned stuff has such a weird taste that even boiling doesn't get rid of it. But I recently found a source shrink wrapped instead of canned and it doesn't suffer from the weird taste problem. But now I need to find the perfect marinade/braising technique for making it Chinese style. This was my first attempt and good enough to enjoy, but I think it could still use improving. I can't find dark soy sauce anywhere so perhaps this was the missing ingredient.
  • 2 t minced garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • bamboo, sliced thin and cut into rectangles
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • [didn't use: 1 t dark soy sauce]
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 t sesame oil
  1. Heat oil in pan and add garlic. Stir and saute for 2-3 min until lightly browned.
  2. Add the bamboo and stir.
  3. Add the soy sauces, sugar and salt. Cook for another 3 min.
  4. Add the water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 20 min.
  5. Stir in the sesame oil for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer to bowl to cool. Refrigerate and serve chilled. In a rush, eat warm instead.

Recipe #2

  • 2 c water
  • 1/2 c teriyaki marinade
  • 1/4 c sake
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 2 T dry sherry
  • 1 dry shitaake mushroom

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cinnamon Knots

I wanted a yeast bread recipe that doesn't take too long to bake in the oven. Many of my go to ones take an hour which is just too long to have the heat on for in the summer. I found this one which only takes 10 min to bake. They turned out dangerously delicious.

  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 T yeast
  • 2 T maple syrup (if you don't have any, can substitute sugar/honey)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 egg
  • ~3 c flour
  • dip: 1/4 c butter, 1/2 c sugar, 3 t cinnamon
  1. Heat the butter in a small pan. When almost melted, add milk. Stir until it reaches 100-110 F. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine yeast and syrup. Pour in butter mixture.
  3. Add salt and egg.
  4. Add 2.5 c flour. Add flour until dough doesn't stick to sides of bowl. Knead for 5 minutes.
  5. Divide into 12 pieces.
  6. Melt butter in shallow bowl. Combine sugar and cinnamon in separate bowl (I used a pie plate).
  7. Roll each piece into 8" long rope. Dip in butter, then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Tie into a knot. Finish by joining two ends and flip over. Place all 12 knots onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Let rest for 10 min.
  9. Bake at 400F for 9-12 min.
  10. Let cool and enjoy warm!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Vanilla Cake

A simple layer cake with whipped cream and fruit. This cake was too sweet for my taste - would reduce sugar by another 1/4 cup from what I tried (which was already reduced 1/4 c from the original). Otherwise easy to put together with basic ingredients.

  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c milk, room temperature
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1.75 c flour
  • 1/4 c cornstarch
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 c sugar (tried 1.25...too much)
  • 3/4 t salt
  • Cream Topping: 2 c whipping cream, 2 T sugar, 1 t vanilla
  • fruit (strawberries, peaches, cherries, etc)
  1. Line bottom of 2 cake pans (8" or 9") with parchment paper and butter sides. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs, milk and vanilla in a small bowl.
  4. Add the butter 1/3 at a time to the dry ingredients, beating after each addition until incorporated and at high speed for 10 seconds. It should look like wet sand.
  5. Add half the wet mixture, beating until incorporated. Add the remaining half and beat on medium speed until almost smooth.
  6. Divide between 2 cake pans, and smooth the surface. 
  7. Bake at 350 for 25-35 min until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool on rack for 15 minutes before flipping.
  9. Cream Topping: Beat cream, sugar and vanilla until firm peaks form. Do not overbeat.
  10. Decorate: Place one cake layer on plate. Spread with thin layer of cream. Top with sliced fruit. Spread 1/3 of the cream on top. Layer second cake on top. Spread with remaining cream and top with more fruit.