Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I love Dim Sum

Since I am a big fan of Chinese food, I love to eat dim sum such as shrimp dumpling and siu mai. There was a day when I was craving dim sum so badly, and my husband had to search the dim sum seller around the neighborhood. But he didn't find any.

Mostly, Chinese food use pork oil or pork, which is forbidden in Islam. Being a Muslim mandates that a Muslim eat halal food. So I have to choose very carefully the halal Chinese food, by seeing HALAL label on its packaging.

Last weekend was a busy busy busy, hot, and sucking my energy-weekend. Taking my son to the Robotic Competition 2010 in one of shopping mall the whole day on Saturday. Then I felt really exhausted on the next day. I woke up in the morning, gosh, I saw a basket full of unironed clothes. The basket was still in the same place since the last time I left it last weekend, but the pile of unironed clothes was much taller than before. What a pailful weekend !!

So to cheer up my day at the afternoon, I steamed shrimp siu mai, took some pictures and share it with you.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Strawberry sorbet for the hot weather

I can't believe the weather in Jakarta is extremely hot and very unpredictable these days. Sunny in the morning and in the day time, then suddenly the nimbus coming from nowhere and then we have heavy rain. Global warming ? I don't know. Talking about global warming, I remember the "Earth Hour" campaign on 27 March 2010. My son was so exited about this event, and he was planning to turn off the light for an hour. And we made it to the sixty long minutes. :D

As usual, every weekend, I come home and do all the ironing, cleaning up the house, and make some delicious food for my family. Try out some new recipes I found on the internet. But sometime, I just want to lay down and enjoy my weekend by eating something at the restaurant. No cooking ! Haha ... tasting a different kind of delicious foods in a cozy place with all the ones you love feels like heaven.

(Ssshhhh....while I'm typing this blog entry, my husband is doing the laundry) Love you ayah !! :D

Okay now, what am I going to do with these strawberries ? I can't keep the strawberry juice for days in the fridge. Yeah, strawberry sorbet is a good choice and perfect for the hot weather. Let's make some.

Ingredients :
500 gr strawberry
130 gr granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
130 ml water

How to :
- Bring the sugar and water to a bowl in saucepan over medium-high heat.
Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer, without stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
- Wash the strawberries. Put the strawberries and lemon juice into a blender, process until strawberries are pureed. Set aside.
- When the sugar syrup has cooled completely add it to the strawberry puree. Stir well.
- Pour the mixture to a stainless steel pan, and keep in the fridge.
- Transfer the partially thawed sorbet to the blender, and process to break up the large ice crystals that have formed on the sorbet. (This step is what gives the sorbet its wonderful fluffy texture.) Place the sorbet back into the pan and refreeze for at least three hours, and up to several days.

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