My 2011 Christmas Tree :) Well, my 2011 balls.
I'm playing with my cheap Macro lens too. It's not bad, not bad at all.
Here is my simple version of lumpia.
2 lbs ground pork
1 lbs raw shrimp coarsely chopped
1 Large Onion minced
1 Medium Carrot minced
2 Tbsp Mirin
2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
2 Tbsp Salt (to taste)
4 Tbsp cornstarch or flour (I used oatmeal flour)
Pepper (to taste)
Mix all ingredients, taking care not to handle the meat too much (as it toughens the pork). Wrap a couple and fry that first to make sure the seasoning is sufficient.
Bread Flour – 500 grams
Iodized salt – 7.5 grams
Light Brown Sugar – 50 grams for dough, 3 tbps extra for the yeast and butter mixture. You can substitute regular refined sugar but not Turbinado.
Turbinado Brown Sugar – for topping 1 - 2 cups
Dry Instant Yeast – 3 grams
Water – 10-12 ounces
1 stick unsalted butter
Cinnamon to taste
Proof the yeast in a small bowl. Mix 4 tbsp water and yeast. Add 1 tsp of the sugar to feed the yeast. Set aside for 3-5 minutes. If the yeast does not froth, throw it away as it means that the yeast is not active. Make a new batch.
While the yeast is proofing, mix the bread flour, salt and 50 grams brown sugar.
When your yeast is ready, add the flour mixture to your mixer and make a well in the middle. Add the water and yeast mixture. Mix with the dough hook on #2 for 10 minutes.
Let rise for 1 hour. To test, poke the dough and if your finger print remains indented it’s ready.
Make sure butter is at room temperature. Mix with 2 tbps light brown sugar.
Mix Turbinado Sugar and Cinnamon in a flat plate or flat bowl. Set aside.
To make it manageable, cut the dough in two before assembling. Roll out dough until ¼ inch thick. Spread top with butter and sugar mixture. Fold 1/3 of the dough, and top with the remaining 3rd. Brush top with more butter mixture then roll up the dough into a cane form. Slice into 1/2 inch rolls. Take one of the rolls and wrap the end of the roll under the dough to avoid getting an errant ear. Flatten into an oval with your hands and roll dough out into a bigger oval. Spread butter mixture lightly on top of the oval, then drop face down into the bowl filled with Turbinado sugar and cinnamon. Bake in the oven at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.
Yields 4 Dozen
I'm a taho freak. I run with water dripping off my newly washed hair as soon as I hear the Manong Taho yelling that all too familiar mantra in the morning. I've desperately wanted to make taho here, but all the how-to's I've read involves calcium sulfate, and I don't know where to get that (nor do I trust it).
A couple of weeks back I was eating Korean and after complimenting this Korean Lady on their tofu, she told me that they make it from scratch everyday. Apparently, I don't need anything else but lime :) LIME!!... LIME!!
I tried to buy soy beans (saw them on sale a month back) but they were all out this week, so I had to make do with unsweetened Soy Milk. I think my Tofu was not as silken because the milk had Soy Lecithin (it's an emulsifier that would prevent soy curds from separating with the water) but it did taste the same as regular taho. I didn't even notice the lime at all :)
I'll continue to try and see how I can make the texture better. But I'm already HAPPY!! HAPPY I TELL'S YA!
It was simple really. Here's what you need:
240 ML Soy Milk. Make sure that your Soy milk has "Non-GMO" in the ingredients list. It means the soy wasn't genetically modified.
Dash of salt
Step 1: Boil the soy milk.
Step 2: Juice the limes, and put them your container.
Step 3: Pour the hot soy milk into the container with the lime juice.
Step 4: Stir twice, yes JUST TWO TIMES! To mix the lime juice.
Step 5: The tofu curdles almost immediately. I'm not sure how long i'm supposed to wait, but after 2 minutes I poured it over the cheesecloth.
Step 6: Scoop the soy curds up to your glass :) There will still be lots of water, but I didn't really mind (I was desperate).
Step 7: Top with brown sugar syrup :) Tapioca optional.
NOTE: If there is too much lime juice, the milk will separate TOO much, and it won't be like Taho. If your lime is really juicy, err on the side of less lime juice. I need to re-do the recipe and experiment on the ratio, but I say start with 1 tbsp of lime juice to cup of soy milk.
Brown Sugar Syrup
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp water
Dash of salt
2 tbsp corn syrup
Heat the sugar and water together. Once the sugar liquefies, drop in the dash of salt and the corn syrup.
The corn syrup should prevent it from becoming the brittle in peanut brittle (read: prevents sugar from crystallizing again.)
When you think about it people who are famous, and succeed in sports, essentially do the same thing over and over again.
Put one step in front of another. Shoot the ball in the goal.
Would you really know your destiny if you are persistent in the same thing?
Or should you take a hint and do something else?
If I knew being an adult meant being more scared of the world, I'd have just stayed naive.
How do you cut the ties that bind?
As people continue to fight for freedom in other countries, the US grieves for its loss of innocence on this day.
I vividly recall my bewilderment that day:
I've never seen my dad cry before.
He was furtively wiping tears from his face, recalling his friends that worked in the Towers as we watched it burn from half a world away. It looked like a bad movie special effect, only this was real.
It is shameful, but it's true: My only thought that day was that I'm glad my dad was home after 8 years of living in New York.
I can't pretend to know how Americans are feeling, however - I'll offer to hold your hand in respect and silence.
I'll never forget too.