椰糖南瓜羹

第一次吃到南瓜羹很是惊艳了一回。我从来没想过普普通通的奶油南瓜可以做出如此的美味。

材料:

奶油南瓜,椰糖 (palm sugar)。

步骤:

1. 小锅加水,烧开之后放入两块椰糖,等椰糖完全溶化之后,静置放凉。

2. 南瓜洗净,切成两半,然后去籽,放进锅里,加水煮熟。

如果南瓜太大,可以切成小块。

3. 煮熟的南瓜去皮,切块,放入搅拌机,加入晾好的糖水一起打成糊状。

糖水温热即可,不必完全放凉。

4. 把南瓜糊盛入碗中即可。

Squash Soup with Palm Sugar

I don’t cook much of butter squash. Back a while ago, one of my friends cooked this, and it tasted really good, better than I thought. So, I decided to try it myself.

Ingredients:

butter squash, palm sugar

Methods:

1. Add some water into a small sauce pan, bring to boil, then add palm sugar into the pan, stir occasionally, until palm sugar melt completely. Set pan aside until it cool off.

Palm sugar comes as a half ball shape. To cook a whole butter squash, 2 pieces of sugar should be sweet enough.

You don’t want to add a lot of water, because you want the soup to be thick.

2. Clean the butter squash, then cut it into half, clear the seeds out, then put it into a bigger pan, cover with water, bring to boil, then simmer until butter squash got tender and fully cooked.

You can also cut the butter squash into chunks.

3. Peel the buter squash, chop into chunks. Then put cooked butter squash into a blender.

4. Pour the palm sugar water into blender, blend until it’s smooth and no big pieces.

5. It’s now ready to serve.

酸辣土豆丝

前段日子和同事去中餐馆吃饭,意外的发现餐馆推出了酸辣土豆丝。一位嗜辣的同事点了这道菜,觉得很好吃。所有的美国同事都说以前没见过,更没吃过这道菜。

材料:

土豆,青红辣椒,白醋,调味料。

我最近喜欢上了黄土豆,所以这次用的是黄土豆。

步骤:

1. 土豆削皮,然后切丝。用清水冲净土豆丝表面的淀粉,沥干水分待用。

2. 辣椒洗净切丝。

辣椒籽是辣味的主要来源。所以如果不喜欢菜太辣,可以把辣椒籽去掉一部分。我一向不太喜欢保留太多辣椒籽,因为我觉得影响口感,也影响卖相。

3. 炒锅倒油烧热,倒入土豆丝略翻,让土豆丝均匀的挂上油,然后倒入白醋,翻炒均匀。

醋是土豆丝保持爽脆口感的关键,而且醋一定要在土豆丝变软之前加。

4. 等土豆丝略微出现透明的时候,倒入切好的辣椒丝,继续煸炒。同时按自己的口味加入调味料。

我一般会加盐、一点点糖、白胡椒粉和一点蒜粉。

5. 等土豆丝完全成熟就可以出锅了。

如果觉得煸炒时间太长,可以略微加一点点水焖一下,这样土豆丝会成熟的快一点。

Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato

Back a while ago, I went to a Chinese Restaurant with some American colleagues. The restaurant serves ‘spicy and sour shredded potato’. This is a very popular dish in China, but my American colleagues said they never heard this or had before. I hope this recipe can help anybody who likes spicy dishes.

Ingredients:

potatoes, green and red cayenne peppers, white vinegar, seasoning to taste.

Methods:

1. Clean potatoes and peppers, peel potatoes then shred. Rinse with water, drain well.

2. Chop peppers into the proper size to match potatoes.

Pepper seeds are much more spicy than pepper. So you can control the spicy level some by how many pepper seeds you keep in your cooking.

3. Heat up the skillet with medium high heat, add cooking oil, then add shredded potato into skillet, stir quickly for a few second to let oil evenly coated on shredded potatoes.

4. Add white vinegar into skillet, stir quickly for a few minutes.

5. Add chopped peppers into skillet, stir until pepper get tender.

6. Add seasoning to your taste. Stir quickly. You can add a little bit water to help seasoning melt and mix quicker.

For seasoning, I normally use salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar.

7. When potato is fully cooked, it’s ready to serve.

奶油奶酪磅蛋糕

我对磅蛋糕不是特别喜欢,但是这款磅蛋糕是我的大爱。蛋糕质地细腻,入口香甜即化,而且不会觉得太油腻,实在是胜过其他磅蛋糕。

很多年过去了,但是我始终记得第一次吃到这款蛋糕时的惊艳。真的是一见倾心,再见倾情。这些年过去,我和这款蛋糕已经是难舍难分,每隔一段时间就要烤一次的,不然就思念不已。

材料:

黄油 12oz,奶油奶酪 8oz,鸡蛋 7 个,白糖 3 杯,蛋糕粉 3 杯,香草精 1.5 茶匙。

原配方里面用了 4oz 黄油,8oz 麦淇淋,不过我不喜欢麦淇淋,就全部换成了黄油。

中空烤盘一个。

做法:

1. 黄油、奶油奶酪和鸡蛋提前拿出冰箱,回温至室温。

2. 黄油、奶油奶酪、鸡蛋和香草精一起放入打蛋盘中,用低速搅拌均匀。

3. 鸡蛋和蛋糕粉分三次加入打蛋盘,低速搅拌均匀。

加的时候先加面粉,再加鸡蛋,然后面粉,鸡蛋,面粉,鸡蛋。

面粉三杯,每次加入一杯,鸡蛋分成 2、3、2,分三次加入。

                   

                   

4. 全部蛋糕糊搅拌均匀之后,用高速搅拌一、两分钟。

5. 烤箱预热 300 华氏度。

据说烤箱可以不预热,不过我一直都是预热的。

6. 烤盘内部用黄油薄薄刷上一次,倒入蛋糕糊。放入烤箱烤一个小时。

蛋糕糊倒入 7、8 分满即可,太多就会溢出来。我这次就倒的多了一点,溢出来几滴。

7. 蛋糕烤好以后拿出来倒扣晾凉即可。

Pound Cake with Cream Cheese

It was over 10 years ago when I tried this cake for the first time. I fell in love with it right away. Luckly, that was not a sotre-bought cake. So I got the recipe from the person who backed it. Years after years, I baked it a lot times, and it is still my favorite pound cake, and my family and friends are in love with it, too. 

It is a eady making cake. I haven’t had any problem when baking this cake. 

Ingredients:

12oz butter, 8oz cream cheese, 3 cups sugar, 3 cups cake flour, 7 eggs, 1.5 tsp vanilla. 

In the original recipe, there is only 4oz butter and 8oz margarine. I replaced all margarine with butter. 

Methods:

1. Let butter, eggs and cream cheese sit in room temperature until butter and cream cheese get softened. 

2. Put butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla into mixing bowl, mix well with low speed. 

3. Add eggs and cake flour into mixing bowl, mix well with low speed.

eggs and cake flour need to seperated into 3 portions, add one portion each time, mix well, then add another portion.

Each portion of cake flour is 1 cup. Eggs should be 2, 3, then 2, 7 total. Add cake flour first, mix well, then eggs, then cake flour, then eggs, etc. 

                 

                 

4. When finish mix the last portion of eggs, beat with high speed for a couple of minutes. 

5. Oil a bundt pan with butter, pour cake mixture into oiled pan.

6. Set oven to 300°F, no need to preheat. Bake for about 1 hour or until cake is done.