Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Popovers


I love foods presented on King Arthur Flour website. They have so many easy-to-make yet tasty recipes. This popovers is not an exception.

Ingredients:
  • 4 large eggs, warmed in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes before cracking
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (skim, low-fat, or full-fat), lukewarm
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
Directions:

1. Put the baking rack in the oven to the lower position (I used 2nd position from the bottoem). Preheat the oven at 425F (Trial and error proved 425F works better for me than 450F).

2. Immerse eggs in hot tap water for 10 minutes. Microwave heat the milk to lukewarm.

3. Whisk the eggs, milk and salts till well mixed. (Kitchen Aid works like a charm.)

4. Add the flour to the above mix and mix well, one minute is enough.

5. Pour the melted butter to the mix and blend well. It is a very runny batter.

6. Spray a standard 12X muffin tin thoroughly with Pam.

7. Pour the batter to the muffin tin, filling up to 3/4 full.

8. Bake at 425F for 18 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 350F without opening the oven door. Bake for another 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the popovers in the oven for another 3-5 minutes. The ideal color will be dark brown, but not burned.

The texture of this popover reminds me of the Dutch baby pancakes we eat often. Smooth, buttery and eggy.



Friday, April 16, 2010

The First Splash!

Audrey has been waiting for the coming of the rain since I bought her the Hello Kitty rain boots. Today, she finally got it. After we got home, I put her boots on, then out she went!

Completely immersed in the splashing fun:


On the run. I love how this one turned out:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

2010 Easter Toddler Fun

The weather was so gorgeous on the Easter day this year that Audrey could wear this fancy Easter dress sent from her Aunt in Chicago. Surprisingly, she even allowed me to do her hair by sitting still for a few minutes. Normally, this would be a struggle. At the age of 2, she knows to be pretty.


Pointing the crocus to me:

Appreciating the beautiful early Spring flowers:

Posing for a picture:

Enjoying the Easter gift bag that our neighbor dropped by at my doorstep:

Studying the Easter bunny horn:

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Beautiful Summer Day






It was sunny, warm and absolutely gorgeous yesterday. Audrey did not miss any chance to play outside. I was in a hurry to cook dinner, but she was whining to go out because she was not hungry, "I don't like anything". In the end, I told her to eat on the back patio. And it proved an excellent one. We sat on the step, enjoying the warm day and having our dinner. She enjoyed her mac and cheese very much, I have to say.

Asparagud Chicken Roll

Wednesday evening, I decided to make a pasta dish with the fresh asparagus, of course, with meat as well. Hubby came up with an idea to roll the chicken around the asparagus. So here comes this nicely represented asparagus chicken pasta dish.

Chicken thigh was flattened using the flat side of the meat tenderizer. Tooth picks were used to secure the rolls. Sauteed in olive oil till the chicken was done.

Cooking in the pan:

Close to be done:

Dinner Severed:

Enjoy: