Daring Bakers - Challenge TWELVE!!

The challenge for May is .... APPLE STREUDEL!!!

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

Making some tasty streudel dough by hand. Who needs machines!?

Ah! Look at these ingredients!!! *DROOL*.

Naked apples haha. My mother would be angry. EAT THOSE SKINS!!

Chop chop. I added honey and lemon juice. Can't go wrong there!

I hate rolling dough with a passion.

Cripsy edges?

Streudel magic!

[clearly I am not having times for long posts hopings to you enjoying the pictures, yes no?]

BDSM, chilli and stale butter...

I didn't know butter could go off.

I just assumed I could leave it in my fridge forever and it'd be cool. Then the day I planned on making this cake for my sister's friend (who asked for it) I read the expiry date and they are all off! LAME. I thought ah stuff it it's butter should be alrite!

Then I tasted it and thought hmmm....

It left a funky sort of taste on my tongue I'm not sure if I imagined it or not. Sorta like if I licked a battery, but not quite so intense. Funky. So I chucked my butter stash in the bin and since the local supermarket closed down imma gonna have to drive to get my stuff.

ARGH. This better turn out good.

Yesterday I went to have sushi with my mates and since 2 weeks earlier my uni friend introduced me to the joy of actually eating wasabi (as opposed to mixing it into soy sauce) so I thought I'd be all cool and do it again except that it didn't quite work and I put too much and ended up dying.

Yes. I am dead.

At least my nose anyway. Oh lord! It did that fume-y painful thing and my nose was so painful argh my body probably hates me LOL! I remember the first time I had wasabi I though "LOL WASABI PLZ! I ARE LORD OF CHILLI."

Silly me.

But I do love my chilli. Not my green-horseradish. I think I might be starting to understand slightly why some people are into that kinky BDSM stuff. See one of my friends can't take chilli at all so I made him try this delicious thai thing and he didn't enjoy it at all cos his was dying from the actual physical pain of the chilli. Whereas I ate it and it stung a little but it was so enjoyable.

Maybe sado-masochism is like that. Normally people would just get off on the simple stuff and if they got whipped or whatever they would not be able to enjoy anything at all due to the pain but if they got over it maybe it would open up another avenue of enjoyment.

Like chilli does for me.

Daring Cooks - Challenge ONE!!

Huh? Daring WHUT?

Well, dearest readers, the masterminds back at The Daring Kitchen decided that "Hey! Let's branch off! Franchise! EXPAND. Why stick to just baking?? First cakes, next THE WORLD!!!"

Anyway, cut a long story short, now there's a savoury cooking challenge every month too! Yay cheer clap sing dance tiao wu! And this month's challenge is....

Zuni Ricotta Gnocchi!!!

Woohoo...or not. I've never even tasted gnocchi in my life. always thought it had something to do with potatoes. I guess ricotta works too!

Source: From The Zuni Café Cookbook.

Well, time to get cracking isn't it? You need some ricotta for ricotta gnocchi. Seems the story is the guy is always wet and that's never good so what we gotta do squeeze all all of his juice. Using a cheese cloth, of course.

Overnight's always good, till you get something like...

...this! Looks like a giant steamed bun~! YUM!

Apparently to test if the cheese is dry enough is to make a ball and leave it on a piece of paper napkin, and if no ring of water forms, then hey presto your good to go!

A little wet-patch but I think we'll be alrite.

Add some eggs, butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano...

...and mash mash mash till it looks fluffy and awesome.

Then wash your hands, take out your handy plain flour and get cracking! Roll all your dough into cool little ovaloid gnocchi things and dust them heaps or they'll get all sticky and you'll get pissed.

Leave in the fridge for an hour for a nice firm-up session.

When you're ready to cook, bang a pot of water on the stove, salt generously when it begins to boil, dump the gnocchi's in and lift them out when they float and are a little firm and...




Oh, forgot to talk about the sauce. It's just butter and a bit of water cooked on a skillet. I added garlic too.

Mmmmm tasty.

Gratuitous zoomy macro shot.

Haha. Haven't written a post like this in a while. Hope you liked it!

Here are some numbers for you pedantic-types:

For the gnocchi:

1 pound (454 grams/16 ounces) fresh ricotta (2 cups)
2 large cold eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) unsalted butter
½ ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated (about ¼ cup very lightly packed)
about ¼ teaspoon salt (a little more if using kosher salt)
plain flour for forming the gnocchi

For the gnocchi sauce:

8 tablespoons (227 grams/1/4 pound/4 ounces) butter, sliced
2 teaspoons water


Suan le!

A beautiful thing just happened. The last mini-post-it note in my mini-post-it note pen coincided with the last chapter in my microeconomics answers booklet that I had to tag.

It made me so happy.

Then about a minute later I tried to cut a wire with this pair of scissors i've had since 10th grade and the scissors broke. I'm surprised I'm only mildly upset. It's probably lucky I had that happy coincidence as a buffer or I would've had another breakdown hehe.

Taxes and Startrek

Thanks to the economic depression Yada Yada the government is handing out these coolors $900 stimulus packages to anyone who filled in a tax return last year. AND I DIDN'T. I thought that it wouldn't hurt to try and fill one in late so I just went on the ATO online website to fill in my first tax return.

I didn't earn much, and I thought it would be piss easy but then all they started asking all this crap about capital gains and how many same-sex babies and dependent invalids I had LIKE WTF.

So I clicked no to everything and hoped it would be alrite.

I hope I get them $$$RuddBucks$$$.

China China?

Today in my Week 7 Chinese lecture we were learning negation of certain verbs. One of those verbs was "yao" or something, meaning "to have to do" (not 100% sure i'm sorta guessing).

Anyway, the funning thing was that the negation wasn't "bu yao" as is for regular verbs, but suddenly became "bu bi". And so the lecturer was there screaming her head off saying BOOBIE BOOBIE BOOBIE and wondering what was so funny.

Haha I am so silly.