Monday, November 30, 2009

Death by coffee

I've been following Ree from the Pioneer Woman for about more than a year now. She and Deb definitely contributes to my pouchiness and round buttom :)
When Ree posted this recipe awhile back, I really wanted to try it but never had the time to bake it. Until now.

Coffee cake

Recipe: Coffee cake

Frosting recipe: Best creamy frosting

Verdict: I didn't use the frosting recipe from cake recipe, because I'm bored of regular o buttercream frosting. I found the frosting recipe from Tasty Kitchen, and it is sooo gooodd! I'll never go back to the buttercream frosting again (unless I have to). I added 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee to the frosting to make it coffee flavored. The cake is a bit dense. But flavorwise, if you love coffee, this is the cake for you. It's best enjoyed with a cup of coffee. Told you it's death by coffee :))

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cooking stuff

When it was mushroom season, the monkey king brought home a box of Cantarella mushroom. Never cook with them before, so after intense browsing, I decided to make mushroom stew, except that I don't really have the ingredients.

Cantarella mushroom stew
Recipe: none. I fused several mushroom stew that I found online to adjust for my lack of ingredients.
Verdict: mm...too mushroomy? :)

Curry Kyllingboller (Curry chicken meatballs)
Curry kyllingboller
Recipe: from Rema 2000 (grocery store) pamphlet. They are advocating dinner for 4 in less that U$20.
Verdict: definitely not enough flavor us. The idea of using chicken meatball than real meat for curry is refreshing, but not using coconut milk for the curry sauce? That's baffling for me.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Farikal (lamb in cabbage)

I couldn't believe that I've been living in Norway for 2 years. Time flies. And during those 2 years, I've never cooked farikal, despite the abundance of lamb during October.
This is about to change...

Recipe: Farikal
Modification: nothing, I think.
Verdict: Really easy recipe. Just just assembled the meat and cabbage in a pot, and leave it for 1.5 hours on low heat. And it came out really good. The meat is soft, tender, and flavorful.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cabled Beret

Finally, another knitting FO just in time for the cold season.
Cabled beret

Pattern: Cabled beret (Ravelry download)
Yarn: Brownsheep lamb's pride worsted frogged from Bzz hat
Needles: US 6 and 8
Modifications: don't have enough yarn, so shortened the cable section (more on rav), and added pompom on top
Verdict: Love it. It's slouchy but not too slouchy, warm, and can you believe that this is my first beret? I've been missing on the whole slouchy beret thing. Definitely need to make more of this.
Ravelled here

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I love love love furikake. They are really yummy eaten with warm rice. But sadly, there is no furikake in Bergen. So, after reading Just Bento's furikake, I decided to make homemade furikake

Homemade furikake

  • 1 piece of fish (I use cod marinated in pepper and lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 sheet of nori (cut up in small pieces)
  • 1-2 teaspoon of sesame seeds
Heat up a dry non-stick frying pan. Dump in the fish, and break them up with a spatula. As they cook and dry out, keep breaking them up until they form fine flakes. Add the sesame oil, and soy sauce halfway through and keep stirring. Your objective is to dry out and crisp up the fish without burning it.

When the fish is fairly dry and fine, add the nori and sesame seeds. Stir this only takes about 10-20 seconds.

Remove from the frying pan into a bowl. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to a week. But in our case, we finished it right away.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Aviatrix baby hat

Aviatrix baby hat

Pattern: Aviatrix baby hat (Ravelry download)
Yarn: various wool scraps
Needles: US 4 and 7
Verdict: It's really cute and fast project. I think it took me about 3 hours. I really love the colors, shape, everything. But what about the intended recipient? Does she likes it? don't like the hat baby?
Aviatrix baby hat
I guess not...

A second later....
Aviatrix baby hat
Hmmm....I guess doesn't help it stays on...oh well.

Ravelled here

Monday, November 09, 2009

Halloween Food

I saw hot dog impaled with spaghetti on some blog long time ago. And decided that this would be fun for Halloween. So, for Halloween dinner, I made...

Halloween dinner

It's impaled hot dog with spaghetti, burned octopus hot dog, and steamed broccoli on regular pasta sauce. It's a hit with JD coz she loves finger food.

I also made cupcakes for dessert
Mini cupcakes pre-spiderized

Recipe: Peanut Butter cupcake
Modifications: I use mini cupcake pan, crunchy peanut butter coz I'm out of the smooth one, and reduce the sugar to 1 cup. For the frosting, I just put 1 stick of butter to mixer, cream it and add sugar and powdered sugar until desired consistency.
I tried to color it to orange, but it ended up lilac color...weird

After adding some buttercream frosting and licorice for the legs and eyes
Mini spider cupcakes

Saturday, November 07, 2009

5 hours baby sweater II

5 hours baby sweater II, originally uploaded by Anak babi ilang.

Pattern: 5 hours baby sweater
Yarn: Caron simply soft and some white acrylic
Needles: US10
Verdict: very fast project with adorable result
Recipient: JD's kindergarten teacher

Ravelled here

Thursday, November 05, 2009


Sorry for the long hiatus. My computer monitor broke down last week, and just got it back yesterday.

We are going back home to Indonesia this Saturday (YAY!). So, I probably won't be posting from there. But I'll prepare some posts about some FOs and baking/cooking stuff.

Ha det!
(bye in norwegian)