Saturday, September 1, 2007

August Is Definitely Gay

We've been counting and marking the calendars with red markers from time to time. Nothing to do with the excruciating PMS. In fact, there were so many August babes; that sometimes we lost count! Starting from Reneh (4th of August) to Molly and Amy (31st of August). There were plenty in the mid of that particular happy month. Best yet, the day of our very re-owned Independence Day which falls on the 31st.

Hence, we came up with a small batch of vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla cream and buttercream whereby its designs resembles Malaysia; Merdeka Cupcakes.

As time and schedule becomes more hectic than the usual, we've jumped into the bandwagon.

And that is clearly understood why we would only choose the one and only vanilla buttercream rather than the other flavorings. Red buttercream were piped onto the fluffy whipped cream as to resembles the red horizontal lines of Malaysia's flag. Next, we laid our paws into kneading sugarpaste.

Blue sugarpaste resembles a part of the flag. While on the other hand, the magenta dough of sugarpaste were used for the the crescent moon and star symbols. The star were cut out of a star nozzle as the cupcakes were real mini.

After drying the sugarpaste for some time, the hardened sugarpaste were placed on the top of the cupcakes.

And there goes our afternoon naps; happily brainstorming these Merdeka babies. On the same day, we've sketch out Molly's and Malar's cake-to-be and gather info about the few cakes that she'll love. After some quick doggy naps, we recalled that she told us that she's a velvet cheesecake fanatic. Henceforth, we combined the idea of cheesecake and her favorite fruit of all; mangoes!

And here goes the Mango Mirror Cheesecake for Molly and Malar!

250g digestive biscuit; crushed into fine crumbs
125g butter; melted

500g cream cheese; let sit in room temperature to softened
120g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
3 tablespoons corn flour
200ml milk
100g mango puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. For the crust, combine and mix the crushed biscuit with melted butter. Press this crust-mixture into the bottom of the 9 inch of a springform pan. Set aside.
2. For the filling, beat cream cheese and sugar till soft and creamy with an electric mixer. Add in eggs; one at a time and beat till incorporated; to avoid curdles. Beat in the milk, corn flour, mango puree and vanilla extract till well combined. Pour mixture into the prepared springform pan (which refers to the pan in instruction no.1).
3. Bake in preheated oven of 160''C for about 40 to 50 minutes. When the cheesecake is baked, the top of it is firm when touched lightly.

400ml water
30g instant jelly powder
50g mango puree
50g caster sugar

1. For the topping, combine water, instant jelly powder, mango puree and caster sugar on a saucepan. On a low heat, stir constantly till sugar had dissolved. Bring to boil for 5 minutes.
2. Set aside and cool slightly. Pour onto the baked mango cheesecake although the liquid is still warm.
3. Store the cheesecake with its springform pan in the refrigerator for about 4 hours before taking off the springform pan.

As for the decorations; it's up to each individual's creativity. Decorations were made once after the 4 hours cooling sessions; once the pan has taken out. By then, it is time to transfer the whole cake onto the cake cardboard.

As for Molly's Mango Mirror Cheesecake, we used the mango flesh to garnish the cheesecake. Only one mango is needed. Mango's flesh were sliced vertically with a fruit peeler to obtain the longest layer from the mango. After slicing, fold the mango slices with fingers whereby each hollowed holes is approximately the size of a thumb. Then, freeze the mango slices in the freezer for about 10 minutes for easy handling.

Next, we topped the cake with whipped whipping cream. Then, the extra whipping cream were piped into the hollowed holes of the mango slices.

This came down to arranging the mango slices filled with cream onto the whipping cream.

For perfection, brush the apricot glaze onto the mango slices.

Voila! The entire cheesecake.

Next, the message-piping session; which reads out; Happy Birthday To Molly And Malar.

The cheesecake is best eaten cold. Yet, it is advisable that the cheesecake had to be chilled before serving as the crust will crumbles easily. Once the cake were done, we refrigerate it overnight, with the box of course; for hygiene purpose. Off to work then!

On the very next day which is the 30th, after our working hours, we managed to grab some heavy Thai-supper at a small lot in Taman Teratai. Opposite Klinik Saraya & Surgeri. Although it's a small stall with no air conditioner, there were much customers willingly waiting for their food. Not surprising as their Thai food were great and suits our liking. Ratings; 8 out of 10. Besides, it's affordable and best of all, it stimulates our appetite.

The best dishes that we've tried were none the other than their super thick and tasty Tom Yam Soup which costs us only about RM10 for a pot (which is for 3-4 person), Thai style beancurd, Sotong Ball aka Calamari Ball and their varieties of fried rice. Shots can be hardly taken as Fatass and her colleagues which included Molly, Malar and Moon, were sweating out for more Thai-food. Here's some;

Molly's favorite; Thai-style beancurd.

Mango Chicken; which most of us prefer its crunchy skin rather than the white meats.

Thai-style clams.

The usually-ordered-dish; Chili with water spinach or best known as; belacan with kangkung.

Best calamari ball aka sotong ball we've ever eaten! There are real big calamaris in it.

Their dish which consists of big ol fishes were sold at the range of RM18-RM30. Their Thai-style fried fish were not too bad though.
After the heavy supper, the girls headed back to the big ol van for some unofficial cake cutting ceremony for both Molly and Malar.

Everyone was full, hence, only the fattest ass had a piece out of it. Fatass. =)

Whenever there's 'unofficial', there must be the existence of the other which is 'official'. Her official cake cut-out were held in Neway; with the help of the main organizer; Reneh and her hubby. The celebration of the Merdeka eve were celebrated in the same place too. Fun-filled day though it's a bit hectic to us. Lastly, a BIG buttday shoutout to Molly and Malar; Happy Buttday girls!!!