Jack-o’-Lantern Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Cookies for Halloween

Pumpkin Pie

It’s already October, eh? Only two months left and it’ll be a brand new year again. Time sure flies really fast. Anyway, I didn’t plan to make pumpkin pie but then I went to supermarket and saw those delicious looking pumpkins so I ended up buying it.

I didn’t waste any minutes, I bought it, went straight home, cut the pumpkin into chunks and boiled it with cinnamon.

While I was waiting until the pumpkin is soft, I started to make the pie dough. This one I made is the easiest pie dough. You  don’t even need to measure it, just feel it with your hands. I only used flour, pinch of baking powder, and butter.

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and then I rolled out the dough and checked the pumpkin. Once it has become soft, I strained it and mashed the pumpkin. You can use blender or food processor if you want.

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I added cinnamon powder, brown sugar, a bit of granulated sugar, milk, and corn flour to the mixture. Once it has boiled, turn off the heat and let it cool.

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Coat it with egg evenly using brush and just put it in the oven.

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Espresso Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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This cupcake is really easy to make and this is definitely one of my favourite cupcakes. I made Jell-o cookies too beside espresso fudge cupcakes but I will share the recipe for this cupcakes first.

Cupcakes :

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Frosting :

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3-4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar or confectioners sugar

Directions :

Sift flour in a bowl, mix it with cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add the vanilla and egg. Mix well and turn off the mixer. Using a spatula, add milk and flour mixture alternately (I prefer this way so the cupcakes will become soft). Stir in chocolate chips and pour into lined cupcake pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out almost clean.

Cream butter and sugar on high speed until creamy. While beating add vanilla and cocoa powder gradually. Spread the frosting on cooled cupcakes with a spatula. top with chocolate chips or coffee bean if you want.

DOCTOR WHO COOKIES [TARDIS & BOW TIE COOKIES]

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My mum bought me loads of food colouring, so yesterday I was wondering what should I use all these food colouring for but then my mum said she wants to make cookies like kaastengels and nastar for Eid Day. I decided to make DOCTOR WHO themed cookies for celebrating the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO and because Matt Smith is leaving DW this year too. I know it looks really messy 😄 it was my first time to decorate cookies and I don’t have the tools so I used toothpick and straw lol.

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To make this cookie dough is actually very simple, I only used butter, eggs, flour, and baking powder. Since yesterday was the first time I made icing for decorating cookies, I used this recipe for the icing because it has a great review and pretty simple. I didn’t use corn syrup so I tried to substitute it with simple syrup made from granulated sugar.

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I only used 4 colours, sky blue, cherry red, coal black, and white. To make TARDIS blue, I mixed sky blue and a little bit of coal black and for the window I used fondant and a little bit of white food colouring. It was quite hard to get the right colour for TARDIS, so make sure you don’t put too much black.

[Review] STARK Bierhaus

stark1STARK Bierhaus is a newly opened cafe and lounge at Plaza Indonesia’s eX (Entertainment Xenter). If you’re wondering what is STARK, STARK is local beer brewed in Singaraja Bali and as you can guess, Bierhaus is Beer House in German. So in short, STARK Bierhaus is a place where we can drink STARK beer and of course you can enjoy the food too. The first time I knew about STARK beer is actually at Ennichisai. I wanted to drink something because it was hot that day. I stumbled upon a stall that sell Sapporo Beer and STARK Beer, I’ve never heard of STARK before and the price was cheap (around 20k) so I decided to buy it. I took the first sip and yes, that hit the spot. The beer was very light and a little sweet and it was very refreshing. It tasted so good I didn’t expect it to be a local beer.

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Since I like the beer so much, I googled STARK Beer and I found out that they just opened their own cafe&lounge at eX. I didn’t waste any time, I went there the same week I found out about the Bierhaus. Went there with my mum and my sis, we ordered Bratwurst, german sausage served with roasted potatoes and sauerkraut, The Bonanza, a “big” selections of german sausages served with mashed or roasted potatoes, Pork Chop, grilled pork chop seved with sauce, roasted potatoes, and sauerkraut.

imageIt went down hill from there. The portion is very small, the bratwurst looked very lonely and sad because the plate was ironically big and there was only one bratwurst with a huge pile of potatoes and sauerkraut. The sharing dish, Bonanza, wasn’t big I can finish that by myself. The pretty decent dish was the pork chop. The portion wasn’t too small, the meat was tender and I loved the sauce.

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Overall, I think the foods and drinks are a little bit overpriced  since the portions are very small (around 75k – 250k). The place itself is quiet and has a nice ambience. The question is, will I come again? Nope, I don’t think so, but the beer… you should try it out.

[Review] Santouka Ramen

First, I should say that this is the best ramen in town. I’ve been there couple of times and I can say that I am satisfied with the food and of course the service. The atmosphere of the restaurant itself is very nice, with dim lights but not too dark so we can still see clearly. Santouka Ramen is very crowded especially during lunch time.

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When we arrived, we were served with a glass of cold water even before we order the ramen. It’s actually very usual in Japan, where we go to some restaurants and they’ll serve us a glass of water immediately after we sit down. 

I always choose Chasu ramen with shio broth/soup everytime I go there because the soup itself tastes magnificent and the chasu is thick and delicious too. Santouka is a hokkaido style ramen, I’m not quite sure but the noodles and the toppings are different than Sanpachi or Marutama ramen. Santouka’s chasu ramen is served with bambooshoots, mushroom, kamaboko (fish paste or naruto), and umeboshi.

The staffs are friendly, the price is reasonable (70K-100K), the foods are great. Overall, Santouka ramen is a worth trying restaurant. 

Beef Tongue in Dark Soy Sauce Recipe [Gyuutan in Dark Soy Sauce]

This is a very simple and easy dish to make.

You only need :

  1. Beef Tongue
  2. Onions
  3. Dark Soy Sauce
  4. Salt and Pepper
  5. Margarine
  6. Oil
  7. Water
  8. Cornstarch
  9. Leeks (for garnish)

And you only have  to : 

  1. Put the tongue into a pressure cooker and boil it for ± 20 minutes
  2. Peel the outer skin and slice the tongue
  3. Cut the onion and then slice it
  4. Prepare your pan and add 2 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of margarine
  5. Saute the onion and put the sliced tongue into the pan
  6. Mix it well and add dark soy sauce.
  7. Add 1 cup of water, add salt and pepper, and let it boil
  8. After it boiled, add the cornstarch (you must mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch with water)
  9. Taste it. if it isn’t sweet enough, you can add more dark soy sauce.
  10. Place it on a plate and garnish it with leeks
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Happy cooking!