Kaastengels – Cheese Cookies

Kaastengel is quite popular in Indonesia, it’s Dutch cookies. Due to long historical colonial ties, there are many Dutch culinary that become common for Indonesian people including this cookies.

We usually make this for Christmas, New year, Lunar New Year, Lebaran (Moslem New Year), and other special occasions to treat guess along with tea and other snacks. This time I made it for my little one, for her snack time. As much as possible I’ve been trying to serve her with natural and homemade food. It is a peace of mind knowing what ingredients are put into the food as we have more control about it.

This recipe has been modified, make it slightly firmer so that she can grab it easier( I mean less mess, better for me too 🙂 ) yet still soft enough it melts quickly in the mouth.

Kaastengels 1

 

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1. Cream with the mixer 1C organic sweet butter, 1 organic egg, 1 tsp organic vanilla extract, and 2 tbs sugar( this is the only non organic ingredient I used since I didn’t have it ready in the pantry).

2. Add 2.5C organic all purpose flour and 1.5C shredded organic cheddar cheese. Fold/ mix well with hands but do not knead.

3. Shape the dough into whatever cookies shape you like. Mine is the classic kaastengels shape, 1.5″ stick. Glaze with egg wash, top with shredded cheese. bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked inside.

4. Enjoy!

 

Kaastengels 4

 

Kaastengels 2


Crochet Rosette Brooch- DIY

I have seen many pretty and cute crochet flower tutorial and patterns in internet. They all look great for brooch, but this one is my favorite, so elegant and perfect for my brooch project. I found the pattern in Ravelry.com by Daniela Herbertz. With some accessory pearls and beads, make it more custom look and feel fancy.

 

Rosette brooch 1

 

This is what it looks like once we finish the stitches.

rosette 1

 

Put it together to form the rosette, add the  pearls or beads.

rosette 3

 

Add felt and stitch the pin on the back.

rosette 2

 

 

I made it in 2 colors.

rosette 4

 

Perfect for gift.

rosette 5

 

Perfect for jacket, perfect for summer!

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Puff Pizza Roll Up

After making Mushroom Puff,  I started my search of other recipe using pastry sheet. There’s a picture of mini pizza with puff pastry, the sheet was cut rectangle then we add the pizza toppings we want, bake it, that’s it… so easy. It gave me idea for making my version of mini pizza, I rolled it up. Perfect for snack.

 

puff pizza 1

1. Prepare 1 pastry sheet on well floured surface, spread tomato sauce onto the top, add 1C corn, 1/4C chopped sweet onion, 2 tbs green onion, add grated cheese as desired: white swiss, parmesan, cheddar, finish with mayo. Bottom line is you just add whatever you want for your pizza to suit your taste.

Puff pizza 3

2. Roll it, seal the end with egg wash, cut into 10 pieces, bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes.

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3. Here is the look fresh from the oven.

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4. Bon appétit.

 

puff pizza

 


Crochet Cupcake Applique

Bought this shirt in heavy discount price on Target, on the way home suddenly got idea to add on cupcake applique to make it more appealing, then remembered that my sewing machine’s broken, eventually still have the cupcake applique but in crochet. At the end mission’s accomplished, the shirt’s nicer.

cupcake applique

This is the applique. Not a good tutorial since I don’t have the pattern, basically just trial and error to get the shape, hopefully it still bring you inspiration.

cupcake applique 2

 


Mushroom CreamCheese Puff pastry

I tried couple times to make my own puff pastry, they tasted good but didn’t have the texture I was looking for. I think I need to practice more rolling and folding the dough to get those nice layers. Since I had been so curios about this recipe, I got it from Pinterest, I decided to go with the frozen pastry sheet available in grocery store. That cut the work and time, thanks to Pepperidge Farm, the pastry sheet I used.

 

mushroom pastry

1. In this recipe I only used half of the package = 1 pastry sheet. Prepare the oven at 350F.

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A. Mix following ingredients for the filling mixture: 4 oz creamcheese( room temperature), 1/4C parmesan, 1/2C mushroom, rinsed and drained( I used canned mushroom because it’s what I had that time), 1/4C chooped sweet onion, 1/2 tbs garlic powder, 1 tbs green onion, dash of pepper.

B. Cut the pastry sheet on well floured surface, add the filling mixture.

C. Brush the edge with the egg wash( for the egg wash, I whisked 1 egg without water), fold and seal.

D. Cut to 5 or 6 pieces. Brush the top with egg wash, sprinkle with pepper.

2. Bake for 15 minutes, take out and apply another egg wash, put back to oven for 5 more minutes, do it as quick as possible. Why do this? because I want to make sure the surface will have nice color, shining gold 🙂

mushroom pastry 2

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3. Bon appétit

mushroom pastry 3


Seared Salmon with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

We have a section in the freezer dedicated to salmon since my little one hit 1 year mark. It is her favorite menu. With all those salmons ready to be grabbed and cooked I started searching new salmon menu, I found this recipe here http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pan-roasted-salmon-with-tomato-vinaigrette.

I changed the cooking method, instead of transferring the salmon from stove to oven I just seared the salmon on the pan and put lid to cover couple minutes to make sure it’s cook entirely.

salmon

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salmon 1

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