My profession in identifying and creating core emotions for tv promotion enables me to also connect up all the different emotions that leads me into cooking and baking.
It all begins when I often walk out from a restaurant feeling dissatisfied along with ANGER for paying high bills for lousy food and bad service in this city. And most of the time, what disappoints me is the way good ingredients are being treated poorly.
That is when the temptation and CURIOSITY of wondering if I can cook better food arouse my desire to take up the challenge and re-look at the function of my kitchen with a whole new perspective.
After numerous failures that eventually leads to a few good attempts with some recipes, the feeling of SUCCESS encourage me to create more to share with friends and neighbours which increases HUMAN CONNECTIONS without even noticing it. The reward is enormous.
Here’s a really simple recipe that makes me happy.
Pasta Marinara with Canadian Scallops
Heat up olive oil in a pan. Season scallops with salt, pepper and coat lightly with flour. Fry scallops for 2 minutes on one side and another minute on the other side.
For the sauce:
Half an onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic
1 can of Italian tomato
Heat up olive oil in a pot with onions and garlic. The fragrance from the onion and garlic will infuse into the oil when heated up together. Add salt to avoid onions from burning. Sautee till onion turns translucent. Add black pepper, tomatoes and basil. Simmer for 30 mins.
Serve with your favourite pasta and top it up with the gorgeous scallops.
Now comes to baking. My FEAR of sending something into the oven and hoping it will come out good stays with me for many years ever since I failed terribly trying to bake a basic sponge cake.
It was until early this year when Anto from relaxingcooking encouraged me to bake my first bread. It is a big emotion of DARING to take up the challenge to start a bumpy journey which I am glad I did and to discover the many secrets of baking along the way.
I got to admit I am quite obsessed with bread baking for now and I just can’t wait to log this recipe in that uses ‘tangzhong’ mentioned to me by Jean from bentodays. This method creates a super soft loaf with a long lost flavor which brings me all the way back to my childhood days. Yum!
Soft white bread using ‘Tangzhong’
50g bread flour
Cook on low heat and keep stirring continuously until it becomes sticky.
270g bread flour
30g butter (soften)
Mix all ingredients except butter. Put in butter when rest of ingredients is well mixed.
Knead the dough till it passes the window pane test. Form it into a ball and put it into a greased bowl.
Sprinkle some water on dough and cover. Let it proof for 45mins to an hour.
Pre-shape dough into three round loaves and let it sit for 15mins.
For the final shaping, roll the dough to resemble soft rolls and put them side by side in a loaf tin.
Sprinkle some water on top and proof for 45mins to an hour.
Brush with egg wash and bake at 170C in a pre-heated oven for 30mins.