Chef Arty’s Lazy No-Bake Chocolate Pie, Durian Pengat on a Rainy Sunday…

What do you do with:

1) Excess 70% Cocoa Lindt chocolates from the crazy sale at Value Dollar Shop;

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2) Cheap but badly chosen, Not-So-Nice + under-ripe batch of Durian from the Pasar Malam;

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3) Rainy Sunday that got you trapped at home? (This picture was taken at KSL hotel lobby and not my home by the way! Lolx!)

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Yup, u got it!

1) Traditional No-Bake Chocolate Pie

2) Durian Pengat

Okie, if at this point, you are looking for a proper recipe, you are outta luck.. Coz am quite random when it comes to cooking.. That is why I can never bake a cake that requires precise measurements.. Cooking should be FUN and I love going with my gut, tongue and preference.. So if you are like me, you may use the following ingredients to make the simple, sinful and über delicious desserts! Let me know how yours turn out! =D

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

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Crust:
Crushed digestive biscuits
Sugar
Melted butter

Combine all of them together (with hands) and press into shape into your preferred pie tray/ bowl.
Set in fridge for 1hr. Mine actually didn’t turn out too well and crumbles too easily. Think I added too little melted butter.

Chocolate Filling:
Melted chocolate
Cooking Cream
Sugar
Whipped Cream (Gotta take note here: Whipped till peak is formed. Underwhip and ur filling will be too watery, over and the cream will collapse)

Cook melted chocolate, sugar and cream together and bring to a soft boil.
Fold in whipped cream into the slightly cooled mixture.
Pour into crust.
Set in fridge for a further 2hrs, or till you are ready to eat.

Durian Pengat

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What you will need:
Durian
Cooking Cream (recommend using coconut cream. I used only cooking cream coz there were leftover from the chocolate pie)

Sugar (plenty)
Gula Melacca (very impt especially if you are not using coconut cream)
Pinch of salt

Boil durian and cream in slow fire. Add sugar and gula malacca. Cook till sugar melted and you get a mash-like consistency. Stir in a pinch of salt. Set aside pot to cool before putting in fridge for further 2-3hrs. Best served chilled. If you have some whipped cream, you can also garnish the dessert with little cream thorns like what I did!

*Tips on where to buy the best and cheapest ingredients:

Value Dollar Shop
Chocolate
Digestive Biscuits

Phoon Huat aka Red Man
Butter
Cooking Cream
Whipped Cream

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Random Stuff In CRAZY Times

Amidst my crazy days now with projects. assignments, competitions, business plans (MULTIPLE) all due, I did some pretty random stuff…

My new bed frame finally arrives after close to a month of waiting and months of sleeping with the mattress on the floor… (My last one broke and at first I tot it was quite ZEN to have the mattress on the floor.. Until I start to have backaches!)

The Hush Puppies Dreamlinen 420 Threadcount Bed Sheet (as shown in pic) that I SpeciaLLY got from Mustafa to “welcome” my new frame was really disappointing though… Totally overrated! I got even madder when the size dun even fit the super-single bed snugly! More like a sheet designed for a middle size btn Super single and Queen! It is a FITTED SHEET for goodness sake! Trust me to pay so much extra for the brand, tc and “Dreamlinen” range… It is seriously not much difference from the regulars.. Even my FAV Mickey sheet is more comfortable!! HaizKena cheated…

Got a craving for egg tarts the day before and decided to make some myself by following a Youtube video…

Quite simple to make actually! Especially with Chef Benny’s assistance. You can check it out from here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwHpzosMTpI

The custard taste great! The skin was quite tasteless though…

Dun have to follow the recipe exactly.. Let me know if anyone wanna make. I had modified the recipe and make another batch again yesterday. The skin taste way better! Yum!!

Oh, and the pink ones you see are Strawberry Egg Tarts! I just replaced regular milk with strawberry milk coz it was on sale… Heee… The results: Berry Yummy Pink Tarts!! =P

Finally got a whole new set of WHITE dishes that I wanted for the longest time from Ikea!
Decided to do a little fine-dining styled dinner for my family! Twee Bak was on offer that day at Giant and there you go: Crispy Pork on Bed of Rosti with Roasted Carrots.

And this is by far the most random thing I did! (23rd July 2009)

My Parents woke me up really early: 9.45am (Ok, not THAT early but I slept at 5am last night coz was trying to complete my project) to just to go Pulau Ubin!!!

My dad wanna visit the Tua Pek Gong temple there and thus, everyone who were at home were mobilised…

Not that I mind coz I love the great air and greeneries of Ubin, and I am actually quite keen to go back to the temple that we used to frequent back in my poly days… But I am simply TOOOOOOOO BUSY!! Ahhh… I need a break…. Desperately….

And over there, we went to another new temple that was introduced by my dad’s friend’s wife.. She claimed that the fortune teller there is like super “ZHUN” and asked us to go too!

Heee.. I am quite a sucker for fortune telling! Too bad I can’t remember my birth time.. So have to go another time…

I intend to go with fellow 同志s: Alex and Terri!

One nice thing about the place is that they dun overcharge, only $12 to 批八字(life analysis). And for those really poor folks who cannot even afford that amount but need guidance, they can pay any amount they can… Not forceful about the money at all.. That is a nice change to this ultra monetary society ehz?

Check out some of the pictures we took:

Raymond (My Second Bro) and Me. Trying to position to “make” our face smaller than each others’ in the picture! But being the owner of this blog, of course I choose the one that I am smaller in! Hahaha….

Raymond and Dad at the Jetty.

Mum and Dad at our Ubin Fav Haunt: Tua Pek Gong Temple

Me 自拍at the Tua Pek Gong Temple

Haha… Love this shot! Isn’t my Mummy Sooooooooo UBER CUTE!!!! Love her!!!!!

We were on our way to the new temple in the van… It’s min $5 per way. If more than 5 pax, its $1 per pax… Quite reasonably priced…


Heee… And how can I resist to use another great 自拍shot to end this blog? Nice right? =P

Alright… Back to work now!!! Aargh….

Week Flown By…

It’s scary how time flies even when I am doing nothing much at all! One whole set of weekdays simply passed me my from the last time I update this blog! What have I been doing the whole week??? Hmmmm… Let me think…

Mon:

Nothing for the whole day… (apart from my fruitless attempts to pack up my room and catching the my Shi Xiong Di (The Ten Brothers) Drama Series on DVD. At night was down for an API (Asia Paranormal Investigators) meeting with the ppl from SHINE. Yupz, and it is also the day where I am official part of the API Family! Hurray! Hopefully I can deliver what I planned to…

Tue:

Watched more DVDs (I wanna complete the serial)…Library with Mummy to return library books at CompassPoint… Borrowed more books… Ooh… And hogged 24PACKETS (1 Litre) of Dutchlady UHT milk home!! Cold Storage selling them off at $1.90, BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!!! Hahaha.. How can a milk boi like me resist?!! But to think of it… The offer is only coz they need to buy back consumers’ trust after the melamine scare… Hmmmm… Not that I care! They are simply delicious!!! Just that my arms almost broke when I carried them all the way home… Really in need of some serious calcium! Wahhahahaha…. Oh, and below is a picture of the new LCD TV I bought for my parents… Looks nice in the living room hor!

Pretty but messy living room after addition of the new LCD… Haa… Does it reminds u of my room? The messy gene is in me!! *Shrugs* =P
Wed:

I finally finished the WHOLE 20 Episode serial!! Heee… Nice show… But the ending abit the not up to my expectation… Oh WellZ.. 20hrs of my life slipped me by… Went Tamp Giant with mum at night for another round of groccery shopping! Need to prepare my ingredients for creep picnic the next day… Went to peek at the price of the Dutchlady milk there: $1.90 each. NO one for one!! Yippy!!!!! The slog from Cold Storage was worth it! Hahahahaha….

Thur:

Woke up early to prepare for my cooking… Cooked enough for family’s lunch too… Just that my dad and youngest bro not really veg person… They are SICK of my okonmiyakis! Hahaha.. Even though this attempt was much better than the previous one! My auntie came over and sampled and say I can open a shop to sell!! Heeeeee….. Of course I paiseh then say “no lah… long way to go…” but in my heart, I’m like “ahem, I KNOW THAT ALREADY!!!” Wahahahahahahahaha…. I know I know… THICK skin… That’s me!! =P
I intend the picnic to be a 3 course one, so I made “Italian fused Japanese Sweet Potatoe Mousse Canape” for appetiser! It looks great! Check it out! And ending the meal with light Japanese cheesecake coz I reckon we will be too full after the enormous okonomiyaki..

Italian fused Japanese Sweet Potatoe Mousse Canape

The Creepy Pinic was indeed CREEPILY FUN!! First, I met Sparky at Buangkok MRT Station. From there, we took a short bus ride to the LAST REMAINING Kampung in Singapore which is situated in the middle of nowhere on Buangkok Green… Cool place… Very serene.. Not creepy at all.. And the few villagers we met were very friendly… It’s almost as thou we travelled 30yrs back to the old Singapore… Where the Kampung Spirit still exsits… Where your door can be made of light wood and u are not afraid that ppl will break into… Love that place! We had our picnic dinner there before we moved on to the creepier night…

….Lim Chu Kang Cemetery….. Thank goodness that Alex offered to pick us up and join us on our cemetery tour on his Tuscon… I was seriously a *hi*ken over there…. Aargh.. Hate to admit it, but I was scared… I was the one who wanted a really creepy one, but one I reached there, the atmosphere totally overwhelmed me… I felt sooooo much like a intruder! It wasn’t my first time there in the afterdark hours, but never JUST 3 person!!

We walked around the Christian Cemetry first… Saw the oldest and prob the first few Christian tombs of the cemetry… And there was this one with 2holes that extend way below into the grave…….. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH…. Sparky asked whether I would like to look into it… (Heart: WHAAT THEEE H***) But of coz I politely declined… *Rolled EyES* (PS: Those that are laughing at me now, you have to go to feel how scary it is…… bleah…)

Then comes the muslim cemetry… LAGI scary!! Luckily no one really wanna get down the car anyway… Phew….

Hindu Cemetry… Here, we get down because Sparky wanted to show us a tree that is wrapped in red cloth…. Urban legends says that ppl pray to the Indian Warrior Goddess Kalli at the special tree… By the way, Kalli happens to be the goddess that Adrian Lim (the TPY child killer) prayed to at home. And becoz Kalli is a really fierce goddess, no one prays to it at home!!! Anyway, ask me if u wanna know this cool scary story about Goddess Kalli, Adrian Lim and the Arrest… Very interesting tales from Sparky… We DID NOT manage to find that tree thou… Strange coz there was only 2plots of burial grounds for the Hindus (most Hindus believe in cremation), and the tombs are very sparsed out… Finding anything should be relatively easy.. No fate bah… Haaaaa… But we saw this playhouse-looking tomb of what looks like an infant grave… The huge playhouse over the tiny tomb makes it look so lonely… So isolated yet protected… Can feel the sinister mixture of love and obscene grieve of the parents that looked forward to the child for 9mths, yet have to say goodbye just shortly after…

We ended our night at the CREEPIEST ground of all…. The Chinese Cemetery… And the “FRESH” ones that is… OMG!!!!!!!!!!! *Rolled Eyes* They were still talking about how can we see the dunno what “whisp” thing… (According to BOTH of them, when the body starts to decompose, a gas will be produced. When the gas escapes outta the soil and interacts with the atmosphere, we can literally SEE small blue glowing gas balls!!!!!! Ahhhhh…. I feel like FAINTING!!!! Yes, I wanna go to cemetery to experience the peace and quiet and maybe a bit of eerieness… But NOT SEE anything!!! Gosh… What if we BREATH in any of those gas?!!!!

Anyone who knows me would know how terrified of “dead” stuff… I am even afraid of the pets that died in my house (ok, except small fishes and insects)… Let alone dead HUMAN!! Gasp!

And apparently there are no tombs above the freshly buried… YIKESS!! I swear I my heart was in my mouth when I saw the loose soils on the well defined 2M X 1M plots… Thank goodness we didnt have our picnic there…. Imagine a hand creeping out from below and ask for food??!! *Instant FaintX Picture* EEEEeeeeekkkksss…. That was seriously seriously one scary place I dun really wanna be again next time…

Actually, part of the reason why we are there at the “fresh” area is because we wanted to catch the 4D punters in action. Which, we didnt managed to find thou… It is said that the freshly buried souls are the best to ask for the winning numbers, coz of the grievences… But I am beginning to think that you need good guts for that! And no wonder the punters always travelled in grps of 10-15… Hahahaha…

Well, thats about it for my past week… Pathetic… I know… So many things to complete but not even half way through.. I need my motivation!!!!! Ooh… And I just finished downloading Little Nonya from MOBTV all the way to ESP 7! Yay!! I am soooo in love with the show! Time to chase another serial! Oops! =>.<=

Seafood Aglio Olio… Finally Back in the Kitchen…

It had been a rather long Sunday..

Lunch at the new Buangkok estate area, Ikea (didn’t get anything coz the crazy queue too long… Will go again in the weekdays…), Watched “On the Beat 3” on MobTV with Mum, cook dinner then East Coast Park, back to the 24Hrs NTUC at Buangkok (to get ingredients for lunch tmr.. yup, cooking again!)…

I am strangely not too tired however…

Had a restless night full of messy dreams after my cemetry tour. Kept hearing some creepy, sharp and weird lady cries at the back of my head. But most prob just tired and my brain still cannot settle down after all the adventure. I super missed those adorable chubby puppies!!! Hopefully can sleep better tonight though..

Anywayz, here’s a yummy looking picture of the dinner I made! Not bad eh? Looks like I still got it! Hee… The prawns and fish chunks are so fresh today that they taste good with anything!!! Hungry yet? *EviL GrinZ* =P