Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year - Another Feast, A Boozy Night

After the big spread we had on Xmas Day, we indulged another round for New year :)

Pumpkin bacon macaroni cheese
Incredibly tasty, cheesy and creamy, yum!

Recipe is from Brown Eyed Baker
What you need:
12 slices thick-cut peppered bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces (I used 10 slices back bacon)
½ butternut squash, finely diced (I used 1/4 japanese pumpkin)
½ yellow onion, finely diced
salt and pepper, to taste
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded, divided
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
16 ounces cavatappi pasta (I used 400g elbow)
1 cup plain breadcrumbs (I used panko breadcrumbs)
  1. Preheat oven to 200degC
  2. Butter casserole dish of your choice
  3. Heat a large pot of water over high heat for the pasta, cover
  4. In a pan, fry bacon with a little oil til crisp. Remove from heat to a towel lined plate to drain
  5. Set aside 2 tbsps of bacon grease in the pan
  6. Adjust heat to medium low, add in pumpkin and onion to the bacon grease
  7. Cook, stir occasionally til pumpkin and onion are browned and soft
  8. With a wooden spoon, mash up the mixture. It doesn't have to be completely smooth, leave some chunks in for texture
  9. Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the box instruction - cook al dente
  10. When cooked, drain it in a colander
  11. For the sauce: In a large pan, melt 4 tbsps of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for about 1 minute, until the flour start to brown a bit and smells nutty, whisk constantly. Slowly, add in the milk. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer, stir occasionally
  12. Stir in both cheeses, adding a handful at a time and stir til completely melt each time - it's about 1 1/2 cup each in all
  13. Season with salt and pepper, off heat
  14. Add the cooked pasta, bacon and pumpkin mixture to the sauce. Stir til it's completely combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish
  15. Melt the remaining 4 tbsps of butter and mix with the breadcrumbs
  16. Sprinkle the macaroni cheese with the remaining 1/2 cup gruyere and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs mixture on top of the cheese
  17. Bake until browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes
 A hearty red meatballs carrot soup prepared by my mum
This is cooked by many Indonesians, a dish easily found in wedding dinners and Chinese food restaurants in the country

Recipe is from my mum
What you need:
1 chicken bone
a pot of water
200g minced chicken
half a can of luncheon meat, diced and put into food processor til smooth
1 tbsp fried onion, finely crushed
4 large tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 onion, diced
4 carrots, diced
5 frozen chicken sausages, sliced
a little butter, salt, pepper, sugar, nutmeg, tomato ketchup
corn flour diluted in water (2:1)
  1. Bring a pot of water with chicken bone to a boil, discard the residue
  2. In a small pot, bring to a boil tomatoes with a little of the chicken stock til tomatoes turn really soft. Transfer to another pot with a strainer and add into the chicken stock, let it simmer
  3. In a pan, heat butter and sautee onion til soft, transfer to the chicken stock
  4. In a large bowl, combine chicken, luncheon meat, a little salt and pepper, fried onion
  5. Shape into balls (my mum prefers to shape into oval shape) and put into the chicken stock
  6. The balls are cooked when they float
  7. Add in carrots, stir well
  8. When the carrots are half cooked, add in sausages, stir well
  9. Add in seasonings to the soup - salt, pepper, nutmeg, tomato ketchup, sugar
  10. Adjust the taste, bring to a boil
  11. Add in diluted corn flour and stir til the desired thickness achieved
  12. Bring to a boil one more time and turn off heat
Now is dessert time! What better dessert can be made so boozy other than tiramisu LOL
A super boozy kind we made this time, it's extremely yummy and addictive. The only thing forced us to stop eating this was when we felt our cheeks getting warmer LOL
A big NO for those kids keen to try :)

Recipe is from Annielicious
What you need:
8 tsp instant coffee powder (I used Nescafe Gold)
8 tsp caster sugar
10 tbsp kahlua
500g mascarpone cheese
200 ml chilled whipping cream
2 large eggs
2 packs of sponge fingers (Annie has emphasized in the importance of using a good quality sponge fingers but I was too lazy to find the brand she used, I just grabbed any brand I could find in supermarket hehe... I will find the particular brand Annie mentioned, Cantreau brand Savoiardi - to experience the difference)
cocoa powder (to sieve on top before serving)
  1. In a bowl can fit the length of sponge finger, mix instant coffee powder and caster sugar in a bowl. Add 8 tbsps kahlua into the coffee mixture. Stir til all completely melted. Set aside
  2. Beat cold whipping cream til stiff. Once done, put the cream back to the fridge
  3. Separate egg whites and yolks. Beat egg yolk til pale
  4. In another clean and dry bowl, beat egg whites til stiff peak
  5. Add mascarpone into a mixing bowl and add in egg yolk, mix well
  6. Add in whipping cream, egg whites and 2 tbsps kahlua into the mascarpone mixture. Mix til everything incorporated. Put the whole bowl back to the fridge
  7. Prepare a removable base cake tin, line the sides with baking paper. No need to line the base. Using mousse cake ring is the best way to make great looking tiramisu. But if appearance doesn't matter, you may use any kind of dish with approximately 5 cm height at the sides. I used 22 square pan, perfect for me
To assembly:
1st layer:
Dip sponge fingers (sugary sides  down) into the coffee mixture, dip half part of the sponge fingers. The next time I make this again, I'll dip the whole thing to get the maximum moistness of the whole tiramisu. Dipping half part gave me still dry parts of the sponge fingers here and there which I don't prefer
Cut sponge fingers to fit the pan if neccessary (I didn't need to do that)
2nd layer:
Spread half the cream mixture on top of the sponge fingers. Sift some cocoa powder (I didn't add cocoa powder for this 2nd layer - which I regretted. I'll add for the next try )
3rd layer:
Repeat the step for 1st layer. Dip the sponge fingers into the coffee mixture (this time sugary sides up) and put another layer of the sponge fingers on top of the cream
4th layer:
Cover with the remaining cream on top
Keep the tiramisu covered in clingwrap overnight
Sift cocoa powder just before serving
If mousse ring or removable pan is used, use a sharp knife to run around the base of the cake, carefully transfer the cake to a plate or serving dish
You may cut the sponge fingers into half and arrange them all around the side of the cake and tie with ribbon for a pretty finishing touch
Why my version was real boozy?
After left overnight in the fridge, I tried my first bite and found that some of the sponge fingers were quite dry, so I literally poured the remaining coffee mixture added with some kahlua at one side of the cake, tilting the pan so the liquid run through all over the bottom part of the cake, let the sponge fingers absorbed all of it
It's an idea based on logic to wet the dry spinge fingers. It worked,  but boy, what a strong kahlua based dessert we had! LOL
We still had a few dry parts at the centre of the cake from the sponge fingers at the 3rd layer, though but we enjoyed it to the max
it's super yummy!
The making process - especially to make the cream was a little troublesome, since I only have one stand mixer, so a few times of washing required
But believe me, it's really really worth it! :)
Tiramisu lover, this is a must try!
Besides dessert, as if it's not boozy enough, my sis made one of any girl's favorite drink, frozen margaritha
And DH bought this, first time we tried and fell in love with it at the very first sip! Nice, light, so fruity, refreshing!
Oh and DH managed to find a bottle of Erdinger beer in the fridge, out favorite beer besides Paulaner :)
To go along with the drinks, my sis also stocked up on many savoury munches - chips, nuts, cheese balls. Perfect!
So, do you think it's a feast? LOL
It was to our family. We are still stuffed everytime thinking of what we had for the just over Xmas and New Year :)
Well, we definitely had so much fun, that what's matter the most :)


  1. I love the soup of carrot and fish balls very very much. Thanks for all the recipe.

  2. Happy New Year! Your tiramisu looks perfect... we love making it for Christmas celebration too. :)

    1. Happy NY to u too :) isn't is such a wondeful dessert? love it so much!

  3. I hope never too late to wish you Happy New Year! All foods sound so yummy.

    1. thks Sonia, happy NY to u too
      it's never too late :P

  4. The tiramisu looks terrific!
    Wishing you a sweet and happy 2013!

  5. Hi Alice,
    Wow, you sure had a super delicious feast! Everything looks delicious! Your tiramisu looks perfectly made!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Wish you all the best in 2013!

  6. Hi Alice, looks so delicious. What a wonderful celebration it must have been with all that food! Makes me drool :) Just to let you know I've moved blogs due to some technical issues with my previous platform. My new blog is at

    1. thks Mich, and thks for letting me know about your site :)

  7. Ah, i saw the sommerbys bottles in Singapore recently, should have bought them then GAHHH. Love the pumpkin macaroni, makes me hungry now :) The indonesian soup sounds very interesting. Will definitely try it one day. Thanks for sharing so many recipes in one post Alice :)

    1. no problem, hope you like it :)
      sommersbys ciders is worth every cents buying
      i might stock up on this besides my beloved erdinger LOL

  8. Hi Alice! Wow what a feast!! That all looks so amazing! And especially the tiramisu. So drooling over it! :)

  9. agree with sammie. definitely drooling for the tiramisu>> !

  10. What a feast, your family sure enjoyed a lot during that nite :)

  11. Happy new year to you too Alice. That tiramisu of yours looks yummy. I have never tried making tiramisu. Who knows may in this new year, I will try.... otherwise, next year.. or maybe the year after... hahahahaha...

    Take care dear....

    1. hahaha Mama, you should try this, really yummy
      you may omit kahlua, it taste just great too I believe
      have a great week :)

  12. Alice,
    Wow! Everything looks so yummy!
    It is indeed a enjoyable feast your have here!
    Love your red meatball carrot soup and tiramisu:)

  13. Hi Alice, everything look awesome. I especially in love with the tiramisu my most favorite. I can even eat this for breakfast. :)

    Best regards.



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