Thursday, 11 March 2010

weights and measures

Can someone please tell me how to weigh things using spoons?

I made some semolina today from a box that i brought back from the UK...and it was lovely...but it was yellow and turned into a brick when it cooled! i guessed the weights of the semolina and sugar (and the amount of milk...).

I've found some wonderful recipes for microwave cake too, so i'll be giving those a go as soon as i work out the Chinese for 'Self Raising Flour'. Sawyer keeps translating it and laughing and telling me that flowers always raise themselves in the sun...

I might have to cave in and buy some scales...

I will have to make some banana bread at some point. When i was ill, Mark bought me a huge fruit basket, and the bananas are going from green to rubbish...there's no spotty ones! I like my bananas spotty! It did have dragon fruit in it. Dragon fruits are so pretty, they're oval, pink and spiky. The inside looks like it should be like sorbet, but its like a solid melon consistency. I'll take a pic of the remaining half.

Must buy a whisk...i feel bananas and custard (and baked apples...everyone seemed to get me apples when i was ill!) and i need a whisk to make custard!

I'm so glad that i've found some microwave baking recipes. it makes me feel like i can cook real food again. Can't find any recipes for microwave biscuits though...if you have one, put it in the comments!

Ooooh...oooh....drama today! I was cleaning the bathroom and i broke the sink...the pipe that goes from the plughole to the floor drain...broke it clean off! Luckily, it got fixed pretty quickly! I think they had visions of my bathroom flooding!!

I've got to go and see Mark this week, i'll probably go after class tomorrow. Apparently, he can help me get a job next year. I can't stand Mark, but i'll have to suck it up and go see him to see who he knows in Xi'An. Then i've got to work out how to get all my stuff to Xi'An in July.

I'm still trying to work out whether to change my flight to come home in July. If i come home as soon as college finishes in June, then i can get a job for a couple of months in the UK to earn money to come back. If i come home at the end of July, as is the plan at the moment, then i only have a month to earn lots of money.

Does anyone know of a temporary job for July/August?


RunWita said...

Chocolate Chip Bars


* 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
* 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and walnuts.

Spread into a greased 8-in. square microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 5 minutes or until bars test done, rotating a quarter turn every minute. Cool before cutting.

The Fee Fairy said...

oooh...that looks good.
I'm off to the shop today, so i'll see if i can find some ingredients.

jasmine said...

The great thing about the metric system is that, for example, a tablespoon measures 15mL which converts to just under 15grams. Teaspoon= 5mL= 5grams
There are 28grams in an ounce, although in baking we round it up to 30grams, and 16 ounces in a pound.

Also I found this:

Good luck!

oh, some ideas, you could totally make fudge and caramel sauce in the micro, if you haven't already.