It is the same with trying out recipes. I see recipes that I want to try (my list is neverending) and I would mentally make them in my mind. So even after buying the hard-to-find ingredient(s) required in the recipe, I have yet to physically try the recipes. But I think I can also attribute it to the fact that I'm a hoarder. I like to stock up my pantry so that I know I have everything to make anything I want at a whim. Easy-to-obtain items don't count as a trip to the supermarket or grocery store can easily solve that problem. But don't count on your local supermarket or grocery store to stock up on everything required in the recipe. Often, the assembly of ingredients in a recipe requires trips to different stores and painstaking hunts for ingredient(s) or equipment(s).
Come to think of it, now I remember my poor Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs). It is still waiting for me to make the Hamburg Steak (recipe from Chubby Hubby). Now I have to find a way to use up breadcrumbs. Same goes for my Mirin, Hoisin Sauce and Hua Diao Jiu. Sighs. I've got to wait till Mum finishes her supply of Char Siew before I can try out the recipe for Char Siew from ieatishootipost. So now you have a vague idea of what a hoarder's pantry looks like, I am proud to introduce to today's additions to the pantry.
Clockwise from left: EASIYO Yogurt Maker AD$15.96, Natural Yoghurt 3 Pack AD$7.98, Reduced Fat Yoghurt 3 Pack AD$7.98, Skimmers Yoghurt 3 Pack AD$7.98, 2 Yoghurt Jars + Yoghurt Cookbook AD$9.98, Greek Yoghurt Base, Raspberry Yoghurt Base and Strawberry Yoghurt Base AD$3.71.
Mum couldn't resist buying another yoghurt maker since it was so cheap! She paid AD$25++ for hers and since it was on sale, she decided to get another. That way she can mass produce more. The yoghurts are very versatile. They can be eaten on its own, frozen to become yoghurt ice-cream or do like what Dad does. He eats the plain yoghurt with his rice. It is common in Indian cuisine as well. I like the fruit varieties. I can hear the questions ringing in people's minds. Why make yoghurt when you can buy it at any supermarket? Besides, it is not very expensive to buy it at supermarkets.
Well, my answer is that it does taste different from supermarket varieties. My family and I have been yoghurt eaters and we've tasted nearly every type of yoghurt available in the supermarkets. Homemade yoghurts are less sweet as you can control the amount of sugar to put it in. Also, homemade yoghurts are free from any additives and preservatives. No matter what the packaging says on the outside, to have a certain length of shelf life, some sort of additives or preservatives will be present in the yoghurt. Well, homemade yoghurts don't have that problem so you will be eating fresh yoghurt. Also, natural flavoured yoghurt are great since you can flavour it with anything you like. Add fruits to it for a great snack or dessert. Add jams or sauces to flavour the yoghurt and give it that swirl or marbling effect. Add herbs for a great dip and condiment. It is just so versatile. Oh. And you don't have to buy the packets of yoghurt base everytime you want to make yoghurt. Just buy one pack for starters, follow instructions in the book, and you will be able to make yoghurt!
Right: EASIYO Passionfruit Flavour Topping Fruit Squirt AD$2.98
I forgot to put it in for the "family potrait" above. Oh well. It can be the prodigal son that came home.Glucose Syrup AD$4.36. I checked out Michael Laiskonis blog and was inspired by his use of glucose syrup in a number of his workbooks. His recipes have inspired me to hunt for locust bean gum, trimoline and xanthan. His blog is very inspiring for amateur bakers. Though he is very "scientific" and mathematical in some sense, his ideas and perseverance impressed me. Check it out if you are lacking of inspiration!
Copha Vegetable Shortening AD$2.42. Amazing! Mum has been trying to find it for ages and now she's found it. And next to it was blocks and blocks of lard! They had another type but I forgot. I was attracted by the various packaging of butter, then amazed by the varieties which led me to wonder between the differences of butter. She came to stop me from buying butter since we already have so much at home and tada. She found it! That supermarket is so cool! They have so many more "cool" stuff than the other supermarket from the same chain.
Madeleine Mould AD$17.95. This is the OTHER madeleine mould that I wasn't entirely happy with because of the size. This mould is more shallow but bigger than the mini one that I liked. Bought it out of sheer desperation.
Springform Mini Cake Pans AD$4.95 each. I've got plans for it already.
And I shall end here. Shall dream of all the goodies. Goodnight.