Ghost Meringues

20151024-191517-69317555.jpgHalloween is coming!!
I am excited for halloween. Not because of the candies since we don’t celebrate halloween here in Indonesia, but I’ve always love to go with a theme, for example if it’s summer, I’ll make a super summer dessert, or if it’s valentine I’ll paint my nails with all those pink-red-white-purple colour and with hearts and all…
So I am excited for Halloween for all the Halloween stuff I’m gonna bake. This is one of them. Easy ghost meringues.

I made a lot of pastry cream a few weeks back and I end up with loads of egg whites. And so I decided to make meringues, since halloween is coming, why not make something ghostly?

20151024-233836-85116564.jpgThis sweet treat is simple. The ingredients are just egg whites and sugar. I adapted this recipe from the meringue girls and the quantity is just super easy to remember. It is 1 part egg whites to 2 parts sugar. So I would suggest you weighing the egg whites first then just multiply by 2.

20151027-234213-85333729.jpgNext is to incorporate the sugar with the egg whites and beat them away!

This is just a basic recipe of making meringue. You can apply this on making macarons, the top of lemon meringue pie, or just any other meringue desserts really.

Here are some important notes you need to keep in mind when making meringue:
1. Be sure that the bowl and the whisk you’re going to use is grease and water free. Be sure to wipe the bowl clean and to be safe, wipe the bowl and whisk with some vinegar to get rid of any invisible grease left in the bowl.
2. Do not use plastic bowl. It might works but to be sure, use aluminium or even better, copper instead. Plastic bowls usually traps oil so it is harder to get rid of the grease that will prevent the egg whites to get fluffy. Aluminium is great but often times that it gives the meringue a grey tinge. Copper would work best but it is quite expensive.
3. Make sure there are NO YOLKS even the slightest little drop of it. This will also prevent the egg whites from whipping up.
4. Heat the sugar before adding it to the egg whites. This way the sugar will dissolve faster and no gritty meringue. Just put the sugar on a grease proof paper and pop it in the oven with the temperature of 200c for 5 minutes until the edges starting to melt.

That’s about it! Now let’s get whipping!

20151028-001653-1013309.jpgWhip them until all the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites has reached a stiff peaks.

20151028-002001-1201509.jpgPut them in a pipping bag with a round tip.

I love to use this hack of putting the pastry bag into a glass rather than having one hand holding them and the other scooping.

20151028-002955-1795449.jpgNow pipe the meringues into a ghost shape! Just pipe them close to the pan then pull up as you squeeze. Then just draw the faces with food colouring. Or if you want, bake them first then draw the faces with black coloured royal icing.

20151028-003247-1967623.jpgBoo!

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20151028-010204-3724241.jpgHappy Halloween everybody!

Trick or treats? 🎃

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Ghost meringues recipe
Adapted from meringue girls recipe.

Ingredients:
• 30g egg whites (around 1 large egg)
• 60g sugar
• Black food coloring or black royal icing

How to make:
1) Spread the sugar evenly on a parchment paper then heat it on a 200°C or 400°F for about 5 minutes until the edges of the sugar begins to melt.
2) Whip the egg whites into soft peaks then start adding the sugar little by little. Beat until stiff peaks (when you pull the beater, the egg white peaks stays standing ) and all the sugar has dissolved (when you rub the mixture between your finger there are no more gritty bits).
3) Put the egg whites into a pipping bag with a round tip, then start piping the ghost on a parchment paper by squeezing quite close to the pan and pulling up as you go.
4) (optional) draw the faces of the ghost with black food coloring.
5) Bake at 130°C or 270°F for about an hour (basically just drying them. They are done when they can easily be pulled off from the sheets).
6) (optional) once cooled, draw the faces with black royal icing.

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Homemade Dog Treats {Honey and Cheese Flavoured}

20150606-015637-6997231.jpgI’ve never told you guys that I have a dog.. That I loooove so much! He’s such a BIG eater! I love to give him treats because he’s so damn adorable but well.. Here’s the thing, dog treats are not always the most healthiest thing you can give to your beloved pet. I means god knows what is in that stuff! Could be chemical, could be mostly fillers, could be some waste or whatever. The good stuff (where the ingredients stated are mostly real meats) are not super cheap either…

So I decided to give my pup something that will makes him happy and good for him too! This treats are not just easy, requires just 3 main ingredients, it can also be flavoured with anything else!

Anyway I guess in this post I have decided to brag a little bit about my little furball (please bear with me)

20150606-020651-7611729.jpgHis name is Hans Sherlock Longbottom (whew! I know! Big name). What’s with the name? So, about 2 week before he arrives my sister and I had decided to name him Sherlock (another why? Because he’s a pembroke welsh corgi, by means he’s british decedent.. And also we thought that we wouldn’t miss the chance of naming him after our favourite fictional character). Then.. couple days later, the breeder suddenly call us to ask for the name and it has to start with an “H” because it has to do with some kind of the breeder rules or else we won’t be able to get his license. And so after brainstorming another british name, we decided to add Hans.
For the Longbottom, I think you could guess it. Yep! It’s because he’s a corgi and he got a loooong butt. Get it? Long-bottom?

But he still goes by Sherlock!

20150606-153710-56230916.jpgHe loooves to go on a walk at the park. Have you ever seen a corgi run? With their stubby feet and their butt!!! Cutest. Thing. Ever.

20150606-153931-56371906.jpgHe also loves to play tug-and-war. I love it too. Because it doesn’t requires me to move and run as much. Yes.. I admit. I’m a sack of potato.

Anyway enough of my furball (phew! Finally right?). On to the treats!

20150606-154351-56631490.jpgThe main ingredients are egg(s), olive oil and oatmeal. That’s it. And for the flavourings, I add cheese and honey to the mixture.

I use egg whites (one and a half egg whites to be exact) in this one because I just have some of leftovers from my previous baking. But I’ve used just plain eggs and it works perfectly fine.

Did you know that olive oil is good for your dog’s fur and coat? It’ll make them soft and smooth. I mix about a tablespoon of olive oil with Sherlock’s kibble every time he eats and he is the softest corgi everrrr!!! We went to a dog/corgi gathering some weeks ago and he is the softest corgi out of the others!

For the flavouring, be creative with it! Here are some of the treats flavours i’ve made.
• Peanut butter strawberry
• Beef and carrot
• Chicken and tomatoes (pureed tomatoes put into the mixture)
• Tuna and cheese

Be sure to research the flavours you’re going to add.
Do not add raisins, chocolate, garlic, onion, avocado or macadamia
There are some other foods that dogs are not suppose to consume so be sure to research it first.

20150606-160042-57642777.jpgTo make the treats, just add the main ingredients then stir.

I use quick cooking oatmeal where it absorbs a lot of water like really quick.
If you’re using regular oatmeal, make them into oatmeal flour first. Just put some oatmeal into a food processor and process it until it turns into flour.

20150606-160728-58048973.jpgAdd the honey and grated cheese

20150606-160935-58175383.jpgMix them and at this stage, you can put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to make it easier to shape.
But I always just shape them right away.

20150606-161144-58304768.jpgI tried to make the classic bone shape as best as i could but well..
As you can see i do have a bone cookie cutter. But it doesn’t look very bone like so i just mold it by hand.

But it is too much of a work so I ended up only making one

20150606-161427-58467257.jpgShape it into what ever you like I go with little droplets the size of a kibble (maybe a bit bigger). And then into the oven it goes!

I would suggest making bigger ones for bigger dogs.
But Sherlock likes it bite size because if I made it bigger, he would chew it, spit it, then eat it bit by bit from the floor.

It does took me a good one and a half hour to shape those droplets.

You don’t really need to space them out so much because they don’t expand nor rises when baked.

20150606-162118-58878107.jpgLook at how happy he looks!

“Gimme that human!!!”

20150606-162340-59020576.jpgWe like to play the “stay” and “eat”. Where he can only eat when I say eat.

20150606-162945-59385887.jpgAnd this is how he is when I say “stay”.
**stares at treats**

“Eat!”

**gobbles at it immediately**

20150606-163445-59685458.jpgSo Sherlock is turning 7 months today! Wohooo!

This post is dedicated for him (and also the food produced in this post).
Please follow Sherlock’s instagram ❤️

Honey and Cheese Homemade Dog Treats
Made about 16 dozens of 1cm in diameter, dime thickness treats

Ingredients:
• 1 cup oatmeal
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp honey
• ½ cup of grated cheese

How to make:
1) Put the oatmeal on a food processor then blitz them until powdery
2) In a mixing bowl combine the olive oil and egg then mix until incorporated. Add in the oatmeal flour, mix.
3) Add in the cheese and the honey, mix.
4) Put the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes (optional) then shape them into the sizes and shapes that you want. Put them on a silpat or parchment paper
5) Bake at 180°c for 10-15 minutes or until brown in color, open the oven door for 30 seconds to lower the temperature down, then turn the oven to the lowest setting (mine was 100°c) and dry them for 20-30 minutes.

* Drying the treats will make them last longer.
* If using quick-cooking oatmeal, skip step 1
* This recipe is adjustable, if the batter is too wet, add more oatmeal. If the batter is too dry, add more olive oil (but remember that you will be adding more liquid in the form of honey).