>> Thursday, December 16, 2010
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This week I am learning to surrender.
The relinquishment of one's own will, says wiki.
What exactly am I surrendering? Well, a dream of mine. Although small - it does mean something to me. A dream that is almost within an arm's reach.
But circumstances change in our lives, and most of the time with little notice. So you try to be mature about it. You wrestle with the decisions in your head over and over. Then you step back. If you don't let go your hold on it, how can you know what else God has planned for you?
So here I am. I am trying to be patient and I am waiting. I am also a bit scared of the unknown.
Thankfully the thought that this joyous time of the year is upon us (9 more sleeps 'til Christmas - I kid you not!) just makes everything a little better. The sun came out for me this morning... Did that 'mean' person from work just smiled at me? Oh why, doesn't my hair look fashionably messy today? And how could I have made this black sesame agar agar look rather...well, presentable? ;)
Truth be told, I haven't been able to do any Christmas cooking/baking! But I have definitely enjoyed reading soo many wonderful posts from all over the world. This agar agar was made just because I happened to have the ingredients available. It may look like black sesame panna cotta, but the texture is completely different! Do not expect some smooth, velvety kind of pudding. The agar agar makes it rather 'chewable' if you know what I mean. It's almost like eating a banana that's black sesame flavoured. That sounds weird, doesn't it? But if you're a black sesame fan like I am, you'll be addicted and have one after another....
Black Sesame Agar Agar
Makes around 4
- 3 tbsp sweetened black sesame paste (I used 3 tbsp of black sesame powder instead)
- ~2 tbsp sugar (omit this if you're using the paste. Adjust the sugar according to your personal taste.)
- 100ml cream
- 400ml milk
- 1 tsp agar agar powder
- (optional) - whipping cream
- (optional) - brown sugar syrup
1. In a bowl, add in the sesame paste and slowly pour in the cream and mix until combined. If using black sesame powder as I did, combine with the sugar first before blending in with the cream.
2. In a pot, add the milk and agar agar powder. Let sit for a few minutes and begin heating it up on a stove on low/medium heat until it boils. Take the pot off the stove.
3. Pour the black sesame cream paste from step 1 into the pot with the hot milk and mix to combine.
4. Let the pot sit in a bath of ice cold water and to cool down before pouring into the pudding molds. Place into the fridge until set.
5. To serve - whip up some cream and pour some brown sugar syrup over the top.
Baker's Delight Challenge Winners!
Sorry for the long wait - but here are the randomly picked winners of the Baker's Delight challenge:
Congrats people! I will be sending you an e-mail soon.
Angela - I do not have your details so you will have to shoot me an e-mail!